Creative Skills For Life wants your app ideas to improve young people’s quality of life

A groundbreaking initiative from Creative Skills For Life (CSL), in partnership with Creative England and the NHS (National Health Service), is looking for entries to grab part of a £100,000 funding pot to deliver apps to provide enhanced quality of life to young people with life-threatening conditions.

The organisers, Creative Skills For Life, are perhaps more well-known for the Rock Couture project, whereby electric guitars customised by the likes of Bono, Jennifer Lopez and...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Industry.

Jelly Bean jumps as Google Play set to surpass iOS app downloads

Google has updated its “Android landscape” survey on the Developer Dashboard, showing Jelly Bean is very close to overtaking Gingerbread as the most widespread release. This may be just in time, as Google’s Play Store is set to surpass iOS app downloads.

Currently, Gingerbread, or 2.3, is sitting at the top spot at 36.5% of install base. The latest version of the OS, Jelly Bean, is now at 33%.

Jelly Bean is version 4.1-4.2; comparing version...

Could this be Apple’s answer to Google Now?

At the D11 interview last week, Tim Cook let slip Apple has acquired nine start-ups since October. Mike Elgan, from Cult of Mac, believes one of these could be ‘Grokr’ a predictive search app for iOS.

Much like Siri was before being implemented natively in iOS5, Grokr has been pulled from the AppStore.

Also lending credence to the theory, the website currently list their upcoming project as 'NEXT'.

Keen observers may notice this is the same name as Apple's most famous acquisition.

Google Now has...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms, Testing.

Windows 8.1 officially unveiled – the Start Button is back

Return of the Jedi, Return of the King; add one more to the list, Return of the Start Button.

Microsoft, after many leaked builds, has officially unveiled Windows 8.1, the first major upgrade to the widely-criticised latest operating system.

Windows 8.1 is a collection of small tweaks and fixes, which helps to alleviate the sour taste critics had been left with from the complete overhaul.

User Interface

The most drastic change with the latest operating system is...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Don’t panic – Xbox One will support indie development

Despite popular belief, and wide reporting last week, it appears Microsoft’s latest Xbox One console will support independent development.

This should come as no surprise, with the meteoric success of indie games such as Minecraft, and the pioneering aspect of the “Xbox Live Arcade” which has supported developers releasing some fantastic titles out of their bedrooms or small studios.

It was said anyone who wishes...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

The new SMS of smartphones

The first wave of telco revenues was driven by text and voice. Thanks to shortened innovation cycles in the mobile eco-system, the revenue mix of telco industry is now poised to change. Increase in usage of mobile devices to access Internet and penetration of Internet enabled smart phones have accelerated data related revenue growth of Telcos.

Smart Phones leading Mobile Internet adoption

The total number of mobile Internet users will be close to 85M by end of 2012. This represents a 170% year on year...

By InMobi, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Industry, Marketing.

Apple CEO interview hints at cross-platform, is a more “open” future in store?

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at D11; the annual conference held by AllThingsDigital, and spoke of many interesting aspects of the Cupertino-based company’s future, but what caught my attention the most is his attitude to “Open” APIs and even Android development...

The late Steve Jobs was famously quoted as saying: “I’m willing to go thermonuclear war” over a lawsuit which accused Android of stealing iOS’s design.

He was however, said to have told Tim Cook to...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Is DRM about to ruin our console experience?

Thinking of my fondest gaming memories takes me on a trip down memory lane. I’d get the latest iteration of Need for Speed through the post, run upstairs and boost my (terrible) skills before cycling to a friend to play against him on his console.

This now could be a thing of the past thanks to DRM (digital rights management).

 

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about how the upcoming Xbox “One” will handle used/pre-owned games, whilst no executives want to give any real...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Monetisation, Platforms, Security.

Yahoo acquires PlayerScale, preparing “play” into gaming?

It’s been a month of acquisitions, releases, and revamps for Yahoo; as a huge push has been made to stay modern amongst fierce competition. The latest is of gaming infrastructure startup ‘PlayerScale’ – is Yahoo heading for gaming?

PlayerScale is a platform to provision cross-platform gaming; as well as deploying to nearly every major platform whilst handling monetisation and analytics data.

Incredibly popular amongst game developers, the company reports it serves...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, iOS, Marketing, Social media, Testing.