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 Harris
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 Harris
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...
Free photo transforming SDK toolkit gets updated
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by Christian Hargrave
Kanvas will be adding a new feature to its SDK toolkit (which it made available to the developer community for free in January), allowing users to transform their photos into artwork - for instance, turn that pic of a sunset into a Van Gogh-esque painting. With the new feature, called Kanvas AI Art, a user can simply choose a filter of an artistic style. From here, usin...
Overcoming the app marketing sticking point
Monday, February 6, 2017 by Richard Harris
Driving installs is undoubtedly an important metric for any company to track. However success goes beyond just the download. In fact, more than two-thirds of users delete an app within one week of downloading it. Because of this, app developers are tasked with keeping users loyal and engaged over the long-term, which is not guaranteed by the single action of an install....
Kanvas SDK availability for developers means more face tracking apps are coming
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Richard Harris
Kanvas SDK to offer developers Plug & Play access to a suite of mixed media technology.
AOL announced plans for Kanvas, its mobile platform for creativity, to open its platform with a new software development toolkit. The SDK will serve as a creative suite for the masses, offering four unique products to the developer community.
Rocky Balboa is back in a new app from Tapinator to celebrate 40 years
Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Richard Harris
Tapinator just launched ROCKY, a free iOS game created in conjunction with MGM Interactive, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic Academy Award-winning film. ROCKY, the ultimate underdog story of a fighter who rises up from the slums of Philadelphia to go the distance against the heavyweight champion of the world, made its first appearance on movie screen...
Here is the second round of Q3 Mobile First Insights from Opera Mediaworks
Monday, December 5, 2016 by Richard Harris
Opera Mediaworks decided to take a closer look at what it means to be mobile first and which next-gen media company might be the next “unicorns”.Opera Mediaworks gathered insights into which apps are attracting new users and rising in the rankings, which ones are retaining and engaging users, and identified the most promising apps they have seen emerge on their platform...
Why Consumer Apps Give More Insight Than Business Apps
Thursday, September 29, 2016 by Charles Caldwell
I’ve been using a smartphone since the Palm Treo came out in 2002 – now fourteen years later, my phone is absolutely integral to the way I do things: cook, travel, navigate, go out to eat, go to the movies, exercise. As the saying goes, “There’s an app for that.”What about these consumer apps is so compelling? Why do smartphone users use 26.7 apps per month on average? ...
USS Enterprise NCC1701 Comes to Star Trek Timelines Game in Honor of 50th Anniversary
Friday, September 2, 2016 by Richard Harris
The team at Disruptor Beam, a game company full of devoted Star Trek fans, just revealed plans for their celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary with Star Trek Timelines. In honor of the milestone event, Disruptor Beam has added a limited edition version of the iconic USS Enterprise NCC-1701 to the game, is running a special in-game event for players and is pa...
Creator of LureDeals Talks About Capitalizing on Pokemon Go Traffic
Saturday, August 27, 2016 by Scott Poniewaz
Britt White is a former hog wrestling world champion, but most recently gained notoriety for Lure Deals, which provides marketing opportunities for Pokémon GO. He has been a part of the Austin tech community for a few years now and runs TKM Labs, a digital agency and virtual reality firm focused on tackling industry specific issues utilizing VR and AR across areas like ...
10 Gotchas Apple Developers Should Know About in iOS 10
Monday, August 22, 2016 by Richard Harris
With the release of iOS 10 looming (Apple just released beta 7), developers everywhere should be evaluating their code to see if there are any gotcha's coming. Each iOS release comes with it’s own set of benefits for the end-user but there always seems to be that ‘uh-oh’ moment for developers.So I've taken a bit of time to point out a few of the "gotchas" that you shoul...
Silicon Labs Releases New Multiband Wireless SoC for IoT
Thursday, July 7, 2016 by Richard Harris
As part of its Wireless Gecko portfolio, Silicon Labs has released new multiband, multiprotocol wireless system-on-chip (SoC) devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) market. The new multiband Wireless Gecko SoCs enable developers to use the same multiprotocol device for operation in 2.4 GHz and multiple sub-GHz bands.The multiband Wireless Gecko SoCs are designed to su...
MediaTek Targets Android Developers with New Helio X20 IoT Development Board
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by Richard Harris
Targeting Android IoT developers, MediaTek has introduced a new Helio X20 Development Board, based on MediaTek’s Helio X20 mobile processor, offering a development board using Tri-Cluster deca-core structure and ARM Cortex-A72 technology. The MediaTek Helio X20 is based on the Linaro 96 Boards standard, featuring ARM Cortex-A72 cores within a tri-cluster...