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  • 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

  • TechCrunch Open Sources Its WordPress Async Task Library

    TechCrunch Open Sources Its WordPress Async Task Library

    When we started working on the TechCrunch redesign last year, one of the major goals was to improve site performance. During the development process, we implemented several tools to help achieve that goal. One of the approaches we took was to offload time-consuming tasks into background tasks. We built a library called WP Async Task to structure those background tasks. Read More

  • Movidius Launches Improved Version Of The Vision Processor That Powers Google’s Project Tango

    Movidius Launches Improved Version Of The Vision Processor That Powers Google’s Project Tango

    Movidius isn’t exactly a household name (yet), but chances are you came across the company’s name when Google launched its Project Tango smartphones and tablets earlier this year. Those are Google’s testbeds for seeing what developers can achieve when mobile devices have advanced 3D sensing on a phone and Movidius provided the specialized vision processor for those devices. Read More

  • The Modernization Of Computer Science Education

    The Modernization Of Computer Science Education

    Most people, especially in Silicon Valley, are aware that there aren’t enough engineers graduating from college today. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that there will be 1.4 million computer science (CS) jobs available, but only enough graduates to fill 30 percent of these jobs. What’s perhaps even more troubling, but frequently overlooked, is that the engineers who… Read More

  • FiftyThree Releases SDK So Third-Party Apps Can Use Its Pencil Stylus

    FiftyThree Releases SDK So Third-Party Apps Can Use Its Pencil Stylus

    FiftyThree, maker of creativity app Paper and iPad stylus Pencil, wants more users. To do so, it’s going to make its Pencil hardware available for third-party developers to use with their own creativity products with the launch of an SDK. While Pencil only worked with Paper at launch, it was always the company’s plan to open up to third-party developers, according to FiftyThree… Read More

  • InMobi’s New Suite For Game Developers Sports Voxel’s Playable Ads

    InMobi’s New Suite For Game Developers Sports Voxel’s Playable Ads

    Independent ad network InMobi is touting a new solution for developers to take advantage of gamers’ emotional states to producer high click-thru rates on advertisements in their games. Along with tools for including interstitials that look like part of the game experience and ads that give you gameplay bonuses for watching videos, the company’s SDK now includes playable ads powered… Read More

  • Apple Has Paid $20 Billion To iOS Devs, Half Of It In The Past Year

    Apple Has Paid $20 Billion To iOS Devs, Half Of It In The Past Year

    A quick update for those keeping track of how well the iOS developer money train is chugging along: As of its earnings call this morning, Apple has paid out over $20 billion to iOS developers. More surprising than the overall amount, however, is the rate at which the money is coming in. Of the $20 billion paid out since the App Store launched in 2008, “nearly half” of it has been… Read More

  • Mozilla’s Asm.js Technology Makes Its Commercial Debut With Dungeon Defenders For The Web

    Mozilla’s Asm.js Technology Makes Its Commercial Debut With Dungeon Defenders For The Web

    For the longest time, web-based gaming meant that you had to install (often dubious) plugins to make games run smoothly in your browser. WebGL and other technologies changed that a bit in recent years, but because JavaScript isn’t exactly a speed freak, plugin-free gaming never quite took off. Mozilla has been trying to work around this with asm.js, a subset of JavaScript that can… Read More

  • Microsoft Open Tech Brings Support For More Open-Source Projects To Azure

    Microsoft Open Tech Brings Support For More Open-Source Projects To Azure

    At O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore., today, Microsoft’s Open Technologies subsidiary announced two new partnerships that bring support for more open source technologies to the Microsoft Azure platform. Developers will now be able to use Azure with Packer.io, for example, a service for creating machine images for multiple platforms from one source configuration. Read More

  • Immersive Infections

    Immersive Infections

    Immersive technology will put the user into the digital shoes of their own avatars, experiencing video games, simulations, learning opportunities and even romance on new levels, so it goes without saying that while we can expect all that grandeur, there will be people who try to ruin it, for money. Read More

  • Fonts In Chrome For Windows Will Look Better Soon

    Fonts In Chrome For Windows Will Look Better Soon

    Google released the latest beta version of its Chrome browser today, and if you’re a Windows user on a machine that runs at least Vista, fonts will now look better on your screen. That’s because the Chrome 37 Beta now supports Microsoft’s DirectWrite API, a technology that improves the way fonts look on modern screens. Read More

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