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Three Ways to Get Core Data Multithreading Right

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 26, 2015

At #Pragma Conference 2015, Marcus Zarra, author of Pragmatic Bookshelf Core Data, described three approaches to using Core Data in a multithreaded environment and tried to clear up how Core Data should be used in 2015.

Nexmo Verify SDK Touts Easy Phone Number-based Authentication

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 17, 2015

Nexmo has announced the availability of its Verify SDK for iOS, Android, and JavaScript, which makes it possible to securely register and authenticate users based on their mobile phone numbers, Nexmo says.

Xamarin 4: Insights Is GA Now, Test Recorder and Forms 2

by Abel Avram on  Nov 17, 2015

Xamarin has announced version 4 of their platform for building cross-platform native mobile apps for iOS and Android in C#. New in this version are the GA of Insights, a Recorder for the Test Cloud and several enhancements to the Platform: Xamarin.Forms 2.0, better support for iOS in VS, support for Android Material Design and more .NET code.

Microsoft CodePush Aims to Enable Instant Updates for Cordova and React Native Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 11, 2015

Cordova and React Native developers will be able to deploy mobile apps updates directly to their iOS and Android devices thanks to CodePush, Microsoft say. CodePush includes a cloud service and an SDK to make it possible to update JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and image resources so apps can retrieve their latest versions. Compiled code, though, cannot be updated on the fly.

Dropbox API v2 Launched for Swift, Python, .NET, and Java

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 10, 2015

Dropbox has announced its API v2, which supports four SDKs: Swift, Python, .NET, and Java, is generally available to developers. According to Dropbox, Dropbox API v2 is “simpler, more consistent, and more comprehensive”. Currently, API v2 does not support JavaScript and Objective-C.

V-Play Enables Qt-based Cross-platform Native Mobile App Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 04, 2015 2

V-Play is a desktop and mobile cross-platform development solution based on Qt. V-Play aims to make it easier for developers to create apps by using JavaScript and QML, Qt 5's declarative language. V-Play supports iOS, Android, WindowsPhone, BlackBerry and other mobile platforms. InfoQ has spoken to Christian Feldbacher, CEO & Co-Founder of V-Play.

Lightweight, Embeddable VM Avian Supports 64-Bit iOS Devices

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 02, 2015 2

Avian is a lightweight, portable, embeddable virtual machine that aims to support a reduced subset of Java on iOS alongside Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows. Version 1.2 added support for ARM64 on Linux and iOS.

Apple Open-sources Three Cryptographic Libraries

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 31, 2015

Apple has announced they have open sourced three major components in their OSes’ security subsystem. Apple’s announcement has spun some controversy due to the restrictive nature of the license used for one of the libraries.

RoboVM Is No Longer Open Source

by Abel Avram on  Oct 29, 2015

Following RoboVM’s acquisition by Xamarin, the company has raised the price of their offering and has closed the source code.

Atomic: A UI Designer for Android, iOS and the Web

by Abel Avram on  Oct 28, 2015 2

Atomic is a user interface designer that runs in the browser. Without writing any code, application designers can use it to show how the interface of an application should look like and behave when certain commands are executed.

Twitter Announces Fastlane as Part of Fabric for Mobile Continuous Deployment

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 26, 2015

At Flight 2015, its developer conference, Twitter announced that fastlane, has been included into Fabric, Twitter’s mobile development platform. As part of this announcement, Twitter is also making Fastlane, originally developed by Felix Krause for iOS, available for Android.

AWS Mobile Hub Aims to Make it Easier to Use AWS in Android and iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 15, 2015

Among recent Amazon Web Services’ announcements at re:Invent, AWS Mobile Hub aims at making it easier for mobile app developers to use AWS services to build their apps’ backends.

iOS 9 Adoption Passes 50% As Content Blockers Split Views

by Alex Blewitt on  Sep 19, 2015 1

As iOS 9 adoption crosses 50% and users experiment with content blocking, the polarised debate of whether content blockers are beneficial or harmful continues to rise. Meanwhile paid ad blockers have topped the app store charts. InfoQ looks at the rise of ad blockers and the effect that iOS 9 will have on publishers.

Digium Open-sources Respoke SDKs for WebRTC and Messaging on iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 24, 2015

Digium, maker of WebRTC platform Respoke, has introduced open-source SDKs for iOS and Android that aim at making it easier to add real-time audio and video communication support to mobile apps. Furthermore, the SDK includes support for instant messaging and uses push notification in order to work even when running offline or in the background.

Facebook’s Parse Open-sources its SDK for Android and iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 16, 2015

Parse, Facebook-owned provider of a successful Mobile Backend as a service, has open-sourced its SDK for the iOS/OS X and Android platforms.

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