UK’s lead mobile development firm launches The Responsive Website Company

Your favourite publication may not be responsive yet – watch this space - but the inevitability is any website worth their two cents will be utilising responsive designs over the next few years.

Clifton-based The Responsive Website Company is priming itself to be at the forefront of development.

TRW is a sister company of mobile development firm Mubaloo. As the UK’s leader of this field; the company has already proven its worth.

Featuring clients including Channel 4, Sky, Samsung, Lovefilm, NHS,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, HTML5, Industry, Testing.

Email providers struggle with privacy, is Kim Dotcom to the rescue?

A new day presents another opportunity to mention Edward Snowden - this time regarding email privacy. Alongside today’s scathing Gmail revelations, and many encrypted services closing their virtual doors - is it possible to have a secure email service?

Last month, Lavabit, the encrypted email service which was used by Snowdon - the infamous US whistleblower – had shut down; causing many to follow suit including TorMail and Silent Mail.

Whilst these services are popular with those looking to hide their online...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise, Security.

Amazon Web Services can Push your users a million times a month

Our favourite online bookstore (they still do books, right?) has expanded its popular Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform to include a unified alerts system for their Simple Notification Service.

Providing the ability to send push notifications to multiple devices simultaneously – even cross platform on; Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire hardware. This latest update is available to all current AWS customers at no extra cost.

Starting at this level contains support for handling up to one million notifications...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Development Tools.

Firefox and ZTE start attack on US and Blighty from Friday

You may be warranted in giving a groan hearing yet another competitor is trying to enter the market saturated by two heavyweights who need little introduction – Android and iOS.

Yet that’s exactly what Mozilla is attempting with their new ZTE “Firefox OS” devices. From Friday, ZTE will be taking to eBay to sell its first Firefox OS phone the “ZTE Open” for an incredibly tempting price of $79.99 (£59.99 in the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Is Moto ‘X’ the “official” answer to Samsung’s Android domination?

Google can’t be a huge fan of Samsung’s Android dominance – the Korean company takes away 95% of all profits and is being called “the tail wagging the dog” for their resulting influence.

It’s a serious problem, for Google and the industry.

On one hand it's great Samsung is flooding the market with their OS (and therefore software and services.)

Yet it’s also a...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Samsung.

USB 3.1 to get 10Gbps speed boost, unofficially sponsored by DC Comic’s “The Flash”

Remember the days of USB 2.0? Featuring a top-speed which maxed out at the theoretical speed of 480Mbps?

Well those days have passed; alongside the upcoming USB 3.1 spec arrives incredible 10Gbps speeds - give it another dozen years and I’ll be back reporting USB 4.0’s 10Tbps speeds!

USB (Universal Serial bus) has been fast advancing compared to similar communication technology, and is more widely supported than – frankly superior – rivals such as Intel’s Thunderbolt; which has...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Testing.

Today’s tutorial: How to rig Android benchmarks – Courtesy of Samsung and HTC

How do you make your handset stand out in today’s highly competitive market? Rig your benchmark results of course! That way - on paper at least - your latest smartphone appears to blow away rivals.

Should you have any moral issues? Not since it appears to be the industry standard.

It's undeniable Samsung has driven innovation in processors; for years even supplying them for Apple’s range of iDevices.

The Exynos 5 processor is an Octa-Core, but doesn’t use all eight cores at once. Four are...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, HTC, Samsung, Testing.

The rise (and perhaps the inevitable fall) of Nintendo

Nintendo is one of the “old-school” gaming powerhouses; not one of the pioneers such as the Odyssey or Atari, but the first in my comparatively short lifetime to get me into gaming, and for that reason, the house that Mario-built has a very fond place in my heart.

Announcing their Q2 2013 results; the future looks bleak. No-one I’ve spoken to can suggest how Nintendo can get out of the complete marketing mess they have made with the Wii U.

Between April and June the company sold just 160,000...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Paul Muller on how iOS 7 has changed, and overcoming its new challenges

This week, Paul Muller spoke to me about how Adeven has released a whole host of new features to help interpret the increased complexity of iOS 7.

I’d kicked off with dropping the biggest, but most obvious question - how much has the next version of iOS changed since version 6?

Paul starts by talking about newfound restrictions: “The major thing for us is the kind of restrictions Apple has [now]. After a long time of candidly standing by on the app tracking issue, Apple has now put down the...

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Testing.

Jelly Bean 4.3 is tastier than you know

At Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar” event yesterday; the Mountain View-based company took the wraps off a lot of Android 4.3 announcements we were expecting - yet there was so much more you may not know about.

Sundar Pichai – head of Android – took the time to gloss over a few of the notable features which would directly affect our experiences from day one.

