GDC 2022 highlights
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 by Brittany Hainzinger
The 2022 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the event serving professionals dedicated to the art and science of making games, concluded its 36th edition, after a week of networking, learning, and inspiration. The conference was the largest in San Francisco in the past two years, with a total of 12,000 industry professionals attending at San Francisco's Moscone C...
Game Developers Conference 2022
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 by Richard Harris
The 2022 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the world’s longest-running event for professionals dedicated to the art and science of making games, begins its 36th edition today, in person at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The week-long conference, which also includes a virtual component, will feature more than 200 exhibitors, over 1,000 speakers, an...
Huawei brings HMS Developments to MWC 2022
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 by Richard Harris
At this year's MWC conference in Barcelona, Huawei continued to strengthen its support for developers with the debut of several new developments, including PC versions of HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, AI Search, AppGallery, HUAWEI Assistant·TODAY, and Petal Search enhanced for AR Glasses.
Focusing on its mission to help developers achieve business success, Huawei d...
DeFi platform expands into the NFT space
Monday, December 20, 2021 by Richard Harris
Umbria Network has augmented its position in the NFT space with its second phase of partnerships.
The protocol has introduced its novel Narni cross-chain liquidity bridge to a wider NFT audience via collaborations with innovative projects that are minting and selling on the Polygon blockchain. When buying NFTs on a Polygon marketplace such as OpenSea, users must brid...
Lawsuit from US developers sways Apple
Friday, August 27, 2021 by Richard Harris
Apple has announced a number of changes coming to the App Store that, pending court approval, will resolve a class-action suit from US developers. The terms of the agreement will help make the App Store an even better business opportunity for developers while maintaining the safe and trusted marketplace users love. Apple appreciates the developer feedback and ideas that...
How to get app reviews the right way
Monday, August 23, 2021 by Justin Welter
You’re playing a game on your phone and just finished a tough level. Or maybe you’re not into mobile games, but you are repeatedly swiping left if you know what I mean. Then a pop-up appears. “Like using our App? Rate us!” It stops your experience in its track to wait for a decision. What is driving these rating prompts, and why?
As Apple has ...
Kubernetes for the enterprise as Canonical sees it
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by Richard Harris
Nearly five years ago, throngs of people in cities across America started roaming streets, parks, and other places to hunt down creatures on their cell phones. The launch of Pokémon GO on July 5, 2016, created a craze, peaking at 45 million daily users and smashing previous estimates of player traffic.
Behind the scenes, a new open-source technology played a p...
Bluedot and Adeptmind band together
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
Bluedot, the leading provider of location technology for mobile apps, and Adeptmind, a leading AI retail technology company creating advanced digital discovery solutions for retailers and shopping centers, are banding together to address the gap between soaring demand for fast and easy curbside pickup and the challenge facing many brick and mortar stores to deliver a fr...
Cardano set to grow after becoming fully decentralized
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
Cardano’s recent full decentralization will fuel its appeal and price, better positioning it to take on rivals Bitcoin and Ethereum in the booming cryptocurrency market, predicts the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organizations.
The bold prediction from deVere Group CEO and founder Nigel Green comes as Cardano...
Investing in Bitcoin by baby boomers and Gen X
Thursday, February 25, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
Baby boomers and Gen X are piling into Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, affirms the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organizations.
The observation from Nigel Green, the chief executive and founder of deVere Group comes from a global poll of clients aged over 55 found that 70% of those surveyed are already invested...
GDC 2021 event lineup
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by Freeman Lightner
Informa Tech, the organizers of the Game Developers Conference (GDC), have revealed a new structure for virtual and physical GDC events for the rest of 2020 and 2021, which are continuing to evolve due to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the inability to meet in person for the near future, organizers are expanding multiple aspects of its program. GDC 202...
Oculus Connect 6 announcements
Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Richard Harris
Oculus Connect 6 unveiled Facebook Horizon, an interconnected and ever-expanding social VR world where people can explore new places, play games, and build communities - launching in beta in 2020. They announced hand tracking on Oculus Quest, which will enable natural interaction in VR using your own hands, all without the need for a controller, external sensors, gloves...
