'Stripped down' Blackberry 10 prototypes handed to developers

RIM’s new hot-seat occupant, CEO Thorsten Heins, has unveiled prototypes of the company’s new platform reboot Blackberry OS 10, complete with prototype handset at the Blackberry World conference in Florida this week.

Around 2000 attendees were given Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha handsets, not intended for consumer release, but for developers to test drive their Blackberry 10 apps. The company has also released its new Blackberry 10 developer toolkit.

The toolkit...

By Matt Henkes, 02 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Instagram / Facebook: Is this the beginning of the end for web?

Facebook’s purchase of Instagram has given us a unique insight into where the Social Media giant sees the future of its industry, and the price it has paid tells us that it is not on the web. Is this the beginning of the end?

Much has already been written about the amazing amount Facebook is paying for Instagram. As a single app company with minimal monetization, $1 billion may seem extreme, especially given that the company had valued itself at about $500m. I am not, however, going to focus on the...

By Dale Carr, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Facebook, Industry, Platforms.

Titanium 2.0: Ready-to-use cloud tools for mobile devs

Appcelerator has launched the latest version of its Titanium platform, including access to its Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS), a suite of ready-to-use cloud tools that allow developers to integrate and deploy cloud-connected apps more easily.

Supporting Objective-C, Java, PhoneGap, Sencha and HTML5 technologies, Titanium 2.0 offers mobile devs the ability to integrate 15 cloud different options like push notifications, authentication, photo sharing and ratings systems, without having to write server...

By Matt Henkes, 18 April 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, Platforms.

Betfair opens its sports betting API to developers

Online bookmaker Betfair has launched “App Cloud”, opening up its API to allow developers to create their own betting apps and online widgets by hooking in to its lucrative Betfair sports exchange platform.

Iconic soccer club Manchester United has been the first to go live with the system, offering visitors to its website the opportunity to register with Betfair and place bets seamlessly from within the site.

Currently, third party interfaces operating off...

By Matt Henkes, 17 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Monetisation, Platforms.

Mozilla's Boot to Gecko mobile OS needs developer support

Mobile World Congress kicks off next week, and Mozilla is expected to finally whip the shroud away from its long awaited foray into the world of mobile, Boot to Gecko, a new cloud-based mobile OS for Web apps.

The not-for-profit is hoping to mount a serious challenge to the dominance of Android, iOS, and to a lesser expent WP7; no mean feat to take on the heavyweights where others have failed, and the project faces serious challenges. Mozilla expects it to reach the product stage at some point in Q2 this year, that's...

By Matt Henkes, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Cloud, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

New Developer Tools for Mozilla Firefox

 

For those of you who are developers, and still use Firefox, you’ll be happy to know that Mozilla announced yesterday that they’ve rolled out a new developer tool.

Mozilla put together a video for all of us to have a look at it:

 

Some of the features are:

1. More built in tools for real-time editing.2. Page Inspector allows you to look into a page’s structure.3. Style Inspector allows for quick and easy style editing.4. Scratchpad uses Eclipse Orion to give you syntax highlighting5. A full-screen API for full screen web experiences.

Those aren’t shabby additions and some of them are definitely going to give Chrome’s developer tools a run for their money.

The tools come bundled with Firefox, so you’ll 

By iMod - A Cape Town Blog, 01 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Platforms.

Can SME's tap into App Revolution to fuel their growth?

Kevin Miller, CEO, RunRev

Much is made about the importance of technology. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills recently announced a £145 million boost to improve the UK's e-infrastructure. The reality, however, is that IT infrastructure enhancements will not benefit the vast majority of businesses to drive productivity and profitability. But there is one IT revolution that they can tap into and benefit from.

The hype that surrounded Apple's announcement about the iPhone 4S...

By Kevin Miller, 25 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Languages, Platforms.

HP to open-source webOS for developers

Hewlett Packard has announced it will open-source its mobile operating system, WebOS.

The webOS code will be available with an open-source license, enabling developers and engineers to work on enhancements within the marketplace and improve applications for next generation devices.

HP has said it plans to continue investing in and supporting webOS. The system offers multiplatform portability, along...

By Dani Millward, 12 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Platforms.