Google Maps gets new design, new APIs

Probably Mountain View’s most well-known, well-loved product (perhaps after that search engine thing), Google Maps, has had a complete overhaul in user interface alongside brand-new APIs for you developers to play with! Let’s take a look.

The new UI removes most of just that, the UI, leaving only a full-sized map to do the talking.

A single search box now serves as your destination for most of Maps features; along with clicking on the map itself which presents a variety of new options.

Most of the...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, iPad, Testing.

Codassium offers real-time “brogramming” with WebRTC

Codassium, an online code platform by Wreally Studios, allows for two parties to conduct a coding session using Mozilla’s “Ace” editor alongside live video chat for increased collaboration.

The platform uses the WebRTC standard currently being proposed by W3C who is hoping to use it to provide a web-based suite of tools to share data, audio, and video all in real-time across multiple devices.

Moving beyond collaborative work, this platform could potentially be used to conduct live interviews...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

Addressing the problems and plus points of gaming in HTML5 #MWC

DeveloperTech spoke to Iker Jamardo, VP of engineering at Ludei, about HTML5 teething troubles, Zuckerberg’s quote and the W3C standard

HTML5 is far from perfect, but there’s reason for plenty of optimism with the open web standard, according to Iker Jamardo, VP of engineering at HTML5 game developer Ludei.

Ludei, who is exhibiting at Mobile World Congress, attempts to “accelerate HTML5 games”. And it seems to be paying...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5.

Mozilla announces Firefox OS expansion #MWC

Browser giant Mozilla has announced its Firefox operating system at Mobile World Congress as well as two smartphones, in a press meeting just before the fireworks of the main event.

The two phones displayed were the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, with offerings from LG and Huawei also expected in the future.

According to Mozilla, a total of 17 operators are signed up for the OS, including Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica. As a result of this, it...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5.

Examining the digital rights management debate on HTML5

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has added its weight to the likes of Google, Microsoft and Netflix requesting digital rights management (DRM) for the HTML5 web standard.

And it’s safe to say that it’s not the most popular idea in the industry.

Given that Flash is now on its way out, HTML5 appears to be the way forward for browsers. But the idea of an open standard being hit with DRM, locking down browsers so users can’t access content the browser thinks it’s not allowed to...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5.

Apple 'app fatigue' setting in, according to job research

A report from outsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com has revealed that Apple iOS jobs have dropped in Q4 2012, for the first time in the report’s history.

The results were calculated in a list of the top 50 jobs in the IT industry, and was extracted from 261,003 jobs posted on Freelancer.com during the third quarter of 2012.

And it transpired that there are fewer Apple jobs on the market now than a few months ago. Jobs related to iPhones went down from 5508 to 5298 jobs posted – a downturn of 3.8%...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, HTML5, iOS.

HTML5 for mobile developers - a comprehensive guide

By Santthosh Babu Selvadurai, Senior Mobile Developer at InMobi

Why HTML5 and why now?

When it comes to touch-screen mobile devices, native applications have led the way in terms of performance, speed and tighter integration to specific platforms. Unbound by the need to conform to standards, native apps could rapidly take advantage of the latest hardware and operating system innovations, while Web technologies always had to wait for the international community to agree and implement standards first.

But with...

By InMobi, 28 January 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5.

Is it time for a single standardised web browser?

A recent study by Forrester Research has made the case for a single standardised web browser for internet users. The argument for this is that there are hidden costs involved in having multiple non-standardised browsers.

Of the 113 IT professionals who were surveyed, nearly all of them (96%) said they standardise on a single browser for use on work PC’s. Enterprises are now deciding whether to support non-standard browsers as the report suggests it can be costly. According to the firms which offered a multiple...

By Ampheon, 22 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, HTML5.

W3C announces completed HTML5 definition

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has today published the complete definition of the HTML5 specification, allowing a more stable standard for businesses and developers to utilise.

“As of today, businesses know what they can rely on for HTML5 in the coming years, and what their customers will demand,” said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO, adding: “Likewise developers will know what skills to cultivate to reach smart phones, cars, televisions, ebooks, digital signs, and devices not yet known.”

The W3C had back...

By James Bourne, 17 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5.

Will HTML5 change the future of web design as we know it?

When HTML5 is finally released in July 2014, it will change the face of the internet. This was recently reaffirmed by Designer and Consultant Jen Simmons who spoke at Event Apart, an annual design conference which this year was held in Chicago. In her speech she said that, “HTML is more than paving the cowpaths. "There's a lot of stuff in the spec about databases and communication protocols and blahdiblah backend juju. Some of that stuff is pretty radical. And it will change how you design websites."

In...

By Ampheon, 07 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5.