Three versions of Windows 8 will merge, says device chief

Microsoft has had a clear vision to observers for Windows 8; one platform which spans devices; creating a familiar experience for customers, and a unified OS for easier development.

The “Modern UI” interface is one built for usability across desktop, tablet, mobile, and now console. Live tiles give the platform simplicity; whilst retaining function. And the “flat” interface is thought to have even inspired the likes of rivals Apple and Google to follow suit.

Whilst the Redmond-based...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

LG’s Gray Norton talks the future of Smart TVs

Despite being the biggest display in most people’s homes - and where the majority spend their evenings in front of – the TV has been largely unchanged for a number of years. Many would argue it is the platform ripest for some innovation.

The idea of a “Smart TV” is nothing new, most manufacturers have a few sets with added software features above just displaying broadcast TV. Most of these additions come in the form of support for OTT applications such as Netflix, Hulu, and...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

The Business of APIs Conference: Key takeaways

On 13 November 2013, I was invited to the Business of API conference organised and hosted by Mashery. The venue was held at the Millbank tower and London weather-wise presented itself from its best side, which allowed an awesome view.

BAPI has run now for several years and is held in three locations (San Francisco, New York and London). Mashery certainly did a lot of pioneering work in the...

By Manfred Bortenschlager, 15 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Google launches Dart 1.0, positions as alternative to JavaScript

Google has unveiled version 1.0 of its Web programming language Dart at the Devoxx conference in Belgium – and has JavaScript firmly in its sights.

The Dart project, which has been in the works for over two years, now comprises the language, an SDK, as well as Dartium, a Chrome browser to run Dart programs, and utility support which converts Dart into JavaScript for browsers unable to support the language, called dart2js.

By James Bourne, 14 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Java, Platforms, Testing.

Google Glass is in sight – Hackathon and SDK announced

Whilst we’ve seen cool apps from Google themselves, and great concepts from third-party developers; we’re yet to see an SDK release to bring these fantastic ideas to the wider-public’s retinas (that’s not patented by Apple yet, right?)

The wait is nearly over; Google has announced a two-day Hackathon in San Francisco for developers who want to test the “Glassware Development Kit”.

Scheduled to happen on November 19th – 20th, this marks a momentous occasion for...

By Ryan Daws, 07 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Unity’s announcement brings cost-free Xbox One development

Are you part of the ID@Xbox program? If so, good news! You’ll have access to renowned middleware Unity at no cost – yep, completely free.

In today’s PR, released on Xbox.com, it clarifies the motivation for the announcement: “One of the cool things about working at Microsoft is that we have access to pretty amazing resources. For independent developers though, tools like Unity on console can cost quite a...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

What’s new (and tasty) in Android 4.4 KitKat?

Google, ever since their ‘KitKat’ collaboration with Nestlé, has been teasing what was coming in this latest Android update since September – now we know – and the dust has settled around the major features showing some unannounced additions.

First let’s run through some of the more well-known goodies; such as the ability to run on “entry” devices with as low as 512MB of RAM.

There's also full-screen album art and controls for Chromecast, the ability to hide system and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

Wearable tech too expensive for consumer take-up, research reveals

Even though wearable technology is one of the hottest tech trends right now, consumers simply won’t go for it unless it becomes more affordable.

That’s the finding from GfK research, which polled 1600 UK and US adults in September and found that even though awareness was high, prices were too steep for serious consumer adoption.

The figures do make for interesting reading, with 7% of 16-24 year olds surveyed owning wearable technology, and 6% of the general population on board. This includes the...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, VR.