App Development

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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Google’s Android Studio now available, ready for your app creations

Google’s Android Studio now available, ready for your app creations

Android now has an official IDE. Android Studio has come out of beta today, and provides the first true cross-platform IDE for Developers who can’t get enough Javascript. Announced way back at Google I/O 2013, Android Studio is the first official IDE from Google, and could end up serving as a watershed moment in Android development history. It’s also likely to get some add-ons in the near future, which could make it much easier to work with for novices and experienced developers alike.

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First ever Yahoo Mobile Developers Conference set for February 19, 2015

First ever Yahoo Mobile Developers Conference set for February 19, 2015

Google has one; so does Facebook. Apple’s own event sets a standard, and even Samsung has jumped on-board. Now, Yahoo has their own Developer’s conference, with the focus being on mobile. The first ever Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference will take place on February 19, 2015. Recent Yahoo acquisition Flurry will figure prominently, with Yahoo saying they’ll introduce what’s next from Yahoo as it relates to mobile Developers. Yahoo exec Simon Khalaf will also give a “State of Mobile” address to attendees.

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Apple will host free ‘Hour of Code’ workshops December 11

Apple will host free ‘Hour of Code’ workshops December 11

Hour of Code is an initiative designed to get kids coding. For one hour, code.org wants to get youths across the globe learning a bit about computer languages, which will hopefully keep them involved long after that hour is up. If you’re able to drop into an Apple Store on December 11, you and the kids can get cracking on code live an in person. the free one-hour workshop will take place at every Apple Store across the world.

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Google offers DVD Dev Kits for the Internet-constrained

Google offers DVD Dev Kits for the Internet-constrained

As much as the Internet is a font of knowledge (not exactly wisdom) for many of us, not everyone has the luxury of a good connection to take advantage of what the Internet has to offer. This is an impediment especially for interested Android app developers, as majority, if not all, of Google's resources, though free, are Internet-bound. At the very least, they require a lot of time and bandwidth to even download. Which is why Google has a new Developer's Kit offer for those living in "bandwidth challenged" areas.

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Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

The folks at Relative Wave are creators. They're making it easier for software developers to see what their apps will look and act like before they create a final design. With their tools, creators can visualize what they're making for a smartphone ON the smartphone, rather than on a PC. When you edit something in their system, "Flow", you see it change in real-time on the smartphone you're prototyping on. Google just acquired this company, and they've made their software free for download for Mac users in the process.

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Apple Watch is coming: iOS 8.2 & Xcode 6.2 betas out

Apple Watch is coming: iOS 8.2 & Xcode 6.2 betas out

The Apple Watch is on its way, that much we know. When it will actually drop is not clear yet, but a slew of beta rollouts today suggest it won’t be too long. Today, Apple has released the WatchKit Developer toolkit, which allows Developers to spend sleepless night staring at Xcode, hoping their app is worth our time. Apple also released an Xcode beta for Development of WatchKit, and is seeding a beta version of iOS 8.2 to Developers, and both are heavy with WatchKit.

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Google Now will search in apps with six lines of code

Google Now will search in apps with six lines of code

Searching for content via Google Now is easy and effective, but there’s a problem: it doesn’t dive into your apps. You can ask all kinds of things, which get routed through Google’s massive mother-brain search engine, but it fails to bring you results from apps you trust. On the Android Developers blog, Google has outlined exactly how Developers can implement search into their app, which will allow users to get in-app results for whatever that app provides, all without ever leaving Now.

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Apple relaxes stance on calculator widgets

Apple relaxes stance on calculator widgets

If you’ve seen chatter about Apple blocking calculator widgets over the past few days, the news may have been a bit confusing. The sensational headline was that Apple was blocking all calculator widgets, which began with the Developer of a popular third-party Calculator app having his widget pulled. The reason given was that widgets were barred from performing any calculations, and like so many App Store rules and guidelines, made little sense. Now, Apple is changing their mind a bit, and offering an explanation on the dust-up.

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