App Development

Instagram puts Apple Watch library on GitHub for all to see

Instagram puts Apple Watch library on GitHub for all to see

There are plenty of resources for building a version of an app for the Apple Watch. You can find tutorials and lessons all over the Internet, but if you’ve ever been curious how the big boys do it, Instagram is here to help. No, we’re not suggesting you check out a bunch of filtered pics showing code. Instead, head over to GitHub, where the Instagram team has posted the library they’re using for Apple Watch, which is free and open to all.

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Microsoft’s scanner app, Office Lens, lands on iOS & Android

Microsoft’s scanner app, Office Lens, lands on iOS & Android

To better combat the need for actual paper, Microsoft is rolling out a new app. Office Lens, which is available starting today for iOS and Android, allows you to scan a piece of paper with your mobile device’s camera, then have it morphed into an editable digital copy. You can also scan a whiteboard presentation if you like, and pics don’t have to be taken straight-on. If you’re cramped for room, you can take a picture at an angle, and the app will turn it to a forward-facing document for you.

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Twitter buys Dev analytics firm tenXer

Twitter buys Dev analytics firm tenXer

Twitter is on a bit of a shopping spree of late. After acquiring Periscope and quickly releasing it wide acclaim, Twitter has acquired tenXer. The startup is/was focussed on improving the workflow for programming teams, and will continue to work from their San Francisco office space. The sign-up page for tenXer is still up, but the company’s GitHub page is gone. According to an email from tenXer founder Jeff Ma, the startup itself will be shuttered, and all work will now happen under the branding of Twitter.

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Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Today, Twitter’s live-streaming app, Periscope, is getting an update. Still locked into iOS, the update is pushing some fine-tuning forward. When you head into Periscope, the streams from folks you follow will now be pushed to the top of the heap, making them easier to see in the sea of streaming. Periscope has also made some tweaks to notifications, turning off follower notifications by default. One potential flaw in Periscope, the ability to zoom in on your location, has been mitigated by the option to tag your location.

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Waze iOS update brings all the cool stuff Android already had

Waze iOS update brings all the cool stuff Android already had

Waze is fantastic for a variety of reasons. A large part of why people use the service is to alert one another to traffic conditions or law enforcement speed traps. Some even use Waze as their lone navigation app. Recently, Waze was updated to provide AMBER Alerts too, bringing a lot more community context to your drive. In a recent blog post, Waze announced they were updating their iOS version as well, bringing a lot of great new stuff to both platforms.

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Enlight for iOS review; a great photo editor for most

Enlight for iOS review; a great photo editor for most

Photo editors for mobile devices are fast becoming both powerful and easy to find. The competitive market that once had a few standouts controlling things now has a seemingly endless array of apps, all claiming to do something special or unique. That’s where Enlight comes in. Currently available for the iPhone, the photo editing app wants to make photo editing much easier and more intuitive. Does it do as much, or is Enlight another also-ran in mobile photo editing?

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TweetDeck for OS X now supports Teams, group DMs, GIFs

TweetDeck for OS X now supports Teams, group DMs, GIFs

Twitter users, especially those who track multiple accounts for business purposes, are likely aware of TweetDeck. The homegrown Twitter app is handy for keeping tabs on multiple items, and is now seeing an important update for the Mac client. After a succession of updates on other platforms, the OS X version of TweetDeck is now getting the service’s ‘Teams’ feature. TweetDeck users on Mac will also see GIFs animated within the app, in-line video, and group DMs — handy for use with Teams.

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Are Facebook & Instagram app economy rip-off artists?

Are Facebook & Instagram app economy rip-off artists?

Cover bands sometime make a living copying the work of others. Their ability to mimic a chosen group is often what makes them desirable to see live. Some big-name artists cover each other’s songs, and it’s typically a nod of admiration. In the app economy, we can’t say the same is true. Rather than a tribute to an art form, ‘copied’ apps pile onto the original, burying it. Facebook might be the best at this practice. With Rooms, they came under fire for copying an eerily similar app named Room. Now, Facebook-owned Instagram seems to have followed suit with Layout.

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Wunderlist details ‘hyper-relevant’ Apple Watch app

Wunderlist details ‘hyper-relevant’ Apple Watch app

Of all the things a wearable can accomplish for you, checklists may be your fork in the road. A good one will light up with timely notifications, then slip off into nowhere. A bad one will either linger on the wrist, or be unreliably faulty. With the Apple Watch, we’ll likely see a series of to-do apps meant to get you accomplishing stuff. Wunderlist, one of the better options for simple task management, is announcing their foray into iOS wearables, and giving us all a closer look at what makes their Apple Watch app tick.

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Facebook opens React Native for building cross-platform apps

Facebook opens React Native for building cross-platform apps

If you’ve considered developing your own app, you’ve likely found yourself at a crossroads with many avenues for success. Should you develop a native web app, or a web app? Which language should you learn? With so many decisions to make, Facebook is now trying to simplify things for you. Their React Native Library, which they use to develop many of their own apps, is now available on Github. According to Facebook, the library will let you build native Android and iOS apps using Javascript.

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