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  • Will Developer Tools Startups Ever Find Investors?

    Will Developer Tools Startups Ever Find Investors?

    Venture capital is an industry in which the exceptions are often more important than the rules. For many years, investors believed in a golden rule that software was the key to minting returns, leaving hardware as one of the most underinvested areas of venture. Then things changed as new technologies like 3D printing allowed hardware startups to accelerate their product design, and several… Read More

  • Amazon Reopens Its AWS Loft In San Francisco

    Amazon Reopens Its AWS Loft In San Francisco

    Earlier this year, Amazon opened a space for developers in San Francisco to come and talk to AWS engineers, get training, network or simply hang out. This “Pop-up Loft” was open for four weeks in June. Today, the company announced that it is re-opening the space this Fall after tweaking the concept a bit to “make it even more valuable for you.” Back in June, Amazon… Read More

  • Facebook Rolls Out Analytics For App Links

    Facebook Rolls Out Analytics For App Links

    Today, Facebook is rolling out analytics for App Links, its initiative to make it easier for developers to link to specific content in partnership with Parse (which it purchased last year) and Mixpanel. The data available is still rather simple, but it’s a first step to convincing developers that they should use it to send traffic between apps. Read More

  • Estimote Wants To Pioneer ‘Nearables’ With New Stickers Beacon Hardware

    Estimote Wants To Pioneer ‘Nearables’ With New Stickers Beacon Hardware

    The Internet of Things gets a lot of hype, but its rollout is slow and it will take a long time for consumers to upgrade existing, non-connected devices that still work fine into something that can communicate with computing gadgets like smartphones. Estimote has put a lot of time and work into expediting our connected future via its beacon hardware and developer platform, and now the startup… Read More

  • Cross-Platform Development Platform Xamarin Raises $54M Series C

    Cross-Platform Development Platform Xamarin Raises $54M Series C

    Xamarin, the popular service for building cross-platform native applications, today announced that it has raised a $54 million Series C round led by a combination of new and existing investors. As far as we are aware, that’s the largest round ever raised by a mobile app development platform. The company tells me that the biggest new investor in this round is Insight Venture Partners. All… Read More

  • Hailo Launches API For E-Hailing On The Same Day As Uber

    Hailo Launches API For E-Hailing On The Same Day As Uber

    Not to be left behind in the growing feud between Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and others, Hailo has launched a public API for its taxi hailing service, on the very same day Uber announced its own. The startup, which launched in 2011 in London but has since expanded to various cities across the UK, London and Canada, originally dealt in standard taxis vs. Uber’s black car focus, but has since… Read More

  • Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

    Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

    Convincing users to join new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, but Uber’s API launch today gives us a glimpse at how others building businesses along similar lines might be able to juice usage and find a lasting place in the virtual toolboxes of smartphone owners. The fact is that most of the so-called sharing economy apps offer services that complement other apps… Read More

  • PlayFab Raises $2.5M For Its Gaming Backend Service

    PlayFab Raises $2.5M For Its Gaming Backend Service

    Nowadays, most studios building games for mobile, PC, or consoles are actually building services: there are servers where gamers play together, leaderboards, in-app purchases to process, inventories to manage, character stats to keep track of, and more. While extremely helpful, most game engines don’t help you implement this side of things Read More

  • Algorithmia Raises $2.4M To Connect Academia And App Developers

    Algorithmia Raises $2.4M To Connect Academia And App Developers

    While communities built around GitHub and Stack Overflow have developers working together more than they ever have before, one group’s work is typically seen by too few, considering the impact it could have: researchers in academia, whose work at its most successful is typically discussed only at conferences or in journals. Read More

  • Switch Is TripAdvisor For Finding A Tech Bootcamp

    Switch Is TripAdvisor For Finding A Tech Bootcamp

    Thanks to the predicted tech talent shortage and uncertainty in other industries, the idea of switching careers to jump to the tech industry is an enticing prospect for many in these less-than-stellar economic times. Read More

