Microsoft Staffer: Mozilla, give up and switch to Chromium too

A staffer for Microsoft has said Mozilla should follow his employer’s decision to switch from its own rendering engine to Chromium.

Microsoft recently announced it’s halting development of its EdgeHTML rendering engine and switching its Edge browser to Google’s Chromium this year.

Privacy advocates Mozilla shared their concerns about Microsoft’s decision.

In a blog post, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard wrote:

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Microsoft.

App Store developers have pocketed $120bn since 2008

Apple has used the start of its Entrepreneur Camp in Cupertino as an opportunity to announce some of its latest App Store statistics.

The firm announced that App Store developers have pocketed $120 billion in total since 2008. An impressive $30 billion was distributed to developers in the last 12 months alone.

With Apple still taking a 30 percent cut from App Store sales, the company is raking in the cash. Recent reports that iPhone sales are slowing appear to have had little impact on App Store revenue.

App...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Chrome update to kill ad blockers will affect other plugins

An update to Chrome which appears intended to kill the use of ad block plugins will impact extensions in other categories.

The change would restrict Chrome's script blocking capabilities to the new DeclarativeNetRequest API instead of the old webRequest API.

Raymond Hill, Author of the uBlock Origin and uMatrix ad blockers, said in a bug report:

“If this (quite limited) declarativeNetRequest API ends up being the only way content...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, HTML5, Industry, JavaScript.

Google donates $2 million to Wikipedia along with free APIs

Google is donating $2 million to Wikipedia in addition to providing free access to APIs which help editors improve Wiki pages.

One important Google API is making free to Wikipedia is the Translate API “to provide editors with resources and insights to drive the creation of new Wikipedia articles across 10 languages in India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and the Middle East and North Africa region.”

Elsewhere, the Google Cloud Custom Search API will help editors “ensure contributions are...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Industry.

Report indicates developer jobs may be on the decline

A report from job site Freelancer highlights an uncharacteristic decline in the number of developer-related careers.

Developer jobs have been growing in demand for decades as most technological advancements require programmers to some extent or another.

To see a decline in developer jobs would be a surprise to many, especially given the emergence of technologies such as the IoT, AI, and cloud computing.

Freelancer’s report highlights a huge drop of over 70 percent in popularity for job titles such as...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

‘Android Game SDK’ is a joint project between Google and Unity

Google is partnering with Unity on a dedicated ‘Android Game SDK’ project with the goal of improving game development efficiency.

Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, so it’s little surprise many game developers want to put their work in front of its audience. Google is more than happy to oblige and continues to find ways to invest in Android game development.

The project itself is based on the Android...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Gaming, Mobile, Platforms.

Google details Play Store’s upcoming 64-bit app requirement

Google has provided further details on the upcoming requirement for Android apps on the Play Store to have 64-bit versions.

The company first announced the change in late 2017, providing ample preparation time.

Android itself has supported 64-bit since 5.0 (‘Lollipop’) while the Play Store has required apps using native code to provide a 64-bit version in addition to 32-bit.

Starting August 1, 2019:

  • All new apps and app updates that include native code are required to provide 64-bit versions in addition to 32-bit versions when publishing to Google...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

JETCO provides access to over 200 APIs from 13 banks

Hong Kong-based JETCO is a cross-bank ATM service that has today announced the launch of its APIX exchange platform.

APIX provides access to over 200 APIs from 13 banks. Supported banking services include deposit, Forex, loans, investment, insurance, safe deposit box, branch, ATM, and more.

Angus Choi, CEO of JETCO, said:

“Open banking is a global trend that will help drive innovations and enhance the competitiveness of the local financial industry.

JETCO...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms.

UK games industry expects strong 2019, expanding workforce

While resisting the ‘despite Brexit’ often accompanying positive UK stories, a study has found the British games industry expects strong growth in 2019.

Games trade association TIGA has released its latest Business Opinion Survey. Around 60 companies were questioned for the survey about their plans for the coming year.

The strongest indicator of growth is employment. Over three-quarters (77%) of businesses plan to expand their workforce in 2019, an increase of nine percent over last...

By Ryan Daws, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

Square launches customisable In-App Payments SDK

Payments solution provider Square has launched a new SDK enabling developers to easily integrate support for in-app payments.

With minimal coding, the SDK promises to enable accepting and storing credit card details for checkout purposes. Support for Google Pay and Apple Pay is even included for added convenience.

Carl Perry, Developer Lead at Square, said:

“With the introduction of in-app mobile payments to the Square platform, developers now have a complete, omnichannel payments...

By Ryan Daws, 10 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Mobile.

You can now have unlimited GitHub private repos – and free!

