Meerkat takes the fight to Twitter with its developer platform

When an established social player such as Twitter or Facebook launches similar functionality to your startup, it's a sad fact that you will likely drift into obscurity. Meerkat, a new live streaming app, is continuing to fight Twitter's similar 'Periscope' service to its very last breath through hoping to attract developers with a new platform... 

Developers can have the peace-of-mind the Meerkat experiences they help build will not end up going to waste

Meerkat has no love for Twitter, who their...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Mobile.

Android developers can soon A/B test Play Store pages

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Last week, Apple released their new App Store analytics tool (albeit in limited beta) which allows developers to take a deep-dive into useful insights such as how many times your App Store page has been opened. New information suggests Google has a trick up its sleeve on how to help developers perform better in their Play Store...

It would remedy a longtime pain point for developers

Due to be announced at...

By Ryan Daws, 06 May 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Apple begins analytics roll-out for App Store

Back at WWDC, Apple promised a new analytics app which can monitor your apps performance in the App Store to help provide deeper insights about what is working and what could do with taking a second-look at what elements can be improved for better success. 

Some developers have received emails alerting them to the launch of the 'App Analytics Beta' app which fulfils Apple's promise. It shows how many (potential) customers have opened an app's listing in the store, check in-app purchase sales, create...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Opinion: This is how Microsoft is changing the world

Microsoft celebrated their 40th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion Bill Gates sent a motivating letter to employees. It started with: "Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible." 

Beyond proving that goal was just possible, Microsoft's software moved out of our homes and off our desks to power a variety of things such as healthcare...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, VR.

Build 2015: What to expect at Microsoft's biggest event

Microsoft's annual developer conference, Build, kicks-off today and marks an opportunity for the Redmond-based giant to show-off some of its latest advancements and prove to developers that Windows remains important in a world where most users are happy with their iOS and Android mobile devices. 

However, whereas Apple and Google have gradually iterated on their established platforms each year, Microsoft is in a disruptive period where it has lots of products and innovative ideas floating...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Valve supports your game mod career

Not only does Steam handle transactions for buying and downloading games from both big publishers and independent developers, but it also allows gamers to easily 'mod' their games to add functionality or change the game in weird and wonderful ways.

Revenue generated from the mod will be split between involved parties.

Until now, mods in the 'Steam Workshop' have had to be free.  In fact, the modding culture even away from Steam tends to lean towards free distribution even though some mods...

By Ryan Daws, 27 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

DirectX 12: Unlocking the Xbox One

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Yesterday we posted an article with details about the key benefits of DirectX 12, and we've since received a lot of questions regarding what features apply to Microsoft's console and to what extent the latest collection of graphics APIs will provide a boost to its capabilities. 

The Xbox One uses an architecture by AMD, and therefore the benefits we detailed yesterday will apply to...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2015, 12 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms.

AMD opens-up about DirectX 12's key benefits

There has been much discussion about the benefits of DirectX 12, but now one of the processor manufacturers which Microsoft has partnered with to provide the latest collection of powerful graphics APIs has provided more solid details about two of the major features which will help game developers deliver solid performance for their titles... 

Async Shaders 

Past versions of DirectX would limit the graphics queue to essentially a single thread, whereas it makes sense for...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming.

Microsoft steps on the gas to meet Windows 10 launch

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Gabe Aul, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider program, said last month that the company was considering a new "Ludicrous Speed" (codename!) ring for build deployments which would be cutting-edge but would ship with more issues to iron-out ahead of the expected July release of Windows 10 to consumers.

We're going to send out builds more frequently to Windows Insiders

Aul sent an email to insiders just hours ago which provided some...

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Twilio launches video support through WebRTC

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Popular communications platform, Twilio, has expanded its simple API offerings to include video support through the fantastic WebRTC standard. Launching originally in private beta, it will allow developers to embed real-time video experiences into mobile apps, websites, and more.

WebRTC already has strong support in the Chrome and Firefox web browsers

Instead of having to...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: API, Platforms.

Research: Stack Overflow reveals the most-loved languages and platforms for 2015

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In the latest research conducted by Stack Overflow, the Q&A resource site for developers, programmers have revealed their most-loved languages and platforms of 2015. Their findings are based on the responses of 26,086 people from 157 countries and consist of full-stack developers, mobile developers, and front-end...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Java, JavaScript, Languages, Platforms.

Microsoft launches Hyper-V containers for cloud performance

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Microsoft's Hyper-V containers will allow applications to be run at tremendous scales, anywhere, similar to what Google has offered for many years. Of course these containers still require an OS in order to run them, and that's where Microsoft Nano Server steps-in...

Nano Server is a version of its Windows Server without all the "clunk" - such as a user interface - in order for apps to run at peak...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise, Microsoft, Platforms.

Applause updates its analytics tool with new features

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Award-winning mobile analytics tool, Applause, has been updated with a range of new features and enhancements including the addition of global benchmarking. Along with the improvements to the tool's abilities, a fresh new interface has also been debuted with this release. 

The company uses 175,000 real-world users in 200 different countries for its comprehensive form of...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, iOS, Testing.

NASA and IBM prepare to hold 'Space App' hackathon

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NASA and IBM are partnering to host a 'Space App' hackathon, and we're not talking about the kind of space which our UI designers use in their work. Instead, we're talking about the mind-boggling vastness of everything outside of our little planet which we still have little understanding. 

Taking place this weekend simultaneously in 162 countries, 136 cities, and...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, IoT.

Google brings Android apps to Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS

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The ARC project was previously restricted to a small group of select developers who collaborated with Google on allowing Android apps to run on the company's Chrome OS. As of now, Google has launched a new Chrome app packager dubbed 'ARC Welder' which allows Android apps to be run even on rival platforms to increase their reach. 

By Ryan Daws, 02 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

MicroApple: Apple and Microsoft announce merger

Historic rivals, Microsoft and Apple, have announced they are planning to merge later this year. Their first project is to move all employees to a new space-based orb in order to offer services "from the space" rather than "from the cloud" like other common firms with less money.

One of the first new services to be offered will be 'Office Death Ray 365' to annihilate your competition no matter what day of the year (except leap years.)

It appears the two companies have...

By Ryan Daws, 01 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, iOS, Microsoft.

Talking Sense: Be sensible when creating apps for kids

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There's a hoax from last year making the rounds on social networks again which targets the 'Talking Angela' game and claims that a paedophile is able to watch and engage with a child from behind the virtual cat character using the device's camera and prompt children into revealing personal details and behave in questionable ways. 

Although this was...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Ethics, Marketing.

Google launches 'Places' API for sensible locations

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Few of us can name a place by its latitude and longitude, but I bet most know several locations by its name. Up until today, developers have only been able to add location pickers using co-ordinates. With the launch of Google's new 'Places' API for Android, and in beta for iOS, users can specify where they are with actual place names...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, iOS.