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Google signals Android 7.0 Nougat release with final Developer Preview

Google signals Android 7.0 Nougat release with final Developer Preview

This is a happy day for both Android users and developers, as Google has unleashed Android 7.0 Nougat's fifth Developer Preview on the world. The benefits for developers are clear, but why is it a good thing for users? Simply because this is the final Developer Preview for the incoming mobile OS, meaning that the full release just got that much closer.

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This is the Cozmo SDK: I think it’ll do for robots what iOS did for apps

This is the Cozmo SDK: I think it’ll do for robots what iOS did for apps

Robots with personality aren't new, but Anki's Cozmo has broader goals than just entertainment: it wants to bring advanced coding techniques to the mass market. Announced last month, Cozmo - a palm-sized robot that uses your smartphone for a brain - may look like a toy but its companion SDK is arguably just as ambitious as that of iOS or Android.

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Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Google reveals a DIY set of computer parts that connect together to create learning experiences for young coders. Of course you don't have to be a programmer to use these blocks - you can be whoever you'd like to be. Google suggests that Project Bloks is a research project whose aim is "to create an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids."

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Stickers will be the big iOS 10 gold rush

Stickers will be the big iOS 10 gold rush

Message for Android may not have made an appearance at WWDC 2016 today, but Apple's Message platform did get a huge revamp for iOS 10, including stickers support. If you've been under a messaging rock for the past few years, you might not be familiar with stickers: think oversized emojis, often with animation, generally sorted into themed packs.

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iOS 10 release begins today (for developers)

iOS 10 release begins today (for developers)

After introducing iOS 10 to the world this morning at WWDC 2016, Apple let it be known that the operating system would be delivered to developers this afternoon. Once this Developer Preview is launched, later this year there'll be a Public Beta. That's the release you, the reader, will most likely want to be getting in on. Unless you don't like it when software has a big likelihood of not working precisely how you expect it to work. Hence the Beta.

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Apple Home app puts homekit control at system level for iPhone

Apple Home app puts homekit control at system level for iPhone

Apple Home was introduced this morning in app form, making Apple's smart home initiative "HomeKit" look a lot more pleasing to the end user. Users will be able to launch their "Home" app from their iPhone and control all HomeKit devices with relative ease. This will include garage doors, thermostats, locks, sensors, and fans. It'll include humidifiers, air purifiers, doorbells, cameras, and air conditioners.

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Apple’s App Store now has 2 million apps

Apple’s App Store now has 2 million apps

Apple's WWDC 2016 is now in full swing, and CEO Tim Cook began the keynote presentation by sharing a number of stats highlighting the growth of the App Store on various platforms, developers' earnings, and information about WWDC's attendees. The most impressive feat is that the App Store is now host to 2 million apps, only eight years after Apple launched it with a modest 500 apps.

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UberRUSH API opens up to all developers

UberRUSH API opens up to all developers

Uber has announced that its UberRUSH API is now available to everyone, not just the select partners it was originally open to. The API has already been used in partnership with Google Express, Nordstrom, 1800flowers, and others, but now anyone can take advantage of the service. Existing businesses can use the UberRUSH API to add on-demand delivery to business and more.

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iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

WWDC 2016 will play host to Apple's big update to the next generation of their App Store. Inside the app store, Apple hopes to change the way app developers make money from their apps. While traditional one-time-fees for apps will remain, Apple will open the doors to subscription costs for apps of all sorts. In addition to this, Apple will be changing the amount of cash they make from subscription costs on apps sold by developers.

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Amazon builds virtual Echo in the browser to spread Alexa

Amazon builds virtual Echo in the browser to spread Alexa

A browser-based version of Amazon's Echo speaker should make Alexa even easier to try, with Amazon hoping the hardware-free experience encourages more developers to code for the platform. Echosim.io basically recreates the Echo hardware in virtual form, powered by the very same cloud-based processing that those with the physical device get to engage with.

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The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

At the 2016 Google I/O 2016 developers conference, the company revealed software for their products and specifications for hardware for the future. Today we're running down all the bits and pieces in as simplified a way as possible for the common user - with links to more in-depth data collections for those that wish to go the extra mile. This wrap-up will be updated as Google and friends reveal more information throughout the week, and will be locked up at the end of the event series.

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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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