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64 Bit Support for iOS Mandatory From February 2015: Benefits and Hindrances

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 11, 2014

Apple announced that, as of February 1 2015, all App Store submissions will be required to include 64-bit support and to be built with the iOS 8 SDK. The new requirement will only apply to new submissions, that is new apps and updates to existing apps. A look at benefits and hindrances in this process.

DroidConSE: Tackling Complexity in Android Apps with RxJava at SoundCloud

by Matt McComb on  Nov 11, 2014

In his recent talk at DroidconSE, Matthias Kaeppler (Software Engineer at SoundCloud), proposed the use of RxJava - an implementation of Reactive Extensions for the Java programming language - in Android apps to elegantly handle asynchronous behaviour. After his talk InfoQ spoke to Matthias to discover how other Android developers can benefit from adopting RxJava.

Google’s Guidelines for Creating and Publishing Android Apps

by Abel Avram on  Nov 07, 2014

Google has published “The Secrets to App Success on Google Play”, a playbook meant to educate Android developers on creating applications that have greater chances to be appreciated by users, downloaded by more people and obtain better results.

Apple TestFlight Now Allows up to 1,000 External Beta Testers

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 05, 2014

Apple announced that its TestFlight beta testing service allows now to invite up to 1,000 external beta testers via iTunesConnect. The most relevant facts about the new service.

URX Provides Cross-platform Deep Linking, Indexing and Routing

by Abel Avram on  Oct 29, 2014

URX is providing Omnilinks, an open deep linking standard, an application index containing deep linked mobile apps and link routing.

Office 365 Adds iOS and Android SDKs for Native App Support

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 28, 2014

Office 365 is expanding developer support by adding new APIs and key SDKs for native app development on the Android and iOS platforms. These SDKs will let developers utilize Objective-C and Java while constructing apps that leverage Office 365 functionality.

Microsoft Releases iOS Mobile Services 2.0 Beta

by Matt McComb on  Oct 27, 2014

Microsoft has recently released a new preview of its 2.0 Mobile Services iOS SDK. The SDK allows iOS developers to easily integrate their mobile applications with Mobile Services backends hosted on Azure. Mobile Services is a MBaaS with support for cloud storage, push notifications, authentication, mobile analytics and custom APIs written in Node.js or .NET.

A Task Parallel Library for Object Pascal and C++

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 27, 2014 1

A major feature of RAD Studio XE7 is its Parallel Programming Library. XE7 brings task-based parallelism to a variety of platforms including Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android. Unlike Mono, this tool-chain offers fully native applications on all target platforms.

How Immutable State Helped Facebook to Improve Its iOS App Architecture

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 24, 2014

Facebook has been working in the last two years to evolve the architecture of its iOS app with the goal of improving performance, abstractions, and the underlying development model. Adam Ernst and Arl Grant, software engineers at Facebook, explained what issues they had to solve and how they did in a @Scale 2014 talk.

Realm Brings SQLite Alternative to Android

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Oct 24, 2014

Realm is an open-source, object oriented, mobile database. Last month, Realm for Android was released, less than 3 months after the iOS version was first available and it comes with a fluent, strongly typed API.

Amazon Launches Corporate Directory Service in the Cloud

by Janakiram MSV on  Oct 23, 2014

Amazon has added corporate directory services called AWS Directory Service to its growing portfolio of cloud services. Applications that need Active Directory or a LDAP compatible directory can use this service.

Android 5.0 Brings Over 5,000 New APIs

by Abel Avram on  Oct 21, 2014

Android 5.0 (Lollipop) comes with a large number of new APIs, over 5,000 of them, according to Ankur Kotwal, a Google developer advocate. These cover many areas of mobile development from the new Material Design, to enhanced battery management, to managing devices to ART. We are presenting some of the most important.

Facebook AsyncDisplayKit Touts Smooth Asynchronous UI for iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 17, 2014

Facebook has open-sourced its AsyncDisplayKit, a framework originally built for Facebook's Paper app that promises to make it easier to keep apps smooth and responsive even on older devices.

Chrome 38 Supports Art Direction through the picture Element

by Abel Avram on  Oct 16, 2014

Google has added support for the element in the recently released Chrome 38, enabling developers to specify multiple image sources based on various media queries.

Windows Embraces Docker

by João Miranda on  Oct 15, 2014

Docker Inc. and Microsoft announced today a partnership to provide Docker support on the next Windows Server release. This means enabling Windows based containers with a new Docker Engine for Windows Server, extending Docker's open orchestration APIs to the Microsoft ecosystem and providing multi-platform applications support, running both on Linux and Windows Docker containers.

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