Independent Games Festival 2020 now accepting submissions
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by Richard Harris
Informa Tech, the organizers of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020, are now accepting submissions to present lectures, roundtables, and panels for the Core Concepts part of the event, taking place from Wednesday through Friday of the GDC week.
Proposals will be open from now until Thursday, August 15th at 11:59 PM PT. GDC 2020 marks the 34th edition of the con...
Blockchain based private messenger surfaces from ODIN
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Richard Harris
ODIN Blockchain is a platform enabling users to fully control their privacy. This claim is proven by the recent launch of ODIN.CHAT, the flagship ODIN Blockchain mobile app. ODIN.CHAT is launched in advance of upcoming ODIN products and services which enable users to privately communicate, whilst benefiting from innovative blockchain-related features on ODIN.
Salesforce and Tableau software become one
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Richard Harris
Salesforce has said it will buy Tableau Software for $15.7 billion in an all-stock deal, making it the largest acquisition in the history of the company. This is more than double the $6.5 billion the San Francisco-based cloud giant paid for MuleSoft last year.
Salesforce will use the acquisition to double down on business intelligence through powerful new data...
App ads.txt and developer responsibility
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 by Amit Halperin
As the industry continues its effort to clean up the supply chain, in-app is next in line to adopt ads.txt. By all accounts, ads.txt adoption was a widespread success on the web, with 75% of all web publishers implementing the file since the IAB released it in May 2017. As more budgets move to in-app placements, the IAB is hoping to see the same success with app-ads.txt...
Twitter teams up with MoPub
Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Brittany Harris
Back in March, Twitter shared how MoPub’s impression-level revenue data will enable mobile app publishers to understand true ads lifetime value (LTV) of users, which allows UA teams to better optimize paid user acquisition. Now, we’re extremely excited to announce the offering of this mission-critical solution to our full-platform publishers. Publishers will...
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...
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 ...
The benefits of single page applications as Adobe sees it
Thursday, January 10, 2019 by Gabriel Walt
Most people currently use a SPA every day without realizing it. Google Maps, Twitter, and Gmail are just a few examples of the abundance of SPAs in use today. While SPAs have been around for a while, technology advances have caused interest in them to soar over the past couple of years. Still, some misconceptions exist about the technology, many based on limitations in ...
No code platform Kintone now integrates with Microsoft Flow
Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Richard Harris
The ability to incorporate data from key applications, such as Office 365 Outlook, Twitter and DocuSign, is critical to providing a secure, centralized repository of information that can be used to equip teams to respond more quickly to business issues through enterprise-wide collaboration.
To help, Kintone, the provider of a no-code application development platform ...
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 ...
Twitter and KaiOS take on KaiOS-powered smart feature phones
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Joyce Shen
Imagine you’re a seasoned designer for smartphones working with ever-expanding resources, including memory, CPU speed, and screen resolution. Then, one day, your manager gives you an assignment to work on a device that has less of all this and doesn’t even have a touchscreen!
This is what happened to some of the designers at Twitter and KaiOS, all of whom...
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...
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 ...
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,...
GitHub Actions and other announcements from GitHub Universe
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Richard Harris
GitHub, the soon to be acquired by Microsoft company, has always been known for its source code repository capabilities for developers. But why just store the code on a platform when you can run it too?
At its annual developer conference, GitHub Universe, they announced Actions, which is essentially a way to help automate your development workflows. Actions use...
Better programmatic ads and fraud protection come from YouAppi upgrade
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Richard Harris
YouAppi, a growth marketing platform for premium mobile brands, just announced upgrades to its 360 Platform, initially launched last year. The 360 Platform hopes to address five critical needs for today’s marketers: user acquisition, brand video, rewarded video, re-engagement and social media.
Moshe Vaknin, CEO of Youappi had this to say; &ldquo...
How feature flags saved my marriage
Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Ronit Belson
A year ago, I decided to finally make the switch from an average car to a smart car. My “excuse” for spending more than $80K on a car was Tesla’s main feature, autonomous drive. This would make my 80 mile daily round-trip commute bearable. Eventually, I decided to bite the “price tag bullet” and invest in the autonomous driving car so I cou...
Game streaming and the live streaming movement according to LiveCamp
Friday, July 13, 2018 by Richard Harris
Betaworks launched their 4th accelerator program, LiveCamp, which is now accepting submissions. This year, Camp will focus on companies looking to advance the "live" participation gaming and streaming ecosystem.
Here's how it works. Betaworks will choose 5-10 companies to build into culturally significant brands, similar to what they've ...
Mobile app design tips for all generations
Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Janani Vasudev
The way we use technology to communicate varies drastically based on age, perhaps most conspicuously within family circles. Communication between a brother and sister, or another generational peer, is typically a much more fluid experience than with a parent, grandparent or distant relative. While younger generations have commonly adopted social media platforms to stay ...
What American companies can learn from Europe's new GDPR laws
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
People around the world have recently started to receive tons of emails from companies updating their privacy policies. Naturally, many ask, why this is happening, and the ones with a deeper understanding of the process mutter a four-letter combination - GDPR. While an astounding part of the US Senate appears to be confused about the concept of Net Neutrality, Europe&rs...
