Xbox One: 1080p “comfortably” with SDK update, says Rebellion

With the announcement of Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall joining the roster of games on Xbox One below the widely-hailed 1080p mark; gamers have taken to their favourite venting areas to take pot-shots at the competition...

As a Microsoft-platform exclusive, many see the failure of the highly-anticipated title to be 1080p as an indication of a lack of graphical processing grunt in the Xbox One compared to the PS4.

Rebellion Games, as a cross-platform developer, has added their...

By Ryan Daws, 17 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft’s “Universal Store” could be Windows’ lifeline…

Whilst many seen Windows as being the software so established within the enterprise that its lifespan was indefinite – we're all beginning to realise this is not the case.

Apple, in the fourth quarter of 2013, exceeded all PC sales for the first time. Google, this week, announced support for Windows applications on their Chrome OS – with perfect timing as the guys and gals over at Redmond prepare to end support for their still popular OS; Windows...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Could Games-as-a-Service be the next big beast?

Game development is a beast more fearsome than anything you’ve faced in-game, but done right, and the loot is far-higher. Currently the highly-talked about (and opinion-divisive) trend is that of ‘Freemium’ – the act of releasing a game for free and monetising through in-app purchases.

But what is next? Highly-respected studio and ‘Fable’ developer, Lionhead Studios, clearly thinks it’s “Games-as-a-Service”.

Like PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and SaaS...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Monetisation.

Microsoft could be post-NeXT Apple all over again

When Steve Jobs was unceremoniously kicked from Apple; it began a serious decline which appeared unrecoverable…

Whilst Bill Gates wasn’t kicked from Microsoft, instead leaving of his own accord to focus on his ‘Gates Foundation’ philanthropic work, the company has since been losing touch and failing to take advantage of new market opportunities – most notably, mobile.

Many have put this down to the leadership of one Steve Ballmer; whose love of the company he’s re-iterated on many...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Google casts out Chromecast SDK to reel-in developers

Google develops very few hardware devices, but when they do, it’s usually to bolster their web presence. The $35 Chromecast is one of these very devices.

An intriguing (if not simply for its great price) piece of hardware; it’s also powerful in its capability to display the power of the web upon any display with a HDMI port – all in a package the size of many USB flash drives.

Yet its full-potential was only available on a limited number...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms.

Oculus Rift is more than a game-changer; it’s an everything-changer

When people talk about Oculus Rift, the headline-stealing VR device, most will talk about the potential for gaming and making the player more immersed into incredible 3D worlds where you can turn and see more naturally -- as if you were there yourself.

Mario Aguilar at Gizmodo posted an envy-inducing article yesterday about his incredible experience at the exhibition of HBO’s hit-series “Game of...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

What if Windows Phone went Android?

Today Microsoft revealed great sales, and brilliant profits -- so is the company surviving the “post-PC” era? It seems like, but for how long? Despite doubling Surface sales, Windows’ tablets still only account for 3.4% of the market.

Windows 8 was developed in mind to cater for this new era; enabling use on touch-based devices and hoping to (eventually) create development easy across platforms – whether desktop, tablet, laptop, hybrid, smartphone, or even console…

The latest...

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Java accounts for 91% of attacks, U.S Cloud providers distribute 44% of Malware

When you think about it, most vulnerabilities within the public eye appears to come down to Java in some respect – but it’s not just you – Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report points the blame at Oracle's Java for being a leading cause of security woes.

In fact, the report suggest as much as 91 percent of all attacks can be pointed at Java’s insecurities being the culprit.

The data comes via the Vulnerability...

By Ryan Daws, 20 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Java, Platforms, Security.

Interview - Matt Asay: “MongoDB is the perfect fit… NoSQL in general is a better fit”

MongoDB, the open-source NoSQL database, was recently named "Database Management System of the Year" by DB-Engines – with good reason. DeveloperTech (DT) spoke with Matt Asay (MA), VP of Business Development and Corporate Strategy, about why customers should choose Mongo…

DT: Can you give a bit of background to MongoDB and why organisations should choose it?

MA: One of the things which is most interesting about MongoDB is the product was formed before the company was, and it was formed out of a need...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms.

Chrome OS may be the Android 5 for high-end devices

Fans of Google’s mobile operating system have only just recently started receiving the latest version of the OS – dubbed ‘KitKat’ – and are already looking ahead to the next release.

Whilst KitKat brought many “under the hood” changes; it left many users asking “what’s changed?” alongside few user-facing features. Of course, being labelled 4.4, the release clearly wasn’t intended as the overhaul expected in Android 5… so where is...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2014, 5 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms, Samsung, Testing.

