Microsoft HoloJS allows JavaScript developers to build HoloLens apps

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Many see Microsoft HoloLens as a pair of mixed reality smartglasses, but they may not be aware that the HoloLens is an underlying application development platform called Windows Holographic – an application programming interface (API) which is a part of the Windows 10 API.

Developers use the Windows Holographic platform to design augmented reality applications for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Microsoft has added another designing instrument to their kit that enables them to...

By Developer Tech, 21 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Java.

Unity 5.6 beta includes support for Vulkan

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Game developers using the Unity game engine will now be able to deliver exceptional outcomes with the new Unity 5.6 beta – an improved version of the engine which includes improvements to graphics, with Metal Compute, Particle System, and GPU Instancing.

The beta version of the Unity game engine also supports the new Vulkan API, allowing Unity’s Personal Edition users to leverage Vulkan – a...

By Developer Tech, 20 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming.

Unity Technologies and Xiaomi partner for Chinese mobile game development

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Mobile game developer Unity Technologies and Chinese Android device manufacturer Xiaomi has signed a partnership agreement to serve consumers and developers globally. With this collaboration, Unity game developers will be able to publish their games to the Xiaomi app store and Xiaomi will provide support negotiating with local licensing terms.

China already accounts for more than a quarter of the new mobile devices activated on the Unity network every quarter and Xiaomi devices, the...

By Developer Tech, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Mobile.

Big Viking Games raises $21.75m, continues to bet on HTML5 mobile gaming

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Big Viking Games, a Canada-based independent mobile and self-published game studio and pioneer in HTML5 mobile games, has secured a total of $21.75 million (£17.4m) in funding from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Export Development Canada (EDC) and BDC Capital.

The...

By Developer Tech, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, HTML5, Mobile.

Qt launches lightweight IoT development framework

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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, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Realm launches new mobile database for Xamarin aimed at .NET developers

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Realm has launched a new mobile database for .NET developers that is ideal for reactive app development, with live objects, change events, and support for unidirectional data flows. Built specifically for Xamarin, it offers easy object persistence and full query capabilities with a faster performance profile than incumbents.

Meeting the requirements of mobile app development,...

By Developer Tech, 11 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS.

Basho Technologies launches version 1.3 of Riak TS optimised for IoT

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Basho Technologies has launched version 1.3 of Riak TS, an enterprise-grade NoSQL database optimised for Internet of Things (IoT). The open source edition is available for use by developers at no cost and version 1.3 expands support for SQL commands, improves API support and offers support for shell commands while also including multi-cluster...

By Developer Tech, 06 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

Visa program opens up APIs and platform for developers

Visa has launched the Visa Developer network, which aims to lure software developers into an open platform with access to payments technology, products and services.

The payments giant is providing a platform for innovation in global commerce with a view to aid financial institutions, merchants, and technology companies in meeting the requirements consumers and merchants who are now relying a lot on connected devices to shop, pay and get paid.

Immediately after the launch, Visa Developer will provide access...

By Developer Tech, 17 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Monetisation.

IBM rolls out cloud data and analytics marketplace targeting developers

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IBM has expanded its Cloud Data Services range with over 25 cloud data services and 150 publicly available datasets now available on the IBM Cloud to aid developers in building, deploying and managing web and mobile applications. The services also allow data scientists to ascertain unseen trends using data and analytics in the cloud.

The hybrid cloud services can be implemented across multiple cloud providers. They hinge upon open source technologies, open ecosystems that...

By Developer Tech, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools.

Facebook introduces new embedded video player API and support for oEmbed standard

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In order to help developers and publishers make their websites more social and engaging, Facebook has introduced a new embedded video player API and support for the oEmbed standard. Facebook users interact with videos, articles, posts and photos on the social networking site on a daily basis.

Facebook had launched an interactive embedded video player earlier in 2015 and the...

By Developer Tech, 17 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook.

Nuance introduces 'Mix' developer platform

The Nuance Mix platform enables developers to create customised speech experiences for wearables and other consumer electronics.

The platform was first launched through the Nuance Developers programme as a limited-release beta. It enables developers and device makers to create customised natural language and voice interfaces for the next-generation of IoT, including smart home, fitness, consumer health, robotics, and gaming applications.

Nuance Mix features a completely new natural language development tool....

By Developer Tech, 16 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Platforms.

IBM integrates IoT platform with ARM to boost offering

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IBM has integrated its Internet of Things (IoT) platform, known as IBM IoT Foundation, with ARM to allow customers to benefit from collection, analysis and decision-making with regard to data from devices such as industrial appliances, weather sensors and wearable monitoring devices. Developed on the SoftLayer infrastructure, the platform supports a range of fully managed, cloud-hosted offerings.

The IBM IoT Foundation provides security systems that protect IoT data and offer decision...

By Developer Tech, 10 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT, Platforms, Wearables.

Javosize offers Java developers free access to new platform for three months

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Technology startup Javosize, which claims to consist of “frustrated Java developers”, is offering devs free access to its Application Performance Management (APM) platform for 90 days.

The platform, slated for launch in October 2015, will cost $9.99 per month after the trial period as the company is looking to offer a low-cost product. Each beta tester will also be able to utilize three application servers at no cost.

Javosize chief magical officer Michael Carducci –...

By Developer Tech, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Java, Languages, Platforms.