Google launches 'Places' API for sensible locations

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Few of us can name a place by its latitude and longitude, but I bet most know several locations by its name. Up until today, developers have only been able to add location pickers using co-ordinates. With the launch of Google's new 'Places' API for Android, and in beta for iOS, users can specify where they are with actual place names...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, iOS.

SXSW: Google plans to open 'Now' with new API

Google Now is an incredible tool, and yet still has so much unrealised potential. The location-aware service aims to offer the user relevant information as and when it is needed. Unfortunately this has been reserved to Google's own apps and some close partners, and left some developers itching to help bolster it into something truly awesome…

Luckily, it doesn't seem we have that much longer to wait. Aparna Chennapragada, Director of Product Management for Google Now, has said the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Location, Wearables.

Smart Cities: Developing for your city

Our sister publication, TelecomsTech, posted an article yesterday entitled "Building an open, programmable city" which examines how a city is providing developers and researchers with up to 100 Gbps slices of an SDN network.

The article spoke in-depth about the network itself, so we thought we would cover the angle of what possibilities are opened-up by a smart city for developers in...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry, IoT, Platforms, Testing.

Google unleashes new features for Android game developers

If you’re an Android game developer, you’ve been given some new features to play with. The latest additions help you to analyse what’s successful and what’s not, monetise, and deliver a 'second screen' gaming experience which helps to make playing Android games with friends a lot more social.

First up is player analytics, to help understand your players behaviour in a similar way to how analytics tools allow you to see what is working and what isn’t in your application. The new...

By Ryan Daws, 04 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Analytics, Android, API, Gaming, Monetisation.

DirectX 12: Separating fact and fiction

During GDC last year, Microsoft unveiled it is working on an overdue successor to DirectX 11. For the first time, the company is working with the various chip manufacturers themselves to squeeze every ounce of performance out of their hardware. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation about its capabilities which we hope to clear up in this article.

A demo at Intel's SIGGRAPH conference on the Surface Pro 3 displayed huge improvements when switching between...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Gaming, Platforms.

Google prepares to launch "Android Pay" API

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It's obvious the gears have started to grind at Google in the payments space all month, and this has gained momentum today as Ars Technica received a tip that a brand new payment platform called "Android Pay" will be announced at Google's I/O conference this year.

Android Pay will allow third party apps to make both virtual and real-world...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Monetisation.

Microsoft releases cross-platform OneDrive API

OneDrive has seen a big push to consumers from Microsoft in recent months, with incentives such as free storage upgrades to lure customers from competitors such as Dropbox, and visual improvements to the overall experience such as the adoption of Material Design on Android and a stunning new photos view on the web.

Whenever we have access to new functionality, so will you.

It's hardly surprising that Microsoft wants to push OneDrive as your cloud storage provider, as it will be what...

By Ryan Daws, 25 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, API, Cloud, iOS.

Respoke PaaS adds scalable WebRTC to your apps

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Digium, a firm which specialises in telephony software, has announced the launch of its 'Respoke' platform which enables developers to add WebRTC to their applications. The PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) began as a virtual startup within the company, but has now been released for anyone to add powerful communication features.

WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is a specification drafted by the W3C to allow direct...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: API, HTML5, PaaS, Platforms.

Sky is the limit with Amazon's Cloud Drive API

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Amazon's Cloud Drive API allows third-party developers to integrate the company's storage solution into their applications for users to do more with the masses of files placed into Amazon Web Services' vast amount of global servers.

The API is REST and provides the ability to create, read, and update documents in a Cloud Drive user's...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, API, Cloud.

Inmarsat's APIs allow developers to tap into satellites

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London-based satellite company, Inmarsat, wants to make it easier for developers to tap into its global network to create more powerful applications. The firm debuted their APIs at its first ever developer conference on Tuesday to help developers understand how apps which make use of satellite communications must be specially-customised.

Global Xpress satellites offer a big jump-up with download speeds of more...

By Ryan Daws, 21 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, IoT, Testing.