Well, that should help silence a few of those critics who said Microsoft will ruin GitHub.

Redmond is starting this year in a benevolent mood and has announced GitHub will now support free private repos. Seriously, you can even have unlimited of them.

The slight catch is that free private repos are limited to three collaborators – fair enough, a service needs to make cash somewhere. Public repos are still free and can have unlimited collaborators.

Nat Friedman, CEO of GitHub,...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Git, Platforms.

Android Q ‘dark mode’ will help logical third-party adoption

Dark mode is an ‘approved Android Q feature’ that will be adopted system-wide, hopefully driving third-party developers to support in their own apps.

A Chromium Gerrit tracker created by Googler Lukasz Zbylut says the “[Android] Q team wants to ensure that all preloaded apps support dark mode natively.”

The tracker also states, “In order to ship dark mode successfully, we need all UI elements to be ideally themed...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Video games market is now 80 percent digital in the UK

According to figures by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), digital now represents 80 percent of UK video games revenue.

Digital games offer convenience to consumers with instant availability, no chance of retailer stock issues, pre-downloads for pre-orders, access on other devices with just a login, and often no requirement to switch a physical medium between games.

There are also benefits to developers and publishers who do not have to account for the overheads involved with creating physical...

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

AOSMark ranks the best and worst OEMs for Android updates

Not all Android manufacturers are equal in supporting their devices with OS updates, leaving many users on ageing flavours.

AOSMark is a site which tells users the best manufacturers for updates while shaming those who are worst.

Naturally, manufacturers with heavily ‘skinned’ Android operating systems are generally slowest to update as they customise the OS before sending it for lengthy approval via Google and each mobile operator around the world (for carrier-locked...

By Ryan Daws, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Using automation to connect build engineering and DevOps: A guide

Build engineering and DevOps: it seems that never the twain shall meet. Build engineering supplies the build system, with its tools and processes that make software development and deployment easier. DevOps professionals use Agile principles to develop and deploy applications with their teams. Although build engineering and DevOps are distinct but connected activities, organisations are not typically bringing them together.

By Bart Copeland, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development Tools.

Edge dev claims Google broke YouTube on non-Chrome browsers

A former Microsoft Edge developer has claimed Google kept making changes to reduce the performance of YouTube on competing browsers.

On Y Combinator, former Microsoft software engineering intern Joshua Bakita wrote:

“I very recently worked on the Edge team, and one of the reasons we decided to end EdgeHTML was because Google kept making changes to its sites that broke other browsers, and we couldn't keep up. For example, they recently added...

By Ryan Daws, 20 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Microsoft.

Google uses machine learning to purge Play Store of spam reviews

Google has created a machine learning-powered anti-spam system to get rid of fake reviews from its Play Store.

The multinational tech company’s distribution platform has been plagued by millions of apps that hire users and companies to write fake reviews which boost exposure.

Google has officially listed three categories it classes as violating its guidelines:

  • Bad content: Reviews that are profane, hateful, or off-topic.

  • Fake ratings: Ratings and reviews meant to manipulate an app's average rating or top reviews. We've seen different approaches to manipulate the average rating; from...

By Developer, 19 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Mobile, Platforms.

LinkedIn lists blockchain developers as top emerging job

Blockchain developer has been ranked as the number one profession on LinkedIn’s emerging jobs list for 2018.

LinkedIn’s recently released report, which places blockchain development at the top, shows 33x growth in the number of blockchain developers, 12x growth in machine learning engineers, 8x growth in application sales executives, and 6x growth in machine learning specialists and professional medical representatives.

Guy Berger, the chief economist at LinkedIn, said that growth can also be seen...

By Developer, 17 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Industry, JavaScript.

Apple provides app analytics on the Mac App Store

Apple is adding app analytics to its revamped Mac App Store which launched with macOS Mojave earlier this year.

In a post on its developer portal today, Apple wrote:

“Your app data from the new Mac App Store on macOS Mojave is now available in App Store Connect.

Now you can find out how many times your app was seen on the Mac App Store, how many times your product page was viewed, and how many new customers downloaded your app.

By Ryan Daws, 14 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, App Stores, Mobile, Platforms.

Microsoft launches Clarity analytics solution for A/B testing

Microsoft has launched a Google Optimize 360 competitor it calls Clarity, a solution enabling web developers to understand user behaviour at scale.

The company found limitations in current A/B experimentation solutions it believes could be solved and set out to do so with Clarity.

In a blog post, Microsoft wrote:

“While A/B experiments allow developers to see when their key metrics are moving, the primary drawback is the lack of...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, JavaScript, Microsoft, Testing.