IFTTT allows individual developers to build applets

IFTTT has become invaluable for connecting various products and services together, but it was limited to its large partners in the past. Today, however, the platform is opening its virtual doors to individual developers to build and publish applets for anyone.

For those uninitiated, IFTTT (If This Then That) allows people to create ‘recipes’ which help to maximise the potential of products and services. For example, a high carbon dioxide level detected by a Netatmo Weather Station at home could...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: API, IoT, Platforms.

Google helps developers take VR ideas from a Daydream to reality

Google made several big VR announcements during its annual I/O developer conference including the launch of new tools which aim to further improve the quality of content.

The VR industry has matured significantly over the past year – so much that BAFTA has rightly begun recognising some of the best examples alongside its renowned awards for film and TV. But for every good example, if we’re honest, there are more terrible examples as designers and developers get to grips with this relatively new...

By Ryan Daws, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms, VR.

Opinion: Google is shifting the focus away from traditional apps

Google’s announcements during their annual I/O developer conference demonstrate the company is beginning to shift the focus away from traditional download-and-install apps.

Downloading, installing, logging in or setting up an account, and navigating the app to find the content we’re looking for is a process many of us have gone through for decades. When you think about it, the process is cumbersome and overdue for modernisation.

Consumers have been able to stream music, videos, and even some...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Skills for Alexa will soon push notifications to devices

Skills for Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa will soon be able to send push notifications to supported devices.

The notifications could alert users to new content available on their Echo or other Alexa-supported devices with a chime and pulsing green light. Announced this morning, Washington Post, Life360, JustEat, and AccuWeather will be among the first four skills with the ability to push notifications to users who opt-in to receive alerts (which can be done on a skill-by-skill basis.)

In the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IoT, Platforms.

NVIDIA will teach deep-learning skills to 100,000 developers in 2017 as part of AI push

NVIDIA has announced plans to train 100,000 developers this year in deep-learning skills to help reach its ambitions to be an industry-leader in artificial intelligence.

Over the past week, NVIDIA has made several AI-related announcements including unveiling the NVIDIA Metropolis intelligent video analytics platform which intends to make “cities safer and smarter by applying deep learning to video streams for applications such as public safety, traffic management,...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

Oculus closes the curtain on its VR film studio and intends to make its tools open source

Oculus is closing down its award-winning VR film studio, Oculus Story Studio, and intends to make its tools open source.

The award-winning studio is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking VR film content yet – including short films such as “Dear Angelica” and “Henry” which stole the hearts of many viewers. The latter won both an Emmy and BAFTA award.

“We’ve been looking at the best way to allocate our resources to create an impact on the ecosystem,”...

By Ryan Daws, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, VR.

Raspberry Pi developers can now access Google’s AI – if they purchase the Voice HAT

Popular UK-based small computer manufacturer Raspberry Pi has launched a new accessory which provides developers with access to Google’s advanced AI.

Artificial intelligence has received a renewed focus over the past few years; primarily due to the emergence of the IoT. Just earlier today, Amazon announced plans for a UK expansion dedicated to AI and machine-learning which will see 400...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Opinion: Speculating about Xbox’s plans for VR

It's no surprise the Xbox team are working on VR – we've heard for a long time now the company has plans – but we've been left to piece together bits of information to speculate on the details.

AMD’s Corporate Vice President, Roy Taylor, may have slipped up today in announcing the company's partnership with Microsoft on VR for Xbox. While speaking of his company's past work with Sony on PSVR, Taylor also said: "and with Xbox in the future."

After Oculus started...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms, VR.

Algoriddim shows off Microsoft’s Bridge capabilities with port of djay Pro

App developer Algoriddim has shown off the capabilities of Microsoft’s iOS app porting tool, Bridge, with the release of their complex djay Pro app on Windows 10.

The app store of iOS has long been the envy of Windows fans. Microsoft has attempted to lure app developers into bringing their iOS apps to Windows 10 with the release of their ‘Bridge’ porting tool which makes it relatively trivial to bring apps from iOS over to Windows.

“We’re thrilled to unveil djay Pro for...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Android Things Developer Preview 3 is out with full support for Bluetooth and USB

The third major developer preview of Android Things is now out and it adds full support for vital connectivity options.

