AT&T launches developer 'Starter Kit' for the IoT

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Mobile networks will play a large part in the Internet of Things and interested developers would be wise to pay attention to developments from telecommunication giants. On that note, AT&T has announced the launch of a dedicated IoT 'Starter Kit' for developers looking to get started with IoT development. 

The kit was announced by AT&T's...

By Ryan Daws, 13 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: API, Development Tools, Devices, IoT, Platforms, Testing.

Google teaches kids to code with Project Bloks

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Google has launched a new open hardware platform called Project Bloks for developers, researchers, and designers to build physical coding-based experiences for teaching kids how to program.

The project highlights that kids play and learn using their hands; which makes an open hardware platform to learn an increasingly essential skill like coding a perfect medium in which to do so. On the project's website,...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Fourth wave of HoloLens invites head to developers

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As production of HoloLens ramps up on its way to a final consumer release, Microsoft has sent out the fourth wave of invites for the Developer Edition of the exciting headset. 

The company first started rolling out the invites a few months ago for the $3000 (£2043) HoloLens Developer Edition; well outside most people's budgets. 

In an email, Microsoft stated: 

"We are thrilled to let you know...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Microsoft, Platforms, VR.

Developers are more excited for Apple TV than WatchOS

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Wearables seem to be a more discussed trend in tech circles, but a new report indicates that developers are more interested to build apps for the Apple TV over the Apple Watch. 

The information comes from Realm, a company which hosts apps used by approximately 100,000 developers. Apple TV has gained significant interest from developers since the fourth-generation was released, in stark...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Wearables.

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.

What to expect from Google I/O 2016

Google's annual conference, I/O, will be held this Wednesday and is sure to make waves across both the developer and consumer worlds. This year we expect to see the event focus on how Google intends to respond to advancements in wearables, virtual reality, and the IoT. 

Android 

We expect Android will take a backseat as the company works on freeing the operating system from Java amid continued battles with Oracle and the EU. Some 

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, VR, Wearables.

Vensi introduces update to BlueApp.io

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Today, millions of Bluetooth devices have flooded the market and more are entering the ecosystem on a daily basis. These devices include sensors, scales and control equipment among others.

BlueApp.io provides the communication platform to connect all of these devices to remotely, monitor and control them. The...

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Microsoft breaks down the IoT language barrier with Open Translators to Things

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Microsoft knows of the compatibility issues between connected devices, and wants to help break down the language barrier between them with the launch of their 'Open Translators to Things' (OpenT2T) initiative. Developers are being invited to collaborate on the project and build 'translators' which should make it easier to build...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, IoT, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms.

Hardware partners Weave onto Google's Project Brillo

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Project Brillo is Google's attempt to unify the internet-connected "things" which make up the Internet of Things we keep hearing about, but until now we've not heard of many products which have supported the new standard. As of CES 2015, this narrative has changed, and now we have several companies putting their weight behind Project...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Opinion: Pixel C is a precursor to "a better Android"

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David Pierce, from Wired, posted his review of Google's intriguing Pixel C tablet earlier today in which he found the hardware a work of art but wrote it "deserves a better Android". Google is not stupid – it knows Android's shortcomings on tablets – but the mere fact the Pixel C exists is a precursor that "a better Android" is on the way. 

Despite being a firm believer that Android...

By Ryan Daws, 09 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Platforms.

Opinion: Android with Chrome OS would deliver true "Continuum"

Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Google plans to merge Android with Chrome OS next year, which isn't the first time we've heard such rumblings. The rumours have split opinion, but I'm excited for the potential which merging both operating systems could hold for the future of personal computing. 

The world is now dominated by mobile, and developers want to build...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Mobile, Platforms.

Nest opens Weave to developers – debuts Cam API

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If there's a household name in the smart home, it's Nest. The company has gone from strength-to-strength after the launch of their innovative smart thermostat, and even got the attention of Google who acquired the startup in February last year. 

Nest has since launched a range of other connected products, which communicate with one another through a protocol called Weave. Today, Nest has announced several updates to its developer program, including...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Devices, Ecosystem, Platforms.

Google puts the spotlight on their iBeacon rival

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Google has revealed their answer to Apple's iBeacons, and as expected the company has built an open alternative compatible with both Android and iOS. The full solution consists of three new key elements; a beacon standard, tools and APIs, and a service for managing and monitoring large beacon deployments. 

The cornerstone of Google's beacon solution is the company's new standard...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.