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LG webOS TV opens arms to devs (and hopes for some app love)

LG webOS TV opens arms to devs (and hopes for some app love)

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.

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Metaio wants to help you build a Holodeck

Metaio wants to help you build a Holodeck

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.

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Google “Made with Code” tackles girls in tech

Google “Made with Code” tackles girls in tech

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.

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Raspberry Pi hits three million milestone

Raspberry Pi hits three million milestone

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.

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Here’s how Apple handles iPhone 6’s resolution change

Here’s how Apple handles iPhone 6’s resolution change

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.

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HTC One M8 Dual Lens SDK unlocks bokeh camera for devs

HTC One M8 Dual Lens SDK unlocks bokeh camera for devs

HTC is allowing developers to tap into its depth data from the twin cameras on the HTC One M8 smartphone, releasing the Dual Lens SDK that Google has already relied upon to make the Google Play edition of the flagship. The SDK Preview allows access to the depth information the second lens on the back of the One M8 grabs with each shot, and will initially allow for bokeh-style refocusing and HTC's pseudo-3D DimensionPlus manipulation in third-party apps.

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Apple WWDC 2014 dates confirmed with new ticket process

Apple WWDC 2014 dates confirmed with new ticket process

Apple has confirmed dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC 2014, which will take place June 2th through June 6th in San Francisco, along with news of a new ticket application process aiming to cut out some of the mad rush for access. Registration for WWDC is already open, but for 2014 it's no longer a first-come, first-served process.

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Android Wear details stack up: Pocket app gets round

Android Wear details stack up: Pocket app gets round

Pocket, the handy app that allows users to store something interesting for viewing later on, is preparing for the upcoming Android Wear-powered wearables future. Today on its website, the company introduced its software development kit for developers with a round smartwatch preview.

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Google Project Ara will be detailed for devs in April

Google Project Ara will be detailed for devs in April

Google will hold its first Project Ara Developers' Conference in April, the company's ATAP team has announced, detailing the modular Ara smartphone and kicking off a competition for developers of new components. Held predominantly online but with a small number of developers invited on-site at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, the conference will see Google's Ara team do a detailed walkthrough of the current prototype and the alpha Ara Module Developers' Kit (MDK).

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Apple buys Burstly for TestFlight iOS dev tool

Apple buys Burstly for TestFlight iOS dev tool

Apple has snapped up iOS app beta test service TestFlight, commonly used by developers to give early access to new iPhone and iPad software ahead of its full release in the App Store. Burstly, which acquired TestFlight in 2012, will now join Apple's ranks; the company also operates FlightPath, which gives developers mobile analytics for greater insight into how their apps are used.

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Apple rejecting apps using ad identifier without serving up advertisements

Apple rejecting apps using ad identifier without serving up advertisements

Apple is tightening the reins on iOS developers who utilize IDFA, putting the kibosh on apps that use the identifier without offering up advertisements. Such activity has been against its terms for iOS developers, yet was still fairly common among many apps that are now being rejected.

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Chromecast opens for streaming as Google Cast SDK released

Chromecast opens for streaming as Google Cast SDK released

Google has pushed out the Chrome Cast SDK for its Chromecast wireless streaming dongle, allowing third-party developers to add support in their apps. The new SDK will make it particularly easy for media apps to pipe content through Chromecast, with a default HTML5 player that can be easily reskinned and branded, but non-media apps are also welcome too.

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