Google Releases Android 7.0 with over 250 New Features

by Abel Avram on  Aug 25, 2016 3

Google has started updating certain devices to the latest Android 7.0, dubbed Nougat. Usually, a new version of Android would start to be pushed to devices during the fall, in late September or even October. But this year they changed the pace, making available a preview in March and the GA in August.

V8's New JavaScript Interpreter Improves Memory Consumption

by David Iffland on  Aug 25, 2016 1

Google's V8 JavaScript engine has a new interpreter, called Ignition, that hopes to reduce the compiler's memory consumption and reduce complexity. Chrome 53 will start using Ignition on Android devices with 512 MB of RAM or less.

PowerShell Comes to Linux and Mac OS X

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 22, 2016

Microsoft PowerShell has been released as an open source project and now is available for Linux and Mac OS X. Windows administrators apply their scripts and knowledge to non-Microsoft systems, while developers can view and contribute to the project's source code.

LinkedIn Test Butler Aims to Improve UI Testing on Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 19, 2016 1

Test Butler is an open-source testing tool for Android that aims to allow developers to reliably run UI tests, writes LinkedIn engineer Drew Hannay and creator of Test Butler, by allowing developers to programmatically control a number of testing environment settings.

Google is Working on a New Operating System Called Fuchsia

by Abel Avram on  Aug 17, 2016 8

Google has open sourced the at least some of the bits for a new operating system planned for hardware with fast processors and lots of RAM.

Google's Chrome 53 Beta Brings Shadow DOM V1

by James Chesters on  Aug 16, 2016

Google's Chrome 53 Beta brings support for Shadow DOM V1, as well as the PaymentRequest API. A significant improvement from the earlier V0 version, among the V1 upgrades are deprecation of multiple shadow roots, and a closed shadow root where a closed mode is designed to disallow any access to a node in a closed shadow root from an outside world.

Microsoft Edge Extension Toolkit Aims to Bring Chrome Extensions to Edge

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 13, 2016

A new tool for Windows 10 from Microsoft, the Edge Extension Toolkit, aims to make it easier to convert Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge extensions.

Survey: Android’s Lead is Consolidated

by Abel Avram on  Aug 10, 2016

According to the latest Developer Nation Q3 2016 survey from VisionMobile, Android’s lead over iOS as primary platform and developer mindshare has been consolidated. Also, Windows developers prefer C# in the cloud while Linux ones stay with Java.

Apple’s Chris Lattner Looks Back at Swift 3 and Ahead to Swift 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 08, 2016

While Swift 3 is nearing its late 2016 release, Apple’s Developer Tools Department senior director Chris Lattner provided a retrospective on its development and set expectations for Swift 4 in a long message to the Swift-evolution mailing list.

Modern iOS Application Security

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 03, 2016

At QCon New York 2016, Trail of Bits CEO and security expert Dan Guido explained how to keep iOS apps secure. This includes correctly using all iOS security provisions, without forgetting that your app might be running on a jailbroken phone.

ChakraCore Now Works on Linux and Mac OS

by Abel Avram on  Jul 28, 2016

Microsoft has demonstrated ChakraCore running on Linux and Mac OS X, and Node.js/ChakraCore on Linux.

A New Microsoft Tool Aims to Help iOS Developers Port Their Apps to UWP

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 27, 2016

A new tool belonging to the Windows Bridge for iOS, iOS App Analysis, aims to make it easier for iOS developers to port their apps to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Nick Gerard, program manager at Microsoft, writes.

Facebook Announces Open-Source Swift SDK Beta for iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 17, 2016 7

Now available in beta, Facebook’s new SDK for Swift aims to make it easier for developers to integrate Facebook services into their iOS apps.

AWS Adds Multi-Cloud Scripting to EC2 Run Command Feature

by Richard Seroter on  Jul 12, 2016

In late 2015, AWS unveiled the EC2 Run Command feature. It gave operators a single interface for running administrative tasks across a fleet of AWS servers. In June of this year, AWS expanded the scope of the feature to work with servers located in other clouds or data centers.

Apple Open-Sources its New Compression Algorithm LZFSE

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 02, 2016

Apple has open-sourced its new lossless compression algorithm, LZFSE, introduced last year with iOS 9 and OS X 10.10. According to Apple, LZFE provides the same compression gain as ZLib level 5 while being 2x–3x faster and with higher energy efficiency.

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