Patent digging reveals possible new iOS 8 details

Occasionally I like to dig through a few patents for details on what we can expect from upcoming products by influential companies. Most of the time the biggest innovations are covered up or not made public until the last possible minute – but even the small details can have big impacts.

Apple published several patents this week – although originally filed back in January – which may give us a glimpse at new additions we can expect in iOS 8 ahead of its inevitable reveal at the...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Game of Homes: Google, Apple, and Microsoft

One of the fiercest battles in technology is about to kick-off – and it’s for our very own homes. Even if only in passing you are sure to have heard of the “Internet of Things” concept where every modern day object – even the most mundane – is expected to be connected and accessible from the Web in some form or another. Connected devices are nothing new, we’ve been doing it for years, but we are yet to find a winning platform where information provided by hardware can...

By Ryan Daws, 27 May 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Google’s Project Tango tablet enables a literal “flight mode”

At Google’s I/O developer conference this year we’re expecting a limited-run debut of “Project Tango” tablets which have a 7-inch screen, infrared depth sensors, two back-mounted cameras, and "advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects," according to people briefed on the company's plans. The project’s aim is to learn and 3D map the world around the devices for producing things like indoor imagery.

From this indoor imagery, a team from the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Testing.

Google Glass 2 is in secret development according to supplier

The first iteration of Google’s Glass eyewear is yet to be widely-available to the public, and already we’re hearing some speculation about its successor alongside some small-time detective work which adds foundation to the rumours floating around this week.

Crystal Optech is a leading supplier of optoelectronic components and the company’s own Kong Wenjun has confirmed – through several “middle men” so as not to draw a connection to Mountain View – that they have supplied samples...

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

Cloudgine is Microsoft’s secret Xbox One sauce

Microsoft made a big deal about utilising the cloud for this generation of consoles to differentiate it from the past. Cloud-based processing can help to scale experiences beyond what local hardware can handle alone.

This is all well and good, but beyond a pretty impressive demonstration on how the technology can be used in the future, the company hasn’t delved into details on how they will help developers implement it for their games.

According to our sources, a company called

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2014, 13 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Project Cider quenches your iOS app thirst on Android

For a long time iOS apps’ quality and quantity far surpassed what was offered on Android due to it being a more mature platform. Arguably, on smartphone at least, the two operating systems have reached some amount of parity.

However, there are still apps which are iOS-only, and few apps on Android tablets are yet to reach the quality of those found on iPad. Six PhD students at Columbia University‘s Department of Computer Science may have solved this problem with their work on Project Cider, an OS...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Opinion: Xbox One is losing its “Next Gen” vision

Let me tell you my morning routine – I wake up, walk into my living room, and say “Xbox, on”. After this, the Xbox logo under my TV glows and – like magic – my TV and TiVo start-up. Kinect impresses me every single morning and, gradually, it’s been impressing friends and family (this is important.)

Before I bought a “next-gen” console I wanted to be sold on how I can be given different experiences from the previous generation. The PS4 looked like a PS3 with enhanced...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Report: iOS 8 to get Windows 8-like multitasking and HD audio playback

Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) is just around the corner and the rumours and reports are starting to heat up about what we can expect. It’s only natural to assume we’ll get our first look at iOS 8 – but now we’re getting a clearer look at what will ship in the latest mobile OS thanks to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac.

Multitasking on iOS has been oft criticised and poked at by...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

UK govt sticks by Microsoft for software due to cost savings

The UK government is sticking by Microsoft as its software provider of choice due to cost savings – even over open source alternatives. 

The revelation came after Jos Creese, the CIO of Hampshire County Council, told Computing that a combination of a workforce already familiar with Redmond gear and a refreshing flexibility from the vendor side made Microsoft a surer bet when taking into account...

By Ryan Daws, 12 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Google’s Play Services 4.4 brings useful additions, and a hint at the future of stock Android

Google is prepping for their annual I/O developer conference where we are expecting a whole host of groundbreaking announcements. Android is expanding into wearables this year with the aptly-named ‘Android Wear’, and so beyond the next major Android update, you can expect a big focus on how developers can take advantage of their new platform.

Ahead of I/O the company begins to update its core apps and services with surprises and support ready for their...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

Instead of VR headsets, maybe we should be thinking about Virtual Rooms?

The current hot topic in the gaming industry is virtual reality – made popular (once again) by the now Facebook-owned Oculus and their ‘Rift’ headset. It’s an impressive device, but one which is currently attempting to overcome crippling problems such as motion sickness…

Whilst Oculus arguably reinvigorated interest in the technology which can transport us to whole other created worlds – other players such as Sony have also announced their own competitors.

