TIOBE Index July: Programming language R climbs up the rankings

The July 2020 edition of the TIOBE Index reveals an interesting climb in the popularity of programming language R.

R is a statistical language which notably crashed out of the top 20 in TIOBE’s Index for the first time in three years in May.

"A possible reason for this is that statistical programming is finding its way from university to industry nowadays, and Python is more accepted by the industry," TIOBE mulled in May.

R has made a remarkable recovery to...

WWDC 2020: The developer rundown of Apple’s biggest event

This year’s WWDC managed to be interesting for more than just the circumstances in which it was held.

Apple held this year’s event under strange conditions: the coronavirus pandemic has changed all our lives for the foreseeable future, and global protests are demanding an end to social inequalities.

"Our mission has always been to make the world a better place," Cook said. "And we're committed to being a force for change."

Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the...

Letter criticises App Store policies as EU opens antitrust investigation

A developer has penned an open letter criticising the App Store’s policies just a week after the EU announced it’s launched an antitrust investigation.

In a letter, Basecamp CEO Jason Fried set out his issues with the App Store’s payment policies.

Fried admits that money, specifically the 30 percent cut which Apple takes, is “a large part of the story” – but it’s the “absence of choice and how Apple forcibly inserts themselves between [the] company and...

New developer tools boost Google Assistant’s capabilities

Google has launched new tools for developers which are designed to boost Assistant's capabilities when responding to user requests.

The virtual assistant is regularly found to handle general queries better than its closest competitors, but too often you can think it would just be quicker to do a task yourself. We're still far off from the sci-fi visions of AI assistants like HAL and JARVIS.

Google Assistant, and its rivals, have made large strides in improving areas such...

Google further opens Maps to developers, enables Pokemon Go-like games

Google has improved the access developers have to Maps, providing the ability to build things such as games which offer alternate versions of the real world.

The most obvious example of such a game is Niantic's Pokémon Go which, while not quite as viral as it once was, remains popular today.

Niantic was once a startup within Google – back when it was known for its less commercially-successful but still groundbreaking AR game, Ingress. The company offers a toolkit for...

Sony games chief says next-gen is a ‘paradigm shift’ as PS5 unveiled

Sony has finally unveiled the PS5's design along with a host of games that will kick off a new generation described as a "paradigm shift".

The internet has had its usual fun with the physical design of the upcoming console. Many have pointed out that it looks like an obnoxious router, while others have likened it to a "new expensive campus," the eye of Mordor, and even an aircraft...

Health and fitness app downloads jumped 47% in Q2 as COVID-19 spread

Now is a great time to be a health and fitness app developer with the category witnessing 47 percent growth in Q2 2020 over the previous year.

Research from Sensor Tower found downloads increased dramatically over the months when COVID-19 was spreading the fastest.

As a virus which predominantly affects the respiratory system, it's clear that people have been trying to get their health regimes in order.

Part of the reason for the increase in demand will also be...

Game developers will now have to opt-in to Nvidia’s GeForce Now

Game developers that want their titles on Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud streaming service will now have to opt-in.

GeForce Now has had a rough start. Almost every week there’s news of big titles leaving the service or studios abandoning the platform altogether. Of course, some new games are added – but the overall quality has noticeably dropped.

The service has, or will soon, lose games from: Bethesda, Activision Blizzard, Rockstar, Square Enix, Take-Two/2K Games,...

Sonatype: COVID-19 causes 28% drop in UK software development

New research from Sonatype suggests COVID-19 has caused a 28 percent drop in UK software development.

COVID-19 has gripped countries around the world and grinded their economies to a halt. Britain’s furlough scheme – seeing the state pay 80% of people’s wages – has prevented the level of job losses seen in many countries, but that’s still over 7.5 million people currently sitting idle.

Sonatype measured open-source software download requests from The Central...

Unreal Engine 5 PS5 demo was just 1440p, 30 FPS, and lacked ray-tracing

A demo of Unreal Engine 5 running on the upcoming PS5 was running at just 1440p resolution, 30 FPS, and lacked ray-tracing.

The video is a decent graphical showcase of what the next Unreal Engine can do but is relatively disappointing on a technical level. Many gamers are expecting up to 8K games, 120 FPS, and jaw-dropping ray-tracing from the next-gen consoles, but the current demo is more along the lines of the performance from the current PS4 Pro and Xbox One...