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‘Inbox’ wants to fix email, but can it?

‘Inbox’ wants to fix email, but can it?

There’s one truth in life — email sucks. The painful process of organizing and cleaning up your inbox daily can be cumbersome, and hanging onto emails for later response often proves annoying. A new email platform called Inbox wants to change email at its core, but is that necessary?

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Safari WebKit changes mean other apps will get faster, too

Safari WebKit changes mean other apps will get faster, too

When you’re using an app like Facebook in iOS, opening a link up can be a bit of a pain. It opens up in Facebook’s in-line browser, which is nowhere near as quick or responsive as Safari. Part of that has to do with Apple allowing limited use of Nitro Javascript for WebKit, the engine that powers Safari and makes it so quick. Developers now have access to APIs that let them tap into WebKit a touch more, which should speed everything up.

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This is how Apple will connect your home — via software

This is how Apple will connect your home — via software

Apple’s connected home ambitions are rounding into shape, and a new report details just how it all may come to pass. Via a series of software customizations (likely via APIs), it seems Apple is bridging the connected home landscape. Rather than make their own hardware, or partner with various vendors to create “approved” devices, Apple might be giving us choices, backed by software.

Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Google Maps is getting some competition in the location-based services space, with Telenav courting developers with its Scout Maps and Navigation SDK for app and website developers. Packaging OpenStreetMap data - just as Telenav is now using in its own Scout app - in both online and offline forms, the claim is that the data is not only more accurate than Google's, but more affordable for developers, too.

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Oracle wins big in ongoing case versus Google

Oracle wins big in ongoing case versus Google

Google’s ongoing legal wrangling with Oracle came to a surprising head this morning, as a Judge made a somewhat surprising ruling about Android and Java. While a previous judgement regarding details about fair use of the Java language was upheld, this ruling by a Federal Judge granted Oracle’s appeal that their Java language (or certain aspects of it) can be protected under federal law.

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Google joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Google joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Today Google has made clear their intent on joining the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, a worldwide organization dedicated to standards, policies, and technology for the greater good of human health. Google’s role in this group will be to contribute toward refining technology and evolving the health research ecosystem for the whole planet.

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Facebook reveals Conceal cryptographic API for Android

Facebook reveals Conceal cryptographic API for Android

No company or web service is probably as painfully aware of the need to keep data safe and private than the likes of Facebook, who holds a virtual copy of a good portion of their users' lives in their hands. Facebook is now sharing part of that knowledge by releasing Conceal, a set of Java APIs that will help other app developers keep their own users' data secure.

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Google Android fitness API spotted

Google Android fitness API spotted

One of the fastest growing segments in the technology and gadget realm is the wearable fitness device. Wearables include devices like smartwatches, glasses, and even smart clothing. To help make those wearable devices work better with Android, many developers would appreciate a baked in API.

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Google Glass augmented reality gets real-time demo

Google Glass augmented reality gets real-time demo

We already saw augmented reality on Google Glass last month as developer Brandyn White created an augmented reality UI that uses Mirror API to display information over still images. Now White and fellow OpenGlass developer Andrew Miller have now been able to demonstrate AR in real-time. This opens the door for displaying useful info over what you see immediately in front of you, as you see it, like restaurant ratings, product reviews, and more.

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Amazon is down, it’s not just you [UPDATE: Resolved]

Amazon is down, it’s not just you [UPDATE: Resolved]

This afternoon the team at Amazon's homepage have reported a temporary outage in service as they "make some improvements" to their service. This down time is not yet recorded officially in Amazon's server status listing save a small blip in the North Virginia Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. There it's reported that "increased API error rates and latencies for tagging related API calls in the US-EAST-1 region" are being investigated a this time.

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Facebook Google Reader replacement tipped in API code

Facebook Google Reader replacement tipped in API code

With the announcement that Google would be shutting down its Google Reader service on July 1, many users have gotten bent out of shape because of the news. However, numerous developers have been hard at work on creating replacements, while other devs are busy improving their already-existing solutions. However, it seems that Facebook may joining in on the fun as well.

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Twitter API v1 retired: what does it mean for you?

Twitter API v1 retired: what does it mean for you?

We've been expecting this day for a while now, but after delaying the retirement of its API v1, Twitter has officially cut the cord and is requiring Twitter clients to use its new API v1.1. Essentially, this is the final breath for a handful of Twitter clients, including TweetDeck, SilverBird, and DestroyTwitter.

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