Embarcadero on Windows challenges and the intro of Android to RAD Studio XE5

Microsoft has had less than a great year; amidst Windows 8 complaints and Xbox One controversy, therefore when Dimensional Research’s survey which talks to Windows developers about their challenges around mobile development – it piqued my interest.

The survey was sponsored by Embarcadero whose well-praised cross-platform development tool RAD Studio gets a new version launching today – XE5.

DeveloperTech spoke to Embarcadero's Senior Director, Jason Vokes, and Technical Consultant, Stephen...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Software quality on the rise: the long race to zero defect density

As we all know, software is becoming more and more ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives. At work, at home and even during our leisure time, we are becoming ever more reliant on products, services and conveniences enabled by software.

Millions of lines of new code are written each day. The good news for all of us is that the overall quality of software is trending upward as well.

Whether quality is higher in open source or proprietary code is a debate that continues to drive heated discussion, with strong...

By Dennis Chu, 06 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Testing.

Android OS fragmentation no longer an issue

Ask any developer what is the biggest challenge facing Android and they’ll tell you “fragmentation.” Ringing indisputably true for the last few years; Google has not ignored this issue and put very clever initiatives in place to overcome this problem.

Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here; OS fragmentation. This was probably the most difficult form due to new features and API’s introduced in newer versions not being available to the third-party manufacturers who do not update...

By Ryan Daws, 05 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

It’s not Windows 8 in rapid-development, it’s Microsoft.

A few years ago, there was a term synonymous with Microsoft – dinosaur. These critics weren’t far off; the age-old PC giant seemed resistant to adapting with the shifting landscape. Then, they went radical with a complete change and modernisation – so much it alienated many users.

Of course I’m talking about Windows 8, the first OS from the company which took into account the myriad of new devices – tablets, smartphones, and touch screen laptops.

The goal was to be simple; have a familiar UX which works the...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Forget next-gen consoles; feast your eyes (and limbs) on these immersive inputs!

It’s an exciting time for gamers around the globe, the current generation of consoles is at an end (what a generation it’s been!) and we’re about to splash our hard-earned cash on the systems which we hope to bring us a decade of joy.

But it’s not just a great time for gamers. This generation is about to see a range of innovative new input technologies which could usher in an era of immersion never before seen (or felt). So enough with the teasing, let’s get into a few...

First...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

Sampo Karjalainen on Moves API – Track like a Pro

The founder of Habbo Hotel - a staple of many childhood memories - went on to launch ‘Moves’ as part of a new venture. As a consumer application it is built to monitor and track daily activities; helping to progress your fitness levels (or at least help you in becoming more active!)

This creates masses of unique data about the user which could be used in applications for a variety of innovative uses; now the company, ProtoGeo, is opening up that ability via the Moves API.

Before...

By Ryan Daws, 30 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Unity brings 2D gaming to the masses (of platforms)

One of game developer's best friends and indispensible tool, Unity, has gone from 3D multiplatform development – back to 2D.

Whilst this may seem a step back it actually makes sense for the still popular games such as side-scrollers found on the web and mobile devices...

You may or may not be aware Rovio’s hit Angry Birds sequel Bad Piggies is actually built in Unity3D - showing it was previously possible, just tricky.

This was due to the process of having to lock the camera, force perspective,...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Apple acquires Embark – Back to fight for Maps title?

Whilst Embark could simply be another acquisition by Apple which we won’t see anything productive from for a long time – personally, I think this could be one we’ll see sooner rather than later.

Apple’s in-house mapping solution has been improving rapidly since its disastrous start, but even the most diehard fanbois will likely still have Google Maps installed on their devices.

After all, the company has had years of advantage; bolstering a library of not only unbeatable core maps, but also 3D...

By Ryan Daws, 23 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, Testing.

Facebook levels the Android SDK with iOS – tags Open Graph

The Android SDK for Facebook has benefited from a major update – now at version 3.5 – it brings Open Graph support, a revamped Share Dialog, Object API support, a redesigned login interface, and the launch of a feature to publish and measure app events.

According to the world’s most popular social network; over 70 percent of the top 100 grossing Android apps have Facebook implemented.

One of the biggest changes can be found in the enhanced Share Dialog; which can now post to the network...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Facebook, Testing.

Microsoft announces ID@Xbox - So much for lack of Indie support!

