Unity gains AI powers from IBM Watson integration

Game development platform Unity has teamed up with IBM to integrate AI features powered by Watson.

The IBM Watson Unity SDK is now available in the Asset Store to make it easy for developers to implement services like visual recognition, speech-to-text, and language classification.

“This SDK is the first asset of its kind to bring scalable AI services to Unity, enabling developers to easily integrate...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Gaming, Platforms, VR.

Windows 10 on ARM will have these limitations

Microsoft announced Windows 10 for ARM-based devices back in December, but little information was provided about its limitations.

Spotted by Paul Thurrott, Microsoft accidentally published a full list of its limitations last week. The list has since been removed, but not before it was cached.

Windows 10 on ARM has the following limitations:

  • Only ARM64 drivers are supported

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms.

Apple suffers unprecedented leak as crucial iOS source code hits GitHub

Apple’s tight grip on its code has suffered a devastating blow as confidential iOS source code gets posted on GitHub.

The leaked iOS code is that of ‘iBoot’ which ensures a secure boot and is one of the most sensitive parts of the system. Its purpose is to load the kernel and verify everything is signed by Apple before it’s executed.

In fact, bugs in the boot process are such a concern that Apple values them at ~$200,000 as part of

By Ryan Daws, 08 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Git, Hacking, iOS, Platforms.

Google helps developers clean up their code with Android KTX

Android KTX is Google’s attempt to make writing code for their platform in Kotlin easier and more concise.

Ever since Google announced first-party support for the Kotlin programming language, many developers have been experimenting with it. As expected, when developers are getting to grips with a new language, this has led to some messy code.

Kotlin itself is designed to be friendly and easy to pick...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Java, Languages.

Turn doodles into apps with Microsoft’s Ink to Code

Microsoft’s latest Garage project, Ink to Code, can turn your new app doodles into a working project.

Some of the world’s greatest ideas started as a doodle on a napkin or piece of paper. The Gettysburg Address, the poem that gave way to the U.S. National Anthem, and the premise of the Harry Potter series — all were reportedly started on a simple piece of scrap paper.

Ink to Code wants to ensure an idea for what could become...

By Ryan Daws, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools, Microsoft.

Mercedes-Benz provides an API for its connected vehicles

Daimler-owned automotive giant Mercedes-Benz has launched a new API for its connected vehicles.

The API provides access to some data and features of the supported vehicles. On the data side, developers can request access for things such as vehicle location, fuel level, and tyre pressure.

For obvious safety reasons, developers cannot access things such as steering control. However, they can have control of...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: API, IoT.

Google shows its ‘Vision’ for accessible AI with AutoML

Google has introduced Vision, the first of its Cloud AutoML series of machine-learning solutions designed to make AI development faster and easier.

AutoML Vision is a new service which aims to simplify the creation of custom machine-learning models for image recognition. The interface is drag-and-drop to ensure it’s accessible to a wide range of developers, researchers, and businesses.

Mike White, CTO and SVP, for...

By Ryan Daws, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Skills for these ten platforms are the most in-demand for 2018

A global network of freelance engineers, designers, and finance experts has released a list of the ten most in-demand programming languages for 2018.

According to Toptal’s internal data, skills for the most in-demand platforms requested by its clients are:

  • Angular 2 (+441.5% year over year (YOY)

  • React Native (+353.7% YOY)

  • Docker (+140.7% YOY)

  • Redux (120.6% YOY)

  • React.js (+97.4 YOY)

  • Firebase (+96.4 YOY)

  • Shopify (+93.0 YOY)

  • WooCommerce (69.0% YOY)

  • Azure (+53.0%...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Languages.

Alexa learns to cook via the Smart Home Skill API

An update to Amazon’s Smart Home Skill API has introduced support for Alexa to control a range of cooking devices.

The new capabilities will enable Alexa to control kitchen devices including microwaves and conventional ovens. Support for the former is available today, while for ovens is said to be coming soon.

Users of apps...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, API.

Apple steals development tool startup from Android

Apple has acquired a startup which created app development tools for Android and plans to make it iOS-exclusive in the coming weeks.

The startup, Buddybuild, is based in Canada and will soon be folded into Apple’s Xcode engineering group. Buddybuild provides developers with a more efficient method of testing and tweaking their apps. 

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Facebook’s AR Studio opens to all developers

Facebook has opened its AR Studio tool so any interested developer can now build augmented reality experiences.

AR Studio was first announced back in April at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The tool enables developers to build experiences for Facebook Camera.

Facebook is attempting to use third-party developers to help close the augmented reality gap with rival Snapchat. AR Studio contains...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, Mobile, VR.

Microsoft is setting up an ‘AI university’ to address the talent shortage

Microsoft is so concerned about the shortage of AI skills that it’s setting up an ‘AI university’ to overcome it. Unfortunately, it’s only for Microsoft employees (for now.)

The internal AI university will train employees on different concepts that are important for the development of AI. Microsoft Research Director Chris Bishop says the program is designed to give practical skills and knowledge to people who are trained elsewhere in the business.

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

ParseDroid vulnerabilities threatened most Android development tools

A collection of vulnerabilities known as ParseDroid put users of popular Android development tools at risk.

Research from Check Point has discovered several vulnerabilities in downloadable and cloud-based Android development tools which all Java/Android programmers use to build their companies business applications. Even security analysts and reverse-engineers use some of the affected softwares to conduct their work.

By Ryan Daws, 07 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Security.

Fitbit now supports third-party apps on its smartwatch

Fitbit has updated the OS on its first smartwatch to support third-party apps from its App Gallery.

Following the company’s $23 million acquisition of smartwatch maker Pebble, all eyes were on Fitbit’s next move to counter the increasing threat from the Apple Watch and Android Wear-based devices.

What emerged from Fitbit was the Ionic smartwatch. Many critics say its design is uninspiring, but...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Platforms, Wearables.

Sumerian helps developers build AR, VR, and 3D apps in Amazon’s cloud

Sumerian is a new service from Amazon which aims to help developers build AR, VR, and 3D applications in AWS.

The low-code tool offers a point-and-click user interface for building scenes and applications which should help to make AR and VR development more accessible without the need for years of coding and design experience.

Sumerian has a built-in library of pre-built assets and templates, but users can...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Development Tools, VR.

Legislators say ‘loot boxes’ are subject to gambling laws

Lawmakers have been examining whether so-called loot boxes should be subject to the same rules as casinos.

Loot boxes in games can often be bought for real money in return for a random selection of items. They’re designed to be addictive, yet can feature in games available to people under the legal gambling age in many countries.

‘Designed to lure kids into spending money’

By Ryan Daws, 23 November 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Ethics, Gaming, Industry.

GitHub now warns of security flaws in your project

GitHub is helping to ensure your project is secure by alerting developers if a vulnerability is detected.

The company says over 745 percent of projects hosted on the platform use dependencies, and that opens them up to inherent vulnerabilities.

Last month, GitHub launched its ‘dependency graph’ feature to help keep track of those your code depends on. This month, it’s about checking those dependencies are...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms.

UK computing education needs an upgrade — or risks being left behind

A new report co-funded by Microsoft and Google has found a dire need for a tenfold increase in computing education funding in the UK.

The study, conducted by The Royal Society, warns an entire generation is at risk of not having the vital technology skills for the future. In fact, it found more than half of schools in England do not even offer a GCSE in Computer Science.

Other findings in the report, led by famous engineer Steve Furber

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.