Is ‘iBeacons’ the unexpected (awesome) iOS7 feature?

Along with every major iOS release arrives a host of new APIs; many of the best enhancements aren’t on display to the public, but underlying waiting for developers to create fantastic applications which utilise them.

‘iBeacons’ could be one of the most game-changing.

Apple likes to boast new major features and then move on to a presentation slide with a variety of the smaller additions. This year, many noticed iBeacons, but had little explanation to its usage; now some developers have...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Languages, Location, Platforms, Testing.

Leadwerks: Bringing AAA games to Linux

Linux should technically be one of the first choices for game development, due to aspects such as faster OpenGL performance than Windows or Mac.

Yet due to lack of consumer popularity, the tools required to bring it to the mainstream have been lacking. Enter Leadwerks.

Leadwerks is a complete game-development environment which is already incredibly popular on Windows and Mac - a developer favourite for its ease of use and robust visual tools. Now the team wants to move the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Gaming, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Microsoft wins design, but pays for WP8 developers

When Apple unveiled the new iOS 7 design at WWDC, many, including me, took note at how many design cues were taken from rival OS's.

Regardless of whether you think this is right – “good artists borrow, great artists steal”, as Pablo Picasso was alleged to have said - the company went for a ‘flat’ design, like Microsoft.

 

Microsoft, with its Windows Phone 8 Operating System is acclaimed for taking a radically different approach; whereas...

BlackBerry 10.2 to support Android Jelly Bean apps

Along with BlackBerry Playbook OS v2 arrived support for the library of Android applications with one fairly major limitation; they had to be specifically packaged for ‘Gingerbread’.

An upcoming BlackBerry OS update, 10.2, will finally provide support for ‘Jelly Bean’.

The runtime, which was released today, now contains support for Fragments, hardware acceleration, plenty more...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Sony re-wears computing, opens SmartWatch to developers

Wearable computing appears to be the next inevitable frontier; from those augmenting our reality such as Google Glass, to information available at a glance such as Kickstarter-success Pebble.

Sony already has a play in the market with the ‘SmartWatch’, now it’s to be unleashed to developers.

The creative minds around the world can utilize the device for whatever purposes they can imagine. However, there is some limitation. According to...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Special Effect interview: Apps and hardware changing lives

Yesterday I tested an innovative new Android application named “Twilight” which changes the brightness of your screen dependant on the time of day, slowly adding a soft red filter until night-time to remove the blue light which keeps you awake.

As someone who regularly struggles to sleep; this morning I wanted to write a piece on how it could potentially “change my life” before realising how in the scheme of things, it’s so very...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Social mapper Waze lands huge acquisition by Google

Waze, the Israel-based start-up, has had great success; in July 2012 the company announced 20 million users with half of those joining in the previous six months.

Google has clearly been watching the service evolve, and has now decided to acquire the company.

 

Available on Android, iOS, Symbian, and J2ME the application utilises “crowdsourcing” to update maps in real-time for all users; from new unmapped roads, to traffic jams, and speed cameras.

From personal experience; the crowdsourcing...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Platforms.

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Future vs (no) DRM?

Now we’ve taken a glimpse at both Microsoft and Sony’s next generation consoles, which is faring best amongst gamers? Are they actually forward-thinking?

Rumours surrounding the Xbox One suggested used games would be prevented from being played on other people’s consoles once loaded, helping publishers to gain more sales.

This was halfway to the disappointing truth. Whilst games can be traded, here are the clauses:

  • Each game can only be gifted once
  • Xbox One games can only be traded with someone who’s been on your friends list for at least 30...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Apple's iOS7: Boom or bust?

In yesterday’s editorial, along with detailing my high hopes and expectations, I said we’ll soon see the “usual flood of admiration or complaints about the latest release.” The OS release seems to have polarised opinion even from Apple fans, but whilst this wrap-up looks at plenty of negatives, I’ll chuck in some praise where I can!

 

The design

Yesterday’s article expressed my worry that so much time would be spent on...

Intel on-track to take ARM's space (and kill Windows RT?)

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/MrIncredible)

ARM's architectures are currently used in the majority of mobile devices; you’re probably sitting with one in your pocket or on your desk right now. Their designs allow for “instant-on” and longer battery life than x86/x64 processors, but Intel may have just changed that assumption with their latest demonstration...

