Report: Over half of people working with APIs are not developers

API development firm Postman has released some interesting findings about the various types of people who are engaging with APIs.

Most people would probably assume developers are the core group of people who are using APIs. However, 53 percent of the 10,000 respondents do not have the title of "developer".

That's a significant increase over last year when 59 percent of respondents said they were either front-end or back-end developers.

Some of the non-developer roles where people are engaging...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry.

Google simplifies trawling through Android Open Source Project code

Google is making it easier for developers to sift through the open source code at the foundation of every Android device.

While third-party tools for analysing the Android Open Source Project code have been available for some time, an official method has been lacking.

Google is now rectifying this oversight by breaking down complex projects like Android and Chromium into smaller individual Git repos. For some perspective, Android alone has over 1,500 different repositories.

People seeking to analyse Chromium...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Mobile, Platforms.

StrongSalt’s new Open Privacy API offers ‘encryption as a service’

Encryption as a service provider StrongSalt has released its Open Privacy API to improve the security of developers’ applications.

StrongSalt was founded by Ed Yu, the former founding engineer of cybersecurity giant FireEye. Back in September, StrongSalt raised $3 million in seed funding from Valley Capital Partners.

Claiming it wants to “do for encryption what Stripe has done for payments and Twilio has done for communications,” StrongSalt offers APIs and SDKs for most of the leading cloud...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Hacking, Industry, Platforms, Security.

Sophos launches a security analysis platform for developers

British cybersecurity firm Sophos has launched a new threat intelligence and analysis platform for developers.

SophosLabs Intelix helps developers to build more secure applications through simple API calls. Developers can use an API call to assess the risk of things like files, IP addresses, URLs, and more.

Sophos claims the platform is continuously updated and features petabytes of...

By Ryan Daws, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Hacking, Industry, Platforms, Security.

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin supports petition to release arrested dev

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin pledges to support a petition backing the release of arrested developer Virgil Griffith.

Griffith was arrested by the FBI at Los Angeles International Airport on 28th November after travelling to North Korea, one of the “United States’ foremost adversaries,” to attend and present a paper at the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference.

The US Department of State denies Griffith had permission for his trip and it's alleged he formulated plans...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

AppsFlyer: ‘Hyper casual’ gaming is boosting in-app advertising

Mobile attribution and marketing analytics firm AppsFlyer has released a new report highlighting the opportunity for in-app advertising driven by the growth of "hyper casual" gaming.

Hyper casual games are defined as offering instant but highly engaging tap-to-play gameplay. Basically, the kind of games you often see people playing one-handed on packed trains around the world.

According to AppsFlyer, these games now have the highest number of installs on average in 50 percent of the top global...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Gaming, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Mobile.

Microsoft will make building apps for dual-screen devices 'as easy as possible'

Microsoft has pledged that it will make building apps for the incoming wave of dual-screen devices as simple as possible.

Last month, Microsoft announced dual-screen Surface devices which it believes are the future of mobile computing. Somewhat confusing matters is that various devices will run different operating systems:

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Microsoft, Platforms.

Facebook announces winners of its 2019 Developer Circles Community Challenge

Facebook has announced the winners of this year's Developer Circles Community Challenge during their iD8 conference in Nairobi.

The challenge aims to support and highlight global developers using technologies such as React360 and Spark AR for impactful projects.

Facebook introduced 140 “Build Days” this year which provided an opportunity for participants to meet up offline and build with developers in their local areas.

Here are the overall winners of this year’s challenge:

First prize...

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

GitHub announces native Android and iOS apps alongside new features

GitHub has announced native mobile apps for Android and iOS alongside several new features during its annual Universe conference.

The world’s largest repo host first launched an Android app back in 2012 before yanking it from the Play Store in 2015. GitHub’s new app is coming to iOS first this time with a beta already available. An Android version will be launched at a later date.

It’s really quite amazing to consider how long it’s taken one of the most important services in...

By Ryan Daws, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Git, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Octoverse 2019: Python slithers past Java to become GitHub’s second most popular language

GitHub has published its latest State of the Octoverse report which provides fascinating insights into the development industry.

As the world’s largest repository host, GitHub is in a fairly unique position to monitor trends among the developer community. The company’s new report has once again highlighted some important changes.

Top languages

Perhaps unsurprisingly, JavaScript retains the crown as the most-used programming language on GitHub over the past year.

