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CareKit is Apple’s New Open-source Health-oriented Mobile App Framework

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 30, 2016

Following on from the announcement at the March 2016 “Let us loop you in”, Apple has open sourced its new CareKit framework, aimed to make it easier for developers to create apps that help people manage their medical conditions. Along with the new framework, Apple has also made available four iOS apps that use it.

Firefox 46 Tackles Security Issues, Improves Performance

by James Chesters on  Apr 27, 2016

Mozilla has released Firefox 46, including improved security of the JavaScript JIT Compiler, and delaying Addon signing.

V8 JavaScript Engine 5.1 Brings More ECMAScript Compliance, WASM Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 27, 2016

Google has announced version 5.1 of its V8 JavaScript engine, which improves compliance with the ECMAScript 2017 draft specification and adds preliminary support for WASM, a low-level portable bytecode aimed to enable near-native execution speed.

Details on How Linux Runs Natively on Windows

by Abel Avram on  Apr 26, 2016

Microsoft has recently announced the intention to integrate Linux Bash with Windows 10, making it possible to run native Linux ELF64 binaries on their operating system. To avoid incorrect speculation on how this is possible, Deepu Thomas, the Leader of the Windows Subsystem for Linux team, has provided details on how Linux runs on Windows.

Apple Requires WatchOS 2 for All New Watch App Submissions

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 26, 2016

Apple has announced that new watchOS apps submitted after June 1, 2016 must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. Furthermore, Apple has refreshed its review guidelines for the App Store.

Using Swift to Build Code for Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 24, 2016 1

A “Port to Android” pull request that has been recently merged into the official Swift repository master branch makes it possible to create simple programs for Android. The pull request added an Android target for Swift stdlib and allows developers to use a Linux environment to cross-compile for Android on the ARMv7 processor.

JetBrains Releases IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Apr 13, 2016

JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1, the latest version of their most popular IDE. The new version seems to have the polyglot developer in mind, with multiple enhancements over a variety of languages and technologies; however, the most noticeable changes are aimed at Java, particularly at helping developers take full advantage of Java 8.

Docker Engine Port for Windows Released

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Apr 12, 2016 1

WinDocks released a Windows port of the Docker engine that can run on Windows Server 2012 as the host. It can run multiple versions of MS SQL Server in containers.

Rethink DB 2.3 Brings Network Encryption and ReQL Updates

by James Chesters on  Apr 12, 2016

RethinkDB has released version 2.3 of its open source database, bringing updates to JavaScript drivers and network encryption. Developer evangelist Ryan Paul says by including TLS support, the update -- named Fantasia -- enables "encryption on the wire for both the client driver protocol and communication between database servers in a cluster."

New in Android Studio 2.0: Instant Run and Cloud Test Lab

by Abel Avram on  Apr 08, 2016

Android Studio 2.0 comes with several new features and improvements: Instant Run, integration with a Google service for testing on real devices, faster emulator, faster builds, GPU profiler and debugger, support for deep linking and others.

Capital One Launches Developer Platform

by Benjamin Young on  Apr 07, 2016

Capital One launched the DevExchange Beta developer site and initial API offering last month.

RAD Tool Kony Visualizer 7.0 Adds Support for Wearable and IoT Apps, Free Starter Edition

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 01, 2016

Kony Visualizer 7.0, Kony’s code-less mobile app design and development tool, introduces support for wearable and IoT apps and adds a Starter version that is free to download and use.

Android N Combines AOT, Interpretation and JIT

by Abel Avram on  Mar 31, 2016

Android N introduces a hybrid runtime using compilation + interpretation + JIT to obtain the best compromise between installation time, memory footprint, battery consumption and performance.

Microsoft Brings Linux to the Desktop

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 30, 2016 5

Microsoft has announced that they are providing a brand new system in Windows 10 that will enable Linux binaries to run unmodified. This means everything from the popular Bash shell to Emacs will be available as easily as Power Shell is today.

CLion 2016.1 Adds Python, Swift, Improves C++ Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 24, 2016

JetBrains has announced version 2016.1 of CLion, its cross-platform IDE that targets both Linux and OS X. The new version adds many improvements to C++ support, code generation, Python and Swift support, and better Git integration.

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