Apple’s leading the 64-bit era, even if the iPhone 5S isn’t

Cupertino-based Apple doesn’t usually take a gamble when it comes to new mobile technology – but when they do, they make it work.

It happened with multi-touch; defining a new era where now almost everyone has a touch-based handset from various manufacturers.

Now it may happen again.

At their recent keynote, Apple announced the flagship iPhone 5S which came with the expected yearly speed bump. What many didn’t expect, would be the arrival of the first 64-bit processor in a consumer mobile...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

Embarcadero on Windows challenges and the intro of Android to RAD Studio XE5

Microsoft has had less than a great year; amidst Windows 8 complaints and Xbox One controversy, therefore when Dimensional Research’s survey which talks to Windows developers about their challenges around mobile development – it piqued my interest.

The survey was sponsored by Embarcadero whose well-praised cross-platform development tool RAD Studio gets a new version launching today – XE5.

DeveloperTech spoke to Embarcadero's Senior Director, Jason Vokes, and Technical Consultant, Stephen...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Android OS fragmentation no longer an issue

Ask any developer what is the biggest challenge facing Android and they’ll tell you “fragmentation.” Ringing indisputably true for the last few years; Google has not ignored this issue and put very clever initiatives in place to overcome this problem.

Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here; OS fragmentation. This was probably the most difficult form due to new features and API’s introduced in newer versions not being available to the third-party manufacturers who do not update...

By Ryan Daws, 05 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

KitKat: Android doesn’t “Take a Break”

In a shock announcement which took the world off guard, Google - perhaps strategically - revealed the name of their upcoming Android release as ‘KitKat’.

The famous Nestlé chocolate bar with the slogan “Take a Break, Have a KitKat” will surely benefit from this increased publicity - and what publicity it is. Naturally, many people assumed this was a clever marketing strategy by Nestlé. Then the iconic statue went up outside Google HQ.

It’s hard to tell the size of...

By Ryan Daws, 04 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

It’s not Windows 8 in rapid-development, it’s Microsoft.

A few years ago, there was a term synonymous with Microsoft – dinosaur. These critics weren’t far off; the age-old PC giant seemed resistant to adapting with the shifting landscape. Then, they went radical with a complete change and modernisation – so much it alienated many users.

Of course I’m talking about Windows 8, the first OS from the company which took into account the myriad of new devices – tablets, smartphones, and touch screen laptops.

The goal was to be simple; have a familiar UX which works the...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Forget next-gen consoles; feast your eyes (and limbs) on these immersive inputs!

It’s an exciting time for gamers around the globe, the current generation of consoles is at an end (what a generation it’s been!) and we’re about to splash our hard-earned cash on the systems which we hope to bring us a decade of joy.

But it’s not just a great time for gamers. This generation is about to see a range of innovative new input technologies which could usher in an era of immersion never before seen (or felt). So enough with the teasing, let’s get into a few...

First...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

Sampo Karjalainen on Moves API – Track like a Pro

The founder of Habbo Hotel - a staple of many childhood memories - went on to launch ‘Moves’ as part of a new venture. As a consumer application it is built to monitor and track daily activities; helping to progress your fitness levels (or at least help you in becoming more active!)

This creates masses of unique data about the user which could be used in applications for a variety of innovative uses; now the company, ProtoGeo, is opening up that ability via the Moves API.

Before...

By Ryan Daws, 30 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Unity brings 2D gaming to the masses (of platforms)

One of game developer's best friends and indispensible tool, Unity, has gone from 3D multiplatform development – back to 2D.

Whilst this may seem a step back it actually makes sense for the still popular games such as side-scrollers found on the web and mobile devices...

You may or may not be aware Rovio’s hit Angry Birds sequel Bad Piggies is actually built in Unity3D - showing it was previously possible, just tricky.

This was due to the process of having to lock the camera, force perspective,...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Amazon’s API update offers innovative monetisation

Whilst Amazon is getting more immersed into their own hardware, software, and incredible cloud capabilities; at their forefront – the company is still the world’s largest online retailer.

This brings unique advantages in what the company can offer to not only consumers, but also developers...

