Parse-Over: What to do now Facebook has closed Parse

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When Parse was acquired by Facebook three years ago; developers knew the end wouldn’t be too far away. At the time, Facebook emphasised that it was an acquisition for the MBaaS service; not for the talent that resided in the company.

Three years on, “we need to focus our resources elsewhere” according to Kevin Lacker, co-founder of Parse. Even though developers knew...

By Mubaloo, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Microsoft criticised for the Windows 10 app store – poor algorithms highlighted

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Users of Windows 10 are often frustrated at the lack of applications for its app store, but it's a situation which isn't going to improve unless developers are happy. The fact is, developers aren't happy, and part of the reason is because Microsoft's lacklustre app store algorithms do not give applications the exposure they deserve – often not showing them...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Apple smashed its own App Store sales record

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Most companies will expect year-on-year growth if they are performing well, but Apple has reported they've smashed their own App Store sales record over the past year, including the biggest single day of sales over its history during the holiday season.

In total, Apple reports the App Store took in over $20 billion during the course of 2015. When you compare to 2014, where the App...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Apple, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Opinion: Sharpen your app idea by making it a steak knife

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In the first half of the 20th century, enjoying a good steak was a true labor of love. The common table knife required frequent sharpening and polishing to be able to slice through a tough cut of meat. But shortly after World War I came the introduction of stainless steel. This breakthrough metal meant knives didn’t require polishing.

After World War II, another...

By Adam Fingerman, 18 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Quality.

Opinion: Should you choose a Web or a Native app?

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The first step in developing an app is determining whether it should be native or on the web. This decision will impact every stage of development, from hiring the right programmers to determining which devices it can be accessed on.

Wait — Aren’t There Hybrid Solutions?

While current technology allows for hybrid applications — either by wrapping browser scripting in a native app like 

By Q Manning, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Mobile.

Trailhead uses gamification for Salesforce training – launches from beta today

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Salesforce has launched its gamified 'Trailhead' platform out of beta today, offering newcomers and experienced developers a chance to brush-up their skills and potentially land a new job. We caught up with the company's Vice President of Developer Relations, Guillaume Roques, about the launch and what its plans are moving forward. 

With the financial...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

Software modification will soon be legalised

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New rules have been issued by the Librarian of Congress to provide exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which allows the use of modified software. This will legalise the popular act of "jailbreaking" on Apple devices, and the use of custom firmware on devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs. 

There...

By Ryan Daws, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Industry, Testing.

Research: Digital game revenues will break $100bn per annum by 2018

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Data from Juniper Research has found that revenues generated by digital games will be just over $80 billion this year, a figure which is expected to rise to $104 billion prior to the end of 2018. The main driver for this will be PC gaming, which alone could account for 42% of games revenue. 

The line between PC gaming and console is blurring,...

By Ryan Daws, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

Opinion: The obstacles facing software delivery in the 21st century

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As IT trends like mobile, cloud, and consumerisation continue to flourish; the software industry is facing rising levels of complexity. Customers have increasingly unrealistic expectations, organisations are being pushed to work in a more fragmented yet agile manner, and development managers are now expected to dispatch applications to customers at the blink of an eye.

While...

By Renato Quedas, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Enterprise, Industry.

Alliance for Open Media will deliver next-generation media formats

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The web is based on a collection of standards which even Apple knows must be open in order to thrive. Several high-profile technology companies have formed a new alliance to create the next-generation of media streaming formats. 

Heavyweights including Netflix, Google, Amazon, Intel, Mozilla, Cisco, Microsoft, and more have partnered for the 'Alliance for Open Media' which hopes...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, HTML5, Industry, Windows.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.