How would iOS 7 beta 4 look with a different font?

Yesterday Apple unleashed iOS 7 Beta 3 - bringing with it a bolder Helvetica Neue font. Whilst still despised by many, it’s at least more readable than the previous iteration.

Someone suggested a change to a non print-orientated font such as ‘Myriad Pro’ which is exactly what I’ve mocked up...

The changes are subtle; this isn’t intended as an entirely new concept. In places you may have to squint to notice the differences, but in everyday use I believe the font would have a much...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad, Marketing, Platforms, Testing.

Digia releases Qt 5.1 of the (ex-Nokia) cross-platform framework

Last August, Finnish software and services firm Digia bought the cross-platform application framework “Qt” from Nokia.

Today version 5.1 is being released bringing many significant improvements, most notably preliminary support for Android and iOS.

Support for both of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems is considered a “technology preview” which can preliminarily port apps between OS’s using the same code base. Although the majority of the tools and...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Design, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, iPad, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Got an awesome startup? Register for “Million Pound Startup”

The Million Pound Startup is an international competition for all the entrepreneurs out there (of any industry) who can register for free – instantly promoting your business or idea – and be in for the running of winning a million pounds.

Worth a go, surely?

 

Whilst usually these kinds of contests head straight to my delete folder, the backing of some high-profile names took my intrigue. Opening the website presented a very visual look at all...

Linux 3.10 supports ARM’s big.LITTLE and other improvements

With the release of Linus Torvald’s Linux 3.10 kernel; he’s included support for ARM’s “big.LITTLE” architecture which should help drastically improve power-saving, along with featuring many other welcome new enhancements.

For anyone unfamiliar, the big.LITTLE architecture combines multiple cores of the same type and switches between them dependant on the system’s current requirements.

For example, the Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A15 processors are commonly combined. Under intense...

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

Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie” to be design-focused?

Let’s face it iOS users, it’s not the “most advanced mobile operating system” anymore is it? That’s not a bad thing, the pull of Apple’s famous OS is its simplicity and design (love or loathe).

The crown of ‘advanced’ goes to Google’s open-source Android, but – at stock – it’s not the most attractive.

Google, in my opinion, has done things the right way, with a focus on providing great underlying features and services whilst letting...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Interview with Rob Johnson of Makers Academy

Makers Academy is a forward-thinking London institution aiming to take the best candidates available and train them with a near-guaranteed job from some of the biggest companies at the end, something certainly not to be scoffed at.

The course runs for a 12-week period which is a short time to learn programming, but founder Rob Johnson has the insight to know it’s both possible and learning as part of the academy is efficent.

On the selection process Rob says: “People...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Google adds ‘QUIC’ to Chrome, further speeds up the web

Today the Mountain View-based company unveiled support for a new experimental protocol called Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC) in the latest version of Chrome Canary.

Hoping to speed up load times, QUIC runs a stream multiplexing on top of UDP instead of TCP. Google say they have been working on implementation for the past few months.

On choosing UDP instead of TCP, the company says it learned from past experience “that real-world network conditions often differ considerably.”

Always at the forefront of...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IP, Languages, Security, Testing.

Microsoft crushes critique with Windows 8.1

As Steve Ballmer took the stage at Microsoft’s annual BUILD developer conference, he was quick to pull focus on the company’s new “rapid development” cycle.

With Windows 8.1, the release features over 700 updates since release last November, quicker than the usual three year update!

Although not billed as a major release, many would certainly call it so. The new features and enhancements drastically change how the system functions, and is much more comprehensive than it would first...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Design, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Automotive apps to reach $1.7 billion, is cars the next big platform?

On sister site TelecomsTech we spoke to Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “connected cars” and how carriers plan to support the rise in automotive apps; both in infrastructure and services.

Forecasts today by ABI research point revenue to hitting nearly $1.7 billion globally by 2018.

 

Car manufacturers are consistently looking how they can entice customers away from the competition and offer...

Samsung delivers two worlds with the Ativ Q

Many customers who are looking for a powerful alternative to the iPad don’t know where to turn; they could go for an Android tablet which essentially features blown-up mobile applications, or go for Windows 8 with powerful software but limited mobile-optimised applications.

Now however they have a new choice, the Ativ Q.

This brand-new device unveiled at Samsung’s “Premiere Event” in London allows users to seamlessly switch between Windows 8 and Android at the touch of a button, in a...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Samsung.

Xbox One revokes DRM - what have we done?

When Microsoft unveiled their latest Xbox console, going by the moniker of “One”, many complained about its seemingly strict DRM policy. The outcry regarding it caused Microsoft to revoke the decision, but is it a win for gamers? Not likely.

For us, the gamers, it’s easy to see why we wouldn’t want to connect our consoles to the internet every 24 hours; easy to see why we would want to freely trade or give discs to friends in the way we know...

However, for the industry it’s a...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Monetisation, Platforms, Security.

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...