Netflix and Google launch Kayenta open source canary tool

An open source tool for automated deployment monitoring has been launched by Netflix and Google to help other companies modernise their practices.

Kayenta is a form of ‘canary analysis’ tool which aims to detect problems before they become a serious issue. Fun fact: Coal miners would once take canaries in cages down into the pits as they are especially sensitive to dangerous gases — if a canary dies, the miners knew to make a quick exit.

Netflix first began development on Kayenta for...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Testing.

Android P will support Vulkan 1.1 to bring mobile games closer to consoles

Gaming on Android is about to become more impressive once the ‘P’ version of the OS launches with support for the latest Vulkan graphics API.

Vulkan started its Android journey on the Galaxy S7 before Google added native support for it in Android Nougat. Many developers still use the OpenGL ES graphics rendering API, but making the switch is starting to look as enticing as the desserts of which Google names their mobile operating system.

In the video, we can see Vulkan spreading the workload...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Gaming, Platforms.

Microsoft prepares 64-bit app support for Snapdragon PCs

Microsoft’s hardware partners are slowly releasing Windows 10 PCs with all-day battery life thanks to Snapdragon processors, and 64-bit apps will be supported.

Erin Chappie, General Manager for Windows, confirmed to Engadget that Microsoft will be announcing an SDK for ARM64 apps during this year’s Build developer conference. The conference, as per last year, will be held in Seattle on May 7th.

Currently, ARM-based Windows devices from Microsoft suffer from only supporting 32-bit apps. Both 32 and...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Mimecast rolls out new API developer portal to extend business and cyber resilience

Email and data security provider Mimecast has rolled out a new application programming interface (API) developer portal to extend business and cyber resilience for email with a constant, scalable and uniform API.

The Mimecast API developer portal is already processing a huge number of requests every day and is a key enabler for multiple Mimecast services and applications. Mimecast customers and partners need to visit the portal to take advantage of Mimecast security and archive data and integrate to existing...

By Developer, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Security.

Firefox foils Facebook data-flinging with new Mozilla container extension

If you’re worried about what data Facebook may or may not be collecting after the Cambridge Analytica revelations, the good people at Mozilla have a workaround.

Facebook Container Extension, an extension of Firefox’s multi-account containers, enables users to browse Facebook while isolating identity into a separate blue tab, meaning users can play all the quizzes they like – this reporter assumes...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Ethics, Facebook.

Larger companies more likely to be using continuous delivery methods, research finds

New data from DigitalOcean on developer opinion has gleaned interesting insights; company size is likely to dictate usage of continuous delivery solutions, while vendor lock-in and professional support were primary roadblocks for the rise of open source software adoption.

The figures come from the company’s latest quarterly report, Currents, around developer trends in the cloud, which polled almost 6,000 respondents.

The larger the organisation, the more likely you are to use a CI/CD system. 52% of...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem.

Google Researcher: Don’t work for Facebook in AI if you have a conscience

Google researcher François Chollet believes anyone with a conscience should not work for Facebook in AI.

While keeping in mind that Google is very much a competitor to Facebook, and is no stranger to criticism itself, Chollet brings up some interesting points about ethics in regards to AI and its use to influence — or rather, exploit — people.

In

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Facebook, Platforms.

ARCore is now used for over 85 apps on Android

Google’s ARCore SDK has been used to implement augmented reality elements in over 85 applications on Android.

The SDK was first released in August last year for testing exclusively on Google’s own Pixel 2 smartphones. During this year’s MWC, the compatibility list grew to include the first generation Pixel devices, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge/S8/S8+, LG V30/V30+, ASUS Zenfone AR, and the OnePlus 5.

By Ryan Daws, 21 March 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms, VR.

Magic Leap’s SDK for building AR experiences has launched

AR company Magic Leap has launched its highly anticipated SDK for building experiences on its platform.

Magic Leap works on its AR technology in relative secrecy. For the first time, the company is opening its doors and inviting developers to build “digital experiences that blend seamlessly with reality, enriching the physical space around us with objects and characters that respond to and interact with their surroundings.”

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, VR.

Amazon’s GameOn APIs enable powerful eSports features

Amazon has announced the launch of its GameOn set of APIs which enable developers to add powerful eSports features to their games.

The APIs can be used to add cross-platform competitive gaming across mobile, PC, and console. Built on AWS’ cloud infrastructure, GameOn works on any operating system.

“GameOn has made it easy for us to add leaderboards and tournaments in-game,” said Pascal...

