Opinion: IT comes in from the cold – building apps for a brighter future

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We’ve all heard stories of harassed IT staff who spend all day trying to keep the metaphorical lights on. In fact, you could argue that an on-premise IT system is old the very day after you buy it.

What’s more, if your existing infrastructure can’t keep up with the needs of your users, then you’re in danger of shadow IT appearing as staff use their own resources to develop solutions. This raises serious concerns over security, control of your IT systems and, most...

By Adam Spearing, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Apple slashes affiliate app commission by almost 65 percent

According to a document obtained by MacStories’ Federico Viticci, Apple plans to slash the commission received for some affiliate referrals.

The rate, beginning May 1st, will be reduced by almost 65 percent to just 2.5 percent from the current 7 percent. The document indicates the reduced rate will only affect App Store and in-app purchase referrals, at least for now. Referrals for iTunes content such as music, movies, TV shows, and books will still receive the 7 percent rate.

Apple plans to slash the...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Apple, Industry.

Research: The state of the video game industry in 2017

The release of two separate pieces of research from the ESA and Newzoo has provided an interesting look at the state of the video game industry in 2017.

“The video game industry excels because it anticipates demand – giving people what they want before they realise they want it – and drives trends in entertainment and across countless other sectors,” says Michael Gallagher, President and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association.

In the ESA’s latest

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, VR.

Google explains how to design optimal VR/AR experiences

As Google's UX engineer working on Daydream and Tango, Mary Cassin knows a thing or two about what makes the optimal VR/AR experience.

With VR adoption growing, we're learning new things every day about what makes a great and comfortable user experience. Google has vast resources to learn from its users and afford the odd pitfall along the way – but few of us have such a luxury.

Over the coming years, best practices are sure to adapt, but Cassin has shared her current findings on what could make...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Gaming, Industry, VR.

NHS England launches dedicated space for developers

As part of a new healthcare app initiative, NHS England has launched a dedicated online space for developers alongside a library to discover approved software.

The new space for developers can be found here and provides access to appropriate health-related data, tools, and a testing facility for apps. Features which enable validation and authorisation are in the pipeline and will be added soon.

“Our vision is to transform the way people experience the NHS, by designing digital health...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Industry.

Algoriddim shows off Microsoft’s Bridge capabilities with port of djay Pro

App developer Algoriddim has shown off the capabilities of Microsoft’s iOS app porting tool, Bridge, with the release of their complex djay Pro app on Windows 10.

The app store of iOS has long been the envy of Windows fans. Microsoft has attempted to lure app developers into bringing their iOS apps to Windows 10 with the release of their ‘Bridge’ porting tool which makes it relatively trivial to bring apps from iOS over to Windows.

“We’re thrilled to unveil djay Pro for...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Lawsuit which cost Instagram, Twitter, and others $5.3 million is a warning to protect user privacy

A court settlement which cost eight software companies over five million dollars should be a warning to others to ensure they’re protecting user privacy.

The case was first brought forward in 2012 by consumers who sued eight social media and messaging companies over their use of an iOS feature called ‘Find Friends’ which uploaded their contact lists to company servers without explicit consent.

Instagram, Foursquare, Kik, Gowalla, Foodspotting, Yelp, Twitter, and Path will all now have...

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

A certification program from Google has launched for mobile site developers

Google has announced the launch of a new certification programme for mobile site developers to prove their worth.

The new exam covers various aspects of mobile website development from the basics of why mobile-optimised sites matter, all the way to methods of improving mobile site speed, the importance of optimal UX design, and topics such as progressive web apps.

Passing the exam allows you to promote yourself with the honour of being a Google accredited mobile site developer who has “demonstrated...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Mobile.

Google wants developers to update their apps to support 18:9 aspect ratio

Android phones appear to be moving towards a new aspect ratio, and Google is politely reminding developers to update their apps or users will suffer.

When LG launched the G6 they made a big deal about its 18:9 aspect ratio display, and for good reason. The ratio allows two squares to be displayed next to each other and opens up a range of new possibilities – in particular for VR. Samsung has since followed suit with a similar ratio screen in the Galaxy S8; albeit marginally different to accommodate its...

By Ryan Daws, 30 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Industry.

Google explains the company’s open-sourcing process and shows off initiatives with new website

Google has published internal documentation explaining how it decides when to make its technology open-source along with the launch of a dedicated site which collects the company’s own initiatives.

The new Google Open Source website aims to help create ‘better technology' by promoting open source. Since its early beginnings, Google has been a leading advocate of open technologies and the company believes it encourages collaboration to solve problems quicker.

“At...

By Ryan Daws, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.