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Quick Take: Build 2015 Day 1 Keynote

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 29, 2015

Microsoft's premier developer conference began today with several announcements that will affect all developers whether they are formally targeting Windows or not.

Carthage: GitHub's Dependency Manager for Xcode Projects

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 28, 2015

Carthage is a dependency manager for Objective-C and Swift projects aims to be "ruthlessy simple," says its author Justin Spahr-Summers. Carthage has been developed at GitHub and its philosophy is "delegating tasks to Xcode and Git" as much as possible so developers can use the tools they "are already familiar with."

Mobile-friendly Websites Are to Be Favored by Google Search

by Abel Avram on  Apr 20, 2015

Starting with April 21st, 2015, Google will change the algorithm for searches originating from mobile devices to favor websites that are optimized for smartphones. This change will affect searches in all languages worldwide and will have a “significant impact in our search results”, according to Google.

Apple's ResearchKit Available on GitHub

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 14, 2015

As announced last month, Apple has published ResearchKit, its open source framework aimed at enabling the use of mobile devices as a network of sensors for medical research.

Sirius: an Open Source Competitor to Siri, Cortana, Google Now

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 10, 2015

Sirius is an open source, customizable system that can be commanded through vocal input. It has been built by University of Michigan researchers and is similar to Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, and Google Now. According to University of Michigan, Sirius “is designed to spark a new generation of intelligent personal assistants” for wearables and other devices."

AnyPresence Launches a New API Platform for Mobile and IoT Developers

by Janakiram MSV on  Apr 08, 2015

AnyPresence, one of the leading MBaaS players has launched JustAPIs, a platform for building and deploying RESTful APIs.

Google Is Going to Make Pointer Events the Main Event Type in Chrome after All

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2015

Google is going to make Pointer Events the main event type in Chrome, joining ranks with Microsoft, Firefox and leaving out Apple.

Google Strategies for Automated Android UI Testing

by Abel Avram on  Mar 31, 2015

Convinced that “whatever can be unit tested should be unit tested”, Mona El Mahdy, a Software Engineer in Test at Google, has written a blog post proposing several approaches to perform unit tests on the user interface of Android applications. Mahdy recommends Robolectric and the Android Studio Gradle plug-in for general unit testing, and Espresso or UI Automator for creating and running UI tests.

Sensible Cocoa STV 4.0 Further Advances Visual UI Programming on iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 30, 2015

Sensible Cocoa STV 4.0 is a framework that allows you to create native data-driven apps for iOS by defining your data model and then visually binding it to your UI in Xcode. Sensible Cocoa claims that “developers save on average about 70% of their development time when they start using STV in their applications.” InfoQ has talked to Sensible Cocoa founder Tarek Sakr about their product.

Facebook Open Sources React Native, Year and Network Class, Fresco and Nuclide

by Abel Avram on  Mar 27, 2015

Following yesterday’s announcement of releasing ComponentKit, a framework for creating native UIs declaratively on iOS, Facebook has released a number of other projects as open source during their annual F8 developer conference: React Native, Year Class, Network Connection Class, Fresco, and Nuclide.

FB ComponentKit: Declaratively Creating Native UIs on iOS

by Abel Avram on  Mar 26, 2015

Facebook has open sourced ComponentKit, a declarative library for creating native views on iOS.

RoboVM 1.0 Touts JVM-based Languages for iOS Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 20, 2015 4

RoboVM, aimed at bringing JVM-based languages to iOS development, has reached its first stable version, Trillian Mobile announced, bringing new features and new commercial licenses in addition to its OSS core.

Google Brings Places API Natively to Android and iOS

by Abel Avram on  Mar 20, 2015

So far, Places API has been available as a web service, but now it has been integrated in the recently released Android Play Services 7.0, and a beta program has been started to bring it natively to iOS. On Android, this new API can be used on all OS versions starting with Gingerbread. There are not many details yet on how it will work on iOS.

Android Apps Are Now Reviewed by Tools and Humans

by Abel Avram on  Mar 17, 2015

Google has quietly introduced an app reviewing process that monitors new apps or updates for policy violations. This process uses automatic tools and sometimes human reviewers that add a few hours of delay in the publishing process.

Google Leverages Near Real-Time Backend Development With Firebase

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Mar 16, 2015

From Google Cloud Platform’s team, Mandy Waite presented at QCon London 2015 Firebase, a solution to help teams being focused on building (near) real-time mobile and web applications without dealing with the complexity of backend services.

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