Infographic: Rise of the Developer

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We all know developers help to keep the world turning, but you might be surprised at some of these incredible statistics about 'The Rise of the Developer' found in this infographic...

Were you aware of these incredible statistics about developers? Let us know in the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Ubuntu's first smartphone takes on Windows Phone

Ubuntu, the world's most popular Linux distro, is bringing its open-source expertise to mobile with the launch of its first smartphone. The device will be hitting the European market next week as the 'Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition' for €169.90, and is manufactured by Spain-based BQ.

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, attempted to break the smartphone market once before with the 'Ubuntu Edge' but failed its $32 million crowdfunding campaign. At the time, Canonical...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, HTML5, Platforms.

Canalys: Tablet shipments decline 12% due to phablets

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During Apple's last event, I watched with particular interest at how Cupertino planned to upgrade the iPad Mini. As executives left the stage, I was left disappointed that its sole change was the addition of a 'TouchID' fingerprint scanner.

This frustrated me for a while, the iPad Mini was a device I carried with me everywhere, but as the months went past...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Phablet, Tablet.

Sky is the limit with Amazon's Cloud Drive API

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Amazon's Cloud Drive API allows third-party developers to integrate the company's storage solution into their applications for users to do more with the masses of files placed into Amazon Web Services' vast amount of global servers.

The API is REST and provides the ability to create, read, and update documents in a Cloud Drive user's...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, API, Cloud.

Analysis: Xbox One and PS4 are "4K-capable"

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Netflix’s Chief Product Officer, Neil Hunt, has gone on record to say he believes "4K-capable" hardware revisions of the Xbox One and PS4 will arrive this year. This is quite the strange claim considering both consoles are capable of handling 4K. 

Starting with 4K video, I'm sure Hunt has been taken out-of-context and what he means is that both of...

By Ryan Daws, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Platforms.

Windows 10 is free for 6x more powerful Raspberry Pi 2

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The successor to the world's favourite tiny computer, Raspberry Pi, has defied Moore's Law which predicts the amount of transistors on a processor chip will double every couple of years. In fact, the Pi v2 has six times the processing performance of its predecessor thanks to a new quad-core ARMv7 processor running at 900 MHz.

We've witnessed the "stripped-down computer" become a credit card-sized PC which can stand on its own and deliver some admirable...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, IoT, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

One-in-five developers target the IoT for upcoming projects

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We have entered a new era where all of our devices going forward are expected to have a presence on the internet and be able to relay data to us and one another to become more efficient, effective, and make our lives easier as we go about our day-to-day business.

For this to happen, the world needs developers to create the experiences which help to tie all of these devices together. According to new research...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT, Platforms, Tablet, Wearables.

Inmarsat's APIs allow developers to tap into satellites

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London-based satellite company, Inmarsat, wants to make it easier for developers to tap into its global network to create more powerful applications. The firm debuted their APIs at its first ever developer conference on Tuesday to help developers understand how apps which make use of satellite communications must be specially-customised.

Global Xpress satellites offer a big jump-up with download speeds of more...

By Ryan Daws, 21 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, IoT, Testing.

Microsoft aims for Chrome extension support in 'Spartan'

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A successor to Internet Explorer is on the horizon, and it has been drumming-up quite a bit of interest over the past few months. 'Spartan' is said to debut alongside Windows 10's consumer-focused event tomorrow, but we've heard some intriguing reports as to what to expect from Microsoft's new web browser...

Google's Chrome is the most widely-used browser in the world, and as such features...

By Ryan Daws, 20 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Microsoft, Platforms.

Xbox One, PS4, and PC drive industry health

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Last year was a disruptive one for gaming, as it marked the first full year since the new console releases. A study conducted by GDC shows that we needn’t have worried, with 41% of developers reporting higher profits in 2014 than the previous year. In fact, only 9% saw their profits decline.

The other 50% reported their profits remain similar over the past year which -...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Opinion: Samsung's Tizen should be called "Trojan"

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Samsung dominates the smartphone market through Android, and has been referred to as the "tail wagging the dog" when it comes to the influence their position has over Google. Considering their success, and that Android allows Samsung to customise their experience, it has left many to scratch their heads as to why the company wants to push their luck in such a...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise, IoT, Platforms, Samsung.

TIOBE: JavaScript was 2014’s top language

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TIOBE, the software quality company, has released its index for January 2015 which details the most popular programming languages over the course of the previous year. JavaScript has been named “the language of 2014” because it has seen its position rise faster than any other language.

JavaScript enjoyed a rise of 1.7% over the past year,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, JavaScript, Languages.

Google Play outpaces iOS' App Store for third year

Android holds the largest smartphone marketshare around the world, and therefore marks an important platform for developers to reach the biggest audience possible. The app store which accompanies Google's mobile OS has seen meteoric growth, but has trailed behind Apple's iOS in submitted apps due to its later launch.

The latest report from appFigures points towards a change of tides...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Ecosystem, iOS, Platforms.

AT&T carries the operator torch for WebRTC

During AT&T's Developer Summit, the provider announced its intention to become to first US carrier to launch support for the WebRTC standard. The real-time communications standard has gained significant interest over the past year, and is set to be disruptive due to its wide-support across over a billion different browsers.

WebRTC has been touted by analysts as one of the most disruptive

WebRTC enables voice and video calling between browsers without the need to install any software or...

By Ryan Daws, 12 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Mobile.

MoonPig's API breach could cost its business

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Security breaches are frequent news, but fixes are often implemented with due haste to prevent data loss and protect customers. Paul Price, a security researcher, alerted MoonPig to a flaw in its API which allowed hackers to see payment information and view addresses. This fault was left unfixed for 17 months, and could be...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Hacking, Security, Testing.

Seldon aids data scientists with predictive API

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A new open-source API, Seldon, wants to remove the demand on data scientists by making it easy to plug-in algorithms which can recommend content to customers, offer app personalisation, and other complicated-but-powerful features. Aimed at media and e-commerce companies, it is available as a free self-hosted product or as a hosted cloud-based version.

"Our proven algorithms and scalable platform are already serving...

By Ryan Daws, 23 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, API, Platforms.

Opinion: Xbox is Windows 10's built-in Trojan

Xbox is Microsoft's most important brand for consumers, as mentioned by the company's new CEO Satya Nadella himself. The brand may have taken a knock thanks to poor and mishandled business decisions from (former) leadership, but it remains the most relatable name for Microsoft to reach the everyday consumer.

Microsoft will be hosting a 'Consumer Preview' event to show off all the things which the company hopes will make your everyday consumer want to upgrade.

It's for this reason that Microsoft slaps "Xbox" in front...

By Ryan Daws, 22 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Ecosystem, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Flurry Research: "Install Addicts" drive app downloads

Claims from industry analysts point towards the rate of app downloads having decelerated after reaching saturation in markets such as the US and South Korea. In August, CNNMoney became one of the many publications to run a piece on this supposed slowdown of app downloads. Flurry Research set out to disprove this claim using their analytics data...

Focusing on the US, Flurry found that consumers are still downloading apps...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, iOS.