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Firefox Focus, a Private Web Browser for iOS

by David Iffland on  Nov 18, 2016

Firefox Focus is a new web browser for iOS that blocks many ad and content trackers by default. Along with its minimal, single tab UI, the browser offers privacy and speed.

Microsoft to Announce Visual Studio for Mac

by Abel Avram on  Nov 15, 2016 3

The MSDN Blog briefly published a post on Visual Studio for Mac, then they took it down because the new product is supposed to be announced at Microsoft Connect(), which is to take place from Nov 16-18, 2016. A copy of the page can be accessed on Google’s cache.

AWS Mobile Hub Improves Support for Serverless Apps, Authentication, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 12, 2016

AWS Mobile Hub has introduced three new features to simplify the provisioning of serverless app backends and improve sign-in and authentication options.

PaintCode 3 Now Supports Swift 3 and Android Code Generation

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 10, 2016

PaintCode is a design and development tool running on macOS that is capable of generating code from vector drawings. Its latest version, PaintCode 3, brings support for Swift 3, Android, and JavaScript canvas.

Blisk, A New Browser for Developers

by Abel Avram on  Nov 08, 2016

Blisk is a Chromium-based browser that brings together the performance of Chrome and the developer support found in Firefox Developer Edition.

Rollout Aims to Enable Live Updates for Swift iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 06, 2016

Rollout, maker of a solution that makes it possible to live-update native Objective-C apps without going through the App Store review process, has announced support for Swift. Live-update of Swift apps is achieved through a technique Rollout calls pseudo method-swizzling.

Racket 6.7 Brings Android App Support, Improved REPL, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 31, 2016

PLT Design has announced a new version of Racket; its Scheme-like general purpose, multi-paradigm programming language Racket 6.7 introduces support for building graphical applications on Android, improvements to the REPL and to the package manager, and extended Typed Racked.

All Android Versions May Be Affected by Dirty COW Linux Vulnerability

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 26, 2016

Recently disclosed Dirty COW Linux privilege escalation vulnerability is likely to affect all Android versions, say security researchers.

Linux Foundation Welcomes JavaScript Community

by James Chesters on  Oct 20, 2016 1

The Linux Foundation has welcomed the addition of the JavaScript Foundation. The foundation says that it aims "to support a vast array of technologies that complement projects throughout the entire JavaScript ecosystem." jQuery Foundation projects will also be united within the JS Foundation including Lodash, ESLint, Esprima, Grunt, RequireJS, jQuery UI, Globalize, Sizzle, Jed, and Dojo.

The Roadmap to Swift 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 19, 2016

Expected to be released in late 2017, Swift 4 will aim to stabilize the language, both at the source code and ABI level. New features will include improvements to generics, and a Rust/Cyclone-inspired memory ownership model.

Chrome 54 Kills YouTube Flash Embeds

by James Chesters on  Oct 17, 2016

Google has launched Chrome 54, further side lining Flash in the browser by using HTML5 for YouTube embed. The stable release rewrites YouTube Flash embeds, so that when a Flash embed for YouTube is detected, the browser will automatically use HTML5 instead. Google said that the change had been made "to reduce the overall usage of Flash in Chrome."

Security Insights into the LXD Container Hypervisor

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Oct 15, 2016

A presentation at the Linux security summit last month covered various issues and edge cases with container security in LXD, a container hypervisor from Canonical that uses Linux Containers (LXC) under the hood.

Profiling and Optimizing V8 Memory Consumption

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 10, 2016

For the last few months, the V8 team has focused on reducing the memory consumed by the V8 engine, including work on the new Ignition interpreter, and improvements to V8’s parser and compilers. A key enabler of this process was profiling V8 memory usage using specific tools against a benchmark, as explained by V8 engineers Ulan Degenbaev, Michael Lippautz, Hannes Payer, and Toon Verwaest.

Windows Server 2016: Run Docker Natively with Enterprise Support

by Elton Stoneman on  Oct 05, 2016

Windows Server 2016 has support for running Windows apps in Docker containers, with commercial support available from Microsoft and Docker. InfoQ talked to Docker Captain and Microsoft MVP, Stefan Scherer, to hear his thoughts on the future of Docker on Windows.

IBM Announces Kitura 1.0 and Bluemix Runtime for Swift 3

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 04, 2016 2

Just a few days after Swift 3 official announcement, IBM has released version 1.0 of its open source, server-side Kitura framework along with the IBM Bluemix Runtime for Swift 3. InfoQ has spoken with IBM’s Chris Bailey about the status of Swift on the server.

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