Meerkat takes the fight to Twitter with its developer platform

When an established social player such as Twitter or Facebook launches similar functionality to your startup, it's a sad fact that you will likely drift into obscurity. Meerkat, a new live streaming app, is continuing to fight Twitter's similar 'Periscope' service to its very last breath through hoping to attract developers with a new platform... 

Developers can have the peace-of-mind the Meerkat experiences they help build will not end up going to waste

Meerkat has no love for Twitter, who their...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Mobile.

DirectX 12: Unlocking the Xbox One

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Yesterday we posted an article with details about the key benefits of DirectX 12, and we've since received a lot of questions regarding what features apply to Microsoft's console and to what extent the latest collection of graphics APIs will provide a boost to its capabilities. 

The Xbox One uses an architecture by AMD, and therefore the benefits we detailed yesterday will apply to...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2015, 12 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms.

AMD opens-up about DirectX 12's key benefits

There has been much discussion about the benefits of DirectX 12, but now one of the processor manufacturers which Microsoft has partnered with to provide the latest collection of powerful graphics APIs has provided more solid details about two of the major features which will help game developers deliver solid performance for their titles... 

Async Shaders 

Past versions of DirectX would limit the graphics queue to essentially a single thread, whereas it makes sense for...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming.

Twilio launches video support through WebRTC

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Popular communications platform, Twilio, has expanded its simple API offerings to include video support through the fantastic WebRTC standard. Launching originally in private beta, it will allow developers to embed real-time video experiences into mobile apps, websites, and more.

WebRTC already has strong support in the Chrome and Firefox web browsers

Instead of having to...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: API, Platforms.

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.