Windows 8.1 officially unveiled – the Start Button is back
Return of the Jedi, Return of the King; add one more to the list, Return of the Start Button.
Microsoft, after many leaked builds, has officially unveiled Windows 8.1, the first major upgrade to the widely-criticised latest operating system.
Windows 8.1 is a collection of small tweaks and fixes, which helps to alleviate the sour taste critics had been left with from the complete overhaul.
The most drastic change with the latest operating system is...
Infographic: Developers guide to iOS and Android app design
Designing and developing a mobile application, no matter what the operating system, is extremely challenging.
With all of the screen sizes, icon sizes, touch gestures and features of the user interface to consider, there is a lot to think about – and a lot that could go wrong. This is why careful planning and in-the-wild testing are necessary in order to achieve app success.
As Dan Rowinski of...
What we want from iOS 7
It was almost a year ago that Apple was showing off iOS 6, widely regarded as a disappointment after its banner feature, Apple’s in-house maps solution, proved difficult to love. But there’s been a change at the top in Apple’s iOS division and a chance to bring iOS, largely looking the same as it did in 2007, up to speed with recent innovations from Android and Windows Phone. Here’s what we reckon the OS needs.
- Down with skeuomorphism...
Windows 8.1 ‘Blue’ - What we know so far
Microsoft’s latest Windows OS launched to a lot of criticisms, many of which both developers and consumers alike are hoping to see resolved in the first major “Blue” update, so let’s take a look at what we know so far.
The final update is likely to be released at Build 2013 in June, but four leaked builds have made their way online already giving us a glimpse at what to expect.
- New ‘Snap Views’ – Allow up to four apps side-by-side for increased multitasking, up from the current limit of two (with one...
How “freemium” is damaging the games
Freemium is damaging the games, but do you know quite how much? Recently I had the fantastic opportunity to sit down with a group of game developers who spoke passionately about their development, the industry, and how freemium is hurting their creative ideas and real game innovation.
The term is thrown around a lot lately; the act of releasing a game for free then charging for “premium” features later on in order to monetise...
Many games have had to switch to this new model, as is the case with Star Wars: The...
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Classic icon designs – time for a change?
Skeuomorphism is, according to Wikipedia, “a physical ornament or design on an object made to resemble another material or technique.” It’s a somewhat controversial design technique that has been around for centuries.
In terms of web and mobile design, skeuomorphism is most commonly referred to in terms of icons or even apps and software which use representational design elements that possess little or no functionality. You can learn all about skeuomorphism on our