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

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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

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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

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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.

Why Apple and Google are now reaching out to indie developers

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Without the marketing and UA budgets of the bigger app studios, indie developers can have trouble spreading the word about their applications, being featured in the app stores, and gaining big user bases.

For years, indie developers have criticised the two biggest app stores, the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, for prioritizing big studio games over the independent developers who form the backbone of the app economy. Now, Apple and Google are beginning to unveil new features...

By StartApp, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Apple, App Stores.

How Samsung aims to put developers at the forefront of the printing apps revolution

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It’s always better working to live rather than living to work; and continual advancements in technology are improving the workplace experience.

Samsung released a report last year as part of its Smarter Futures series, envisaging the office of 2025. The study argued that increases in big data and analytics, as well as smart technology, will enable employees to use any surface as a...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Samsung.

Apple is 'welcome' in the UK if the firm rethinks its European operations post-EU tax debate

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Apple is a huge company with the influence to cut a special deal with the Irish government which allowed the giant to pay just 1pc tax on its European profits in 2003 and 0.005pc in 2014. 

The EU, against its own rules on allowing each country to make its own tax decisions, has decided to step in and demand a final bill of approximately €19bn...

By Ryan Daws, 31 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry.

Developers of all sizes can now publish their UWP app on Xbox

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Microsoft has promised truly universal apps for what seems like forever, but whilst the pieces for mobile devices and the desktop have come together, one form which had been absent was the biggest screen in most people's lives, their TV. 

That era is now at its end as Microsoft opens up the ability for any developer to submit their UWP apps for publishing to the Xbox Store....

By Ryan Daws, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Research: Developers are prioritising Android over iOS

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Android's growth has been phenomenal, and the OS now powers approximately 84 percent of global smartphones. With such a huge market share it's just one reason behind a monumental shift towards developers prioritising Android over iOS.

In the latest 'State of the Developer Nation' report, Vision Mobile highlights...

By Ryan Daws, 26 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Ubuntu now supports React Native – speeding up iOS and Android ports

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Ubuntu, one of the biggest names in Linux distributions, has announced support for the React Native framework. With application development using web technologies becoming ever more popular, today's announcement will be welcome news for many developers. 

"The web apps team at Canonical is always focused on ensuring the right frameworks are available to developers. The Cordova framework is one such framework that is...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.