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.

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, 0 comments. Categories: Testing, VR.

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.

Opinion: Why latency in games sucks and what you can do about it

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With games increasingly using a range of online features - to the extent that you can’t even launch some games without first having a data connection - server issues are an easy way to lose players.

Massive studios like Blizzard are only too aware of the issues that backend problems can cause. At the launch of Diablo 3 in 2012 server issues meant that many players encountered different error...

By Griff Parry, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Industry.

A guide on how to choose a database for your mobile apps

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To require an internet connection for mobile applications is to live in the past. If apps rely on a connection, odds are high that the experience will be sluggish and unpredictable.

To avoid reliance on the network, providers of databases and cloud services have started to add synchronization and offline capabilities to their mobile offerings. Solutions like Couchbase’s Couchbase Mobile, Microsoft’s Azure Mobile Services, Amazon’s Cognito, and Google’s Firebase...

By Wayne Carter, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools.

Websites are slowing down because of complex design trends

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How long it takes a user to load a website has increased over the years due to complex design choices, according to a new report from Dynatrace. The digital performance company observed this global phenomenon and notes websites are seven percent slower than last year. 

Dynatrace tracked the homepage response times of 300 leading retail sites in the...

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry.

Microsoft explains how its brilliant Magic Mirror was built

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Microsoft demonstrated a 'Magic Mirror' during the InnovFest Unbound conference last month which offered an impressive look at how everyday objects can deliver useful information to a user without getting in the way. 

The mirror is connected to the internet and uses facial recognition to detect the user standing in front of it. A personalised morning update is then shown under the mirror which includes the latest news and...

By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, 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.

More developers working across mobile, IoT and cloud, argues VisionMobile

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A new study from analyst house VisionMobile has looked into the global developer landscape – and found Java to be the most popular language while devs are increasingly working across multiple sectors, including mobile, IoT, and cloud.

The latter makes sense – as tools and languages work across sectors, the developers using them do as well – yet the research, which polls more than 30,000 developers each year, found some other interesting findings.

The figures, which are...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile.

Ten lucky developers will be invited to build apps for Magic Leap's AR technology

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Magic Leap is working on augmented reality technology, but we know little else other than from sporadic reports telling us it's pretty amazing. Ten lucky developers will be invited to get up close with Magic Leap's AR technology and become the first to build apps for it ahead of its full release. 

The announcement was made by Magic Leap's CEO, Rony Abovitz, during a Q&A session he attended via a telepresence robot (just to remind people...

By Ryan Daws, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, VR, Wearables.

Stack Overflow and Trello founders announce HyperDev – the 'fastest' way to develop web apps

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The founders of Stack Overflow and Trello, Fog Creek, have announced the open beta of HyperDev which is pitched as being the 'fastest' way to develop web applications. 

Due to launch in open beta on May 31st, HyperDev is a collaborative tool which enables developers to focus on writing code for building full-stack web apps while the platform...

By Ryan Daws, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms.

Opinion: Weighing risks against benefits of React Native in the enterprise

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Few can deny the excitement generated in the mobile development community by React Native’s promises of productivity and multi-platform. Indeed, a veritable flood of apps created with Facebook’s recent brainchild now appear to be landing in the app store.

Understandably, then, discussions proliferate as to whether React Native is already mature enough to be...

By Mike Mannion, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry.