Nintendo is actively pursuing third-party developers for Switch

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According to game publishing giant Take-Two, Nintendo is learning from its past mistakes and actively pursuing third-party developers to help make its upcoming Switch console a success. 

Take-Two Interactive is the parent firm of renowned game developers companies such as Rockstar, creator of GTA, and 2K Games, creator of the Borderlands franchise. During the Credit Suisse Technology, Media, and Telecom conference this week, Take-Two president...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Opinion: The future of software development is now

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Despite businesses’ reliance on their skills, developers are still relatively hard to come by. The talk of a skills gap refuses to die, and today, demand continues to outstrip supply. According to the UK Visa Bureau, software development and IT are among the professions with the biggest skills shortages.

However, software developers...

By Faris Sweis, 28 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Incorporating the latest speech tech into your UX

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Nobody used keyboards in the sci-fi of our childhoods. Whether it was the control system of starships or the hub of a utopian world, every interaction was based on human speech. Opening the pod doors or jettisoning the trash only required a simple command, and many of those systems replied in kind.

Now we’re closing in on that reality. Siri was the first seismic shift...

By Q Manning, 10 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Code.gov launched by US government to share open-source code

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Taxpayers expect their money to be used as efficiently as possible so the US government has launched a new resource which enables its agencies to share open-source code for use elsewhere.

Sharing the code via Code.gov enables the code to be reused around the federal government's agencies to prevent wasting time, money, and resources on...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Five advantages of serverless architecture for every app

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When Instagram launched in 2010, it was woefully underprepared to become the next rags-to-riches social media company.

In just six hours, skyrocketing traffic overwhelmed the single Los Angeles-based machine running Instagram’s back-end. Likening it to open-heart surgery, co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom were forced to perform an emergency migration from the local...

By Wendy Schott, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Opinion: Google's Andromeda OS sounds 2.537 million light years ahead of rivals

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During an event later today, Google is expected to launch an OS codenamed 'Andromeda' which is omnipresent across hardware powered by the Mountain View-based web giant. The event is hardware-focused, so we should be seeing plenty of examples of how the OS will enable a more seamless experience across Google's ecosystem. 

"Google continues to underscore...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Google explains how it helped Niantic bring Pokémon Go to life

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The growth of AR hit Pokémon Go was staggering and far exceeded the humble expectations of developer Niantic Labs. Within just 15 minutes of launching in Australia and New Zealand, player traffic surged well past Niantic’s expectations and created a range of stability issues. 

While it was a troublesome launch period, it could have been much worse if...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Industry, VR.

Opinion: PS4 Pro is a forward-looking console without the power

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Historically, consoles feature lifespans of 7 – 8 years before hardware limitations become an issue. Now, just three years after their debut, we're looking at significant upgrades to both the PlayStation and Xbox as new advancements in technology heralds a new era of immersive entertainment. 

This generation of consoles launched during a transitionary period between 1080p and 4K, and the long-awaited debut of VR. At their launch, and to some...

By Ryan Daws, 08 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Apple is 'welcome' in the UK if the firm rethinks its European operations post-EU tax debate

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Apple is a huge company with the influence to cut a special deal with the Irish government which allowed the giant to pay just 1pc tax on its European profits in 2003 and 0.005pc in 2014. 

The EU, against its own rules on allowing each country to make its own tax decisions, has decided to step in and demand a final bill of approximately €19bn...

By Ryan Daws, 31 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry.

Developers of all sizes can now publish their UWP app on Xbox

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Microsoft has promised truly universal apps for what seems like forever, but whilst the pieces for mobile devices and the desktop have come together, one form which had been absent was the biggest screen in most people's lives, their TV. 

That era is now at its end as Microsoft opens up the ability for any developer to submit their UWP apps for publishing to the Xbox Store....

By Ryan Daws, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Research: Developers are prioritising Android over iOS

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Android's growth has been phenomenal, and the OS now powers approximately 84 percent of global smartphones. With such a huge market share it's just one reason behind a monumental shift towards developers prioritising Android over iOS.

In the latest 'State of the Developer Nation' report, Vision Mobile highlights...

By Ryan Daws, 26 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

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.

Opinion: Will the ‘Brexit Effect’ improve IT education in the UK?

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We only went and did it. Unless you’ve been living with an uncontacted tribe deep in the Amazon rainforest for the past month or so, you’ll know that on 23rd June 2016, the British electorate made the historic decision to leave the European Union.

The conservative party leadership has since changed hands – not to Boris though, thankfully – and the ridiculous claims,...

By Mark Hurren, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Opinion: Gaming technology and VR – a growing sphere of influence

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Video gaming has evolved from a teenage pastime to one of the most lucrative industries in the world. It is no longer simply a leisure pastime and many once- hobbyists across the world are now employed to test and play video games for a living. Even before gaming evolved to this stage, it was a world unto itself but only few would have predicted the tour de force that it is today.

From the...

By Eran Kariti, 15 July 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Industry, Testing, VR.

Google teaches kids to code with Project Bloks

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Google has launched a new open hardware platform called Project Bloks for developers, researchers, and designers to build physical coding-based experiences for teaching kids how to program.

The project highlights that kids play and learn using their hands; which makes an open hardware platform to learn an increasingly essential skill like coding a perfect medium in which to do so. On the project's website,...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Industry, Platforms.