Apple’s reported purchase and shuttering of FoundationDB angers developer community

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Apple’s reported acquisition of database provider FoundationDB, only to then shut it down, has caused outrage among developers.

A quick look at the FoundationDB community page gives the following update: “Thank you for your support of FoundationDB over the last five years. We’re grateful to have shared our vision of building the best database software and we strongly value your participation in this community. We have made...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Git.

Analysing gaming analytics on mobile platforms

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We’ve come a long way since the days of Atari. We now have dedicated gaming platforms with powerful processors, graphics and internet connectivity. Someone sitting in their living room in Des Moines, Iowa can be playing against gamers in Canada, England and South Africa.

The overwhelming popularity of video games has created an industry valued at more than 90 billion dollars. That’s a lot...

By Rick Delgado, 25 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Gaming, Mobile.

Opinion: In the interest of public security…

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It seems that in the aftermath of almost every major catastrophe comes a reaction from government to increase measures to enhance public security. The atrocities of 9/11 resulted in security measures ranging from increased airport checking procedures, to face recognition devices, from random searches of internet content by intelligence officers, to the use of wiretaps and the ability to intercept and read...

By Andrew Hull, 24 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Industry, Security.

Things to consider when developing for various form factors

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With the fast-paced developments in online and information technologies, software has become an inseparable part of our everyday lives. We carry around a world of information in our pocket, which we can access instantly. For many people, not a day goes by without interacting with a UI to get something done. Whether it’s the consumption or communication of information, we want that software to run smoothly...

By Philipp Benkler, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Mobile, Tablet, Testing.

Google launches 'Places' API for sensible locations

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Few of us can name a place by its latitude and longitude, but I bet most know several locations by its name. Up until today, developers have only been able to add location pickers using co-ordinates. With the launch of Google's new 'Places' API for Android, and in beta for iOS, users can specify where they are with actual place names...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, iOS.

Microsoft takes Visual Studio 'MSBuild' open-source

At the end of last year, we reported that Microsoft had made their NET core stack open-source so that it can run on Mac and Linux. It was a big first step to an ongoing cross-platform effort from the company to ensure developers and users have access to the tools and services they require to be productive no matter what platform they’re using.

That support takes another leap-forward today with the...

By Ryan Daws, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mac, Platforms, Windows.

SXSW: Google plans to open 'Now' with new API

Google Now is an incredible tool, and yet still has so much unrealised potential. The location-aware service aims to offer the user relevant information as and when it is needed. Unfortunately this has been reserved to Google's own apps and some close partners, and left some developers itching to help bolster it into something truly awesome…

Luckily, it doesn't seem we have that much longer to wait. Aparna Chennapragada, Director of Product Management for Google Now, has said the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Location, Wearables.

Opinion: For Nintendo, mobile is the path back to glory

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Nintendo is known for family-friendly consoles and some beloved franchises, at least for those of us who grew up with the iconic brand. It has been through such franchises which Nintendo has offered unique experiences which were once guaranteed to ship consoles to gleeful fans.

But as Microsoft and Sony came to market with powerful new consoles - which pushed boundaries and wowed gamers of all ages...

By Ryan Daws, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, iPad, Mobile, Platforms.

Opinion: Microsoft kick-starts our peer-to-peer future

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Microsoft is about to make a huge change in Windows 10 which will catapult P2P usage due to implementing the technology into their app and OS update deployment system. This will act similar to a BitTorrent client, where bits and pieces of software are distributed from all the computers on the network until the full installation is available. 

There are clear advantages to utilising peer-to-peer...

By Ryan Daws, 16 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Smart Cities: Developing for your city

Our sister publication, TelecomsTech, posted an article yesterday entitled "Building an open, programmable city" which examines how a city is providing developers and researchers with up to 100 Gbps slices of an SDN network.

The article spoke in-depth about the network itself, so we thought we would cover the angle of what possibilities are opened-up by a smart city for developers in particular.

Bristol, where the city-wide...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry, IoT, Platforms, Testing.

Research: Smartphone apps are just as accurate as wearables

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Despite their popularity, wearables will not be able to replace smartphones anytime soon. A study by the researchers of the University of Penn Medicine revealed that the applications on smartphones are as accurate as the health tracking features of wearable devices.

The research was undertaken with 14 participants who tested 10 of the best-selling smartphone applications and handsets in the United...

By Jenni Birch, 11 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Platforms, Testing, Wearables.

Apple Watch: What about the developers?

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the Apple Watch, most of which should be answered during today's "Spring Forward" event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

From a developer's perspective, there are a lot of questions which should have been answered by now in order to prepare. When the original iPhone was launched, there was no support for third party applications. This allowed developers to get a feel for the device, and when the SDK arrived you could run the code on an actual...

By Ryan Daws, 09 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, iOS, Platforms, Wearables.

MWC15: Eye-tracking with The Eye Tribe's SDK

Eye-tracking is cool, but products we've used in the past have been too inaccurate or slow for practical usage in games and applications. The Eye Tribe is a company which specialises in the technology, and a demo we received at Mobile World Congress this week proves their expertise.

Language tutorials for the SDK are available for C#, C++, and Java.

Our experience started with a game which a lot of people with a smartphone will be familiar with, Fruit...

By Ryan Daws, 06 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, C#, Devices, Gaming.

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.