Wearable tech too expensive for consumer take-up, research reveals

Even though wearable technology is one of the hottest tech trends right now, consumers simply won’t go for it unless it becomes more affordable.

That’s the finding from GfK research, which polled 1600 UK and US adults in September and found that even though awareness was high, prices were too steep for serious consumer adoption.

The figures do make for interesting reading, with 7% of 16-24 year olds surveyed owning wearable technology, and 6% of the general population on board. This includes the...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, VR.

“Program, or be programmed” – Why we need to teach code

As a big supporter of the new curriculum, which is finally introducing programming skills into compulsory education from September 2014, DeveloperTech is all for any scheme which gives kids that same advantage from today; preventing them ending up on the “scrap heap”.

Milverton Wallace (MW), a man who’s been around development for a while, is launching one of these new schemes at “The North Library” in Holloway, London called “Wizzie Wizzie Coding Club”.

DeveloperTech (DT) caught...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

Agile methodology in software development

It’s not a secret that software development is a long and labor-intensive process which requires a lot of time and efforts, not speaking about financial and material costs.

If you deal with IT, you know that very often a lot of misunderstandings regarding the requirements to the software product under development appear during the collaboration between a client and developers. Surely, both sides want the software to work properly, but sometimes it’s impossible to do so.

This is where agile methodology can help...

By Eugene Rudenko, 28 October 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Testing.

“There’s never been a better time to do a tech startup“ - Sean Kane, F6S co-founder

DeveloperTech spoke to the co-founder of tech start-up social network, F6S, about how they help these important new companies get on their feet and stand-out amongst competition from larger, more-established businesses.

The most enticing aspect of the network – and one which undoubtedly drives its mighty growth – is its price tag; or lack of. Free to join; F6S not only offers promotion to Startups – but Hackathons, Events, Conferences, Accelerators, Jobs, and Angel...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Social media.

Apple co-founder Woz gives his take at #AppsWorld

Speaking at AppsWorld in London, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gave his thoughts on the shifting mobile industry; wearable tech, connected devices, voice assistants, the Cloud, and the iOS competition from rivals such as Android and Windows Phone.

On talking about who’s “doing the most” for mobile; Woz is still on the iOS-side of the fence for reasons of reliability. Whilst this may not necessarily be a surprising stance from an Apple founder – Steve is a man unafraid to criticise the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Devices, Industry, iOS.

Trip Hawkins speaks about disruptive gaming and education #AppsWorld

Gaming legend and founder of industry powerhouse Electronic Arts, Trip Hawkins, used his keynote at Apps World 2013 to speak about the current industry shifts within the field – alongside some powerful thoughts about how we can improve and revolutionise education.

Kicking off his speech he reiterated the power of social media; a big theme across everything Trip spoke about going forward. A memorable quote came from “in the future, everybody is a gamer.”

Already kids are growing up with...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Industry.

Microsoft’s Anand Krishnan on the UK app economy and the Windows 8 ecosystem

DeveloperTech (DT) took the opportunity to speak to Microsoft’s Anand Krishnan (AK), General Manager of the Developer and Platform Group, about new research commissioned by the Redmond-based firm; plus a discussion around the Windows 8 ecosystem (including Xbox One) and the first major update.

The research, released today, looks at how Multichannel platforms, Pace-of-Change, and Skills Gap are Impacting UK Application and Software Development Sector.

One of the main highlights is how 86% of developers...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Industry, Microsoft.

Google brings the ‘Experience’ back home (and to your wrist)

One of Google’s biggest assets in Android is also one of their most infuriating challenges - its openness. It’s that which allows manufacturers to skin their devices how they like; making it all the more appealing (and more functional out-the-box.)

Yet all of this also takes power away from El Goog to control the experience - especially in terms of aesthetics. When the average consumer looks at an Android OS; they are generally put-off by its skeletal-look. Unaware it can be customised.

With Android 4.4, or...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Apps Act 2013: What you need to know

Beginning of this year, the California Attorney General issued a report entitled “Privacy on the Go” which provided much-needed recommendations as to how the mobile ecosystem should function, move forward, but do so with privacy in mind.

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) issued its own report the next month in February; with a similar; but expanded title: “Mobile Privacy Disclosures; Building Trust Through Transparency.”

Clearly the floodgates...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Security.

How AQuA aims to keep app developers at the top of their game

If you’re developing an app, it’s very easy to forget basic testing tasks. Even if your app has won awards, there are still areas which can be improved on.

That’s where the App Quality Alliance (AQuA), a not-for-profit association run and funded by the likes of AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Orange, Samsung and Sony, comes in.

AQuA, with its App Quality Directory, provides the testing criteria so developers don’t fall down on simple errors. And with the Appsters...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Testing.