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.

Don’t panic – Xbox One will support indie development

Despite popular belief, and wide reporting last week, it appears Microsoft’s latest Xbox One console will support independent development.

This should come as no surprise, with the meteoric success of indie games such as Minecraft, and the pioneering aspect of the “Xbox Live Arcade” which has supported developers releasing some fantastic titles out of their bedrooms or small studios.

It was said anyone who wishes...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Apple CEO interview hints at cross-platform, is a more “open” future in store?

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at D11; the annual conference held by AllThingsDigital, and spoke of many interesting aspects of the Cupertino-based company’s future, but what caught my attention the most is his attitude to “Open” APIs and even Android development...

The late Steve Jobs was famously quoted as saying: “I’m willing to go thermonuclear war” over a lawsuit which accused Android of stealing iOS’s design.

He was however, said to have told Tim Cook to...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Is DRM about to ruin our console experience?

Thinking of my fondest gaming memories takes me on a trip down memory lane. I’d get the latest iteration of Need for Speed through the post, run upstairs and boost my (terrible) skills before cycling to a friend to play against him on his console.

This now could be a thing of the past thanks to DRM (digital rights management).

 

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about how the upcoming Xbox “One” will handle used/pre-owned games, whilst no executives want to give any real...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Monetisation, Platforms, Security.

Introducing Google Glass’s inevitable face recognition API

Have you ever forgotten someone’s name? How about slightly more detailed information such as their birthday? ... Maybe a few have even forgotten you and your significant other’s anniversary?

What if you could pull in all this data automatically just by looking at someone’s face? It’s a creepy prospect, but a seemingly inevitable reality thanks to Lambda Labs’ API for Google Glass.

Currently, Google has no rules against such usage, but there are rules about live streaming to a remote server....

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Languages, Platforms, Testing, VR.

Yahoo acquires PlayerScale, preparing “play” into gaming?

It’s been a month of acquisitions, releases, and revamps for Yahoo; as a huge push has been made to stay modern amongst fierce competition. The latest is of gaming infrastructure startup ‘PlayerScale’ – is Yahoo heading for gaming?

PlayerScale is a platform to provision cross-platform gaming; as well as deploying to nearly every major platform whilst handling monetisation and analytics data.

Incredibly popular amongst game developers, the company reports it serves...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, iOS, Marketing, Social media, Testing.

Live roadside video in your apps, courtesy of TomTom

TomTom, likely the world’s most recognisable satellite navigation firm, has announced a new API as part of its Location Based Services (LBS) for providing live roadside video feeds into your apps.

The new addition is officially known as the “TrafficLand Traffic Camera API” and features coverage of the US, UK, and Canada.

 

TomTom chose to partner with TrafficLand as a trusted provider who works alongside CNN, Washington Post, WeatherBug, and other high-profile...

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

What you need to know about the new Xbox in “One”

“Xbox, on!” Many gamers rejoiced when this phrase was said at the grand reveal of the latest iteration of the best-selling console of this generation, the “Xbox One” (sorry HTC One’s marketing team.)

Let’s take a look at all you need to know.

Most impressive is the software architecture used; or rather the three used.

There’s a Xbox OS for gaming, a Windows (8) OS for handling apps and UI, and a third OS which acts as a layer in-between allowing for literal instant...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms.

Unity’s popular dev tools made free for small and indie studios

Unity, the hugely popular cross-platform development tool, has made its mobile tools free for small and independent studios.

This will help spur a new generation of developers, who may not have previously afforded the tools to do so, to try their hand at game development.

 

Previously, Unity’s tools would have cost $800 to release on both iOS and Android, although deploying to PC, Mac, and the Web was free...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, iOS, iPad, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Dell’s “Project Ophelia” wants your displays

Dell’s recently announced Project Ophelia is a dongle-sized device which wants your displays from July; taking them over with a custom version of Android through any HDMI port and implementing the company’s Wyse PocketCloud for a multitude of cloud-based needs.

PocketCloud allows access to any of your documents or files via any of the supported devices across Web, desktop, iOS, and Android.

This makes way for a productive lifestyle; having secure access on-the-move...

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Cloud, Devices, Platforms.

Windows 8.1 ‘Blue’ - What we know so far

Microsoft’s latest Windows OS launched to a lot of criticisms, many of which both developers and consumers alike are hoping to see resolved in the first major “Blue” update, so let’s take a look at what we know so far.

The final update is likely to be released at Build 2013 in June, but four leaked builds have made their way online already giving us a glimpse at what to expect.

Build “9364”

  • New ‘Snap Views’ – Allow up to four apps side-by-side for increased multitasking, up from the current limit of two (with one...

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Industry, Languages, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

How “freemium” is damaging the games

Freemium is damaging the games, but do you know quite how much? Recently I had the fantastic opportunity to sit down with a group of game developers who spoke passionately about their development, the industry, and how freemium is hurting their creative ideas and real game innovation.

The term is thrown around a lot lately; the act of releasing a game for free then charging for “premium” features later on in order to monetise...

Many games have had to switch to this new model, as is the case with Star Wars: The...

IBM ready to get serious about the API market

At this year’s IBM Impact 2013 conference in Las Vegas; the second largest employer in the US unveiled an API Management Platform to extend the company’s huge software presence.

IBM offers software-orientated architecture (SOA) of which this latest platform is a part of; alongside delivering a MessageSight middleware appliance based on the company’s Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol.

Mike Riegel of IBM says about the MQTT...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Google releases Android Studio, more new developer tools

Just the other day, I sat in a meeting where several developers told me their favourite Android development tool is the ‘Intellij’ IDE. Clearly Google has also seen the benefits as they’ve released ‘Android Studio’ which is based upon it!

Studio’s most impressive feature is writing code whilst displaying how it will look on a whole variety of different devices in real-time; helping counter Android’s...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Languages, Monetisation, Platforms, Testing.

Google Maps gets new design, new APIs

Probably Mountain View’s most well-known, well-loved product (perhaps after that search engine thing), Google Maps, has had a complete overhaul in user interface alongside brand-new APIs for you developers to play with! Let’s take a look.

The new UI removes most of just that, the UI, leaving only a full-sized map to do the talking.

A single search box now serves as your destination for most of Maps features; along with clicking on the map itself which presents a variety of new options.

Most of the...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, iPad, Testing.

How Google I/O is completing the ‘Circle’ for its ecosystem

Heading into Mountain View’s biggest conference of the year, Sundar Pichai, head of Android at Google, warned the public the annual keynote would focus on developers rather than consumers. Whilst true, there is plenty coming this year for both sides to enjoy.

Vic Gundotra opened the conference saying: “We hope that the things you see at this conference will continue to inspire you and we will continue to earn your trust."

Trust in services is important to gain hearts and minds of individuals; Google’s...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, iOS, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

PayPal to unleash new Android SDK for in-app payments

Whilst in-app purchases become ever more popular, mainly from the rise of the “freemium” model, PayPal wants to get a slice of the pie on Android.

Announced on Monday, a new SDK from the payment service is to be released first to US developers on May 15.

 

This follows a release of the iOS version of the SDK which was debuted just over two months ago,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.

Startup Dekko moves from OS to AR with $3.2 million funding

Last year Dekko had big plans to turn the real-world into an Operating System, full of applications which blend reality with technology, a Google glass without the glasses.

The company hasn’t dropped its plans; instead refocusing on smaller steps to eventually meet their overall goal of augmented reality world domination.

 

Dekko has developed technology to map the world in 3D using a smartphone camera or tablet which is represented as “digital...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, iOS, iPad, Platforms, Testing, VR.