iOS 11 beta 3 seeds to developers with a slew of improvements

The latest beta of iOS 11 has been seeded to developers (and consumers who like to live dangerously) around the globe, and Apple has wasted no time in making some needed fixes and implementing new features.

One of the most noticeable changes from iOS 10 to iOS 11 is to the Control Center. In the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, the Control Center has been consolidated into one tab rather than up to three sections we’ve been used to in past versions of the OS. This consolidation...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms.

Opinion: Xbox One X is what a console should be – innovative

When you set aside preferred exclusive titles and platform affinities, it’s difficult to deny the upcoming Xbox One X is an innovative piece of kit.

There are some known phenomenons in the gaming community. Xbox and PlayStation fight head-to-head for the most powerful consoles and best online services. Nintendo puts gameplay first. And PC gamers as the self-proclaimed “master race” have access to the peak of hardware (and pay the price to remain there.)

Xbox dropped the ball at the start of...

By Ryan Daws, 07 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Platforms.

Linux Kernel 4.12 developers added 795 lines of code per hour

The latest release of the Linux kernel is huge with developers adding 795 lines of code to it every hour.

Launched this past Sunday, Linux 4.12 had 19,093 lines of code per day added to it by dedicated programmers. Greg Kroah-Hartman, a prominent maintainer of the Linux Kernel, posted a chart containing data about the development effort behind the latest release.

Other data about the release included:

  • Commits: 14,570

  • Number of files: 59,806

  • Number of lines: 24,170,860

  • Lines added: 1,202,920

  • Lines removed: 168,962

  • Lines modified: 141,550

  • Number of developers: 1,821

  • Changes per day: 231

  • Changes per hour: 9

  • Lines added per day: 19,093

  • Lines removed per day: 2,681

  • Lines...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

Developer fund launched alongside Cloudflare Apps platform

Cloudflare has launched a $100 million developer investment fund alongside the launch of its Cloudflare Apps platform.

The company itself raised $110 million of investment from companies including Fidelity, Google, Microsoft, Baidu, and Qualcomm last year, and with good reason. Cloudflare has grown from a team of 37 operating a network in 23 cities and 15 countries in 2012, to now employing over 200 and having a presence in 62 cities and 33 countries.

“When we started Cloudflare we needed two things: a...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Cloud, Industry, Platforms.

Opinion: Why low-code/no code doesn’t mean amateur only

There’s a lot of talk right now about low-code and no code development platforms. Legacy software woes and cost constraints are helping to drive adoption of these platforms, as businesses of all sizes seek to do more with less.

As more vendors come to market with low-code platforms, it can be tempting to dismiss these as “dumbed down” or amateur app development.

This is far from the truth, however.

First, let’s examine what low-code platforms actually are. The analysts at Forrester Research began...

By Andrew LeCates, 26 June 2017, 5 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Microsoft is building an online Raspberry Pi simulator

The infamous Raspberry Pi compute board has built a loyal following that’s proving difficult even for companies such as Intel to compete with, but it could be set to gain even more fans as Microsoft is building an online simulator.

Pi is designed to be inexpensive with even the latest, highest-end model costing just £32/$35 but it can remain out of reach for some on lower or no incomes, and the extra accessories can soon rack up the...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2017, 5 comments. Categories: Devices, Platforms.

Android Things Preview 4.1 includes minor improvements for IoT developers

The latest Android Things preview update only contains minor improvements but could be useful for some IoT developers.

As the incremental version number suggests, this update isn’t filled with exciting new features. The first is support for the Pico i.MX6UL revision B board, while support for earlier revisions are being dropped. The latest board supports many common external peripherals from companies including Adafruit and Pimoroni.

A second addition is a smaller, more optimised version of Play...

By Ryan Daws, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Opinion: Here’s the deal with Xbox VR

Microsoft surprised many with the lack of any VR plans during the reveal of its Xbox One X console at this year’s E3 conference, but it’s a smart move.

Sony is the only company to have launched VR on a console and this year we’re really just beginning to see to see the fruits of their efforts. At Sony’s E3 conference we saw upcoming VR titles like ‘Skyrim’ and ‘Inpatient’...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms, VR.

Atari seems to be making a brand new console – and wants developers

Amidst all the gaming news coming out of E3, the most surprising news of the week is that it seems Atari will be coming back into the spotlight with a brand new console.

Many gamers have fond memories of the Atari and some of its games such as Pac Man, Space Invaders, and Gauntlet. A number of titles continue to be sought after today via emulators, smartphone reincarnations, and collections on modern consoles such as Atari Anthology.

There’s certainly an appetite for these classic games and similar...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

Opinion: Xbox is making PlayStation appear villainous

Sony’s policies and attitude to rival platforms are holding PlayStation back, while Xbox is now embracing the entire gaming community.

There was a time when Microsoft was seen as being an unfriendly corporate giant, and for good reason. Xbox has always been Microsoft’s most approachable brand but it still felt less friendly than PlayStation, in particular to developers.

Sony has long put developers first and maintained a fantastic relationship with them which continues today. Similarly, the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Platforms.

Apple now allows any developer to build HomeKit devices

Apple wants to open HomeKit to even more devices by allowing any developer to build products which use the platform.

Many large smart home products support HomeKit for easy control of devices, but you previously had to go through Apple’s licensing program just to start tinkering with it. Apple kept quiet on HomeKit during their WWDC keynote, but it dropped some big news for the maker community shortly after...

Any registered developer can now start building HomeKit devices. Removing the licensing...

By Ryan Daws, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, iOS, IoT, Platforms.

Android developers who incentivise positive reviews will be punished

Google will now punish Android developers who incentivise users to leave positive reviews under new Play Store rules.

Fake reviews have long been the scourge of most app stores and shady third-party services are available which can automate reviews or even have staff manually leaving false positive reviews in a bid to boost the app’s rankings.

Google tackled these services (for the most part) with improvements to its algorithms which detect and filter these reviews, but cunning developers found another...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Ethics, Industry, Platforms.

What developers need to know following Apple’s WWDC 17 keynote

Apple’s keynote at its annual WWDC event often leans towards consumer announcements, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for developers.

This year, the computing giant announced “the biggest software release ever” for iPad while also squeezing in a few iPhone features, improvements to macOS, a new product line in ‘HomePod’ which is somewhere between a Google Home competitor and Sonos rival, an interesting AR platform, and a machine learning API.

iOS 11

iOS 11...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Apple, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Automotive Grade Linux will debut on the 2018 Toyota Camry

Toyota has decided to use Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) for its 2018 Camry model.

The car manufacturing giant wanted a flexible platform which enabled a quick rollout of all the features today’s consumers are coming to expect from their infotainment systems, and the company decided AGL fit that purpose.

"The flexibility of the AGL platform allows us to quickly roll-out Toyota's infotainment system across our vehicle lineup, providing customers with greater connectivity and new functionalities at...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Platforms.

Apple launches a curriculum for schools teaching Swift

Apple has launched a curriculum for schools teaching app development using the company’s beloved Swift programming language.

Now available on the iBooks store, the ‘App Development with Swift’ curriculum is a full-year course designed by Apple’s engineers and educators which aims to help students get started with various elements of app design.

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US economy as a whole. The app economy and software...

By Ryan Daws, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Mac, Platforms.

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.