These include; Restricted “Kid Mode” Profiles, Bluetooth Low Energy support, Virtual Fraunhofer Cingo™...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Breakfast with Sundar, what can we expect at Google’s event?

Google sent out invites last week for “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” - who I’m sure you’re aware - heads up the world’s most popular mobile OS, Android.

Considering we received little news at Google I/O on that front – only plenty of app updates – it’s not a huge assumption at today’s event we’ll be seeing a focus on “the ‘droid” side of things.

First let’s get the new devices out the way; as it wouldn’t be an Android...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

Psst, Google! Acquire Rockchip (and their multitasking software!)

You may have heard of Rockchip electronics; they are suppliers of powerful ARM-based processors to the Chinese market.

What you may not have heard – until now – they’ve also been getting into the software game; bringing multi-window support to Android tablets carrying their processors.

Back at CES in January, Rockchip showed off an early build of the software; demonstrating its ability to resize playing video and move it around the screen. Whilst this was cool, it was limited only to this...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Apple’s developer outage (just as Play Store grows faster)

Apple’s developer website is experiencing an ongoing outage after a security breach which has caused a complete overhaul to be initiated, arriving just as Google announces hitting the same 50 billion app downloads milestone Apple recently celebrated – only a year quicker.

The outage occurred as of last Thursday according to the Cupertino giant’s maintenance page; although some sources appear to report a day earlier.

It appears – although unconfirmed – customer data...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Opera’s Devices SDK to power TCL’s line of Smart TVs

China-based manufacturer TCL is set to release a host of new television sets with a twist; they’ll be powered by web-brand Opera.

The new line of Smart TVs by the company - the TCL E5691, E5510, F3250 and F3500 - will all feature dedicated software applications developed on a brand-new Devices SDK.

Along with the TV browser, the TV store will allow customers access to a wide-variety of most the popular entertainment options – from video apps like Vimeo, to social...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Fund your OUYA game development on Kickstarter, gain $250,000

Android-based console OUYA wasn’t simply a rocketing Kickstarter-success (which broke $8 million in funding) but also retail; where it sold out of all initial units at stockists.

Yet it’s not all good news, the games since have been lacklustre - albeit a few golden titles – which the team hopes to address.

Taking to the fund-raising platform where the company begun their journey; the team at OUYA wish to inspire game developers...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms, Testing.

Google graces Chrome 29 with WebRTC, releases Maps SDK 1.4 for iOS

Google, will you guys take a day off already?  The web services company has released updates to a couple of its products containing some fairly significant, potentially game-changing additions.

First up is the much-loved Chrome browser, now at version 29.

As of recently, the desktop release of the browser started sharing the same version as its “Chrome Beta” mobile counterpart found on Android.

Whilst still keeping some device-specific features, much of the underlying technology remains the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, iPad, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Microsoft sets Windows 8 OEM hardware requirements, and doubles WP8 lifecycle

Redmond-giant Microsoft is setting the standard for Windows 8 hardware; keeping a minimum level of quality which should allow for a great experience for customers. The mobile equivalent, Windows Phone 8, gains a longer support lifecycle for peace of mind.

On the desktop - all devices shipping with Windows 8.1 from January 2014 require a 720p webcam, higher-fidelity audio equipment, and Bluetooth support (on devices with WiFi).

Other aspects which OEM’s should be aware have been updated:

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Smartwa(r)ches, the battle for your wrist

Although the concept of smartwatches is hardly new; only recently it seems every technology manufacturer wants to put their hand – no pun intended – into the mix.

From small start-ups like Kickstarter-success Pebble, to Sony’s SmartWatch 2, and a whole host of upcoming rumours...

Let’s start with the most notable, the Pebble. Funded through raising over a whopping $10m they’ve just announced selling 275,000...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Can the Lumia 1020 hit a niche and return Nokia to success?

Let’s face it, the success of Windows Phone is based on the success of Nokia, and Microsoft should be eternally thankful the iconic Finnish manufacturer hasn’t decided to switch to Android where it would more than likely find a decent amount of success.

Yet Nokia want to “think different” and yes, I’ve just used an Apple quote on a Microsoft manufacturer, how controversial.

Whilst other manufacturers across platforms went for black or white devices, some “pushed the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Monetisation, Platforms, Testing.

Experience prized over academia for startups - but does the UK offer it?

One of the UK’s leading internet companies, Moonfruit, has published research which shows 81% of startups prefer to look towards experience rather than academic achievements such as degrees.

But the real question is - do the experience and skills exist?

According to the research, 47% of employers take more notice of relevant work experience which displays the necessary skills, rather than formal education which has been criticised as not giving the full-range of required knowledge...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Microsoft.