KitKat: Android doesn’t “Take a Break”

In a shock announcement which took the world off guard, Google - perhaps strategically - revealed the name of their upcoming Android release as ‘KitKat’.

The famous Nestlé chocolate bar with the slogan “Take a Break, Have a KitKat” will surely benefit from this increased publicity - and what publicity it is. Naturally, many people assumed this was a clever marketing strategy by Nestlé. Then the iconic statue went up outside Google HQ.

It’s hard to tell the size of...

By Ryan Daws, 04 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

UK’s lead mobile development firm launches The Responsive Website Company

Your favourite publication may not be responsive yet – watch this space - but the inevitability is any website worth their two cents will be utilising responsive designs over the next few years.

Clifton-based The Responsive Website Company is priming itself to be at the forefront of development.

TRW is a sister company of mobile development firm Mubaloo. As the UK’s leader of this field; the company has already proven its worth.

Featuring clients including Channel 4, Sky, Samsung, Lovefilm, NHS,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, HTML5, Industry, Testing.

Veteran dev Mike Riley on the future of the software developer

Mike Riley has been a software developer in some capacity or other for decades. Currently the Director of Technology at Quarasan, an educational publishing company in Chicago, he’s grateful that he gets to do what he does for a living.

His job responsibilities include network engineering, software engineering, system administration, security management and desktop management – the whole nine yards.

Riley, who didn’t pursue a traditional path to become a software developer, is largely self-taught and is driven by a love for new...

By InfoSec Institute, 09 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Java, Languages.

Experience prized over academia for startups - but does the UK offer it?

One of the UK’s leading internet companies, Moonfruit, has published research which shows 81% of startups prefer to look towards experience rather than academic achievements such as degrees.

But the real question is - do the experience and skills exist?

According to the research, 47% of employers take more notice of relevant work experience which displays the necessary skills, rather than formal education which has been criticised as not giving the full-range of required knowledge...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Windows.

How would iOS 7 beta 4 look with a different font?

Yesterday Apple unleashed iOS 7 Beta 3 - bringing with it a bolder Helvetica Neue font. Whilst still despised by many, it’s at least more readable than the previous iteration.

Someone suggested a change to a non print-orientated font such as ‘Myriad Pro’ which is exactly what I’ve mocked up...

The changes are subtle; this isn’t intended as an entirely new concept. In places you may have to squint to notice the differences, but in everyday use I believe the font would have a much...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad, Marketing, Platforms, Testing.

Digia releases Qt 5.1 of the (ex-Nokia) cross-platform framework

Last August, Finnish software and services firm Digia bought the cross-platform application framework “Qt” from Nokia.

Today version 5.1 is being released bringing many significant improvements, most notably preliminary support for Android and iOS.

Support for both of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems is considered a “technology preview” which can preliminarily port apps between OS’s using the same code base. Although the majority of the tools and...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Design, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, iPad, Languages, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie” to be design-focused?

Let’s face it iOS users, it’s not the “most advanced mobile operating system” anymore is it? That’s not a bad thing, the pull of Apple’s famous OS is its simplicity and design (love or loathe).

The crown of ‘advanced’ goes to Google’s open-source Android, but – at stock – it’s not the most attractive.

Google, in my opinion, has done things the right way, with a focus on providing great underlying features and services whilst letting...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.