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 Things despite having no real...

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

SIGNAL 2015: Twilio's new APIs provide applications with IM, audio conferences, and more

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Cloud-based communication experts, Twilio, kicked off their SIGNAL conference yesterday and announced a host of powerful new features for the trusted platform.

One of the most game-changing new additions is the 'IP Messaging API' which enables you to build a complete messaging app without the need to build scalable infrastructure. It features all you would expect from a modern...

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Wunderlist opens its API for powerful To-Do list integration

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The popular To-Do app, Wunderlist, has opened its API for developers to integrate its services in their applications. In an announcement post, the team wrote: "With Wunderlist being our go-to tool to track, manage and achieve as a team, we wanted to make it also connect and interact with all the other apps we use in a seamless and smart way." 

Wunderlist's API has launched with several big partners including; Sunrise, Slack, OneNote, HipChat,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, 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.

Build 2015: What to expect at Microsoft's biggest event

Microsoft's annual developer conference, Build, kicks-off today and marks an opportunity for the Redmond-based giant to show-off some of its latest advancements and prove to developers that Windows remains important in a world where most users are happy with their iOS and Android mobile devices. 

However, whereas Apple and Google have gradually iterated on their established platforms each year, Microsoft is in a disruptive...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Windows.

Valve supports your game mod career

Not only does Steam handle transactions for buying and downloading games from both big publishers and independent developers, but it also allows gamers to easily 'mod' their games to add functionality or change the game in weird and wonderful ways.

Revenue generated from the mod will be split between involved parties.

Until now, mods in the 'Steam Workshop' have had to be free.  In fact, the modding culture even away from Steam tends to lean towards free distribution even though some mods...

By Ryan Daws, 27 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

DirectX 12: Unlocking the Xbox One

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Yesterday we posted an article with details about the key benefits of DirectX 12, and we've since received a lot of questions regarding what features apply to Microsoft's console and to what extent the latest collection of graphics APIs will provide a boost to its capabilities. 

The Xbox One uses an architecture by AMD, and therefore the benefits we detailed yesterday will apply to...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2015, 9 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms.

Microsoft steps on the gas to meet Windows 10 launch

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Gabe Aul, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider program, said last month that the company was considering a new "Ludicrous Speed" (codename!) ring for build deployments which would be cutting-edge but would ship with more issues to iron-out ahead of the expected July release of Windows 10 to consumers.

We're going to send out builds more frequently to Windows Insiders

Aul sent an email to insiders just hours ago which provided some...

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Quality, Testing, Windows.

Twilio launches video support through WebRTC

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Popular communications platform, Twilio, has expanded its simple API offerings to include video support through the fantastic WebRTC standard. Launching originally in private beta, it will allow developers to embed real-time video experiences into mobile apps, websites, and more.

WebRTC already has strong support in the Chrome and Firefox web browsers

Instead of having to...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: API, Platforms.

Research: Stack Overflow reveals the most-loved languages and platforms for 2015

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In the latest research conducted by Stack Overflow, the Q&A resource site for developers, programmers have revealed their most-loved languages and platforms of 2015. Their findings are based on the responses of 26,086 people from 157 countries and consist of full-stack developers, mobile developers, and front-end...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Java, Languages, Platforms.