Opinion: Getting a jump-start on the road to quality engineering

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For many DevOps teams, a transition over to a Continuous Integration (CI) / Continuous Delivery (CD) methodology seems impossible. Yet, this daunting task is inevitable, as application development transitions away from top-down, Waterfall processes in order to meet faster, more frequent release cycles.

Adopting “shift left” CI/CD processes allow testing and Quality Assurance (QA) to be fully...

By Manish Mathuria, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Testing.

Futuremark prepares to launch new DirectX 12, Vulkan benchmarks

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Futuremark is among the most respected names in benchmarking, and the company is about to launch new tools for examining the performance of the newfangled DirectX 12 and Vulkan graphics APIs. 

You may have used or seen benchmarks conducted with the 3DMark software in the past, you may have even seen DirectX 12 benchmarks tested using it. The current version of 3DMark includes a DirectX 12 test...

By Ryan Daws, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming, Testing.

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.

AT&T launches developer 'Starter Kit' for the IoT

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Mobile networks will play a large part in the Internet of Things and interested developers would be wise to pay attention to developments from telecommunication giants. On that note, AT&T has announced the launch of a dedicated IoT 'Starter Kit' for developers looking to get started with IoT development. 

The kit was announced by AT&T's...

By Ryan Daws, 13 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: API, Development Tools, Devices, IoT, Platforms, Testing.

Opinion: Test and development in the world of virtual reality

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Virtual reality (VR), the stuff of sci-fi movies and more recently, action-packed video games, is becoming more real all the time. Investors have funneled $8.8B into the sector since 2012, according to SuperData Research Inc. The firm reports that 6 million Americans say they intend to purchase a Sony PlayStation VR system this year, compared with 5 million for Oculus Rift (purchased by Facebook for $2 billion) and 2 million saying they'll buy another leading platform, the...

By Kevin Dunne, 14 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Testing, VR.

Google launches Android Studio 2.0 beta – features multi-touch, better app indexing

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Ahead of the upcoming final release, Google has released the next major version of its Android Studio IDE for developers to put through its paces and help to eliminate any lingering bugs ahead of its full debut. Available in the Beta release channel, Google says this version of Android Studio 2.0 "is near stable release quality and should be...

By Ryan Daws, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Platforms, Testing.

Android Developer Studio 2.0 is 50 times faster – adds GPU profiler and instant run

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Google has released a milestone update to its Android Developer Studio which increases the emulator speed over 50 times, provides 'instant run' support, and implements a new GPU profiler for dealing with OpenGL ES code. 

The update to Google's popular IDE has been released in preview; almost a year after 1.0 was first released. Developers of the suite have said the focus in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

Covert app communications result in Android battery drain

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Most applications require the use of data to perform their duties, but new research being released from MIT has found that half of communications are being conducted without any benefit whatsoever to the user. 

Aside from the questions it raises about why such communications are being established, it also reduces battery life, exposes users and their devices to privacy risks, and sucks...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Mobile, Testing.

Opinion: Tools for easier mobile app development

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Smartphones are so deeply entrenched in our lives that developers can reach hundreds, thousands, even millions of users – provided that they actually build a high-quality app that can appeal to a large variety of people. While anyone can build an app, creating one that people use, enjoy, and recommend takes work.

This list of 10 tools for mobile app developers is...

By JT Ripton, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

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.

Developers, use 'Rewind' to prevent users leaving your app

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When a user encounters an issue, they'll often delete the software and move onto a competing application without reporting the problem they faced. This can leave the developer perplexed as to what happened and without solid data to prevent more in the future. 

A new solution from Testfire, called Rewind,...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Enterprise, iOS, Quality, Testing.

IBM adds Node.js debugging into the (Blue)mix

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Last month, IBM upped its Node.js expertise through announcing the acquisition of StrongLoop and their API experts in the server-side JavaScript environment. IBM has now shown the initial fruits of this decision with the introduction of Node.js debugging capabilities in their Bluemix PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service). 

The new feature will make it easier for developers to debug their Node.js applications within a cloud environment using popular open source utilities like tty.js and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, PaaS, Platforms, Testing.

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.

Microsoft has reduced cloud gaming requirements by over 80%

Microsoft has teamed-up with Duke University to develop a new tool which reduces the bandwidth required for game streaming by over 80% in some initial tests. Many players have attempted cloud gaming to various degrees of success, but no-one has yet cracked it. 

Streaming games from the cloud is more difficult than video streaming primarily because every second counts, and a couple of seconds lag can be detrimental to gameplay. Streaming games from local hardware isn’t such an issue...

By Ryan Daws, 26 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Testing, Windows.

Arcade emulator MAME aspires to be a 'learning tool for developers'

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Popular arcade emulator, MAME, is becoming open-source in the hopes of becoming a learning tool for developers. Although the emulator's source code has been available for some time, it has been under a modified BSD license which prohibited commercial use of the code. 

MAME is going open source, if you have contributed in past and we still did...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Gaming, Git, Industry, Testing.

Android developers can soon A/B test Play Store pages

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Last week, Apple released their new App Store analytics tool (albeit in limited beta) which allows developers to take a deep-dive into useful insights such as how many times your App Store page has been opened. New information suggests Google has a trick up its sleeve on how to help developers perform better in their Play Store...

It would remedy a longtime pain point for developers

Due to be announced at...

By Ryan Daws, 06 May 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.