Unity’s popular dev tools made free for small and indie studios

Unity, the hugely popular cross-platform development tool, has made its mobile tools free for small and independent studios.

This will help spur a new generation of developers, who may not have previously afforded the tools to do so, to try their hand at game development.

 

Previously, Unity’s tools would have cost $800 to release on both iOS and Android, although deploying to PC, Mac, and the Web was free...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, iOS, iPad, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Windows 8.1 ‘Blue’ - What we know so far

Microsoft’s latest Windows OS launched to a lot of criticisms, many of which both developers and consumers alike are hoping to see resolved in the first major “Blue” update, so let’s take a look at what we know so far.

The final update is likely to be released at Build 2013 in June, but four leaked builds have made their way online already giving us a glimpse at what to expect.

Build “9364”

  • New ‘Snap Views’ – Allow up to four apps side-by-side for increased multitasking, up from the current limit of two (with one...

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Industry, Languages, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

How “freemium” is damaging the games

Freemium is damaging the games, but do you know quite how much? Recently I had the fantastic opportunity to sit down with a group of game developers who spoke passionately about their development, the industry, and how freemium is hurting their creative ideas and real game innovation.

The term is thrown around a lot lately; the act of releasing a game for free then charging for “premium” features later on in order to monetise...

Many games have had to switch to this new model, as is the case with Star Wars: The...

IBM ready to get serious about the API market

At this year’s IBM Impact 2013 conference in Las Vegas; the second largest employer in the US unveiled an API Management Platform to extend the company’s huge software presence.

IBM offers software-orientated architecture (SOA) of which this latest platform is a part of; alongside delivering a MessageSight middleware appliance based on the company’s Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol.

Mike Riegel of IBM says about the MQTT...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Google releases Android Studio, more new developer tools

Just the other day, I sat in a meeting where several developers told me their favourite Android development tool is the ‘Intellij’ IDE. Clearly Google has also seen the benefits as they’ve released ‘Android Studio’ which is based upon it!

Studio’s most impressive feature is writing code whilst displaying how it will look on a whole variety of different devices in real-time; helping counter Android’s...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Languages, Monetisation, Platforms, Testing.

Google Maps gets new design, new APIs

Probably Mountain View’s most well-known, well-loved product (perhaps after that search engine thing), Google Maps, has had a complete overhaul in user interface alongside brand-new APIs for you developers to play with! Let’s take a look.

The new UI removes most of just that, the UI, leaving only a full-sized map to do the talking.

A single search box now serves as your destination for most of Maps features; along with clicking on the map itself which presents a variety of new options.

Most of the...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, iPad, Testing.

How Google I/O is completing the ‘Circle’ for its ecosystem

Heading into Mountain View’s biggest conference of the year, Sundar Pichai, head of Android at Google, warned the public the annual keynote would focus on developers rather than consumers. Whilst true, there is plenty coming this year for both sides to enjoy.

Vic Gundotra opened the conference saying: “We hope that the things you see at this conference will continue to inspire you and we will continue to earn your trust."

Trust in services is important to gain hearts and minds of individuals; Google’s...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, iOS, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

Mandated BYOD by 2017: The end of internal tech support?

BYOD is the buzzword in business IT at the moment, but is there more to it than just easily spouted rhetoric by a few industry influencers?

A study by Gartner would suggest there is. It predicts that 38% of organisations will stop providing mobile devices to employees by 2016 and 50% will mandate a BYOD policy by 2017. That’s a significant enough portion of organisations for IT professionals to stand up and take notice.

So what does this mean for the tech side of businesses? On our

By Silicon Beach Training, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Enterprise, Industry, Platforms, Testing.