Qualcomm updates its VR dev kit and launches accelerator

There’s a good chance Qualcomm already powers your smartphone, but the company wants to extend its mobile dominance to VR.

Most current mobile VR headsets require the user to slot their smartphone in – which is often a cumbersome experience. Particularly in China, standalone mobile VR headsets are gaining in popularity, and there’s a strong likelihood we’ll see a headset released this year by a major player such as...

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, VR.

Nintendo’s studios have 'mastered' the Unreal engine for Switch

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Nintendo has often been criticised for prioritising the company’s internal developers, over-relying on historic franchises, and making it difficult for third-party studios to develop or port games with a lack of support for standard industry engines. 

Epic Games is the developer behind the popular Unreal graphics toolkit and confirmed support for the Switch not long after its announcement. While in the past Nintendo has relied on its own...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Opinion: Windows 10 Cloud offers Microsoft another shot at mobile

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Several references to ‘Windows 10 Cloud’ have appeared in recent Windows test builds and insiders believe it’s Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS.

Reports claim Windows 10 Cloud will drop support for Win32/64 and rely on UWP apps similar to Google’s ongoing roll-out of Android support in Chrome OS. There was a time when Chromebooks were only useful for web browsing or putting together a quick...

By Ryan Daws, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Platforms, Windows.

Opinion: Nintendo forgot to Switch up its strategy

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Nintendo makes fantastic games, but it can only make so many of them at once. This is where third-party studios come in to fill the gaps between releases. Underpowered consoles and lack of promotional support from Nintendo damaged their relationship with these developers in the past and pushed them into reducing or dropping support for Nintendo's consoles in favour of consoles from Sony and Microsoft. 

With the...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

ZigBee has developed an IoT language it's calling dotdot

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Do you speak dotdot? I don't, at least not yet.

ZigBee has announced the development of a 'universal language for the IoT' which it's calling dotdot, and this week at CES the alliance has been showcasing the first prototypes of products speaking it. 

The examples on display are based on the network protocol Thread yet use ZigBee's dotdot language to communicate – proving the language is not restricted to ZigBee products. At...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, IoT, Languages.

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.

Opinion: Nintendo knew it had to Switch it up

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Nintendo has previewed its long-awaited codename 'NX' console and sticking to company tradition it takes a refreshing approach to gaming – it now even has a name, the Nintendo Switch

While the competition sticks to pushing as powerful consoles as possible, Nintendo is sticking to making gaming fun and versatile. After the PS Vita fizzled out, the 3DS became the sole survivor in the dedicated handheld console space...

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

Developers in six new countries are now able to pre-order Microsoft HoloLens

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Microsoft's impressive AR headset, HoloLens, is now available for pre-order by developers and commercial enterprises in six new countries as it reaches a new milestone towards a full consumer release. 

If you're a resident of Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, you're now able to place your order for a HoloLens unit. In a blog post, Microsoft wrote: "In welcoming these six new countries, October...

By Ryan Daws, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Platforms, VR, 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.

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

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Historically, consoles have lifespans of 7 – 8 years before hardware limitations become a hindrance. 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 extent...

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

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.

Fourth wave of HoloLens invites head to developers

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As production of HoloLens ramps up on its way to a final consumer release, Microsoft has sent out the fourth wave of invites for the Developer Edition of the exciting headset. 

The company first started rolling out the invites a few months ago for the $3000 (£2043) HoloLens Developer Edition; well outside most people's budgets. 

In an email, Microsoft stated: 

"We are thrilled to let you know...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Platforms, VR, Windows.

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.

Amazon launches Dash-based programmable IoT button – sells out within a day

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AWS (Amazon Web Services) is popular, the IoT is hot, and when you combine the two in a product for developers it sells out within a day. 

Based on the single button 'Dash' hardware by Amazon – which has been used in the past to order items with a button press – the AWS IoT version is a "Limited Release Programmable Dash Button" for developers to get started with AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, Amazon...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Devices, Hacking, IoT.

What to expect from Google I/O 2016

Google's annual conference, I/O, will be held this Wednesday and is sure to make waves across both the developer and consumer worlds. This year we expect to see the event focus on how Google intends to respond to advancements in wearables, virtual reality, and the IoT. 

Android 

We expect Android will take a backseat as the company works on freeing the operating system from Java amid continued battles with Oracle and the EU. Some 

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, VR, Wearables.

Vensi introduces update to BlueApp.io

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Today, millions of Bluetooth devices have flooded the market and more are entering the ecosystem on a daily basis. These devices include sensors, scales and control equipment among others.

BlueApp.io provides the communication platform to connect all of these devices to remotely, monitor and control them. The...

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