Making hardware easy for software developers
Monday, February 17, 2020 by Richard Harris
Emerging developments in everything from 5G and autonomous cars to the latest in scientific research are requiring hardware that can reliably, rapidly and efficiently perform unique tasks and can be adapted to meet changing standards and specifications.
In this article, Ramine Roane, vice president of AI and software at Xilinx, discusses how new and existing adaptabl...
The fastest growing app markets in 2019
Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
Adjust has released its inaugural Mobile Growth Map. The global report which draws on data from nearly 3,500 apps released in 2018, charts growth, retention, and other key metrics. It also breaks data down across 31 countries and four industry verticals (E-commerce, Entertainment, Gaming, and Utilities) to reveal how well the apps have performed.
Gaming industry trends released ahead of GDC 2019
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Richard Harris
The 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) has released the results of the seventh annual State of the Industry Survey, revealing trends in the game industry ahead of GDC 2019 in March.
The survey compiles responses from nearly 4,000 game developers and reflects that nearly half of game developers support game industry unionization, as well as uncertainty around Steam...
Container security considerations for developers
Monday, October 29, 2018 by Richard Harris
On the path to a secure digital business, secure service containers bring the best of agility and security to development teams – a growing concern for companies from startups to the Fortune 500. By moving the security concern out of the application layer into an encompassing container platform, one provides a very elegant solution to significantly reduced attack ...
Gem4me messaging app is picking up steam
Saturday, November 4, 2017 by Christian Hargrave
Messaging app users have no shortage of options nowadays. Finding an app for comfortable communication with friends and relatives, out of the dozens of various messengers available on the market can be trial and error. Enter Gem4me, a messenger that offers a variety of unique functions apart from the main functionality of the ordinary messaging app. Alreading reaching 3...
A discussion with Oracle on chatbots
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Richard Harris
With recent advancements in machine learning and the convergence of compute power and big data bringing artificial intelligence into the mainstream, intelligent bots will transform every facet of every industry and dramatically improve the customer experience. We recently had a discussion with Mr. Suhas Uliyar from Oracle to chat about how Oracle is using this transform...
Multiplayer arena and game builder released by uGen World
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Richard Harris
uGen World, an indie game studio, has announced the launch of a cross-platform virtual playground for gamers to build, share, and play called Q.U.I.R.K.. Q.U.I.R.K. (Quantum Universe Interaction and Replication Kit) is directed by user feedback and fueled by user-generated content so players can enjoy an ever-changing selection of fun and innovative games. Q.U.I.R.K. al...
GameMaker Studio platform begins closed beta
Thursday, March 23, 2017 by Richard Harris
Game developers on Mac will soon receive access to the powerful GameMaker Studio platform for the first time as YoYo Games begins the closed beta period of the long-awaited Mac OS version of GameMaker Studio 2. The Mac IDE closed beta for GameMaker Studio 2 will bring enhancements since the release of GameMaker for Mac in 2011. GameMaker Studio 2 features rich func...
Gamifying an app can help it stand out along with these ideas
Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Richard Harris
Editors note: Guest submission by Hunter Jensen, Founder and CEO of Barefoot SolutionsWith more than 4.2 million smartphone apps in the Apple App and Google Play stores, there’s a lot of software that will never pick up the steam needed to become the next Angry Birds, YouTube, or Snapchat. There is good news, though. If you’re considering building an app from scratch or...
The hidden hazards of mobile app development
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Burley Kawasaki
The transition from desktop to mobile computing is not a question of if, but when. According to Gartner, within the next five years, 70 percent of software interactions in enterprises will occur on mobile devices. Little wonder, then, that organizations that are just embarking on their mobile app development journeys can often be tempted to assume the voyage will be smo...
Vungle mobile video ads platform hits $300 million in annual revenue
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Richard Harris
Following a year of significant global expansion and customer momentum, Vungle, a marketing platform for in-app video ads, has announced record company growth, reaching a $300 million annual revenue run rate (ARR), a milestone very few companies have reached in the ad-tech industry. The company has also significantly increased adoption of its software development kit (S...
Mobile automation testing tips
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by Adam Croxen
As mobile application development matures, the range of features increases, but so does the effort required to test for regressions before shipping updates. A robust automation testing strategy can help in this situation but it is important to look at some key factors when setting up test suite infrastructure. An automated UI test suite can quickly run through all ...
