Apple begins analytics roll-out for App Store

Back at WWDC, Apple promised a new analytics app which can monitor your apps performance in the App Store to help provide deeper insights about what is working and what could do with taking a second-look at what elements can be improved for better success. 

Some developers have received emails alerting them to the launch of the 'App Analytics Beta' app which fulfils Apple's promise. It shows how many (potential) customers have opened an app's listing in the store, check in-app purchase sales, create...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, App Stores, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Opinion: This is how Microsoft is changing the world

Microsoft celebrated their 40th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion Bill Gates sent a motivating letter to employees. It started with: "Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible." 

Beyond proving that goal was just possible, Microsoft's software moved out of our homes and off our desks to power a variety of things such as healthcare...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Platforms, VR, Windows.

Build 2015: What to expect at Microsoft's biggest event

Microsoft's annual developer conference, Build, kicks-off today and marks an opportunity for the Redmond-based giant to show-off some of its latest advancements and prove to developers that Windows remains important in a world where most users are happy with their iOS and Android mobile devices. 

However, whereas Apple and Google have gradually iterated on their established platforms each year, Microsoft is in a disruptive...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Windows.

Rapid mobile app development works - but not without management

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Although the developers of Angry Birds probably didn’t know at the time how much their app would take off, one thing’s for certain: they didn’t set out to create an app with a terrible user experience. They wanted a mobile app with depth that would cater to as wide an audience as possible, with all the right features and nothing cut-and-paste.

RMAD may take less investment...

By Jim Casey, 28 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise.

Valve supports your game mod career

Not only does Steam handle transactions for buying and downloading games from both big publishers and independent developers, but it also allows gamers to easily 'mod' their games to add functionality or change the game in weird and wonderful ways.

Revenue generated from the mod will be split between involved parties.

Until now, mods in the 'Steam Workshop' have had to be free.  In fact, the modding culture even away from Steam tends to lean towards free distribution even though some mods...

By Ryan Daws, 27 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

DirectX 12: Unlocking the Xbox One

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Yesterday we posted an article with details about the key benefits of DirectX 12, and we've since received a lot of questions regarding what features apply to Microsoft's console and to what extent the latest collection of graphics APIs will provide a boost to its capabilities. 

The Xbox One uses an architecture by AMD, and therefore the benefits we detailed yesterday will apply to...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms.

Opinion: Going native to go cross-platform

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We’d all love to be able to cut our workload by half, two-thirds or even more. The problem is, less effort often means a compromise on quality. For instance, developing applications for multiple platforms and devices using the same code across all environments often results in an app that is not optimised for the operating system, has less functionality, and delivers poorer...

By Burke Holland, 24 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Windows.

AMD opens-up about DirectX 12's key benefits

There has been much discussion about the benefits of DirectX 12, but now one of the processor manufacturers which Microsoft has partnered with to provide the latest collection of powerful graphics APIs has provided more solid details about two of the major features which will help game developers deliver solid performance for their titles... 

Async Shaders 

Past versions of DirectX would limit the graphics queue to essentially a single thread, whereas it makes sense for...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming.

Top seven free resources to learn Swift programming

Swift is fast gaining strength as a new programming language simplifying the way codes are attempted and implemented on platforms like iOS and OS X. Acting similarly to its elder cousins from the Apple family, Swift works well with its roots offering you a new perspective of development with advanced features and factors of app development whilst it also means that it has a number of syntaxes that might be already known to you.

Further, if you are ready to upgrade yourself with the new language that will...

By Arun Goyal, 22 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Languages.

Microsoft steps on the gas to meet Windows 10 launch

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Gabe Aul, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider program, said last month that the company was considering a new "Ludicrous Speed" (codename!) ring for build deployments which would be cutting-edge but would ship with more issues to iron-out ahead of the expected July release of Windows 10 to consumers.

We're going to send out builds more frequently to Windows Insiders

Aul sent an email to insiders just hours ago which provided some...

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Quality, Testing, Windows.

Twilio launches video support through WebRTC

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Popular communications platform, Twilio, has expanded its simple API offerings to include video support through the fantastic WebRTC standard. Launching originally in private beta, it will allow developers to embed real-time video experiences into mobile apps, websites, and more.

WebRTC already has strong support in the Chrome and Firefox web browsers

Instead of having to...

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

Research: Stack Overflow reveals the most-loved languages and platforms for 2015

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In the latest research conducted by Stack Overflow, the Q&A resource site for developers, programmers have revealed their most-loved languages and platforms of 2015. Their findings are based on the responses of 26,086 people from 157 countries and consist of full-stack developers, mobile developers, and front-end...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Java, Languages, Platforms.

Amazon simplifies machine-learning with AWS

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Not content with letting Microsoft grab the headlines this week for cloud news, Amazon has debuted a new 'Machine Learning' service during the AWS Summit in San Francisco which intends to let developers build smart, data-driven applications which can "learn" based on past data. 

Machine Learning is a...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Analytics, Cloud, Development Tools, Platforms.

Microsoft launches Hyper-V containers for cloud performance

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Microsoft's Hyper-V containers will allow applications to be run at tremendous scales, anywhere, similar to what Google has offered for many years. Of course these containers still require an OS in order to run them, and that's where Microsoft Nano Server steps-in...

Nano Server is a version of its Windows Server without all the "clunk" - such as a user interface - in order for apps to run at peak...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise, Platforms, Windows.

Applause updates its analytics tool with new features

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Award-winning mobile analytics tool, Applause, has been updated with a range of new features and enhancements including the addition of global benchmarking. Along with the improvements to the tool's abilities, a fresh new interface has also been debuted with this release. 

The company uses 175,000 real-world users in 200 different countries for its comprehensive form of...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, iOS, Testing.

NASA and IBM prepare to hold 'Space App' hackathon

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NASA and IBM are partnering to host a 'Space App' hackathon, and we're not talking about the kind of space which our UI designers use in their work. Instead, we're talking about the mind-boggling vastness of everything outside of our little planet which we still have little understanding. 

Taking place this weekend simultaneously in 162 countries, 136 cities, and involving 10,000...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, IoT.

Google brings Android apps to Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS

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The ARC project was previously restricted to a small group of select developers who collaborated with Google on allowing Android apps to run on the company's Chrome OS. As of now, Google has launched a new Chrome app packager dubbed 'ARC Welder' which allows Android apps to be run even on rival platforms to increase their reach. 

By Ryan Daws, 02 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

MicroApple: Apple and Microsoft announce merger

Historic rivals, Microsoft and Apple, have announced they are planning to merge later this year. Their first project is to move all employees to a new space-based orb in order to offer services "from the space" rather than "from the cloud" like other common firms with less money.

One of the first new services to be offered will be 'Office Death Ray 365' to annihilate your competition no matter what day of the year (except leap years.)

It appears the two companies have been planning the merger since...

By Ryan Daws, 01 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, iOS, Windows.

Talking Sense: Be sensible when creating apps for kids

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There's a hoax from last year making the rounds on social networks again which targets the 'Talking Angela' game and claims that a paedophile is able to watch and engage with a child from behind the virtual cat character using the device's camera and prompt children into revealing personal details and behave in questionable ways. 

Although this was...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Ethics, Marketing.