Nest opens Weave to developers – debuts Cam API

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If there's a household name in the smart home, it's Nest. The company has gone from strength-to-strength after the launch of their innovative smart thermostat, and even got the attention of Google who acquired the startup in February last year. 

Nest has since launched a range of other connected products, which communicate with one another through a protocol called Weave. Today, Nest has announced several updates to its developer program, including...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Devices, Ecosystem, Platforms.

Google puts the spotlight on their iBeacon rival

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Google has revealed their answer to Apple's iBeacons, and as expected the company has built an open alternative compatible with both Android and iOS. The full solution consists of three new key elements; a beacon standard, tools and APIs, and a service for managing and monitoring large beacon deployments. 

The cornerstone of Google's beacon solution is the company's new standard...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

Vortex teaches kids to code using robotics

Earlier today I posted a piece to The Hackfest about a junior hackathon called 'JHack' which teaches kids to code using Minecraft. The hackathon was successful because it allowed students to see the impact their skills could have straight away rather than sitting through an (often tedious) coding lecture. 

As the world around us becomes taken-over with technology, it's become...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry.

Xbox One: The Windows 10 Advantage

The desktop PC is upgradable to provide unparalleled performance; but Microsoft has neglected to nurture it for years and left PC game developers with aging graphics APIs and players to use Steam as their platform of choice to connect with fellow gamers. 

Microsoft's new Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, had a presence on the PC gaming E3 conference this year and acknowledged: "There have been times in our past where Microsoft has lost our way with PC gaming. As a person who now runs gaming for...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Ecosystem, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.

Interview: What does the industry think about Oculus / Xbox and the future of VR?

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Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, took attendees by surprise when he took to the stage during Oculus' pre-E3 live stream to announce a partnership between the two huge brands. There are plenty of opinion articles surrounding the announcements - but we thought we would get the thoughts from two people within the VR industry. 

For this interview we spoke to Dan Page, Organiser of the South West VR Conference, and Lukas Roper, Lead Developer at

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, VR, Wearables, Windows.

I/O 2015: Internet of (Google's) Things

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We've talked time-and-time again about the Internet of Things, but it's yet to gain a major uptake from your average consumer. One of the most prevalent devices to hit the market is likely to be the Nest smart thermostat - which is incidentally owned by Google. 

Google therefore, with one swift acquisition, became one of the leaders in the Internet of...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Opinion: This is how Microsoft is changing the world

Microsoft celebrated their 40th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion Bill Gates sent a motivating letter to employees. It started with: "Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible." 

Beyond proving that goal was just possible, Microsoft's software moved out of our homes and off our desks to power a variety of things such as healthcare...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Platforms, VR, Windows.

MicroApple: Apple and Microsoft announce merger

Historic rivals, Microsoft and Apple, have announced they are planning to merge later this year. Their first project is to move all employees to a new space-based orb in order to offer services "from the space" rather than "from the cloud" like other common firms with less money.

One of the first new services to be offered will be 'Office Death Ray 365' to annihilate your competition no matter what day of the year (except leap years.)

It appears the two companies have been planning the merger since...

By Ryan Daws, 01 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, iOS, Windows.

Things to consider when developing for various form factors

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With the fast-paced developments in online and information technologies, software has become an inseparable part of our everyday lives. We carry around a world of information in our pocket, which we can access instantly. For many people, not a day goes by without interacting with a UI to get something done. Whether it’s the consumption or communication of information, we want that software to run smoothly...

By Philipp Benkler, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Mobile, Tablet, Testing.