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Alexa skills top 25,000 in the U.S. as new launches slow

Amazon this week officially launched the first skills for Alexa offering premium content that customers can purchase while using the voice apps – a move the company had announced was in the work

Assembla’s new iOS app lets developers manage their repos on the go

Software development isn’t exactly something that naturally lends itself to mobile. Who, after all, wants to code on a virtual keyboard and a small screen. But you don’t need to be bound t

Apple’s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store

Following its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple <a target="_blank" href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2017/06/21/apple-goes-after-clones-and-spam-on-the-app-store/">released updated App Store guid

Apple introduces a new pay-per-install ad product called Search Ads Basic

Apple today is introducing a new way for app developers to acquire users for their apps: it’s launching a pay-per-install advertising product called Search Ads Basic. The “basic” bra

Alexa developers can now use notifications, soon personalize apps based on users’ voices

Amazon says it will allow Alexa skill developers to alert customers using notifications starting today, and soon, it will allow them to recognize users’ individual voices as part of their skill-

Overclock Labs bets on Kubernetes to help companies automate their cloud infrastructure

Overclock Labs wants to make it easier for developers to deploy and manage their applications across clouds. To do so, the company is building tools to automate distributed cloud infrastructure and, u

Google’s chatbot analytics platform Chatbase launches to public

At Google I/O this year, Google quietly introduced a new chatbot analytics platform called Chatbase, a project developed within the company’s internal R&D incubator, Area 120. Today, that pl

Twitter launches lower-cost subscription access to its data through new Premium APIs

Twitter tried to mend its relationship with developers earlier this year with the launch of a new API platform which focused on streamlining APIs and the promise of additional tiers of access. Twitter

Developer community Stack Overflow reportedly lays off 20% as it refocusses business

Some changes are underway at Stack Overflow, the online community where some 50 million developers and others converge to talk programming and many other things. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed t

Holberton gets backing from more industry executives as it looks to scale its software engineering school

Coding schools and bootcamps were booming a few years ago. But many of them only offered entry-level education, and quite a few of them are now shutting down. From the beginning, Holberton always aime

Amazon introduces paid subscriptions for Alexa skills

After grabbing 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market, Amazon says it’s now opening up a way for third-party developers to make money from their voice apps, known as skills, on its Al

Apple’s ‘App of the Day’ featuring boosts downloads by 1747%, games by 792%

New research from Apptopia, out today, takes a look at the impact getting featured as the App or Game of the Day on the new iOS App Store has on app downloads. This data is still fairly early, as the

Google Play adds Android Instant Apps via a ‘Try it Now’ button, among other changes

Google today is announcing a number of changes to its Google Play app store, the most notable being a new way to try apps immediately without having to first install them on your mobile device. The ne

A dormant chip in the Pixel 2 will soon let developers write better camera and AI apps

Here's a surprise: Google's Pixel 2 phones include a custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) that's optimized for image processing -- but it currently just sits there, doing nothing. Google says it'll turn this

Google, IBM and others launch an open-source API for keeping tabs on software supply chains

Thanks to containers and microservices, the way we are building software is changing. But you probably still want to know who built a given container and what's running in it. To get a handle on this,

GitLab raises $20M Series C round led by GV

GitLab, a collaboration and DevOps platform for developers that’s currently in use by more than 100,000 organizations, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series C round led by GV (

Microsoft’s Azure Functions adds support for Java

Azure Functions, Microsoft’s platform for building serverless applications, has long supported a variety of programming languages but it’s adding an important one today: Java. Fittingly, t

Google launches Cloud Firestore, a new document database for app developers

Google today launched a new database service for Firebase, its platform for app developers. The new Firestore database complements the existing Firebase Realtime Database and indeed, there’s qui

Walmart Labs open sources its tool for bringing React Native to existing mobile apps

Walmart is placing a big bet on React Native. With Electrode, the company’s Walmart Labs division open sourced the React-based framework that powers Walmart.com’s frontend and today the sa

Google Compute Engine now lets you play nesting dolls with your VMs

Here is a cloud computing feature that may seem a bit odd at first but that does actually have its uses. Google’s Compute Engine today launched the beta of a new feature called “nested vir
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