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.

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.