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, 0 comments. 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, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, VR, Wearables, Windows.

I/O 2015: Here's what to expect from Android M

Another year means another I/O, and eyes from around the world will be on Google's annual developer conference to see how the giant plans to lead the way forward in exciting new areas such as wearables and connected cars. 

Google will want to ensure its operating system is found wherever there is technology to power, but such a bold ambition can only be realised with some important changes. In this article we will rundown what to expect from Android M, or...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, Samsung, Wearables.

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.