For the general public, the term “API” may not ring the slightest bell. But did you know that without this tech component, the world as we know it today would not be the same?

For instance, without APIs, we wouldn’t be able to use social media apps on our smartphones. The mere act of using an app to post something on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn accounts have APIs involved in the background. The same goes for online streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify. They won’t work on our mobile devices without APIs.

In short, APIs form part…


Tech giants Apple and Google pair up to develop a COVID-19 tracing app.
Tech giants Apple and Google pair up to develop a COVID-19 tracing app.
Tech giants Apple and Google create a milestone as they pair up to create a COVID-19 contact tracing app.

Apple and Google have recently come together to create a Bluetooth-based COVID-19 contact tracing system. The system will use a device’s Bluetooth signals to create a voluntary contact tracing network. It will then keep extensive data on individuals who have been in close contact with each other based on their phone’s location.

If one person is diagnosed with COVID-19, they can later share this information through an app. The system will then notify everyone they’ve been close to so they can self isolate.

Why contact tracing?

When someone tests positive for an infectious disease like COVID-19, health workers will try to contain the…


The infamous Google Graveyard is about to get even more crowded this year as the execution dates of several apps draw near. In 2019, the internet giant terminated a handful of services, including the Google Allo, Google+ (for consumers), and Google Inbox. Following the same pattern in 2020, Google delivers the death sentence to five of its apps, some of which are still in their toddler years.

Google Fabric: January 2017 — March 31, 2020

Fabric was supposed to be a game-changing mobile development platform when it was introduced by Twitter in 2014. However, the platform’s sale to Google in 2017 as part of Twitter’s downsizing scheme was…


Remember the last time you left the house without your phone? What about the last time you rented a movie? Questions like these highlight to us just how far consumer technology has evolved in the last decade. From just contributing to our lives, tech has fundamentally changed the way we live.

Just a little over 10 years ago, the mobile phone was merely a device used to make and receive calls. Today, it has become the smartphone — a crucial tool that many can’t last a day without.

But why is this so?

Alongside the development of smartphones, mobile apps…


On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus a global health emergency. Since then, flights to and from many major cities in China and Hong Kong have been barred, schools remain closed, and several companies have halted work.

With China being home to many global companies’ factories and manufacturers from pretty much every single industry, the world economy is more than shaken.


Ever heard of the free to play Kim Kardashian app?

No?

Well, it exists. And it’s actually quite popular.

Look it up!

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.

Not only is it popular, but it was a major breakthrough in the app industry. In fact, it influenced other Hollywood elites like Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Katy Perry to join the fun and enter the app industry.

But unlike their stellar careers, their apps weren’t all successful and some of them were a total disaster.

Katy Perry’s app, for instance, quietly faded from existence.

But not Mrs. Kardashian-West.

She remains the…


Originally appeared on the Appetiser blog

How to Make an App? It is a question we get asked almost every single day..

Should I create an app? And if so, how do I start?

Let’s begin by mentioning that creating an app isn’t as easy as you might think.

Successful apps are always a combination of intelligent business strategy, stunning design, expert engineering, and effective marketing strategy.

Anything less and smartphone users simply won’t use your app.

Instead, they are more than likely to use a competitor’s app who has spent the correct amount of time and resources to create…


You shouldn’t build an app.

Until….

You understand that an app isn’t just the icon you see on the screen of your smartphone.

Apps are mobile-based technology businesses with the potential to impact millions of people worldwide and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

It takes time, skill and expertise to develop an app — and this doesn’t come cheap.

You simply can’t expect to create a successful app if you are unwilling to invest the necessary amount of time, effort and resources. No successful business has been created without these three ingredients.

But, if you acknowledge, accept…


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Originally appeared on the Appetiser Blog


Stack Overflow has shared the results from its annual survey on the most liked and disliked Programming Languages according to developers.

The poll was taken by almost 90,000 developers across the globe. Around 90,000 developers weighed in on what programming languages developers most enjoy using, which are associated with the high salaries, most commonly used, the survey also includes the most preferred frameworks, databases, and development environments.

Here are the results (You can jump right into the lists below):

The Most popular Programming languages
The Most popular Web Frameworks
The Most popular Databases
The Most Loved Programming Languages
The Most Disliked Programming Languages
Most Popular…

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