Android 11 will add a new App Compatibility feature to ease testing

Google plans to make testing your apps for compatibility issues much simpler in the next Android release.

The company's annual I/O developer event is an exciting time for techies. Shiny new toys are debuted at I/O for both developers and consumers, but they can also present compatibility problems which can ruin the experience users have with your apps.

Starting with Android 11, Google plans to add an App Compatibility feature which can be found in the developer settings.

The new setting allows developers...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Industry, Mobile, Platforms, Testing.

UK gov offers $130k to any developer able to build cryptocurrency tracing software

The UK government is so desperate to better trace cryptocurrencies that it's offering up $130k to any developer able to build software that can do the job.

Some cryptocurrencies are a lot more difficult to trace than others. Cryptocurrencies like Monero, Dash, and Zcash use things like ring signatures and zk-SNARKs to really cover up users' tracks. However, in general, cryptos are simply not as easy to trace as your typical bank payment – and governments see that as a problem.

One of the best...

By Ryan Daws, 21 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Careers, Industry.

Ethereum 'officially' kicks off its One Million Devs initiative

Blockchain giant Ethereum has ”officially” kicked off its One Million Devs initiative as the platform aims to build upon its already substantial developer base.

Despite many projects eying its throne, Ethereum remains the largest decentralised app (DApp) platform and the second largest cryptocurrency in terms of market cap. The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance includes hundreds of giants like Intel, Microsoft, JP Morgan,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Ecosystem, Industry, Platforms.

Huawei sets out its post-Google plans with release of HMS Core 4.0

Huawei has unveiled further details about its replacements to Google’s services as it prepares to lose access following US sanctions.

During an event in London, Huawei made its pitch as to why developers should port their apps to HMS (Huawei Mobile Services).

The first reason is a cash incentive. Huawei announced that it will use a pot of £20 million ($26 million) to help persuade developers to bring their apps to HMS.

Anson Zhang, MD of Huawei UK, said: "We have announced our £20...

By Ryan Daws, 17 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AI, API, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Google prepares to send Chrome apps to its infamous graveyard

Google has announced its timeline for ending support of Chrome apps, meaning another headstone will be needed for the company’s graveyard.

The number of products Google has killed off has become something of a joke within the tech industry, but few people will miss Chrome apps like some of the others (shoutouts to Google Wave and Google+)

Chrome apps were intended to function like regular apps in that they open in their own window. However, most people today are using standard web...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Analysis shows the 16 most in-demand programming skills

A new analysis highlights the most in-demand programming skills looked for by employers as we begin the new decade.

Nick Kolakowski, a writer for Dice Insights, analysed data from Burning Glass – an analytics software company providing real-time data on job trends – and found that most job postings in the past 30 days wanted SQL skills.

Here’s the full breakdown of desired programming skills by job postings in the past 30 days:

  • SQL (56,272)

  • Java (48,949)

  • Software Development (44,633)

  • Software Engineering (35,898)

  • Python (34,426)

  • JavaScript (33,619)

  • Linux (28,562)

  • Oracle (24,218)

  • Microsoft C# (20,068)

  • Git (18,573)

  • C++...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Languages.

Bitcoin developer reports 42% drop in build time, 44% fewer packages

A developer contributing to Bitcoin has published a report detailing improvements made to the world’s largest cryptocurrency.

In his report, Michael Ford highlights that the number of packages in Bitcoin Core 0.19.99 has been reduced by 44 percent since version 0.13.2.

This reduction in packages has helped to decrease the build time of versions down to 135 seconds, a 42 percent improvement over the peak.

Another benefit of fewer packages is...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Industry.

Microsoft teaches Visual Studio Code a few new Java tricks

Microsoft has taught Visual Studio Code a few new tricks to help Java developers as we ease into the next decade.

The main feature is a new Call Hierarchy view. By right-clicking a function and navigating to Peek Call Hierarchy, a developer can see a full list of incoming and outgoing calls (it's possible to filter just either, if you so desire.)

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Another welcome addition is Data Breakpoints. This...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Java, Languages, Microsoft.

Torvalds calls it 'pure garbage' that Linux is to blame for Stadia port issues

Linus Torvalds has called a blogger's claim that Linux is to blame for Google Stadia port issues "pure garbage".

In a blog post, developer Malte Skarupke pointed the finger at the Linux scheduler as being the culprit for issues when porting games to Google's cloud gaming platform Stadia.

Every millisecond delay impacts the experience when gaming. Skarupke gave this overview as to why he came to the...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Disruptive AI technology can overcome the trade-off between cost, speed and quality

Anyone who has ever managed a project has probably had to make a decision between delivering at high speed, high quality, or low cost: As the saying goes, you can only pick two. This is usually as true for the delivery of software as it is for anything else, but mounting pressure to digitally transform and continuously deliver updates has made speed a default requirement for most organisations. This leaves a choice between quality and cost, which often comes down to a decision about testing.

Testing—especially unit...

By Dr. Daniel Kroening, 19 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Industry, Testing.