Microsoft boasts that users of its Edge web browser see improved battery performance over other browsers. In addition, the new Windows 10 Anniversary Edition will bring even greater battery efficiency improvements in the browser.
Among the announcements Apple made at WWDC 2016, its new file system, called APFS, raised a lot of developer interest. APFS brings strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, and more to macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
Apple’s new Messages framework for iOS, introduced at WWDC 2016, aims to make it possible to create app extensions that interact with Apple’s Messages app. A look at the framework API.
As mobile applications increase in popularity and as more transactions are carried out via mobile devices, security is a topic of growing concern. In his talk "Modern iOS Application Security" at QCon New York 2016, Dan Guido takes a closer look at iOS security. While Apple already provides the means to create highly secured applications, there are still threads that may render them useless.
Apple has announced that the next version of Safari will block Flash and other legacy plug-ins by default. The browser will trick websites into thinking that Flash isn't available resulting in a user prompt to install Flash.
At WWDC 2016, Apple announced Xcode 8, the latest version of its IDE for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Now available in beta, Xcode 8 brings Swift 3, improved address and thread sanitizer, a new editor extension architecture, and more.
Google has launched Chrome 51, bringing with it intersection observers, passive event listeners and the credential management APIs -- as well as many security fixes.
Fastlane, Twitter’s solution to continuous integration and deployment for mobile apps, introduced Device Grid, a new feature aimed to make it possible to live preview changes directly from pull requests in GitHub. Additionally, Fastlane now supports two-factor authentication for iTunes Connect, and improved support for Android APK files.
AWS recently added a new instance type with nearly 2 terabytes of memory and 128 virtual CPUs. This is the largest virtual server available today in the public cloud, and is a target for memory-intensive workloads such as SAP HANA.
Realm, the open-source, object-oriented database has launched version 1.0 for iOS and Android. Realm's technical team told InfoQ that among the noted changes in the mobile database's latest release are an improved query language with support for partial string matches, relationship traversal, multi-field sorting, and distinct matches.
A major vulnerability in CoreOS Linux Alpha has been patched, with the security team saying the issue was limited to versions 104x.0.0 of the Linux distribution. Principal security engineer for CoreOs, Matthew Garrett, said users needed to be confident that CoreOS were not "shipping alpha releases with gaping security issues, it is a big deal when we fail in that respect."
Google is close to bring Play to Chrome OS, making Android applications and media available to Chromebook users.
Google has introduced a new version of Firebase at I/O 2016, the platform offering a comprehensive solution for creating a back-end infrastructure for mobile (iOS and Android) and the web.
Google has announced Android Instant Apps during Google I/O keynote, enabling applications to run without having to install them first.
Google have revealed plans to sideline Flash in their Chrome browser. In the draft proposal "HTML5 by Default" Chrome's technical program manager says "Later this year we plan to change how Chromium hints to websites about the presence of Flash Player. If a site offers an HTML5 experience, this change will make that the primary experience."