  • Looking Ahead To Windows 9

    Looking Ahead To Windows 9

    A preview of Windows 9 will be made available in either September or October, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. That timeline keeps ‘Threshold’ — Windows 9’s codename — out into the public market as a finished product likely in early 2015. The Windows 8 era isn’t merely closing, it’s racing to an end. Last weekend I posited that as Windows… Read More

  • Microsoft Debated Rebranding Internet Explorer

    Microsoft Debated Rebranding Internet Explorer

    In a Reddit AMA session, the Internet Explorer team revealed that it has discussed rebranding the browser. The comment was made in response to a query referring to the negative market perception that Internet Explorer garnered during its Dark Age interregnum. It’s fair to say that Internet Explorer has improved rapidly in recent years. Its brand, however, has lagged. Microsoft has… Read More

  • The Firefox OS Flame Developer Reference Phone Is Shipping

    The Firefox OS Flame Developer Reference Phone Is Shipping

    Update: Apparently, Mozilla re-announced the shipping of the Flame, which actually began shipping last month after a pre-order period. So — it is still shipping, one way or another. Firefox OS is a would-be competitor to Android and iOS, the two major mobile platforms out there, with all the challenges that entails, but the process of getting things going has been slow. Today… Read More

  • Amazon Launches A Live App Testing Service For Android And Kindle Fire Developers

    Amazon Launches A Live App Testing Service For Android And Kindle Fire Developers

    Apple acquired TestFlight, a popular mobile app testing service earlier this year, and today Amazon is stepping up to compete with its own mobile app testing service aimed at developers targeting the Amazon Appstore. Called “Live App Testing,” the new tool allows developers to quickly distribute their app to a pre-defined list of testers before going live. Test apps can also… Read More

  • InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision, the design-focused prototyping tool, has today closed a $21 million Series B round, with participation from existing investors including Tiger Global Management (who led the round), as well as FirstMark Capital. That brings InVision’s total funding to $34.1 million, according to CrunchBase. InVision is a service built for designers, that lets these creatives not only draw out… Read More

  • Google Compute Engine Adds New Zones In US And Asia

    Google Compute Engine Adds New Zones In US And Asia

    Google today announced that it has launched two new Compute Engine zones: one in the U.S. (us-central1-f) and one in Asia (asia-east1-c). Google says this will make it easier for developers to run systems like MongoDB and others that use a quorum-based architecture for high availability by working across multiple data centers. The new zone will run servers based on Intel’s Ivy… Read More

  • Google’s HTML5 Web Designer Gets Animation Tools, Deeper AdWords And DoubleClick Integrations

    Google’s HTML5 Web Designer Gets Animation Tools, Deeper AdWords And DoubleClick Integrations

    Last September, Google launched Web Designer, a free tool for Mac, Windows and Linux that makes it easy for anybody to build interactive HTML5 sites and ads. Since its launch, Web Designer got a couple of minor updates, but today’s release is the first major update in a long time and brings quite a few new features to the software. Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Visual Studio With Deeper Git And Azure Integrations, Performance And Diagnostic Tools

    Microsoft Updates Visual Studio With Deeper Git And Azure Integrations, Performance And Diagnostic Tools

    There used to be a time when Microsoft would release new versions of its Visual Studio development environment every two years or so, with maybe a service pack in the middle. Since the release of Visual Studio 2013, however, the company has switched to a much faster update cadence and today, it is releasing the third update for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2013. While the… Read More

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Goes Live For Developers

    Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Goes Live For Developers

    As promised, Microsoft has released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 to developers. If you are part of the company’s Windows Phone Developer Preview program, you can snag the update now. The update brings new features and user interface tweaks to Microsoft’s smartphone platform. Chief among the new features is a broader rollout of Cortana, the voice-activated digital tool that Microsoft… Read More

  • Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

    Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

    One of the typical mistakes developers make is thinking that because they’ve had success in one corner of the globe, they should be able to employ the same strategy to drive adoption elsewhere. The truth of the matter is apps that are wildly successful in the U.S., Europe and Japan often fail to gain substantial traction in areas like India, South America and the Middle East; these… Read More