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Veritone has announced the general availability of its latest developer application, a self-service development environment that empowers cognitive engine, application and API developers to create, submit and deploy fresh AI ideas to life via integration with the Veritone aiWARE platform.

According to Veritone, the application is publicly available as a unique resource for experts in machine learning, firms associated with application development and system integrators. It supports RESTful and GraphQL...

By Developer, 14 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools.

Facebook’s AR Studio opens to all developers


Facebook has opened its AR Studio tool so any interested developer can now build augmented reality experiences.

AR Studio was first announced back in April at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The tool enables developers to build experiences for Facebook Camera.

Facebook is attempting to use third-party developers to help close the augmented reality gap with rival Snapchat. AR Studio contains...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, Mobile, VR.

Microsoft is setting up an ‘AI university’ to address the talent shortage


Microsoft is so concerned about the shortage of AI skills that it’s setting up an ‘AI university’ to overcome it. Unfortunately, it’s only for Microsoft employees (for now.)

The internal AI university will train employees on different concepts that are important for the development of AI. Microsoft Research Director Chris Bishop says the program is designed to give practical skills and knowledge to people who are trained elsewhere in the business.

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Google rolls out Google Cloud Video intelligence API public beta; updates Cloud Vision API


Google has unveiled a public beta version of the Google Cloud Video intelligence API and has introduced enhancements in the Google Cloud Vision API by updating existing features.

The Google Cloud Video intelligence API, first released in March 2017, uses machine learning to make videos searchable and discoverable, by extracting metadata which is also used to index video content. Since the API contains a library of 20,000 labels, those not possessing extensive knowledge in machine learning or computer vision...

By Developer, 08 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud.

ParseDroid vulnerabilities threatened most Android development tools


A collection of vulnerabilities known as ParseDroid put users of popular Android development tools at risk.

Research from Check Point has discovered several vulnerabilities in downloadable and cloud-based Android development tools which all Java/Android programmers use to build their companies business applications. Even security analysts and reverse-engineers use some of the affected softwares to conduct their work.

By Ryan Daws, 07 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Security.

Fitbit now supports third-party apps on its smartwatch


Fitbit has updated the OS on its first smartwatch to support third-party apps from its App Gallery.

Following the company’s $23 million acquisition of smartwatch maker Pebble, all eyes were on Fitbit’s next move to counter the increasing threat from the Apple Watch and Android Wear-based devices.

What emerged from Fitbit was the Ionic smartwatch. Many critics say its design is uninspiring, but...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Platforms, Wearables.

Apple will stop supporting 32-bit apps on Mac App Store from January 2018


Apple will no longer support 32-bit apps on the Mac App Store starting from January 2018, according to a reminder shared on its developer blog.

The company has also asked developers to upgrade their existing 32-bit apps to 64-bit ones before June 2018. Apps submitted after January 2018 should also be 64-bit. The last Apple OS to support 32-bit apps would be macOS High Sierra.

Additionally, the company has rolled out the iOS 11.2 software update that comes with bug fixes for its iOS devices. The update also...

By Developer, 04 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Mac, Platforms.

Android Things Developer Preview 6 rolls out with new features


Android Things Developer Preview 6 has rolled out with a number of new features such as a dedicated IoT launcher, Android 8.1, and a command-line flashing tool.

Among the new features, the IoT launcher is considered to be the most significant as it displays the present state of a device through a new user interface.

The launcher can be used to configure settings and keep a check on new updates with the use of a touchscreen or USB input device. The IoT launcher is visible unless a developer provides their own...

By Developer, 01 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, IoT.

Google Realtime API to cease from January


Google's Realtime API, which provides applications and sites with similar collaboration abilities to Google Docs and Sheets, will come to an end on January 15th, 2019.

In order to avoid any inconvenience caused by the Realtime API shut down, Google is presently busy formulating products such as Google Cloud SQL, Firebase Realtime Database, and Google Cloud Firestore. The company believes this will cater to the needs of developers who are currently using the Realtime API.

In October 2017, Google announced...

By Developer, 01 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API.

