Exploring Facebook’s “Deep Learning” Artificial Intelligence lab

A new hire by Facebook could change the state of virtual assistants and artificial intelligence forever.

New York University professor, Yann LeCun, is a renowned researcher in the ‘Deep Learning’ field – and has been tapped by Facebook to run their new AI lab with operations in Menlo Park, California, at the company’s headquarters; in London; and at Facebook’s new offices in New York City.

In a

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Facebook, Platforms, Testing.

GiftGaming takes the premium out of Freemium

If you’re unaware of the current “freemium” trend; it’s the act of releasing a game or app for free then making money back through in-app purchases. The most widely-used example of this is King’s hit game; Candy Crush Saga.

Candy Crush is a free game which started on Facebook, then moved to mobile. Being so accessible, social, and outright addictive undoubtedly led to success for a company which was struggling financially – even grabbing the attention of typically...

By Ryan Daws, 06 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation.

Feeling Blue? Bluetooth 4.1 empowers devs with new IoT capabilities

We’re only just getting used to grips with Bluetooth 4, and we’ve already got an iterative update announced today by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) which adds a whole host of useful additions to the widely-used wireless specification; preparing for an influx of new devices.

Most of this preparation is for handling the “Internet of Things” renaissance; a brand-new breed of connected devices which can communicate with each other, and the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Testing.

Google may soon bring Chrome OS apps to iOS and Android

It’s always made sense for Google to have their presence everywhere, after all, at their heart they are a web services company. Their lightweight Chrome OS runs on cheap hardware (with the exception being the £1049 ‘Pixel’) and acts, for many, as simple devices for basic tasks.

Chrome OS’s apps are based on HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS – but can be used offline. Starting in January; it appears these current...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft’s “Threshold” may bolster (and tie) platforms

As DeveloperTech reported last week, Microsoft is working to merge their myriad of platforms into one, or possibly two (for Intel and ARM-based iterations) OS’s – but first, according to a new report, they’ll be bolstering their platforms with common features.

Currently, Microsoft’s latest Operating Systems consists of; Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, and the Xbox OS.

The next release, due well after the rumoured Q1 2014 Windows 8 and WP8 updates, will...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

WhatsApp beats Facebook Messenger in OTT messaging

A study by On Device shows that king of social networks in terms of usage, Facebook, isn’t so royally respected when it comes to OTT messaging – beaten by the disruptive WhatsApp.

WhatsApp was one of the original apps to search your current mobile contacts in order to allow the user to bypass the traditional SMS sold by carriers, and instead send over an IP to a contact for free (dependant on data package.)

Naturally, this caused many to...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, iOS, Platforms, Social media.

Developers unbox next-gen Kinect 2.0 (and SDK)

Whilst gamers got their hands on their beloved Xbox One bundles last week, developers received a different type of package to play with in the form of Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits – containing everything required to get started with the improved peripheral.

The latest generation fixes complaints - notably the amount of space required - whilst adding some pretty mind-blowing additions such as the ability to see in the dark… and even read a user’s heartbeat.

Already...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Testing.

Three versions of Windows 8 will merge, says device chief

Microsoft has had a clear vision to observers for Windows 8; one platform which spans devices; creating a familiar experience for customers, and a unified OS for easier development.

The “Modern UI” interface is one built for usability across desktop, tablet, mobile, and now console. Live tiles give the platform simplicity; whilst retaining function. And the “flat” interface is thought to have even inspired the likes of rivals Apple and Google to follow suit.

Whilst the Redmond-based...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

LG’s Gray Norton talks the future of Smart TVs

Despite being the biggest display in most people’s homes - and where the majority spend their evenings in front of – the TV has been largely unchanged for a number of years. Many would argue it is the platform ripest for some innovation.

The idea of a “Smart TV” is nothing new, most manufacturers have a few sets with added software features above just displaying broadcast TV. Most of these additions come in the form of support for OTT applications such as Netflix, Hulu, and...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Developers “sneak peek” at Google Glass SDK excites

The initial steps towards Glass development have been slow due to its limited access through the Glass Mirror API – albeit still impressive considering. With the dedicated SDK; aptly known as the GDK (Glass Development Kit) developers will have a whole new set of tools to play with.

Shown at a Hackathon in Google’s San Francisco offices; Timothy Jordan, senior development advocate, unveiled the new SDK to whet the appetites of those following the wearable device.

Previously,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Testing.

