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Apple Releases Swift 2.2 for OSX and Linux

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 21, 2016

Today Apple released Swift 2.2 as part of Xcode 7.3 for OSX, along with official binaries for Swift 2.2 for Linux. InfoQ looks at what's new and what having a production release of the runtime will have for Linux on the Server.

Apple Fixes Security Flaw in iOS 9.3

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 21, 2016

Today, Apple released iOS 9.3 at a special event held at Apple's headquarters which fixed a number of security bugs with the mobile OS, including several with remote code execution and an iMessage encryption bug. InfoQ investigates.

How Facebook Designed its Android App for Emerging Markets

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 15, 2016

In order to fulfill its vision of connecting the Earth, Facebook has designed its Facebook Lite app for Android to make it optimized for use in emerging markets, Facebook engineer Gautam Roy explained.

Android N Includes Multi-window, Java 8, Enhanced Notifications

by Abel Avram on  Mar 10, 2016

Google has made available an early preview of Android N targeted specifically at developers. Android N Preview comes 10 weeks earlier compared with its predecessor, Android M Preview. Google’s desire is to get earlier feedback from developers to have enough time to incorporate the changes into it.

Microsoft SQL Server to Land on Linux

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 09, 2016

Microsoft’s executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group Scott Guthrie announced SQL Server is coming to Linux, thus once more confirming Microsoft’s new course on open source software. SQL Server will be generally available on Linux sometime mid 2017, with a private preview being available now.

LambdaNative: Scheme for Mobile, Desktop, and Embedded Cross-Platform Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 04, 2016 1

LambdaNative is an open-source Scheme-based cross-platform development framework that supports a wide range of platforms, including iOS, Android, Blackberry, OS X, Linux, Windows, OpenBSD, NetBSD and OpenWrt. InfoQ has spoken with Chris Petersen, Ph.D., leader of the development team behind behind LambdaNative.

Apple, FBI Testify before Congress

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 01, 2016

Apple and the FBI have appeared before the House Committee on the Judiciary Hearings to argue over the legalities of whether Apple should be compelled to create an insecure version of iOS to allow the FBI to break into a suspect's phone. InfoQ has been watching the live video stream and summarises the outcome.

Big Apple Judge Sides With Apple

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 29, 2016

A New York judge has denied a motion raised by the government who were attempting to use the All Writs act to compel Apple to break into an iPhone. InfoQ investigates.

Raspberry Pi Leaps into 64-bit Computing with Model 3

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 29, 2016

Today, the Raspberry Pi foundation launched their Model 3, with a 64-bit processor and on-board WiFi and Bluetooth support. InfoQ looks at what this means for the embedded device community.

Apple Defends Encryption with TV Interview, Files Counter Lawsuit

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 26, 2016

Apple has responded to questions raised about its stance with the FBI and CEO Tim Cook has appeared on live TV to defend Apple's stance. They have now filed a lawsuit to have the FBI's case dismissed. InfoQ updates you with the latest on the subject.

IBM Pushes Swift for the Cloud with Swift Runtime, Package Catalog, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2016

After introducing their Swift sandbox, IBM have recently announced their next step to support Swift in the cloud by previewing IBM Swift runtime, Swift Package Catalog, and open-sourcing Kitura, a framework for Web app development.

Microsoft Launches Azure PaaS Services and DevOps Tools Preview for Azure Stack

by Kent Weare on  Feb 20, 2016

Following their Technical Preview 1 release of Azure Stack, Microsoft has launched Azure PaaS Services and DevOps tools, in preview, for Azure Stack.

RxSwift Brings Native Reactive Functional Programming to Swift

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 20, 2016 1

RxSwift project aims to port Rx programming model to Swift, including as many of its abstractions as possible. InfoQ has spoken with Krunoslav Zaher, maintainer of the project.

Apple Backdoor iOS Case Develops

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 20, 2016 1

Apple continues to resist providing a backdoored version of iOS for the FBI, while technology companies come out in support of Apple's stance. Political candidates capitalise on the stance leading to polarised advice. InfoQ provides an update to the situation as it currently stands.

Google’s Sundar Pichai Offers Some Support to Apple on its FBI Encryption Fight

by Charles Humble on  Feb 18, 2016

Google has made its first comment on the Apple/FBI encryption fight, with Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai offering Tim Cook some limited support via a series of Tweets:

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