Nintendo’s studios have 'mastered' the Unreal engine for Switch

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Nintendo has often been criticised for prioritising the company’s internal developers, over-relying on historic franchises, and making it difficult for third-party studios to develop or port games with a lack of support for standard industry engines. 

Epic Games is the developer behind the popular Unreal graphics toolkit and confirmed support for the Switch not long after its announcement. While in the past Nintendo has relied on its own...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

General Motors launches SDK for 'next-generation' apps

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General Motors has launched an SDK for developers with access to almost 400 data points for use in developing in-car applications. 

Apps can be developed in HTML5 and JavaScript using General Motors' NGI (Next-Generation Infotainment) SDK.  To get developers started, the SDK contains a working example of a complete app along with a library of code samples which can be used...

By Ryan Daws, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms.

Mobile development platform Fabric moves to Google

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Twitter's mobile development platform Fabric has been sold to Google for an undisclosed sum. 

Until today's announcement, Fabric was one advantage Twitter held over Facebook after Zuckerberg's giant shuttered its own 'Parse' platform. Clearly, mobile development platforms under the control of social networks are not meant to be. 

Developers who use Fabric can at least feel comforted the platform is not...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Futuremark prepares to launch new DirectX 12, Vulkan benchmarks

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Futuremark is among the most respected names in benchmarking, and the company is about to launch new tools for examining the performance of the newfangled DirectX 12 and Vulkan graphics APIs. 

You may have used or seen benchmarks conducted with the 3DMark software in the past, you may have even seen DirectX 12 benchmarks tested using it. The current version of 3DMark includes a DirectX 12 test...

By Ryan Daws, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming, Testing.

Unity 5.6 beta includes support for Vulkan

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Game developers using the Unity game engine will now be able to deliver exceptional outcomes with the new Unity 5.6 beta – an improved version of the engine which includes improvements to graphics, with Metal Compute, Particle System, and GPU Instancing.

The beta version of the Unity game engine also supports the new Vulkan API, allowing Unity’s Personal Edition users to leverage Vulkan – a...

By Developer Tech, 20 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming.

Visual Studio is coming to macOS this week

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Continuing its efforts to make Windows app development as simple as possible for developers no matter their platform, Microsoft is bringing Visual Studio to Mac.

In the past, developers would either have to run Windows or use a virtual machine of the OS on Mac to access Visual Studio. Microsoft planned to make the announcement on Wednesday during its Connect() developer conference but The Verge

By Ryan Daws, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Platforms, Windows.

R.I.P Eclipse Android Developer Tools

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It's been a long time coming, but Google has finally ended official support for Eclipse ADT (Android Developer Tools) in favour of their dedicated Android Studio IDE. 

Google first announced it would end support for Eclipse ADT back in 2005 and warned developers to make the switch to Android Studio before the end of the year. Over a year later, Google kept up support for Eclipse ADT,...

By Ryan Daws, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Mobile.

Qt launches lightweight IoT development framework

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The Qt Company, an open source tools provider, has launched a new project that aims to make software development faster and more lightweight.

The new Qt Lite Project aims to offer a wide range of enhancements to developers in order to streamline the creation and delivery of software and devices for all relevant platforms regardless of its size. The project is built into the company’s existing framework and can help streamline the development of software and devices for many...

By Developer Tech, 18 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

Is the container hype really justified for developers?

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Since Docker burst on to the scene in 2013, container technology has gone from strength to strength, with an increasingly vocal community of fans in the dev community.

As with any new tech, there were the usual accusations of ‘over-hype’. As much as we love to evangelise about a new technology, we also love to shoot it down.

However, the adoption of containers has also been helped by the rapid growth in the ecosystem, with tooling, scheduling and orchestration...

By Micha Hernandez van Leuffen, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools.

Twilio's Voice Insights enables developers to manage call quality in their apps

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Twilio wants to disrupt the telecommunications industry, and it's been achieving that by providing tools for developers to offer powerful call abilities within their own apps. Twilio is building on their disruptive communications platform with a new analytics solution it calls 'Voice Insights' which enables developers to adjust their apps to offer the best call quality...

By Ryan Daws, 20 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile.

You can finally publish your Win32 apps on the Windows Store

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After first announcing a tool for Windows’ legacy developers to port their Win32 apps to Windows 10 during their BUILD developer conference this year, Microsoft is now accepting submissions for ported apps to be published on the Windows Store.

Some expected the new tool, Desktop Bridge App Converter, would fall into obscurity and eventually be scrapped much like the Android porting tool Microsoft was developing under the guise of Project Astoria. The disbelievers have been...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Windows.

Aruba launches developer-friendly mobile first platform

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Aruba, a part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has launched the Aruba Mobile First Platform, which will be available with its associate enhancements from the fourth quarter of 2016.

The platform provides real-time network insights for improving IoT security and user experiences, utilising application programming interfaces (APIs). It accelerates integration of IoT and mobile, unlocking the developer ecosystem's ability to innovate and use information collected by the Aruba...

By Developer Tech, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms.

Why developer evangelism is more important than ever

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In today’s business world, there are quite a few titles that don’t make much sense. Let’s face it, some of them are just flat out ridiculous. But, in a world where there are Happiness Heroes, Chief Inspiration Officers, and Retail Jedis, there is one newer job title that has made a huge difference for technology companies and that job belongs to the developer evangelist.

To those unfamiliar with this position, it may sound like it belongs in the list of absurd...

By Joshua Margolin, 12 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem, Marketing.

How Samsung aims to put developers at the forefront of the printing apps revolution

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It’s always better working to live rather than living to work; and continual advancements in technology are improving the workplace experience.

Samsung released a report last year as part of its Smarter Futures series, envisaging the office of 2025. The study argued that increases in big data and analytics, as well as smart technology, will enable employees to use any surface as a...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Samsung.

Ubuntu now supports React Native – speeding up iOS and Android ports

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Ubuntu, one of the biggest names in Linux distributions, has announced support for the React Native framework. With application development using web technologies becoming ever more popular, today's announcement will be welcome news for many developers. 

"The web apps team at Canonical is always focused on ensuring the right frameworks are available to developers. The Cordova framework is one such framework that is...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Amazon launches developer tools for Alexa gaming

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Amazon wants to improve Alexa's gaming prowess by introducing a new set of tools which makes it easier for developers to build related experiences. 

The impressive voice assistant has gone from strength-to-strength and is often seen as the leading AI for the smart home thanks to integrations with third party devices – the result of a burgeoning developer scene for Amazon's bestselling Echo device which features Alexa for interactions. 

Whilst most voice...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Gaming.

Windows App Studio updated with API gallery

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Microsoft is making it easier for anyone to build increasingly capable applications for their latest OS with the addition of an easy to use "API Gallery" for Microsoft's free online app builder – Windows App Studio

Just in time for the consumer launch of the Windows 10 "Anniversary" update, the new feature will make it...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Windows.