SWTOR doubles monthly revenue on switch to “freemium”

The gaming industry has been witnessing a shift towards the “freemium” model lately; clearly it’s working and worth considering after EA announced profits for Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) have doubled since making the free switch.

Freemium is the act of releasing an app for, well, free. This looks extremely appealing for customers, but of course everyone needs to fund their development and earn a profit from the time invested, so these apps make money through advertising or in-app...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Monetisation.

Linux kernel 3.4 gets you Android developing

A new Linux kernel 3.4 has been released, according to a post from Linux fellow Linus Torvalds.

Often a huge barrier for aficionados of both Tux and Android; they now play nicely as Linux kernel brings support for development on Google’s OS along with SSD caching and other Jelly Bean-sweet improvements.

For Android development, the Goldfish VDE has been the choice inclusion allowing developers to start an instance of Google’s software on a kernel...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Codassium offers real-time “brogramming” with WebRTC

Codassium, an online code platform by Wreally Studios, allows for two parties to conduct a coding session using Mozilla’s “Ace” editor alongside live video chat for increased collaboration.

The platform uses the WebRTC standard currently being proposed by W3C who is hoping to use it to provide a web-based suite of tools to share data, audio, and video all in real-time across multiple devices.

Moving beyond collaborative work, this platform could potentially be used to conduct live interviews...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

Classic icon designs – time for a change?

Skeuomorphism is, according to Wikipedia, “a physical ornament or design on an object made to resemble another material or technique.” It’s a somewhat controversial design technique that has been around for centuries.

In terms of web and mobile design, skeuomorphism is most commonly referred to in terms of icons or even apps and software which use representational design elements that possess little or no functionality. You can learn all about skeuomorphism on our 

By Silicon Beach Training, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Industry, iOS.

Facebook acquires Parse: what does this mean for enterprise developers?

The recent announcement that Facebook has acquired Parse has caused a bit of a stir around the developer community, as so often seems to be the case when a large company (Facebook especially) acquires a start up.

Although Facebook has emphasised that it is an acquisition and not a hunt for new talent, it seems many mobile developers are still skeptical about what will happen to the Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) provider.

Parse offers mobile developers a quick, easy and cost-effective way of adding...

By Mubaloo, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.