Microsoft’s week started with big earnings, and ended with Nokia... How was yours?

In a single week just under three months after his appointment as CEO, Satya Nadella has both sealed the deal for Microsoft's acquisition of iconic brand Nokia and given a successful earnings call.

The week’s news out of Redmond has displayed a positive outlook and growth for one of the world’s most famous brands, but one which is often criticised under the microscope in regards to being “late” to get a grasp on mobile devices.

Under the new deal, Nokia’s talent will merge with...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Google’s Android 5.0 will be design-focused

Before the release of Android 4.4 “KitKat” DeveloperTech predicted version 5.0 of the OS would see a focus on a complete redesign above all else. The functionality and capabilities of Android is ahead of the competition – but few would call stock ‘droid the prettiest OS of the bunch.

Closest rival, Apple, had a design-focus in iOS7 removing all “skeuomorphic” elements and going for a flat-design reminiscent...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Platforms, Testing.

Project Ara’s MDK and the smartphone “designed for 6 billion people.”

Google’s Project Ara is a forward-thinking device with the unique tagline of being able to call itself as “Designed exclusively for 6 billion people.”

If you’re unfamiliar, how can Ara make that bold yet valid claim? The device, or devices dependent on how you look at it, is compromised of modules which can be designed by any manufacturer to “swap” in and out as needed…

We all know how fast hardware advances, and there are a good proportion of us...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

Chromecast and Android TV: Is there a world where both co-exist?

Google’s last play into the television market was the aptly-named, Google TV. Remember it? Not many will because it wasn’t what you could call a runaway success. Such a failure in fact that it was pulled completely and brushed under the rug.

But the company isn’t ready to give up the living room to Apple, Microsoft, Roku, or the many other companies vying to take over the biggest screen in our homes – and understandably so.

First up is

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Facebook’s new “PHP+” language is called ‘hack’

Back in the early days of the social-networking giant known as Facebook, it was coded in PHP by Mark Zuckerberg and his (then) small team. Of course as the website grew into the unstoppable force it is today, PHP became difficult to manage…

Facebook's open-source language, Hack, was born out of a necessity – and combines elements of static-type programming languages such as C or C++ with dynamic-type languages like PHP.

Most of PHP is already usable in Hack but requires...

By Ryan Daws, 24 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, Languages, Testing.

Google’s upcoming wearable SDK hints at a smartwatch

With wearable devices becoming popular – and every major manufacturer rumoured to be preparing their own – it was only a matter of time before Google released an SDK specifically to support Android on these new form factors.

Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President at Google, told the South by Southwest conference on Sunday that the company plans to release a SDK for makers of Android wearable devices within the next fortnight.

Google is fast becoming a household name in

By Ryan Daws, 10 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms, Testing.

Operator APIs - What developers think

Developers are key!

You may think you have the best API or service in the world. If no developer adopts it, you will not be on the market and you will not have end users to capture value from. Value does not necessarily have to be monetary value as I have discussed in my article Leveraging APIs as part of Digital Strategy. Developers are the crucial element in the API value chain. Without them this chain is...

By Manfred Bortenschlager, 07 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Testing.

Why measurement is key to driving improvement in software security

By Paco Hope, member of (ISC)²'s Application Security Advisory Board, and Principal Consultant with Cigital

We recognise that insecure software is a major cause of security breaches; we as security professionals even know what to do to address the problem, but ironically, not many organisations are actually taking the necessary measures.

The Building Security in Maturity Model (BSIMM, http://bsimm.com), an observational model built from real-world software security initiatives, is evidence of...

By ISC2, 06 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Testing.

Mobile-First companies leave door open for competition

Let’s face it, there are apps these days that are always in the news… for good or for bad. You know some of the ones I’m talking about – Snapchat, Tinder, Instagram, Angry Birds, Shazam, and the list goes on. So why are these apps always in the news? Because the businesses that created them are app-centric…meaning the apps are the business. These businesses were born in the mobile-era, so they revolve around their mobile apps and invest heavily in them. While these apps may be...

By Mike Brown, 21 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, iOS, Testing.