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RxJava 2.0 Released with Support for Reactive Streams Specification

by Matt Raible on  Nov 30, 2016

The RxJava team announced their 2.0 release after an 18 month development cycle. The project's "What's Different in 2.0" is a good guide for those developers familiar with RxJava 1.x. This release brings an important milestone. RxJava is a sub-project of ReactiveX, which is "a combination of the best ideas from the Observer pattern, the Iterator pattern, and functional programming".

First Evidence of Apple Aggressively Removing Abandoned Apps from the App Store

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 21, 2016

In the second month after Apple announced an App Store improvement process aimed to remove non-working or outdated apps, its first effects are starting to show, App Store analytics firm Sensor Tower revealed.

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.

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.

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.

Dart News: Angular 2 Dart and Flutter

by Abel Avram on  Oct 28, 2016 2

Angular 2 Dart and Flutter were the most important news mentioned at the recent Dart Developer Summit 2016.

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.

Insecure IoT Devices Were Hacked in Major Internet Outage

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 22, 2016 1

Repeated DDoS attacks on Dyn, a company providing core services for Twitter, Reddit, PayPal, and other sites, caused major Internet outage between approximately 11AM UTC and 6PM UTC on October 21th, 2016. According to security firm Flashpoint, the attacks were built at least partially on the backs of hacked IoT devices.

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.

Realm Mobile Platform to Enable Reactive Mobile Apps with Data Sync and Event Handling

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 01, 2016

Realm introduced its new mobile development platform aiming to provide seamless realtime synchronization, conflict resolution, and reactive event handling. Furthermore, its client-side database is now fully open-source.

Onion Creates a $5 Linux Computer with Wi-Fi, Designed for IoT Applications

by Kevin Farnham on  Sep 27, 2016

Onion.io has produced a $5 tiny Linux computer that's designed for Internet of Things applications. Onion calls the Omega2 the "World's smallest Linux server, with Wi-Fi built-in." The device has a 580 MHz CPU, 64MB of RAM, 16MB of flash storage, an integrated IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi, and supports programming in widely used languages like C, Python, Javascript, PHP, and Node.JS.

Ceylon 1.3 Adds Support for Building Android Apps and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 24, 2016 1

Ceylon, RedHat’s strongly statically typed language for the JVM, has reached version 1.3. Released one year after version 1.2, Ceylon 1.3 is a major release bringing Android support, npm integration, and a plugin for IntelliJ IDEA and Android Studio, in addition to new language features and improvements.

Android Studio 2.2: New Layout, Firebase, OpenJDK, Java 8

by Abel Avram on  Sep 20, 2016

Android Studio 2.2 comes with enhancements across all development phases - Design, Development, Build and Test -, including a new Constraint Layout, Layout Editor, Firebase plug-in, Code Sample browser, Java 8 support, OpenJDK, GPU Debugger and others.

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