GDPR for app developers as seen by former CTO of CBS
Thursday, June 13, 2019 by Richard Harris
GDPR is only the beginning. Data protection laws impacting how developers manage customer data are exploding all over the globe. Recently, Turkey fined Facebook, Microsoft updated its Compliance Manager, and California prepared to implement its new privacy regulations.
As companies and app developers increasingly rely on a global customer base, combating this issue i...
Making edge computing easier to deploy and access for developers
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
MobiledgeX announced its “Edge Experience” developer discovery program to simplify how developers and device makers integrate edge performance and test in real edge networks globally. The program kicked off recently with MobiledgeX providing code for the first edge computing hackathon, hosted by Telecom Infra Project (TIP) at Facebook’s campus in Menlo...
Embracing feature experimentation one step at a time
Thursday, June 6, 2019 by Sophie Harpur
For many organizations, when it comes to product development and evolution, experimentation can be a loaded word. It can carry connotations of both guesswork, ‘gut-feel,’ and ad-hoc exploration as well as formal, math-heavy, dense work depending on your experience. But in a world of continuous delivery, where incremental updates to products are constant and ...
Delivering personalized experiences without being creepy like Amazon
Thursday, May 23, 2019 by Richard Harris
Amazon has seeped its way into every inch of our lives, and it’s increasingly difficult to ignore Bezos’s touch as Amazon presence rapidly monopolizes books (Kindle, Audible and Goodreads), groceries (Whole Foods), clothes (Zappos), movies (IMDB), news (Washington Post), gadgets (Ring and Alexa), space travel (Blue Origin), medicine (PillPack) and more.
GDPR report after one year
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by Richard Harris
Data protection and privacy has always been important, but with the implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, companies are now thinking about it differently and are more critical of how they secure their data - especially as it pertains to sensitive and Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
With the one-year anniversary of...
How and why to use feature flags
Friday, April 12, 2019 by Richard Harris
Some of the world’s most successful and best-known tech companies, including Netflix, Instagram and Facebook, use product experimentation and feature flagging to capture accurate data about customers and product ideas and gain intelligence on market trends.
Split CEO and co-founder Adil Aijaz says organizations that embrace feature flagging and experimentation ...
Bidalgo expands into London
Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Richard Harris
Bidalgo has expanded to London to help app marketers in the region achieve growth quickly, easily and profitably.
The London office will be managed by Oliver Gold, who was recently hired as Bidalgo’s UK Country Manager. With 16 years of experience in digital media, Mr. Gold will oversee all UK operations for the company, including the development of strategic b...
The best places to market your app listed in new report from AppsFlyer
Monday, March 25, 2019 by Richard Harris
AppsFlyer released its latest Performance Index as well as insights highlighting the rapid growth of key platforms and advertising sources beyond Facebook and Google.
Among the networks to see the biggest changes was Snap, which rose to third place in the overall non-gaming ranking for Western Europe. Looking toward the rest of the app install market beyond Facebook ...
API security testing just got easier with 42Crunch's new scanner
Thursday, March 21, 2019 by Richard Harris
42Crunch officially released the 42Crunch API Platform, an API security cloud platform to discover vulnerabilities in APIs and protect them from attack. The 42Crunch Platform can protect SaaS, Web, or IoT APIs, as well as microservices.
This follows the launch of the free API Contract Security Audit tool at APISecurity.io earlier this month. The tool helps API d...
Everything Unity said at GDC 19
Thursday, March 21, 2019 by Brittany Harris
Unity Technologie's keynote at GDC 19 was filled with new technological breakthroughs and partner announcements that showcased everything that developers need to create, operate and monetize for today and tomorrow. Key partners and customers from Tencent, Activision, Glu Mobile, and NVIDIA joined Unity to set the stage for a week filled with hands-on experiences, op...
Best practices to avoid being removed from the Apple App Store
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by Richard Harris
For any app developer, developing a top-ranking app on Apple’s App Store would be a career highlight. Yet thanks to Apple doubling down on user privacy, even popular apps like Facebook have been taken offline. For developers, it’s increasingly important to stay abreast of rapidly-changing privacy, compliance and policy changes to avoid a similar fate -the dr...
Female gamers are an untapped market for developers
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Richard Harris
Here are some fun facts. Women gamers make up 65% of all active gamers and they also play mobile games at a higher rate than men. What's even better for app developers and publishers, is that 79% of those females are more likely to make in-app purchases.
