Raspberry Pi releases desktop computer OS

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The creators of the Raspberry Pi, a small $35 computer often used for 'maker' projects, have released an OS for traditional x86 desktop computers. 

Under the name of PIXEL, the primary aim of the OS is to enable Pi creators to write software which can be used across fellow devices without the need for changes. The secondary aim, and it's a bold one, is to produce the "best" computing experience...

By Ryan Daws, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Platforms, Windows.

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.

Prepare for a curved, home button-less iPhone 8

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The iPhone 7 is barely out the door but from a quick glance you would find it difficult to distinguish from its predecessor. A couple of recent industry moves leads us to believe a more radical change is to be expected for the iPhone's upgrade next year. 

One big change in how you use the iPhone 7 is with the 'Home Button' which has shifted from...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Devices, iOS, Platforms.

There’s still room for apps: Three tips for independent developers

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Global app downloads are on the decline, even for the most popular in Apple’s App Store. Out of established apps in the U.S., only Uber and Snapchat saw download growth in recent months. So what gives? 

Reports show that 94% of the revenue generated through the App Store goes to the top 1% of publishers, turning the business into a winner-take-all type of system. Because of this,...

By Q Manning, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Marketing.

Why Apple and Google are now reaching out to indie developers

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Without the marketing and UA budgets of the bigger app studios, indie developers can have trouble spreading the word about their applications, being featured in the app stores, and gaining big user bases.

For years, indie developers have criticised the two biggest app stores, the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, for prioritizing big studio games over the independent developers who form the backbone of the app economy. Now, Apple and Google are beginning to unveil new features...

By StartApp, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Apple, App Stores.

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.

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.

Opinion: How iOS 10 and App Store changes will impact developers

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Nine years and over 2 million apps later, the App Store has become a spiralling behemoth. Whilst there are many great, innovative, immersive and useful apps - there is also a lot of dross. Unfortunately, even if you have a great app you may still end up with a failure on your hands.

One just needs to look at Storehouse, the visual storytelling app that won in Apple Design Awards 2014. Yesterday, the...

By James Kaye, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, iOS.

Developers are more excited for Apple TV than WatchOS

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Wearables seem to be a more discussed trend in tech circles, but a new report indicates that developers are more interested to build apps for the Apple TV over the Apple Watch. 

The information comes from Realm, a company which hosts apps used by approximately 100,000 developers. Apple TV has gained significant interest from developers since the fourth-generation was released, in stark...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Wearables.

Epic releases Unreal Engine 4.11 – improvements based on Paragon development

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Epic doesn't just maintain the fantastic Unreal Engine, they also create incredible games. Their experience from this game development translates into Unreal Engine features, to help other developers overcome hurdles and ensure the process is as simple as possible whilst maintaining high-levels of performance. 

An upcoming...

By Ryan Daws, 01 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.

Apple releases iOS 9.3 developer beta – hints at future abilities

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Head over to Apple's Developer Centre this morning and you’ll find a beta of iOS 9.3 if you’re a registered developer. Apple has posted a preview of what to expect in the upcoming version of the OS, so it’s high time we drill through what goodness it contains: 

Night Shift 

One application which has kept me on Android is called...

By Ryan Daws, 12 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms.

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: Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Apple makes a Swift move towards open source

When you think of Apple, rarely does "open source" come to mind. Last year Apple introduced a brand-new programming language called Swift which aimed to make coding applications for iOS or OS X a modern experience – and it promised that it would be open source. 

A few people would have rolled their eyes at this; with some people thinking back to Steve Jobs taking stage at WWDC to announce that FaceTime would also be open source. However, Apple made good on its promise this morning to open source...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Languages, Platforms.

Microsoft strengthens Windows Bridge for iOS

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DeveloperTech reported earlier this week that Microsoft's bridge to Android is falling apart, but the Windows Bridge for iOS appears to be progressing well and has received some notable improvements over the past few months. 

The project, also known as Islandwood, aims to offer a simple...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms, Windows.

Why iOS 7 was more than a design refresh – and how it influences the current OS

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The iPhone is the most successful consumer product of all time, with over 700 million units sold since 2007. The iPhone’s big sibling, the iPad also regularly ranks on lists of the top selling consumer products of all time, with over 250 million sold since 2010. So successful is the iPhone, that it has propelled Apple to be the most profitable company, by a long stretch, ever.

As the software that runs on Apple’s mobile products and is the basis for watchOS, CarPlay,...

By Olly Berry, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS.

A call to app developers: 3D Touch and Proactive sweep away the need for splash screens

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For years, Apple has been trying to push developers to abandon splash screens, wanting them instead to use a still image of their apps to give the impression that it is loading up. Splash screens are a hangover from the past, where software could be slow to load. Apps are meant to load quickly and allow users to do what they need to do.

With iOS 9 and 3D Touch, Apple is taking the war on splash screens to the next level. Not only will 3D Touch make splash screens seem very out of place,...

By Juan Pablo Luchetti, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, iOS.

Apple TV doesn’t support Webviews – pushes for a clean, native experience

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Most applications contain some form of Webview to allow a website to be loaded within your application; which makes it easy to update a single point across platforms. For developers on Apple platforms, iAd makes it easy to monetise within your application through simple but effective advertising campaigns. 

For the Apple TV, the boys and girls at Cupertino are removing both features. For the user this has clear advantages thanks to a speedy native app experience and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

iOS 9 developers should "exclusively" use HTTPS

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Apple has a lot of industry weight and can make or break technologies simply through putting their support behind them or ignoring altogether. As an example, their refusal to adopt Flash has quickened its inevitable demise, whilst their support of HTML5 has caused an uptick in usage across the web. 

During the Cupertino-based giant's developer conference last...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Apple, Hacking, iOS.

Apple begins analytics roll-out for App Store

Back at WWDC, Apple promised a new analytics app which can monitor your apps performance in the App Store to help provide deeper insights about what is working and what could do with taking a second-look at what elements can be improved for better success. 

Some developers have received emails alerting them to the launch of the 'App Analytics Beta' app which fulfils Apple's promise. It shows how many (potential) customers have opened an app's listing in the store, check in-app purchase sales, create...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Google brings Android apps to Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS

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The ARC project was previously restricted to a small group of select developers who collaborated with Google on allowing Android apps to run on the company's Chrome OS. As of now, Google has launched a new Chrome app packager dubbed 'ARC Welder' which allows Android apps to be run even on rival platforms to increase their reach. 

By Ryan Daws, 02 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing, Windows.