Microsoft's Windows 9 may retain (industry-leading) trust

A latest study by Forrester pits Microsoft as getting the only “trailblazer” status for its trust across generations – unsurprising considering Windows’ mighty install base in businesses and educational institutions around the world.

Yet Microsoft has had an indisputably bad year surrounding the release of its latest release, Windows 8, which arrived with a radical overhaul of the desktop known by users since the very early days of the Redmond-based giant.

Clearly, with only 6.89%...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms.

What if you could make ‘Second Life’ meet real life?

Nikon put a (fairly) realistic version of a Gizmodo writer into a game using an insane 64-camera xxArray set-up. This inspired me. Not just because, like him, I’ve always wanted to be transported into a game – but what if a virtual reality version of ourselves could follow us everywhere?

Many of us have had a virtual reality version of ourselves at some point; whether it’s for gaming-purposes such as Xbox Live Avatars,...

By Ryan Daws, 10 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Industry.

Android is driving towards 1 billion users by the end of 2014

DeveloperTech reported earlier this week on Google’s announcement to bring Android to vehicles in partnership with several of the biggest car manufacturers – a perhaps inevitable next step to Andy’s (the green robot) world domination.

Whilst Android has already passed 1 billion activations since September 2012, not necessarily all of these are still active. But according to leading research firm Gartner, by the end of this year,...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Marketing.

Steam Machines could be Windows’ lifeline

PC sales are on a serious decline, you may have heard. After all, for most, their functionality can be replaced by that offered in more convenient forms such as netbooks and tablets. BBC, for example, only announced today that iPlayer tablet viewing overtook computer for the first time.

Of course there are professional applications which require the (higher-end) desktop; but this is a smaller market than your general consumer and Microsoft’s...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Google’s “Open Automotive Alliance” makes your ride the next lucrative platform

When talking about platforms with yet-untapped potential; most will include the car. Many of us spend a great deal of time in our vehicles commuting, for work or pleasure, and the technologies which follow us to improve or ease our experiences are the most appreciated.

Google’s Android OS is already found in almost every variation of device possible; from the smartphone, to consoles, to cameras, to espresso makers.

Now thanks to the ‘Open Automotive...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

“Project Siena” lets you program, without programming

Whilst Windows 8’s latest iteration is finally catching up to Vista; applications built specifically for its “Modern UI” are still sparse – despite recent heavyweights including Facebook, Flipboard, and Foursquare all jumping on board.

To help alleviate this problem, and get non-programmers building basic applications in minutes, Microsoft has released “

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Microsoft, Platforms.

Windows 8.1 closes in on Vista, but is Microsoft admitting failure?

The Microsoft operating system even the most diehard fans try to ignore ever existed, Windows Vista, is sitting at 3.61% desktop OS share – with the divisive latest iteration, Windows 8.1, now closing in at 3.6% according to Web tracker Net Applications.

It’s an age-old joke that every other of Microsoft’s Windows releases is considered good. Think, Windows 98 > Windows XP > Windows Vista > Windows 7 > Windows 8.

Whilst we haven’t included every Windows release, you can see the pattern above with the releases in...

By Ryan Daws, 02 January 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Opinion: Why Xbox One was the only “next-gen” console

Over time, things and concepts change. New technologies are introduced, or are to be introduced, and those with the forward-thinking nature to prepare for what’s next will nearly always triumph.

Before this generation even began; I believed a “next-gen” console will be beyond games, yes it should support that as well, but it should be a console for your entire home.

The smart, “home of the future” which Microsoft had envisioned over a decade...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft may go free on ARM devices to boost ecosystem

Microsoft’s ARM-based platforms - Windows Phone and RT - have not exactly been the company’s most resounding successes. Now the Redmond-based giant is considering making the Operating Systems free for manufacturers; scrapping the license free currently associated.

The plan to make them free is currently under “serious consideration” by OS chief Terry Myerson and may help to counter the rising threat of Google’s Chromebook and Android.

Recent revelations show Microsoft is already preparing for their next...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Could the advertising SDK you use be so easily hacked?

Many developers around the world rely on an advertising SDK to monetise their free applications; but do you consider they could be used for malicious purposes? BitDefender researchers have already clocked an SDK which asks for far more permissions than required…

The Widdit SDK, on Android, asks for a whole host of permissions including the ability to “record audio”, “read your text messages”, and “read phone status”.

Bogdan Botezatu, Senior E-Threat Analyst at...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Platforms, Testing.