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...

Is China the biggest cyber security threat?

Directly from Akamai Technologies’ latest “State of the Internet” Quarterly report, China appears to be the origin of 41 percent of all computer-attack traffic.

However, appearances can be deceiving, there is potential for other countries to be posing as an IP originating from China; when in fact they could be from Britain, Russia, Germany, or the reports second most...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, IP, Security.

How automotive brands can win with mobile

The auto industry has traditionally relied on conventional marketing means such as TV advertisements, bill boards and print media to drive sales. But over the last couple of years there has been a tremendous shift towards the Internet, social media and mobile. This was bound to happen with the coming of the Internet and the mobile and the way media has changed over the last few years. People have moved to online, more so to mobile and social media, where they look for vehicle pricing, model information, photo...

By InMobi, 19 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Industry.

The 15 programming languages employers really want

With the world rapidly migrating towards the Web, the demand for programmers is constantly rising across all industries.Whether it’s writing basic HTML to querying, manipulating and managing relational databases, companies great and small need coders, whether they’re web developers or SQL specialists.And as we all know, the ability to create clean, structures code isn’t just in high demand, it tends to pay rather well too!But in the decade of the developer, what are the most sought after skills? We did some digging and based on the stats we found, it the top 15 look something like this:15) AJAXBack in the 90s, web sites were usually based on complete HTML pages. So each page had...

By Adam Smith, 10 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

Is there a skills gap for training developers today?

Latest research from Micro Focus has revealed that nearly three quarters of academic institutions don’t support COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language) in its courses.

Given that Micro Focus is a company which specialises in COBOL, a conclusion can be drawn to suggest that they would advocate more COBOL usage – and you’d be right – but the statistics and debate are very interesting.

COBOL isn’t the most fashionable programming language, of course, but it’s certainly one...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.