Brands want to reach this highly engaged audience, and yet, a large part of the gaming app industry's outp...
UK parliamentary report says Facebook should be regulated
Monday, February 18, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
Facebook and its executives have been labeled "digital gangsters" in a UK parliamentary report that calls for the company to be regulated, after an 18-month long investigation. The 180-page document says that Facebook willfully broke data privacy and competition laws.
A summary of the UK parliamentary report finds
Compulsory Code of Ethics for te...
Data science and the currency of the future
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by Richard Harris
A recent study performed by IDC and Seagate forecasted that by 2025, global data will grow to 163 zettabytes. For scale, that’s approximately 1 trillion gigabytes per zettabyte. As the amount of available data grows, businesses are clamoring for larger and larger pieces of the pie. However, when it comes to leveraging data, success doesn’t rest on the quanti...
Why everyone should learn to code
Monday, January 28, 2019 by Richard Harris
Learning how to program software isn't necessarily the easiest thing you'll ever do. In fact, it's going to be one of the hardest. Programming and code are difficult, and not just in the sense of understanding logic and syntax, but also in the way that it's a never-ending achievement because it's always evolving. Programmers never stay in one place v...
Game developer tips and insight for 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Richard Harris
2019 offers promising new opportunities for game developers to reach new markets. But how can developers best capture diverse users’ attention and loyalty? Webpals Mobile, a performance-driven mobile-app user acquisition company, recently conducted a study comparing advertising driving gaming app downloads in the United States and Asia. Drawing on insights from th...
Blockchain development with strong APIs
Monday, January 21, 2019 by Richard Harris
2018 was the year of blockchain “pilot” projects - where companies began to truly explore all of the possibilities of the technology. For example, in PwC’s 2018 survey of 600 executives, 84 percent said their organizations had at least some involvement with blockchain technology - but only 15 percent reported having gone live.
As we jump into 2019, ...
Developing video games that work for everyone
Monday, January 14, 2019 by Matias Nicolas Rodriguez
Video games are interactive experiences – as the player, you can live many different lives racing fast cars, fighting great creatures and going on exciting, magical adventures. For as long as video games companies have existed, the focus has been largely on games that are fun to play.
Of course, though, we’ve all had to sit out a round and wait for a free...
How the US Government shutdown could effect your app
Friday, January 11, 2019 by Richard Harris
The impacts of the US Government being offline are obvious to the daily operations of the National parks, security agencies, and other federally funded offices. But it doesn't stop there. Techcrunch recently reported how this shutdown (close to the longest running in history), is affecting IPO ready companies, and Karen Hao, a reporter for MIT Technology Review rece...
Tech to expect at CES 2019
Friday, January 4, 2019 by Richard Harris
CES 2019 is almost here, but before the lights come on and the crowds begin to gather, here’s a sneak peek at what Futuresource Consulting expects will be the key tech trends to hit the global consumer electronics stage in January.
Headphones will make a big noise
Headphones have been making a resurgence over recent years and the category’s ascendance ...
App localization done right
Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Neal Thoms
Mobile devices are everywhere, and so are the apps that run on them. Vast numbers of smartphones mean vast numbers of users – and irrespective of the language they speak or where they live, these users demand a wide range of specialized applications.
If you’re a mobile app developer, you may have already considered adapting your product to other markets. ...
Blockchain remakes of popular Atari games in the works
Monday, December 24, 2018 by Richard Harris
Atari, an iconic consumer brand and interactive entertainment producer, announces that it has entered into a license agreement with Animoca Brands Limited, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited (listed on ASX: "AB1"). The Agreement grants Animoca Brands the rights to produce and publish blockchain versions of the popular Atari mobile game titles R...
Instant playable ads coming to Google Play
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Richard Harris
CrossInstall, a company creating interactive mobile ads, has announced a partnership with Google to bring their Instant Playables to Google Play. Instant Playables, available for free as a value-added service for CrossInstall’s Creatives as a Service (CaaS) clients, allow users to try out apps and games directly on Google Play without a download, via Google Play I...
Facebook Instant Games turns two with 20 billion game sessions played
Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Richard Harris
Facebook is celebrating the second year for Instant Games, its gaming platform based onHTML5 technology that allows people to find and play games directly in the News Feed or Messenger conversations. Along with a recent blog post about the milestone, Facebook has also released some new stats, and updates about the platform.
