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Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Monument Valley stole the hearts and minds of many in 2014, and with good reason. the fluid gameplay and solid graphics lent way to a delightful storyline that made you want to play. Though the game has little replay value, it’s been valuable. The development team behind Monument Valley, Us2Games, have released a breakdown of their year. As you can see below, it was a monumental year for Us2Games. It’s also a good look at how much manpower and time go into great apps and games.

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Apple’s new language Swift sees ‘Unprecedented’ rise

Apple’s new language Swift sees ‘Unprecedented’ rise

Swift, or Objective-C? That’s a choice many Developers and learning the craft are entertaining, and it’s quickly (swiftly?) becoming harder to decide. Though Objective-C is still dug-in and widely used for iOS and OS X development, Swift is coming up fast (pun intended). A new report by Red Monk details the performance of programming languages on sites like GitHub and Stack Overflow. Though nowhere near dominant, Swift is already charging hard, and its rise is being heralded as perhaps the speediest ever.

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Twitter takes flight with Flock, roosts with Hatch

Twitter takes flight with Flock, roosts with Hatch

Twitter is getting serious. The micro-blogging platform has just announced they are taking their show on the road, with a roving Developer’s conference of sorts. Fabric is Twitter’s new Software Development Kit (SDK) aimed at Developers who want to better implement Twitter’s tools into their apps. They’ve even announced the roadmap for this Fabric tour bus (Flock, naturally), but aren’t stopping there (or in the cities they visit). Twitter is also releasing the adorably named Hatch, a startup incubator of sorts.

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Google drops Google TV, ports some devices to Android TV

Google drops Google TV, ports some devices to Android TV

Google TV was always kind of there, but never really any good. After suffering with clumsy, expensive set top boxes and an almost total lack of support, Google has finally taken it off life support. Google promises that existing apps and services created for Google TV will live on, as will all Google TV hardware and software, but Developer tools have been pulled. Google is even porting devices as they can, saying “a small subset of Google TV devices will be updated to Android TV.

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Three ways to learn Android programming in 2015

Three ways to learn Android programming in 2015

Now that the new year is firmly off and running, what about you? Are you just plodding along, or did you come up with a resolution for the new year? Some want to lose weight or quit a nasty habit, but we’d like to suggest a new habit: programming. If you’ve always been curious to learn how to make an app on your own, there’s never been a better time to do learn. Several do-it-yourself courses are available for your Android coding desires, and we’ve got a few you should check out.

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Google says no more user testimonials in Play Store app descriptions

Google says no more user testimonials in Play Store app descriptions

Android fans know that the Play Store’s app description are sometimes a bit dubious. Full of people you don’t know saying all kinds of wonderful things about the app, the goal is downloads. For Developers, testimonials proved a handy way to let customers sell their app for them. Google is now asking that those testimonials stay where they belong — the reviews section. In a recent change to Android Developer guidelines, Google is telling Developers to take testimonials out, or risk having their app pulled.

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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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Spotify gives devs mobile app store blessing

Spotify gives devs mobile app store blessing

Spotify is warming up to third-party developers, dropping its limits on how apps built using its mobile SDKs can be distributed and even monetized. The news means that Android and iOS coders can now release their wares through Google Play and the App Store, while also supporting things like embedded advertising, subscriptions, and more. Still, it's not quite a free-for-all, and exactly what you can do depends on how exactly you use Spotify's catalog.

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