Sony courts developers by dropping PlayStation Mobile license fee

As a console, PlayStation has had tremendous success. Even the first mobile foray with the original PSP (PlayStation Portable) was a landmark moment for Sony, but ever since support has waned.

Sony launched “PlayStation Mobile” in November 2012 allowing indie developers to publish games on PlayStation Vita and PlayStation-certified devices (includes their Xperia smartphone range) for a $99/annual license fee, which has now been dropped.

Directly from the announcement

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms.

Is Android development getting easier?

The biggest problem with Google’s open-source software, has always been that it’s open-source.

Fantastic for customisability, adding new features, but ends up on hundreds of variations of hardware devices. Different screen sizes, different processors... It’s exhausting enough to write about, let alone develop!

However, considering Android has a 70% worldwide smartphone shipment rate (according to IDC in Q4 2012) it’s important that...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

SWTOR doubles monthly revenue on switch to “freemium”

The gaming industry has been witnessing a shift towards the “freemium” model lately; clearly it’s working and worth considering after EA announced profits for Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) have doubled since making the free switch.

Freemium is the act of releasing an app for, well, free. This looks extremely appealing for customers, but of course everyone needs to fund their development and earn a profit from the time invested, so these apps make money through advertising or in-app...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Monetisation.

Linux kernel 3.4 gets you Android developing

A new Linux kernel 3.4 has been released, according to a post from Linux fellow Linus Torvalds.

Often a huge barrier for aficionados of both Tux and Android; they now play nicely as Linux kernel brings support for development on Google’s OS along with SSD caching and other Jelly Bean-sweet improvements.

For Android development, the Goldfish VDE has been the choice inclusion allowing developers to start an instance of Google’s software on a kernel...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Codassium offers real-time “brogramming” with WebRTC

Codassium, an online code platform by Wreally Studios, allows for two parties to conduct a coding session using Mozilla’s “Ace” editor alongside live video chat for increased collaboration.

The platform uses the WebRTC standard currently being proposed by W3C who is hoping to use it to provide a web-based suite of tools to share data, audio, and video all in real-time across multiple devices.

Moving beyond collaborative work, this platform could potentially be used to conduct live interviews...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

Windows 8 devs bemoaning lack of ad money

Many developers rely on in-app advertising to fund development; from initial release through to expansion. Windows 8 developers have been wondering, where has their ad revenue has gone?

The advertisements provided in both Windows 8 and mobile OS equivalent Windows Phone 8 is provided by pubCenter.

Since March 31 however, these ads are just not being displayed. Potentially apps which should be getting millions of impressions aren’t converting into cash.

So what’s happening? Despite many posts on...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Analytics, Development Tools, Marketing, Microsoft, Monetisation, Platforms.

iPad remains the number one tablet according to J.D. Power

Many take J.D. Power’s satisfaction surveys as the “de facto” source of approval from consumers, taking into account; Performance,  Ease of Operation, Styling and Design, Features, and Cost.

Almost consistently dominated by a certain Californian-based company, will Volume 1 of the “2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study” prove any different?

Nope, Apple’s iPad is still up there at the top. The iOS-based device scoring a fantastic 836 on a 1000-point scale; customers are clearly very...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Is wearable computing the future or a fad?

Google Glass, a rising starlet of the wearable computing show, starts shipping to early adopters (at a whopping $1500!) Now it’s time to ask: are these devices the future? Or are they simply a fad?

The first third party apps have already started rolling out for the innovative eyewear which gives you real-time information, New York Times being among the first to launch. This particular app is fairly simple, delivering articles on an hourly basis directly to your eyes.

Of course, many developers have much...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Testing, VR.

Nginx (and the Web) gets faster – give thanks to ‘SPDY’

Nginx, the world’s third most popular web server, has just released version 1.4 supporting the speedy ‘SPDY’ protocol making the web faster, alongside a whole host of new features.

‘SPDY’ is the protocol advancing ‘HTTP’, which can help websites load up to 40 percent faster. This is particularly useful since it helps power some of the biggest name sites, including Facebook and Dropbox.

The server is currently rising rapidly, and used by many...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Cloud, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Is China the biggest cyber security threat?

Directly from Akamai Technologies’ latest “State of the Internet” Quarterly report, China appears to be the origin of 41 percent of all computer-attack traffic.

However, appearances can be deceiving, there is potential for other countries to be posing as an IP originating from China; when in fact they could be from Britain, Russia, Germany, or the reports second most...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, IP, Security.

RAD Studio XE4 released to aid multi-device development

Embarcadero Technologies has unveiled RAD Studio XE4, its solution for native, multi-device app development.

The software will help create apps for PCs, tablets and smartphones; helping ease the process of developing for each individually.

Most developers want to write applications which run directly on the device hardware for speed, reliability, more control, and better security. Many who develop cross-platform choose to use an interpretive layer for ease; saving time writing natively for a whole other...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Firefox OS devices start hitting developers

The first devices offering Firefox’s in-house “open” operating system have started shipping to developers courtesy of Spanish smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone. They are available to ship worldwide, so get ready to say ‘hola’ if you’re interested!

DeveloperTech previously reported on Mozilla’s smartphones, as well as the Firefox OS launch at Mobile World Congress in...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

WISE TIVI heads into the Android Smart TV arena

Manufacturers are jumping on the Android “Smart TV” wagon in flocks.

The latest device, by the moniker of “TIVI” from WISE, is a small portable device which plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port, then offering the entire catalogue of Google’s Play Store including applications and games.

WISE has decided to use Indiegogo as its crowdfunding platform of choice, with the goal of raising $100,000 in funding to complete the project.

Of course to secure yourself a device at...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

New Android malware is ‘BadNews’ for millions of users

Security research firm LookOut has discovered a new form of malware hiding within Russian “clone apps.” This new threat goes by the apt name of ‘BadNews’ and is thought to have been downloaded “millions of times” across the 32 detected apps.

But what happens with this specific malware? It will attempt to get the user to download other apps which further infect your phone, such as ‘AlphaSMS’ – an app hijacking your phone to sign up to premium SMS services,...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Hacking, Security.