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Xamarin Encourages Developers to Begin Supporting 64-Bit Architecture on iOS

by Matt McComb on  Dec 18, 2014 1

Xamarin is encouraging developers to begin adding 64-bit support to their iOS apps. The request comes only two months before Apple’s February deadline for new app submissions to be built against the iOS 8 SDK with support for the 64-bit architecture.

Parse Announces Local Datastore for iOS and Crash Reporting Service

by Matt McComb on  Dec 17, 2014

MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) provider Parse recently announced two new additions to its platform, a crash reporting service and support for local data storage on iOS.

Microsoft Acquires Mobile Crash Reporting and App Distribution Service HockeyApp

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 16, 2014 1

Microsoft has recently announced the acquisition of HockeyApp, maker of a service providing crash reporting and app distribution on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, and is planning its integration into Application Insights.

Supersonic Framework Touts Native Performance for Android and iOS Hybrid Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 12, 2014

AppGyver has announced Supersonic, a new framework to build hybrid mobile apps on Android and iOS that promises to provide "real native performance," says AppGyver, thanks to a novel approach to designing hybrid apps. Supersonic is also integrated with Steroids, an impressive cross-platform IDE for hybrid apps.

New Go 1.4 Adds Support for Android, Improves Garbage Collection

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 11, 2014

Google has announced Go 1.4, coming six months after 1.3. Go 1.4 adds official support for Android native development, albeit still "under heavy development," improved garbage collection, and a minor language change.

CocoaPods Hits 1 Millon Downloads

by Matt McComb on  Dec 11, 2014

Orta Therox, a core contributor to the CocoaPods project, last week announced that the project has now topped 1 million downloads. This announcement rounds off a year which has seen significant developments in the project and growth in its user base.

Canonical Launches a Stripped Down Version of Ubuntu for Cloud

by Janakiram MSV on  Dec 11, 2014 2

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution on the cloud launched a lightweight cloud-optimised version of the OS called Snappy Ubuntu Core.

Android Developers Are Recommended to Switch from Eclipse to Android Studio 1.0

by Abel Avram on  Dec 10, 2014

Google has graduated Android Studio to 1.0 and is recommending developers to leave Eclipse behind.

ZURB Releases a Framework for Creating Responsive Apps

by Abel Avram on  Dec 09, 2014

ZURB, a web design company and creator of Foundation (for Sites), has announced and open sourced another framework called Foundation for Apps (FA). FA provides HTML5/JavaScript tools for creating responsive web applications for desktop and mobile devices.

Jack & Jill: New Android Compilers for More Performance

by Abel Avram on  Dec 04, 2014

Eric Lafortune, Technical Director of Saikoa, maker of DexGuard, has discovered new tools in the SDK for Android 5.0 Revision 1 (API 21.1), namely two compilers called Jack and Jill. These tools are meant to streamline the compilation process for Android.

Service Workers Promise to Make Web Apps Feel Native

by David Iffland on  Dec 03, 2014

The service worker browser feature holds promise for developers looking to make their web apps feel more like native apps. Running in the background and without user interaction, service workers enable advanced scenarios such as offline functionality, cache, background sync, geofencing, and push notifications.

Parse Announces Support for Push Notification A/B Testing

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 02, 2014

Parse has announced Push Experiments, a feature that allows to conduct A/B tests for campaigns based on the use of push notifications, which are often deployed to re-engage users in mobile apps. Push Experiments will allow to evaluate different messaging strategy and choose the one with the highest open rate, say Parse.

Google Releases Android Auto APIs

by Matt McComb on  Dec 02, 2014

Following on from their announcement of Android Auto in June, Google has now published their first APIs for the platform. Available as part of the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) SDK the APIs will allow developers to add a tailored in-car experience to their existing Android applications.

Debian systemd Controversy Results in Fork

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 01, 2014 1

For several months the developers of the popular Linux distribution Debian have had an intense internal debate as to whether the project should switch to systemd. Ultimately Debian has chosen to utilize systemd and as a result a new project has been announced that will instead remain on the previous system, sysvinit.

Apple Releases SDK for Apple Watch

by Matt McComb on  Nov 27, 2014

Apple last week announced the release of WatchKit, the SDK for its upcoming Apple Watch device. The SDK will allow developers to begin adding watch support to their iOS apps ahead of the device's release in early 2015.

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