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Fastlane Brings Continuous Deployment to iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 23, 2015

Fastlane is a suite of tools that aim at automating the iOS app release process and provide "a fully working Continuous Deployment process" that can be triggered by running a single command. Interview with fast lane's creator, Felix Krause.

Xamarin Releases Unified iOS/Mac API with 64-Bit Support

by Matt McComb on  Jan 22, 2015 1

amarin last week announced version 8.6 of its iOS SDK (Xamarin.iOS), the first non-beta release to include the company's Unified API for iOS and Mac. The Unified API replaces the 32-bit MonoTouch and MonoMac APIs, enabling code re-use across both platforms and adding 64-bit support.

The Current Status of Browser-based Virtual Reality in HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2015

The SFHTML5 group recently had a meeting discussing HTML5 technologies for creating virtual reality experiences – WebGL, WebVR, Three.js, GLAM –, and the current development status for implementing support for them in Firefox and Chrome. The idea is to bring the entire web into the VR experience.

Developing an Apple Watch App

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 16, 2015

At a recent Seattle Xcoders Meetup, Curt Clifton, software engineer at The Omni Group, described what developing for the Apple Watch is like. He discussed a watch app conceptual model, data communication between the phone and the watch, and a few challenges.

CocoaPods Adds Support for Swift and iOS 8 Frameworks

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 13, 2015

CocoaPods 0.36-beta has recently been released, providing support for iOS 8 frameworks and libraries written in the Swift language, writes Marius Rackwitz (@mrackwitz), member of CocoaPods core team. This release allows pod maintainers to ensure compatibility of existing pods, while also enabling the creation of new pods for Swift libraries.

Google’s Android Performance Patterns

by Abel Avram on  Jan 08, 2015

The Google Developers YouTube channel has posted a set of 16 videos on Android Performance Patterns outlining a number of performance issues developers stumble across when creating applications for Android, along with advice on dealing with them which we will present in summary.

jQuery Takes Over the Pointer Events Polyfill from Google

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2014 1

The Chromium team announced back in August that Google is no longer working on implementing Pointer Events in Chrome in order to focus on Touch Events. Now they have given control to the Pointer Events polyfill library to jQuery which is hoping to “drive developer adoption of this unified event system” and eventually see “all browsers implement this standard natively.”

New Tools from Google to Help Developing C/C++ Applications on Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 23, 2014

A new set of libraries and tools from Google's Fun Propulsion Labs, fplutil, promises to make it easier to develop C/C++ applications for Android.

RubyMotion 3 Release Supports Android and WatchKit

by Mirko Stocker on  Dec 19, 2014

HipByte released RubyMotion 3, which for the first time supports Android and Apple's WatchKit. A new pricing model attempts to better satisfy the developers needs.

Xamarin Encourages Developers to Begin Supporting 64-Bit Architecture on iOS

by Matt McComb on  Dec 18, 2014 1

Xamarin is encouraging developers to begin adding 64-bit support to their iOS apps. The request comes only two months before Apple’s February deadline for new app submissions to be built against the iOS 8 SDK with support for the 64-bit architecture.

Parse Announces Local Datastore for iOS and Crash Reporting Service

by Matt McComb on  Dec 17, 2014

MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) provider Parse recently announced two new additions to its platform, a crash reporting service and support for local data storage on iOS.

Microsoft Acquires Mobile Crash Reporting and App Distribution Service HockeyApp

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 16, 2014

Microsoft has recently announced the acquisition of HockeyApp, maker of a service providing crash reporting and app distribution on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, and is planning its integration into Application Insights.

Supersonic Framework Touts Native Performance for Android and iOS Hybrid Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 12, 2014

AppGyver has announced Supersonic, a new framework to build hybrid mobile apps on Android and iOS that promises to provide "real native performance," says AppGyver, thanks to a novel approach to designing hybrid apps. Supersonic is also integrated with Steroids, an impressive cross-platform IDE for hybrid apps.

New Go 1.4 Adds Support for Android, Improves Garbage Collection

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 11, 2014

Google has announced Go 1.4, coming six months after 1.3. Go 1.4 adds official support for Android native development, albeit still "under heavy development," improved garbage collection, and a minor language change.

CocoaPods Hits 1 Millon Downloads

by Matt McComb on  Dec 11, 2014

Orta Therox, a core contributor to the CocoaPods project, last week announced that the project has now topped 1 million downloads. This announcement rounds off a year which has seen significant developments in the project and growth in its user base.

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