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  • Amazon ‘Unlocked’ Will Give Away Paid Apps For Free

    Amazon ‘Unlocked’ Will Give Away Paid Apps For Free

    Amazon has been working hard to build up the popularity of its Android-based Appstore with consumers and developers — borrowing from the well-thumbed Amazon playbook of deep discounts to drive usage. Now, a new feature it wants to launch looks like it could be its biggest disruptive storefront promotion yet. The company has been working on a new section called “Unlocked”… Read More

  • Google Makes Docs Add-Ons More Enterprise-Friendly

    Google Makes Docs Add-Ons More Enterprise-Friendly

    Google is making it easier for Google Docs add-on developers to get their services into enterprise organizations and for IT admins to manage them. About a year ago, Google launched an add-ons program for its Docs and Sheets productivity apps Support for Forms followed last October, though there still aren’t any add-ons for Slide, Google’s presentation app. For the most part… Read More

  • Swifty Teaches Apple’s New Programming Language On Your iPhone

    Swifty Teaches Apple’s New Programming Language On Your iPhone

    Swifty is an app that provides an interactive set of tutorials that gradually guide you through the basics of Swift on your iPhone or iPad, from the very basics of variables and data types to the essentials of object-oriented programming. Read More

  • Accel Bets Big On Startup-To-Startup APIs

    Accel Bets Big On Startup-To-Startup APIs

    Uber isn’t just Uber. It’s Google Maps, Checkr background checks, Braintree payments, and Twilio texts. The best way to do business isn’t to build it all in-house. Top companies are increasingly piecing together a composite of APIs from specialized startups. That lets them concentrate on their unique value-add rather than reinventing the wheel. Now, those building blocks… Read More

  • Microsoft Drops New Windows 10 Build, Promises Faster Updates

    Microsoft Drops New Windows 10 Build, Promises Faster Updates

    This afternoon, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build for participants in its beta program for the forthcoming operating system. The build (“10041″ for those keeping score) includes a number of new features and fixes that we’ll get to in a moment, but more importantly Microsoft has retooled its release program to get new, fresher code more quickly into the market. The… Read More

  • Ustream’s New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat

    Ustream’s New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat

    Call it a sign of the times: hot on the heels of Meerkat’s sudden boom in popularity among techies and Twitter’s kneecapping of the service as SXSW began, live-streaming startup Ustream is opening its internal API to the public so that anyone can build their own Meerkat-like broadcasting app. Read More

  • TC Droidcast 42: Google Classes Up The Play Store And We Invent AI

    TC Droidcast 42: Google Classes Up The Play Store And We Invent AI

    On this week’s Droidcast, we discuss Google’s big changes to the Play Store, with the introduction of a review process that involves human eyes on apps before they’re made available, as well as the adoption of app age ratings based on existing standards. Google clearly wants to make Android a classier joint, perhaps to attract the big spenders. We also touch on… Read More

  • Here’s How Microsoft Will Fit Windows 10 Inside Inexpensive Devices

    Here’s How Microsoft Will Fit Windows 10 Inside Inexpensive Devices

    Microsoft detailed its efforts today to reduce the footprint of Windows 10, a forthcoming operating system that the software company hopes will run across devices of every screen size. Fitting Windows onto smaller devices, however, is a challenge, given that the operating system isn’t known for having a diminutive footprint. Windows 10 has two chief methods built into it to reduce its size. Read More

  • What Will Meerkat Do Without Twitter?

    What Will Meerkat Do Without Twitter?

    That’s the danger of building on someone else’s platform. You never know when they’ll pivot into your business and steamroll you. Last night, that happened to Meerkat. The livestreaming app was built entirely on Twitter, piggybacking on it for identity, communication, and distribution. Yesterday morning, Twitter confirmed reports that it had acquired an unlaunched competing… Read More

  • ReadMe Creates Crisp Documentation For Developers Using Your APIs

    ReadMe Creates Crisp Documentation For Developers Using Your APIs

    Y Combinator-backed ReadMe wants to make it easy for any company to provide quality documentation for developers who might be interested in using their APIs. With the prevalence of APIs, it’s easier than ever to integrate features from your favorite apps and services into your own work. If you’re one of those companies looking to get your APIs in the hands of third-party… Read More

  • Google Kills Off Google Code

    Google Kills Off Google Code

    Another long-in-the-tooth Google outgrowth is being shuttered because Google says it has been superseded by outside alternatives. Read More

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