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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.

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.

Spotify Wants To Be Good at Failing

by Ben Linders on  Jul 21, 2016

Spotify wants to be really good at getting it wrong quickly and optimized for experimentation, said Marcus Frödin, director of engineering at Spotify. At Spark the Change London 2016 he presented a concept to learn from mistakes and breed success and gave examples of failures at Spotify and how they learned from them.

deepstreamHub Launches deepstream.io, an Open Source Real-Time Server

by Kevin Farnham on  Jul 21, 2016

German start-up deepstreamHub has launched deepstream.io, an open source, scalable, real-time server platform. The platform is designed for applications that require a network of device-resident nodes that communicate with cloud applications or with one another. Individual nodes can subscribe to topics and receive data whenever other clients publish to those topics. Nodes can also...

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.

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.

Open-Source Shark ORM for iOS Aims to Replace Core Data for High-Performance, Multi-Threaded Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 29, 2016

Shark is a new open-source ORM framework for iOS that aims to be an easy-to-use replacement for Core Data by providing high-performance and thread-safety. InfoQ has spoken with Adrian Herridge, creator of Shark.

Apache Mynewt RTOS Addresses IoT Power, Memory, Storage Constraints

by Kevin Farnham on  Jun 28, 2016

Apache Mynewt is an open source modular real-time operating system (RTOS) designed for operation on connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices that have limited memory and storage, and which need to run for long periods of time using minimal power. A press release by Arduino and the start-up Runtime describes Mynewt as "a composable OS for 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) that enables..."

A Look at APFS, Apple’s New File System for iOS and macOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 20, 2016 2

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 Opens the Messages Framework to Developers

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 19, 2016 1

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.

Dan Guido: Modern iOS Application Security

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jun 17, 2016

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.

Xcode 8 Brings Swift 3, Editor Plug-ins, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 15, 2016

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.

Gluon Announces Full Java 9 Mobile Initiative

by Victor Grazi on  Jun 10, 2016 2

Gluon is making Java 9 development available to iOS and Android developers in the form of their Gluon VM project, a full Java 9 native port.

VMware Releases Liota, an Open Source IoT Gateway Application Framework

by Kevin Farnham on  Jun 08, 2016 1

VMware has released Liota (the "Little IoT Agent") to the developer community. The Liota framework facilitates development of applications that securely orchestrate gateway communication between IoT devices and cloud applications that analyze the input data stream and control the remote devices.

Twitter Fastlane Adds Live App Preview from GitHub Pull Requests

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 02, 2016

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.

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