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.

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.

Updates to your Android apps will now be up to 50 percent smaller

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Google has made a welcome change to its Play Store app delivery system which should help to speed up updates and reduce data consumption by making them smaller. 

An updated algorithm will reduce the size of updates by as much as 50 percent by downloading only the required changes to APK files and merging them with existing files – presenting a far more efficient system than previously...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms.

Google releases final developer preview before launch of Android 7.0

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Google has released the final developer preview, Developer Preview 5, before the public launch of Android 7.0 Nougat. This preview provides near-final system updates for all the supported preview devices and helps developers get their app ready for consumers.

The final Developer Preview of Nougat comes with system images for Nexus and other preview devices; an emulator that facilitates final testing of apps; final N APIs (API level 24) and latest system behaviours and UI; and the...

By Developer Tech, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

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, 0 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.

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 opens up smart TV SDK preview guide to developers

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Samsung Electronics has opened its Smart TV Software Development Kit (SDK) Preview UI guide to all developers with a view to extend its customer’s single access experience.

Developers can use the Smart TV SDK for Samsung Smart TV’s Tizen TV OS platform and the Preview UI guide facilitates the single access content experience. Before this, the Smart TV SDK Preview UI was only available to a limited number of applications from a select group of partners.

WonJin Lee,...

By Developer Tech, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms, Samsung.

Sega acquires Endless Space game developer Amplitude Studios

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Sega has acquired PC and Xbox One game development house Amplitude Studios, the company behind the 4x space strategy game Endless Space.

Amplitude was formed in 2011 by former Ubisoft employees who published their first game – Endless Space – in 2012. Since its launch, the game has sold over 1 million copies, spurring a number of post-launch DLC packs.

In a post on the community site Games2Gether.com, Amplitude said, “What we want to do is to focus on...

By Developer Tech, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

Why user retention is still the biggest struggle for app developers

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Of the over 3 million apps available on the App Store and Google Play, a very small number are actually download and opened by users. Of that small number of apps, an even smaller number become an indispensable part of the user’s day-to-day activities. A new study from Localytics finds that one in four mobile users open an app only once.

By StartApp, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing, Monetisation.

Red Hat, Codenvy and Microsoft team up for greater language integration

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Codenvy is collaborating with Red Hat and Microsoft in order to further open source development and the vision that anyone should be able to contribute to a project without software installation.

For Red Hat, Eclipse Che, an open source next-generation IDE platform for Eclipse, is a strategic tooling platform for their products and users. Eclipse Che has gained more than 250,000 downloads, 2,900 GitHub stars, 70 contributors and dozens of ecosystem extensions in six months.

As a...

By Developer Tech, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Development Tools, Languages.

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.

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, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Opinion: How the 'Agile Manifesto' can evolve modern software development

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Software development is like taking a great expedition into unknown territory. As with any big endeavor, planning is paramount to success. You must organize for the unexpected, anticipate changing conditions that could throw you off course, and be prepared to adjust accordingly and continue along your journey.

Over the decades, software development became lengthy, inefficient, and inflexible....

By Kevin Jennings, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

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.

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.

Eclipse Foundation accelerates IoT development with new projects

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Most developers will be aware of the Eclipse Foundation's renowned Java SDK, but the group also has a 200 active contributor-strong open-source IoT community. The Eclipse Internet of Things Working Group has announced four new solutions today which aim to accelerate IoT development, as well as a proposal for a brand-new project 

The announced projects include 

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

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.