Bluetooth remains important for many IoT deployments and today’s addition to Google’s platform will be welcome news for many developers. First noted back in February, the latest developer preview adds support for Android’s existing APIs for both standard Bluetooth and its BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) sibling.

Now, applications designed for Android Things can interface with custom...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, IoT, Platforms.

Viro is making it easier for developers to build VR apps

Creating VR content today can be complicated, but Viro is hoping to make the process a bit easier for developers looking to get started with building immersive experiences.

Their platform makes use of the React framework along with a proprietary rendering engine to put the required tools in the hands of developers. Viro claims its quick guide will get you started in just ten minutes.

Viro is focused on making basic VR content more accessible​

Out the box, Viro has support for several major VR devices...

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms, VR.

Torvalds calls out developers who 'screw all the rules and processes' in place for Linux merges

Linus Torvalds has taken aim at developers who ‘screw all the rules and processes’ in place for Linux merges.

The founder and long-time principal developer of Linux never minces his words. In the past, Torvald’s been called out for ‘verbally abusing’ his programmers with expletive-ridden language, and in response, has said: “I'm not going to start wearing ties, I'm also not going to buy...

By Ryan Daws, 06 March 2017, 6 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

GDC: Microsoft details AR for Xbox alongside plans to break down game publishing barriers

Announcements made during this year’s GDC (Game Developers Conference) provide a tantalising sample of the exciting plans Microsoft has for the future of gaming.

This year is arguably the most important for Xbox in the history of its business. A poor launch strategy under previous Xbox chief Don Mattrick left the PlayStation 4 to dominate Xbox One sales every month at the start of this console generation. A more gamer-focused strategy under Mattrick’s replacement, Phil Spencer, has narrowed the...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Developers of FireChat release MeshKit to connect mobile apps offline

The developers of mesh networking app FireChat have released MeshKit, a platform for connecting mobile apps offline using peer-to-peer networking.

Open Garden created FireChat to enable communication in areas with limited or no connectivity. Unlike traditional networks where more users cause problems from congestion, a mesh network thrives as the number of devices increases.

App developers worldwide can now reach audiences even when they are disconnected

With the number of smartphones around the world is...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms.

Qualcomm updates its VR dev kit and launches accelerator

There’s a good chance Qualcomm already powers your smartphone, but the company wants to extend its mobile dominance to VR.

Most current mobile VR headsets require the user to slot their smartphone in – which is often a cumbersome experience. Particularly in China, standalone mobile VR headsets are gaining in popularity, and there’s a strong likelihood we’ll see a headset released this year by a major player such as...

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, VR.

Nintendo’s studios have 'mastered' the Unreal engine for Switch

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Nintendo has often been criticised for prioritising the company’s internal developers, over-relying on historic franchises, and making it difficult for third-party studios to develop or port games with a lack of support for standard industry engines. 

Epic Games is the developer behind the popular Unreal graphics toolkit and confirmed support for the Switch not long after its announcement. While in the past Nintendo has relied on its own...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Opinion: Windows 10 Cloud offers Microsoft another shot at mobile

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Several references to ‘Windows 10 Cloud’ have appeared in recent Windows test builds and insiders believe it’s Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS.

Reports claim Windows 10 Cloud will drop support for Win32/64 and rely on UWP apps similar to Google’s ongoing roll-out of Android support in Chrome OS. There was a time when Chromebooks were only useful for web browsing or putting together a quick...

By Ryan Daws, 31 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Microsoft, Platforms.

General Motors launches SDK for 'next-generation' apps

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General Motors has launched an SDK for developers with access to almost 400 data points for use in developing in-car applications. 

Apps can be developed in HTML5 and JavaScript using General Motors' NGI (Next-Generation Infotainment) SDK.  To get developers started, the SDK contains a working example of a complete app along with a library of code samples which can be used...

By Ryan Daws, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms.

Mobile development platform Fabric moves to Google

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Twitter's mobile development platform Fabric has been sold to Google for an undisclosed sum. 

Until today's announcement, Fabric was one advantage Twitter held over Facebook after Zuckerberg's giant shuttered its own 'Parse' platform. Clearly, mobile development platforms under the control of social networks are not meant to be. 

Developers who use Fabric can at least feel comforted the platform is not...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms.