Instagram launches Basic Display API and will deprecate its predecessor

Facebook has announced on its developer blog that Instagram is launching the full Basic Display API and deprecating its predecessor.

The final permission, Basic Permission, is being migrated from the Instagram Legacy API starting today.

With the migration of this final permission, the Basic Display API is now able to do all the expected interactions with Instagram such as importing photos, connect to Instagram profiles, and more.

Facebook's Instagram team have also made the following updates:

  • Introduced new features to enable users to decide what information they share, and to revoke...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook, Platforms, Social media.

App revenue is soaring with $21.9bn spent in Q3 alone, up 22.9% YoY

Research from Sensor Tower reveals a range of insights about the app development industry and its rapid growth.

Sensor Tower’s research shows app development is a more lucrative business than ever with almost $22 billion spent in the third quarter alone. The huge spending represents an increase of close to 23 percent over last year’s Q3 2019 spend of $17.9 billion.

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As the chart above shows, the App...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

GitHub employees demand Microsoft cancels its contract with ICE

Microsoft is set to enter into a controversial contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and GitHub staff are demanding it’s cancelled.

The contract is worth $200,000 but ICE has repeatedly come under fire from rights campaigners after a string of abuses, including the highly-publicised separation and detention of migrant children from their families.

Here’s the open letter addressed to GitHub’s CEO and leadership team:

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Ethics, Git, Industry, Microsoft.

Beijing warns Apple to ‘think about the consequences’ after Hong Kong app controversy

China says Apple needs to “think about the consequences” after reinstating a Hong Kong protest app following a backlash.

Apple has found itself in an unwinnable position amid the Hong Kong protests against the Chinese government.

Earlier this week, Apple received backlash for banning HKMap Live – an app which crowdsources the locations of protests, police, tear gas, ambulances, water cannons, and more – from the App Store.

The developer of HKMap Live criticised Apple for the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Ethics, iOS, Mobile.

Google releases web app for Grasshopper, a tool which teaches basic coding

Google has released a web version of its Grasshopper app, a tool which teaches basic coding skills.

Grasshopper was first developed in Google’s experimental workshop called Area 120 and initially launched in 2018 as a mobile app for Android and iOS devices. According to Google, millions of people have since downloaded Grasshopper.

In a blog post, an account is given of Sheila Eichenberger;...

By Ryan Daws, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Microsoft announces dual-screen Surface devices early to recruit Windows 10X devs

Microsoft has announced hardware due for release next year in a bid to recruit developers for Windows 10X, an OS designed for dual-screen devices.

Both of the new devices, Surface Duo and Surface Neo, have dual-screens and represent what Microsoft believes is the next popular form factor. The former is a futuristic smartphone, while the latter is designed to be a laptop replacement.

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Mobile, Platforms.

Apple doubles use of Swift in iOS 13 as it shifts away from Objective-C

An analysis shows that Apple’s own use of Swift has doubled in iOS 13 as it further distances itself from Objective-C.

First introduced by Apple in 2014, Swift is now the main programming language for development across Cupertino’s platforms. Adoption of Swift by third-party developers is high, but much of Apple’s operating system still uses Objective-C.

Of course, much of Apple’s reason to continue using Objective-C code within its operating systems is that it’s legacy code...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Languages, Mobile, Platforms.

ICE cold: Developer removes his Ruby library after discovering it was used by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A developer has removed his Ruby library after discovering that it was used by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

ICE has been called out by human rights groups and activists for inhumane practices. Most of us saw the headlines and images of children stripped from their parents and kept in cages in detainment centres.

Seth Vargo is an engineer that developed Chef Sugar, a Ruby library which aimed to simplify working with configuration management platform Chef.

Vargo has since taken down Chef Sugar...

By Ryan Daws, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Git, Industry.

Microsoft’s free new font Cascadia is designed for developers

Microsoft has released a free new font called Cascadia which has been designed to be aesthetically-pleasing for coders.

With Microsoft debuting its new Windows Terminal command-line experience during the company’s Build conference this year, Redmond decided that developers should also be treated to a new font.

In a blog post, Microsoft program manager Kayla Cinnamon wrote:

“It is the latest monospaced font shipped from...

By Ryan Daws, 20 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft.

Huawei is offering up $1.5 billion to woo software developers 

Huawei is putting over a billion dollars on the line in a bid to lure software developers into supporting its platforms amid uncertainties.

The beleaguered Chinese tech giant announced on Wednesday that it will invest $1.5 billion in its developer program over the next five years.

Huawei’s developer program was first announced in 2015. The company says that it has supported more than 1.3 million developers and 14,000 independent software vendors around the world through its program.