There are many...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry.

Oculus' VR may provide the closest solution to the "Look Up" viral video

We’re a generation attached to our displays.

A video went viral this week called “Look Up” which was written, performed, and directed by Gary Turk is a hard-hitting reminder of all the moments we are missing because we spend too much time in the digital realm.

Virtual reality companies such as Oculus want to keep us here – but even more immersed than what can be achieved from the glow of our smartphones.

Let’s be honest, things aren’t going to...

By Ryan Daws, 06 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Gaming, Platforms.

Google under antitrust investigation over Android search monopoly

An antitrust investigation has been filed in California against Google which alleges the company is taking advantage of its MADA (Mobile Application Distribution Agreements) which Android device manufacturers have to sign so the company can establish a mobile search monopoly.

The OEMs have to sign their MADA in order to include apps on their devices such as YouTube and Google Play (Books, Movies, Music .etc) applications. They must preload with Google apps and give them prominent locations – including...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Sony struggles as 18% higher-than-expected $1.3bn loss posted

Tokyo-based Sony has been struggling to make a profit from their traditional models of PC, MP3 players, TVs, cameras, and games consoles for some time now.

The company projected a loss for the fiscal year which ended March 31, 2014 as being $1.07 billion.

That number is now at $1.27 billion – a figure 18% higher than expected. Sony pits its exit from the PC market as being a factor in this loss – with write-downs on excess components.

In a statement, a Sony spokesperson said, “Consequently,...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing.

Xbox One to launch in China, a gamer market bigger than the population of the U.S

Gaming giants Xbox and PlayStation are continuing their traditional console war to gain gamers hearts, minds, and thumbs. Foreign console sales in China have been banned for the past 14 years under reasons of influencing youth in the country.

That ban has now been lifted and Microsoft, in partnership with BesTV New Media, will be launching their Xbox One console in September.

China has around 500 million gamers – a third of the country – and more than the population of the entire U.S. Due to a...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms.

Should or shouldn’t Microsoft patch the IE flaw?

Several headlines can be found across the web which are designed to create fear that Windows XP is now unsecure – and rightly so, it is. What isn’t fair are the articles accusing Microsoft of being irresponsible for not releasing a fix despite announcing support will end months in advance.

It also isn’t Windows, Microsoft’s core product, which is at fault for this particular exploit – it’s Internet Explorer. Pointing the blame at the OS is only designed to further damage a...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Security.

[Interview] Facebook’s Director of Partnerships talks Parse and acquisitions

Last Thursday was the anniversary of Facebook’s acquisition of Parse – a much-loved platform to develop apps across devices. DeveloperTech caught up with Julien Codorniou, Director of Partnerships at Facebook, to see how their relationship is going.

In the interview we are treated to the first numbers in which we can help gauge how successful the high-profile buy has been. As well as what the acquisition process is like from a company which consistently makes headline-worthy...

By Ryan Daws, 28 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, Languages, Platforms.

Microsoft’s week started with big earnings, and ended with Nokia... How was yours?

In a single week just under three months after his appointment as CEO, Satya Nadella has both sealed the deal for Microsoft's acquisition of iconic brand Nokia and given a successful earnings call.

The week’s news out of Redmond has displayed a positive outlook and growth for one of the world’s most famous brands, but one which is often criticised under the microscope in regards to being “late” to get a grasp on mobile devices.

Under the new deal, Nokia’s talent will merge with...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

OnePlus unveils One smartphone which reminds us to “Never Settle”

When you hear the team behind CyanogenMod is working on a device – you have to sit up and pay some amount of attention. OnePlus is a newcomer to smartphones and we know how hard it is for even the biggest companies to survive in this competitive environment.

As we followed with intrigue, the team at OnePlus teased us with their slogan “Never Settle” taking aim at a competition which always makes one sacrifice or another - so what is this wonder smartphone?

It’s the (bit oddly named)...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry.

Dear Apple, Open up or be left behind…

Four years ago, Steve Jobs announced iOS’ video-calling feature ‘FaceTime’ would become Open so applications can be built cross-platform for the benefit of everyone. iOS users can keep in touch with their contacts in the bigger market which is the Android ecosystem, and vice-versa.

iOS users are still limited to calling each other. Despite adding features like FaceTime Audio (shouldn’t that be VoiceTime?) we're without a way to get in touch with our non-iDevice counterparts.

There's a...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.