I/O 2015: Internet of (Google's) Things

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We've talked time-and-time again about the Internet of Things, but it's yet to gain a major uptake from your average consumer. One of the most prevalent devices to hit the market is likely to be the Nest smart thermostat - which is incidentally owned by Google. 

Google therefore, with one swift acquisition, became one of the leaders in the Internet of Things despite having no real...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

SIGNAL 2015: Twilio's new APIs provide applications with IM, audio conferences, and more

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Cloud-based communication experts, Twilio, kicked off their SIGNAL conference yesterday and announced a host of powerful new features for the trusted platform.

One of the most game-changing new additions is the 'IP Messaging API' which enables you to build a complete messaging app without the need to build scalable infrastructure. It features all you would expect from a modern...

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Arcade emulator MAME aspires to be a 'learning tool for developers'

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Popular arcade emulator, MAME, is becoming open-source in the hopes of becoming a learning tool for developers. Although the emulator's source code has been available for some time, it has been under a modified BSD license which prohibited commercial use of the code. 

MAME is going open source, if you have contributed in past and we still did...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Git, Industry, Testing.

Wunderlist opens its API for powerful To-Do list integration

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The popular To-Do app, Wunderlist, has opened its API for developers to integrate its services in their applications. In an announcement post, the team wrote: "With Wunderlist being our go-to tool to track, manage and achieve as a team, we wanted to make it also connect and interact with all the other apps we use in a seamless and smart way." 

Wunderlist's API has launched with several big partners including; Sunrise, Slack, OneNote, HipChat,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms.

Users can now pre-register for Android apps

Gamers in particular are used to the act of pre-ordering an upcoming software release, in-fact pre-download is becoming the norm as games grow in size.  This isn't such an issue with mobile software, but with the amount of releases coming out daily it's easy for users to miss-out on something they've been looking forward to.

If your users are on Android, they can now pre-register their interest for an upcoming release to be notified when it's ready to go. Users are also not committed to...

By Ryan Daws, 11 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores.

Meerkat takes the fight to Twitter with its developer platform

When an established social player such as Twitter or Facebook launches similar functionality to your startup, it's a sad fact that you will likely drift into obscurity. Meerkat, a new live streaming app, is continuing to fight Twitter's similar 'Periscope' service to its very last breath through hoping to attract developers with a new platform... 

Developers can have the peace-of-mind the Meerkat experiences they help build will not end up going to waste

Meerkat has no love for Twitter, who their...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Mobile.

Android developers can soon A/B test Play Store pages

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Last week, Apple released their new App Store analytics tool (albeit in limited beta) which allows developers to take a deep-dive into useful insights such as how many times your App Store page has been opened. New information suggests Google has a trick up its sleeve on how to help developers perform better in their Play Store...

It would remedy a longtime pain point for developers

Due to be announced at...

By Ryan Daws, 06 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Apple begins analytics roll-out for App Store

Back at WWDC, Apple promised a new analytics app which can monitor your apps performance in the App Store to help provide deeper insights about what is working and what could do with taking a second-look at what elements can be improved for better success. 

Some developers have received emails alerting them to the launch of the 'App Analytics Beta' app which fulfils Apple's promise. It shows how many (potential) customers have opened an app's listing in the store, check in-app purchase sales, create...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, App Stores, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Opinion: This is how Microsoft is changing the world

Microsoft celebrated their 40th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion Bill Gates sent a motivating letter to employees. It started with: "Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible." 

Beyond proving that goal was just possible, Microsoft's software moved out of our homes and off our desks to power a variety of things such as healthcare...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Platforms, VR, Windows.

Build 2015: What to expect at Microsoft's biggest event

Microsoft's annual developer conference, Build, kicks-off today and marks an opportunity for the Redmond-based giant to show-off some of its latest advancements and prove to developers that Windows remains important in a world where most users are happy with their iOS and Android mobile devices. 

However, whereas Apple and Google have gradually iterated on their established platforms each year, Microsoft is in a disruptive...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Windows.

Rapid mobile app development works - but not without management

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Although the developers of Angry Birds probably didn’t know at the time how much their app would take off, one thing’s for certain: they didn’t set out to create an app with a terrible user experience. They wanted a mobile app with depth that would cater to as wide an audience as possible, with all the right features and nothing cut-and-paste.

RMAD may take less investment...

By Jim Casey, 28 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise.

Valve supports your game mod career

Not only does Steam handle transactions for buying and downloading games from both big publishers and independent developers, but it also allows gamers to easily 'mod' their games to add functionality or change the game in weird and wonderful ways.

Revenue generated from the mod will be split between involved parties.

Until now, mods in the 'Steam Workshop' have had to be free.  In fact, the modding culture even away from Steam tends to lean towards free distribution even though some mods...

By Ryan Daws, 27 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

DirectX 12: Unlocking the Xbox One

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Yesterday we posted an article with details about the key benefits of DirectX 12, and we've since received a lot of questions regarding what features apply to Microsoft's console and to what extent the latest collection of graphics APIs will provide a boost to its capabilities. 

The Xbox One uses an architecture by AMD, and therefore the benefits we detailed yesterday will apply to...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms.

Opinion: Going native to go cross-platform

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We’d all love to be able to cut our workload by half, two-thirds or even more. The problem is, less effort often means a compromise on quality. For instance, developing applications for multiple platforms and devices using the same code across all environments often results in an app that is not optimised for the operating system, has less functionality, and delivers poorer...

By Burke Holland, 24 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Windows.

AMD opens-up about DirectX 12's key benefits

There has been much discussion about the benefits of DirectX 12, but now one of the processor manufacturers which Microsoft has partnered with to provide the latest collection of powerful graphics APIs has provided more solid details about two of the major features which will help game developers deliver solid performance for their titles... 

Async Shaders 

Past versions of DirectX would limit the graphics queue to essentially a single thread, whereas it makes sense for...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming.

Top seven free resources to learn Swift programming

Swift is fast gaining strength as a new programming language simplifying the way codes are attempted and implemented on platforms like iOS and OS X. Acting similarly to its elder cousins from the Apple family, Swift works well with its roots offering you a new perspective of development with advanced features and factors of app development whilst it also means that it has a number of syntaxes that might be already known to you.

Further, if you are ready to upgrade yourself with the new language that will...

By Arun Goyal, 22 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Languages.

Microsoft steps on the gas to meet Windows 10 launch

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Gabe Aul, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider program, said last month that the company was considering a new "Ludicrous Speed" (codename!) ring for build deployments which would be cutting-edge but would ship with more issues to iron-out ahead of the expected July release of Windows 10 to consumers.

We're going to send out builds more frequently to Windows Insiders

Aul sent an email to insiders just hours ago which provided some...

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Quality, Testing, Windows.

Twilio launches video support through WebRTC

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Popular communications platform, Twilio, has expanded its simple API offerings to include video support through the fantastic WebRTC standard. Launching originally in private beta, it will allow developers to embed real-time video experiences into mobile apps, websites, and more.

WebRTC already has strong support in the Chrome and Firefox web browsers

Instead of having to...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms.

Research: Stack Overflow reveals the most-loved languages and platforms for 2015

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In the latest research conducted by Stack Overflow, the Q&A resource site for developers, programmers have revealed their most-loved languages and platforms of 2015. Their findings are based on the responses of 26,086 people from 157 countries and consist of full-stack developers, mobile developers, and front-end...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Java, Languages, Platforms.