Facebook Instant Games Statistics 2018...
WordPress MarfeelPress plugin gives power to the publisher
Thursday, November 29, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Marfeel announced that it has launched MarfeelPress, their first all-in-one plugin that enables publishers of all sizes using the WordPress content management system (CMS) to enhance the mobile version of their content while boosting engagement and ad revenue. In the first stage of its official launch, Marfeel will be releasing the plugin to select publishers by invitat...
Get your hyperlocal news fix with the Patch
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Richard Harris
Patch has launched a new app for iOS and Android. The Patch app allows users to subscribe to a personalized newsfeed from multiple cities and towns across the U.S. Following a soft launch earlier this year, the app already has over 233,000 downloads and averages a 4.5-star rating on both the Apple and Android app stores.
“Everyone has a different idea of ...
Mobile app advertising trends in 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Richard Harris
PubMatic has released its third Quarterly Mobile Index (QMI) of 2018. The report includes key insights around the growth in mobile app advertising, highlighting trends in mobile video, header bidding and the expansion of cross-channel monetization. The newly released findings will guide publishers and buyers toward smarter programmatic strategy and projected future mobi...
Netifi offers new way to create microservices and cloud native apps
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Netifi just put out their first product, a free download of Proteus Community Edition, which helps reduce the complexity associated with developing and deploying microservices and cloud-native applications. Proteus, based on the open source RSocket protocol, takes care of networking complexity, such as routing, session resumption, application flow control and predi...
More companies want fairness to open source license enforcement
Monday, November 12, 2018 by Richard Harris
Red Hat, Inc. has announced that Adobe, Alibaba, Amadeus, Ant Financial, Atlassian, Atos, AT&T, Bandwidth, Etsy, GitHub, Hitachi, NVIDIA, Oath, Renesas, Tencent, and Twitter have joined an ongoing industry effort to combat harsh tactics in open source license enforcement by adopting the GPL Cooperation Commitment. By making this commitment, these 16 corporate leader...
Machine learning, crowdsourced data, and the birth of Gengo.ai
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by Richard Harris
The glue that holds machine learning and artificial intelligence together is data. Without the data to create complex learning algorithms from, and to create those life-like AI experiences - neither of them are worth a brass farthing.
Charly Walther, the VP of product and growth at Gengo.ai, joined Gengo from Uber, where he was a product manager in Uber’s Advan...
Single Page Application security help
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 by Richard Harris
Single-page applications, or SPAs, are web apps that load a single HTML page and dynamically update that page as the user interacts with the app. Their origins are unclear but the concept was discussed as early as 2003 according to the archives on Wiki. SPAs use AJAX and HTML5 to create fluid and responsive Web apps, without constant page reloads - that literally means,...
DuckDuckGo vs. Google vs. Privacy
Friday, October 19, 2018 by Richard Harris
Online privacy is becoming harder to find - Facebook gathers users’ data to sell to third parties, Google tracks everyone’s searches, ISPs in many countries gather communication data, and governments are increasingly demanding backdoor access to encrypted devices. In the latest news, Google exposed the data of 500,000 Google+ users and didn’t...
AI social network Hibe launches using Oracle Cloud
Friday, August 17, 2018 by Richard Harris
Oracle announced Virtual Artifacts has launched its mobile application network, Hibe, with Oracle Cloud. The company has developed Hibe as a new social network for mobile applications that lets consumers communicate with each other from their social platform of choice. To prepare for rapid growth, Virtual Artifacts invested in Oracle Cloud, including Oracle Autonomous D...
Mobile game developers get another playable ads platform choice
Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Richard Harris
A playable ads solution has been launched by Synative, which is now available to all game developers. The Synative playable ad platform allows users to design and create their own ads, eliminating the expensive and time-intensive process of working with outside designers and web coders.
“Synative is reinventing the way mobile game developers design and create p...
Integrate video into apps easier using new tech from Cloudflare
Thursday, August 9, 2018 by Richard Harris
Cloudflare announced the general availability of Cloudflare Stream, a new way for content owners and app developers to integrate video into any application or website.
Prior to Cloudflare Stream, if businesses wanted to move beyond just uploading videos to a consumer service like YouTube, they had to use at least three different services: one to encode video into a s...