As is always the case when an unpopular announcement is made; critics jump on the bandwagon with crazy rumours, speculation, and other methods of generally blowing matters out of proportion. The Xbox One was certainly a victim of this - one which may go down in history.

We’ve already wrote an article which explains why the U-turn on DRM and “Always On” functionality could in fact leave us with a worse experience - so we won’t go through that...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

UK’s lead mobile development firm launches The Responsive Website Company

Your favourite publication may not be responsive yet – watch this space - but the inevitability is any website worth their two cents will be utilising responsive designs over the next few years.

Clifton-based The Responsive Website Company is priming itself to be at the forefront of development.

TRW is a sister company of mobile development firm Mubaloo. As the UK’s leader of this field; the company has already proven its worth.

Featuring clients including Channel 4, Sky, Samsung, Lovefilm, NHS,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, HTML5, Industry, Testing.

Firefox and ZTE start attack on US and Blighty from Friday

You may be warranted in giving a groan hearing yet another competitor is trying to enter the market saturated by two heavyweights who need little introduction – Android and iOS.

Yet that’s exactly what Mozilla is attempting with their new ZTE “Firefox OS” devices. From Friday, ZTE will be taking to eBay to sell its first Firefox OS phone the “ZTE Open” for an incredibly tempting price of $79.99 (£59.99 in the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

USB 3.1 to get 10Gbps speed boost, unofficially sponsored by DC Comic’s “The Flash”

Remember the days of USB 2.0? Featuring a top-speed which maxed out at the theoretical speed of 480Mbps?

Well those days have passed; alongside the upcoming USB 3.1 spec arrives incredible 10Gbps speeds - give it another dozen years and I’ll be back reporting USB 4.0’s 10Tbps speeds!

USB (Universal Serial bus) has been fast advancing compared to similar communication technology, and is more widely supported than – frankly superior – rivals such as Intel’s Thunderbolt; which has...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Testing.

Today’s tutorial: How to rig Android benchmarks – Courtesy of Samsung and HTC

How do you make your handset stand out in today’s highly competitive market? Rig your benchmark results of course! That way - on paper at least - your latest smartphone appears to blow away rivals.

Should you have any moral issues? Not since it appears to be the industry standard.

It's undeniable Samsung has driven innovation in processors; for years even supplying them for Apple’s range of iDevices.

The Exynos 5 processor is an Octa-Core, but doesn’t use all eight cores at once. Four are...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, HTC, Samsung, Testing.

Paul Muller on how iOS 7 has changed, and overcoming its new challenges

This week, Paul Muller spoke to me about how Adeven has released a whole host of new features to help interpret the increased complexity of iOS 7.

I’d kicked off with dropping the biggest, but most obvious question - how much has the next version of iOS changed since version 6?

Paul starts by talking about newfound restrictions: “The major thing for us is the kind of restrictions Apple has [now]. After a long time of candidly standing by on the app tracking issue, Apple has now put down the...

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Testing.

How do you know if your home grown licensing is broken?

Many software producers and intelligent device manufacturers develop and use their own in-house licensing models for provisioning and entitlement management of their products by end user organisations.

While they do the job, do you know the signs suggesting that perhaps your home-grown software licensing system may be broken? If not, read on!

- Your CTO says to his team, "Run, Forrest run" when you ask him to make changes to the license key generator.  Homegrown licence key generators are often...

By Cris Wendt, 29 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Languages, Testing.

The poker playing Android malware pusher who took one gamble too many

Masaaki Kagawa had two primary ways of making money; one through his Tokyo-based IT firm, Koei Planning, and the other through his avid love of poker. It would come as a surprise to find out that the latter was a far safer bet for him.

Kagawa has winnings in the millions on the poker table. Yet after his company’s office was raided in April 2013, Kagawa and eight other men were arrested for soliciting Android Enesoluty, malware which collected user data and stored it on the owner’s device.

The findings from...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Security, Testing.

Jelly Bean 4.3 is tastier than you know

At Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar” event yesterday; the Mountain View-based company took the wraps off a lot of Android 4.3 announcements we were expecting - yet there was so much more you may not know about.

Sundar Pichai – head of Android – took the time to gloss over a few of the notable features which would directly affect our experiences from day one.

These include; Restricted “Kid Mode” Profiles, Bluetooth Low Energy support, Virtual Fraunhofer Cingo™...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.