Microsoft begins charming developers into supporting its dual-screen vision

Microsoft has kicked off its campaign to get developers to support its dual-screen vision with the release of a preview toolkit.

The toolkit allows developers to begin crafting apps for the company’s upcoming Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone. However, those wanting to start building apps for the Windows 10 X-powered Surface Neo PC will need to wait a bit longer.

Both of the new...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Mobile, Platforms.

Android 11 will add a new App Compatibility feature to ease testing

Google plans to make testing your apps for compatibility issues much simpler in the next Android release.

The company's annual I/O developer event is an exciting time for techies. Shiny new toys are debuted at I/O for both developers and consumers, but they can also present compatibility problems which can ruin the experience users have with your apps.

Starting with Android 11, Google plans to add an App Compatibility feature which can be found in the developer settings.

The new setting allows developers...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Industry, Mobile, Platforms, Testing.

UK gov offers $130k to any developer able to build cryptocurrency tracing software

The UK government is so desperate to better trace cryptocurrencies that it's offering up $130k to any developer able to build software that can do the job.

Some cryptocurrencies are a lot more difficult to trace than others. Cryptocurrencies like Monero, Dash, and Zcash use things like ring signatures and zk-SNARKs to really cover up users' tracks. However, in general, cryptos are simply not as easy to trace as your typical bank payment – and governments see that as a problem.

One of the best...

By Ryan Daws, 21 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Careers, Industry.

Ethereum 'officially' kicks off its One Million Devs initiative

Blockchain giant Ethereum has ”officially” kicked off its One Million Devs initiative as the platform aims to build upon its already substantial developer base.

Despite many projects eying its throne, Ethereum remains the largest decentralised app (DApp) platform and the second largest cryptocurrency in terms of market cap. The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance includes hundreds of giants like Intel, Microsoft, JP Morgan,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Ecosystem, Industry, Platforms.

Huawei sets out its post-Google plans with release of HMS Core 4.0

Huawei has unveiled further details about its replacements to Google’s services as it prepares to lose access following US sanctions.

During an event in London, Huawei made its pitch as to why developers should port their apps to HMS (Huawei Mobile Services).

The first reason is a cash incentive. Huawei announced that it will use a pot of £20 million ($26 million) to help persuade developers to bring their apps to HMS.

Anson Zhang, MD of Huawei UK, said: "We have announced our £20...

By Ryan Daws, 17 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AI, API, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Google prepares to send Chrome apps to its infamous graveyard

Google has announced its timeline for ending support of Chrome apps, meaning another headstone will be needed for the company’s graveyard.

The number of products Google has killed off has become something of a joke within the tech industry, but few people will miss Chrome apps like some of the others (shoutouts to Google Wave and Google+)

Chrome apps were intended to function like regular apps in that they open in their own window. However, most people today are using standard web...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Analysis shows the 16 most in-demand programming skills

A new analysis highlights the most in-demand programming skills looked for by employers as we begin the new decade.

Nick Kolakowski, a writer for Dice Insights, analysed data from Burning Glass – an analytics software company providing real-time data on job trends – and found that most job postings in the past 30 days wanted SQL skills.

Here’s the full breakdown of desired programming skills by job postings in the past 30 days:

  • SQL (56,272)

  • Java (48,949)

  • Software Development (44,633)

  • Software Engineering (35,898)

  • Python (34,426)

  • JavaScript (33,619)

  • Linux (28,562)

  • Oracle (24,218)

  • Microsoft C# (20,068)

  • Git (18,573)

  • C++...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Languages.

Bitcoin developer reports 42% drop in build time, 44% fewer packages

A developer contributing to Bitcoin has published a report detailing improvements made to the world’s largest cryptocurrency.

In his report, Michael Ford highlights that the number of packages in Bitcoin Core 0.19.99 has been reduced by 44 percent since version 0.13.2.

This reduction in packages has helped to decrease the build time of versions down to 135 seconds, a 42 percent improvement over the peak.

Another benefit of fewer packages is...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Industry.

Microsoft teaches Visual Studio Code a few new Java tricks

Microsoft has taught Visual Studio Code a few new tricks to help Java developers as we ease into the next decade.

The main feature is a new Call Hierarchy view. By right-clicking a function and navigating to Peek Call Hierarchy, a developer can see a full list of incoming and outgoing calls (it's possible to filter just either, if you so desire.)

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Another welcome addition is Data Breakpoints. This...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Java, Languages, Microsoft.

