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 bumps APK limit to 100MB ahead of Android event

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Google will be hosting an event today where it's expected we'll see the release of updated Nexus devices from LG and Huawei, the potential of two new Chromecast products, a surprise 'Pixel' Android tablet, and of course the release of Android Marshmallow to power the exciting new hardware. 

Ahead of the event, the Google Play team has extended the APK file size limit for Android developers from 50MB to 100MB which should...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, Mobile, Platforms.

Microsoft wants to solve compatibility issues with API detection technology

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APIs are often a key component of software to add new features and integrate services with little extra work – most of the time – but sometimes a developer will run into compatibility issues when a system doesn't support a particular API. Microsoft is hoping to counter these problems through building an intelligent detection technology which helps to resolve these...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms, Windows.

Apple TV doesn’t support Webviews – pushes for a clean, native experience

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Most applications contain some form of Webview to allow a website to be loaded within your application; which makes it easy to update a single point across platforms. For developers on Apple platforms, iAd makes it easy to monetise within your application through simple but effective advertising campaigns. 

For the Apple TV, the boys and girls at Cupertino are removing both features. For the user this has clear advantages thanks to a speedy native app experience and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Salesforce debuts App Cloud development platform

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Most developers will be well-acquainted with Salesforce, the CRM behemoth, and in-particular its Salesforce1 cloud Platform-as-a-Service. The vendor has announced its enterprise-focused 'App Cloud' which brings some of its existing services – Force, Heroku Enterprise, and Lightning – into one neat package. 

Also in the mix is a new product called

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms.

IBM integrates IoT platform with ARM to boost offering


IBM has integrated its Internet of Things (IoT) platform, known as IBM IoT Foundation, with ARM to allow customers to benefit from collection, analysis and decision-making with regard to data from devices such as industrial appliances, weather sensors and wearable monitoring devices. Developed on the SoftLayer infrastructure, the platform supports a range of fully managed, cloud-hosted offerings.

The IBM IoT Foundation provides security systems that protect IoT data and offer decision...

By Developer Tech, 10 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT, Platforms, Wearables.

Javosize offers Java developers free access to new platform for three months


Technology startup Javosize, which claims to consist of “frustrated Java developers”, is offering devs free access to its Application Performance Management (APM) platform for 90 days.

The platform, slated for launch in October 2015, will cost $9.99 per month after the trial period as the company is looking to offer a low-cost product. Each beta tester will also be able to utilize three application servers at no cost.

Javosize chief magical officer Michael Carducci –...

By Developer Tech, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Java, Languages, Platforms.

Opinion: The Accidental App Developer

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Since the economic downturn, many IT budgets have remained flat while the need for new applications has risen dramatically. As a result, business users are seeking new ways to deliver apps. Cue the accidental app developer.

Accidental app developers don’t intend to create apps. Most have never even written a line of code and would never consider themselves developers. Yet, every...

By Quinton Wall, 28 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise, Platforms.

Gamescom: Microsoft demonstrates the power of its cloud

Back in 2013, Microsoft launched the Xbox One with a lot of talk about online functionality and how the power of the cloud will deliver truly next-generation gaming. Since then, it's become a bit of a joke amongst some of the gaming community due to how little we have seen of the cloud in practice. 

So what have we seen thus far? We've seen AI in Titanfall, and "Drivatars" in Forza. Whilst both help to offer some cool experiences - they are not quite the groundbreaking technical feats which...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.