How can developers improve software security? Move to DevSecOps and ‘think like an attacker’


Developers today frequently find themselves between a rock and a hard place. The business may not place security at the top of its priorities, but we all know how vital it is – and in today’s agile and DevOps working environments, developers cannot afford to finish applications and then leave the tidying up to the security team.

A new report from Veracode issued today argues that while developers do care about security, and are getting better at it, more work still needs to be done –...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Security.

Sumerian helps developers build AR, VR, and 3D apps in Amazon’s cloud


Sumerian is a new service from Amazon which aims to help developers build AR, VR, and 3D applications in AWS.

The low-code tool offers a point-and-click user interface for building scenes and applications which should help to make AR and VR development more accessible without the need for years of coding and design experience.

Sumerian has a built-in library of pre-built assets and templates, but users can...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Development Tools, VR.

Legislators say ‘loot boxes’ are subject to gambling laws


Lawmakers have been examining whether so-called loot boxes should be subject to the same rules as casinos.

Loot boxes in games can often be bought for real money in return for a random selection of items. They’re designed to be addictive, yet can feature in games available to people under the legal gambling age in many countries.

‘Designed to lure kids into spending money’

By Ryan Daws, 23 November 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Ethics, Gaming, Industry.

Anti-theft app Cerberus falls foul of Google’s tracking guidelines


An opportune moment to remember that sometimes he who pays the piper does not always call the tune: anti-theft app provider Cerberus says Google has pinged its app as in violation of its developer terms.

Cerberus offers users protection should their Android device get lost or stolen. This can range from support for Android Wear, pictures of the thief surreptitiously sent to email addresses, and coded SMS messages if mobile data is switched off.

The problem, however, relates to the tracking of location data;...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores.

GitHub now warns of security flaws in your project


GitHub is helping to ensure your project is secure by alerting developers if a vulnerability is detected.

The company says over 745 percent of projects hosted on the platform use dependencies, and that opens them up to inherent vulnerabilities.

Last month, GitHub launched its ‘dependency graph’ feature to help keep track of those your code depends on. This month, it’s about checking those dependencies are...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms.

Microsoft unveils AI development tools at Connect(); 2017


Microsoft has unveiled several new AI development tools during its annual Connect(); developer conference.

The tagline for this year’s event was ‘Putting AI into the hands of developers’ and it’s clear that Microsoft is working hard to be a leader in this emerging space.

By Ryan Daws, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, IoT, Testing.

UK computing education needs an upgrade — or risks being left behind


A new report co-funded by Microsoft and Google has found a dire need for a tenfold increase in computing education funding in the UK.

The study, conducted by The Royal Society, warns an entire generation is at risk of not having the vital technology skills for the future. In fact, it found more than half of schools in England do not even offer a GCSE in Computer Science.

Other findings in the report, led by famous engineer Steve Furber

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Keras and the Dataset API graduate in TensorFlow 1.4


The latest release of Google’s popular open-source library TensorFlow graduates the Keras framework and Dataset API.

Keras is a machine learning framework written in Python which aims to minimise the time between ideas and working implementations. It consists of two high-level APIs: Keras Sequential, and Keras Functional.

Sequential models are created using the

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, IoT.

Google’s new SDK adds spatial audio to your VR apps


Google is making it easier to offer more immersive VR experiences with the launch of a new SDK featuring support for spatial audio.

The SDK is called Resonance Audio and aims to simulate the perception of sound in the real world. This includes simulating direction as well as volume drops as you move away from virtual objects projecting sound.

As hearing represents one of the key senses, audio is one of the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Platforms, VR.

App developer vacancies increasing at twice the UK average, new research says


In February 2017, when an Adobe Digital Insights’ report found a 5% decrease in mobile app installation among residents of the United Kingdom since 2014, job search engine Joblift decided to examine the affects of this decline on the country’s job market.

Joblift found that this scenario has not affected the demand for app developers in the nation and they are being hired at competitive salary packages. It was also found that Apple leads in the UK job market, followed by Google. In the past 12...

By Developer, 07 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile, Monetisation.

Microsoft details Windows 10’s IoT capabilities in the Fall Creators Update

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