Google gives its Android Emulator some Hyper-V and AMD love

Google has announced support for Microsoft’s Hyper-V and AMD processors as part of an update to its official Android Emulator.

According to Android Product Manager Jamal Eason, the new features are two of the most requested by users.

Support for users with AMD processors is unsurprising as they were previously unable to emulate using Google’s official tools. While most PCs use Intel processors, AMD’s market share is growing...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

Getting OTT to work: How to ensure quality and satisfy users

“Over-the-top”, or OTT, is the sexiest term in entertainment right now. We are on the cusp on significant change in a world that hasn’t changed a great deal in the last 50 years - and OTT sits at the centre of the inevitable and unstoppable merger between the worlds of television and digital video.

For app developers, as well as entertainment companies offering movies and TV shows on demand, the

By Carlo Cadet, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, Development Tools, Testing.

GitLab's shift from Azure to GCP is not due to ex-GitHub users

GitLab is shifting from Azure to Google Cloud but says its decision was not due to users who migrated from GitHub following its Microsoft acquisition.

Following the news of Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub, traffic spiked of people using GitLab’s tool for importing projects from the world’s biggest Git service. It’s clear developers still have very...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Git, Industry, Platforms.

Facebook leaked developer reports to external app testers

Facebook’s woes over its handling of user data continue as it admits to leaking private information to external app testers.

The company accidentally sent analytic reports intended for developers and their direct employees to external app testers.

None of the emails contained personal information, but they did contain data which should be kept private to the developer such as views, average users, and other information which could be especially useful to a competitor.

Fortunately, only a small...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Facebook, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Unity makes it easier to build apps supporting both ARCore and ARKit

Game development platform Unity has made it easier to build apps supporting both ARCore and ARKit with a new cross-platform API.

Unity calls its new solution AR Foundation and it aims to solve many of the problems developers face with augmented reality development.

AR Foundation allows developers to leverage features in the ARCore and ARKit toolkits such as plane detection and world tracking.

Bradley Weiers, AR/VR Technical Product Manager, and Michael Durand, Lead AR/VR Software Engineer, wrote in a blog...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, iOS, Mobile, Platforms, VR.

10 essential resources for intermediate C programmers

C is one of the most common languages taught at university, even though more modern languages like Java and Python are considered easier to learn. Why is that? Well, learning C is considered a good foundation for learning fancier languages later, as you get a better idea of what is going on behind the scenes by doing some things yourself. It's also widely used, forming the majority of code written to create Windows, Linux, Mac, databases, embedded systems and more.

In this article, we're going to...

By William Judd, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages.

Game developers threaten to abandon Apple for deprecating OpenGL

A notice of OpenGL’s deprecation in Apple’s documentation has game developers threatening to abandon the company’s platforms.

OpenGL has been a tried-and-trusted library for cross-platform game developers for decades. Up-and-coming APIs like Vulkan and Apple’s own Metal offer promising alternatives, but many projects still use OpenGL.

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Dan Omachi, Software Engineer at Apple,...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: API, Apple, Development Tools, Gaming, iOS, Mac, Platforms.

Snapchat plans to launch a developer kit for its AR camera

Social messaging giant Snapchat has become somewhat renowned for its AR features, and it appears some of those will soon be in the hands of developers.

According to TechCrunch, Snapchat is preparing the launch of its first complete developer platform under the tentative name of Snapkit.

Prototypes of the platform reportedly allow other apps to offer a ‘Login with Snapchat’ option; similar to other major social networks such as Facebook and...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms, Social media, VR.

Microsoft reveals little-known Notepad secrets – after *nix EOL support launched

Earlier this month, Microsoft proudly announced it had brought *nix end-of-line support to Notepad, more than a decade after it was first requested. The excitement from developers seems to have been quite palpable, as Microsoft has returned to the subject of Notepad in its latest MSDN blog.

In the blog, Microsoft reveals that Notepad is one of the most common test cases for apps and Windows...

By William Judd, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Windows.

ARM reveals Project Trillium machine learning processor

Arm is best known for its mobile CPU and GPU processors, but the company is keen to also show its expertise in more emerging fields. This week, Arm unveiled its new Project Trillium machine learning processor (MLP), three months after first revealing its existence.

