iOS 8 Beta 6 is out, but it's exclusively for carriers

Apple fans are eagerly-awaiting the release of iOS 8. The update brings a range of improvements that even those of an Android disposition must admit are a huge leap forward over its predecessor, but currently Apple only wants you to test the beta builds if you are a registered developer with your UDID registered for your device.

Thus far this has been a traditional deployment model for Apple. Deploy to developers > test > fix > Gold Master > carrier check > deploy to the public. In what appears...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

DirectX 12: Marrying PC and Xbox One in perfect Unity

Last week, DeveloperTech posted an article detailing the massive performance gains and power reductions DirectX 12 will bring to the PC. In the piece, we mentioned that Microsoft's Xbox One console is also likely to see some benefits but won't see the vast improvements of its PC brethren. What we didn't mention, however, is that there are other benefits to DirectX 12 which directly affects both platforms...

If you want to play games to the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

One Calendar API to rule them, one API to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

If you’re building an application with calendar integration, it can be a difficult process to support all of them due to their various authentication methods and data models. One Calendar is an API which aims to simplify this by simplifying integration with commonly-used calendars such as Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange.

The API was birthed out of CEO Adam Bird's frustration with being unable to easily interact with the myriad of existing calendar APIs which are...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, iOS, Languages.

DirectX 12 cuts power consumption in half and boosts FPS by 50%

Microsoft has been touting the improvements which DirectX 12 will bring to the table. Listening to the claims of its creator is one thing, but seeing real-world tests on actual hardware is another. At SIGGRAPH 2014, Intel has demonstrated the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 on a Surface Pro 3 (which uses the company's HD4400 graphics chip.)

The demonstration renders an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids in it...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2014, 4 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

Get your apps in shape with the Google Fit SDK

2014 is the year where we all take more care of our health. It's not necessarily out of choice, although it should be, but through reminders from the sensors built-in to our mobile devices and their subsequent operating systems alerting us that we should probably put down that donut and take the stairs instead of the lift.

Google announced their 'Fit SDK' at the company's I/O developer conference this year. Over the weekend, it entered preview stage and now provides many APIs for...

By Ryan Daws, 11 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

Google Glass puts eyes on the back of your head (and elsewhere)

I've been highly-critical of Google Glass, and I stand by that in its current form the average consumer is better off with a smartwatch. There are certain applications, however, where Google Glass can be indisputably useful.

Today the developers working on the Glass Development Kit have released a changelog detailing the addition of USB webcam support in the latest version. This new capability boosts the possibilities of the device; particularly for surgeons and drivers of the two-wheeled vehicles.

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By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Platforms, Testing.

Developers prefer Android over iOS, whilst Windows interest grows

There are two current kingpins in the smartphone war; Android and iOS. The companies behind each ecosystem take different approaches to their respective platforms. Android has a reputation of being more "Open" and, let's be honest, a bit more geeky. iOS is less flexible and instead relies on Apple making all the important decisions on behalf of its users and developers. 

In the latest "

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Microsoft’s Q4 shows positive outlook, despite Nokia acquisition earnings miss

Earlier this week, DeveloperTech posted an opinion piece on why Microsoft's job cuts were smart, but poorly handled. The company's new CEO, Satya Nadella, inherited a powerful company in disarray with many decisions by his predecessor still being settled. Microsoft's Q4 earnings hints gives an indication of how the company is doing since having a new captain at the helm.

One of the biggest decisions was to acquire the once-mighty Nokia handsets...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Nvidia puts its SHIELD around tablet gaming

We don't tend to cover product releases here at DeveloperTech, but when we do, it tends to be because we believe they have the potential to be a game-changer. The graphic chip gurus at Nvidia released their intriguing yet limited controller-with-a-screen last year – and now they're back with a much-improved successor.

The follow-up device unleashes the controller from the screen so it can be used as a standard tablet when needed. It runs (almost) stock Android 4.4 KitKat, and its hardware visually...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

Analysis: What makes Apple's "Handoff" possible?

Apple is maintaining its stance that devices must remain separate, but without universal apps across mobile and desktop, this leads to a less seamless and more jarring experience for the end-user. As a partial solution to this, the company introduced a set of features at WWDC earlier this year for the upcoming iOS 8 and Mac OS Yosemite releases called "Continuity" whereby work can be continued easily from one device to the next.

