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Google offers DVD Dev Kits for the Internet-constrained

Google offers DVD Dev Kits for the Internet-constrained

As much as the Internet is a font of knowledge (not exactly wisdom) for many of us, not everyone has the luxury of a good connection to take advantage of what the Internet has to offer. This is an impediment especially for interested Android app developers, as majority, if not all, of Google's resources, though free, are Internet-bound. At the very least, they require a lot of time and bandwidth to even download. Which is why Google has a new Developer's Kit offer for those living in "bandwidth challenged" areas.

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Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

The folks at Relative Wave are creators. They're making it easier for software developers to see what their apps will look and act like before they create a final design. With their tools, creators can visualize what they're making for a smartphone ON the smartphone, rather than on a PC. When you edit something in their system, "Flow", you see it change in real-time on the smartphone you're prototyping on. Google just acquired this company, and they've made their software free for download for Mac users in the process.

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Apple Watch is coming: iOS 8.2 & Xcode 6.2 betas out

Apple Watch is coming: iOS 8.2 & Xcode 6.2 betas out

The Apple Watch is on its way, that much we know. When it will actually drop is not clear yet, but a slew of beta rollouts today suggest it won’t be too long. Today, Apple has released the WatchKit Developer toolkit, which allows Developers to spend sleepless night staring at Xcode, hoping their app is worth our time. Apple also released an Xcode beta for Development of WatchKit, and is seeding a beta version of iOS 8.2 to Developers, and both are heavy with WatchKit.

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Watch this: Project Ara modular phone boots up

Watch this: Project Ara modular phone boots up

When we first heard about Project Ara (or Phonebloks, if you prefer) here at SlashGear, our eyes lit up. The idea that we could switch-up the spec sheet on our phone was — and is — beyond exciting. Making your phone much more personal via hardware is a brand new take on what smartphones should be, but it’s coming slowly. Luckily, Google has been great to share details of their project as it happens, and have released a new video showing another big step toward true customization.

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Google’s January Project Ara event will spill 2015 pilot details

Google’s January Project Ara event will spill 2015 pilot details

Google will hold its next Project Ara modular phone developer event in mid-January, the Google ATAP team has confirmed, teasing a major update to the software platform as well as details on how the swap-friendly gadget will launch commercially. Dubbed DevCon2, the second of the developer conferences will take place on January 14th, 2015, close to Google's home base in Mountain View, California, and be followed a week later by the identical agenda being replayed in Singapore. Top of the to-do list is running through Ara MDK 0.20.

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New Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit apps

New Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit apps

Google has just given the go signal for developers to start giving some thought to making their apps 64-bit ready in time for the next Android release. This comes with the release of a new emulator image for Android L preview, confirming that the next Android version will indeed be ready for a 64-bit mobile world. Whether that will translate into something that end users will actually be able to notice and appreciate will largely depend on the marriage between the software and the hardware.

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Hackvard takes a new approach to learning code

Hackvard takes a new approach to learning code

If you want to learn a programming language, there are several ways to go about that. You can go to school, studying at a proper four-year university. There’s the increasingly popular self-taught route, too. A new option may bridge the two, both letting you learn on your own time and with others.

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Why you might not want that iPhone 6 prototype on eBay

Why you might not want that iPhone 6 prototype on eBay

The Apple iPhone 6 is out, but hard to get hold of. If you’ve got $100,000 to spare, and don’t want a phone that works like a smartphone should, we’ve got an iPhone you might want to check out. An eBay listing, said to be for an iPhone 6 prototype, is cresting the six-figure mark.

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Google: Android Devs must respond to customers

Google: Android Devs must respond to customers

If you’ve ever reached out to a Developer of an app and been ignored, you’ll like this update to the Play Store. Now, those Devs who have paid users reaching out to them must respond within three days of receipt of the email. Google is also making it easier for Developers to reach out across the pond and sell their wares in Europe.

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Apple Watch GUI released as a Photoshop template

Apple Watch GUI released as a Photoshop template

ImPekable, a San Jose-based design consultancy, has released a complete Apple Watch GUI as a Photoshop PSD, squeaking it out ahead of the SDK's release. Anyone can grab the files from Dribble or ImPekable's website and use the template to tinker with app designs.

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Google Play will soon list in-app purchase price range

Google Play will soon list in-app purchase price range

After coming under fire for lax in-app purchase standards, Google has taken steps to ensure clarity on the topic. After first making strides to shore-up the need for your password when making purchases, Google is now going to be a bit more upfront about their in-app purchasing practices.

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Senseg “Feelscreen” haptic tech gets a tablet dev kit

Senseg “Feelscreen” haptic tech gets a tablet dev kit

One of the biggest criticisms about touchscreen displays, especially when typing, is that they are flat, literally and figuratively. The future is in haptic technology, at least for Senseg, who is now launching a developer kit, basically and outfitted Nexus 7, that will spreads its "Feelscreen" technology and idea to developers, schools, and researchers.

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