Things to consider when developing for various form factors

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With the fast-paced developments in online and information technologies, software has become an inseparable part of our everyday lives. We carry around a world of information in our pocket, which we can access instantly. For many people, not a day goes by without interacting with a UI to get something done. Whether it’s the consumption or communication of information, we want that software to run smoothly...

By Philipp Benkler, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Mobile, Tablet, Testing.

Opinion: Microsoft kick-starts our peer-to-peer future

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Microsoft is about to make a huge change in Windows 10 which will catapult P2P usage due to implementing the technology into their app and OS update deployment system. This will act similar to a BitTorrent client, where bits and pieces of software are distributed from all the computers on the network until the full installation is available. 

There are clear advantages to utilising peer-to-peer...

By Ryan Daws, 16 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Smart Cities: Developing for your city

Our sister publication, TelecomsTech, posted an article yesterday entitled "Building an open, programmable city" which examines how a city is providing developers and researchers with up to 100 Gbps slices of an SDN network.

The article spoke in-depth about the network itself, so we thought we would cover the angle of what possibilities are opened-up by a smart city for developers in particular.

Bristol, where the city-wide...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry, IoT, Platforms, Testing.

Research: Smartphone apps are just as accurate as wearables

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Despite their popularity, wearables will not be able to replace smartphones anytime soon. A study by the researchers of the University of Penn Medicine revealed that the applications on smartphones are as accurate as the health tracking features of wearable devices.

The research was undertaken with 14 participants who tested 10 of the best-selling smartphone applications and handsets in the United...

By Jenni Birch, 11 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Platforms, Testing, Wearables.

Developers face more problems with iOS 8 than Android 'Lollipop'

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According to the latest figures from Crittercism, developers are facing more stability issues on Apple's iOS 8 than Google's latest flavour. Crittercism is an application performance management firm which has used data from the crash reports of around 20,000 apps to come to this conclusion.

On iOS 8, the statistics reveal that apps crash on an average of 2.2 percent. This number is reduced on Android...

By Ryan Daws, 17 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Quality, Testing.

Apple gifts developers with bigger iOS app sizes and 'TestFlight' abilities

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The capabilities of iOS apps are increasing, and therefore app sizes are heading skyward with it. In the last round of iDevice updates there was a lot of anguish at the decision to still offer the 16GB version of the iPhone 6, which just isn't enough for most users despite our increasing move to cloud-based storage and streaming for things like music, videos, and documents.

Since 2008, iOS app sizes...

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Testing.

Swift 1.2 offers significant performance improvements

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Apple updated their new programming language, Swift, earlier this week and it promises to "produce binaries that run considerably faster, and new optimizations which deliver even better Release build performance."

Those are bold claims, but ones which we hope are true considering earlier versions of Swift have been anything but quick. As a language still finding its feet, performance issues can be forgiven...

By Ryan Daws, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Languages, Testing.

'Silver' lets you compile Swift for Android and Windows

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Last year, Apple introduced a new programming language called 'Swift' which is getting a fair amount of praise from developers. Now the clever guys and girls over at RemObjects have released a new compiler called 'Silver' which allows Swift programs to be run in the .NET and Java runtimes –making them compatible with Windows and Android.

Swift has been soaring in popularity, and has leapt...

By Ryan Daws, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Testing, Windows.

Windows 10 is free for 6x more powerful Raspberry Pi 2

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The successor to the world's favourite tiny computer, Raspberry Pi, has defied Moore's Law which predicts the amount of transistors on a processor chip will double every couple of years. In fact, the Pi v2 has six times the processing performance of its predecessor thanks to a new quad-core ARMv7 processor running at 900 MHz.

We've witnessed the "stripped-down computer" become a credit card-sized PC which can stand on its own and deliver some admirable...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, IoT, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Mobile App Testing With Applause

Your users are spread around the globe – and your testers should be too. Mobile app developers are leveraging global community of professional testers that span 200 countries and territories to ensure that their mobile app works properly - for everyone, everywhere, every time.

By , 22 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Testing.