When OpenFeint was shut down in late 2012, lots of iOS and Android game developers were left without social functionalities or connection to social networks in their software. Popular games like Fruit Ninja, Fieldrunners or Pocket God were affected. Now, co-founders of OpenFeint released OpenKit, a successor API for cross-platform social services.
New Relic, the app monitoring software has released an update with support for Node.js, improved rendering with histograms and percentiles in addition to an enhanced alert system. The San Francisco based startup also released a sketch of new features of the upcoming Android based mobile app.
Google has open sourced Espresso, an Android automated testing framework that enables one to run tests on x86 machines in the cloud in a multi-threaded environment, solving the concurrency issues associated with UI testing.
After previewing it at JavaOne, Oracle has now officially released NetBeans 7.4. The new release allows developers to work with the JDK 8 previews, adds support for integrating HTML5 into Java EE applications, and provides tools for developing mobile applications with Apache Cordova.
Amazon has recently added audio support for elastic transcoder that provides an ability to convert media files from one format to another without any depending upon about servers, storage and scalability.
Samsung has decided to slow development on the Tizen platform; an open-source Linux-based mobile operating system born out of an alliance with Intel. According to Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, this is very likely tied as much to the immense popularity of Android – which holds nearly 80% of the global smartphone market.
Jelastic, the cloud based Java and PHP hosting platform has recently launched a mobile app which enables you to connect to cloud management system remotely to monitor the environment in addition to the ability to view account information.
Telerik has released Visual Studio extension for Icenium which enables developers to build iOS and Android cloud based apps from within the IDE. It also includes simulators which can be accessed directly from within Visual Studio.
Brian Sam-Bodden, founder of Integrallis, gave a demonstration at the Barcelona Ruby Conference on how to leverage RubyMotion and open source 2D graphical libraries to quickly create 2D games for iOS in plain Ruby without any knowledge of Object-C.
Jeffrey Stedfast has released MimeKit v0.5 with support for .NET Framework 4.0 and Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS assemblies. It also provides support for rfc2047 and rfc2231 encoders in addition to sign, encrypt, decrypt and verification of S/MIME message parts.
The recently released RAD Studio XE5 provides support for Android, iOS and Rest client including the ability to build prototype and native apps in standard C++ or Delphi without any need for multiple projects and schedules.
During this year's JavaOne conference, Oracle engineers unveiled a prototype tablet made with off-the-shelf parts and an interface built on Java SE 8. The "DukePad", as it is known, was revealed to attendees during the conference's technical keynote.
Trevor Eckhart became a household name when his video demonstrating Carrier IQ software in action and the questions that it engendered went viral. Culminating in the Department of Homeland Security’s recent recommendation to government employees to ensure that their mobile devices are Carrier IQ-free. InfoQ caught up with Mr. Eckhart for an update on this perceived threat to mobile privacy.
Since the release of iOS 7 brings a whole new interface design for iPhone applications, developers might be forced to rework the user-interface of their iPhone apps as well, to match Apple's new Human Interface Guidelines. Apps designed for iOS 7 would be inappropriate for users who can't upgrade to the current iOS version, but Apple now also allows downloading previous versions of apps.