Opinion: Gaming technology and VR – a growing sphere of influence
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Video gaming has evolved from a teenage pastime to one of the most lucrative industries in the world. It is no longer simply a leisure pastime and many once- hobbyists across the world are now employed to test and play video games for a living. Even before gaming evolved to this stage, it was a world unto itself but only few would have predicted the tour de force that it is today.
AT&T launches developer 'Starter Kit' for the IoT
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Mobile networks will play a large part in the Internet of Things and interested developers would be wise to pay attention to developments from telecommunication giants. On that note, AT&T has announced the launch of a dedicated IoT 'Starter Kit' for developers looking to get started with IoT development.
The kit was announced by AT&T's...
Opinion: Test and development in the world of virtual reality
Virtual reality (VR), the stuff of sci-fi movies and more recently, action-packed video games, is becoming more real all the time. Investors have funneled $8.8B into the sector since 2012, according to SuperData Research Inc. The firm reports that 6 million Americans say they intend to purchase a Sony PlayStation VR system this year, compared with 5 million for Oculus Rift (purchased by Facebook for $2 billion) and 2 million saying they'll buy another leading platform, the...
The key steps of comprehensive app testing
The software lifecycle has changed dramatically in recent years. We no longer live in a develop-test-release-move on world. Users expect higher quality applications and software, and they expect them quickly. To meet these expectations, the QA lifecycle has changed with it.
In today's world, a successful QA approach that will lead you to 360 degree app quality encompasses automated testing, in the wild testing and post-launch analytics. This whitepaper from Applause details how each of these factors will make...
Google launches Android Studio 2.0 beta – features multi-touch, better app indexing
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Ahead of the upcoming final release, Google has released the next major version of its Android Studio IDE for developers to put through its paces and help to eliminate any lingering bugs ahead of its full debut. Available in the Beta release channel, Google says this version of Android Studio 2.0 "is near stable release quality and should be...
Android Developer Studio 2.0 is 50 times faster – adds GPU profiler and instant run
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Google has released a milestone update to its Android Developer Studio which increases the emulator speed over 50 times, provides 'instant run' support, and implements a new GPU profiler for dealing with OpenGL ES code.
The update to Google's popular IDE has been released in preview; almost a year after 1.0 was first released. Developers of the suite have said the focus in...
Covert app communications result in Android battery drain
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Most applications require the use of data to perform their duties, but new research being released from MIT has found that half of communications are being conducted without any benefit whatsoever to the user.
Aside from the questions it raises about why such communications are being established, it also reduces battery life, exposes users and their devices to privacy risks, and sucks...
Opinion: Tools for easier mobile app development
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Smartphones are so deeply entrenched in our lives that developers can reach hundreds, thousands, even millions of users – provided that they actually build a high-quality app that can appeal to a large variety of people. While anyone can build an app, creating one that people use, enjoy, and recommend takes work.
This list of 10 tools for mobile app developers is...