Samsung looks to Vulkan API for increased battery life
Ex-programmer at Respawn and Sony criticises The Division's network model
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A former programmer who held senior positions at Respawn Entertainment and Sony Santa Monica has penned a blog post giving his thoughts on the network model he suspects is being used by Massive Entertainment's hit game, The Division. In his post, he goes over the disadvantages of...
Why the sun may still shine on TV for boosting your app
With over two million apps on both the App Store and Google Play, it has never been harder to acquire new users. Unless you are a big developer, cutting through the noise is increasingly difficult. Added to the number of apps, expectations with apps and mobile games are increasingly high, with people expecting better experiences and more innovation, often for free.
In many ways, creating an app is the easy part. Getting people to find out about it, download and then come back is where...
Opinion: How a modular Xbox One "Elite" changes the game
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There's new consoles being announced this year, most likely three of them. Nintendo is quite open about the existence of their next-generation console, publications around the world have seen documents regarding Sony's work on a 4K-capable PlayStation 4, and the head of Xbox has spoke of...
VR vs AR: Which will come out on top?
A battle is brewing between two cutting edge technologies: augmented reality and virtual reality. The two are certainly related to each other, but there are enough differences where each tries to stand out. You’ve likely heard about attempts to turn these technologies into viable market items, ones which have the potential to transform hardware and entertainment like never before. However you look at it, both VR and AR could be viewed as the next great revolution in...
Game Development: Managing the rules of the game
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The rules of the gaming industry are changing. In a highly-competitive market, game makers need to ensure they’re not only developing products which meets the needs of an increasingly demanding market, but that also stand up to the rigours of security. Be it online gaming or gambling, users are sharing sensitive data such as personal information or credit card details which means they...
Research: IoT developer survey reveals most popular technologies
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The renowned Eclipse Foundation has released its annual survey of IoT developers which reveals the most popular technologies being used today. A total of 528 individuals participated in the survey from various-sized organisations around the world (although 59% were from...
Opinion: Why upgraded Xbox One and PS4 consoles are inevitable
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To improve the future, you must look at the past. In this case, multiple sources confirming the existence of an upgraded PS4 codenamed "NEO" proves the console market is looking at the PC's legacy of upgradeable hardware and recognising that it can offer a faster upgrade cycle for dedicated gamers.
It's widely-acknowledged that if...
GoPro bets on developers for its future growth
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GoPro isn't quite a household name, but if you're into sports then it will be among the most recognisable brands. The action camera manufacturer has struggled to maintain sales due to products which don't require customers to buy a new device every couple of years, and has been looking into...
Microsoft and Samsung offer platform support for React Native
Facebook speeds-up Android software with ReDex
Research: Progress releases 2016 .NET developer insights
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Progress has released some insightful research into the state of .NET development in 2016, based on the responses of more than 100,000 respondents. With major advancements being made by Microsoft - particularly in cross-platform development - the framework is ready to achieve new...
Google reportedly preparing Swift escape from Java
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Google has been caught-up in fierce court battles with Oracle over the company’s use of Java for their Android operating system, and could be looking to Apple’s new programming language, Swift, as the replacement if litigation matters continue.
Switching from Java to Swift as the platform’s first-class language will require a complete re-build of Android, so...
Microsoft breaks down the IoT language barrier with Open Translators to Things
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Microsoft knows of the compatibility issues between connected devices, and wants to help break down the language barrier between them with the launch of their 'Open Translators to Things' (OpenT2T) initiative. Developers are being invited to collaborate on the project and build 'translators' which should make it easier to build...
Opinion: Tricks for crafting killer apps for your clients
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Creating an app for a client is a very different story from creating one for yourself. In order to have a quality end result, you need to be in tune with not only your clients’ needs, but also with the needs of your clients’ potential audiences — all while coordinating between client requests and your team’s own creativity and skill.
It can be a tricky balance to get...
Epic releases Unreal Engine 4.11 – improvements based on Paragon development
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Epic doesn't just maintain the fantastic Unreal Engine, they also create incredible games. Their experience from this game development translates into Unreal Engine features, to help other developers overcome hurdles and ensure the process is as simple as possible whilst maintaining high-levels of performance.
BUILD 2016: The big developer round-up
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Microsoft opened its annual developer conference, BUILD, with a range of important announcements for the company's future vision. In this article we'll round-up some of the highlights, but Microsoft's event itself was designed to round-up all developers, of any platform, and ensure Windows and Microsoft's services are the "home" for their development. Hence, the...
Pusher launches R&D lab to avoid Innovator's Dilemma – focus on tools for better apps, with less code
Park in IBM's Bluemix Garage to develop killer cloud apps
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IBM has a range of 'Bluemix Garages' which offer a physical space for multi-disciplinary teams, including developers, product managers and designers, to collaborate with IBM experts. A new Bluemix Garage has opened in Nice, Paris to provide European developers with a place to ensure their IBM cloud-based software is the best it...