The most interesting change is with...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Git, Industry, Languages, Python.

Google Cardboard goes open-source as VR SDK development halts

Google has open-sourced its Cardboard project as Mountain View winds down its mobile VR ambitions.

Cardboard was an impressive project which showed expensive hardware was not necessary for VR apps, but that it certainly helps.

In a blog post, Google wrote:

“From a giveaway at Google I/O to more than 15 million units worldwide, Cardboard has played an important role in introducing people to VR through experiences like

By Ryan Daws, 07 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Mobile, Platforms, VR.

TikTok releases SDK to help developers tap into the viral phenomenon

Viral hit app TikTok has released an SDK enabling third-party app developers to create and share to the short video service.

“The new TikTok SDK allows third-party apps an opportunity to extend their reach while giving users a wider selection of creative tools to help their videos match their vision. We’re excited to extend our creative offerings with our new developer program,” the company said in a blog...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, Social media.

Apple removes 18 iOS apps for fraudulent advertising activity

Apple has removed 18 iOS apps after determining they were being used to earn money for cybercriminals by conducting ad fraud.

The apps were found to be secretly clicking adverts to earn the attacker cash. While such conduct is not intrusive and may not even be noticeable by the user, it can slow down the device, use more data, and/or drain the battery faster.

Security researchers at Wandera discovered 17 of the infected apps which spanned a wide range of categories including productivity, utilities, and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Apple, App Stores, iOS, Mobile, Monetisation, Platforms, Security.

Farewell, benevolent dictator: Python creator Guido van Rossum retires

Guido van Rossum, the "benevolent dictator for life" creator of Python, is stepping down from his current role at Dropbox and hanging up his keyboard.

Dropbox hired van Rossum six and a half years ago. The hire made perfect sense, given the company uses about four million lines of Python code. When van Rossum started in 2011, Dropbox’s server and desktop client were written "almost exclusively in Python".

Over the years, other...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Industry, Languages, Python.

Android 11 looks set to finally add wireless ADB for developers

Google appears set to finally add wireless ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to its mobile platform in the next major release, a feature highly-requested by developers.

ADB enables app developers to communicate between their PC and Android device. Once connected, it's used for sideloading APKs, generating logs, managing files, and more. 

Currently, ADB requires a wired connection.

With more PCs omitting USB ports – particularly laptops, in the pursuit of ever-slimmer devices – the ability for...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms.

Project Treble is making a big difference to the speed of Android updates

Google’s Project Treble initiative to speed up Android updates and reduce fragmentation appears to be working.

Manufacturers of Android devices have a tendency to heavily modify the OS in an understandable bid to differentiate their offerings. The downside is that it takes such manufacturers a long time to deliver OS updates.

Aside from not providing access to all the latest and greatest features to users, Android fragmentation means developers have less certainty their apps will work as intended across...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.

Google releases a new Android Automotive emulator for developers

Google has released a new Android Automotive emulator which provides a full replica of the OS to help developers test their apps.

While Android Auto essentially mirrors apps running from a connected Android device, Android Automotive is a full operating system designed for the car.

The tighter integration Android Automotive has with the vehicle opens new opportunities for developers, but it also makes robust testing in an emulator prior to real-world trials even more critical.

Google’s updated Android...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms.

Samsung announces Bixby DevJam contest with $125k prize money

Samsung has announced the launch of Bixby DevJam, a contest with $125k prize money in total up-for-grabs.

Developers are tasked with developing new “Bixby Capsules” (voice apps, basically) which must be submitted and approved before December 9th to be eligible.

The overall winner will receive $10,000 while second and third place finalists will be awarded $5,000 each. A further five runner-ups will receive $1,000 each.

Winners of the following 20 store categories will also receive $1,000:

  • Art and lifestyle

  • Games and fun

  • News and magazines

  • Social

  • Business and finance

  • Health and fitness

  • Photography

  • Sports

  • Communication

  • Local

  • Productivity

  • Travel and...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Samsung, Wearables.

Google is pulling open-source apps which feature donation buttons

Google is cracking down on open-source apps which feature a donation button to help support the developer’s work.

The open-source community has been riled up after WireGuard, a free VPN management app, was pulled unceremoniously from the Play Store for accepting donations.

"They (Google) said it was because we're in violation of their 'Payments Policy,' presumably because we have a link inside the app that opens the user's web browser to

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.