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Amazon Lex Now Generally Available to Enable Conversational Interfaces

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 24, 2017

Amazon Lex, the platform behind Amazon Alexa, is now generally available to create voice-powered chatbots and mobile, web, and desktop apps.

Amazon Improves Beta Testing for Alexa Skills

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 21, 2017

Amazon has announced a new testing tool to allow developers to make their Alexa skills available to closed groups of beta testers before they are published.

Facebook Litho: An Android UI Framework Created for Performance

by Abel Avram on  Apr 19, 2017

Facebook has open sourced Litho, a framework for creating user interfaces in Android applications using a React-like declarative style with scrolling performance in mind.

Apple TestFlight Now Supports A/B Testing of iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 12, 2017

With its recent update to TestFlight, Apple has introduced a number of features, such as multiple builds and enhanced groups, that make it possible to do A/B testing for iOS apps.

Apple Plans to Develop a Fully Custom GPU Architecture

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 04, 2017

Apple will develop its own custom graphics architecture to power the GPUs for its future devices, according to UK-based firm Imagination Technologies, Apple’s current GPU provider. The new GPUs should be ready in 15 months to two years' time and will be the first Apple-made GPUs that will bear no resemblance to Imagination Technologies’.

Swift 3.1 Improves Language, Package Manager, and Linux Implementation

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 31, 2017

Staying true to its plan, the recently announced Swift 3.1 is source compatible with Swift 3.0. Still, it includes a number of changes to the language, the standard library, and improved Linux implementation.

Apple Quietly Upgrades the File System of Millions of iOS Devices

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 28, 2017

With the release of iOS 10.3 to the general public, millions of devices will be upgraded to Apple’s new file system, APFS, in what is a bold, yet not risk-free move, according to several commentators.

Android O: Notification Channels, Background Limits, PIP and More

by Abel Avram on  Mar 22, 2017

Google has made available the Android O Preview to developers, admonishing them to test their applications on the new OS to be ready when this version of Android becomes publicly available. New in Android O: More Background limits, Notification channels, Picture-in-picture, Autofill, Adaptive icons, and API changes, among others.

Hosting Alexa Skills on AWS is Almost Free Now

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 18, 2017

Amazon has announced a program to subsidize the hosting of Alexa skills that use AWS Lambda and incur use charges beyond what is provided by the AWS free tier. Only developers having at least one skill live are eligible to apply.

Android Studio 2.3 Brings Build Cache, Improved Constraint Layout, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 06, 2017

Google has released version 2.3 of Android Studio, its official IDE for Android development, which adds a number of new features across the whole development phases.

Swift Memory Ownership Manifesto

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 03, 2017 3

According to Chris Lattner, Swift creator and Swift team lead before moving to Tesla, defining a Rust/Cyclone-inspired memory ownership model is one of the main goals for Swift development. Now that Swift 4 has entered its phase 2, the Swift team has published a manifesto detailing how Swift memory ownership could work.

Swift 4 Enters Final Stage, Defers ABI Stability

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 23, 2017

Apple has detailed the release process for Swift 4, which should become available in the Fall of 2017. The main focus of this release is to provide significant enhancements to the core language and standard library, while delivering source compatibility. ABI compatibility, which was originally in the roadmap, will be deferred, explains Apples' new Swift team lead Ted Kremenek.

Stormpath Launches Client API to Simplify Mobile and Frontend Authentication

by Benjamin Young on  Feb 20, 2017

Stormpath, a provider of authentication, authorization, social login, and other user management related API services, recently launched a new Client API with the aim of simplifying mobile and front-end authentication and registration.

Open Source WSO2 IoT Server Advances Integration and Analytic Capabilities

by Kevin Farnham on  Feb 19, 2017

WSO2 has announced a new, fully-open-source WSO2 Internet of Things Server edition that "lowers the barriers to delivering enterprise-grad IoT and mobile solutions." While WSO2 has been involved in the IoT marketplace for some time, the announcement that their IoT Server is now 100% open source is significant. The enhanced WSO2 platform also includes...

Microsoft AirSim, a Simulator for Drones and Robots

by Abel Avram on  Feb 16, 2017

Microsoft has developed and open sourced AirSim, a tool that can be used to simulate the flight of drones around the world. The simulator is built on the Unreal Engine and Microsoft will soon add support for robots and other types of vehicles.

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