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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.

Realm Reaches 1B Users, 100k Active Developers, and Launches Version 1.0

by James Chesters on  May 30, 2016

Realm, the open-source, object-oriented database has launched version 1.0 for iOS and Android. Realm's technical team told InfoQ that among the noted changes in the mobile database's latest release are an improved query language with support for partial string matches, relationship traversal, multi-field sorting, and distinct matches.

Jibo Releases SDK Aiming to Bring Robotics into Homes

by Sergio De Simone on  May 27, 2016

IndieGogo startup Jibo has announced an SDK for developing applications, a.k.a. skills, for its “social robot” for the home, which will target entertainment, education, and IoT integration.

OSRAM Sylvania Opens Lightify REST API to Developers

by Kevin Farnham on  May 27, 2016

OSRAM Sylvania recently announced that it is now offering the developer community an open REST API for Lightify that developers can integrate into their own iOS and Android apps and web sites. Lightify is an Internet of Things (IoT) combination of hardware, the cloud, and your mobile device. Using OSRAM's free iOS and Android apps, you can control the light settings of your Lightify LED lights...

Android Developers Invited to Get Ready for Chrome OS

by Abel Avram on  May 23, 2016

Google is close to bring Play to Chrome OS, making Android applications and media available to Chromebook users.

Google Firebase - a Complete Back-End Solution for Mobile and Web

by Abel Avram on  May 20, 2016 1

Google has introduced a new version of Firebase at I/O 2016, the platform offering a comprehensive solution for creating a back-end infrastructure for mobile (iOS and Android) and the web.

Google Makes Android Apps Run without Install

by Abel Avram on  May 19, 2016 1

Google has announced Android Instant Apps during Google I/O keynote, enabling applications to run without having to install them first.

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