In its demo at WWDC, the experience was as fluid as it needs to be. "Handoff"...

By Ryan Daws, 21 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Testing.

Opinion: Why has Google Glass pioneer Babak Parviz jumped ship to Amazon?

Amazon started off selling books from a garage and quickly grew to become the world's largest retailer and the industry leader when it comes to the Cloud. If I was to describe Amazon, I'd say the company has a mix of the traits of their closest competitors.

These traits include; Microsoft's ambition, Google's craziness, and Apple's ability to approach things differently.

Mobile devices are an arena in which Amazon is only just starting to move into; and cautiously. The recently-announced 'Fire Phone' has been...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, Devices, Platforms.

Opinion: Microsoft's job cuts are smart, but poorly handled

There is a small community of Microsoft fans, and I'm proudly one of them. We may not be as big or as fanatical as the church of Apple but we respect that Microsoft has changed the world more than most technology companies so far, and you’ve only got to take a look around to see that fact.

Nearly every school and office is running Windows PCs, and the company's Office software. Before the iPhone, there was Windows Mobile. Before the iPad, there was Microsoft Tablet PC. Before the Internet of Things became a talking...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Microsoft.

Google Play overshadows App Store downloads by 60%

App Annie, an industry standard in analytics and market data in the apps and digital economy, has released their Q2 report which highlights the performance of nearly three million apps across all the major app stores for the iOS, Android, and Windows Phone platforms. It covers an interesting period due to the "Summer of Sport" which featured the World Cup in Brazil.

The main finding of the report is that Google's Play Store has increased its lead over Apple's App Store in terms of...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.

Forget Google, it's Microsoft that's building Sky.NET!

If you watched the Google I/O keynote this year, then you will have witnessed the gentleman at the back shouting about how the web giant is building robots which will kill us all. With Elon Musk also adding his concerns to such a scenario, any potential for a Terminator-style "Skynet" artificial intelligence which could be dangerous to our very existence is under close-observation.

Today we've got a step closer to such a self-thinking AI, but it's not from Google, it's in-fact from Microsoft. So why...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Microsoft, Testing.

WPC14: What can we expect from Windows 9?

Earlier this month, DeveloperTech reported that we may get our first taste of Windows 9 this year. It may be a little early to see a full revelation, or a public test build, but that doesn't mean Redmond can't start trying to drum up some excitement around the next release to please its users, partners, and investors alike.

Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference kicks off today and marks the perfect opportunity to prove why the company is worth sticking by - despite the widely-regarded failure of Windows 8....

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Microsoft, Platforms.

Bluetooth SIG releases wireless accessory predictions

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) oversees the development of the popular standard and has released research based on a survey of over 2000 GB consumers in June 2014 which gives some perspective about the public's expectation surrounding the rise of wireless accessories in the coming years.

A key finding is that 60% of Brits already own a wireless connected accessory and that 72% expect to own one by 2016. With Android Wear recently hitting the market, and the much-rumored "iWatch" by Apple expected to start...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Opinion: Chromecast is a home trojan horse

Whilst the focus at I/O this year was on Android TV, Google hasn't forgotten Chromecast. Yesterday, the web giant posted an update to the Cast SDK which will allow developers to cut many lines of code from their applications for the device as well as improving the Media Player Library.

But although most of the improvements are not the most exciting, there is one addition which may pique some people's interests...

The "route selector" now shows the name of the receiver app...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Visual Studio is preparing to be your complete cross-platform IDE with new Unity support

Microsoft's popular IDE, Visual Studio, is being set-up to be the one-stop-shop for cross-platform development with a new prowess for game development. The new abilities will arrive via Microsoft's purchase of UnityVS developers, SyntaxTree, for an undisclosed price.

On their blog, SyntaxTree wrote: "It's an exciting day at SyntaxTree. We are very proud to announce that, as of today, SyntaxTree - including the team that...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Facebook's user-manipulating A/B testing under investigation

Facebook's testing of emotion-manipulation using their unaware users has caught the attention of a UK regulator. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched an investigation into whether Facebook violated data collection laws during their study.

In one of the tests, Facebook removed positive posts from thousands of users and measured whether the amount of negative posts grew as an impact. Can you imagine if a person suffering from depression goes on Facebook to be filled with...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Facebook, Testing.