SendBird raises $52M
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by Richard Harris
SendBird announced the closing of a $52 million series B round of fundraising led by ICONIQ Capital and joined by existing investors, Shasta Ventures, August Capital, Y Combinator, and Funders Club. SendBird will use the funding to rapidly scale the company to fully address today’s $4.2 billion service addressable market for user-to-user messaging services. SendBi...
Mesh networking security from NeuVector at IBM Think 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019 by Richard Harris
NeuVector announced a new platform integration with the Istio and Linkerd2 service meshes that expands NeuVector’s security capabilities for production Kubernetes deployments. The integration - developed in coordination with IBM Cloud and the Istio open source development team - delivers new capabilities for network visibility and threat detection, even for connec...
Develop on the Mainframe like any other cloud platform with Zowe
Monday, February 11, 2019 by Richard Harris
The Open Mainframe Project announced that Zowe, an open source software framework for the mainframe that strengthens integration with modern enterprise applications, is now production ready less than six months after launching. Any enterprise or solution developer can access the Zowe 1.0 source code or convenience build and incorporate it into their products or services...
API standards are a real problem says Smartbear
Thursday, February 7, 2019 by Richard Harris
A new global survey from Smartbear reveals API standardization is the number one technology challenge teams face when developing APIs. The report titled "The State of API 2019 Report" uncovers API standardization as the top challenge facing API teams as they support the continued growth of microservices. The survey prompted more than 3,000 responses from ...
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...
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...
How Ethereum's hard fork could rebound the future of crypto
Thursday, January 17, 2019 by Richard Harris
Ethereum crypto coin speculation can be found in just about every corner of the Internet, right along with many other crypto coins. But what is it about Ethereum that intrigues so many?
According to the deVere Group, Ethereum's ending value could be $2500 sometime in 2019, and it will continue to grow through 2020, because of the use of the platform itself and th...
No-call registry won't stop robo-calls from finding you
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by Richard Harris
Progress in the fight to block robocalls has been slow or non-existent, a new survey finds.
Approximately half of consumers who signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry (49%) say they receive the same number of robocalls, and 19% say they receive more robocalls since signing up. The findings come from a recent survey by Clutch, the leading B2B research, ...
AI for elderly care launches at CES
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by Richard Harris
CarePredict, a digital health company that provides preventive healthcare solution for senior adults, announced the launch of their direct-to-consumer product, CarePredict Home, at CES 2019, the world's largest consumer technology show. CarePredict was the first-to-market to use machine learning, smart wearables, and unique kinematics to quantify daily activities pe...
Guest Post: It's Not a Web App, It's An App You Install From the Web
Monday, January 7, 2019 by Richard Harris
We received an email…
"I heard about Forecast, but I couldn’t find it in the App Store. How do I get it?"
"You don’t get it from the App Store: just go to http://forecast.io/ on your phone, and you’ll be given instructions on how to download it."
"Wow, this is great! I didn’t know you could get apps outsid...
Mobile app ad spending predicted to hit $64B by 2020
Thursday, December 20, 2018 by Richard Harris
The app advertising market is poised to grow at a rapid pace over the coming years, surging 136% from $27.1 billion in 2017 to $64.1 billion in 2020, according to a new market research study by AppsFlyer, the leading mobile attribution company.
The new report projects that mobile app marketing spend will grow at an average year-over-year rate of 34%. Growth is foreca...
IoT Gateway uses Ubuntu Core and integrates with AWS IoT Greengrass
Monday, December 10, 2018 by Richard Harris
Rigado’s Cascade IoT Gateway running Canonical’s secure operating system Ubuntu Core, has integrated with the newly released Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT Greengrass features to help give teams an easy-to-use mechanism to get Bluetooth-based data to their cloud applications.
This new functionality combines the scalability of AWS IoT Greengrass edge comput...
5 app development tips to help you avoid disaster
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by Joe Hanson
Mobile app development: it’s easy and straightforward in the lab, but once your app is deployed to the wild, all bets are off. You need to deliver seamless, fast experiences for users on low-powered devices, in any number of network environments.
When it comes to building mobile apps, uncontrollable user behavior can lead you down the path to death by 1000 pape...
Finding the perfect server size for your cloud deployment
Saturday, November 24, 2018 by Bill Supernor
Serving sizing in the cloud can be tricky. Unless you are about to do some massive high-performance computing project, super-sizing your cloud virtual machines/instances is probably not what you are thinking about when you log in to your favorite cloud service provider. But from looking at user data, it certainly does look like a lot of folks are walking up to their nei...
Naughty or Nice app Christmas anomaly redo
Friday, November 23, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
The Santa Naughty or Nice Scan game, app, or whatever word you use to describe it, was first created and published in 2011 by Moonbeam Development. It was an instant hit, and it's now grown into a favorite app kids and parents download and use every year as leverage with their kids, or just to celebrate some sort of holiday tradition. O...
Diffusion data streaming platform gets an update
Friday, November 23, 2018 by Richard Harris
Push Technology released new functionality in their Diffusion Intelligent Data Platform to increase security authentication and authorization handling, facilitate easy transitioning from REST-based applications to streaming data applications, simplify development of multi-user and collaborative applications, and enhance data compression for large payload distribution ap...
US tech companies with customers in Europe should worry about Brexit
Friday, November 16, 2018 by Shane Nolan
The terms of the impending exit of the UK from the European Union have yet to be resolved, which leaves many American software companies doing business in the EU in a state of confusion. With March 29, 2019, looming - the official date of withdrawal - the chance of a "hard" Brexit increases, in which the UK fully leaves the European Union and its taxes and tra...
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...
Holiday marketing strategies 2018 from Helpshift
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by Richard Harris
New proprietary internal data has been released from Helpshift, the company whose AI-powered customer service platform enables consumer brands to message back and forth with their customers to get their questions answered efficiently.
Helpshift’s inaugural Holiday Performance Index includes data from the company’s retail and e-commerce customers for...
Top ranking mobile games earn 10X what other games do
Monday, October 29, 2018 by Richard Harris
A report from Mobvista-owned GameAnalytics has shown yet again just how competitive the mobile games industry is, with a minority of top-performing titles capturing a disproportionate slice of the $70 billion forecast to be spent on mobile games in 2018.
The report, titled "Mobile Gaming Benchmarks", is GameAnalytics’ second global anal...
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,...
The iPhone XS phones and low code programming complexity
Monday, October 1, 2018 by Richard Harris
The new iPhone XS devices are the most complex and sophisticated phones Apple has ever produced. Just concerning sheer technology inside - know that the A12 Bionic processor inside is the first commercially available 7-nanometer chip for consumers, and that it contains 6.9 billion transistors. It has an eight-core CPU that's capable of crunching five tril...
Agile failure is common but this can help
Monday, August 27, 2018 by Rachel Burger
With the closing “ding” of the New York Stock Exchange, CA Technologies, the first software company to break $1 billion in revenue in 1989, confirmed that it would no longer be an independent company. Broadcom, a massive global semiconductor company, closed the deal at $18.9 billion, touting that its newfound ownership would bring diversity to its “mis...
Developer collaboration tools and tips from someone who knows
Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Richard Harris
Lots of organizations claim to prioritize transparency. And there are certainly plenty of tools out there that make it easy for coworkers to share information and communicate, but does that always equate to transparency? Why are people often dissatisfied with their companies' approach to developer collaboration and team collaboration in general?
Using GraphQL for building internal apps quickly
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by Tanmai Gopal
The transition from IT’s role in organizations, from a mere horizontal function to one of a strategic advantage, is playing out the world over. However, most change management techniques behind these efforts tend to disproportionately focus on end-user facing software - often at the cost of intra-organization or internal applications (apps).
Internal apps prope...
How the reddit security breach reminds us to be careful
Monday, August 6, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
reddit recently disclosed in their announcements feed of a security breach into their system which the hacker "managed to access some user data, including some current email addresses and a 2007 database backup containing old salted and hashed passwords." Include in the disclosed information was some reddit source code and some log files.
They went on to sa...
Low-code platform by LANSA announces big updates
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Richard Harris
LANSA has announced a major new release of its software development platform, Visual LANSA. The update plans to improve developers' ability to build scalable mobile, web and desktop applications significantly faster than before, in order to accelerate customers’ digital transformation projects.
Visual LANSA key improvements include:
Mobile monetization benchmark report drops by SOOMLA
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by Richard Harris
SOOMLA released the second part in their Monetization Benchmarks series for Q2. The report provides an in-depth comparison of Monetization levels collected from hundreds of apps and a ranking of monetization providers in the mobile industry.
The majority of mobile apps already utilize advertising as a monetization channel. However most publishers only know the averag...
The network is now open for developers
Monday, July 9, 2018 by Kanwal Sarwar
A year ago, Cisco launched the most ambitious network re-think: the intent-based networking offering, Cisco DNA, and its centerpiece control software, DNA Center. It treats every network device - be it wired, wireless, or wide-area - as part of a unified fabric, giving IT a simpler, more cost-effective way to take control of one of their businesses’ most valuable ...
PHP support reaches Instana microservice monitoring
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Richard Harris
Instana announced functional enhancements around code-level visibility and monitoring that help make it easier for DevOps to monitor microservice applications. The enhancements include automatic instrumentation for applications written in PHP. The company also announced the addition of REST API support to its Python Monitoring capabilities.
“With polyglot micro...
KaiOS talks smart feature phones and app developers
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Richard Harris
KaiOS is a Linux-based mobile operating system built on a fork of Firefox OS that first appeared in 2017 and was developed by KaiOS Technologies Inc. in San Diego. We recently chatted with Tim Metz, Marketing Director at KaiOS Technologies, about KaiOS' emerging operating system for smart feature phones. We discuss why these devices are becoming relevant again, what...
Automating API testing just got easier
Friday, June 8, 2018 by Richard Harris
SmartBear released a new update to SoapUI Pro, an automated API testing tool. SoapUI Pro 2.4 provides a new native Jenkins plugin for easy integration with the popular CI/CD tool and has enhanced the API Discovery capability to convert API traffic to automated API tests.
As organizations move to shift their testing into earlier development phases and adopt Agile prac...
Millennial targeted news app SQUID hits 1M downloads
Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Richard Harris
SQUID App - the first news app built for millennials, was developed by Njuice AB, a media company based in Stockholm, Sweden, has just crossed 1,000,000 downloads and the company is growing its user-base by double-digit numbers every month.The goal of the app is to make relevant news readily available, offering a wide range of topics that let users select and create the...
Low code development platform gets an update from Filemaker
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Richard Harris
The low-code mobile app platform FileMaker, Inc. has announced the release of the FileMaker 17 platform which features starter apps and master-details layouts in hopes to make app development easier, and faster when using their tools. It also includes a redesigned FileMaker Server Admin Console and new FileMaker Admin API to help streamline custom app management.Compani...
What if we never had to look at code to make an app
Monday, May 7, 2018 by Richard Harris
I find it humorous and a little dissatisfying that programming is sometimes defined as; “the action or process of writing computer programs ”, as if we are just sitting down to write a short story!So here is my definition of programming. Programming is a complex set of engineered problem-solving ideas from the widespread neural network of the brain, that gets translated...