Jon Skeet on C#, the present and the future
There’s a trend in programming languages which will certainly please Redmond. According to latest TIOBE figures, only six of the top 20 languages are gaining popularity - and three of them are defined by Microsoft. But the only language which moved up in the top eight over the course of a year was C#, which overtook PHP into fifth position. And when DeveloperTech wanted to find out more about C#, who better to ask than Jon Skeet, currently of Google’s parish and author of C# in Depth?
Getjar founder Ilja Laurs: There’s a revolution for developers and carriers #TTW
“A massive change, a revolution is coming,” Ilja Laurs, executive chairman and founder of GetJar explains. But how? For mobile operators, the winds of change are upon them. Traditional monetisation solutions aren’t working for them, OTT players such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp are undercutting them, and the problem’s only going to get worse if nothing is done. While many analysts skirt around the issue, Laurs has a stark message: if operators don’t alter their strategy, the future will not be long.
Google rolls out App Translation Service to developers
Google has announced general availability of its App Translation Service, enabling Android developers to overcome the language barrier and get more Google Play hits. If you think this idea sounds familiar, then you’d be right, as the service was previewed at Google I/O back in May. A pilot program was introduced, with subsequent positive feedback proving irresistible to the execs at Mountain View who simply had to open it up.
Wearable tech too expensive for consumer take-up, research reveals
Even though wearable technology is one of the hottest tech trends right now, consumers simply won’t go for it unless it becomes more affordable. That’s the finding from GfK research, which polled 1600 UK and US adults in September and found that even though awareness was high, prices were too steep for serious consumer adoption.
Brent Hoberman: How to get investor interest in your app #AppsWorld
For an investor or venture capitalist looking at an app, credibility is just as important as the idea, according to founder of LastMinute.com Brent Hoberman. Hoberman was speaking at an engaging developer keynote at Apps World Europe, alongside two app company founders with whom he has a more than passing interest: Sampo Karjalainen, arguably most famous for the social network Habbo Hotel but currently CEO of tracking app Moves; and Rytis Vitkauskas, CEO of event app YPlan.
How AQuA aims to keep app developers at the top of their game
If you’re developing an app, it’s very easy to forget basic testing tasks. Even if your app has won awards, there are still areas which can be improved on. That’s where the App Quality Alliance (AQuA), a not-for-profit association run and funded by the likes of AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Orange, Samsung and Sony, comes in. AQuA, with its App Quality Directory, provides the testing criteria so developers don’t fall down on simple errors.
Firefox 23 is here, kills off <blink> tag at last
BlackBerry puts BBM into Samsung devices: What will happen from here?
According to a press release picked up by N4BB, Samsung’s African division has announced that BlackBerry’s BBM messaging software is going to find its way onto selected Android devices. But what will this mean for BlackBerry's long term game?
The poker playing Android malware pusher who took one gamble too many
Masaaki Kagawa had two primary ways of making money; one through his Tokyo-based IT firm, Koei Planning, and the other through his avid love of poker. It would come as a surprise to find out that the latter was a far safer bet for him. Kagawa has winnings in the millions on the poker table. Yet after his company’s office was raided in April 2013, Kagawa and eight other men were arrested for soliciting Android Enesoluty, malware which collected user data and stored it on the owner’s device.