“Project Siena” lets you program, without programming

Whilst Windows 8’s latest iteration is finally catching up to Vista; applications built specifically for its “Modern UI” are still sparse – despite recent heavyweights including Facebook, Flipboard, and Foursquare all jumping on board.

To help alleviate this problem, and get non-programmers building basic applications in minutes, Microsoft has released “

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Microsoft, Platforms.

Windows 8.1 closes in on Vista, but is Microsoft admitting failure?

The Microsoft operating system even the most diehard fans try to ignore ever existed, Windows Vista, is sitting at 3.61% desktop OS share – with the divisive latest iteration, Windows 8.1, now closing in at 3.6% according to Web tracker Net Applications.

It’s an age-old joke that every other of Microsoft’s Windows releases is considered good. Think, Windows 98 > Windows XP > Windows Vista > Windows 7 > Windows 8.

Whilst we haven’t included every Windows release, you can see the pattern above with the releases in...

By Ryan Daws, 02 January 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Opinion: Why Xbox One was the only “next-gen” console

Over time, things and concepts change. New technologies are introduced, or are to be introduced, and those with the forward-thinking nature to prepare for what’s next will nearly always triumph.

Before this generation even began; I believed a “next-gen” console will be beyond games, yes it should support that as well, but it should be a console for your entire home.

The smart, “home of the future” which Microsoft had envisioned over a decade...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft may go free on ARM devices to boost ecosystem

Microsoft’s ARM-based platforms - Windows Phone and RT - have not exactly been the company’s most resounding successes. Now the Redmond-based giant is considering making the Operating Systems free for manufacturers; scrapping the license free currently associated.

The plan to make them free is currently under “serious consideration” by OS chief Terry Myerson and may help to counter the rising threat of Google’s Chromebook and Android.

Recent revelations show Microsoft is already preparing for their next...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Could the advertising SDK you use be so easily hacked?

Many developers around the world rely on an advertising SDK to monetise their free applications; but do you consider they could be used for malicious purposes? BitDefender researchers have already clocked an SDK which asks for far more permissions than required…

The Widdit SDK, on Android, asks for a whole host of permissions including the ability to “record audio”, “read your text messages”, and “read phone status”.

Bogdan Botezatu, Senior E-Threat Analyst at...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Platforms, Testing.

Exploring Facebook’s “Deep Learning” Artificial Intelligence lab

A new hire by Facebook could change the state of virtual assistants and artificial intelligence forever.

New York University professor, Yann LeCun, is a renowned researcher in the ‘Deep Learning’ field – and has been tapped by Facebook to run their new AI lab with operations in Menlo Park, California, at the company’s headquarters; in London; and at Facebook’s new offices in New York City.

In a

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Facebook, Platforms, Testing.

Google may soon bring Chrome OS apps to iOS and Android

It’s always made sense for Google to have their presence everywhere, after all, at their heart they are a web services company. Their lightweight Chrome OS runs on cheap hardware (with the exception being the £1049 ‘Pixel’) and acts, for many, as simple devices for basic tasks.

Chrome OS’s apps are based on HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS – but can be used offline. Starting in January; it appears these current...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft’s “Threshold” may bolster (and tie) platforms

As DeveloperTech reported last week, Microsoft is working to merge their myriad of platforms into one, or possibly two (for Intel and ARM-based iterations) OS’s – but first, according to a new report, they’ll be bolstering their platforms with common features.

Currently, Microsoft’s latest Operating Systems consists of; Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, and the Xbox OS.

The next release, due well after the rumoured Q1 2014 Windows 8 and WP8 updates, will...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

WhatsApp beats Facebook Messenger in OTT messaging

A study by On Device shows that king of social networks in terms of usage, Facebook, isn’t so royally respected when it comes to OTT messaging – beaten by the disruptive WhatsApp.

WhatsApp was one of the original apps to search your current mobile contacts in order to allow the user to bypass the traditional SMS sold by carriers, and instead send over an IP to a contact for free (dependant on data package.)

Naturally, this caused many to...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, iOS, Platforms, Social media.

Getjar founder Ilja Laurs: There’s a revolution for developers and carriers #TTW

DeveloperTech was present at the Telecoms Tech World conference where Ilja Laurs, the founder and executive chairman of mobile app store GetJar, spoke about the issues mobile carriers face today and how developers can fit in

“A massive change, a revolution is coming,” Ilja Laurs, executive chairman and founder of GetJar explains. But how?

For mobile operators, the winds of change are upon them. Traditional monetisation solutions are no longer viable, OTT players such as Skype, Viber and...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.