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Twitter builds ‘complete reference centre’ for developers

Twitter has combined gnip.com and dev.twitter.com to produce the new developer.twitter.com site, which is said to be “a complete reference centre” for its platform and a “hub for all developer resources.” According to Twitter staff developer advocate Andy Piper, apart from relocating the content from gnip.com and dev.twitter.com in one place—including the social network’s publisher platform, Twitter Kit tools, ads APIs (application-programming interfaces), Gnip APIs and standard Rest and streaming APIs—Twitter added pages to help ...

Xamarin launches new mobile developer certification program

Xamarin, the Microsoft-owned cross-platform development software provider, has announced the launch of a new mobile certification program. The Certified Mobile Professional qualification comes through the company’s Xamarin University, which offers tutorials and learning on a variety of operating systems and languages, including Android, iOS, and C#. Naturally, these courses are not entirely altruistic. Xamarin’s platform – and indeed its mission – are based around C#, with the company’s platform page making the point that “anything ...

Apple authorised API allowing Uber to record users’ iPhone screens

Apple often takes a strict approach to security, but an apparent slip-up authorised an API which allowed Uber to record users’ iPhone screens. Security researcher Will Strafach made the claim saying the powerful ability would allow Uber to record the screen even when it’s running in the background. The ability comes from what Apple calls ‘entitlements’ which allow app developers to do things requiring special privileges such as interacting with iCloud or Apple Pay. The ...

New data shows mobile developers intrigued by AR possibilities

A survey of more than 600 mobile developers recently conducted by Evans Data shows that augmented reality (AR) is currently being incorporated in some form into apps from 44% of mobile developers, whereas the other 30% are assessing or testing the technology in their piloting and prototyping projects. The survey reveals 35.3% of the developers citing lack of awareness of the potential of AR among the general public as a major challenge, while 25% stating ...

Some Flagship Android Phones Don’t Support Netflix/Amazon Prime Video in HD

If you’ve ever attempted to watch Netflix or other paid video streaming services on certain devices, you may have noticed that even if your plan supports streaming videos in high definition, the video quality doesn’t go over 480p. This is not necessarily an issue with your Internet speed or a bug within the Netflix app. Instead, it could totally be the fault of your device itself. This is because Netflix and other services such as ...

Qualcomm, AT&T, Ford and Nokia team up for US cellular V2X trials

Qualcomm, AT&T, Ford, and Nokia have announced the first cellular V2X (vehicle to everything) trials in the United States. The tests are expected to take place in the San Diego Regional Proving Ground, with support from McCain, an intelligent transportation solutions provider, and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) among others. The move comes precisely two months after Qualcomm launched what it called a ‘groundbreaking’ cellular-V2X technology to ‘help pave a path for the ...

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority gets IoT network deployment from Silver Spring Networks

Silver Spring Networks has announced the initial successful deployment of its multi-application IPv6 network canopy at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). The Dubai-based public service infrastructure company’s network canopy extends throughout the Emirate of Dubai and is based on Silver Spring’s Gen5 technology, which is said to offer high performance, reliability, security as well as scalability. In addition, Silver Spring’s Gen5 technology has been integrated into Honeywell Elster’s smart meter devices to connect ...

Ring Video Doorbell 2: An evolution of a revolution

Every now and then, a product comes along which shakes up and revolutionises an established category. In our review of the original Ring Video Doorbell, we alluded to it being such a product. We’ve finally got our hands on its successor, and while it’s not as revolutionary as the original, it takes some major steps forward. If you looked at the spec sheet alone, it would appear little has changed with the second generation doorbell ...

Cisco and Siemens come out on top as leading smart city suppliers

Cisco and Siemens lead the list of smart city suppliers in a new report prepared by Navigant Research. The study, titled “Navigant Research Leaderboard: Smart City Suppliers”, examined the strategy and execution of 16 prominent smart city suppliers with the faculty to provide leadership on extensive smart city projects across various operational and service areas. The list was prepared by taking 10 criteria into consideration: vision; go-to-market strategy; partners; product strategy; geographic reach; market presence; ...
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