App Development

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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The Vizzywig 4K video app is back, ready for iOS 8.1

The Vizzywig 4K video app is back, ready for iOS 8.1

Remember the Vizzywig 4K app that shot video from your iPhone in 4K resolution? After being pulled from the App Store, they’re back — and sporting a new name. Rather than 4K, Vizzywig has now branded themselves 8K. Why the double-down in the naming scheme? Because the app has eight times the pixel density of FaceTime HD, of course. Vizzywig also says that for the best frame-rate experience, an iPhone 5S is needed. The 24 frames per second make video smoother.

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Twitter drops Google Glass, app no longer available

Twitter drops Google Glass, app no longer available

Twitter is perfect for Google Glass. The small-ish social microblogging platform is great for Glass’ small screen, where snippets of info can be digested quickly. If you’re a big Google Glass/Twitter fan, you might want to guard the app carefully from now on. One Reddit user found that uninstalling Twitter from his Glass apps list left them eternally wanting, unable to get it back. After reaching out to Twitter about the problem, it seems the Twitter Glass app is no more.

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Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps

Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps

Apple has announced their TestFlight Beta program, which allows Developers to seed beta builds of their apps to users, is now live. Registered Apple Developers can now distribute up to 1,000 copies of their app to testers, using the iTunes Connect portal to email invites. It’s a pretty new scheme for Apple, but falls directly in line with their prior beta work with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. With TestFlight, those Developers and companies that aren’t Apple can now do exactly the same.

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New Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit apps

New Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit apps

Google has just given the go signal for developers to start giving some thought to making their apps 64-bit ready in time for the next Android release. This comes with the release of a new emulator image for Android L preview, confirming that the next Android version will indeed be ready for a 64-bit mobile world. Whether that will translate into something that end users will actually be able to notice and appreciate will largely depend on the marriage between the software and the hardware.

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Apple Pay use in apps detailed via Security Guide

Apple Pay use in apps detailed via Security Guide

Apple Pay gets a lot of attention for how it interacts with the physical world, and rightly so. Apple’s inclusion of NFC on the iPhone 6 means we’ll get the ability to pay for goods with a tap of our phone. Sadly, that tech needs various point-of-sale terminals to include it, but there’s another way Apple Pay will be useful: in apps.

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