Torvalds calls it 'pure garbage' that Linux is to blame for Stadia port issues

Linus Torvalds has called a blogger's claim that Linux is to blame for Google Stadia port issues "pure garbage".

In a blog post, developer Malte Skarupke pointed the finger at the Linux scheduler as being the culprit for issues when porting games to Google's cloud gaming platform Stadia.

Every millisecond delay impacts the experience when gaming. Skarupke gave this overview as to why he came to the...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Why privacy and integrity matters in a mainframe network

Mainframes are the foundation for many critical systems, from bank databases to municipal systems for local governments. It's estimated that 70% of Fortune 500 companies have mainframes in their infrastructure. This hardware holds a lot of sensitive data, which puts it in a vulnerable position. Privacy and data integrity must be maintained for the mainframe systems to ensure that this information isn't accessed without authorisation, altered, or stolen.

By Christopher Nichols, 06 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Enterprise, Security.

State of JavaScript survey: Svelte and Nuxt good, Angular and Cordova bad

The latest survey data assessing the JavaScript ecosystem is in, with a heady mix of winners and losers – but a continuing stream of innovation in features and libraries.

The 2019 State of JavaScript study, published at the end of last month, saw more than 21,000 respondents – albeit more than 91% were male – with two thirds (64%) having between...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, JavaScript, Languages.

Disruptive AI technology can overcome the trade-off between cost, speed and quality

Anyone who has ever managed a project has probably had to make a decision between delivering at high speed, high quality, or low cost: As the saying goes, you can only pick two. This is usually as true for the delivery of software as it is for anything else, but mounting pressure to digitally transform and continuously deliver updates has made speed a default requirement for most organisations. This leaves a choice between quality and cost, which often comes down to a decision about testing.

Testing—especially unit...

By Dr. Daniel Kroening, 19 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Industry, Testing.

Microsoft opens extension submissions for its Chromium-based Edge browser

Microsoft has opened submissions from extension developers for its new Chromium-based Edge browser.

Redmond made the decision earlier this year to end the development of Microsoft's own browser engine and use Google's Chromium instead.

The decision was met with a mixed reaction. Some welcomed Microsoft adding its expertise to Chromium's development, while others – especially Mozilla – expressed concern about the loss...

By Ryan Daws, 17 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Microsoft.

App developers may be forced to disclose any foreign involvement

The US government is considering forcing app developers to disclose any foreign involvement after a string of concerns about how users' data is being collected.

One notable example is video sharing app TikTok. The app is developed by Beijing-based ByteDance and concerns have been raised about how much user data is being sent back to China.

Similar concerns have also been raised about viral hit FaceApp which many people have used to make their face appear old, young, or a different gender. FaceApp is...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Ethics, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms, Security.

Report: Over half of people working with APIs are not developers

API development platform provider Postman has released some interesting findings about the various types of people who are engaging with APIs.

Most people would probably assume developers are the core group of people who are using APIs. However, 53 percent of the 10,000 respondents do not have the title of "developer".

That's a significant increase over last year when 59 percent of respondents said they were either front-end or back-end developers.

Some of the non-developer roles where...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry.

Utopia looks to create a 'self-regulating society' with P2P ecosystem and mineable cryptocurrency

The vitality of the Internet is such that any reference to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, first published in 1943, today usually comes with a half-joking reference to Wi-Fi. Indeed, you would not be reading this piece now without it. Yet one particularly promising area for distributed ledger technologies (DLT) is around user and data privacy for Internet usage.

Meet Utopia. The product, which launches today from anonymous group of networking enthusiasts who call themselves The 1984 Group,...

By Developer, 12 December 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Security.

Google simplifies trawling through Android Open Source Project code

Google is making it easier for developers to sift through the open source code at the foundation of every Android device.

While third-party tools for analysing the Android Open Source Project code have been available for some time, an official method has been lacking.

Google is now rectifying this oversight by breaking down complex projects like Android and Chromium into smaller individual Git repos. For some perspective, Android alone has over 1,500 different repositories.

People seeking to analyse Chromium...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Mobile, Platforms.

StrongSalt’s new Open Privacy API offers ‘encryption as a service’

Encryption as a service provider StrongSalt has released its Open Privacy API to improve the security of developers’ applications.

StrongSalt was founded by Ed Yu, the former founding engineer of cybersecurity giant FireEye. Back in September, StrongSalt raised $3 million in seed funding from Valley Capital Partners.

Claiming it wants to “do for encryption what Stripe has done for payments and Twilio has done for communications,” StrongSalt offers APIs and SDKs for most of the leading cloud...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Hacking, Industry, Platforms, Security.