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WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

The last year or so has been an exciting one for Apple, with significant product refreshes made across the board. We’ve also seen two new products introduced with Apple Watch and MacBook. Some of the whispers circulating after Apple’s second Watch event suggested they’d exhausted themselves, and there would be little left for WWDC. Though a lot has come to pass lately, maybe Apple got some of their light work off the desks around campus, and are about to make even bigger things happen. Curious what may be in store? Read on.

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Apple makes ResearchKit available to Devs and researchers

Apple makes ResearchKit available to Devs and researchers

ResearchKit has the capacity to truly change things. Today, Apple is letting Developers and researchers realize its promise, and has opened ResearchKit up to anyone who wants to contribute. Developers are now free to develop apps that utilize the framework, and researchers can begin new studies to aide in ramping up their studies. Announced at Apple’s March event, ResearchKit uses an iPhone as a diagnostic tool when users opt-in to providing data. On launch, Apple and a few select partners had medical studies relating to Breast Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Asthma, and Cardiovascular Disease.

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Amazon rolls out Machine Learning as an AI developer tool

Amazon rolls out Machine Learning as an AI developer tool

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now offering Amazon Machine Learning (AML) to developers who are looking to use predictive modeling AI in their apps and web-services. AML has the potential to save time as calculation-intense computation can consume a lot of time and server space. Amazon is already envisioning a myriad of ways developers can put Machine Learning to use. It could be used to build predictive models capable of identifying fraudulent transactions or reviews. So, review based apps like Yelp could prevent being clogged by fake reviews.

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It’s official: Devs love Apple’s Swift language

It’s official: Devs love Apple’s Swift language

Apple’s new programming language, Swift, has achieved widespread acclaim. While some deride it for not being a “finished product” out of the box, others see the promise of a simpler, cleaner language that can be used for native iOS apps (and hopefully beyond). In a recent survey of Developers via social forum and crowdsourced help center Stack Overflow, Swift was voted the “Most Loved” language. Over 77% of those polled said they already Develop with Swift and will continue to do so.

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4th gen Dell XPS 13 gets a dev edition with Ubuntu inside

4th gen Dell XPS 13 gets a dev edition with Ubuntu inside

When Dell unveiled its next generation XPS ultrabooks at CES early this year, we were quite impressed. The slim, lightweight, and pixel-dense computing workhorse checked off all the items of an ideal spec sheet and enclosed it in a rather stylish body. But while that has been a great thing for consumers, Dell understood that developers want something just as powerful, or maybe even more. That's why it's putting out the XPS 13 Developer Edition, taking in those same juicy specs and slapping Ubuntu onto it for good measure.

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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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Microsoft simplified Azure for Developers with ‘Azure App Service’

Microsoft simplified Azure for Developers with ‘Azure App Service’

Today, Microsoft is announcing Azure App Service, which brings together a few of their Azure services under one umbrella offering. Now, Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services, and Azure BizTalk Services will simply be known as Azure App Service, with one central location in the cloud. The aim is to make using Azure easier for Developers, who can now look to one central spot for all their deployment needs. It also satisfies Microsoft’s ‘write once and deploy everywhere’ goal of late.

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Google Code is shutting down, gives way to Github

Google Code is shutting down, gives way to Github

In 2008, Google said Mercurial had an advantage over Git due to its “efficient HTTP transport protocol”. They may have been right — in 2008. At the time, Google also said Git was “more powerful, but this tends to be offset by it being more complicated to use”. Now that we’re in 2015, Google is admitting defeat, and is shuttering their online project hosting portal, Google Code. Starting today, new product creation is disabled, and the site will go read-only in August.

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Unity 5 launches with free Personal Edition: make games now!

Unity 5 launches with free Personal Edition: make games now!

The indie game dev scene might just get a little bit hotter. On the heels of Epic making its Unreal Engine 4 free for personal use, popular game engine Unity is following suit. Along side the release of version 5 of the software, Unity is also launching a new business model that embraces even more types of developers and studios. The new Personal Edition gives the same engine and the same tools all for free and without limitations, though of course it comes with a few caveats.

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