Software engineering interview preparation
Monday, May 21, 2018 by Tigran Sloyan
Preparing for a software engineer interview can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to prepare answers on standard questions about strengths, weaknesses, and why you want a particular job, but you also have to demonstrate proficiency in specific skills - you have to prove your coding chops.This isn’t easy when you don’t know what types of problems you will be asked...
Adding HTTP/2 to Node.js progress report
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by Richard Harris
The first documented version of HTTP was released in 1991, known as HTTP 0.9. This later led to the official introduction and recognition of HTTP 1.0 in 1996, but improvements and updates came swiftly in 1997 which stamped out HTTP 1.1. There hasn’t been a major update to the web protocol for over 15 years. As the web increases in complexity and usage, websites hav...
The future of Node.js: Q&A with Mark Hinkle
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Richard Harris
Conceived in 2015, the Node.js Foundation is focused on supporting Node.js and its related modules through an open governance model. Node.js as a technology has gone through a lot of changes in the last few years, and is becoming a staple in the enterprise. It is used across industries to build applications at any scale.Executive Director of the Node.js Foundation, Mark...
Vita finalizes secure NDA for public beta testers
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Vita Mobile Systems, Inc. has announced the Company is finalizing its plans to begin public beta testing across the US. The Company has worked with its legal team to finalize a secure non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to be used with the select public beta testers. The VITA app has already been undergoing internal beta testing and utilizing large social media influencers a...
The future of Progressive Web Apps
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Richard Harris
Back in 2012, Max Lynch, CEO and co-founder of Ionic, developed his company’s open source framework for cross-platform apps with the foresight that the web would be the future of how apps were built. Six years later, Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are gaining traction as brands like Starbucks, Twitter and Pinterest have reported significant uptick in engagement upon replac...
Live streaming your game to get paid
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by Richard Harris
Mobcrush has unveiled its new ‘Go Live, Get Paid’ platform, a set of free tools and features that enable any mobile gamer to reach and grow an audience, where they can earn anything from $15 to $2,500 an hour for live streaming their gameplay. A new survey conducted by an analyst firm DFC Intelligence and commissioned by Mobcrush found that while only 14 percent of game...
Progressive web apps vs native apps: Showdown in 2018
Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Andrew Gazdecki
Apps have become an integral part of any brand's digital marketing efforts. You'd be hard-pressed to find a company that hasn't, at the very least, thought about developing an app. It would be even more difficult to find a company willing to deny the tremendous impact that an app can have on a brand's engagement and customer experience.
Music in apps: A chat with the CEO of feed.fm
Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Richard Harris
Music licensing is a pain. We know it's there for a very good reason, but let's be honest... It can be a serious barrier to the perfect experience that app developers hope to convey. Finding the right music can be a big part of that, but nobody wants to settle for the generic royalty free music.That's why we talked to Jeff Yasuda, CEO and Founder of feed.fm, to learn ab...
ICO investment guide to review before you leap
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Harrison Gross
When reviewing a new cryptocurrency project or vendor, there is a certain amount of due diligence required. The crypto space is notorious for an abundance of charlatans, phishers and scammers which seem to only get more sophisticated and verisimilar by the day. Here is a quick checklist to run through when approaching or being approached by a party or project in crypto....
Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Richard Harris
Open source software turns 20
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Richard Harris
First let me say in full disclaimer that I love open source software and initiatives, and I come from the enterprise world as it where in 1998. The days where IT budgets were as fat as overfed guppy goldfish, and open source tech was barely used in production environments. Open source source software has always had the same set of challenges following closely behin...
App naming best practices
Friday, January 26, 2018 by Grant Polachek
Choosing an intriguing and sticky name for your app at times can be the hardest part of the whole development process. You want it to call out to potential users, be unique, yet timeless. When someone is looking in your category for an app, you want it to standout as the best app name amongst the rest. Here are a few recommended dos and don'ts when naming your...
What the end of Net Neutrality does to app developers
Friday, December 15, 2017 by Gil Regev
With a 3 - 2 vote splitting neatly along political party lines, as expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday struck down the controversial net neutrality regulations enacted just two years ago by the previous administration. It’s the happy outcome mobile operators and cable companies were hoping for, since it now frees them to completely control th...
Is this the age of the single-purpose App
Monday, December 11, 2017 by Ronnie Rios
Any time there is more than one way to do something, there will be debate about which way is best. The topic of building apps for mobile platforms has been subject to such discussions for years now. Systems architects, industry experts, developers and others have verbally tussled over whether it makes more sense to build multiple single-purpose apps or one multi-purpose...
The shifting power dynamics of news on the Web
Monday, December 11, 2017 by Andrew Betts
Over the last several years, control of news on the web has drastically shifted. Social networks and search are increasingly how we find content, and our old loyalties to our favorite publications are giving way to consumption of content from varied and ever changing sources. Large, respectable publishers are still vital to a healthy news industry and indeed a healthy d...