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, 3 comments. Categories: Developers, 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.

Project X/Y: Google is the "Think Different" company

Most people in the tech world will be aware of Apple's famous "Think Different" campaign for Mac which solidified their position as the rebel alternative to the PC. It is a slogan and ethos which has carried on throughout the company's products and allowed them to become one of the world's most beloved brands.

A growing percentage, however, believe that in recent years Apple has allowed other companies to innovate and then take a step back and look at a different approach. It's...

By Ryan Daws, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Culture-shift: Rise of the female gamer

The culture of games being associated with young, male, teenage gamers has been shifting. In fact, for the first time, female gamers now outnumber males according to a major study carried out by an independent research agency.

Populus' study was conducted on behalf of the Internet Advertising Bureau and found that 52% of people who have played some form of video game in the last six months were female, up from 49% three years ago, and pushing women players into the majority.

"GamerGate" was a recent debate...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2014, 4 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Android KitKat is now on a quarter of active devices

Dear Apple fans, please refrain from comments about the amount of devices your latest OS is running on. I'm joking, go ahead. Even as an Android fan I have to admit that the small percentage of those running Google's latest wonder is frustrating; but it's growing.

The latest iteration of Android, KitKat, has now reached a quarter of active devices according to Google's latest platform version marketshare numbers. This is impressive considering the sheer amount and variety of devices which ship with Android...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Opinion: Windows-as-a-Service could lift Microsoft's curse

Microsoft is cursed. It's a well-known industry joke that "every other" release of Windows hits the sweet spot. Just think; Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8... Which of these releases were happily-adopted by consumers? Or in the case of Windows 8, adopted at all?

At the end of this month Microsoft is set to release a preview version of the next version of Windows. Some people are calling it Windows 9, others are just calling it Windows. The reason for this is Microsoft is likely to turn their...

By Ryan Daws, 08 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Opinion: Let's go on an adventure where everyone is invited… #GamerGate

The gaming community is at war, and this time it's not the usual Xbox vs PlayStation battle. Instead, it is touching on the much more important (and sensitive) issue of diversity. The lack of non-white and non-male protagonists in video games is one of the most highlighted concerns to rights campaigners, but it should be for gamers everywhere, as it results in a lack of choice and new experiences which makes playing games so brilliant and immersive.

For some background,

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

Developers prefer Android over iOS, whilst Windows interest grows

There are two current kingpins in the smartphone war; Android and iOS. The companies behind each ecosystem take different approaches to their respective platforms. Android has a reputation of being more "Open" and, let's be honest, a bit more geeky. iOS is less flexible and instead relies on Apple making all the important decisions on behalf of its users and developers. 

In the latest "

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Industry, Platforms.

Microsoft’s Q4 shows positive outlook, despite Nokia acquisition earnings miss

Earlier this week, DeveloperTech posted an opinion piece on why Microsoft's job cuts were smart, but poorly handled. The company's new CEO, Satya Nadella, inherited a powerful company in disarray with many decisions by his predecessor still being settled. Microsoft's Q4 earnings hints gives an indication of how the company is doing since having a new captain at the helm.

One of the biggest decisions was to acquire the once-mighty Nokia handsets...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Forget Google, it's Microsoft that's building Sky.NET!

If you watched the Google I/O keynote this year, then you will have witnessed the gentleman at the back shouting about how the web giant is building robots which will kill us all. With Elon Musk also adding his concerns to such a scenario, any potential for a Terminator-style "Skynet" artificial intelligence which could be dangerous to our very existence is under close-observation.

Today we've got a step closer to such a self-thinking AI, but it's not from Google, it's in-fact from Microsoft. So why should we be keeping a...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Testing, Windows.

Bluetooth SIG releases wireless accessory predictions

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) oversees the development of the popular standard and has released research based on a survey of over 2000 GB consumers in June 2014 which gives some perspective about the public's expectation surrounding the rise of wireless accessories in the coming years.