Finch Shift VR Kit to accelerate consumers' interest to virtual reality
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by Christian Hargrave
In spite of billions of dollars invested in virtual reality startups, current market demand for VR gadgets is significantly below earlier predictions. The industry experts see the mobile VR segment as the key to the doors to virtual reality consumer adoption. Tractica researchers forecast global sales of smartphone-powered VR devices to reach 323 million units between 2...
Strategy Analytics releases VR Apps Data Nov 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Richard Harris
Strategy Analytics tracks the apps available across the dedicated VR app stores for Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift, and the VR apps available on Steam. Data collected from the storefronts at the end of November 2016 was analyzed in the report "VR Apps Data Nov 2016: Games and Education Top App Categories in VR App Stores." Unsurprising, games is the top apps category acros...
How Emotion AI is becoming a real opportunity for developers
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by Richard Harris
We recently spoke with emotion artificial intelligence (AI) company, Affectiva, about how Emotion AI is emerging as a new opportunity for developers. Affectiva recently announced that its emotion recognition SDK has been integrated with Unity. Developers in a range of industries from gaming, education, robotics and healthcare, to experiential marketing and more ar...
VR Funhouse Source Code Just Released By NVIDIA
Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Richard Harris
Calling all VR developers! NVIDIA and Epic Games just announced the release of free mod tools for NVIDIA’s Unreal Engine 4-powered VR Funhouse. With the launch of the VR Funhouse Mod Kit, NVIDIA’s innovative carnival game for HTC Vive now supports mods, giving the community an incredible sandbox of possibilities to extend the VR Funhouse experience. VR Funhouse is ...
Four Ways for Developers To Open Source Their Next Big Idea
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Mihai Pohontu
Whether it was the printing press, steam engine, or the assembly line, history has been defined by pivotal advances in technology. We are now in the age of a new wave of advances – from the smartphone to virtual reality – that have again revolutionized how we interact with the world and access information. The growing app economy to support this technology (which c...
BiModal IT and What You Need to Know About It
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Richard Harris
We visited with Dan Maloney, CEO of Perspica, Inc., about the emergence of “bi-modal IT,” which calls for a reorganization of IT in order to meet the burgeoning digital requirements that enterprise IT is facing. Maloney provided insight into the greater need today than ever before for visibility into an organization’s application stack and how new approaches ...
Text Messaging Remains a Key Factor for Marketers
Monday, March 21, 2016 by Brian Heikes
There are so many different ways people can use smartphones today, including apps, email, music and social media. That being said, it might be surprising to hear that 97 percent of smartphone owners still use text messaging according to Pew Research most recent analysis of smartphone use. This remarkably high figure illustrates that basic communication remains a key dri...
Storm8 CEO Perry Tam's Insights into Holiday and Seasonal Game Updates
Friday, February 12, 2016 by Richard Harris
With the December holiday season barely behind us, and upcoming holiday’s such as Valentine's Day approaching full steam, we reached out to Perry Tam, Storm8 CEO and Co-Founder, to find out what his company’s approach was on preparing their games for holiday and seasonal dates.ADM: How do you decide which games to update and for which holiday seasons? Tam: The key...
Epic Games Awards $150,000 in Unreal Dev Grants
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by Richard Harris
Epic Games has awarded a new round of Unreal Dev Grants to a range of projects built with and for Unreal Engine 4. The recipients are detailed below, and more information on the grant program is available at unrealengine.com/unrealdevgrants. Awesome 2D GamesSpartan is a 2D platformer featuring “old school, tough as nails gameplay with pixel perfect controls,” ...
The Impact of Windows 10 on the Game Industry
Monday, August 17, 2015 by Stuart Parkerson
I recently discussed the impact of Windows 10 on the game publishing industry with Ethan Clark, Game Insight’s North American Manager of Strategic Partnerships. Founded in 2009, Game Insight is one of the world’s leading innovators of mobile and social games, creating exceptional gameplay experiences across casual to hardcore titles. With more than 300 million play...
Visual Studio Now Supports Game Development for Unity 5, Epic Unreal 4 and Cocos2d
Friday, April 24, 2015 by Richard Harris
Microsoft is moving to expand its impact in the game development industry with the announcement that Visual Studio support for Unity, Epic Unreal, and Chukong Technologies’ Cocos2d.Game developers will now be able to utilize the Visual Studio IDE to develop games with these platforms as each of the gaming engines' installers will now offer the ability to co-install Visu...
