The Commerce Committee in the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the "Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act." The bi-partisan bill requires "the establishment of a working group tasked with identifying proposals meant to facilitate IoT growth." The bill follows up on a March 2015 resolution that called for a national Internet of Things strategy.
Following on from the announcement at the March 2016 “Let us loop you in”, Apple has open sourced its new CareKit framework, aimed to make it easier for developers to create apps that help people manage their medical conditions. Along with the new framework, Apple has also made available four iOS apps that use it.
Arduino announced that Intel has released Arduino 101 real time operating system (RTOS) for hacking and studying purpose.
Apple has announced that new watchOS apps submitted after June 1, 2016 must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. Furthermore, Apple has refreshed its review guidelines for the App Store.
A “Port to Android” pull request that has been recently merged into the official Swift repository master branch makes it possible to create simple programs for Android. The pull request added an Android target for Swift stdlib and allows developers to use a Linux environment to cross-compile for Android on the ARMv7 processor.
Angular 2’s architecture makes it possible to render an application with various renderers including React Native.
JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1, the latest version of their most popular IDE. The new version seems to have the polyglot developer in mind, with multiple enhancements over a variety of languages and technologies; however, the most noticeable changes are aimed at Java, particularly at helping developers take full advantage of Java 8.
Android Studio 2.0 comes with several new features and improvements: Instant Run, integration with a Google service for testing on real devices, faster emulator, faster builds, GPU profiler and debugger, support for deep linking and others.
Capital One launched the DevExchange Beta developer site and initial API offering last month.
Kony Visualizer 7.0, Kony’s code-less mobile app design and development tool, introduces support for wearable and IoT apps and adds a Starter version that is free to download and use.
The United Kingdom's Office of Communications has confirmed that spectrum within three VHF (Very High Frequency) radio bands "can be used for Internet of Things (IoT) services and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications." The statement is the result of months of study, during which commentary from stakeholders and interested parties was sought and considered, resulting in a detailed OfCom statement.
Android N introduces a hybrid runtime using compilation + interpretation + JIT to obtain the best compromise between installation time, memory footprint, battery consumption and performance.
The court appearance between Apple and the FBI, originally scheduled for later today, has been postponed a week until after Easter, following a request from the FBI to defer.
Today Apple released Swift 2.2 as part of Xcode 7.3 for OSX, along with official binaries for Swift 2.2 for Linux. InfoQ looks at what's new and what having a production release of the runtime will have for Linux on the Server.