PlayFab gains $2.5m to become the BaaS for your games' needs

As if developing a game wasn't hard enough, the pressure to have online components is increasing which means a whole other set of skills to learn and extra valuable time spent to ensure everything is ticking along as it should. If you're backed by a publisher with profits closing-in on $1 billion like EA, then you can probably swing getting someone else to set-up the infrastructure for you. If this isn't the case, then your best bet is to look at a third-party.

Even for large studios, creating multiplayer servers,...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Developers, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

Uber launches API to drive economy-sharing apps

Taxi service Uber has launched its long-rumoured API to integrate its real-world services into third party apps. It launches in cahoots with 11 partners including OpenTable and Starbucks to prove it can be a natural addition to certain applications. The Uber API launch could mean more for the app industry as a whole, however, rather than simply a potential boost to their own profits...

For Uber, the introduction of their API means their service gets out to lots of potential...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Monetisation, Platforms.

iOS 8 Beta 6 is out, but it's exclusively for carriers

Apple fans are eagerly-awaiting the release of iOS 8. The update brings a range of improvements that even those of an Android disposition must admit are a huge leap forward over its predecessor, but currently Apple only wants you to test the beta builds if you are a registered developer with your UDID registered for your device.

Thus far this has been a traditional deployment model for Apple. Deploy to developers > test > fix > Gold Master > carrier check > deploy to the public. In what appears...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Platforms, Testing.

DirectX 12: Marrying PC and Xbox One in perfect Unity

Last week, DeveloperTech posted an article detailing the massive performance gains and power reductions DirectX 12 will bring to the PC. In the piece, we mentioned that Microsoft's Xbox One console is also likely to see some benefits but won't see the vast improvements of its PC brethren. What we didn't mention, however, is that there are other benefits to DirectX 12 which directly affects both platforms...

If you want to play games to the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.

DirectX 12 cuts power consumption in half and boosts FPS by 50%

Microsoft has been touting the improvements which DirectX 12 will bring to the table. Listening to the claims of its creator is one thing, but seeing real-world tests on actual hardware is another. At SIGGRAPH 2014, Intel has demonstrated the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 on a Surface Pro 3 (which uses the company's HD4400 graphics chip.)

The demonstration renders an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids in it...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2014, 4 comments. Categories: Developers, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

Get your apps in shape with the Google Fit SDK

2014 is the year where we all take more care of our health. It's not necessarily out of choice, although it should be, but through reminders from the sensors built-in to our mobile devices and their subsequent operating systems alerting us that we should probably put down that donut and take the stairs instead of the lift.

Google announced their 'Fit SDK' at the company's I/O developer conference this year. Over the weekend, it entered preview stage and now provides...

By Ryan Daws, 11 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Developers, Platforms, Testing.

Google's 'open platform': How open is Android, really?

The secret's out: Google's "open platform" Android operating system is probably not as open as we thought.

An open platform software system allows outside entities, such as vendors, to shape and change software features and functions as they see fit. The changes can be in the form of commercial add-ons or open-sourced materials. Until recently, Google's public believed that Android manufacturers were free to manipulate the Android operating system as they wished. Granted, Android continued to 

By JT Ripton, 29 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms.

WordPress being used by more and more SMEs for CMS: Are devs missing out?

New research from 34SP.com has found that more than half of UK small businesses are using WordPress as a content management system (CMS) thereby “finally blowing away its image as just a blogging platform”, according to a deck prepared by the domain provider.

The vast majority of companies who said they used the open source platform for their CMS were organisations of fewer than 50 employees. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most popular reason for companies using WordPress was its ease of use, and...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platforms.

Google Glass puts eyes on the back of your head (and elsewhere)

I've been highly-critical of Google Glass, and I stand by that in its current form the average consumer is better off with a smartwatch. There are certain applications, however, where Google Glass can be indisputably useful.

Today the developers working on the Glass Development Kit have released a changelog detailing the addition of USB webcam support in the latest version. This new capability boosts the possibilities of the device; particularly for surgeons and drivers of the two-wheeled vehicles.

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By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Platforms, Testing.

Developers prefer Android over iOS, whilst Windows interest grows

There are two current kingpins in the smartphone war; Android and iOS. The companies behind each ecosystem take different approaches to their respective platforms. Android has a reputation of being more "Open" and, let's be honest, a bit more geeky. iOS is less flexible and instead relies on Apple making all the important decisions on behalf of its users and developers. 

In the latest "

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Industry, Platforms.