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Nokia X Marks Another Android Fork

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2014

This article overviews the latest most important Android forking attempts which offer developers new opportunities but also some challenges.

Xamarin Sifts through Enterprise SAP Data

by Abel Avram on  Feb 24, 2014

Xamarin and SAP Americas announced at MWC 2014 today a partnership aiming to provide .NET mobile developers the necessary tools to access and integrate enterprise SAP data into their applications.

Appurify and Xamarin Launch Continuous Integration for Mobile Apps on Variety of Devices

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 21, 2014

Two recently launched services, Appurify Mobile Platform and Xamarin Test Cloud, promise to help developers and enterprises automate testing and performance optimization of their mobile apps by allowing them to run apps on real iOS and Android devices and supporting automated testing and continuous integration.

Apple Buys TestFlight, Android Support Discontinued

by Ralph Winzinger on  Feb 21, 2014 2

Apple confirmed that it acquired Burstly, the owner TestFlight. TestFlight is a beta-testing platform for mobile applications which offers easy-to-use services to help in the process of distributing and testing apps for iOS and Android. Whereas TestFlight will continue to support iOS applications, testing of Android apps will be discontinued by March 21st.

Mac OS X and BTRFS support in Docker

by Chris Swan on  Feb 17, 2014

As part of the 0.8 release the Docker.io team have announced support for installation on Mac OS X and the use of the BTRFS as an alternative to AUFS.

Challenges Performing Background Compilation in V8

by Abel Avram on  Feb 15, 2014

This article includes details on the recently background compilation introduced in V8, Chrome’s JavaScript engine.

Pebble opens up the first appstore for wearable devices

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 13, 2014

Pebble, maker of the successful Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches, opened up its appstore earlier this month. Pebble appstore aims at offering both customers and developers a centralised app distribution channel, thus becoming "the first place where Pebble users look for Pebble apps."

Google Wants to Speed Up the Internet with QUIC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2014

QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections, pronounced 'quick') is a multiplexing transport protocol running over UDP with the main goal to have 0-RTT connectivity overhead.

Parse Announces Bolts, a Collection of Low-level Libraries for iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 10, 2014

Parse, acquired by Facebook a few months ago, has recently open-sourced a collection of low-level libraries for Android and iOS collectively called Bolts. According to Parse announcement, Bolts is the outcome of the joint Parse/Facebook effort to consolidate small, low-level utility classes that both companies had already developed on their own.

iOS Auto Layout with Masonry

by Scott McKenzie on  Feb 07, 2014

Open Source project Masonry aims to make Auto Layout code more concise and readable. Masonry, “a light-weight layout framework which wraps Auto Layout with a nicer syntax”, enables a XIB- and Storyboard-free experience.

Build Web, Hybrid or Native Web Apps with Telerik Platform

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 06, 2014

Telerik Platform provides a mechanism to build web, hybrid and native based iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps either using web based dashboard, desktop or Visual Studio.

Open Source Active Directory Libraries for iOS and Android

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 03, 2014

Microsoft is offering previews of libraries for accessing Azure Active Directory for iOS and Android. These libraries are being released on github under the Apache 2 license.

Mozilla Foundation Announces Firefox OS Contribution Program

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 31, 2014

In an effort to accelerate the development of Firefox OS, Mozilla announced a Contribution Program which will aim at providing dedicated developers with access to resources and reference hardware. Foxconn will manufacture the initial reference hardware, a tablet. The program will be open to developers, localizers, testers, and bug fixers.

Android++ with Zero Hardware Restrictions, MSBuild, LLVM, GCC, Integrated GDB Debugging

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 30, 2014

The recently released Android++ in closed beta enables you to build Android apps using Visual Studio with support for zero hardware restrictions, MSBuild, LLVM, GCC in addition to integrated GDB debugging.

Google Sells Motorola to Lenovo

by Abel Avram on  Jan 30, 2014 2

Google has sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91B, and keeps most of the patents in their portfolio while Lenovo gets 2,000 patents. Google may lose money on this deal but the Android ecosystem benefits.

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