Opinion: In the interest of public security…

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It seems that in the aftermath of almost every major catastrophe comes a reaction from government to increase measures to enhance public security. The atrocities of 9/11 resulted in security measures ranging from increased airport checking procedures, to face recognition devices, from random searches of internet content by intelligence officers, to the use of wiretaps and the ability to intercept and read...

By Andrew Hull, 24 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Industry, Security.

Opinion: For Nintendo, mobile is the path back to glory

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Nintendo is known for family-friendly consoles and some beloved franchises, at least for those of us who grew up with the iconic brand. It has been through such franchises which Nintendo has offered unique experiences which were once guaranteed to ship consoles to gleeful fans.

But as Microsoft and Sony came to market with powerful new consoles - which pushed boundaries and wowed gamers of all ages...

By Ryan Daws, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, iPad, Mobile, Platforms.

Smart Cities: Developing for your city

Our sister publication, TelecomsTech, posted an article yesterday entitled "Building an open, programmable city" which examines how a city is providing developers and researchers with up to 100 Gbps slices of an SDN network.

The article spoke in-depth about the network itself, so we thought we would cover the angle of what possibilities are opened-up by a smart city for developers in particular.

Bristol, where the city-wide...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry, IoT, Platforms, Testing.

Degrees of intimacy: Tablet, phablet, smartphone and wearable

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By JP Luchetti, Consultancy Director, Mubaloo

According to a 2002 book called ‘The Mobile Phone: Towards new categories and social relations’ by Leopoldina Fortunati, an Italian feminist, theorist and author, the mobile phone is one of the most intimate devices we have.

Since then, the definition of mobile now includes a variety of different device types, including tablet, smartphone, phablet and...

By Mubaloo, 03 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, iOS, Wearables.

HTTP/2 is authorised to speed up and protect the web

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A new version of HTTP, short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, has been approved by the IESG (Internet Engineering Steering Group) to help speed up how fast web pages are delivered. The standard is important for governing how a web browser communications with a server to load a web page, and is therefore a vital foundation to the internet.

The last major version of HTTP was introduced 16 years ago in...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Infographic: Rise of the Developer

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We all know developers help to keep the world turning, but you might be surprised at some of these incredible statistics about 'The Rise of the Developer' found in this infographic...

Were you aware of these incredible statistics about developers? Let us know in the comments.

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Canalys: Tablet shipments decline 12% due to phablets

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During Apple's last event, I watched with particular interest at how Cupertino planned to upgrade the iPad Mini. As executives left the stage, I was left disappointed that its sole change was the addition of a 'TouchID' fingerprint scanner.

This frustrated me for a while, the iPad Mini was a device I carried with me everywhere, but as the months went past...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Phablet, Tablet.

One-in-five developers target the IoT for upcoming projects

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We have entered a new era where all of our devices going forward are expected to have a presence on the internet and be able to relay data to us and one another to become more efficient, effective, and make our lives easier as we go about our day-to-day business.

For this to happen, the world needs developers to create the experiences which help to tie all of these devices together. According to new research...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT, Platforms, Tablet, Wearables.

Xbox One, PS4, and PC drive industry health

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Last year was a disruptive one for gaming, as it marked the first full year since the new console releases. A study conducted by GDC shows that we needn’t have worried, with 41% of developers reporting higher profits in 2014 than the previous year. In fact, only 9% saw their profits decline.

The other 50% reported their profits remain similar over the past year which -...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

TIOBE: JavaScript was 2014’s top language

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TIOBE, the software quality company, has released its index for January 2015 which details the most popular programming languages over the course of the previous year. JavaScript has been named “the language of 2014” because it has seen its position rise faster than any other language.

JavaScript enjoyed a rise of 1.7% over the past year,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Languages.

Flurry Research: "Install Addicts" drive app downloads

Claims from industry analysts point towards the rate of app downloads having decelerated after reaching saturation in markets such as the US and South Korea. In August, CNNMoney became one of the many publications to run a piece on this supposed slowdown of app downloads. Flurry Research set out to disprove this claim using their analytics data...

