More developers working across mobile, IoT and cloud, argues VisionMobile

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A new study from analyst house VisionMobile has looked into the global developer landscape – and found Java to be the most popular language while devs are increasingly working across multiple sectors, including mobile, IoT, and cloud.

The latter makes sense – as tools and languages work across sectors, the developers using them do as well – yet the research, which polls more than 30,000 developers each year, found some other interesting findings.

The figures, which are...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile.

Ten lucky developers will be invited to build apps for Magic Leap's AR technology

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Magic Leap is working on augmented reality technology, but we know little else other than from sporadic reports telling us it's pretty amazing. Ten lucky developers will be invited to get up close with Magic Leap's AR technology and become the first to build apps for it ahead of its full release. 

The announcement was made by Magic Leap's CEO, Rony Abovitz, during a Q&A session he attended via a telepresence robot (just to remind people...

By Ryan Daws, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, VR, Wearables.

Stack Overflow and Trello founders announce HyperDev – the 'fastest' way to develop web apps

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The founders of Stack Overflow and Trello, Fog Creek, have announced the open beta of HyperDev which is pitched as being the 'fastest' way to develop web applications. 

Due to launch in open beta on May 31st, HyperDev is a collaborative tool which enables developers to focus on writing code for building full-stack web apps while the platform...

By Ryan Daws, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms.

Opinion: Weighing risks against benefits of React Native in the enterprise

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Few can deny the excitement generated in the mobile development community by React Native’s promises of productivity and multi-platform. Indeed, a veritable flood of apps created with Facebook’s recent brainchild now appear to be landing in the app store.

Understandably, then, discussions proliferate as to whether React Native is already mature enough to be...

By Mike Mannion, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry.

Opinion: Prepare for the Chromebook takeover

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According to IDC, shipments of Chromebooks in the US overtook those of Apple's Mac products for the first time in the first quarter of 2016. Most people don't need the power offered by the latest Windows and Mac devices, and the lower cost and increased battery of Chromebooks make an obvious choice for the average consumer. 

With the announcement that Android apps will soon be available on Chromebooks, the platform is about to become even more attractive for...

By Ryan Daws, 19 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Twitter enables developers to embed ads into tweet streams

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A beta program is being rolled-out by Twitter which enables developers to embed advertisements into tweet streams in third-party apps on Android and iOS which utilise Twitter Kit. 

One example of a popular app which uses Twitter Kit to implement a social feed is the official NBA application. From today, developers which use Twitter Kit will be able to monetise...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation, Social media.

Live Stream: Microsoft TechDays (9:30am - 5pm BST)

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By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Windows.

Amazon launches Dash-based programmable IoT button – sells out within a day

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AWS (Amazon Web Services) is popular, the IoT is hot, and when you combine the two in a product for developers it sells out within a day. 

Based on the single button 'Dash' hardware by Amazon – which has been used in the past to order items with a button press – the AWS IoT version is a "Limited Release Programmable Dash Button" for developers to get started with AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, Amazon...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Devices, Hacking, IoT.

What to expect from Google I/O 2016

Google's annual conference, I/O, will be held this Wednesday and is sure to make waves across both the developer and consumer worlds. This year we expect to see the event focus on how Google intends to respond to advancements in wearables, virtual reality, and the IoT. 

Android 

We expect Android will take a backseat as the company works on freeing the operating system from Java amid continued battles with Oracle and the EU. Some 

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, VR, Wearables.

Realm launches new mobile database for Xamarin aimed at .NET developers

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Realm has launched a new mobile database for .NET developers that is ideal for reactive app development, with live objects, change events, and support for unidirectional data flows. Built specifically for Xamarin, it offers easy object persistence and full query capabilities with a faster performance profile than incumbents.

Meeting the requirements of mobile app development,...

By Developer Tech, 11 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS.

Nvidia uses DOOM to demonstrate Vulkan's power

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The anticipated reboot of beloved game series DOOM is due this week from Bethesda, and Nvidia has used it on-stage during an event in Austin to demonstrate the power of their latest GTX 1080 GPU when used with the impressive Vulkan graphics API. 

Going back to its roots, the new DOOM is set to offer fast-paced action...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming, VR.

DevOps: The good, the bad, and the inevitable

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DevOps has brought about many benefits for those willing to give it a go. It allows organisations to unite software development and operations teams, do away with organisational silos, and encourage teams to work towards a shared objective. As a result, many that take the plunge are seemingly reaping the rewards and leaping ahead of competitors in almost every relevant...

By Brett Hofer, 09 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Basho Technologies launches version 1.3 of Riak TS optimised for IoT

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Basho Technologies has launched version 1.3 of Riak TS, an enterprise-grade NoSQL database optimised for Internet of Things (IoT). The open source edition is available for use by developers at no cost and version 1.3 expands support for SQL commands, improves API support and offers support for shell commands while also including multi-cluster...

By Developer Tech, 06 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

Vensi introduces update to BlueApp.io

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Today, millions of Bluetooth devices have flooded the market and more are entering the ecosystem on a daily basis. These devices include sensors, scales and control equipment among others.

BlueApp.io provides the communication platform to connect all of these devices to remotely, monitor and control them. The...

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Why the sun may still shine on TV for boosting your app

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With over two million apps on both the App Store and Google Play, it has never been harder to acquire new users. Unless you are a big developer, cutting through the noise is increasingly difficult. Added to the number of apps, expectations with apps and mobile games are increasingly high, with people expecting better experiences and more innovation, often for free.

In many ways, creating an app is the easy part. Getting people to find out about it, download and then come back is where...

By Josh Rinsky, 26 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing, Monetisation.