RIM offers live developer support in run up to BB10

As part of an ongoing shift to get developers onside for BlackBerry 10, RIM is putting forward plans to have 18 hours of developer support per week on various developer forums.

The websites involved in RIM’s plan include cross-platform app developers Marmalade and HTML5-based app developers Sencha.

“One thing we heard over and over again was that developers loved getting almost instant responses to their questions from one of the many members of our Developer Relations team,”

By James Bourne, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices.

What you need to know to program for Ouya

Guide to programming for OUYA

In December the Ouya SDK ,known as the Ouya Development Kit or Ouya SDK will be released. We've gathered the latest facts, information and guidance that potential Ouya programmers will need to make their venture into the soon to be released Android powered console successful.   Overview of the Ouya capabilities The console is based on Android Jellybean with the developer boards running JellyBean 4.1   Ouya Controller-what a developer needs to know The controller will be similar to a generic gamepad with a standard number and configuration of action buttons, all games will need to use the controller buttons for  input. When the ODK documentation is released it will have the Ouya key mapping info. The controller also uses a touchpad that has single touch support- no multi touch in this version. Disregard using buttons such as menu or volume as they won't be present but there will be a...

By Duwain Marnitz, 20 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming.

Flexible and unbreakable smartphones: Just a new buzz word?

This Brave New World continues to impress us with the sophisticated solutions that help streamline the global innovation process. As the battle for dominance in the smartphone and tablet market becomes tougher, mobile device makers are now focusing on differentiating their products in order to increase profit margins and market share in the lucrative fast growing markets.

As a way to reach this goal, some are currently putting money and efforts into improving design and usability of mobile devices by making...

By Ciklum, 16 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Design, Devices.

BlackBerry 10 to be launched on January 30, RIM announces

The launch date of the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 will be on January 30 2013, Research in Motion has announced.

The launch event will occur “simultaneously in multiple countries around the world”, according to a BB blog, and will introduce both the device and the BlackBerry 10 platform.

“In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs,” said RIM CEO Thorsten Heins in a press release.

“Thanks to our...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices.

Cow's backside and thieving monkeys among weirdest phone insurance claims

A farmer who lost his smartphone up the wrong end of a cow and a man who had his handset stolen by monkeys are two of the people who have appeared on a list of bizarre insurance claims for lost or broken phones.

The team at UK phone insurance website MobileInsurance.co.uk filtered through their claim data from the last year to reveal what they deemed to be the weirdest claims, all of which were fully investigated.

Interestingly, their data involved details of over 60 people who...

By Matt Henkes, 26 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

What does the new iPad mini mean for developers?

By Mubaloo developers David Dixon and James Frost

Yesterday in San Jose, Apple revealed its latest addition to the tablet family, the iPad mini, along with the debut of the fourth-generation iPad, a new 13-inch retina display MacBook and a new iMac.

Apple revealed that there have been over 35 billion downloads on the App Store, that there are 200 million devices running iOS 6 and that there have been 100 million iPads sold to date. This latest move is a bid to ensure the firm continues to dominate the tablet...

By Mubaloo, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

University research paper picks apart Droid security

Android security is a common point of discussion, and it’s no different here as a university research paper has noted that certain Android apps leave users’ details out in the open.

The paper, jointly by Leibniz University of Hanover and Philipps University of Marburg which looked at “the inadequate use of SSL (secure socket layer) in Android apps”, found that 8% of the 13,500 most popular apps in the Google Play store failed to...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Security.

Death throes of Symbian as Nokia OS in 'maintenance mode'

A poster on the Nokia developer forums has unintentionally revealed that the Finnish handset maker has put its original OS, Symbian, out to pasture in ‘maintenance mode’, meaning that aside from major bug fixes, there will be no more updates to Symbian.

Having enquired on the forum about the Nokia Drive app, user ‘aklotz’ was told the following:

“Dear developer, Thank you for your improvement ideas, thus (sic) Symbian is in maintenance mode and no new features will be...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices.

Why augmented reality (AR) app development is about to explode

By Raghav Sood, author of Pro Android Augmented Reality and owner of Appaholics, an Android app development company.

If you’re a smart phone app developer who’s been trying to create an augmented reality (AR) app, there’s a good chance your countless attempts have failed. Today’s smart phone technology is simply not at the level to allow for complex AR programming.

The good news is it’s time to pull your AR app concepts off the back burner. Within the next six months to a year, smart phones’...

By Apress, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, VR.

What does the iPhone 5 mean for developers?

By James Frost, iOS developer, Mubaloo

Yesterday in San Francisco, Apple unveiled its latest member of the iPhone family, the iPhone 5. Many have complained the latest update “lacks wow”, that there’s not much to it, nothing groundbreaking, but actually I think this is to do with our expectations and the hype surrounding Apple.

The actual technology used in the iPhone 5 is arguably the best on the market but because our expectations are set so...

By Mubaloo, 13 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices.