GDC15: Nvidia SHIELD could face a problem from Sony

During GDC 2015, Nvidia took to the stage to announce a console which completes their 'SHIELD' line-up of gaming hardware. The set-top box is powered by the state-of-the-art Tegra X1, it has 50 blockbuster PC titles ported to it at launch, it can stream PC games via Nvidia's GRID service, it can run Android games, it's just $199, and it could face a problem from Sony.

The main allure to gamers...

By Ryan Daws, 05 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Cloud, Devices, Gaming.

Google unleashes new features for Android game developers

If you’re an Android game developer, you’ve been given some new features to play with. The latest additions help you to analyse what’s successful and what’s not, monetise, and deliver a 'second screen' gaming experience which helps to make playing Android games with friends a lot more social.

First up is player analytics, to help understand your players behaviour in a similar way to how analytics tools allow you to see what is working and what isn’t in your application. The new...

By Ryan Daws, 04 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Analytics, Android, API, Gaming, Monetisation.

Degrees of intimacy: Tablet, phablet, smartphone and wearable

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By JP Luchetti, Consultancy Director, Mubaloo

According to a 2002 book called ‘The Mobile Phone: Towards new categories and social relations’ by Leopoldina Fortunati, an Italian feminist, theorist and author, the mobile phone is one of the most intimate devices we have.

Since then, the definition of mobile now includes a variety of different device types, including tablet, smartphone, phablet and...

By Mubaloo, 03 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, iOS, Wearables.

DirectX 12: Separating fact and fiction

During GDC last year, Microsoft unveiled it is working on an overdue successor to DirectX 11. For the first time, the company is working with the various chip manufacturers themselves to squeeze every ounce of performance out of their hardware. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation about its capabilities which we hope to clear up in this article.

A demo at Intel's SIGGRAPH conference on the Surface Pro 3 displayed huge improvements when switching between...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Gaming, Platforms.

Google prepares to launch "Android Pay" API

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It's obvious the gears have started to grind at Google in the payments space all month, and this has gained momentum today as Ars Technica received a tip that a brand new payment platform called "Android Pay" will be announced at Google's I/O conference this year.

Android Pay will allow third party apps to make both virtual and...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Monetisation.

Microsoft releases cross-platform OneDrive API

OneDrive has seen a big push to consumers from Microsoft in recent months, with incentives such as free storage upgrades to lure customers from competitors such as Dropbox, and visual improvements to the overall experience such as the adoption of Material Design on Android and a stunning new photos view on the web.

Whenever we have access to new functionality, so will you.

It's hardly surprising that Microsoft wants to push OneDrive as your cloud storage provider, as it will be what...

By Ryan Daws, 25 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Cloud, iOS.

Respoke PaaS adds scalable WebRTC to your apps

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Digium, a firm which specialises in telephony software, has announced the launch of its 'Respoke' platform which enables developers to add WebRTC to their applications. The PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) began as a virtual startup within the company, but has now been released for anyone to add powerful communication features.

WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is a specification drafted by the W3C to allow direct...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: API, HTML5, PaaS, Platforms.

Opinion: IFTTT has just provided the universal IoT remote

IFTTT (If This Then That) introduced a range of 'Do' apps yesterday; Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note. Each of these help to perform a specific function - of which their simplistic names might suggest - but it is the Do Button application which has the most potential.

The biggest issue with the IoT at the moment is the lack of a winning standard or leading platform

Do...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, iOS, IoT, Platforms, Wearables.

MapReduce framework for C/C++ open-sourced by Google

Google has announced that it will be making a MapReduce framework open-source to allow users to run native C and C++ code in their Hadoop environments. Hadoop can suffer from performance issues due to being written in Java so this framework will come as welcome news.

'MR4C' (MapReduce for C) was developed at Skybox Imaging for large-scale satellite image processing and geospatial data science use. Google found Hadoop a powerful solution for scalable data handling thanks to its job...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages.

HTTP/2 is authorised to speed up and protect the web

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A new version of HTTP, short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, has been approved by the IESG (Internet Engineering Steering Group) to help speed up how fast web pages are delivered. The standard is important for governing how a web browser communications with a server to load a web page, and is therefore a vital foundation to the internet.

The last major version of HTTP was introduced 16 years ago in...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

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.

Review: YotaPhone 2's E-Ink display is a game-changer

Since the original iPhone changed the way we interact with our smartphones back in 2007, we've seen iterative updates year-on-year from all manufacturers. Russian startup, Yota Devices, are attempting to disrupt how we interact with our devices through an E-Ink display on the back of their devices which provides "always-on" information to the user. 

The device was used to test the market to gauge interest, and it gained plenty of attention. Now the innovative manufacturer...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices.

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.

Infographic: Rise of the Developer

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We all know developers help to keep the world turning, but you might be surprised at some of these incredible statistics about 'The Rise of the Developer' found in this infographic...

Were you aware of these incredible statistics about developers? Let us know in the comments.

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Ubuntu's first smartphone takes on Windows Phone

Ubuntu, the world's most popular Linux distro, is bringing its open-source expertise to mobile with the launch of its first smartphone. The device will be hitting the European market next week as the 'Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition' for €169.90, and is manufactured by Spain-based BQ.

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, attempted to break the smartphone market once before with the 'Ubuntu Edge' but failed its $32 million crowdfunding campaign. At the time, Canonical...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, HTML5, Platforms.

Canalys: Tablet shipments decline 12% due to phablets

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During Apple's last event, I watched with particular interest at how Cupertino planned to upgrade the iPad Mini. As executives left the stage, I was left disappointed that its sole change was the addition of a 'TouchID' fingerprint scanner.

This frustrated me for a while, the iPad Mini was a device I carried with me everywhere, but as the months went past...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Phablet, Tablet.

Sky is the limit with Amazon's Cloud Drive API

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Amazon's Cloud Drive API allows third-party developers to integrate the company's storage solution into their applications for users to do more with the masses of files placed into Amazon Web Services' vast amount of global servers.

The API is REST and provides the ability to create, read, and update documents in a Cloud Drive user's...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, API, Cloud.

Analysis: Xbox One and PS4 are "4K-capable"

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Netflix’s Chief Product Officer, Neil Hunt, has gone on record to say he believes "4K-capable" hardware revisions of the Xbox One and PS4 will arrive this year. This is quite the strange claim considering both consoles are capable of handling 4K. 

Starting with 4K video, I'm sure Hunt has been taken out-of-context and what he means is that both of...

By Ryan Daws, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Platforms.