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Google lets loose beta-quality Android N Preview

Google lets loose beta-quality Android N Preview

Google definitely unloaded a lot of juicy stuff surrounding Android right on the opening day of Google I/O. From a new VR platform of its own to the much awaited multi-window capabilities, there are a lot of things that Android developers will want to get their hands on before Android N finally rolls out in July, delays notwithstanding. And to whet the appetites of those eager developers, Google has released the third development preview, a.k.a. DP3, of Android N, which it bills to be its first beta-quality release, hinting at the maturity of the codebase and the imminent stable launch.

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Android Studio 2.2 preview brings Firebase plugin, new Layout Editor and more

Android Studio 2.2 preview brings Firebase plugin, new Layout Editor and more

Android Studio 2.2 has been unveiled, and it brings with it numerous changes, with Google saying the new version focuses on "speed, smarts, and Android platform support." All sorts of speed boosts are found, including emulators that are three times faster than previously, with Google teasing that developers have access to emulators that are faster than the physical devices. That's just a sliver what of what all 2.2 offers, though.

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Every Xbox One is now a dev kit, if you want it to be

Every Xbox One is now a dev kit, if you want it to be

Over the years it's become easier to break into the world of video game development. Virtually anyone can develop a game for the PC, and release it into the wild. However, getting your game onto a console is a whole different story, as you need a dev kit in order to do so. Well thanks to a recent announcement from Microsoft, you likely already have an Xbox One dev kit sitting in your house.

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Saving the IoT from WiFi with Particle’s Electron

Saving the IoT from WiFi with Particle’s Electron

The Internet of Things might seem pretty ubiquitous at this point, but there are still headaches in getting things connected. Most internet-linked devices rely on WiFi, and though that's common in homes and increasingly in offices (though the latter might be ruled by a draconian IT department), out in the wild it can be harder to find consistently.

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First iOS app dev center opens in Europe

First iOS app dev center opens in Europe

Apple has announced that it has opened its very first iOS app development center in Europe. The goal of the center is to help students learn how to create apps for the Apple ecosystem of devices. The iOS App Development Center will be located at a partner institution in Naples, Italy.

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Apple has new iOS 9 and watchOS 2.0 betas for you

Apple has new iOS 9 and watchOS 2.0 betas for you

Apple has released iOS 9 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad, as well as watchOS 2 beta 5 for Apple Watch, as it nears the final versions this fall. The new software, which requires either an Apple developer account or beta program membership in order to access, paves the way for features like WiFi Calling on the iPhone across more carriers, as well as smarter switching of WiFi and cellular data for faster browsing, while on the smartwatch there's a new Time-Lapse face among other tweaks.

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Visual Studio 2015 comes with Android and iOS support

Visual Studio 2015 comes with Android and iOS support

Microsoft has increasingly become more open to other, rival platforms, for better or for worse. And it's not just its normal software. It is even embracing this new perspective with its development tools. Last April, Microsoft surprised developers by revealing Visual Studio Code, a somewhat "lite" version of the popular IDE that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. While the fresh new Visual Studio 2015 isn't as cross-platform as that, it does include support for other platforms in the mobile category, namely Android and iOS.

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Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Apple Watch is going to change a lot of things. It’ll change how other companies consider wearables, and its popularity will certainly make being on the Apple Watch via apps a necessity. Apple Watch is also accelerating how we think about those apps best considered as ‘micro-mobile’; those that are made specifically for wearables. With so many Developers having worked on their Apple Watch apps based off of emulation ahead of launch, we’re starting to see them go back to the drawing board. And they’re right to do so.

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Being an indie Dev is romantic, but may not be lucrative

Being an indie Dev is romantic, but may not be lucrative

I have a question for you: how much do you think an independent Developer makes? Depends on their app, right? It also depends on how well word spreads about the app, pricing, and if it finds its way to media outlets or other curated sites. There are a lot of moving parts when considering the success of an indie Dev, but it’s a romantic notion. Some dedicated soul churning away in their home office, sweating over every last pixel and animation. Still, how much do you think they make?

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TestFlight is currently down; beta apps in holding pattern

TestFlight is currently down; beta apps in holding pattern

Developers trying to seed beta versions of their apps on iOS might be hitting a brick wall this morning. It seems TestFlight, Apple’s (now) in-house app seeding program is experiencing disruption. Developers are complaining en masse on Twitter, and Apple has not yet addressed the issue, but it seems to be server related. I’ve tested it for myself, and hey — it’s down on the Development side. It doesn’t seem to affect users who may have apps waiting for them in the TestFlight app.

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Pinterest opens Developer platform to take over social

Pinterest opens Developer platform to take over social

Pinterest, the upstart social network centered around imagery rather than words, is trying to become even bigger. Today, Pinterest is announcing details of a Developer platform, a suite of APIs engineered to “bring pins to life”. Developers can now leverage user pins in their own apps, where Pinterest envisions apps that use what people pin to encourage real-life shopping, “like apps for ordering ingredients from a recipe Pin or booking trips based on travel Pins.” The program is still in beta form, but Pinterest already has the underpinnings of a winner.

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Office 365 opens 3rd-party add-ons for Uber in your Outlook

Office 365 opens 3rd-party add-ons for Uber in your Outlook

Microsoft has already been been pushing Office 365 cross-platform, but now it's opening up to third-party services, with names like Uber and LinkedIn already onboard. Demonstrated on-stage at the BUILD 2015 keynote, the functionality will allow companies who offer stock images to have them show up in the sidebar on PowerPoint, for instance, or allow Outlook to help not only schedule an Uber journey, but tell the service where you're going to.

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