Microsoft says Windows 10 app sales are up – despite claims otherwise

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Microsoft had a grand vision with the launch of Windows 8 that apps should be universal, and can be used no matter what form of device a user decides to use. Over three years on, that dream is still kicking despite poor adoption on mobile and weak PC market. 

Unfortunately, developers have struggled to get on-board with Microsoft's vision and focused their efforts on the lucrative...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Platforms, Windows.

IBM rolls out cloud data and analytics marketplace targeting developers

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IBM has expanded its Cloud Data Services range with over 25 cloud data services and 150 publicly available datasets now available on the IBM Cloud to aid developers in building, deploying and managing web and mobile applications. The services also allow data scientists to ascertain unseen trends using data and analytics in the cloud.

The hybrid cloud services can be implemented across multiple cloud providers. They hinge upon open source technologies, open ecosystems that...

By Developer Tech, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools.

Parse-Over: What to do now Facebook has closed Parse

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When Parse was acquired by Facebook three years ago; developers knew the end wouldn’t be too far away. At the time, Facebook emphasised that it was an acquisition for the MBaaS service; not for the talent that resided in the company.

Three years on, “we need to focus our resources elsewhere” according to Kevin Lacker, co-founder of Parse. Even though developers knew...

By Mubaloo, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

DevOps: Bridging the gap between business and development

Day by day, companies are becoming more reliant on applications to help them remain competitive and break into new markets. In line with this growing dependency comes an equally growing number of trends that influence the way an application is designed. This can be anything from changing business needs to market trends, themes, user stories, and more.  

There are two very clear communities when it comes to app development. Firstly, there are the business stakeholders, who define the product...

By Renato Quedas, 29 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise.

HTML5 security: Cross domain messaging

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HTML5 is one of the emerging technologies for next generation web applications and has brought a lot of new features to the web. HTML5 applications are also widely used in the mobile app world. But along with the features, HTML5 has brought various new attack vectors as well.

Before going ahead with the security concepts of cross domain messaging, let us understand the basics of how cross domain messaging is implemented in HTML5.

Cross domain messaging

Due to the same origin policy...

By Srinivas, 27 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Security.

Opinion: If Flash is dead, is HTML5 now ready for the big time?

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There was a 17 year gap between HTML5, which was finalised and published on October 28 2014, and its predecessor HTML4. In that time, the technology landscape changed in virtually every conceivable way. Google was founded a year after HTML4 was finalised. Mark Zuckerberg was 13 years old. Steve...

By Mubaloo, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Languages.

The key business and process-related mistakes in mobile application development

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Coinciding with recent growth in smartphone usage, mobile apps have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. In 2009 alone, there were roughly 2.5 billion fee-based mobile apps downloaded, and that number is projected to reach nearly 270 billion in 2017. But, the large quantity of downloads also suggests that apps often fail to keep the interest of their users. Data shows that over 90% of an...

By Tim Clarke, 25 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile.

Microsoft criticised for the Windows 10 app store – poor algorithms highlighted

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Users of Windows 10 are often frustrated at the lack of applications for its app store, but it's a situation which isn't going to improve unless developers are happy. The fact is, developers aren't happy, and part of the reason is because Microsoft's lacklustre app store algorithms do not give applications the exposure they deserve – often not showing them...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Several of Google's search APIs find retirement

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After first being announced back in 2011, several of Google's search APIs will find themselves officially retired as of February 15th. Luckily, with Google being a search company, the defunct APIs have been replaced with a superior alternative in the form of the Custom-Search API. 

The APIs heading into retirement include; Patent Search, News Search, Blog Search, Image...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Platforms.

Apple releases iOS 9.3 developer beta – hints at future abilities

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Head over to Apple's Developer Centre this morning and you’ll find a beta of iOS 9.3 if you’re a registered developer. Apple has posted a preview of what to expect in the upcoming version of the OS, so it’s high time we drill through what goodness it contains: 

Night Shift 

One application which has kept me on Android is called...

By Ryan Daws, 12 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms.

Hardware partners Weave onto Google's Project Brillo

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Project Brillo is Google's attempt to unify the internet-connected "things" which make up the Internet of Things we keep hearing about, but until now we've not heard of many products which have supported the new standard. As of CES 2015, this narrative has changed, and now we have several companies putting their weight behind Project...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Apple smashed its own App Store sales record

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Most companies will expect year-on-year growth if they are performing well, but Apple has reported they've smashed their own App Store sales record over the past year, including the biggest single day of sales over its history during the holiday season.

In total, Apple reports the App Store took in over $20 billion during the course of 2015. When you compare to 2014, where the App...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Apple, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Bristol is the latest city to use APIs for improving transport

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As cities become smarter, we're seeing more APIs being opened-up to developers looking to help improve the conditions of those working and living within them. Bristol has become the latest city to join others around the world in offering a transport API. 

The web-based service is designed to provide information such as live bus and train times, stop locations,...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms.

Why the open source debate around MBaaS is missing the point

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There has been lots of discussion around mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) and the merits of open source vs. proprietary options in this space. Arguments on either side of the fence are largely unchanged from when the same debate raged over a decade ago, across anything from operating systems – Linux vs. Windows vs. (Open) Solaris – to productivity software – Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice. Take the debate to the cloud, give it a...

By Matthew Baier, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Mobile, Platforms.

Opinion: Sharpen your app idea by making it a steak knife

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In the first half of the 20th century, enjoying a good steak was a true labor of love. The common table knife required frequent sharpening and polishing to be able to slice through a tough cut of meat. But shortly after World War I came the introduction of stainless steel. This breakthrough metal meant knives didn’t require polishing.

After World War II, another...

By Adam Fingerman, 18 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Quality.

Facebook introduces new embedded video player API and support for oEmbed standard

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In order to help developers and publishers make their websites more social and engaging, Facebook has introduced a new embedded video player API and support for the oEmbed standard. Facebook users interact with videos, articles, posts and photos on the social networking site on a daily basis.

Facebook had launched an interactive embedded video player earlier in 2015 and the...

By Developer Tech, 17 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook.

Nuance introduces 'Mix' developer platform

The Nuance Mix platform enables developers to create customised speech experiences for wearables and other consumer electronics.

The platform was first launched through the Nuance Developers programme as a limited-release beta. It enables developers and device makers to create customised natural language and voice interfaces for the next-generation of IoT, including smart home, fitness, consumer health, robotics, and gaming applications.

Nuance Mix features a completely new natural language development tool....

By Developer Tech, 16 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Platforms.

Huawei plans to launch 'HiLink' SDK for IoT devices

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Huawei is looking to grab a slice of the IoT pie, and has announced their intention to launch a protocol called 'HiLink' next year to control all your smart devices using a variety of communication technologies.

Planned to launch in Q2 2016, the HiLink protocol will make use of Zigbee, WiFi, and Bluetooth to make linking devices easier. HiLink will come with an SDK for...

By Ryan Daws, 14 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT, Platforms.