Facebook tightens security of some APIs in platform changes

Amid the continued fallout after Cambridge Analytica took advantage of Facebook’s APIs, the social media giant is making several platform changes.

For anyone who’s been living under a rock, election data firm Cambridge Analytica partnered with an app which used prior versions of Facebook’s advertising API to collect data on at least 87 million users without their consent.

Investigations...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, API, Facebook, Platforms.

GitLab's shift from Azure to GCP is not due to ex-GitHub users

GitLab is shifting from Azure to Google Cloud but says its decision was not due to users who migrated from GitHub following its Microsoft acquisition.

Following the news of Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub, traffic spiked of people using GitLab’s tool for importing projects from the world’s biggest Git service. It’s clear developers still have very...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Git, Industry, Platforms.

Facebook leaked developer reports to external app testers

Facebook’s woes over its handling of user data continue as it admits to leaking private information to external app testers.

The company accidentally sent analytic reports intended for developers and their direct employees to external app testers.

None of the emails contained personal information, but they did contain data which should be kept private to the developer such as views, average users, and other information which could be especially useful to a competitor.

Fortunately, only a small...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Facebook, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Google's new API improves biometric authentication in Android P

Google has announced a biometric authentication API which enables developers to improve the security of their apps.

Biometrics has become a favoured and quick security method for users. While there are certainly more secure methods of authentication, few are so fast and unintrusive.

Vishwath Mohan, Security Engineer at Google, wrote in a blog post:

“Biometric authentication mechanisms are becoming increasingly popular, and it's...

By Ryan Daws, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Hacking, Platforms, Security.

Unity makes it easier to build apps supporting both ARCore and ARKit

Game development platform Unity has made it easier to build apps supporting both ARCore and ARKit with a new cross-platform API.

Unity calls its new solution AR Foundation and it aims to solve many of the problems developers face with augmented reality development.

AR Foundation allows developers to leverage features in the ARCore and ARKit toolkits such as plane detection and world tracking.

 

Bradley Weiers, AR/VR Technical Product Manager, and Michael Durand, Lead AR/VR Software Engineer, wrote in a...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, iOS, Mobile, Platforms, VR.

Supreme Court will hear Apple’s case in App Store monopoly lawsuit

The US Supreme Court will hear Apple’s appeal in a class action lawsuit alleging the company is abusing its position to charge developers high fees.

Apple takes a 30 percent cut of developers’ app sales on the iOS App Store. This is pretty industry-standard across most of the major app/game stores, including the Play Store and Steam.

The major exception is Microsoft, which recently slashed its cut of Microsoft Store sales from 30...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Apple: Britain is leading European app development

Britain is leading app development in Europe with more than £2 billion worth of sales on the iOS App Store since it was launched.

According to Apple’s figures, over 290,000 jobs in the UK are linked to the App Store.

London is the hub for app development in Britain, accounting for around 138,000 of the jobs.

Other major cities for development jobs in the UK includes Manchester, Oxford, Bristol, and Birmingham.

The next biggest country in Europe for iOS app development is Germany with around...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Google Cloud App Engine now supports the Node.js runtime

Google Cloud has announced support for the popular cross-platform Node JavaScript runtime in the standard App Engine environment

Node.js allows server code to be written in JavaScript. With the support added today, Google is seeking to make this process as simple for developers as possible.

 

To ensure simplicity, Google is not putting any limitation on the Node.js packages that developers can use — and it will not have any language or API restrictions.

Here are the benefits Google claims its...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, JavaScript, Platforms.

Apple bans crypto-mining apps from iOS App Store

Apple clearly isn’t a fan of cryptocurrency with its new guidelines saying it will no longer “hodl” on to support for mining apps in the iOS App Store.

The guidelines say that cryptocurrency mining will be disallowed in App Store apps unless the processing is being performed off-device such as on a remote server or cloud provider.

"Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining," the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

E3 2018: Bethesda is embracing omnipresent gaming

Bethesda is establishing itself as the first game publisher to fully embrace omnipresent gaming, and it doesn't mind poking fun at itself for it.

