Algoriddim shows off Microsoft’s Bridge capabilities with port of djay Pro

App developer Algoriddim has shown off the capabilities of Microsoft’s iOS app porting tool, Bridge, with the release of their complex djay Pro app on Windows 10.

The app store of iOS has long been the envy of Windows fans. Microsoft has attempted to lure app developers into bringing their iOS apps to Windows 10 with the release of their ‘Bridge’ porting tool which makes it relatively trivial to bring apps from iOS over to Windows.

“We’re thrilled to unveil djay Pro for...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Lawsuit which cost Instagram, Twitter, and others $5.3 million is a warning to protect user privacy

A court settlement which cost eight software companies over five million dollars should be a warning to others to ensure they’re protecting user privacy.

The case was first brought forward in 2012 by consumers who sued eight social media and messaging companies over their use of an iOS feature called ‘Find Friends’ which uploaded their contact lists to company servers without explicit consent.

Instagram, Foursquare, Kik, Gowalla, Foodspotting, Yelp, Twitter, and Path will all now have...

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

A certification program from Google has launched for mobile site developers

Google has announced the launch of a new certification programme for mobile site developers to prove their worth.

The new exam covers various aspects of mobile website development from the basics of why mobile-optimised sites matter, all the way to methods of improving mobile site speed, the importance of optimal UX design, and topics such as progressive web apps.

Passing the exam allows you to promote yourself with the honour of being a Google accredited mobile site developer who has “demonstrated...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Mobile.

Google wants developers to update their apps to support 18:9 aspect ratio

Android phones appear to be moving towards a new aspect ratio, and Google is politely reminding developers to update their apps or users will suffer.

When LG launched the G6 they made a big deal about its 18:9 aspect ratio display, and for good reason. The ratio allows two squares to be displayed next to each other and opens up a range of new possibilities – in particular for VR. Samsung has since followed suit with a similar ratio screen in the Galaxy S8; albeit marginally different to accommodate its...

By Ryan Daws, 30 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Industry.

Google explains the company’s open-sourcing process and shows off initiatives with new website

Google has published internal documentation explaining how it decides when to make its technology open-source along with the launch of a dedicated site which collects the company’s own initiatives.

The new Google Open Source website aims to help create ‘better technology' by promoting open source. Since its early beginnings, Google has been a leading advocate of open technologies and the company believes it encourages collaboration to solve problems quicker.

“At...

By Ryan Daws, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Game development industry braces for Brexit in UKIE report

With the government due to begin the two-year Brexit negotiations at the end of this month, an extensive report has been published by UKIE on how the games industry is bracing for the worst case scenario.

Brexit has brought a period of uncertainty that has split the nation on whether it will ultimately leave the country better or worse off. Record levels of investment and employment paint a positive outlook about the resilience of the UK economy, but there are more factors at play which could go right or...

By Ryan Daws, 08 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

Torvalds calls out developers who 'screw all the rules and processes' in place for Linux merges

Linus Torvalds has taken aim at developers who ‘screw all the rules and processes’ in place for Linux merges.

The founder and long-time principal developer of Linux never minces his words. In the past, Torvald’s been called out for ‘verbally abusing’ his programmers with expletive-ridden language, and in response, has said: “I'm not going to start wearing ties, I'm also not going to buy...

By Ryan Daws, 06 March 2017, 6 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

GDC: Microsoft details AR for Xbox alongside plans to break down game publishing barriers

Announcements made during this year’s GDC (Game Developers Conference) provide a tantalising sample of the exciting plans Microsoft has for the future of gaming.

This year is arguably the most important for Xbox in the history of its business. A poor launch strategy under previous Xbox chief Don Mattrick left the PlayStation 4 to dominate Xbox One sales every month at the start of this console generation. A more gamer-focused strategy under Mattrick’s replacement, Phil Spencer, has narrowed the...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Things you didn’t know about coding boot camps

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If you think of traditional boot camps, you probably imagine doing push-ups, deadly burpees, and being yelled at by a ripped personal trainer. Picture coding boot camps, on the other hand, and you might imagine a room full of lanky, coffee-drinking twenty-somethings. However, while the latter (hopefully) comes with a lot less sweat, it’s really just as arduous.

While typical programming education normally takes place in a...

By Cahlan Sharp, 16 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Industry.

Nintendo’s studios have 'mastered' the Unreal engine for Switch

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Nintendo has often been criticised for prioritising the company’s internal developers, over-relying on historic franchises, and making it difficult for third-party studios to develop or port games with a lack of support for standard industry engines. 

Epic Games is the developer behind the popular Unreal graphics toolkit and confirmed support for the Switch not long after its announcement. While in the past Nintendo has relied on its own...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.