Intel quickly displayed a thin, fanless tablet on-stage

At Computex in...

By Ryan Daws, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

WWDC 2013: iOS 7, iCloud, Mac and more

It’s another WWDC 2013 editorial, but as we head full-throttle towards another Apple WWDC, the stakes are high and expectations are truly bigger than ever, although I feel I’ve been quoted as saying this for years.

The biggest changes are expected around the upcoming release of iOS 7; which even the majority of “fanboys” (a term I’ve come to detest) will admit has slacked in both design and features.

Cupertino’s usual...

By Ryan Daws, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Xbox One - Internet of Things gains consumer player

It turns out the rumours of Microsoft’s Xbox One were true; the upcoming iteration of the console will require access to the internet once every 24 hours.

Whilst this sucks, and it truly does for anyone with limited or no connection availability, it marks the push forward for a new generation of internet-connected devices... the “Internet of Things”.

 

Many of us after watching Iron Man dreamed of our own Jarvis system; to be able to speak to our homes either in-house or away to control aspects like...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Google’s API frenzy: Cloud, Analytics, Maps, and Calendar

It’s been a busy week for Google’s dev team, releasing a series of new API updates.

From new products to saving old favourites, appears I/O is still (unoffically) running. Yet we're still to get a glimpse at the next version of Android and the inevitable host of new API's with that release!

 

 

Cloud

As everyone’s most popular web service, Google is keeping up with the times through its cloud-based offerings. The ‘App Engine’ is your go-to suite for developing apps...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Cloud, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Jelly Bean jumps as Google Play set to surpass iOS app downloads

Google has updated its “Android landscape” survey on the Developer Dashboard, showing Jelly Bean is very close to overtaking Gingerbread as the most widespread release. This may be just in time, as Google’s Play Store is set to surpass iOS app downloads.

Currently, Gingerbread, or 2.3, is sitting at the top spot at 36.5% of install base. The latest version of the OS, Jelly Bean, is now at 33%.

Jelly Bean is version 4.1-4.2; comparing version...

Could this be Apple’s answer to Google Now?

At the D11 interview last week, Tim Cook let slip Apple has acquired nine start-ups since October. Mike Elgan, from Cult of Mac, believes one of these could be ‘Grokr’ a predictive search app for iOS.

Much like Siri was before being implemented natively in iOS5, Grokr has been pulled from the AppStore.

Also lending credence to the theory, the website currently list their upcoming project as 'NEXT'.

Keen observers may notice this is the same name as Apple's most famous acquisition.

Google Now has...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms, Testing.

ARM’s Cortex CPU and Mali GPU architectures for 2014

If you’re into mobile devices, it’s hard to ignore ARM, who supplies and maintain architectures for most mobile SoC (System on a Chip) makers.

The company has released details on its new, mid-range Cortex CPU and Mali GPU architectures for 2014 at Computex, Taipei.

 

The Cambridge-based firm hit Taiwan to showcase their latest and (mid) greatest; the Cortex-A12, and Mali- T622.

Aiming at the rising mid-range market, of which ARM classifies as between $150 to $350, the new architectures are...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Oracle looking to improve Java security

Oracle’s Java, in its current form, is hardly the most secure of platforms. With huge breaches and exploits seemingly every week; the firm is looking to improve security.

The latest tactic by cybercriminals tricks users into running malicious code through a “signed” applet.

 

A website belonging to Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany was the latest found to be infected with the “g01pack”...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Enterprise, Hacking, Languages, Platforms, Security, Testing.

Openmind Networks delivers mobile communication API

Openmind Networks, using its superior telecoms-optimised platform, has released a mobile communication API aiming to “bridge the telecoms and IP world”.

The API will allow developers to tap into a whole variety of telecoms services, using the company’s adaptive platform which already delivers one billion messages worldwide.

Telecom providers already use the services provided by Openmind, due to the scalability and robustness available.

Using these telco-approved APIs, you can expect...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Testing.

Windows 8.1 officially unveiled – the Start Button is back

Return of the Jedi, Return of the King; add one more to the list, Return of the Start Button.

Microsoft, after many leaked builds, has officially unveiled Windows 8.1, the first major upgrade to the widely-criticised latest operating system.

Windows 8.1 is a collection of small tweaks and fixes, which helps to alleviate the sour taste critics had been left with from the complete overhaul.

User Interface

The most drastic change with the latest operating system is...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.