The MLP exists to allow smartphones and tablets to perform machine learning independently, without needing to connect to a server somewhere. While a smartphone has limited performance, there are many advantages to this approach: less bandwidth and...

By William Judd, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, API, Development Tools, IoT, Mobile, Tablet.

Egretia mashes up HTML5 and blockchain

Beijing-based company Egret Technology is planning to combine two of the most important modern technologies, HTML5 and blockchain, in a project called Egretia. The idea behind Egretia is solving some technical issues in the HTML5 game industry—such as multiplayer matchmaking, digital item marketplaces, data storage, advertising and crowdfunding—using blockchain.

Egret is already well-known in the HTML5 community due to its work on HTML5 development tools, including an engine, IDE and...

By William Judd, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Mobile, Platforms.

Lego's new Powered Up line lets you drive and code the Batmobile

Lego took to the New York City Toy Fair this week to announce its new line of connected toys. They're called Powered Up, and they stride the line between traditional sets and programming-oriented brands like Boost and Mindstorms. The idea is to make sets that are fun out of the box, with nothing but building required, but to add in smarter elements for kids to take the toys further, like remote controls and programming.

The lead set is the Batman App-Controlled Batmobile, a remote controlled car driven...

By William Judd, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Industry.

The 10 best fonts for programming: A guide

Here, we'll look at ten fonts favoured by programmers, including some of the latest typefaces and some retro classics. Let's get right into it.

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Fira Code is one of the most popular fonts for developers, having been developed with special programming ligatures from Mozilla's Fira Mono typeface. You can see these used in...

By William Judd, 16 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Design, Development Tools.

Learn through doing with 'Build Your Own X'

Swiss developer Daniel Stefanovic has created an impressive resource for developers, called Build Your Own X. This GitHub repository is a carefully vetted list of tutorials, designed to help you actually understand a topic by building a simple - yet functional - implementation.

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For example, if you wanted to know more about how blockchain or cryptocurrencies work, you could create your own in an afternoon. Going through that process means that you can't just fake understanding; you're pushed...

By William Judd, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

Android Studio gets Chrome OS emulation

Last week, we covered the exciting news that Google had added Linux app support to Chrome OS, allowing apps like Android Studio to run on Chromebooks. Now we're looking at things from another angle, as Google have added a Chrome OS emulator to Android Studio.

That means developers can now test how Android apps will run on Chrome OS, without needing to have physical access to a Chromebook themselves. 

Given the...

By William Judd, 14 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

Notepad gets *nix EOL support, Sublime Text adds ligatures and more

Here are the latest updates to your favourite text editors. This week, we've got a long-requested change to the venerable notepad.exe, and a raft of changes to Sublime Text.

Notepad finally adds *nix line ending support

It's finally happened -- Microsoft has added Unix line ending support to Notepad, the default text editor on Windows machines.

The update, which comes perhaps a decade after anyone expected it, finally allows Notepad to open text files created on Linux, macOS and Unix. Previously,...

By William Judd, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Windows.

Vulkan 1.1 on Android P brings VR improvements and more

In March, the first major update to the Vulkan cross-platform GPU API was released, and as of this week, Google have confirmed version 1.1 will be supported by Android P. Here's what you need to know about Vulkan 1.1 for Android development.

First of all, there are several features here are big news for the update as a whole, but aren't likely to be relevant to Android P devices. Multiple GPU support is perhaps the headline feature in this category, as it requires two or more discrete graphics cards...

By William Judd, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Gaming, VR.

Google's 4K Android TV dongle available to devs now

While Google's Android OS has become a giant in the smartphone industry, it's failed to catch on in other form factors. Android TV is one case in point; announced in 2014, the OS for TVs and set top boxes has remained a bit player in the Android ecosystem. This year, Google is trying to get more app makers to target the platform with a particularly juicy hook: an Android TV dongle running Android P, offered exclusively to developers.

This 4K-capable Android TV device was

By William Judd, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices.

Linux app support coming to Chrome OS

Google's I/O developer conference kicked off yesterday, bringing with it a raft of announcements of interest to programmers and users alike. While demonstrations like Google Assistant's natural call to a hair salon took centre stage, Google also slipped in a big scoop for developers: Linux app support will soon be added to Chrome OS.

Historically, developers interested in working on Chromebook hardware such as Google's line of Pixelbooks have had to boot Linux on their devices or use tools like...

By William Judd, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Platforms.