Omnipresence is something which is everywhere. Bethesda has a reputation for making its games available to as many platforms as possible, but the company is taking it up a notch with Elder Scrolls Blades.

Elder Scrolls Blades is a new game in the popular series that features...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

10 essential resources for intermediate C programmers

C is one of the most common languages taught at university, even though more modern languages like Java and Python are considered easier to learn. Why is that? Well, learning C is considered a good foundation for learning fancier languages later, as you get a better idea of what is going on behind the scenes by doing some things yourself. It's also widely used, forming the majority of code written to create Windows, Linux, Mac, databases, embedded systems and more.

In this article, we're going to...

By William Judd, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages.

Game developers threaten to abandon Apple for deprecating OpenGL

A notice of OpenGL’s deprecation in Apple’s documentation has game developers threatening to abandon the company’s platforms.

OpenGL has been a tried-and-trusted library for cross-platform game developers for decades. Up-and-coming APIs like Vulkan and Apple’s own Metal offer promising alternatives, but many projects still use OpenGL.

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Dan Omachi, Software Engineer at Apple,...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: API, Apple, Development Tools, Gaming, iOS, Mac, Platforms.

10 essential resources for intermediate Java programmers

Java remains one of the most popular programming languages to learn, thanks to its long history and reputation for being easy to pick up yet difficult to master. After you get through the initial tutorials and become more comfortable in the language, finding out how to progress further can be difficult. This article is intended to help with that, offering ten useful resources that will help you further improve your skills and work your way to becoming an expert programmer. Let's start.

By William Judd, 01 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Java, Languages.

Ultra aims to revolutionise game distribution with blockchain

Former executives from Xbox, Atari, Dell, Unity, Uber, and Time Warner have joined forces to create Ultra, a blockchain platform aiming to revolutionise game distribution.

Game distribution is monopolised with leading players take advantage of their position to take large cuts from developers’ work.

Nicolas Gilot, Co-CEO of Ultra. says:

“The success of Steam, Google, and Apple’s app stores over the last decade means that users have grown to expect and demand...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms.

Snapchat plans to launch a developer kit for its AR camera

Social messaging giant Snapchat has become somewhat renowned for its AR features, and it appears some of those will soon be in the hands of developers.

According to TechCrunch, Snapchat is preparing the launch of its first complete developer platform under the tentative name of Snapkit.

Prototypes of the platform reportedly allow other apps to offer a ‘Login with Snapchat’ option; similar to other major social networks such as Facebook and...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms, Social media, VR.

Stack Overflow: Insights on the UK and Ireland’s developer workforce

Online developer community Stack Overflow has posted its latest UK and Ireland Developer Hiring Landscape report, providing insights on the nations’ workforce.

The results are based on ‘the largest survey of software developers ever’ with over 100,000 respondents.

Developer Salaries

Developers in England receive a median salary of £45,000, compared to £42,000 in Scotland, £41,500 in Wales and just £37,750 in Northern Ireland.

DevOps specialists...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, JavaScript, Languages.

Samsung set to switch from Tizen to Wear OS smartwatches

Prolific leaker Evan Blass (of @evleaks and Venture Beat fame) produced a rather interesting morsel this week: reportedly, Samsung employees have been spotted wearing smartwatches running Wear OS, rather than Samsung's own Tizen operating system.

Samsung has been committed to its homegrown platform for a few years now, with Gear smartwatches and fitness trackers exclusively using the Tizen OS, so seeing a switch to Wear OS is something of a sea change.

This tweet...

By William Judd, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Mobile, Wearables.

10 essential resources for intermediate Python programmers

So, you're an intermediate Python programmer. You've earned that title through coming into Python after knowing another language, or by going through Python tutorials or classes until you felt confident enough in the basics. That's great. Now, it's time to really spread your wings and really start thinking in a Pythonic way. Here are ten of my favourite resources to do just that, including fun challenges, must-read books, reference tools and projects.

Python Module of the...

By William Judd, 24 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Careers, Industry, Languages, Python.