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Google’s Sundar Pichai Offers Some Support to Apple on its FBI Encryption Fight

by Charles Humble on  Feb 18, 2016

Google has made its first comment on the Apple/FBI encryption fight, with Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai offering Tim Cook some limited support via a series of Tweets:

Google AMP Drives Debate About Open Web

by James Chesters on  Feb 17, 2016

The launch of Google's AMP project looms this month and not everyone is excited. The project describes Accelerated Mobile Pages as "an initiative to improve the mobile web and enhance the distribution ecosystem." Aram Zucker-Scharff, lead developer for PressForward, says "If Google sees itself as a custodian of the open web then, up to this point, it has proven to be a rather poor one."

Apple Publicly Rejects Backdoored iPhone OS

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 17, 2016 1

Apple has publicly berated the US Government for overreach of their duties in the case of providing assistance in unlocking a suspect's mobile phone, in a trial that is polarising the technology nation. InfoQ summarises the situation and what the possible outcomes might be.

Almost Stable Android Studio 2.0 Beta Improves Instant Run, Emulator, Indexing

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 16, 2016

After hitting the canary channel a few months ago, Android Studio enters now beta, writes Android product manager Jamal Eason. Android Studio 2.0 beta improves the recently introduced Instant Run feature, app indexing and sports a brand new emulator.

Ionic Framework 2 Beta is Out

by David Iffland on  Feb 16, 2016

The beta of version 2 of the Ionic Framework has been released. Its architecture advances to Angular 2, brings a new navigation stack, and fully supports material design.

WBS PayTech Conference Highlights Mobile Payment Challenges and Issues

by Kevin Farnham on  Feb 16, 2016

The WBS PayTech Conference, held at Warwick Business School in Coventry, UK, was a two-day event focused on mobile payment technologies, electronic fund transfers, and money exchange innovations. The ongoing 'transubstantiation' of money into data was a driving factor behind the conference.

Jevgeni Kabanov and Sten Suitsev, from ZeroTurnaround, Talk about JRebel for Android

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Feb 11, 2016

After announcing the first stable release of JRebel for Android, InfoQ reached out to Jevgeni Kabanov, founder and CEO of ZeroTurnaround, and Sten Suitsev, Product Manager of JRebel for Android, to find out more about what lead to the creation of this product and what might be coming next in their pipeline.

Mozilla Announces Focus on Connected Devices

by James Chesters on  Feb 10, 2016

Mozilla has this week revealed more details regarding its intention to pivot from Firefox OS to “Connected Devices” -- to some concern from the community.

Apple Open CloudKit to Server-to-Server Requests

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 09, 2016

Apple has recently announced that CloudKit, OS X and iOS framework that provides access to Apple’s cloud platform, is now open to server-to-server web requests. This removes the previous restriction of accessing the CloudKit public database only from iOS and Mac apps and through Apple’s web site.

Mobile Cross-platform SDK V-Play Adds Material Design, Map-based Apps and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 06, 2016 1

Mobile cross-platform SDK V-Play Apps has recently introduced support for Android Material Design, improved the creation of map-based apps, and added new styling features.

Google’s J2ObjC 1.0 Translates Java into Objective-C

by Abel Avram on  Feb 05, 2016

J2ObjC is an open source tool created by Google to translate Java code into corrresponding Objective-C code that can be run on iOS. The idea is to reuse Java business code between Android, web and iOS. For the web the translation is done with GWT. This tool does not deal with UI code which needs to be written separately for each platform.

myDevices Launches Cayenne, a Drag-and-Drop IoT Project Builder

by Kevin Farnham on  Feb 04, 2016

Internet of Things solution provider myDevices has launched Cayenne, a drag-and-drop application for developing IoT projects for the Raspberry Pi.

Chris Lattner on Swift 3 and Cocoa "Renamification"

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 31, 2016 1

In a recent post on the "swift-evolution" mailing list, Swift creator Chris Lattner outlined a few criteria that will guide Swift 3 definition and made clear that it will bring disruptive changes.

Parse will Shut Down their Service

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 29, 2016 4

Kevin Lacker, Parse Co-founder, announced that the Facebook-owned DBaaS platform will wind down its operation to be fully retired at the end of January 2017. This announcement gave rise to many complaints from developers, yet Facebook is trying to make the transition easy and several alternatives are available.

OCaml Now Ready for iOS Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 28, 2016

San Francisco-based programmer Edgar Aroutiounian has recently created a package for OCamliOS, an OCaml cross-compiler for iOS recently made available by Jeffrey A. Scofield that should eventually be merged into the official OCaml compiler. InfoQ has spoken with Aroutiounian.

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