Chrome OS may be the Android 5 for high-end devices

Fans of Google’s mobile operating system have only just recently started receiving the latest version of the OS – dubbed ‘KitKat’ – and are already looking ahead to the next release.

Whilst KitKat brought many “under the hood” changes; it left many users asking “what’s changed?” alongside few user-facing features. Of course, being labelled 4.4, the release clearly wasn’t intended as the overhaul expected in Android 5… so where is...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2014, 5 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms, Samsung, Testing.

Google’s “Open Automotive Alliance” makes your ride the next lucrative platform

When talking about platforms with yet-untapped potential; most will include the car. Many of us spend a great deal of time in our vehicles commuting, for work or pleasure, and the technologies which follow us to improve or ease our experiences are the most appreciated.

Google’s Android OS is already found in almost every variation of device possible; from the smartphone, to consoles, to cameras, to espresso makers.

Now thanks to the ‘Open Automotive...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

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.

Why the iOS app security fears may be missing the mark

Brett Wickenden, technical operations director, Mubaloo

Last month, a study was released about purported security vulnerabilities in iOS devices. We'd like to clarify that when reading through HP's press release, there is no mention of iOS apps or devices - however, it is being reported that the study singled out iOS apps.

We therefore decided to take a closer look.   The study used HP’s new...

By Mubaloo, 09 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, iOS, Testing.

Feeling Blue? Bluetooth 4.1 empowers devs with new IoT capabilities

We’re only just getting used to grips with Bluetooth 4, and we’ve already got an iterative update announced today by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) which adds a whole host of useful additions to the widely-used wireless specification; preparing for an influx of new devices.

Most of this preparation is for handling the “Internet of Things” renaissance; a brand-new breed of connected devices which can communicate with each other, and the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Testing.

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.

Developers unbox next-gen Kinect 2.0 (and SDK)

Whilst gamers got their hands on their beloved Xbox One bundles last week, developers received a different type of package to play with in the form of Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits – containing everything required to get started with the improved peripheral.

The latest generation fixes complaints - notably the amount of space required - whilst adding some pretty mind-blowing additions such as the ability to see in the dark… and even read a user’s heartbeat.

Already...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Testing.