Google rolls out Google Cloud Video intelligence API public beta; updates Cloud Vision API

Google has unveiled a public beta version of the Google Cloud Video intelligence API and has introduced enhancements in the Google Cloud Vision API by updating existing features.

The Google Cloud Video intelligence API, first released in March 2017, uses machine learning to make videos searchable and discoverable, by extracting metadata which is also used to index video content. Since the API contains a library of 20,000 labels, those not possessing extensive knowledge in machine learning or computer vision...

By Developer, 08 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud.

Sumerian helps developers build AR, VR, and 3D apps in Amazon’s cloud

Sumerian is a new service from Amazon which aims to help developers build AR, VR, and 3D applications in AWS.

The low-code tool offers a point-and-click user interface for building scenes and applications which should help to make AR and VR development more accessible without the need for years of coding and design experience.

Sumerian has a built-in library of pre-built assets and templates, but users can...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Development Tools, VR.

Puppet acquires Distelli to expand automation across software delivery lifecycle

Puppet, an open-source software configuration management provider, has announced the acquisition of Distelli, a Seattle-based infrastructure automation company, to combine its global reach and DevOps leadership with the latter’s container and application deployment offerings.

The acquisition of Distelli gives Puppet an ability to provide enterprises end-to-end visibility into and control over application delivery regardless of what the application is running on, whether it is VMs or containerised...

By Developer, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise.

Jenkins gets a smoother experience with latest CloudBees updates

CloudBees, the hub of enterprise Jenkins and DevOps, has introduced CloudBees Jenkins Advisor, a new free service that analyses Jenkins environments continuously to identify potential issues.

The service then advises on corrective actions before they impact business-critical software delivery, ensuring improved uptime, performance and productivity.

CloudBees has developed an expansive knowledge base and diagnostic tools to detect issues ranging from simple configuration issues to security and best practices...

By Developer, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools.

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.

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.

Microsoft’s AI vision enhanced at BUILD as Nadella bangs developer empowerment drum

Day one of BUILD, Microsoft’s developer conference, saw a variety of announcements and discussion around Azure, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as something of a shift in strategy.

First, the numbers. Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, announced yesterday that Windows had reached 500 million Windows 10 monthly active devices, up from 400 million devices in September, while also stressing the 12 million organisational entities in Azure Active Directory and the 100...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Windows.

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, Platforms, Windows.

Google explains how it helped Niantic bring Pokémon Go to life

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The growth of AR hit Pokémon Go was staggering and far exceeded the humble expectations of developer Niantic Labs. Within just 15 minutes of launching in Australia and New Zealand, player traffic surged well past Niantic’s expectations and created a range of stability issues. 

While it was a troublesome launch period, it could have been much worse if...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Industry, VR.

Big data creating short term opportunities for developers – but long term challenges

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The growth and use of big data continues to dominate nearly every business enterprise.

Forbes reports that “making enterprises more customer-centric, sharpening focus on key initiatives that lead to entering new markets and creating new business models, and improving operational performance are three dominant factors driving analytics, big data,...

By StartApp, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise.

Is the container hype really justified for developers?

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Since Docker burst on to the scene in 2013, container technology has gone from strength to strength, with an increasingly vocal community of fans in the dev community.

As with any new tech, there were the usual accusations of ‘over-hype’. As much as we love to evangelise about a new technology, we also love to shoot it down.

However, the adoption of containers has also been helped by the rapid growth in the ecosystem, with tooling, scheduling and orchestration...

By Micha Hernandez van Leuffen, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools.

A guide on how to choose a database for your mobile apps

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To require an internet connection for mobile applications is to live in the past. If apps rely on a connection, odds are high that the experience will be sluggish and unpredictable.

To avoid reliance on the network, providers of databases and cloud services have started to add synchronization and offline capabilities to their mobile offerings. Solutions like Couchbase’s Couchbase Mobile, Microsoft’s Azure Mobile Services, Amazon’s Cognito, and Google’s Firebase...

By Wayne Carter, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools.

More developers working across mobile, IoT and cloud, argues VisionMobile

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A new study from analyst house VisionMobile has looked into the global developer landscape – and found Java to be the most popular language while devs are increasingly working across multiple sectors, including mobile, IoT, and cloud.

The latter makes sense – as tools and languages work across sectors, the developers using them do as well – yet the research, which polls more than 30,000 developers each year, found some other interesting findings.

The figures, which are...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile.

Amazon launches Dash-based programmable IoT button – sells out within a day

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AWS (Amazon Web Services) is popular, the IoT is hot, and when you combine the two in a product for developers it sells out within a day. 

Based on the single button 'Dash' hardware by Amazon – which has been used in the past to order items with a button press – the AWS IoT version is a "Limited Release Programmable Dash Button" for developers to get started with AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, Amazon...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Devices, Hacking, IoT.

Park in IBM's Bluemix Garage to develop killer cloud apps

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IBM has a range of 'Bluemix Garages' which offer a physical space for multi-disciplinary teams, including developers, product managers and designers, to collaborate with IBM experts. A new Bluemix Garage has opened in Nice, Paris to provide European developers with a place to ensure their IBM cloud-based software is the best it...

By Ryan Daws, 22 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Platforms.

DevOps: Bridging the gap between business and development

Day by day, companies are becoming more reliant on applications to help them remain competitive and break into new markets. In line with this growing dependency comes an equally growing number of trends that influence the way an application is designed. This can be anything from changing business needs to market trends, themes, user stories, and more.  

There are two very clear communities when it comes to app development. Firstly, there are the business stakeholders, who define the product...

By Renato Quedas, 29 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise.

Translate your Bluemix app with IBM's Globalization Pipeline

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If you've built your app on IBM's Bluemix, then we have good news this morning. Bluemix developers can now deploy their cloud apps in new markets - without the need for a translator - all thanks to a new cloud-based service from IBM called Globalization Pipeline. 

IBM's clever translation service can automate translation between nine of the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, PaaS, Platforms.

IBM adds Node.js debugging into the (Blue)mix

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Last month, IBM upped its Node.js expertise through announcing the acquisition of StrongLoop and their API experts in the server-side JavaScript environment. IBM has now shown the initial fruits of this decision with the introduction of Node.js debugging capabilities in their Bluemix PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service). 

The new feature will make it easier for developers to debug their Node.js applications within a cloud environment using popular open source utilities like tty.js and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, PaaS, Platforms, Testing.