How would iOS 7 beta 4 look with a different font?

Yesterday Apple unleashed iOS 7 Beta 3 - bringing with it a bolder Helvetica Neue font. Whilst still despised by many, it’s at least more readable than the previous iteration.

Someone suggested a change to a non print-orientated font such as ‘Myriad Pro’ which is exactly what I’ve mocked up...

The changes are subtle; this isn’t intended as an entirely new concept. In places you may have to squint to notice the differences, but in everyday use I believe the font would have a much...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad, Marketing, Platforms, Testing.

Introducing “Falcon” – Big data management platform

InMobi has been using big-data technologies (Apache Hadoop and its family) for well over 2.5 years for storing and analyzing large volumes of serving events / machine generated logs. InMobi receives in excess of 10 billion events (ad-serving and related) each day through multiple sources/streams originating from over ten geographically distributed data centers.

Background As we have come to realize, just using the right serialization / storage format or processing technology is not adequate in...

By InMobi, 08 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Digia releases Qt 5.1 of the (ex-Nokia) cross-platform framework

Last August, Finnish software and services firm Digia bought the cross-platform application framework “Qt” from Nokia.

Today version 5.1 is being released bringing many significant improvements, most notably preliminary support for Android and iOS.

Support for both of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems is considered a “technology preview” which can preliminarily port apps between OS’s using the same code base. Although the majority of the tools and...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Design, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, iPad, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Linux 3.10 supports ARM’s big.LITTLE and other improvements

With the release of Linus Torvald’s Linux 3.10 kernel; he’s included support for ARM’s “big.LITTLE” architecture which should help drastically improve power-saving, along with featuring many other welcome new enhancements.

For anyone unfamiliar, the big.LITTLE architecture combines multiple cores of the same type and switches between them dependant on the system’s current requirements.

For example, the Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A15 processors are commonly combined. Under intense...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie” to be design-focused?

Let’s face it iOS users, it’s not the “most advanced mobile operating system” anymore is it? That’s not a bad thing, the pull of Apple’s famous OS is its simplicity and design (love or loathe).

The crown of ‘advanced’ goes to Google’s open-source Android, but – at stock – it’s not the most attractive.

Google, in my opinion, has done things the right way, with a focus on providing great underlying features and services whilst letting...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Interview with Rob Johnson of Makers Academy

Makers Academy is a forward-thinking London institution aiming to take the best candidates available and train them with a near-guaranteed job from some of the biggest companies at the end, something certainly not to be scoffed at.

The course runs for a 12-week period which is a short time to learn programming, but founder Rob Johnson has the insight to know it’s both possible and learning as part of the academy is efficent.

On the selection process Rob says: “People...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Market Android apps by optimizing for the app market

Let me tell you something that I think you may already know – the Android app market place is getting crowded and competition for apps is heating up at a phenomenal speed. So how do you market Android apps to ensure that they don’t get lost in the Android app market? The first and most important step that many people forget is to ensure that their app is app store optimized.

By Leah Goodman, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Google adds ‘QUIC’ to Chrome, further speeds up the web

Today the Mountain View-based company unveiled support for a new experimental protocol called Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC) in the latest version of Chrome Canary.

Hoping to speed up load times, QUIC runs a stream multiplexing on top of UDP instead of TCP. Google say they have been working on implementation for the past few months.

On choosing UDP instead of TCP, the company says it learned from past experience “that real-world network conditions often differ considerably.”

Always at the forefront of...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IP, Languages, Security, Testing.

Microsoft crushes critique with Windows 8.1

As Steve Ballmer took the stage at Microsoft’s annual BUILD developer conference, he was quick to pull focus on the company’s new “rapid development” cycle.

With Windows 8.1, the release features over 700 updates since release last November, quicker than the usual three year update!

Although not billed as a major release, many would certainly call it so. The new features and enhancements drastically change how the system functions, and is much more comprehensive than it would first...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Design, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.