Category Archive: App Development

Andy Boxall

In App Development

April 24, 2017

iphone camera

Developers can now integrate Apple’s Live Photos on to websites. The Live Photo feature lets iPhone owners shoot short, video-like pictures with their device, but sharing the pictures online has always been problematic. Apple has now introduced LivePhotosKit, a JavaScript API that allows Live photos to be embedded on a site, in the same way a regular still or video can be added. It appears as a DOM element, and playback can be controlled either by the developer and the site, or by the viewer. The LivePhotosKit player is compatible with Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer. This covers versions on iOS, MacOS, and Windows. However, for now it’s only in beta for Chrome on Android. Apple has published a reference guide on

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Andy Boxall

In App Development, iot

April 24, 2017

iot central

Microsoft wants to make the Internet of Things easier to manage for developers, and has launched IoT Central, a software-as-a-service solution for ease of development that’s built on its Azure cloud platform. It’s designed for customers that don’t have much experience in cloud development systems, and is a fully managed service, making larger IoT projects possible for more businesses. Microsoft wrote in its launch post: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming a critical aspect of doing business. In the same way that web, mobile and cloud technologies have powered digital transformation, IoT is the next big catalyst. Yet while IoT brings a new set of benefits for companies that want to keep an edge on their competition, it brings challenges too — IoT

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Summary: Here’s all you need to know about how an iOS application benefits your business to help it grow at a global scale. Ask this question on an open platform and no one would goad to deny the fact that Apple is the world leader in the mobile revolution. The number of users Google’s Android has compared to iOS is a different story altogether. Because a lot of factors come in and play a role in deciding these numbers like the reach, budget, accessibility, platform compatibility including others. But when you look into the size of businesses at large that iOS apps attract and the value proposition and resource authority they collectively cater to, no platform would even compare with those numbers. Of course, if your

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Andy Boxall

In App Development

April 19, 2017

camera effects platform

Facebook has announced the Camera Effects Platform, an extension to its Facebook Camera mode, which is open to developers and the first step towards introducing augmented reality effects. The platform comes with two tools, Frame Studio and AR Studio. Frame Studio works on the web, and can be used by anyone to create frames used in profile pictures or in the camera app; but it’s AR Studio where the real fun begins. Currently in closed beta, AR Studio lets developers make animated effects, masks, and interactive items for use in the camera, or a Live broadcast. These effects are brought to life in augmented reality using face tracking, sensor data, location, and special algorithms. Facebook’s beta partners on AR Studio include Electronic Arts, Nike, TripIt,

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Andy Boxall

In App Development

April 19, 2017

developer circles

Facebook recognizes developers are key to its success, and at its F8 conference has announced Developer Circles, a community for collaboration, learning, and connecting with local developers. Facebook says: “Developer Circles is a community-driven program that’s free to join and open to any developer. Each Developer Circle is led by members of the local community who act as leads for the circle, organizing events offline and managing a local online Facebook community. Developer Circles are forums to share knowledge, collaborate, build new ideas, and learn about the latest technologies from Facebook and other industry leaders. Whether a member of a circle is a student learning how to code, a developer looking to turn an idea into a reality, or an experienced coder searching for the

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Andy Boxall

In App Development

April 19, 2017

react vr

React VR, Facebook’s open-source JavaScript framework that’s made for building VR worlds, has launched. It’s designed to bridge the gap between developers who want to make 360-degree VR content, but don’t have an interest in game engines or 3D graphics. React VR requires JavaScript knowledge to make VR content for the web, and uses APIs such as WebGL and WebVR. The content is viewable on mobile and PCs. Facebook says: “With React VR, you can use React components to compose scenes in 3D, combining 360 panoramas with 2D UI, text, and images. You can immerse the user with audio and video capabilities, plus take full advantage of the space around you with 3D models. If you know React, you now know how to build 360

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This article was first published on FGL blog. The Community Spotlight returns this week to highlight a recent release from a mobile developer in the FGL community. We sat down with superstar mobile developers Vector Unit and asked them about their new game “MouseBot” MouseBot™: Escape from Catlab by Vector Unit – Official Trailer FGL: Welcome to the Spotlight! Tell us a little about yourself and your mobile game development experience Vector Unit:  My name is Ralf Knoesel, CTO and founder of Vector Unit Inc.  Our first mobile game was Riptide GP, which was designed to showcase the tablet/phone graphics capabilities of the time (2011).  We’ve since released the sequels Riptide GP2 (2013) and Riptide GP: Renegade (2016), which have been successful as premium titles on both iOS

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Do you know that Singapore has the highest mobile penetration standing at 90%? Mobile apps are in a great demand in Singapore due to a large number of smartphone users and it is no secret every company wants to ride this mobile popularity wave by launching their mobile apps. However, due to the difference in structure and functionality of mobile apps, it is hard for companies to determine the exact budget for a mobile app development.  According to Octal Info Solution, one of the leading mobile app development company in Singapore, the cost of the mobile app depends on the following factors: Type of a mobile app Design and Prototyping Complexity of a front-end development Complexity of back-end development A number of supported platforms (iOS, Android,

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Andy Boxall

In App Development

April 18, 2017

voximplant

Developers building virtual and augmented reality apps using Unity now have the chance to add in real-time video and voice communications, due to the release of a new SDK from Voximplant. Billed as the first of its kind, the SDK is simple to set up, and the feature can be activated with just a single click. Game players don’t need to leave the app to engage in conversation, whether it’s for voice or video communication. Alexey Aylarov, Voximplant’s CEO, said: “Experiences between users in VR/AR apps and games are about teamwork, competition, and social interaction – and real-time voice and video communication makes those connections between people much more real. No matter what platform an app is installed on, Unity is the engine where the majority of these

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Codrin Arsene is a digital marketer and senior product manager. His areas of expertise include digital marketing strategies, UX design, bottom-of-funnel conversion, and optimization. You can make his day by following him on Twitter @csarsene. What is Y Media Labs and how are you positioned in the market?  Y Media Labs is an award-winning creative technology firm headquartered in Redwood City, California. We partner with brands to create products that have a lasting impact. What types of clients do you work with?  We work with Fortune 500 brands and high-growth companies. Our products are used by over 300 million users. Some of our notable clients include American Express, Apple, eBay, EMC, First Data, L’Oreal, Staples and Western Union. We have also worked with  Facebook, PayPal,

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