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.

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.

Google Introduces Smart Lock for Passwords

by Abel Avram on  Jun 02, 2015

Google has announced at I/O 2015 the Google Identity Platform, a collection of tools and APIs for managing identities and dealing with authentication and authorization across Android, iOS and web applications.

GCM 3.0 Sends Messages to Android, iOS and Chrome

by Abel Avram on  Jun 01, 2015

With GCM 3.0, Google has attempted to simplify the registration process and to make their cloud notification system work similarly on Android, iOS and Chrome. There is a new topic group and a messaging diagnostic tool.

Tabris.js: Native Mobile Apps in JavaScript Without Web Views

by Sergio De Simone on  May 26, 2015 2

Tabris.js is an open source mobile framework aimed to build native iOS and Android apps entirely in JavaScript. Among the main benefits of Tabris.js are performance, a fast development cycle, and support for thrid-party plugins including Cordova’s, according to EclipseSource. InfoQ has spoken with EclipseSource’s Holger Staudacher.

Build iOS/Android Libraries in Common Lisp with LispWorks

by Sergio De Simone on  May 17, 2015

LispWorks 7.0 adds new runtime systems for both the Android and iOS platform to allow the creation of UI-less libraries that can be used in native mobile apps.

Xamarin.Studio 5.9 Now Supports C# 6

by Sergio De Simone on  May 15, 2015

The recently released Xamarin.Studio 5.9 adds support for C# 6, improvements to Sketches, new debugger’s visualizers, and more.

Ionic Releases 1.0, Next Version to Support AngularJS 2.0

by Abel Avram on  May 15, 2015

Ionic has released the production ready version 1.0, and has started work on the next version that will be built on AngularJS 2.0. Also, soon a number of mobile services –Push, Deploy, Analytics, Package - will be made public.

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation 7.0 now Supports Cloudant, REST, oAuth

by Sergio De Simone on  May 13, 2015

Version 7 of IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation introduces many new features and enhancements to “enable enterprises to accelerate the delivery of their mobile strategy” by making development more efficient, supporting continuous delivery, and improving user experience, says IBM.

Microsoft Project Oxford Aims to Bring Intelligence to Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  May 12, 2015

Under the name of Project Oxford, Microsoft has made available a set of RESTful APIs that aim to make it possible for developers to build apps that feature face recognition, speech processing, and other machine learning algorithms. Part of the Azure portfolio, the new APIs are currently in beta and free to use up to 5,000 call per month.

Apple Opens Up Engagement Metrics with App Analytics Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  May 05, 2015

Apple has opened up its new App Analytics service for beta testing. The service was initially mentioned at last WWDC and aims to provide a way to learn how customers “discover and engage with your apps.”

Microsoft Goes Universal with Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial and Westminster

by Abel Avram on  May 04, 2015

In an attempt to bring Android, iOS, classic Windows and web applications on a single platform and make them available through the Windows Store, Microsoft has launched four projects, also knows as Universal Windows Platform Bridges, namely: Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial, and Westminster.

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