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JUniversal: A Microsoft Tool for Porting Android Apps to Windows Phone and iOS

by Abel Avram on  Feb 06, 2015

Microsoft has open sourced JUniversal, a tool for writing cross-platform mobile applications in Java.

FOSDEM Virtualization: Under the Hood of Containers

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 05, 2015

Vincent Batts, senior software engineer at Red Hat, talked about Linux containers and Docker, covering the different storage drivers pros and cons, the image format and signing of images, at the virtualization developer room at FOSDEM.

Microsoft Enhances Azure SQL Database, Active Directory and Media Services

by Janakiram MSV on  Feb 03, 2015

Microsoft announced new features to Azure SQL Database, Azure Active Directory, Azure RMS and Azure Media Services.

Facebook Enables Native App Development in JavaScript with React Native

by Matt McComb on  Feb 03, 2015

Announced at last week’s React Conf, React Native is a version of the popular React JavaScript library targeted solely at mobile developers. On the surface React Native looks very similar to React, with JavaScript declarations of reactive user interfaces; but behind the scenes React Native interfaces are backed by platform specific native controls rather than DOM elements.

Microsoft Releases Details, Confirms Rumours On Spartan Project

by James Chesters on  Jan 28, 2015 1

Microsoft has released details of its rumoured Spartan browser project, and confirms a move towards standards used by other, more modern, browsers.

TestFlightApp.com is Going to Shut Down Next Month

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 28, 2015 1

Apple announced that "services offered at TestFlightApp.com will no longer be available after February 26, 2015." The announcement contains a few important hints to help transitioning existing apps from TestFlightApp.com to iTunes Connect.

Groovy 2.4 Released, Brings Full Android support

by James Chesters on  Jan 27, 2015

Guillaume Laforge has released Groovy 2.4, bringing full Android support. LaForge says the new Android support "allows developers to write Android applications fully using Groovy, with much less boilerplate code than raw Java."

Unity Launches Analytics on iOS and Android

by Matt McComb on  Jan 27, 2015

Unity last week announced the launch of Unity Analytics, a service which assists game developers in gaining an understanding into the behaviour of their players. The service is currently in an open beta with support for the iOS and Android platforms only.

Fastlane Brings Continuous Deployment to iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 23, 2015

Fastlane is a suite of tools that aim at automating the iOS app release process and provide "a fully working Continuous Deployment process" that can be triggered by running a single command. Interview with fast lane's creator, Felix Krause.

Xamarin Releases Unified iOS/Mac API with 64-Bit Support

by Matt McComb on  Jan 22, 2015 1

amarin last week announced version 8.6 of its iOS SDK (Xamarin.iOS), the first non-beta release to include the company's Unified API for iOS and Mac. The Unified API replaces the 32-bit MonoTouch and MonoMac APIs, enabling code re-use across both platforms and adding 64-bit support.

The Current Status of Browser-based Virtual Reality in HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2015

The SFHTML5 group recently had a meeting discussing HTML5 technologies for creating virtual reality experiences – WebGL, WebVR, Three.js, GLAM –, and the current development status for implementing support for them in Firefox and Chrome. The idea is to bring the entire web into the VR experience.

Developing an Apple Watch App

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 16, 2015

At a recent Seattle Xcoders Meetup, Curt Clifton, software engineer at The Omni Group, described what developing for the Apple Watch is like. He discussed a watch app conceptual model, data communication between the phone and the watch, and a few challenges.

CocoaPods Adds Support for Swift and iOS 8 Frameworks

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 13, 2015

CocoaPods 0.36-beta has recently been released, providing support for iOS 8 frameworks and libraries written in the Swift language, writes Marius Rackwitz (@mrackwitz), member of CocoaPods core team. This release allows pod maintainers to ensure compatibility of existing pods, while also enabling the creation of new pods for Swift libraries.

Canonical Launches “Snappy” Ubuntu Core on Multiple Public Cloud Providers

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 12, 2015

Canonical has released the beta version of “snappy” Ubuntu Core, a lightweight and cloud-optimised version of Ubuntu Linux, on Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine and Amazon Web Services.

Google’s Android Performance Patterns

by Abel Avram on  Jan 08, 2015

The Google Developers YouTube channel has posted a set of 16 videos on Android Performance Patterns outlining a number of performance issues developers stumble across when creating applications for Android, along with advice on dealing with them which we will present in summary.

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