Google finishes Eclipse with end of support for IDE

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Android Studio was announced back in 2013 at Google's I/O developer conference - and since its reveal - the clock was ticking on the end of support for the popular Eclipse IDE which many developers have opted to use for their Java development for over a decade. 

The timer has now run-out for Eclipse and...

By Ryan Daws, 29 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Testing.

The art of creating a mobile application development strategy

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Ask any Internet user and you shall have your answer - the future of the web belongs to mobile. An increasing number of consumers are accessing information and data via tablets, smartphones and other digital devices. Users prefer mobile apps for managing data, navigation, shopping and connecting with others.

Mobile apps have revolutionized the way we communicate with our smartphones as...

By Nitin Lahoti, 24 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Industry, iOS, Quality, Testing.

Unleash your users' sensor data with Sense360

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Modern devices are packed with sensors, but few apps take advantage of the data provided due to how complex it can be to make sense of it all. Sense360 aims to change this through enabling your applications to capture, combine, and analyse data from a variety of sources in order to create intelligent new mobile experiences.

Even...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Location, Mobile.

Xbox One: The Windows 10 Advantage

The desktop PC is upgradable to provide unparalleled performance; but Microsoft has neglected to nurture it for years and left PC game developers with aging graphics APIs and players to use Steam as their platform of choice to connect with fellow gamers. 

Microsoft's new Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, had a presence on the PC gaming E3 conference this year and acknowledged: "There have been times in our past where Microsoft has lost our way with PC gaming. As a person who now runs gaming for...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystem, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.

Opinion: Why the “Native vs. Web” contest doesn’t really exist

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Web developers have suffered from debilitating cases of “app envy” by believing that GUI components traditionally used on native platforms represent the ideal, when instead they ought to be secure in the strengths of the web platform whilst honestly facing the challenges.

The truth is that “native vs. web” is a false dichotomy - the correct path to...

By Nate Cavanaugh, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Languages.

Turn scribbles into digital handwriting with Eloise's API

Eloise specialises in digitising anyone's handwriting to merge the benefits of digital with the personal touch of an individual's handwriting. Through creating a custom style, you can type your message and Eloise will recreate your own handwriting with an insane amount of accuracy.

Instead of creating a consumer product, Eloise is going the API route and targeting developers

Furthermore, every message is individual thanks to small differences each time in lettering and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API.

Interview: What does the industry think about Oculus / Xbox and the future of VR?

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Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, took attendees by surprise when he took to the stage during Oculus' pre-E3 live stream to announce a partnership between the two huge brands. There are plenty of opinion articles surrounding the announcements - but we thought we would get the thoughts from two people within the VR industry. 

For this interview we spoke to Dan Page, Organiser of the South West VR Conference, and Lukas Roper, Lead Developer at

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, VR, Wearables, Windows.

IoT and the enterprise: What has the industry got to do to kick-start growth?

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The analysts and researchers are in agreement; the Internet of Things (IoT) market will become the largest device market in the world. The question is simply when.

Berg Insight argues that in the industrial automation sector, the number of wireless IoT devices will hit 43.5 million by 2020. In the overall market, the numbers are almost frighteningly big: BI Intelligence...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

iOS 9 developers should "exclusively" use HTTPS

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Apple has a lot of industry weight and can make or break technologies simply through putting their support behind them or ignoring altogether. As an example, their refusal to adopt Flash has quickened its inevitable demise, whilst their support of HTML5 has caused an uptick in usage across the web. 

During the Cupertino-based giant's developer conference last...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Hacking, iOS.

The zombie app escape strategy: How to get your users to drive downloads and use

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Apart from stars like Uber, Angry Birds and Facebook most apps are destined to join the ranks of the ‘living dead’, languishing unfound and unloved among over a million competitors in the Apple Store and Google Play. Even those that make it to a smartphone are often forgotten and uninstalled after a few months. In other words, they will be zombies until you finally apply the mercy blow and remove them from the App Stores.

Here are a few stats:

By Gideon Lask, 05 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

The privacy implications of the Internet of Things

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The term “Internet of Things” refers to the use of the Internet for monitoring, tracking, controlling, and interconnecting everyday objects. For example, home appliances can be connected to the Internet to facilitate household activities. In this context, it is worth mentioning that refrigerators that allow the users to access the Internet are already commercially available.

According to ABI Research, a...

By Daniel Dimov, 04 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Couchbase launches N1QL query language, combining SQL with JSON for IoT power

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NoSQL database provider Couchbase has announced N1QL, described as a “breakthrough” query language enabling developers to more easily build enterprise web, mobile and Internet of Things  (IoT) applications on its database.

The move was announced at the Couchbase Connect conference:

Couchbase previews breakthrough query language N1QL at #CBConnect http://t.co/2uR32JHZFM

— Couchbase (@couchbase)

By James Bourne, 03 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, IoT.

I/O 2015: Here's what to expect from Android M

Another year means another I/O, and eyes from around the world will be on Google's annual developer conference to see how the giant plans to lead the way forward in exciting new areas such as wearables and connected cars. 

Google will want to ensure its operating system is found wherever there is technology to power, but such a bold ambition can only be realised with some important changes. In this article we will rundown what to expect from Android M, or...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, Samsung, Wearables.

Microsoft has reduced cloud gaming requirements by over 80%

Microsoft has teamed-up with Duke University to develop a new tool which reduces the bandwidth required for game streaming by over 80% in some initial tests. Many players have attempted cloud gaming to various degrees of success, but no-one has yet cracked it. 

Streaming games from the cloud is more difficult than video streaming primarily because every second counts, and a couple of seconds lag can be detrimental to gameplay. Streaming games from local hardware isn’t such an issue...

By Ryan Daws, 26 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Testing, Windows.

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.