Facebook employs client-side ranking for improved efficiency

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Facebook's core business surrounds the News Feed and the content it delivers to users, so the social giant is making it more efficient through employing client-side ranking. 

When it comes to seeing content – you want it fast – and so do your users if they're going to stick around. You may not have control of their internet speeds, but that doesn't prevent...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Mobile.

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.

Qt launches lightweight IoT development framework


The Qt Company, an open source tools provider, has launched a new project that aims to make software development faster and more lightweight.

The new Qt Lite Project aims to offer a wide range of enhancements to developers in order to streamline the creation and delivery of software and devices for all relevant platforms regardless of its size. The project is built into the company’s existing framework and can help streamline the development of software and devices for many...

By Developer Tech, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

Samsung wants game developers on Tizen – launches competition

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Tizen is the second biggest of the budget OS category in India although it remains barely a blip in marketshare reports when compared to Android. Samsung wants to make Tizen a more tempting proposition by encouraging popular game developers to launch their games on the platform. 

In order to entice developers, Samsung has launched the Tizen App Challenge which offers monetary...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Platforms, Samsung.

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.

Android is driving a 12 million-strong population of mobile developers

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The number of mobile application developers has now reached over 12 million according to figures by Evans Data, and it's being driven by the Android platform.

With mobile development skills becoming more invaluable than ever the number of developers has increased five-fold since Evans Data first began recording data back in 2006. In the first report, just two million developers focused on...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Java, Platforms.

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, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, iOS, Platforms.

Five advantages of serverless architecture for every app

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When Instagram launched in 2010, it was woefully underprepared to become the next rags-to-riches social media company.

In just six hours, skyrocketing traffic overwhelmed the single Los Angeles-based machine running Instagram’s back-end. Likening it to open-heart surgery, co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom were forced to perform an emergency migration from the local...

By Wendy Schott, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Opinion: Google's Andromeda OS sounds 2.537 million light years ahead of rivals

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During an event later today, Google is expected to launch an OS codenamed 'Andromeda' which is omnipresent across hardware powered by the Mountain View-based web giant. The event is hardware-focused, so we should be seeing plenty of examples of how the OS will enable a more seamless experience across Google's ecosystem. 

"Google continues to underscore...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Google explains how it helped Niantic bring Pokémon Go to life

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The growth of AR hit Pokémon Go was staggering and far exceeded the humble expectations of developer Niantic Labs. Within just 15 minutes of launching in Australia and New Zealand, player traffic surged well past Niantic’s expectations and created a range of stability issues. 

While it was a troublesome launch period, it could have been much worse if...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Industry, VR.

Big data creating short term opportunities for developers – but long term challenges

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The growth and use of big data continues to dominate nearly every business enterprise.

Forbes reports that “making enterprises more customer-centric, sharpening focus on key initiatives that lead to entering new markets and creating new business models, and improving operational performance are three dominant factors driving analytics, big data,...

By StartApp, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise.

How ‘intrapreneurs’ can flourish in the age of innovation


There is perhaps no sexier profession in the world right now than that of tech startup founder or executive. TV shows like HBO’s Silicon Valley and SyFy’s Bazillion Dollar Club glorify, parody and evangelise an industry in which an astounding nine out of ten companies fail.

In recent years, that ‘entrepreneurial itch’ has made its way to the enterprise, propelling corporations to shift their focus away from mergers and acquisitions and towards accelerating innovation projects in-house. To do so, many...

By Geoff Wilson, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Marketing.

Is the container hype really justified for developers?

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Since Docker burst on to the scene in 2013, container technology has gone from strength to strength, with an increasingly vocal community of fans in the dev community.

As with any new tech, there were the usual accusations of ‘over-hype’. As much as we love to evangelise about a new technology, we also love to shoot it down.

However, the adoption of containers has also been helped by the rapid growth in the ecosystem, with tooling, scheduling and orchestration...

By Micha Hernandez van Leuffen, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools.

Twilio's Voice Insights enables developers to manage call quality in their apps

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Twilio wants to disrupt the telecommunications industry, and it's been achieving that by providing tools for developers to offer powerful call abilities within their own apps. Twilio is building on their disruptive communications platform with a new analytics solution it calls 'Voice Insights' which enables developers to adjust their apps to offer the best call quality...

By Ryan Daws, 20 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile.

You can finally publish your Win32 apps on the Windows Store

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After first announcing a tool for Windows’ legacy developers to port their Win32 apps to Windows 10 during their BUILD developer conference this year, Microsoft is now accepting submissions for ported apps to be published on the Windows Store.

Some expected the new tool, Desktop Bridge App Converter, would fall into obscurity and eventually be scrapped much like the Android porting tool Microsoft was developing under the guise of Project Astoria. The disbelievers have been...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Windows.

There’s still room for apps: Three tips for independent developers


Global app downloads are on the decline, even for the most popular in Apple’s App Store. Out of established apps in the U.S., only Uber and Snapchat saw download growth in recent months. So what gives? 

Reports show that 94% of the revenue generated through the App Store goes to the top 1% of publishers, turning the business into a winner-take-all type of system. Because of this,...

By Q Manning, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Marketing.

Aruba launches developer-friendly mobile first platform

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Aruba, a part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has launched the Aruba Mobile First Platform, which will be available with its associate enhancements from the fourth quarter of 2016.

The platform provides real-time network insights for improving IoT security and user experiences, utilising application programming interfaces (APIs). It accelerates integration of IoT and mobile, unlocking the developer ecosystem's ability to innovate and use information collected by the Aruba...

By Developer Tech, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms.

Why developer evangelism is more important than ever


In today’s business world, there are quite a few titles that don’t make much sense. Let’s face it, some of them are just flat out ridiculous. But, in a world where there are Happiness Heroes, Chief Inspiration Officers, and Retail Jedis, there is one newer job title that has made a huge difference for technology companies and that job belongs to the developer evangelist.

To those unfamiliar with this position, it may sound like it belongs in the list of absurd...

By Joshua Margolin, 12 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem, Marketing.

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

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Historically, consoles feature lifespans of 7 – 8 years before hardware limitations become an issue. 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...

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