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.
Developer can now deploy Chrome apps on Android and iOS with Apache Cordova 3.3.0.
Facebook has open sourced Conceal, a set of Java APIs for file encryption and authentication on Android. Conceal uses a subset of OpenSSL’s algorithms and predefined options in order to keep the library smaller, currently being 85KB.
In an interesting analysis appeared on Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo argues that Google is progressively shifting Android towards a closed source model. Google's strategy would aim at making Android suitable to be freely customised and used "for little hobbies", while hampering the choices of "anyone trying to use Android without Google’s blessing".
Thirty years ago, Apple unveiled the Mac in a seminal advert entitled 1984. InfoQ looks at the history of the Mac and shows the connection between that point and the system you're reading this post on.
Google has officially entered the in-car computer arena by announcing the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) together with Nvidia and several automobile manufacturers, including Audi, GM, Honda, and Hyundai. The Alliance's mission, according to its official announcement, is bringing the Android platform to cars by the end of 2014.
Apple recently announced that iOS applications have to be iOS 7 compatible by February, 1st. To submit new applications or application updates to the iTunes Store, developers have to build their applications with XCode 5 and apps have to be optimized for iOS7. Compatibility with iOS 7 includes changing the UI according to the current Human Interface Guidelines and adapting API changes.
Google has updated Play Services to include support for Drive, turn-based multiplayer games and more ad networks.
In 2011 Trevor Eckhart found logs on his device that he believed were associated with Carrier iQ data. Our response at the time, which has since been confirmed by a detailed FTC investigation, is that the data collection logs were associated with and used by the manufacturer of the device, not Carrier iQ. They were not Carrier iQ logs.
The PowerShell team released a new set of Desired Configuration State (DSC) resources, packaged in five modules: xWebAdministration; xComputerManagement; xPSDesiredStateConfiguration; xNetworking and xHyperV. This release aims to encourage the PowerShell community to author more DSC resources. It also becomes possible with this release to create a web server from scratch using only DSC resources.
It's one thing having an in-house training program. But there is a certain deeper insight that can be gained from attending a Q-Con conference in person. Which may be one reason why attendance at the globe-hopping event continues to grow.
The recently released Nevron Open Vision enable development of cross platform presentation layer applications with support for Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Framework (WPF) and Silverlight. It will be soon updated to support Mac OS, iOS, Android and WinRT.
Chaitanya Mishra, from Facebook, spoke at Velocity Conf London last month about the approach to scale Facebook’s Android app from a web view interface to a full-fledged native app. To achieve this transition each product team took ownership of their features on Android. A core integration team regression tests and focuses on global app optimization over individual features optimization.
Xamarin Studio 4.2 has been released with the ability to log directly into your iOS developer account from within the IDE in addition to several improvements related to project system with support for Portable Class Library (PCL) projects in both iOS and Android as it enable C# developers to share code across devices.
With the introduction of Android 4.4, developers are being asked to change the way symmetric keys are generated from Unicode passphrases via the SecretKeyFactory.