Much of the newly-pledged cash...

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Apple is giving iOS apps which handle real cash in an HTML5 wrapper a bit longer to transition to native

Apple is giving iOS developers whose apps use HTML5 containers and deal with real cash, six months longer to make them fully-native.

The new rules were first announced on June 3rd. Here’s what the guidelines said:

“HTML5 games distributed in apps may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations, and may not support digital commerce.

This functionality is only appropriate for code that’s embedded in the binary and can...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, HTML5, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Analysis of the average JavaScript developer and their favourite tools

A new analysis based on data from StackOverflow has shed light on the average JavaScript developer and their favourite tools and technologies.

JavaScript remains the world's most popular programming language despite many others nipping at its heels.

90,000 developers took this year's StackOverflow survey, making it still among the most comprehensive insights of the development community.

The majority of those who describe themselves as primarily JavaScript developers say they are 'full stack'...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, JavaScript, Languages, Mobile, Platforms.

Google will pay hackers to discover bugs in apps with over 100m installs

Google has announced changes to its bounty program in a bid to tackle vulnerabilities found in popular Android apps.

Just this week, CamScanner, an app with over 100 million installs, was removed from the Play Store after it was caught spreading malware.

Discovered by Kaspersky researchers, CamScanner's recent versions shipped with the malicious Trojan Dropper module which extracted and ran another malicious module from an encrypted file that is...

By Ryan Daws, 30 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Mobile, Platforms, Security.

Industry legend John Carmack gives his thoughts on modern video games

Gaming legend John Carmack, id Software founder and CTO of Oculus, has given his take on modern video games.

Carmack has illustrious gaming credentials having been the lead programmer of renowned titles such as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage, and their sequels. Many of Carmack’s games were considered groundbreaking and continue to be influential today.

A large number of gamers feel there’s little innovation and variety in most modern games despite budgets often surpassing that of Hollywood...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

TomTom launches new APIs for combating the ‘range anxiety’ of electric vehicles

TomTom has launched a range of APIs designed to help developers combat the ‘range anxiety’ users have with electric vehicles.

A forest in one of the coldest places on Earth, Siberia, is currently on fire. Experts say temperatures are around 10 degrees higher than usual due to climate change.

Such headlines have raised awareness of the need to reduce our carbon emissions....

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API.

DRM system Denuvo is coming to Android as ‘Mobile Game Protection’

Controversial DRM technology provider Denuvo is coming to Android as the aptly-named  ‘Mobile Game Protection’.

Denuvo’s parent company, Irdeto, made the announcement today promising to help counter the scourge of hacked games.

Beyond piracy reducing the revenue available for a game’s developers, cracked games can pose a security risk to users. The in-game experience for users can also be affected, with hacks potentially providing ways to gain an unfair advantage over legitimate...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, Industry, Mobile, Security.

Unhappy developers pen letter to Apple over iOS 13 privacy changes

A group of unhappy developers have penned a scathing letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook over privacy changes made in iOS 13. In their letter, the developers even accuse Apple of anti-competitive behaviour with changes as to how apps can access users’ location data.

Many apps which require location data today ask the user to “Always Allow” when the app is first launched. Such an overarching permission often gives apps more access to a user’s location data than is required for the app’s...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Be aware, Play Store approval times will now take longer

Google is increasing the scrutiny of new apps submitted to the Play Store which means approval times will now be longer.

The official Android app store has witnessed a spate of malware-infested apps making it past Google’s current approval process. Just a few days ago, Trend Micro announced that it reported 85 apps posing as photography and gaming apps to Google...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Dropbox explains the downsides of sharing iOS and Android code

A software engineer from Dropbox explains the reasoning behind the company’s decision to no longer share code between iOS and Android.

Until recently, Dropbox shared code between its Android and iOS apps using C++ to only write once rather than in both Java and Objective-C. This strategy has been in place since 2013 when Dropbox’s team was still relatively small but needed to support a fast-moving roadmap.

Dropbox, now it’s a much larger company, has switched to developing its Android and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Huawei unveils HarmonyOS as more than just an Android replacement

Huawei has unveiled HarmonyOS as a replacement for Android if the China-US trade war continues to escalate, but the OS also has greater ambitions.

The Chinese tech giant continues to find itself in the crossfire between China and the US in their ongoing trade dispute. While the US itself a small market for Huawei devices, the manufacturer has used almost exclusively American software, hardware, and standards to reach its position as the second-largest smartphone manufacturer.

Earlier this year, the US...

By Ryan Daws, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.