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Report: 'Android Is No Longer Fragmented' (That Much, Anyway)

The many Android OS versions in use -- often cited as an impediment to mobile developers targeting the iOS rival platform -- isn't actually that bad anymore, says a new research report that indicates coders should mostly concern themselves with the KitKat, Lollipop and Marshmallow releases.

Microsoft Research Modernizes C for Security, Reliability

Microsoft Research published details on its open source Checked C project to increase the security and reliability of C code, which, despite being some 44 years old, still provides the bedrock code base for the bulk of systems software that runs today's infrastructure.

Google Finalizes Android N APIs in New Developer Preview

Google has just finalized the APIs for Android N -- the working name for the next release of its mobile app OS -- in its 4th Developer Preview.

Open Source Community Helps Shape New Swift 3.0 Developer Preview

Apple announced Developer Preview 1 of Swift 3.0, the first major release with significant community contributions since the official programming language for building iOS mobile apps went open source last December.

Twitter Adds Real-Time Analytics to Mobile App Tool

Twitter has added real-time analytics to its Fabric tool for tracking mobile app performance.

Firm Seeks Overhaul of Mobile App Metrics To Improve User Experience

Mobile app analytics firm Apteligent believes developers are focusing on the wrong metrics when it comes to improving the UX.

HPE Looks to Open Sourcers for Help with The Machine

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is reaching out to open source software developers for help with its ambitious effort to rethink computing from the ground up, known as The Machine.

Box Focusing on the Developer Experience

Box, the enterprise content management and collaboration platform provider, has launched a new developer Web site featuring an updated set of reference documents, quick-start guides, tutorials and sample code

New 'Slim' Build Highlights jQuery 3.0 Final Release

jQuery, the big daddy of JavaScript libraries, has been moved to version 3.0 after a 20-month development effort, featuring a new "slim" version and numerous other enhancements.

Microsoft Updates Visual Studio Code, Windows App Studio

Visual Studio Code got that terminal integration users have been asking for in the new version 1.2, while the June release of Windows App Studio now boasts a new REST API Data Source, its most requested feature.

Xamarin Updates Cross-Platform Mobile App Dev Tools

Xamarin, the cross-platform mobile app development company that's now a Microsoft unit, updated the tooling in its standalone IDE and its Visual Studio counterpart, along with platform-specific SDKs.

Mendix Low-Code Mobile Dev Platform Connects IoT, Big Data and Machine Learning

Mendix today announced a new version of its low-code mobile development platform, designed to help developers build "Smart Apps" with connectors to accommodate emerging trends such as the Internet of Things, Big Data and machine learning.

Databricks Unveils Community Edition for Learning Spark, Security Framework

Databricks, a commercial champion of the open source Apache Spark Big Data analytics project founded by the technology's creators, introduced a new free community edition of its Spark-based data platform along with a new security framework.

Java Still Top Language in an Increasingly Polyglot World

The language popularity monitors at TIOBE Software say their June Programming Community Index is something of a milestone: for the first time in the history of the Index, a language needed a rating of more than 1.0 percent to be part of the top 20. What this means, TIOBE says, is that the number of real market leaders is declining.

IBM Announces Spark Development Environment in the Cloud

IBM, which last year announced a huge investment in Apache Spark technology as part of a mission to transform it into a kind of "analytics OS," today took that investment a step further by announcing a Spark development environment housed on its IBM Cloud Bluemix platform.

Splice Machine Open Sources Big Data RDBMS

Splice Machine, which tackles Big Data analytics with a SQL-based relational database management system rather than the more common NoSQL approach, today announced it's open sourcing its technology.

Microsoft, MapR Lead Spark Charge

The Spark Summit conference is now underway in San Francisco, where Microsoft and MapR Technologies are leading the charge of new product announcements based on the popular open source Big Data analytics technology.

Firms Explain How To Overcome Open Source Development Challenges

Who better to explain how to overcome the challenges of managing open source projects and cultures than open source champions Red Hat and Docker? Both published brand-new resources detailing their in-house processes and best practices for community software development.

Platform Provides 'Instant Replay' of Mobile App Crashes

What do you do when you've checked the logs, examined the user reports and pored over stack traces but still can't find out what's causing your mobile app to crash? Buddybuild says it has the answer with a new feature just added to its mobile development platform: a video "instant replay" of what happened to cause the crash.

Google Switching to Standard SQL for BigQuery Analytics Service

Google is abandoning its homegrown SQL variant as the recommended default query language for its BigQuery service in favor of a new standard-compliant dialect in the works for the managed data warehouse designed for Big Data analytics.

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