Blippar demos world-first Google Glass 3D AR at Mobile World Congress #MWC14

Here at Mobile World Congress, there’s a history of ground-breaking innovations which shape how we interact with our devices. Google Glass is a device which goes beyond that and changes how we interact with the world around us.

Whilst Glass is fantastic technology, it will only come into its own with the right applications. Blippar, the augmented reality experts, has defied many critics and shown – for the very first time – 3D AR running on the glasses…

Critics have...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp is more money than sense…

From 32 employees to a $19bn acquisition by the world’s largest social network; WhatsApp is a startup success story which will stay in app development history. But why has Facebook purchased the disruptive OTT player?

Let's be honest, WhatsApp won’t continue as successful as it is today without bringing another game-changer to the table... there are far too many players in the market with far more resources.

It sounds harsh; but WhatsApp is no longer a unique proposition. Today,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Industry, Platforms.

Letter to Candy Crush dev, King: “I hope you’re happy taking the food out of my family’s mouth”

If you’re into game development then brush up on your property rights. Historically, games have “borrowed” many elements of gameplay from each other -- but occasionally they just end up as shameless rip-offs…

Although both having similarities to Bejewelled… The makers of 'CandySwipe' are being sued by King for infringement on their ‘Candy Crush Saga’ game; despite the former being released two years...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, iOS.

Are you an Android app content thief? Avoid copyright issues

The first impression of your Android app is what is going to drag your audience to your app and make them want to download your app, it will also help keep your audience if they see that your app is set up in an easy to use manner and is pleasing to the eye. However, don’t you just love that there is always a ‘however’, your app’s appearance isn’t the only thing that will keep your app audience happy, it is your content that they will be most interested in once they have...

By Leah Goodman, 14 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Marketing.

Could Games-as-a-Service be the next big beast?

Game development is a beast more fearsome than anything you’ve faced in-game, but done right, and the loot is far-higher. Currently the highly-talked about (and opinion-divisive) trend is that of ‘Freemium’ – the act of releasing a game for free and monetising through in-app purchases.

But what is next? Highly-respected studio and ‘Fable’ developer, Lionhead Studios, clearly thinks it’s “Games-as-a-Service”.

Like PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and SaaS...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Monetisation.

Microsoft could be post-NeXT Apple all over again

When Steve Jobs was unceremoniously kicked from Apple; it began a serious decline which appeared unrecoverable…

Whilst Bill Gates wasn’t kicked from Microsoft, instead leaving of his own accord to focus on his ‘Gates Foundation’ philanthropic work, the company has since been losing touch and failing to take advantage of new market opportunities – most notably, mobile.

Many have put this down to the leadership of one Steve Ballmer; whose love of the company he’s re-iterated on many...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

The Past, Present, and Future of C#

A Brief History of C#

C# is a widely-used, mature, general-purpose programming language with millions of professional developers worldwide, but it was not always so.

In this article I’m going to take a brief chronological look at the past, present and future of the C# language...

The beginning: C# 1.0 (2002)

The first two sentences of the C# 1.0 specification are very clear about the design goals of the language:

C# is a simple, modern, object-oriented, and type-safe programming language. C# has its roots in...

By Eric Lippert, 30 January 2014, 2 comments. Categories: C#, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Testing.

The Open Web: Fostering innovation

A decade ago, the Internet browser market was dominated by Microsoft and IE and there was real danger of the industry closing up and fitting into one business model; discouraging development and innovation. Today much has changed and consumers have the option of choosing between various Internet browsers including Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari amongst others; IE no longer monopolises the market.

However, we are at risk of seeing a closed business model repeated in the current mobile landscape due to...

By Chris Heilmann, 28 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

What if Windows Phone went Android?

Today Microsoft revealed great sales, and brilliant profits -- so is the company surviving the “post-PC” era? It seems like, but for how long? Despite doubling Surface sales, Windows’ tablets still only account for 3.4% of the market.

Windows 8 was developed in mind to cater for this new era; enabling use on touch-based devices and hoping to (eventually) create development easy across platforms – whether desktop, tablet, laptop, hybrid, smartphone, or even console…

The latest...

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Interview - Matt Asay: “MongoDB is the perfect fit… NoSQL in general is a better fit”

MongoDB, the open-source NoSQL database, was recently named "Database Management System of the Year" by DB-Engines – with good reason. DeveloperTech (DT) spoke with Matt Asay (MA), VP of Business Development and Corporate Strategy, about why customers should choose Mongo…

DT: Can you give a bit of background to MongoDB and why organisations should choose it?

MA: One of the things which is most interesting about MongoDB is the product was formed before the company was, and it was formed out of a need...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms.