Andy Boxall

In Uncategorized

March 24, 2017

stack overflow developer

The vast majority of developers in the UK consider themselves at least partially self-taught, according to a study by Stack Overflow. The company’s research shows 94% of developers say at least some of their skills are self-taught, and formal degrees are only one part of their overall developer education. It says developers consider coding a passion, rather than simply a job, and 76% of developers code as a hobby. Around 26% also contribute to open-source projects, but it’s pointed out this UK figure is lower than the global average of 33%. Many developers also code as a hobby The report also examines the definition of the word developer. It says: “The term “developer” can be highly subjective depending on who you’re talking to. Some developers

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Andy Boxall

In App Development

March 24, 2017

viro media

Viro Media, a company that produces a mobile VR content creation platform, has publicly launched and announced the closure of a $2.5m seed funding round. The new investment will be used to finalise Viro’s roadmap for the coming year, and the round was led by Softbank, Eniac Ventures, and Lowercase Capital. Viro’s quick to learn platform uses the React Native framework, and it promises projects take just 10 minutes to start. Best of all, it’s cross platform, so the completed media will work with Google Cardboard (for Android and iOS, Gear VR, and Google’s new Daydream. Danny Moon, Viro Media’s CEO, told UploadVR: “We are launching publicly to gain mindshare and make companies aware that there is a great new tool out there for them

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Mob Innovation

Not too long ago, social media apps dominated the mobile space. The likes of Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have been in and amongst the top of the free app charts for years. The tide is changing, though, and messaging apps are soaring at the expense of the more public social media services. For example, comparing Q1 2015 to Q1 2016, all of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat saw a decline in the time spent in app. By contrast, user growth on messaging apps has been astounding. Social media is now less social and more of a content aggregator, with Facebook too full of branded video content, advertisements, and parents for many younger users. The privacy and directness offered by the likes of WhatsApp has evidently

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AppShow is the biggest exhibition devoted to the App Economy that’s open to a public made up of entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and users. The event will take place on October 5 to 7 at the MiCo – Fiera Milano City. AppShow will be the first European hub rich in conferences, startup pitches, workshops, contests, light talks, reports and shows about the world of the apps which influences our habits, lifestyles, daily activities for work, services, retail, culture, free time and education. AppShow’s website is always evolving and keeping up to date and shows multiple forms of participation (exhibition booths, speakers, startups). More so, startups will have the opportunity to sign up to the AppShow Rocket contest where they’ll present their business in front of an international

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  Netmarble, South Korea’s largest mobile games company and one of the top 10 globally, has announced it will file for its IPO, and wants to raise as much as $2.4b. It will sell 17 million shares which at the top value, would make for South Korea’s second largest IPO ever. The company says it’s raising funds for the purpose of mergers and acquisitions, with the intention of becoming one of the top 5 mobile game firms in the world by 2020, according to Reuters. It will also repay debts with some of the raised capital. Netmarble’s most recent hit is Lineage2: Revolution, which took more than $176m during its first month on release in South Korea. The company wants to release the game internationally

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Andy Boxall

In App Development

March 23, 2017

Android O

Google has launched the first developer preview of Android O, the next version of its mobile operating system. Developers can download the preview with system images ready for testing on the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, and the Pixel C. An emulator previews Android O on Android Wear 2.0. In a blog post, Google’s VP of engineering Dave Burke wrote: “I’m excited to share a first developer preview of the next version of the OS: Android O. The usual caveats apply: it’s early days, there are more features coming, and there’s still plenty of stabilization and performance work ahead of us. But it’s booting. Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be releasing updated developer previews, and we’ll be

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Ben Heathecote

In App Deals

March 22, 2017

hoteltonight

HotelTonight, the mobile app for last-minute hotel bookings available on iOS and Android, has successfully closed a Series E investment of $37 million led by venture capital firm Accel. The funding round also attracted new investors RSC Capital, Founder’s Circle and Aspect Ventures, while existing backers Battery Ventures, US Venture Partners, GGV Capital, Coatue Management and First Round Capital also participated in this round. HotelTonight, which boasts a 10-second booking process and promises to provide an average discount of 17% for users, said it plans to use the capital injection for working capital as it continues its growth. In 2016, which the company describes as a “transformative year”, HotelTonight achieved profitability, more than $300 million in gross booking volume and over 100% year-over-year revenue growth. This year,

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Ben Heathecote

In App Deals

March 22, 2017

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LaunchPad City, a Texas-based group focused on startup incubation and acceleration, has invested in Cosmunity, dubbed as the first ‘geek’ app for fans of comics, gaming, cosplay and anime. Based in Dallas, Cosmunity is an app-based social media and digital marketplace for comic and cosplay enthusiasts. The platform enables users to connect and interact, and also provides a marketplace for digital goods, physical goods and creative services. The Cosmunity app was launched on both iOS and Android in February 2017. In addition to the equity investment, LaunchPad City co-founders Brian Dick and Nahid Giga have become advisers to Cosmunity CEO Cole Egger and his team. Cole Egger said: “We are proud to have LaunchPad City aboard as in investor, as they have been a great resource

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A new report is predicting a massive rise in revenue generated by educational mobile games and apps in the U.S. between now and 2022. The report, published by the Serious Games Association and research firm Metaari, says the category will triple its annual revenue to just over $800m in 2022, and continue on to $1b by 2024. Sam Adkins, Metaari CEO, said: “The U.S. market for consumer educational games is growing at a five year CAGR of 24.3%, and market conditions for U.S. consumer-facing mobile educational game developers are quite favourable.” Early learning titles are singled out as one of genres most in demand, along with increased innovation and attention in augmented reality games. It’s also mentioned that location-based services are a key feature of

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alibaba group

Chinese online retail company Alibaba will create a global distribution network for mobile games, and invest $145m into the venture. Announced by Alibaba Games president Simon Shi at a press conference held in Beijing, the “Global Strategic Alliance of Game Distribution,” will help push Chinese mobile games out into global markets. In a statement, Alibaba Games says: “The association aims at bridging the mobile games distribution between China and Russia, Europe, Japan, Middle East and the US, and provide upgraded gaming experience to local users.” Alibaba will utilise big data to improve the accuracy of game distribution and recommendations, taken from services such as Youku and Alibaba Pictures. The UCWeb browser will, “play a significant role,” in distributing games for Alibaba, said mobile business group

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