By Ryan Daws, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, API, Gaming.

Developer argues Apple could shutter Series 0 support for latest watchOS iteration

Usage of the Apple Watch Series 0 continues to decline - so much so that one developer argues Apple should dispense with it altogether when the company launched the watchOS 5 operating system.

The figures come from David Smith, an independent iOS developer whose apps include Pedometer++ and Sleep++, the latter being focused primarily on the Apple Watch with both apps in the top 200 in the App Store for health and fitness.

Smith says the Series 0 first generation of Apple Watch is ‘honestly a bit painful...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Wearables.

Stack Overflow releases its ‘largest ever’ study of developers

Stack Overflow has released its annual study of the development industry. The company says its 2018 edition represents the ‘largest ever’ study of developer attitudes, salaries, and demographics.

Joel Spolsky, CEO of Stack Overflow, says:

“Today, every company is a technology company. Without developers, the economy would not evolve at the pace we’re...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: AI, Industry, Languages.

Developers finally realising importance of DevOps workflow, new research says

DevOps is no longer a ‘nice to have’ to improve workflow for developers and software professionals, according to the latest study from software provider GitLab.

The company – whose mission is to provide software which supports the entire DevOps lifecycle – polled 5,296 software developers, CTOs and IT professionals, finding two in three say DevOps is a ‘tremendous time saver’ in the development process. 65% say the DevOps workflow saves them time – a figure which...

By James Bourne, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem, Testing.

WordPress powers three in 10 sites on the web, W3Techs finds

WordPress now powers 30% of all sites on the web, according to the latest figures from web survey provider W3Techs.

According to the most recent numbers, for the end of February 2018, WordPress is at 30.0% for absolute percentage of websites, giving it a 60.2% market share for all content management systems. It’s worth noting that just over half (50.2%) of sites analysed by W3Techs do not use a CMS monitored by the company, or are built from scratch. The figures arrive from analysis of the top 10...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Design, Ecosystem.

When to take the risk in software testing: A guide

In today’s faster, smarter, cheaper centric world, with the technologies, tools and experience that software companies have at their disposal, you might assume that businesses would be able to create and release software that is (almost) defect free.

But, in truth, this is never the case. Many organizations knowingly release products with defects and others time box testing and release with areas of functionality unproven.

There are a lot of good reasons, from a business perspective, as to why this risk...

By Alister Aitken, 02 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Testing.

GitHub was hit with the world’s largest DDoS attack

It went down for five minutes.

Yes, unlike the last record-breaking DDoS attacks, which caused disruption to major services for days — GitHub was able to quickly mitigate the attack so that few users would have even been aware of the downtime.

The attack was launched on Wednesday last week and GitHub was unavailable from 17:21 to 17:26 UTC. In

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Git, Hacking, Industry, Platforms, Security.

User retention on iOS is higher than Android – but not by much

A study examining 11,000 apps has found that users on iOS consistently stick around longer than on Android.

The analysis, conducted by Adjust, confirms a fact that has been widely known for some time still holds true. What's interesting, however, is the iOS user retention lead is marginal over Android.

Adjust defines app retention as “the percentage of users still using an app for a certain number of days after...

By Ryan Daws, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Project Crostini: Chrome OS prepares to support Linux apps

In an increasing bid for developers’ attention, Google is preparing support for Linux apps in Chrome OS.

Linux continues to be immensely popular amongst the developer community. Last year, Microsoft stripped the beta tag from its own Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which allows Linux apps to run on Windows 10.

Similar to Microsoft’s attempts, it’s clear Google believes supporting Linux will ensure developers spend as much time on their respective platforms as possible. While it may seem...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Platforms.

NHS wants more developers to submit their health apps to its library

The UK’s health service is making a renewed call for developers to submit their health apps for inclusion in the NHS Apps Library

It’s been a rocky road for the NHS Apps Library. The library first launched back in 2013, was closed in 2015, and then re-launched in 2017.  For it to survive, it will need to meet its goal of becoming the “go-to place” for “safe and effective digital tools”.

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Mobile.

Unity gains AI powers from IBM Watson integration

Game development platform Unity has teamed up with IBM to integrate AI features powered by Watson.

The IBM Watson Unity SDK is now available in the Asset Store to make it easy for developers to implement services like visual recognition, speech-to-text, and language classification.

“This SDK is the first asset of its kind to bring scalable AI services to Unity, enabling developers to easily integrate...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Gaming, Platforms, VR.