Zack Samocha on Coverity Scan, Cloud Computation, and new standards

DeveloperTech (DT) spoke to Zach Samocha (ZS) of the Coverity Scan project about how the tool helps to automatically detect and fix C/C++ or Java defects; helping to improve both security and overall reliability. We also discuss Cloud computation, and supporting new standards.

DT: First of all, can you introduce the Coverity Scan project and how it helps developers?

ZS: What Coverity brings to the game is we really understand the code. We have what we call the “Code Intelligence Platform” which...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Testing.

Axway discusses the importance and future of the API economy

This week, DeveloperTech (DT) spoke to Mark O’Neil (MO) from Axway about the importance of the API economy and the rise of its economy to the point it is invaluable to both developers and businesses alike.

An API (Application Programming Interface) helps software components interact with each other; including direct access to hardware and databases – significantly easing development.

DT: Let’s jump in with the first big question; how important has the API economy become?

MO: It...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Testing.

Google Glass is in sight – Hackathon and SDK announced

Whilst we’ve seen cool apps from Google themselves, and great concepts from third-party developers; we’re yet to see an SDK release to bring these fantastic ideas to the wider-public’s retinas (that’s not patented by Apple yet, right?)

The wait is nearly over; Google has announced a two-day Hackathon in San Francisco for developers who want to test the “Glassware Development Kit”.

Scheduled to happen on November 19th – 20th, this marks a momentous occasion for...

By Ryan Daws, 07 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Unity’s announcement brings cost-free Xbox One development

Are you part of the ID@Xbox program? If so, good news! You’ll have access to renowned middleware Unity at no cost – yep, completely free.

In today’s PR, released on Xbox.com, it clarifies the motivation for the announcement: “One of the cool things about working at Microsoft is that we have access to pretty amazing resources. For independent developers though, tools like Unity on console can cost quite a...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

What’s new (and tasty) in Android 4.4 KitKat?

Google, ever since their ‘KitKat’ collaboration with Nestlé, has been teasing what was coming in this latest Android update since September – now we know – and the dust has settled around the major features showing some unannounced additions.

First let’s run through some of the more well-known goodies; such as the ability to run on “entry” devices with as low as 512MB of RAM.

There's also full-screen album art and controls for Chromecast, the ability to hide system and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

“Program, or be programmed” – Why we need to teach code

As a big supporter of the new curriculum, which is finally introducing programming skills into compulsory education from September 2014, DeveloperTech is all for any scheme which gives kids that same advantage from today; preventing them ending up on the “scrap heap”.

Milverton Wallace (MW), a man who’s been around development for a while, is launching one of these new schemes at “The North Library” in Holloway, London called “Wizzie Wizzie Coding Club”.

DeveloperTech (DT) caught...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

“There’s never been a better time to do a tech startup“ - Sean Kane, F6S co-founder

DeveloperTech spoke to the co-founder of tech start-up social network, F6S, about how they help these important new companies get on their feet and stand-out amongst competition from larger, more-established businesses.

The most enticing aspect of the network – and one which undoubtedly drives its mighty growth – is its price tag; or lack of. Free to join; F6S not only offers promotion to Startups – but Hackathons, Events, Conferences, Accelerators, Jobs, and Angel...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Social media.

Apple co-founder Woz gives his take at #AppsWorld

Speaking at AppsWorld in London, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gave his thoughts on the shifting mobile industry; wearable tech, connected devices, voice assistants, the Cloud, and the iOS competition from rivals such as Android and Windows Phone.

On talking about who’s “doing the most” for mobile; Woz is still on the iOS-side of the fence for reasons of reliability. Whilst this may not necessarily be a surprising stance from an Apple founder – Steve is a man unafraid to criticise the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Devices, Industry, iOS.

Social, Freemium, and Smart TVs in Gaming #AppsWorld

As part of AppsWorld 2013, I was fortunate enough to sit in on a panel consisting of representatives from four mobile gaming companies; Endemol Games, Wooga, Plumbee, and matmi.

The topic was social gaming – an almost expected feature in the modern game.

Whilst none of the panellists could quite decide whether the “freemium” model was good for the industry or not – a subject which carried through most of the discussion – all could agree on how important social integration is; but...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, Gaming, iOS.

Trip Hawkins speaks about disruptive gaming and education #AppsWorld

Gaming legend and founder of industry powerhouse Electronic Arts, Trip Hawkins, used his keynote at Apps World 2013 to speak about the current industry shifts within the field – alongside some powerful thoughts about how we can improve and revolutionise education.

Kicking off his speech he reiterated the power of social media; a big theme across everything Trip spoke about going forward. A memorable quote came from “in the future, everybody is a gamer.”

Already kids are growing up with...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Industry.