Dear Apple, Open up or be left behind…

Four years ago, Steve Jobs announced iOS’ video-calling feature ‘FaceTime’ would become Open so applications can be built cross-platform for the benefit of everyone. iOS users can keep in touch with their contacts in the bigger market which is the Android ecosystem, and vice-versa.

iOS users are still limited to calling each other. Despite adding features like FaceTime Audio (shouldn’t that be VoiceTime?) we're without a way to get in touch with our non-iDevice counterparts.

There's a...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Android vs. iOS: "Originality" shots fired over new docs

Even if you keep out of the firing range you are sure to have heard the “copy” shots between the passionate Android and iOS camps. With each OS release, features are borrowed from one another in a bid to one-up the competition…

“Good artists copy, but great artists steal” one Pablo Picasso said, a quote more recently repeated by Apple founder Steve Jobs. Despite this, Jobs declared “thermonuclear war” on Android due to seeing the platform as a direct replica of...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Firefox OS 2.0 wants to set iOS and Android ablaze

Everyone loves an underdog, but when it comes to your mobile OS unless you want to spend your days looking at the competitions’ full app stores – your choice comes between iOS, Android, and the fast-rising Windows Phone

Mozilla launched the first iteration of their plucky Firefox OS last year to little fanfare and a fair bit of confusion from consumers. Why was a web browser launching an OS? What can it do different from current beloved platforms?

The...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Platforms.

Chromecast and Android TV: Is there a world where both co-exist?

Google’s last play into the television market was the aptly-named, Google TV. Remember it? Not many will because it wasn’t what you could call a runaway success. Such a failure in fact that it was pulled completely and brushed under the rug.

But the company isn’t ready to give up the living room to Apple, Microsoft, Roku, or the many other companies vying to take over the biggest screen in our homes – and understandably so.

First up is

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Xbox Music: Bringing tunes to the masses (of apps)

Right this second I’m listening to Spotify competitor, Xbox Music. This is a service I’ve come to love and – since enabling music videos – has ended up becoming my go-to service daily for music consumption.

But from a game-changing move for developers at BUILD 2014; it may soon be enhancing your enjoyment without you even realising…

A new Xbox Music API wants to make the service’s “over 18 million tracks” available for use in any game or...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

DRM-gate: A year later and it's Sony's turn

We didn’t even get to E3 last year before Microsoft and Sony both rushed to the stage and displayed the latest versions of their respective Xbox and PlayStation consoles…

Perhaps “rushed” was the key word in that opening sentence; both announcements many would agree felt underprepared and a result of not wanting to allow the rival party to have a head start in an industry where timing can mean make or break.

I’ll get this out the way first – I’m an Xbox person....

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Monetisation, Platforms.

Opinion: Office 365, Microsoft's Cloud-based future, and why Google should be worried...

Newly-appointed Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, took the stage yesterday in his first public press conference to unveil the long-anticipated Office suite for Apple's iPad. 

Whilst instantaneously rejoiced by many long-term users of Office in homes, schools, and enterprises worldwide - many also asked the question whether it was too late for Microsoft to position itself as a competitor to Google's free web-based...

By Ryan Daws, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Microsoft.

UK game industry rejoices as EU approves tax breaks

The European Commission has approved tax breaks for the UK video game industry which trade bodies estimate could result in a welcome £188 million extra per year for the rapidly-growing and increasingly important sector.

It comes after many years of campaigning for such a change – helping the UK to continue being a market-leading force in the global games industry.

Many high-profile UK game studios have closed in recent years; most-recently Blitz Games who shuttered their windows after 23 years in business. IGN...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, Monetisation.

Facebook’s Oculus Rift acquisition continues the VR dream…

Virtual Reality (VR) is an inevitable future; and it’s one very-rapidly becoming realised thanks to the plucky-ambitions of Kickstarter-success Oculus and their ‘Rift’ headset. It’s an admirable story, and the headset – now in its second iteration – is nearing a consumer-ready device…

Unfortunately for Oculus, Sony is also nearing such a device in their “Project Morpheus” – which is also looking promising…

Then, albeit in a different space, there’s...

By Ryan Daws, 26 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Gaming, Industry, VR.

Android Wear: Google’s iPhone?

Google announced its dedicated ‘Android Wear’ platform for wearable devices alongside a cocktail of praise, awe, and ready-to-be-customers on social networks posting the typical “take my money!” remarks synonymous with a potentially game-changing announcement.

The last of such game-changers was, arguably, the first iPhone announcement. Google could – if played right – replicate the very same success which Apple still bathes in with the iPhone...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.