TV apps: The developer dilemma reloded

By Stefan Bielau, co-founder, Zapstreak

The growth in popularity of SMART TV and the connected home presents a chance for mobile app developers to gain a competitive advantage over their competition. However, this opportunity also brings with it a number of obstacles with it:

  • Lack of cross platform SDK taking mobile apps to the TV screen (iOS, Android, WP)
  • Connectivity - huge fragmentation due to proliferation of SMART TV models
  • Money - do this cost and time effectively 

After having conquered the various mobile...

By Stefan Bielau, 03 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Zapstreak: Your new favourite media streaming SDK?

Polish firm Zapstreak has unleashed its mobile SDK for live media streaming upon the world of Android app development.

With a lengthy 6 months beta phase now at its end, the SDK offers developers Airplay-like functionality between Android devices and a range of other wifi enabled media gadgetry.

Zapstreak’s use of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), now widely used among TV manufacturers, allows easy sharing of digital content between mobiles and...

By Matt Henkes, 30 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices.

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...

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.