A call to app developers: 3D Touch and Proactive sweep away the need for splash screens


For years, Apple has been trying to push developers to abandon splash screens, wanting them instead to use a still image of their apps to give the impression that it is loading up. Splash screens are a hangover from the past, where software could be slow to load. Apps are meant to load quickly and allow users to do what they need to do.

With iOS 9 and 3D Touch, Apple is taking the war on splash screens to the next level. Not only will 3D Touch make splash screens seem very out of place,...

By Juan Pablo Luchetti, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, iOS.

Couchbase 4.0 unleashed, aims to be more developer-friendly and move NoSQL needle

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Couchbase has announced general availability of Couchbase Server 4.0 at an event in New York, building on the launch of the N1QL query language and which aims to “direct a lot of features and work towards the developer.”

N1QL, which was announced back in June, is one of the key features in 4.0 and combines SQL with the open standard JSON format, running a NoSQL query...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Languages.

Research: Digital game revenues will break $100bn per annum by 2018

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Data from Juniper Research has found that revenues generated by digital games will be just over $80 billion this year, a figure which is expected to rise to $104 billion prior to the end of 2018. The main driver for this will be PC gaming, which alone could account for 42% of games revenue. 

The line between PC gaming and console is blurring,...

By Ryan Daws, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

BioDigital opens-up the human body with new API

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3D human body modeling startup, BioDigital, has been on a mission over the past couple of years to virtualise our bodies and has amassed an impressive collection of 7,000 objects. Each body part has been hand-modeled with meticulous detail, which can respond to different use cases. 

For the medical industry, this has almost endless potential. Surgeons can practice difficult procedures in a realistic virtual scenario, before heading into the...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools.

Nest opens Weave to developers – debuts Cam API

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If there's a household name in the smart home, it's Nest. The company has gone from strength-to-strength after the launch of their innovative smart thermostat, and even got the attention of Google who acquired the startup in February last year. 

Nest has since launched a range of other connected products, which communicate with one another through a protocol called Weave. Today, Nest has announced several updates to its developer program, including...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Devices, Ecosystem, Platforms.

Google bumps APK limit to 100MB ahead of Android event

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Google will be hosting an event today where it's expected we'll see the release of updated Nexus devices from LG and Huawei, the potential of two new Chromecast products, a surprise 'Pixel' Android tablet, and of course the release of Android Marshmallow to power the exciting new hardware. 

Ahead of the event, the Google Play team has extended the APK file size limit for Android developers from 50MB to 100MB which should...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, Mobile, Platforms.

Seven evolving trends in software development


What’s the difference between a fad and a trend? A fad is ephemeral and burns out shortly after it ignites. For example, every holiday season we witness how some new and novel toy takes the market by storm–remember the Tamagotchi? But soon enough, few people care about these toys anymore, and in no time, you’ll likely find them cluttering the corners of a playroom or crammed in boxes at a garage sale. Trends, on the other hand, reflect movements with staying power....

By Ciklum, 22 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Mobile.

Opinion: The obstacles facing software delivery in the 21st century

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As IT trends like mobile, cloud, and consumerisation continue to flourish; the software industry is facing rising levels of complexity. Customers have increasingly unrealistic expectations, organisations are being pushed to work in a more fragmented yet agile manner, and development managers are now expected to dispatch applications to customers at the blink of an eye.


By Renato Quedas, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Enterprise, Industry.

Microsoft wants to solve compatibility issues with API detection technology

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APIs are often a key component of software to add new features and integrate services with little extra work – most of the time – but sometimes a developer will run into compatibility issues when a system doesn't support a particular API. Microsoft is hoping to counter these problems through building an intelligent detection technology which helps to resolve these...

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

Facebook unleashes React Native for Android

Earlier in the year, Facebook made their React Native framework open-source for iOS to ensure developers can build applications using modern web techniques without having to battle with their existing frameworks. Zuckerberg's social giant has now taken the steps for Android developers, which has allowed them to speed-up the process of building sophisticated native applications. 

React Native started as an internal tool...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Facebook, Languages.

Apple TV doesn’t support Webviews – pushes for a clean, native experience

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Most applications contain some form of Webview to allow a website to be loaded within your application; which makes it easy to update a single point across platforms. For developers on Apple platforms, iAd makes it easy to monetise within your application through simple but effective advertising campaigns. 

For the Apple TV, the boys and girls at Cupertino are removing both features. For the user this has clear advantages thanks to a speedy native app experience and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Salesforce debuts App Cloud development platform

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Most developers will be well-acquainted with Salesforce, the CRM behemoth, and in-particular its Salesforce1 cloud Platform-as-a-Service. The vendor has announced its enterprise-focused 'App Cloud' which brings some of its existing services – Force, Heroku Enterprise, and Lightning – into one neat package. 

Also in the mix is a new product called

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms.

IBM integrates IoT platform with ARM to boost offering


IBM has integrated its Internet of Things (IoT) platform, known as IBM IoT Foundation, with ARM to allow customers to benefit from collection, analysis and decision-making with regard to data from devices such as industrial appliances, weather sensors and wearable monitoring devices. Developed on the SoftLayer infrastructure, the platform supports a range of fully managed, cloud-hosted offerings.

The IBM IoT Foundation provides security systems that protect IoT data and offer decision...

By Developer Tech, 10 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT, Platforms, Wearables.

Google's software build tool Bazel heads into beta

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Bazel, a tool used internally at Google to build software quickly, was made open-source back in March to advance its development. Google has now released Bazel under beta to allow engineers to build server and client software for Android and iOS whilst avoiding some of the usual issues. 

One large caveat, however, is that Bazel is only available for Linux and OS X for the time being – with a Windows version being made "a priority" and due to make the cut...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Java.

Javosize offers Java developers free access to new platform for three months


Technology startup Javosize, which claims to consist of “frustrated Java developers”, is offering devs free access to its Application Performance Management (APM) platform for 90 days.

The platform, slated for launch in October 2015, will cost $9.99 per month after the trial period as the company is looking to offer a low-cost product. Each beta tester will also be able to utilize three application servers at no cost.

Javosize chief magical officer Michael Carducci –...

By Developer Tech, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Java, Languages, Platforms.

Monetisation’s bright future: What app developers need to know now


Just a few years ago, if you’d asked the average app developer to share their thoughts on ad monetisation, chances are they would have had a number of reservations. The concern that ads would negatively impact the user experience – and along with it, adversely affect retention and user ratings – was commonplace among freemium app developers.

Fast forward to today, and you’ll see that the mobile ad tech landscape has significantly evolved. Supply side technologies have become...

By Henrik Basten, 04 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Development Tools, Monetisation.

How to tell whether your game is a quick hit, a slow burner – or neither


Understanding the lifespan of a games app is unpredictable at the best of times – but a new report from App Annie aims to analyse the trends that influence how long an app stays in vogue for.

The App Lifespan report is the conclusion of a study of daily worldwide downloads and revenue of nearly 20,000 apps from the games categories on iOS and Google Play between July 2010 and June 2015.

The research showed that for some, their games were instant hits with a third of iOS...

By Liz Morrell, 03 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Development Tools, Gaming.

Alliance for Open Media will deliver next-generation media formats

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The web is based on a collection of standards which even Apple knows must be open in order to thrive. Several high-profile technology companies have formed a new alliance to create the next-generation of media streaming formats. 

Heavyweights including Netflix, Google, Amazon, Intel, Mozilla, Cisco, Microsoft, and more have partnered for the 'Alliance for Open Media' which hopes...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, HTML5, Industry, Windows.

Opinion: The Accidental App Developer

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Since the economic downturn, many IT budgets have remained flat while the need for new applications has risen dramatically. As a result, business users are seeking new ways to deliver apps. Cue the accidental app developer.

Accidental app developers don’t intend to create apps. Most have never even written a line of code and would never consider themselves developers. Yet, every...

By Quinton Wall, 28 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise, Platforms.