Valve Releases New Steam Products and Technologies at GDC 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015 by Richard Harris
Valve has announced a number of product and technologies at GDC including Steam Link, which provides the ability to stream all Steam content from any PC or Steam Machine on the same home network. Supporting 1080p at 60Hz with low latency, Steam Link will be available this November for $49.99, and available with a Steam Controller for an additional $49.99 in the US. ...
Independent Games Sales with Mike Rose of tinyBuild Games at GDC 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Richard Harris
I sat in the session with Mike Rose of Tinybuild at GDC which was all about game sales for developers and which platforms are more ideal for launching a game to. It was a packed house as many anxious developers were interested in hearing the comparative numbers across all of the platforms.Mike pointed out first that developing a good game is only half of the battle -kno...
Study Shows IoT and Connectivity Are Driving the Third Industrial Revolution
Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Richard Harris
Flexera Software and the IDC have released a new survey report, The Third Industrial Revolution: Intelligent Devices, Software, and the Internet of Things. The report provides insights into how the third industrial revolution is being fueled by device manufacturers and is transforming products, business models and revenues streams with intelligent and Internet-connected...
App Game Kit for Steam Details
Monday, November 24, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
App Game Kit 2 has been released on STEAM. A special promotion by The Game Creators is also being offered where the App Game Kit 2 is available for 33 percent off through November 28th.The Game Creators has launched its App Game Kit (AGK) version 2 allowing anyone to build apps and code quickly using cross platforms. SGK2 was funded by Kickstarter in...
As App Downloads Ramp Up for Holidays, Make Sure Your App Is Ready to Engage New Users
Monday, November 17, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
With the US economy steaming along, there is every reason to believe that holiday consumers are going to feel good about spending money this year on technology. The iPhone 6 may not be in abundant supply, however there will still be enough inventory available to significantly augment new iPad sales. And of course they will be accompanied by an onslaught of new Android b...
CurrentC Payment System Vs Apple Pay: Does CurrentC Data Breach Doom it Before it Starts
Monday, November 3, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
It’s been well publicized recently that a number of retailers - including Wal-Mart, Target, Dillards, and Lowes - are bucking against Apple Pay to pave the way for the introduction of the CurrentC payment system, which has been created by these companies under the guise of the Merchant Customer Exchange.Where some merchants like Macy’s are going full steam ahead on the ...
New Google Play Services Are Rolling Out for Game App Developers
Monday, March 17, 2014 by Richard Harris
With GDC at full steam already this week, Google has kicked off the week announcing new services for its Google Play developer program including the new game gifts incentive program and enhanced engagement and discovery options.Highlights of the New Offerings- Google is introducing game gifts, a new service that lets players send virtual in-game obje...
5 Reasons HTML5 is Right for You and Your Next App
Friday, January 24, 2014 by Dmitry Sergeev
comes to creating an app, many developers choose the iOS or Android path to
market. However, these shouldn’t be the
only options that are considered. HTML5 is picking up steam worldwide and for
good reason. It provides many benefits for developers that native apps simply
don’t have – from the development process down to the user acquisition stage.
Leadwerks Gaming SDK Arrives on Steam
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Leadwerks Game Engine: Indie Edition is a powerful and easy-to-use game engine for building any kind of 3D game. With a rapid development pipeline, Lua script integration, and available learning materials, Leadwerks is the perfect way to make 3D games that look and feel amazing. Read more for the full scoop.
Learn to Make Your Own Royalty-Free Games Leadw...
Do Advertisers Hold the App Monetization Keys and Could the Spigot Dry Up Due to False Positive Ads
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
Ok, I made up the term “false positive ads” that appears in the title of this article, you’ll understand what I mean in a moment.
While the big ad money in mobile might be a recent smart device phenomenon, the source of much of that money is coming from long standing, traditional sources: large advertisers selling cars, razor blades, and dish soap, staples of our li...
App Developer Magazine Official Launch!
Monday, April 29, 2013 by Richard Harris
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the inaugural issue of App Developer Magazine!Issue 1 - June 2013What you will find in this issue and every subsequent issue to come, is the result of months of collaborative planning, and hard work by a group of dedicated professionals who are aimed at providing app developers the most authoritative and comprehensive information y...