Data.gov.uk provides sets of open data – various statistics regarding government and public services. DataArt launched an internal R&D project to create a tool that would help people to use this information.
We took a set of data listing prescriptions issued by medical centers. The set was made up of 35 .zip files, one for each month from August 2010 to June 2013. Monthly updates by data.gov.uk allow to keep the application up-to-date.
Following the data.gov.uk initiative, the UK publicly releases raw data from the government or public services, making it available to everyone, to ultimately increase government accountability and improve public services. Yet to actually be of use, this raw data has to be processed, analyzed and presented in a human-friendly way, rather than simply be machine-readable.
The DataArt team took up this challenge and started an R&D project to provide users with an easy way to find information about the usage of prescriptions across all general practices in England. The project resulted in a medical application that visualizes information about the cost and category of prescriptions and displays trends, such as which medications are most often used in a specific area or to treat a certain category of disease.
As you may know, Philips Hue is one of the first consumer grade Wi-Fi connected light bulbs. With very little effort it is possible to control brightness, change the color, and turn the light on and off.
For $199 you can get three Hue bulbs with a network bridge. After connecting the bridge to a wireless router with an Ethernet cable, you can set up the lights and control them using your iOS or Android smartphone.
Recent studies have shown an increasing demand of the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality industry to invest in updated Point of Sale “POS” equipment. Among the most popular trends that POS vendors are putting at the center of their strategic business focus are tablet-based solutions, mobile payments, personalized offerings from CRM software integration.
Having built an extensive expertise in mobile development (experience with all modern mobile platforms, including: iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry, HTML5), DataArt has noticed growing popularity of iPad applications in various verticals. Recent DataArt’s tablets-based projects include:
- Betting iPad App
- Product Selection and Order Placement app for runway fashion shows
- Full-scale investment reporting solution for Apple iPad
In the previous chapters of this article, we looked into such mobile game engines as Unity3D and the Unreal Development Kit, but now let’s focus on Project Anarchy.
This engine was created by Havok and was based on technologies that the company had been developing since 1998.
Initially the company only developed a physics engine, which is still used by many large game development companies such as EA, Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Bethesda and many others.
In 2007, the company was purchased by Intel Corporation. In 2013, Intel decided to enter the mobile device market with the Project Anarchy bundle for three different platforms, iOS, Android and Tizen.
Today, internet users expect a website to not only provide functionality and a user-friendly interface, but work fast. Most of efforts is spent on optimizing server side code to reduce response time (TTFB – time to first byte). However, this approach doesn’t account for delays occurring on the client side (in browser). As a result, while we have very good TTFB on the server side the end-user experience might be very disappointing.
In this article I will highlight some methods of client side performance testing in order to make your users happier with responsive web sites.
DataArt announces the updated list of owned Microsoft Certificates, having added the new one Silver Data Platform Competence. Owning Microsoft Gold & Silver Competency categories demonstrates the ability to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. Silver competencies represent consistent capability, expertise, and commitment. Gold competencies demonstrate best-in-class capability within a specific Microsoft solution area.
Today, I will tell you about several trends in the world of web-development and a couple of tricks that are to be used in 2014. Namely, as you can see from the title of this article, we will speak about responsive icons and font icons.
Talking about trends
Recently, a trend named “responsive design” started to gain traction, becoming more and more popular. Personally I am not a fan of trends. But in the professional sphere trends rule the roost and you can’t just simply ignore them. In any case, the web design trends of 2014 seem awesome to me and they are worth having a closer look. So I will tell you a bit about several of them.
As a logical continuation of my research described in the preceding article, I would love to give you an advice on how to properly design and build your page on about.me. This advice is based on experience garnered from a thousand of users who have viewed my page and by analyzing their mistakes. I analyzed the information and appearance of their pages and compared against my own statistics and wrote down some observations.
In our previous article we focused on Unity3D, so now let’s take a closer look at the Unreal Development Kit.
The UDK is the free version of the well-known Unreal Engine from Epic Games. Such famous games as “Deus Ex”, “Duke Nukem Forever” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets“ were all built using Unreal Engine 3. Partly, it is based on Unreal Engine 2, which is foundation for several dozen well-known titles such as XCOM Enforcer and Unreal Tournament.
Why am I bringing this up now? I just want to draw your attention to the fact that the lads made an iOS converter for this game engine that has been making bestsellers for several decades now and that’s gotta be worth something. However, such a big heritage also has its drawbacks.