Why productivity vs control in app development is a simple matter of proportionate force

Picture the scene: you find yourself in a bar or pub, having a drink with some friends. Suddenly, a man you don’t know comes up to you and begins aggressively shouting and shoving you, spilling your drink in the process. It’s clear that you need to address the issue…but how?

Hurriedly, you form two options in your head. Do you a) ask the man to leave you alone, and, only if he persists in acting as the aggressor, call the police? Or do you choose option b) and arrange for a group of Navy SEALS to...

By Gary Calcott, 14 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Design, Developers.

Ringly aims to keep you up to date but with your phone out of sight

Meet Ringly. This startup’s piece of wearable technology keeps you up to date with notifications, but makes sure you’re not pulling your phone out of your pocket every few minutes.

Utilising Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the ring’s BLE-enabled circuit board makes the connection with the user’s phone, and is available on both iOS and Android platforms.

The ring lights up a specified colour and gives a different vibration pattern dependent on the type of notification received, be it a...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Design, Devices.

WPC14: What can we expect from Windows 9?

Earlier this month, DeveloperTech reported that we may get our first taste of Windows 9 this year. It may be a little early to see a full revelation, or a public test build, but that doesn't mean Redmond can't start trying to drum up some excitement around the next release to please its users, partners, and investors alike.

Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference kicks off today and marks the perfect opportunity to prove why the company is worth sticking by - despite the widely-regarded failure of Windows 8....

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Platforms, Windows.

Google’s Material Design pays homage to Microsoft’s flat, cross-platform Modern UI

Few would call Microsoft pioneers of design. Whilst their software is powerful, its design has historically been utilitarian rather than beautiful. Apple got its name in this department, and as a result, many of the best UI designers adopted iOS and Mac.

An account, granted by a Microsoft designer, tells of the fundamental shift within the company with its approach to design over recent years. If it wasn’t obvious from the outside to see how the flat,...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Design, Platforms.

Google (and Android) is getting a redesign and this is the "Quantum Paper" behind it...

DeveloperTech predicted in April that the next version of Android will be getting a complete makeover much like Apple's iOS 7. It wasn't the most outrageous of claims, in fact it was rather obvious, but if you had any doubt left then Google's internal framework for the company's new design ethos across products has come to light...

Dubbed the 'Quantum Paper' framework, it details Google's new design principles to unify the company's design across Android apps and...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Platforms, Testing.

How to optimize your app’s layout on iOS 7

Whilst there is not necessarily a right way and a wrong way to design your app’s layout, there are some tricks you can use to make sure that the user experience is as optimal as possible.

Ample Space for Controls

We all know that smartphone screens are small, and iPhones are consistently on the lower end of the screen-size spectrum.

To optimize your app’s layout for iOS 7, try to make sure that your main, controllable elements are at least 44×44...

By StartApp, 21 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple iOS, Design, Developers.

Google’s Android 5.0 will be design-focused

Before the release of Android 4.4 “KitKat” DeveloperTech predicted version 5.0 of the OS would see a focus on a complete redesign above all else. The functionality and capabilities of Android is ahead of the competition – but few would call stock ‘droid the prettiest OS of the bunch.

Closest rival, Apple, had a design-focus in iOS7 removing all “skeuomorphic” elements and going for a flat-design reminiscent of Windows...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Platforms, Testing.

Small-screen reading: A big change for app developers?

At what speed do you read? In fact, time yourself and see how long it takes you to read this 600 word post. Ready….go!

According to a speed-reading test sponsored by Staples, the average adult reads at 300 words-per-minute. The average college student reads at 450 wpm, and the average college professor hits 675. So...

By Mike Brown, 18 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Developers.

How developers can prepare for the new era of content and data

The world is about to experience an explosion of personal video and data as wearable devices become more pervasive. Wearable technology recently dominated the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and is marked as the big topic of conversation at Mobile World Congress later this month.

According to ABI Research analyst, Aapo Markkanen, multiple device ownership and the pervasiveness of cameras that generate high quality video is strongly driving consumer cloud storage growth. But what’s...

By Jon Chang, 13 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Developers, Security, Testing.

PixlCloud CEO Raffael Marty on the importance of security visualisation

Raffael Marty, the founder and CEO of PixlCloud, a next-generation data visualisation application for big data, is one of the most influential names in big data, analytics and visualisation.

Having been named in the top 200 thought leaders in big data and analytics by Analytics Week, Marty has also served as chief security strategist with Splunk and was a co-founder of Loggly, a cloud-based log management solution.

For more than 12 years Marty...

By InfoSec Institute, 02 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Design, Developers, Security.