Most people probably first heard about drones last year when Amazon, in one of the most outlandish strategies it has ever put together to serve its customers, began talking about using drones to deliver products and services to customers. But drones--also known as unmanned aerial vehicles--are becoming something that can be used as easily and inexpensively by consumers as they are by large enterprises for business purposes. And smartphone and tablet apps are taking a driving positon in the development of the drone space.
It may not have quite the punch of Apple's iPhone 6 launch, but BlackBerry's attempt to re-ignite interest in its platform by bringing out an updated version of one of its most popular smartphone designs got some surprising reactions from app developers.
If I ever thought there was a possibility that Google Glass would fail before it even had a chance to succeed, it was when I started hearing people wearing them described with a term that sounds a lot like a swear word.
Call me crazy, but I thought Apple already had an evangelist for its forthcoming Apple Watch, and his name is Jony Ive. Nonetheless, the company is looking to hire someone to take Ive's show on the road.
Smartphones with screens of 5.5 inches generate more minutes in app usage than smaller devices, according to a joint report released by Mobidia Technology and IHS. The two firms assessed more than 25 different smartphone models from Apple, HTC, Samsung and Sony with screen sizes ranging from 3.5 to 5.7 inches model ages of one to four years.
The worst may be over, but reports that a bug in Android 5.0, otherwise known as Lollipop, was draining batteries and pushed back the OS release date had developers unhappy on Twitter.
"I think it's two years or more" before wearable technology hits mainstream adoption, said Brent Blum, wearable technology practice lead at consulting firm Ac centure in San Francisco. "The aesthetics are getting there, but the development cycles are longer for this kind of hardware."
The Nexus 6 may be the first taste app developers get of Android Lollipop, but some of the social reaction so far has been a little on the sour side.
The Internet of Things may turn out to be primarily an Apple thing, based on a recent update of Apple TV that includes support for HomeKit, sparking some bewilderment among developers.
A bigger iPhone should not lead to bigger problems for app developers, and Apple's assurances with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus seemed like a relief to many of them on social media.