API contracts at the heart of security in 42Crunch release
Thursday, August 8, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
42Crunch, the creator of the industry's first API Firewall has released the API security platform with enhanced tools for developers to easily define security in OpenAPI contracts, enabling an agile DevSecOps experience, and providing full visibility into each individual API's security landscape. API security is complex and becomes a bottleneck wh...
Women are using financial apps more than men says Liftoff report
Friday, April 12, 2019 by Brittany Hainzinger
Liftoff released a new report in partnership with Leanplum uncovering new insights into the world of mobile finance. Specifically, it found that women are more engaged than ever with finance apps, meaning it’s prime time for marketers to double-down on investments in the traditionally underserved demographic. The report also shows the Asia-Pacific region (APAC) co...
Making mini games for WeChat's platform now possible
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Richard Harris
WeChat is now opening up its newest and powerful Mini Games platform, enabling game developers around the world to create hit games on WeChat’s unique ecosystem.
Here are the proof points:
The Mini Games platform has grown to more than 400 million monthly active users.
The 7-day user retention rate of some the most popular Mini Games has already rockete...
Publishing mobile games with Gismart now possible
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Richard Harris
Gismart has added an investment program for mobile app startups to its already established publishing unit. In addition to developing and publishing its own titles, Gismart also acts as a strategic partner for aspiring indie developers. The newly launched investment program highlights Gismart’s commitment to helping independent developers bring their titles to mar...
Enjin blockchain platform to be used by BREC
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by Brittany Hainzinger
The Blockchain Robotics Engineering Consortium (BREC) has announced they will utilize Enjin’s blockchain platform and ERC-1155 token standard for their upcoming robotic engineering system Makerverse.
In addition to a virtual 3D engineering and simulation space, Makerverse will give engineers, enthusiasts, and gamers of all levels the ability to participate in t...
Independent Games Festival finalists and ceremony at GDC 2019
Friday, January 4, 2019 by Richard Harris
The Independent Games Festival (IGF) has revealed the finalists for its 21st annual awards ceremony. The IGF Awards will take place March 20th, 2019 at 6.30pm PT during the Game Developers Conference 2019, and will be hosted by Meg Jayanth, the award-winning writer of 80 Days, the acclaimed globetrotting interactive storytelling game and former IGF Award winner for Exce...
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 ...
Open source smart contracts platform Qtum is now an AWS partner
Sunday, October 21, 2018 by Richard Harris
Amazon Web Services' (AWS) China division is partnering with public blockchain project Qtum.
The partnership sees the on-demand cloud computing giant working with a cryptocurrency project with a $325 million market capitalization, making it the 29th largest cryptocurrency, to develop blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) solutions for enterprises and developers.
Preventing bad app reviews according to Poq
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Richard Harris
Poq has released information to developers to help them understand the impacts of negative app reviews, and how to handle them, through a new white paper titled "The Ultimate Guide to Preventing Bad App Reviews". While it's aimed more towards retail-based apps, there is insightful information any developer can use inside the paper.
Poq points ...
Postman survey finds 66 percent of devs use APIs regularly
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by Richard Harris
Postman has released its 2018 State of the API Survey. This year’s survey was sent to the nearly 5 million worldwide members of the Postman community, to better understand the API developers’ workflow, pain points, and perspective for where the API space is headed.
Already an essential part of software development for web, IoT, mobile and AI applications,...
Star Trek Timelines developer Disruptor Beam teams with Tilting Point
Monday, September 24, 2018 by Richard Harris
Disruptor Beam and Tilting Point announced an expanded partnership between the two companies that will enable additional growth of Disruptor Beam's hit free-to-play game, Star Trek Timelines, as well as the co-development of another IP-based character-collection RPG (CCRPG).
The deal has an initial value of at least $29 million and follows on the success of an ag...
For gaming companies data unification is critical
Monday, March 19, 2018 by Dan Schoenbaum
When it comes to understanding the entirety of player behavior, one thing that often gets in the way is data fragmentation. Gaming companies often have customer data stored across multiple systems, platforms, and software, resulting in a “siloed” model that fails to create a complete picture of the player journey.The good news is that behavioral analytics technology is ...
