Vulkan graphics API is now supported on Intel chips

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Intel has announced support for the Vulkan graphics API in the company’s most recent ‘Core’ chips on Windows 10.

Vulkan, a graphics API similar to DirectX 12, is already supported on graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD. Khronos released v1.0 of the Vulkan specification almost one year ago on February 16th and it has been received well by developers seeking a cross-platform...

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Gaming.

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.

Unity 5.6 beta includes support for Vulkan

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Game developers using the Unity game engine will now be able to deliver exceptional outcomes with the new Unity 5.6 beta – an improved version of the engine which includes improvements to graphics, with Metal Compute, Particle System, and GPU Instancing.

The beta version of the Unity game engine also supports the new Vulkan API, allowing Unity’s Personal Edition users to leverage Vulkan – a...

By Developer Tech, 20 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming.

Google adds support for WebVR API in Chrome beta

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Google has announced support for the WebVR API in the latest beta version of its Chrome browser for Android. 

The addition of the JavaScript API will enable users to easily consume some VR content straight from the web for a more seamless experience than downloading separate apps. Better still, it supports all the major VR headsets including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear...

By Ryan Daws, 14 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, VR.

Play Services 10.2 will drop support for Gingerbread and Honeycomb

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Google has warned developers the next Play Services update will increase the minimum supported API level to 14, which means Android versions 'Gingerbread' and 'Honeycomb' will no longer be supported. 

Once an app is published to the Play Store, with this new minimum requirement, the minority of users still on legacy platforms will no longer see the app or its...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.

WebVR support in Chrome will help VR reach the masses

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As the world's most popular browser, Chrome's upcoming support for nascent standard WebVR will enable more people than ever to access VR content directly from their web browser. 

With a current estimated marketshare of 72.5 percent and support for a wide variety of internet-enabled devices, Chrome has a lot of weight to...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Android, API, VR.

MasterCard launches blockchain APIs for developers

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Financial service giant MasterCard has launched three blockchain APIs on its developer portal in a bid to keep up with VISA. 

The concept of blockchain first arrived when bitcoins – the digital currency – started to gain transaction and required a public ledger for all transactions in a secure environment away from potential tampering. In order to...

By Ryan Daws, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API.

Windows App Studio updated with API gallery

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Microsoft is making it easier for anyone to build increasingly capable applications for their latest OS with the addition of an easy to use "API Gallery" for Microsoft's free online app builder – Windows App Studio

Just in time for the consumer launch of the Windows 10 "Anniversary" update, the new feature will make it...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Windows.

Twilio launches Sync API for real-time cross-platform info

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Twilio, a leading communications platform, has launched a new API called 'Sync' which aims to make it easier for developers to build cross-platform apps which display real-time information. 

Sync will enable state synchronisation regardless of platform and intends to offload many of the issues which can plague the development process of...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Platforms.

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.

Telstra Ventures invests in Chinese communications API provider Cloopen

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Telstra Ventures has made an undisclosed strategic investment in Beijing-based Cloopen, a provider of Chinese communications application programming interfaces (APIs). Matthew Koertge, managing director of Telstra Ventures, said the rationale for the investment was rooted in the robust growth in the APIs and over-the-top (OTT) application sector in China.

Koertge said: “With the complex nature of the telecommunications infrastructure in China and different local policies...

By Developer Tech, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Platforms.

Samsung demonstrates how Vulkan will improve game performance

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Vulkan is the spiritual successor to OpenGL, a graphics API that was originally released in 1992. Samsung announced that its devices will support the Vulkan graphics API starting with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and the company has now demonstrated how it will improve graphics performance. 

Three high-profile games were used in Samsung's...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Gaming, Samsung.

Red Hat boosts its API portfolio with 3scale acquisition

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Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solutions, has acquired 3scale in a bid to boost its application programming interface (API) management technology. 

3scale's technology will be added to Red Hat's existing API portfolio which includes Red Hat JBoss Middleware, Red Hat OpenShift, and Red Hat Mobile Application Platform. API management solutions...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API.

Windows Bridge for iOS updated with CoreFoundation and improved layout API support

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Microsoft's open-source tool for porting iOS applications to Windows has been updated with improved support for several widely-used iOS layout APIs and integration with the official CoreFoundation framework.

CoreFoundation 

The biggest announcement of the Windows Bridge for iOS for many developers will be the integration with CoreFoundation. The...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Windows.

Nvidia uses DOOM to demonstrate Vulkan's power

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The anticipated reboot of beloved game series DOOM is due this week from Bethesda, and Nvidia has used it on-stage during an event in Austin to demonstrate the power of their latest GTX 1080 GPU when used with the impressive Vulkan graphics API. 

Going back to its roots, the new DOOM is set to offer fast-paced action...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming, VR.

BUILD 2016: The big developer round-up

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Microsoft opened its annual developer conference, BUILD, with a range of important announcements for the company's future vision. In this article we'll round-up some of the highlights, but Microsoft's event itself was designed to round-up all developers, of any platform, and ensure Windows and Microsoft's services are the "home" for their development. Hence, the double-entendre of a...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms, VR, Windows.