A key finding is that 60% of Brits already own a wireless connected accessory and that 72% expect to own one by 2016. With Android Wear recently hitting the market, and the much-rumored "iWatch" by Apple expected...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Opinion: Chromecast is a home trojan horse

Whilst the focus at I/O this year was on Android TV, Google hasn't forgotten Chromecast. Yesterday, the web giant posted an update to the Cast SDK which will allow developers to cut many lines of code from their applications for the device as well as improving the Media Player Library.

But although most of the improvements are not the most exciting, there is one addition which may pique some people's interests...

The "route selector" now shows the name of the receiver app...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Google I/O 2014: Grab a Lollipop, check your Wear, and prepare your TV

Google VP, Sundar Pichai, confirmed yesterday we’ll see the next version of Android today – a break from the tradition of releasing later in the year alongside new hardware. In an in-depth profile piece on Bloomberg, Pichai said: "I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.”

Releasing a preview this early before a general release later this year adds credence to a complete

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Developers, Industry, Platforms.

WWDC 2014: Another predictions article…

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is back and iGeeks everywhere are trying their very best to contain squeals only similar to those generated at a Justin Bieber concert. As usual, we’ve heard rumours of what to expect from a company more under the microscope than ever before…

The last revolutionary product released by Apple was the iPad – which despite being launched in 2010 – still has had no true competitor in terms of sales. Not even the power of Samsung, which...

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Industry, Platforms.

Project Cider quenches your iOS app thirst on Android

For a long time iOS apps’ quality and quantity far surpassed what was offered on Android due to it being a more mature platform. Arguably, on smartphone at least, the two operating systems have reached some amount of parity.

However, there are still apps which are iOS-only, and few apps on Android tablets are yet to reach the quality of those found on iPad. Six PhD students at Columbia University‘s Department of Computer Science may have solved this problem with their work on Project Cider, an OS...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Industry, Platforms.

UK govt sticks by Microsoft for software due to cost savings

The UK government is sticking by Microsoft as its software provider of choice due to cost savings – even over open source alternatives. 

The revelation came after Jos Creese, the CIO of Hampshire County Council, told Computing that a combination of a workforce already familiar with Redmond gear and a refreshing flexibility from the vendor side made Microsoft a surer bet when taking into account...

By Ryan Daws, 12 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Indie developers face challenges on the App Store

Since the beginning of the mobile app economy, the App Store has always been driven to new heights when small, independent game companies released a surprise hit. Just look at Supercell, Rovio, Zeptolab, and King! All those companies were tiny (or even non-existent!) when the App Store launched in 2008, and now each company is pulling in millions of dollars in revenue.

Today, independent app developers are facing a

By StartApp, 08 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Apple iOS, Industry.

Instead of VR headsets, maybe we should be thinking about Virtual Rooms?

The current hot topic in the gaming industry is virtual reality – made popular (once again) by the now Facebook-owned Oculus and their ‘Rift’ headset. It’s an impressive device, but one which is currently attempting to overcome crippling problems such as motion sickness…

Whilst Oculus arguably reinvigorated interest in the technology which can transport us to whole other created worlds – other players such as Sony have also announced their own competitors.

There are many...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry.

Google under antitrust investigation over Android search monopoly

An antitrust investigation has been filed in California against Google which alleges the company is taking advantage of its MADA (Mobile Application Distribution Agreements) which Android device manufacturers have to sign so the company can establish a mobile search monopoly.

The OEMs have to sign their MADA in order to include apps on their devices such as YouTube and Google Play (Books, Movies, Music .etc) applications. They must preload with Google apps and give them prominent locations – including...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Sony struggles as 18% higher-than-expected $1.3bn loss posted

Tokyo-based Sony has been struggling to make a profit from their traditional models of PC, MP3 players, TVs, cameras, and games consoles for some time now.

The company projected a loss for the fiscal year which ended March 31, 2014 as being $1.07 billion.

That number is now at $1.27 billion – a figure 18% higher than expected. Sony pits its exit from the PC market as being a factor in this loss – with write-downs on excess components.

In a statement, a Sony spokesperson said, “Consequently,...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing.