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BlueStacks emulates Android ‘6x faster’ than leading smartphone

Popular emulator BlueStacks claims to provide six times faster performance when running Android software on a PC than a leading benchmarked smartphone. BlueStacks was created back in 2009 by Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf, and Rosen Sharma. No other emulator has achieved quite the same level of success – even receiving investment from the likes of…

Linus shows humility in apology to Linux kernel developers

Linux creator Linus Torvalds isn’t known for mincing his words, but in his latest update, he’s apologised for his rude behaviour towards kernel developers. The apology was made in the latest email to kernel developers regarding the most recent Linux 4.19-rc4 release. Only a quick note was made regarding the actual kernel, mentioning small changes…

Pusher ‘Beams’ enables read receipts for push notifications

Pusher has launched a new feature called 'Beams' which provides developers with read receipts for their push notifications, similar to using most IM apps. Read receipts are not exactly a groundbreaking new feature. Since the early days of SMS, users have been able to opt-in to receive alerts when their messages have been successfully delivered…

How Open Banking initiatives are creating new opportunities for developers

The UK’s Open Banking initiative, introduced in January, heralds a new landscape for increased competition in financial services. The legislation empowers customers to share their banking data with any trusted third-party service provider they choose – making it imperative for incumbent banks to innovate and evolve their services to compete more effectively with newcomers. This…

Android’s latest OS distribution stats are in, and it’s still a problem

The long-standing issue of many active Android devices running older versions of Google’s operating system continues. Android 7.0 (and 7.1) ‘Nougat’ remains the most popular Android version in-use today with 30.8 percent of the devices, although now being two years old. Last year’s release, Android 8.0 ‘Oreo’ is on just 14.6 percent of devices. Android…