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.

iPad remains the number one tablet according to J.D. Power

Many take J.D. Power’s satisfaction surveys as the “de facto” source of approval from consumers, taking into account; Performance,  Ease of Operation, Styling and Design, Features, and Cost.

Almost consistently dominated by a certain Californian-based company, will Volume 1 of the “2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study” prove any different?

Nope, Apple’s iPad is still up there at the top. The iOS-based device scoring a fantastic 836 on a 1000-point scale; customers are clearly very...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Is wearable computing the future or a fad?

Google Glass, a rising starlet of the wearable computing show, starts shipping to early adopters (at a whopping $1500!) Now it’s time to ask: are these devices the future? Or are they simply a fad?

The first third party apps have already started rolling out for the innovative eyewear which gives you real-time information, New York Times being among the first to launch. This particular app is fairly simple, delivering articles on an hourly basis directly to your eyes.

Of course, many developers have much...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Testing, VR.

Nginx (and the Web) gets faster – give thanks to ‘SPDY’

Nginx, the world’s third most popular web server, has just released version 1.4 supporting the speedy ‘SPDY’ protocol making the web faster, alongside a whole host of new features.

‘SPDY’ is the protocol advancing ‘HTTP’, which can help websites load up to 40 percent faster. This is particularly useful since it helps power some of the biggest name sites, including Facebook and Dropbox.

The server is currently rising rapidly, and used by many...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Cloud, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Best practices to make your social app a global success

In 2012, Facebook dominated the social networking space on mobile devices, accounting for 85% of usage in North America and occupying the #1 position in most markets. The penetration of other social apps in the west has slowed down considerably due to FB’s dominance, and according to eMarketer, market growth is expected to drop from 50% in 2011 to 18% in 2014. However, in 2013, Asian Newbies such as Line and Kakao seem to have redefined social networking on mobile. With 74 million users in less than 18...