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LinkedIn tightens grip on APIs, asks Devs to join program

LinkedIn tightens grip on APIs, asks Devs to join program

LinkedIn might be able to find you work, but they’re not happy with the job Developers have done with their APIs. Starting today, Developers who want to use any LinkedIn APIs will have to become part of LinkedIn’s Developer Program, which has been ‘refocussed’ to provide a limited set of use cases and support. There will still be open APIs, but what Developers can do with them will change. It’s an interesting move which some will take issue with, but also provides some careful image management for LinkedIn.

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Google I/O 2015 will be held on May 28, 29

Google I/O 2015 will be held on May 28, 29

Google has announced the dates for their upcoming annual Developers conference, Google I/O. Those interested in attending or otherwise checking the event out via a remote location will want to set aside the 28th and 29th of May. If you’re going to be there, nothing has changed; Google I/O is still being held at Moscone West in San Francisco, so Developers should probably book hotels as soon as they can. Registration isn’t open just yet, but goes live in just over a month.

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Is iPad innovation dead?

Is iPad innovation dead?

Earlier today, something caught my attention. In a report on why the iPad might see a sales dip in 2015, an analyst cleverly shouldered Developers with blame for the iPad’s decline. Specifically, he claimed there weren’t enough good apps to compel potential customers to want an iPad. Is that true? Is the iPad in decline because Developers don’t create solid iPad experiences? Apple has created new foundations for iOS development, but are things like Metal and Swift proactive, or reactive? The answer: it’s complicated.

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Apple shuts down iTunes Connect in wake of log-in issues

Apple shuts down iTunes Connect in wake of log-in issues

Now that TestFlight is being wrapped into Apple’s iTunes Connect, problems are starting to show. Many with a Developer account via Apple are reporting that logging in takes them to a different account altogether, which I can sadly corroborate. Even though Developers are using their own credentials, they’re being logged into accounts that aren’t theirs. Larger names like H&R Block and BlackBerry are reported to have been affected by this. So far, there have been no reported issues other than this odd log-in thing, and Apple has pulled the plug while they figure it all out.

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Apple shuttering TestFlight’s standalone service, moves it in-house

Apple shuttering TestFlight’s standalone service, moves it in-house

When Apple quietly acquired Burstly to better wrangle TestFlight into their App Store beta testing mix, it was seen as a positive move forward. Apple didn’t yet have an effective way to encourage more testing of their apps, meaning what you ended up with was largely imagined and realized in-house from the Developer(s). TestFlight provides a solid, known platform for Developers, but it’s shifting under their feet. Apple will now take TestFlight’s beta wholly in-house, shutting down it’s original platform altogether in February.

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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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