App Development

Flutter 1.0 released as the one UI toolkit to rule them all

Flutter 1.0 released as the one UI toolkit to rule them all

There’s no denying that Google is everywhere. And not just on the Web or on Android. It has its apps and services even on rival platforms like Windows, macOS, and iOS. Writing and maintaining apps for all those is no walk in the park and time wasted on pushing pixels could be spent on actually implementing important features. To help itself as well as other developers on that same path, Google has developed the Flutter, now in its first stable 1.0 release, to help build “beautiful native” Android and iOS interfaces from a single codebase.

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Byte rises from the ashes of Vine

Byte rises from the ashes of Vine

It's been more than two years since Twitter decided to shut down Vine, and in the time since then, fans of the looping video service have been on something of an emotional rollercoaster ride. At first, it was merely rumors that Twitter was looking for buyer, but those never ended up panning out. Then, Vine creator Dom Hofmann started teasing a successor to Vine, and that's where things got interesting.

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Chrome OS might be Google’s future but it still needs one thing

Chrome OS might be Google’s future but it still needs one thing

Since time immemorial, OK maybe just a decade or so ago, people have imagined what a Google OS would be like. At one point, it seemed that would be something based on Ubuntu Linux which turned out to simply be a version they use internally. Then came Android, which almost because but still isn’t that Google OS. These days, the running theory is Fuchsia OS but you don’t have to go that far into the future. That Google OS might already be already be here in the form of Chrome OS but it’s still missing one important thing to truly establish it as more than just a passing but expensive experiment for Google.

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Samsung launches Galaxy Note 9 S Pen SDK

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 9 S Pen SDK

The Galaxy Note 9 has a lot to offer, but one of the most exciting upgrades to the Note line came in the form of the new S Pen. Now equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy, the new S Pen can act as something of a controller for a selection of different apps. For instance, with the camera open, you can press the button on the S Pen to snap a picture, or it can be used to control video playback in YouTube.

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Vine V2 bad news: Time to wait

Vine V2 bad news: Time to wait

We're not sure if you noticed, but the internet took the death of Vine hard. Though Twitter was never able to turn Vine into a massive success, it still attracted an extremely dedicated audience that was severely disappointed when Twitter announced that it was shutting down the service. Then, late last year, Vine creator Dom Hofmann announced that he was starting development on a successor to Vine, getting fans excited once more.

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Microsoft Garage Ink to Code turns doodles into prototypes

Microsoft Garage Ink to Code turns doodles into prototypes

A great deal of importance has lately been attached to the efficiency of pen (or pencil) and paper. Anything, even a napkin, can be used as the launchpad for greater things. In fact, there are many tales woven around napkin or back-of-the-envelope brainstorming. That said, when brainstorming for what would eventually be a digital product anyway,s starting off with paper only adds an unnecessary step to the development process. That’s why some of the folks over at Microsoft Garage cooked up Ink to Code, which turns digital drawings into prototypes ready to be imported into Visual Studio.

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Best mobile apps for coding and learning on the go

Best mobile apps for coding and learning on the go

With holidays approaching, you will likely have some free time to kill. Even if you're the gaming type, such moments can be exploited to start a new project or learn something new. In this digital age, that something new can easily be learning how to code. Of course, it's not something you can completely learn in a weekend, or even a week.

Fortunately, it's entirely possible today to learn at your own pace, anywhere through your smartphone or tablet. Even better, you can actually code right on your phone or, preferably, tablet. No desktop or laptop required. To help get you started on the road to become a developer rockstar, we present 8 of the best apps on Android or iOS to code right on your Android or iOS device

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Android Studio 2.2 heralds the end for Eclipse ADT support

Android Studio 2.2 heralds the end for Eclipse ADT support

When Android started out, it didn’t burst into the scene fully formed and complete. That was true for the platform itself and especially its development tools, with Android development practically tied to a couple of pieces loosely bound together. Nearly a decade later, Android is all grown up and has its own integrated development environment or IDE. Now at version 2.2, Android Studio is the tool for developing for Android. And with that, Google is officially retiring the separate Android Development Tools (ADT) that allowed users to develop using Eclipse or other tools of their choice.

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Amazon bolsters AWS with Cloud9 acquisition

Amazon bolsters AWS with Cloud9 acquisition

Amazon Web Services is looking to bulk up its development tools, with the reveal today that it has acquired Cloud9. For the uninitiated, Cloud9 is a service that allows developers to collaborate and code in real time. Developers from around the world can use Cloud9 to write code together in an integrated development environment (IDE), offering up a full, cloud-based Ubuntu workspace.

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Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Back in March, Apple's Eddy Cue revealed that the company was getting involved in original TV content by developing a non-scripted series about app developers and the app economy. Production is being split between Apple and television company Propagate, and the show, titled Planet of the Apps, has now started an open casting call. The announcement, posted on the show's official website, says they are looking for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS developers.

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Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple's first iOS App Development Center in Europe will be opening in a few months, and it's been confirmed that the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy will be hosting the incubator. Originally announced back in January, the center will be a place for aspiring developers to better learn about the iOS app environment, as well as for educators to receive additional support. The Apple-sponsored course will run for nine months, and is open to applications from anywhere in Europe.

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Apple sets up iOS app dev center in Bengaluru, India

Apple sets up iOS app dev center in Bengaluru, India

Apple, especially Tim Cook, has made it no secret that China and India are the newest darlings of the tech industry at large and, of course, Apple. After flying to China to deal with the iBooks and Movies blackout, Cook flew to India to help cement Apple's position in the market. In addition to Cook's first visit to the country as Apple's highest executive, it was also an occasion for Apple to announce the establishment of a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru to help spur iOS app development in the country.

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