App Development

Amazon bolsters AWS with Cloud9 acquisition

Amazon bolsters AWS with Cloud9 acquisition

Amazon Web Services is looking to bulk up its development tools, with the reveal today that it has acquired Cloud9. For the uninitiated, Cloud9 is a service that allows developers to collaborate and code in real time. Developers from around the world can use Cloud9 to write code together in an integrated development environment (IDE), offering up a full, cloud-based Ubuntu workspace.

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Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Back in March, Apple's Eddy Cue revealed that the company was getting involved in original TV content by developing a non-scripted series about app developers and the app economy. Production is being split between Apple and television company Propagate, and the show, titled Planet of the Apps, has now started an open casting call. The announcement, posted on the show's official website, says they are looking for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS developers.

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Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple's first iOS App Development Center in Europe will be opening in a few months, and it's been confirmed that the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy will be hosting the incubator. Originally announced back in January, the center will be a place for aspiring developers to better learn about the iOS app environment, as well as for educators to receive additional support. The Apple-sponsored course will run for nine months, and is open to applications from anywhere in Europe.

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Apple sets up iOS app dev center in Bengaluru, India

Apple sets up iOS app dev center in Bengaluru, India

Apple, especially Tim Cook, has made it no secret that China and India are the newest darlings of the tech industry at large and, of course, Apple. After flying to China to deal with the iBooks and Movies blackout, Cook flew to India to help cement Apple's position in the market. In addition to Cook's first visit to the country as Apple's highest executive, it was also an occasion for Apple to announce the establishment of a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru to help spur iOS app development in the country.

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Microsoft’s Marmalade simplifies making cross-platform games

Microsoft’s Marmalade simplifies making cross-platform games

Xbox fans, no need to pick your pitchforks and light up those torches. This isn't yet the feared moment when Microsoft muddles the divide between PCs and consoles. Well, at least not yet. Perhaps it does lay the foundations, but at face value, Microsoft's new Marmalade platform is intended to ease the not so fun aspects of developing games that run on Windows 10, Android, and even iOS by giving developers an API, tools, and emulators that abstracts all those OS differences away into a single, common platform.

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Apple is creating a TV series about app development & economy

Apple is creating a TV series about app development & economy

Apple Music has seen the company make its biggest leap thus far into streaming music and original radio programming, but now it looks like the iPhone-maker is ready to try its hand at television. Following the news that Apple is working with Vice on a documentary series about local music scenes called The Score, senior VP Eddy Cue told The New York Times that they are developing a non-scripted TV series about the development of apps.

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Google Play updates dev policy center to boost transparency

Google Play updates dev policy center to boost transparency

The Google Play Developer Policy Center has been updated to provide better transparency to developers, Google has announced. Google says its redesigned Policy Center better provides developers with clear and transparent policy details, doing so with thematic organization, expanded details on policy enforcement, more detailed guidelines, and more. With it all comes a Material Design level of polish.

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Google releases Android Studio 2.0 beta with improved developer tools

Google releases Android Studio 2.0 beta with improved developer tools

Google has just announced that a beta of its Android Studio 2.0 software is now available for download, offering new and improved tools for Android app developers. As the latest version of the IDE (integrated development environment), Android Studio 2.0 doesn't have a confirmed release date yet, but sometime before May seems likely. Those interested in trying it out can download it now from the Beta channel website.

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Apple programming language Swift goes open source

Apple programming language Swift goes open source

Apple has officially made Swift, its programming language that it first announced at WWDC 2014, an open source project. The company announced its intentions to do so earlier this year, and has now posted the Swift compiler's source code and standard library functions and objects online at its own website, Swift.org. By making Swift open source, it allows developers to use language as they please, making things other than apps for iOS and Mac OS X if they wish.

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Microsoft PowerApps turns any worker into a programmer

Microsoft PowerApps turns any worker into a programmer

Learning how to code, usually to make apps, has become a topic of debate among the IT, education, government sectors, with some advocating teaching it as a core skill like writing and math. Most, if not all, these thrusts, however, focus on educating kids, leaving adults to fend for themselves. After all, grownups can learn faster and better, right? As any adult will tell you, however, that isn't always the case. That is perhaps why Microsoft has launched the PowerApps platform to let grownups in workplaces build their own apps, no coding required.

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Facebook doesn’t need your face to recognize you

Facebook doesn’t need your face to recognize you

Facebook has developed the next level of facial recognition software that is so clever, it can identify you even if your face is obscured. If you were paranoid about being auto-tagged in pictures before, Facebook's new recognition capabilities won't do anything to allay those fears. This new algorithm removes any residual layers of privacy a user would have from photographing themselves from the neck down, or covering their face. The AI behind the development seems human-like its ability to identify a friend from the back of their head.

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iOS 9 allows app developers to require devices with 64-bit CPUs

iOS 9 allows app developers to require devices with 64-bit CPUs

It's been revealed that with iOS 9, Apple has given developers the choice of limiting their app to run on iPhones and iPads with 64-bit CPUs. While iOS 9 itself is capable of running on a large number of Apple's older devices, developers now have the ability of specifying that previous generations of hardware cannot run their apps. The reason is not to be mean or make owners of said devices angry, but rather to ensure devices will be compatible with the app being offered, and that they don't run the software poorly.

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