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Snapchat’s Reliance on Google Cloud Raises Concerns Following IPO Filing

by James Chesters on  Feb 09, 2017

Snap Inc., the company responsible for Snapchat, has prompted questions around its reliance on Google Cloud, following its $3 billion IPO filing. Reporting 158 million average daily active users, and annual revenue of $404.4 million, the company entered into an agreement with Google to purchase at least $400 million of cloud services in each year of the five year agreement.

The Road to Swift 4 ABI Stability

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 02, 2017

Recently published on the swift-evolution mailing list, the Swift ABI Stability Manifesto aims to be a compilation of all concerns that need to be addressed before Swift’s ABI can be declared stable. Yet, it is not entirely clear whether ABI stability will make it into Swift 4.

Realm Mobile Platform Adds Horizontal Scalability, Support for Legacy Data Sources, and Replication

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 31, 2017

The Realm team has announced version 1.0 of its Realm Mobile Platform, aimed to make it possible to create mobile apps for iOS and Android with features such as automatic realtime data synchronization, realtime collaboration, live messaging, and more.

First Android Instant Apps Are Available

by Abel Avram on  Jan 25, 2017

Google has made available a number of applications as Instant Apps in order to gather user feedback. The SDK is to be made available to all later this year.

Bluepill is LinkedIn’s Open-Source Tool for iOS UI Testing at Scale

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 21, 2017

LinkedIn’s Bluepill allows developers to run iOS UI tests using multiple simulators on a single machine, writes LinkedIn software engineer Keqiu Hu, and aims to provide tool stability and test scalability.

The Last Days of Parse

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 20, 2017 2

Parse co-founder Kevin Lacker sent out a final reminder of Parse shutting down at the end of this month. Developers are urged to export any data they would like to save as soon as possible.

Twitter Sells Fabric to Google

by Abel Avram on  Jan 19, 2017

Google has bought Twitter Fabric and will integrate the platform into Firebase.

2017 State of Testing Survey

by Ben Linders on  Jan 09, 2017

The 2017 State of Testing survey aims to provide insights into how the testing profession develops. The survey is open throughout January 2017.

Google Targets IoT with Android Things

by Abel Avram on  Dec 16, 2016

Google brings Android and its ecosystem to the development of IoT devices. Developers will write applications to these devices similarly to how they write for mobile ones.

Swift 3.1 Enters its Final Development Stage

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 13, 2016

Apple’s Swift team has made public their release plan for Swift 3.1, expected to be available in the Spring of 2017 and source-compatible with Swift 3.0, writes Apple’s language and runtimes manager Ted Kremenek.

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.

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