Windows Embedded Compact Migration and End-of-Life Support

2018-10-09T10:27:16+00:00

  New Series: Windows Embedded Compact Migration: What You Need to Know - Part 1     With end of life dates for Windows CE and Mobile OS, our new series Windows Embedded Compact Migration: What You Need to Know explores the key considerations when planning for the lack of support for Microsoft Embedded devices.     Part 1: Windows Embedded Compact Migration and End-of-Life   Windows Embedded Compact 6.0 has been available since 2006 and Windows Embedded Compact 7.0 dates back to 2011.   For device manufacturers and software developers, there are several important dates in the platforms’ product lifecycles, especially when ‘mainstream’ and ‘extended' support ends.   Mainstream support is available during system development when problems occur that may require Microsoft assistance. Windows customers can raise a [...]

Windows Embedded Compact Migration and End-of-Life Support2018-10-09T10:27:16+00:00

Top 5 Tools for Cross Platform Mobile Development

2018-10-09T11:25:44+00:00

    Mobile Application Development Series – Part 3   Welcome to part 3 of our 5-part series on mobile application development.   Part 1 looked at the essential breakdown of your mobile application development budget, and how to financially plan carefully for project success. And we examined priorities to consider when matching the right mobile application development company for your project in Part 2. Now, straight on to part 3 - and (in our humble opinion) the best tools around right now for cross platform mobile development...   Top 5 Tools for Cross Platform Mobile Development When those sudden moments of genius strike, you could be onto the next big thing – the new Angry Birds or Snapchat might be around the corner. But the main practicality in [...]

Top 5 Tools for Cross Platform Mobile Development2018-10-09T11:25:44+00:00

Mobile Application Development Cost: The Real Deal for a High Quality App

2018-10-09T09:28:41+00:00

Mobile Application Development Series – Part 1   “Which are the top cross platform mobile app development frameworks?” “Hmm…think I’m gonna need a development partner. How do I choose the best one..??” “Which app development tool should I use?”   If you’re trying to figure out app dev concerns like these, then you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to our 5-part series on mobile application development. Over the next few weeks we’ll delve into some of the key issues around mobile app dev and address queries like the ones above. So, to kick off the series, we’re taking a look at essentials you need to consider when working out your mobile application development cost. No matter how fantastic your mobile app idea is, it always has to be [...]

Mobile Application Development Cost: The Real Deal for a High Quality App2018-10-09T09:28:41+00:00

13 Free Electronics Design Tools & PCB Design Software

2018-10-09T10:38:55+00:00

13 Free Electronics Design Tools & PCB Design Software Read our guide to 13 top free electronics design tools and PCB design software including freeware.   Our embedded systems engineers have been looking at some of the most useful free electronics design tools available today. If you are looking to predict PCB characteristics, manipulate screens or some other embedded systems task - check out our handy list.     Hopefully you’ll find something to add to your toolkit that will help improve your workflow…     13 Free Electronics Design Tools & PCB Design Software     1. Audacity - audio editing Audacity is a comprehensive software kit for editing audio files and adding sound effects. It works with several file types, including OGG, WMA, MP3, and WAV for [...]

13 Free Electronics Design Tools & PCB Design Software2018-10-09T10:38:55+00:00

Secure Boot on the iMX6 – Part 2

2018-10-09T10:35:09+00:00

With embedded systems security such a hot topic right now, we’re looking at the secure boot on the iMX6, one of electronics’ most popular processors. Part one was really an introduction to the secure boot process, examining it in detail. Here, in the second instalment of our 3-part series, we cover managing the hardware, the pitfalls of the secure boot process, and authentication.   Secure Boot – Leveraging the Hardware It’s a suite of hardware - you have secure storage, you have one-time storage, you have hardware-accelerated cryptography. Security algorithms can be hardware-accelerated which combine to make a speedy and secure boot process. Part of it is the one-time fuses - these are specifically fuses.  Once they're blown, they cannot be unblown.  And there are fuses which you can [...]

Secure Boot on the iMX6 – Part 22018-10-09T10:35:09+00:00

Secure Boot on the iMX6 – Part 1

2018-10-09T10:30:58+00:00

With the proliferation of IoT – spanning just about everything from smart cities to wireless jewellery – the need to prioritise security in secure embedded systems has never been greater. The secure boot process is one of the foundation stones of software development best practice. It’s a complex, necessary part of your application’s anti-malware fortress. In this 3-part series, we’re taking an in-depth look at the secure boot protocol, and will also tell you our top tips for executing secure boot on one of the most popular processors in electronics – the i.MX6. Secure Boot - What It Is, Where You’d Use It What is Secure Boot? Secure boot is a process where your OS [Operating System] boot images and code are required to be authenticated against the hardware [...]

Secure Boot on the iMX6 – Part 12018-10-09T10:30:58+00:00

Top 5 Tips For Developing Secure Android Applications

2018-10-09T12:05:55+00:00

These days, developing secure Android applications is more important than ever before. Android now commands 76% of the smartphone market in the EU5¹, 67% in the US and nearly 80% in China, according to latest figures². With numbers like that, it’s no wonder the Android application development gold rush is continuing; nearly a quarter of a million apps have been added to Google Play so far in 2016³. That’s an average of 1,379 apps every day! However, with Accessibility Clickjacking, Stagefright, Triada and other malware among the growing list of Android exploits, developers simply cannot afford to place security anywhere other than at top of the priority list. With that in mind, in this article we’re taking a look at some best practice tips for developing secure Android applications. [...]

Top 5 Tips For Developing Secure Android Applications2018-10-09T12:05:55+00:00

Microsoft @ 40: A Closer Look at Embedded Compact 6.0 Part 2

2018-10-09T12:07:06+00:00

As Microsoft turns 40 this month, we've put Windows Embedded Compact 6.0, and its enduring popularity, under the microscope at  a Win CE 6 open forum. The first post examined some of the differences between Win CE 5 and Win CE 6; CE 6's rather reluctant start in 2008, and MSDN licensing - amongst other Windows Embedded topics. Now, here's the concluding part of our Embedded Compact 6.0 open forum - with Nigel Goodyear, Embedded Platform Architect at Direct Insight, and ByteSnap Design's Principal Engineer, Martin Thompson. Updates Availability and Obsolescence BYTESNAP: So in terms of Windows CE 6 and obsolescence what are we looking at now? NG: Well, I believe it’s 2018; there will still be updates available in terms of security availability for the tools until 2018 and then licensing [...]

Microsoft @ 40: A Closer Look at Embedded Compact 6.0 Part 22018-10-09T12:07:06+00:00

ByteSnap logistics app helps to track vehicles

2015-10-05T11:10:00+00:00

As part of our mobile application development work, we have worked across a number of industries, including the automotive sector. When a major UK car manufacturer came to us asking for help to develop an app to track vehicle distribution in the UK, we knew that we had the right team for the job. We helped the automaker to automate paper-based manual services used by the company’s import centre, to allow real time actions to be performed on the company’s enterprise system. Logistics App Development We developed a logistics application that those moving cars from the automaker’s compound at the import centre could use to view and enter data about each vehicle’s location and destination with a real time link to the company’s SAP system. This would eliminate the [...]

ByteSnap logistics app helps to track vehicles2015-10-05T11:10:00+00:00