The firm is expanding its advertising opportunities through the launch of its Mobile Associates API. This addition to Amazon’s portfolio will be available across their own products including the Kindle...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Amazon, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Google starts to police new Android policies

The Mountain View-based company has updated their Google Play policies on Android to the benefit of users, developers, and the ecosystem as an entirety. Let’s be honest – It’s about time.

Since the dawn of Android; users have had to deal with obtrusive ads, whether in-app, or through their notification bars. Some developers add this purely for monetisation, others to promote more applications in their portfolio, and some, more maliciously – lead you to scams.

Let’s start with the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms.

Apple acquires Embark – Back to fight for Maps title?

Whilst Embark could simply be another acquisition by Apple which we won’t see anything productive from for a long time – personally, I think this could be one we’ll see sooner rather than later.

Apple’s in-house mapping solution has been improving rapidly since its disastrous start, but even the most diehard fanbois will likely still have Google Maps installed on their devices.

After all, the company has had years of advantage; bolstering a library of not only unbeatable core maps, but also 3D...

By Ryan Daws, 23 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, Testing.

Why the Xbox One is actually more powerful than the PS4

You’d be forgiven for looking at the raw hardware specs of both consoles - which on paper - Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 looks to have the upper.

Whilst we won’t see the full potential of the physical hardware until late in the cycle – with golden late releases such as The Last of Us – the Xbox, this time, has an unmatchable advantage out the gate which is miles up from raw hardware...

... It’s the Xbox Live Cloud.

Very few people have grasped the importance of over...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2013, 14 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Platforms.

Google Play jumps ahead in handheld game profits – Mario packs suitcase

Perhaps it’s overdue, but the inevitable has happened. Google Play has surpassed Nintendo and Sony for game profits on their dedicated handheld consoles such as the 3DS and PSVita. The report, which comes from IDC – shows Google Play is now only behind iOS for mobile gaming.

In fact, IDC’s numbers show that funds spent in both iOS App Store and Google Play combined; account for around four times that of dedicated devices.

Sony’s situation hasn’t yet reached the critical stage;...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Gaming, iOS, Platforms.

Facebook levels the Android SDK with iOS – tags Open Graph

The Android SDK for Facebook has benefited from a major update – now at version 3.5 – it brings Open Graph support, a revamped Share Dialog, Object API support, a redesigned login interface, and the launch of a feature to publish and measure app events.

According to the world’s most popular social network; over 70 percent of the top 100 grossing Android apps have Facebook implemented.

One of the biggest changes can be found in the enhanced Share Dialog; which can now post to the network...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Facebook, Testing.

Microsoft announces ID@Xbox - So much for lack of Indie support!

As is always the case when an unpopular announcement is made; critics jump on the bandwagon with crazy rumours, speculation, and other methods of generally blowing matters out of proportion. The Xbox One was certainly a victim of this - one which may go down in history.

We’ve already wrote an article which explains why the U-turn on DRM and “Always On” functionality could in fact leave us with a worse experience - so we won’t go through that...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Shock of the decade: Apple is promoting Windows 8 for professionals

Something weird is happening at Cupertino, according to 9to5Mac, Apple is preparing to train staff on how to use Windows 8 (through Parallels) to entice business users currently stuck on PC’s.

This may seem somewhat logical - but for many - it will further display the gradual move away from catering for professionals, and instead focusing on the much larger market of consumers.

Ken Segall – a Creative Director with plenty of...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Google, Microsoft – why can’t you just be friends?

Once again, Microsoft’s YouTube app for Windows Phone has been blocked – but I’m sure you’re aware of that by now.

The real question is why can’t the two giants play nicely? After all, their strategies are very different, and the only people they’re harming is their users.

First let’s take a look at the individual approaches both businesses take.

Google pushes its open policy - after all - the company benefits from having its presence on as many platforms as possible....

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Samsung’s ready for prime time - but has the smartwatch already been perfected?

As a lover of Storm Trooper white devices – I was one of the last to receive the Pebble smartwatch that I’d excitedly backed on Kickstarter in June last year. Not long after, I was ready to cancel my order thinking one of the giants would’ve stormed the market. Well they still haven’t, yet.

Sony is soon to release their updated SmartWatch 2 with seemingly very little fanfare. Although we are yet to see any solid sales...

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Samsung.

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.