Microsoft has released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and while the preview is intended to be used by developers to get their apps up to speed with the new version, it's also available to anyone who wants to get a taste of what's coming. The new version began showing up on devices registered to Microsoft's App Studio program today, the same route by which the company gave pre-final access to Windows Phone 8.1 itself back in April.
Google is practicing their own version of Inception. Three Developer Advocates from the company are using an app to teach you how to make apps. A new, free course on Udacity, called “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals”, teaches you all you need to know in starting your path toward app development.
Project Ara was always thought of as a product we’d not see for many years. to their credit, Google has scaled it quickly, even having a (sort of) working model at Google I/O. Now, those interested in making modules for Ara can sign up for the development board.
Apple has launched a new Swift blog to guide iOS and OS X developers through the new programming language, while at the same time throwing open the Xcode 6 beta to anybody who has registered. Swift, announced to no small degree of surprise at WWDC 2014 last month, replaces Objective C as Apple's preferred programming language, and developers still have plenty of questions.
There’s one truth in life — email sucks. The painful process of organizing and cleaning up your inbox daily can be cumbersome, and hanging onto emails for later response often proves annoying. A new email platform called Inbox wants to change email at its core, but is that necessary?
If you’d like to pick up some programming know-how, there are several methods for doing so. One of the neatest ways is iTunes U, which offers up several ways to learn on your own time. Often free, you can get up to speed in no time — and on your time.
The smart TV scene may be increasingly the preserve of affordable set-top boxes like Chromecast and Fire TV, but LG isn't giving up on its webOS plans, pushing out the tools it hopes will encourage developers to get onboard. Freshly released, the webOS TV SDK will allow developers to cook up apps for LG's sets, test them on a TV emulator, and then package them up for distribution to the new app store.
Google's Project Tango isn't the only play for augmented reality out there, with Metaio releasing what it describes as a 6D Augmented Reality Holodeck system for developers wanting to get more immersive in their apps. Initially targeting tablet apps, such as games and educational titles, but with full immersive environments using Oculus Rift and Kinect movement tracking expected to follow, it's not quite the Star Trek Holodeck we might be holding out for, but as the demos show it certainly has potential.
Google is challenging the paucity of women in tech, launching Made with Code alongside MIT Media Lab, Girl Scouts of the USA, and several other organizations to encourage girls to get involved in coding. Along with a $50m fund to support programs, the new scheme puts together projects designed to appeal to young women, such as making tumblr-worthy animated GIFs, putting together music tracks, and designing 3D printed jewelry.
Raspberry Pi has sold its three millionth unit, a little over two years after the low-cost educational computer now beloved by developers went on sale. The $35 Raspberry Pi Model B astonished when it was first announced, a full computer - albeit a relatively low-power one - that could be used for quickly prototyping projects as well as exploring programing, but has gone on to ignite a market of low-cost hobby boards.
Apple has redesigned how developers can create apps to suit different screen sizes, orientations, and dimensions, giving the strongest official hint so far at how iOS 8 will pave the way for a bigger iPhone 6 and even split-screen multitasking. The new size classes in iOS 8, detailed in Apple's State of the Union event for developers at WWDC 2014 today, will make creating dynamic and flexible interfaces far more straightforward for app coders.