Apple launches a curriculum for schools teaching Swift

Apple has launched a curriculum for schools teaching app development using the company’s beloved Swift programming language.

Now available on the iBooks store, the ‘App Development with Swift’ curriculum is a full-year course designed by Apple’s engineers and educators which aims to help students get started with various elements of app design.

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US economy as a whole. The app economy and software...

By Ryan Daws, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Mac, Platforms.

Opinion: Three tips for the healthy API

Today’s cloud platforms are changing every part of the software stack: compute, payments, maps, storage, communications. Platforms are making it easier than ever before for developers to test ideas. This is the essence of software, and it’s happening faster than ever.

The significance, therefore, of running a healthy API cannot be overstated. It’s the only way, ultimately, that companies striving for developer adoption and retention will be able to achieve their goals.

But what is a...

By Jonas Borjesson, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry.

Opinion: Google is shifting the focus away from traditional apps

Google’s announcements during their annual I/O developer conference demonstrate the company is beginning to shift the focus away from traditional download-and-install apps.

Downloading, installing, logging in or setting up an account, and navigating the app to find the content we’re looking for is a process many of us have gone through for decades. When you think about it, the process is cumbersome and overdue for modernisation.

Consumers have been able to stream music, videos, and even some...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

NVIDIA will teach deep-learning skills to 100,000 developers in 2017 as part of AI push

NVIDIA has announced plans to train 100,000 developers this year in deep-learning skills to help reach its ambitions to be an industry-leader in artificial intelligence.

Over the past week, NVIDIA has made several AI-related announcements including unveiling the NVIDIA Metropolis intelligent video analytics platform which intends to make “cities safer and smarter by applying deep learning to video streams for applications such as public safety, traffic management,...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

Facebook appears to reject more code from its female engineers

A former engineer at Facebook used data compiled over five years in a bid to prove there's a gender bias at the social networking giant against its female employees.

The compiled data shows female engineers’ code being rejected 35 percent more than males during the review process. While this alone rings some alarm bells, the fact that females waited for 3.9 percent longer on average for their code to be reviewed, and received 8.2 percent more comments, just adds evidence to the bias claim.

Facebook...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Industry.

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.