Google's recruitment process is straight from Ex Machina

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Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, created another masterpiece in his 'Ex Machina' film which follows a young coder being recruited by the world's largest internet firm. In reality, we all know the fictional company featured would be Google. 

It turns out, Google is now recruiting some coders in the same way as the company in Garland's movie. A new hire, Max Rosett, reports that he never applied for a job...

By Ryan Daws, 27 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Research: State of Mobile Development

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Telerik, a Progress company, released the results of their "State of Mobile Development" study this morning which highlights some interesting trends in the world of application development taken from 3,000 respondents consisting of developers (49%), CEOs/owners (14%), architects (14%), IT professionals (8%),...

By Ryan Daws, 25 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise, Industry, iOS, IoT, Mobile.

Why Gartner’s hype cycle matters to companies and developers

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“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” - Wayne Gretzky  Whilst this may be one of the most rehashed quotes for businesses who see themselves as innovative, especially after Steve Jobs used it, it’s an idea that can set innovative companies apart from the laggards. To be seen not only as an innovator, but also as a market leader, companies need to always look at where the World is going to be, not where it has been. Based on more than 2,000 technologies, Gartner’s hype cycle is designed to help businesses understand what they need to think about moving forward and the technologies that are set to be where the world, and as a consequence, their business should be.  Gartner has established its Six Business...

By Juan Pablo Luchetti, 20 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise.

Mozilla Webmaker addresses local content shortage

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The web is vast, but it doesn't yet represent everyone. Mozilla is on a mission to change this underrepresentation of some communities with the launch of their 'Webmaker' tool which aims to address "the lack of local content in mobile-first markets." 

Developed after extensive research (PDF) into how people use technology in emerging...

By Ryan Daws, 18 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, Mobile.

Google reveals Android 6.0 as Marshmallow: What developers can do from here

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Google has introduced the official Android 6.0 SDK as well as the final preview of Android M, now known as Marshmallow.

The name reveal, following Lollipop and KitKat, was described by Android product manager Jamal Eason. “Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten centre, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows?” he wrote in a blog post.

Nomenclature aside, however, the majority of new features since the launch of...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

Latis wants to finally make notifications 'smart'

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Developers for the most part have got wise to not spamming their users with notifications or risk having their app deleted, but there are still fundamental issues with how notifications are delivered. 

Entering the arena is Latis, a smarter notification system which prevents duplicate notifications popping-up on all the user's devices and instead...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Mobile.

Gamescom: Microsoft demonstrates the power of its cloud

Back in 2013, Microsoft launched the Xbox One with a lot of talk about online functionality and how the power of the cloud will deliver truly next-generation gaming. Since then, it's become a bit of a joke amongst some of the gaming community due to how little we have seen of the cloud in practice. 

So what have we seen thus far? We've seen AI in Titanfall, and "Drivatars" in Forza. Whilst both help to offer some cool experiences - they are not quite the groundbreaking technical feats which...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.

Risk-based security: Applying more sophisticated risk assessment and mitigation tools

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Not all data is created equal. Right there is why organisations are newly focused on risk based security where the crown jewels get more rigorous protection than, say, humdrum, ordinary files.

This is crucial because – as headlines about breaches of important data files at large insurers such as Anthem, large retailers such as Target, and even federal government agencies demonstrate – hackers have gotten very good at their jobs. Understand, for them this is a job. It’s no...

By Ciklum, 30 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Security.

Opinion: Forget connected fridges, it's time to get serious about the IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) was the most hyped technology of 2014 according to Gartner, and it’s easy to see why. Cisco’s recent IoT study suggests that the number of connected devices is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020, leading to a global economic impact of $10 trillion.

Connected devices are set to change the very fabric of the world we live and work in. However, the buzz around gadgets such as connected fridges and smart kettles being developed...

By Sukamal Banerjee, 29 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, IoT.

Five requirements for a future-proof system integration platform

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The life science organisations around the world are driven by innovation and growth. From family owned business to large conglomerates, life science organisations face special requirements, including the need for maximum efficiency across the R&D cycle, strict quality assurance processes and regulatory compliance.

In order to accomplish this, companies must unite data and processes across diverse sources, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), product life cycle management...

By Stephan Romeder, 27 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise, Platforms.

Four core ways that IoT will improve technology

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is just as much a platform as it is a new standard for technological development and integration. Just as the personal computer enabled new use cases and gave end users new ways to be productive and be entertained, IoT will enable a number of digital improvements to the status quo. All these potential improvements and use cases belong to one of four main uses, much in...

By Ciklum, 23 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry, IoT.

Which beacon shines brighter: Eddystone or iBeacon?

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It always made sense that Google would eventually enter the beacon space. In many ways, it’s surprising that Google didn’t get there first. After all, the technology is essentially putting cookies into physical spaces and bringing many of the same technology we use on the web to the physical world. The tracking, advertising, contextual aware potential of the technology made it a Google...

By Mike Crooks, 21 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, IoT, Location.

IoT and Developers: Is reality meeting expectation?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has successfully made the transition from futurist buzzword to a tangible reality. The wearable phenomenon and the promise of a connected fridge or toaster in every ‘smart home’ are proving to be the earliest drivers, with the ecosystem likely to broaden over time. In fact, for a relatively new market, the IoT is growing and maturing quickly:

By Mark Armstrong, 17 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT.

Zubie invites developers to hop-in with API launch

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Zubie, a leader in connected-car devices, has launched an open API platform today called 'ZinC' (Zubie for the Internet of Cars) which enables developers and engineers to build innovative third-party apps and service integrations on top of Zubie’s existing connected-car platform. 

The company offers solutions for both the enterprise and...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Platforms.

Google puts the spotlight on their iBeacon rival

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Google has revealed their answer to Apple's iBeacons, and as expected the company has built an open alternative compatible with both Android and iOS. The full solution consists of three new key elements; a beacon standard, tools and APIs, and a service for managing and monitoring large beacon deployments. 

The cornerstone of Google's beacon solution is the company's new standard...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

Vortex teaches kids to code using robotics

Earlier today I posted a piece to The Hackfest about a junior hackathon called 'JHack' which teaches kids to code using Minecraft. The hackathon was successful because it allowed students to see the impact their skills could have straight away rather than sitting through an (often tedious) coding lecture. 

As the world around us becomes taken-over with technology, it's become...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry.

Google advances its Material Design takeover

During I/O last year, Google announced its new 'Material' design language based on the "Cards" motif seen in Google Now. Since then, many Android developers have adopted some form of the language (whether a complete makeover or just borrowing some elements to fit-in with the rest of the OS.)

Google announced MDL (Material Design Lite) earlier this week to help web developers bring the design to their websites using CSS, JavaScript, and...

By Ryan Daws, 08 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, iOS.

Users won’t tolerate sub-quality enterprise apps

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There is certainly no shortage of enterprise software – but there is a shortage of enterprise software that is actually used by employees. Why? Because most enterprise app development teams make software the way they always have: They focus on the value that the app provides to business managers and not enough on how the app could add value to the end user.

It’s easy to forget, but your...

By Quinton Wall, 03 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, Industry, Quality.

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.