FoxNext Games opens San Francisco studio
Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
FoxNext Games continues its expansion with the formation of a new San Francisco-based studio, Fogbank Entertainment. Studio director Daniel Erickson and executive producer Nathan Germick lead the Fogbank team, and have assembled a team of games industry veterans in the fields of art, writing, and creative minds to further the studio’s push into the narrative games space...
The best and worst of banking apps in 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Christian Hargrave
It’s difficult to remember how frustrating mobile banking was for users just five years ago. Some mobile banking apps would struggle to find the nearest ATM. Depositing checks by capturing an image was considered cutting edge. It was even quite possible your bank didn’t have a smartphone app.Fast forward to today. Now, alerts from banking apps is a feature that we take ...
Atari games brings Lunar Battle mobile app
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Richard Harris
Atari has announced that the new hybrid city-builder and space shooter game Lunar Battle is now available on the App Store and Google Play. Lunar Battle is a new, original Atari title where players crash land into an epic deep space adventure to explore uncharted terrain and conquer the galaxy. This captivating free-to-play city-builder incorporates arcade-style combat ...
Freemium sales tips from an expert in SaaS
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Chris Rothstein
Does the no-sales-team approach really work? Many organizations have relied on the "viral" nature of their products to scale their businesses, all supposedly without a sales team. But there is something these multi-billion dollar companies aren't telling you - all-star sales teams sit at the core of their success.Freemium has been billed as a way to generate new revenue...
When Taylor Swift crashes servers
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Richard Harris
Whether it be a new pop star album, release of a new season of a TV show, or a "fight of the century" style hyped up fight, we never quite think about what it takes in technological infrastructure to make all of the magic happen. In particular, with the release of Taylor Swift's latest song, "Look what you made me do," a similar situation arose which had many scrambling...
The first Bluetooth Mesh solution from Silicon Labs lands
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Richard Harris
To help developers simplify the design of mesh-networked devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) and get to market faster, Silicon Labs introduced a comprehensive suite of software and hardware that supports the new Bluetooth mesh specification. The new Bluetooth mesh solution benefits from the company’s proven mesh networking expertise and includes development tools, ...
Poker Night in America bets on KamaGames to make their mobile app
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Richard Harris
The KamaGames Group, have announced their partnership with Poker Night in America, the high stakes poker television show, that premieres every Monday & Sunday on CBS Sports Network in North America.The partnership will see the release of a standalone branded Poker Night in America app which will leverage the KamaGames technology platform and global liquidity of play...
Why you should make your gameplay fast (or game over!)
Monday, June 12, 2017 by Shlomi Gian
Countless mobile game publishers have tried to formulate the winning recipe for successful mobile games. Some of them seem universal and straightforward, while others are controversial or genre-specific. Not surprisingly, the indisputable ingredient that is both fundamental and critical to a mobile game’s success is simply performance. It affects every stage and each co...
Your SIGNAL 2017 conference briefing
Saturday, May 27, 2017 by Richard Harris
Twilio has a made a whole bunch on announcements at their SIGNAL.2017 conference this year. So if you didn't make it to the conference, here's briefing on some of the major talking points.Twilio launches Functions - A Serverless Environment for Rapidly Building on the Twilio Cloud Communications PlatformFunctions is a serverless environment that empowers developers to f...
Why you should add voice and intelligence to your apps
Friday, May 19, 2017 by Richard Harris
SoundHound Inc. is a voice-enabled AI and conversational intelligence provider that has turned sound (voice, music, and more) into understanding and actionable meaning, enabling humans to interact with the things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking naturally to mobile phones, cars, TVs, music speakers, and every other part of the emergin...
Jeremy Strauser joins Lucktastic as VP of Product
Monday, May 8, 2017 by Christian Hargrave
Jeremy Strauser has joined Lucktastic, a free app lottery rewards app, as VP of Product. Jeremy brings extensive game and app development experience from leading companies that include Electronic Arts, Zynga, and Topps, where he was responsible for products such as Madden NFL Football, Zynga Poker, Topps Bunt, and Star Wars Card Trader. The announcement was made by Tony...