Focusing on the US, Flurry found that consumers are still downloading apps...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, iOS.

Designer vs Developer: Friction is ruining your UX

A study sponsored by enterprise mobility company Kony has highlighted the biggest pain points in the app development process. It reveals the friction between designers and developers often leads to a less-than-optimal UX, and has been found to be why 50% of respondents report their projects were failed to be approved.

Designers say that working with developers is a pain as it seems their guidance is often ignored

The survey takes into account more than 340 respondents across leading global...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, Industry, Testing.

Obama, the first president programmer

Barack Obama set himself in the history books as soon as he was appointed, but now the iconic US president has brought about a day many programmers questioned they would ever see and become the first president to write a computer program...

As part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, Obama wrote a simple program which drew a square on-screen. Sure, that square is not creating the next Minecraft, but it's a start which proves anyone can begin to...

By Ryan Daws, 09 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Careers, Industry.

Windows Phone 8.1 cracks 50% marketshare

The good news is that the latest and greatest version of Microsoft's mobile OS has reached 50% of the Windows Phone market, according to AdDuplex. The bad news is that Windows Phone still accounts for less than 10% of the entire smartphone market in most countries...

Android still dominates in terms of overall marketshare, but where Google's OS fails is in getting their latest OS onto even the latest flagship handsets from the myriad of OEMs who...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Play Store launches in China (without the Play Store)

Today, Google has announced the ability for Chinese developers to launch both their free and paid apps to more than 130 other countries who have access to the Play Store. The only caveat is that, although merchant support has launched, citizens are still unable to access it themselves.

If you develop Android apps in China, and want to start distributing your apps to a global audience through Google Play, visit

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, Location, Monetisation.

HTML5 is ready for primetime, says W3C

Steve Jobs famously put his weight behind HTML5 as the successor to Flash, and declared war on the latter saying "we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open" in regards to Adobe's proprietary standard. Although support for HTML5 is available in most web browsers and operating systems, the standard itself had been considered incomplete - until today.

Now the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a recommendation of HTML5 which...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Industry.

Gamer Study: Women prefer RPGs, men prefer FPS...

Whilst the "GamerGate" battle rages on about the ethics in gaming journalism, a new report from SuperData highlights the difference in genre preferences between genders. The statistics revealed are worth taking into consideration when developing the latest titles...

The study shows that more women play RPG games than men, at 53.6% to 46.5% respectively. When it comes to MMORPGs, however, men are in the majority at 66%. In regards to age, “Players between 18 and 30 account for 50% of the US MMO...

By Ryan Daws, 28 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing.

Mozilla Localiser: The key to the Open Web

The recent European Day of Languages and International Day of Translation both celebrate the importance of language. These internationally observed days encourage a deeper appreciation for the increasingly interconnected global village we live in and offer greater insight into how we communicate within it.

This focus on localisation is increasingly important as we collaborate across borders on a daily basis. Organisations try to reach as many existing and prospective users as possible and must, therefore,...

By Kálmán Szalai, 24 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Marketing, Testing.

Dr Who helps kids into the future with coding game

Coding can be fun, but it's hard to persuade a child to put down their console and start learning a whole new language. Programming is becoming more and more vital in our society, and many jobs are being replaced by intelligent machines and applications built by the digital generation.

The coding begins as the player programs the Dalek back to health via a myriad of related puzzles and challenges.

The BBC has realised its importance, and is helping to get kids into coding through use of a game based on their flagship

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2014, 4 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Learn from Google's mistakes! Avoid similar legal issues

You can't be a web giant as big as Google and be responsible for so much user data without running into a legal issue here and there. The company has already come under-fire for how it has implemented the "right to be forgotten" ruling, and has been asked to stop describing apps with in-app purchases as being free.

Now the Mountain View-based giant is coming under fire from the EU for how user data is combined across services without an opt-out. For example, your data is used across Gmail, YouTube, and Google...

By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Testing.