Cloud processing behind Crackdown 3 shown off in proof-of-concept

The impressive cloud processing technology which powers the upcoming installment of the hit Crackdown franchise has been shown off in a new proof-of-concept.

Cloudgine has shown off its technology with a new game, They Came From Space, which should push even the best local hardware alone to its limits. By using the cloud technology, it renders at 90fps despite being available in VR, offering fully-destructible and dynamic environments, and online multiplayer battles.

“Our team...

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms.

HomePod code reveals how the virtual home button on the iPhone 8 will function

With a virtual home button for the iPhone 8 unofficially confirmed, more details have been revealed about how it will function.

The findings come via iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who you may recognise from his attempts to port Siri to the iPhone 4. He’s sure to be causing a stir at Apple once again with his digging into the HomePod firmware.

An outline of the iPhone 8 was found in the firmware with no home button in sight to accommodate a “bezel-less” design. Further analysis found...

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

Comply with COPPA or risk a lawsuit like Disney

If you build apps that are intended for children, make sure you comply with COPPA or risk a lawsuit similar to Disney.

The Walt Disney Company is facing a lawsuit for allegedly failing to protect the personal information of children using its apps. Amanda Rushing, the complainant, filed the lawsuit on Thursday in the San Francisco/Oakland division of the United States District Court.

Four other affiliated defendants will join The Walt Disney Company including Disney Electronic Content, marketing platform...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Ethics, Industry, Marketing, Platforms.

General Motors beats competitors to in-vehicle testing for app developers

General Motors is putting the accelerator down on their connected car plans with the launch of in-vehicle testing for developers.

As global car manufacturers race to become a leader in the connected car space, GM is hoping to woo developers with their NGI SDK. First released back in January, the SDK enabled app developers to emulate their apps but not test in production cars.

In what GM is calling an industry-first, the...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

Research: Consumers are most excited about these new technologies

The breakthrough technologies consumers are most excited about have been revealed in new research – providing an indication of what is set to be the next big thing.

Online smartphone retailer, Mobiles.co.uk, charted the sharp increase in demand for VR, AR, and AI. The firm also studied how the latest technological advancements are shaping the capabilities of tomorrow’s smartphones.

In the past 12 months, the company noted an increase from UK customers in:

  • Virtual reality (up 300%)

  • Artificial intelligence (up 56%)

  • Augmented reality (up 25%)

  • Curved screens (up...

By Ryan Daws, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, VR, Wearables.

Google launches security features while report shows iOS threats outpacing Android

Google has cracked down on security with the launch of Play Protect and other new defense mechanisms while a report has been released which shows iOS malware growth outpacing that of Android.

After the Google Docs phishing attack, the company has been ramping up its security in recent months. This started back in May with the implementation of machine learning to improve the detection of phishing messages – and the company now estimates it can block spam and malicious content with a 99.9 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Platforms, Security.

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.