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Shinra released SDK for building creating cloud games

Shinra released SDK for building creating cloud games

Unless you're a Final Fantasy fan or at least an avid gamer, the company's name might mean little to you. That might be well and good since Shinra Technologies barely has anything to do with the game franchise, other than being spun off from Square Enix. And unlike its in-game counterpart, Shinra isn't obsessed with sucking the world dry of resources. Instead, it is actually interested in building worlds. Virtual worlds, that is. And its first plan of action to make available the Community Cloud Development Kit to indie game developers for free.

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iOS beta users can no longer leave App Store reviews

iOS beta users can no longer leave App Store reviews

Apple just implemented a small, but important change to its App Store policies that is likely to have app developers crying out with joy. Simply put, users with devices running pre-release versions of the iOS software, such as the recent versions of the iOS 9 beta, can no longer leave reviews for apps. This may seem harsh, or anti-consumer, but it's actually to protect developers' apps from having their reputation trashed by negative reviews based on bugs and crashes — things to expect from a beta anyway.

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A “redefined” Twitter wants 3rd party developers back

A “redefined” Twitter wants 3rd party developers back

Given Twitter's enormity, stability (sort of), and legacy, you'd think it'd have its mission and vision down to a 'T' by now. But if co-founder and board member Evan Williams is to be believed, the social networking giant is undergoing a phase of introspection and self-discovery. Heck, it isn't even a social networking site anymore. According to Williams, has figured out that it is, more than anything else, a real-time news platform. It's a change in definition that opens the doors to possibilities, including a better relationship with app developers.

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iOS 9, Watch OS 2, OS X 10.11 El Capitan updated to Beta 3 for developers

iOS 9, Watch OS 2, OS X 10.11 El Capitan updated to Beta 3 for developers

Apple's third beta software has been delivered to developers for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac computers with iOS 9, Watch OS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This is the third wave of software updates to developers working with the software suite for all Apple developers before full release later this year. This update brings the iOS 9 to software build 13A4293f, El Capitan to software build 15A216g, and WatchOS 2 to software build 13S5293e. Developers will get these updates as early as this afternoon - ie immediately over the air.

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This HoloLens engineer ditched Microsoft to make AR apps

This HoloLens engineer ditched Microsoft to make AR apps

Microsoft's HoloLens has its first app studio, with an engineer formerly working on the augmented reality headset placing his bets on holographic computing. Object Theory was co-founded by Michael Hoffman, who left Microsoft this year after having been responsible for HoloLens' showcase experiences such as the NASA "OnSight" partnership, and Raven Zachary, who originally set up iPhoneDevCamp back in 2007. The vote of AR support comes on the heels of Microsoft itself offering universities a share of a $500,000 bounty if they begin developing for HoloLens.

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Sundown on Eclipse – Google pushes devs to Android Studio

Sundown on Eclipse – Google pushes devs to Android Studio

Google announces that Eclipse Android Developer Tools kit will no longer be officially supported by the company for Android app creation. This afternoon Jamal Eason, Product Manager for Android, made clear that Google would be "ending development and official support for the Android Developer Tools (ADT) in Eclipse at the end of the year." Both the Eclipse ADT plugin and Android Ant build system will still exist, of course, but Google won't be lending their help to anyone still using them at the end of December.

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Amazon Echo adds SDK as Alexa spreads to other gadgets

Amazon Echo adds SDK as Alexa spreads to other gadgets

Amazon's Echo may have seemed like a gimmick, but the retail behemoth has kicked the digital assistant into overdrive by throwing it open to developers. Third-party apps will be able to integrate themselves with Echo courtesy of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), while hardware manufacturers that want to bake Amazon's speech-controlled helper into their devices can do so with the new Alexa Voice Service (AVS). To sweeten the deal and encourage voice-tech adoption, Amazon is also launching a $100m Alexa Fund.

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Amazon launches Android Lollipop-based Fire OS 5 for developer preview

Amazon launches Android Lollipop-based Fire OS 5 for developer preview

Amazon devices such as the Fire phone and Fire HD tablets may finally be getting Android Lollipop in the near future, or rather, the Fire OS-skinned version of Lollipop. While most flagship Android devices have had the option to install Lollipop for many months now, Amazon's Fire OS is currently still based on Android version 4.4. This may be hardly noticeable to users, as Fire OS is actually much more than a simple re-skin of Android.

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Just what the Apple Watch needs: its own Flappy Bird clone

Just what the Apple Watch needs: its own Flappy Bird clone

You may have finally escaped your Flappy Bird addiction from when it was dominating your smartphone screen, but image playing it in a new, simpler way, never thought possible. You could tap that bird and fail to clear those pipes, all from your wrist. It can all be made possible with the Apple Watch. Don't worry though, it won't be happening anytime soon, as the infamous game's appearance on the wearable is thanks to developer hacking the new watchOS 2, which makes this story funny, rather than incredibly sad.

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As WWDC ends, the mood in the trenches is neighborly

As WWDC ends, the mood in the trenches is neighborly

Apple’s WWDC is over for another year, and as the dust settles on the iOS 9, Apple Music, and OS X El Capitan launch, it’s a chance to reflect on five days of sessions. It’s hard to gauge the tone of a week-long developer event from a fast-paced keynote - even with an Apple Music section which went on too long, and which several developers I spoke to suspected was padded to fill up space originally intended for an Apple TV SDK announcement. If there can be such a thing as an overarching theme, though, it felt like it might be harmonious co-existence.

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