AWS Device Farm Enables Cloud Testing for Android and Fire OS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 22, 2015

Amazon has introduced its new AWS Device Farm, a mobile test farm targeting the Android and Fire OS ecosystem that provides a growing collection of more than 200 unique environments, says Amazon, and integration with major testing automation frameworks and CI systems.

Qt 5.5 Adds New GL Modules, Improves Cross-platform Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 10, 2015 2

Coming only six months after the release of Qt 5.4, Qt 5.5 fixes almost 1500 reported bugs and adds new features, while also ensuring that it will be ready for Windows 10 on time, improving Linux compatibility and OS X parity.

Google Brings Material Design to CSS, HTML, and JavaScript

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 07, 2015 1

Google Material Design Lite) (MDL) aims to enable material design look and feel for websites. Material design is a visual language that is standard on Android and that Google is proposing cross-platform.

Amazon Releases Cloud Drive SDK for Android and iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 30, 2015

A new SDK from Amazon will make it possible for Android and iOS developers to support Amazon Cloud Drive in their apps, says David Isbitski, principal evangelist at Amazon.

NPM 3 Beta Brings Good News for Windows Users

by James Chesters on  Jun 29, 2015

The beta of npm 3.0 has been released, with an almost complete rewrite of its installer bringing good news for running Node.js on Windows. Announcing the release, Rebecca Turner said the npm team were "delighted and proud" to be getting the 3.0 beta out, and that they were "looking forward to working with the npm user community to get it production-ready as quickly as possible."

Google Ends Support for Android Eclipse Tools

by Abel Avram on  Jun 27, 2015 6

Google has announced the end of all Eclipse-based tooling for Android development by the end of the year.

Facebook's Moments App Does C++ for Cross-Platform Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 25, 2015

One of the most recent Facebook's apps, Moments, is using C++ to share its business logic across iOS and Android, Facebook's engineers Ashwin Bharambe, Zack Gomez, Will Ruben explain. Here we review Facebook engineers rationale for that choice and its outcomes.

Apple Adds New Measures and Features to their App Analytics

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 20, 2015 1

Apple has recently announced on their developer mailing list that the recently launched App Analytics service now provides new features to get insights about crashes, paying users, and ratios. The new features were presented with great details at WWDC 2015.

Protocol-Oriented Programming in Swift

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 18, 2015 2

At WWDC 2015, Dave Abrahams, of C++/Boost fame and now lead of the Swift Standard Library group at Apple, introduced Swift as a Protocol-oriented language, and showed how protocols can be used to improve your code.

How to Improve Android App Performance

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 17, 2015 12

Performance is key to mobile apps. Google provides a lot of training material to improve performance in Android apps. A brief overview of tips and techniques.

Popular Microsoft Apps Unfriend Facebook

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 12, 2015

Facebook has made changes to their Graph API which Microsoft says has forced it to drop Facebook support from several Microsoft applications. This means popular apps like Windows Photos and OneDrive will no longer exchange data with Facebook.

Apple's watchOS 2 Introduces WatchKit Apps and Extends Hardware Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 09, 2015

At WWDC 2015 Apple announced watchOS 2, which brings new features and capabilities for apps "to integrate even more closely with Apple Watch" by allowing access to the Apple Watch home screen, digital crown, microphone, etc.

Apple to Open Source Swift Language

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 08, 2015

Apple has announced at WWDC 2015 that they will open-source Swift 2.0 under a permissive open-source license, the object-oriented/functional language released at last year's WWDC, and the standard libraries and compilers will run on iOS, OSX and Linux. Furthermore Apple has simplified the developer programs, allowing developers to build iOS, OSX and watchOS applications with the same membership.

Parse Adds New Schema API and API Console

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 04, 2015

Parse has announced its new Schema API, which allows to programmatically manipulate the database schema used by an app, and the Parse API Console, which aims to make it easier to use Parse REST API without writing any code.

Microsoft Recommits to Providing SSH for Windows

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 04, 2015 1

The third time may be the charm as Microsoft has announced intentions to produce native SSH client and server tools for the Windows platform. Using OpenSSH as a starting point, Microsoft says their goals for the new toolset includes easier system management of both Windows and Linux systems.

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