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.

Automotive apps to reach $1.7 billion, is cars the next big platform?

On sister site TelecomsTech we spoke to Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “connected cars” and how carriers plan to support the rise in automotive apps; both in infrastructure and services.

Forecasts today by ABI research point revenue to hitting nearly $1.7 billion globally by 2018.

 

Car manufacturers are consistently looking how they can entice customers away from the competition and offer...

Is ‘iBeacons’ the unexpected (awesome) iOS7 feature?

Along with every major iOS release arrives a host of new APIs; many of the best enhancements aren’t on display to the public, but underlying waiting for developers to create fantastic applications which utilise them.

‘iBeacons’ could be one of the most game-changing.

Apple likes to boast new major features and then move on to a presentation slide with a variety of the smaller additions. This year, many noticed iBeacons, but had little explanation to its usage; now some developers have...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Languages, Location, Platforms, Testing.

Leadwerks: Bringing AAA games to Linux

Linux should technically be one of the first choices for game development, due to aspects such as faster OpenGL performance than Windows or Mac.

Yet due to lack of consumer popularity, the tools required to bring it to the mainstream have been lacking. Enter Leadwerks.

Leadwerks is a complete game-development environment which is already incredibly popular on Windows and Mac - a developer favourite for its ease of use and robust visual tools. Now the team wants to move the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Gaming, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Scheduling a Task to run repeatedly in Android

Android has a built-in AlarmManager class which makes scheduling tasks very easy.

What we will do is to setup an Activity to be run at 00:01:00 every day i.e 1 minute past midnight.

There are 3 steps to doing this:

  • Check if the AlarmManager already has our schedule configured
  • Set up the task in AlarmManager
  • Write code which will get activated at the scheduled time
  • WHAT IS A PENDING INTENT

    Assuming you are familiar with the concept of an Intent, a Pending Intent is granting another app the permission and...

    By Amit Sengupta, 17 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Languages, Testing.

    BlackBerry 10.2 to support Android Jelly Bean apps

    Along with BlackBerry Playbook OS v2 arrived support for the library of Android applications with one fairly major limitation; they had to be specifically packaged for ‘Gingerbread’.

    An upcoming BlackBerry OS update, 10.2, will finally provide support for ‘Jelly Bean’.

    The runtime, which was released today, now contains support for Fragments, hardware acceleration, plenty more...

    By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

    Keynote CEO Umang Gupta on HTML5 and a “pragmatic” philosophy

    Umang Gupta, CEO and president of mobile monitoring and testing provider Keynote Systems, speaks to DeveloperTech about Keynote’s latest product launch, cultivating your business plan around as many customers as possible and why he’s a big proponent of HTML5 in the long run.

    Keynote Systems has launched DeviceAnywhere Enterprise 6, a product designed to help make testing more efficient for its enterprise customers through a cloud-based model of real devices.

    The solution combines two innovative...

    By James Bourne, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, HTML5, Platforms, Testing.

    Sony re-wears computing, opens SmartWatch to developers

    Wearable computing appears to be the next inevitable frontier; from those augmenting our reality such as Google Glass, to information available at a glance such as Kickstarter-success Pebble.

    Sony already has a play in the market with the ‘SmartWatch’, now it’s to be unleashed to developers.

    The creative minds around the world can utilize the device for whatever purposes they can imagine. However, there is some limitation. According to...

    By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

    Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Future vs (no) DRM?

    Now we’ve taken a glimpse at both Microsoft and Sony’s next generation consoles, which is faring best amongst gamers? Are they actually forward-thinking?

    Rumours surrounding the Xbox One suggested used games would be prevented from being played on other people’s consoles once loaded, helping publishers to gain more sales.

    This was halfway to the disappointing truth. Whilst games can be traded, here are the clauses:

    • Each game can only be gifted once
    • Xbox One games can only be traded with someone who’s been on your friends list for at least 30...

    By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.