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Google's appropriately-named automatic machine learning AI, AutoML, is now producing better code than its own programmers.

So far there's no sign of Skynet-like aggression, thankfully, but it won't help to calm the fears of leading figures such as Elon Musk that AI is now doing a better job than humans at essentially coding itself.

AutoML is designed to be a solution to the problem of the lack...

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Google and Udacity team up for 50,000 US Android developer scholarships


Google is offering 50,000 developer scholarship opportunities with education platform provider Udacity to help those who want to build on the web and Android.

The move adds to the 130,000 scholarships already put out by the two companies around the world, with this initiative aimed at US residents.

The first phase of the scholarships will revolve around three months of access to Udacity courses on a choice of HTML and CS, offline web applications, Android basics, and developing Android apps. After this, the...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Languages.

Google moves Instant Apps closer to reality


Google is furthering its vision to make Instant Apps, well, instant, with an update to its programming kit.

The issue with today’s instant Android apps is that Google has to load support for every possible device. With the number of Android devices available globally, many with very unique configurations, this can slow down the loading of the apps considerably.

Developers can now target specific device configurations with unique profiles. A device with a low-resolution screen, ARM chip, and German...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices.

LG opens its smart home platform to developers


LG Electronics has opened its arms to developers, allowing them to access its smart home platform SmartThingQ.

This opportunity gives developers a chance to visit the dedicated website wherein they can apply for a partnership, which if successful, will let them enter the platform’s application programming interface (API).

Once the developers have access to the SmartThinQ API, their services and products will formally carry the “Works with SmartThinQ” branding. Moreover, their IoT devices...

By Developer Tech, 11 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Platforms.

Opinion: Windows Phone is (finally) being put to rest


Microsoft has finally admitted Windows Phone is being put to rest and no further hardware or features will be developed for it. The platform offered a refreshing alternative to the ‘me too’ approach between iOS and Android, but that was also part of its downfall.

While the platform still had a chance, it was too complicated to port apps from iOS and/or Android to Windows Phone. Between iOS and Android, it was relatively easy.

Over the years, Microsoft realised this and launched several tools for...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Windows.

New data shows mobile developers intrigued by AR possibilities


A survey of more than 600 mobile developers recently conducted by Evans Data shows that augmented reality (AR) is currently being incorporated in some form into apps from 44% of mobile developers, whereas the other 30% are assessing or testing the technology in their piloting and prototyping projects.

The survey reveals 35.3% of the developers citing lack of awareness of the potential of AR among the general public as a major challenge, while 25% stating the same lack of awareness within their...

By Developer Tech, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, VR.

Apple authorised API allowing Uber to record users’ iPhone screens


Apple often takes a strict approach to security, but an apparent slip-up authorised an API which allowed Uber to record users’ iPhone screens.

Security researcher Will Strafach made the claim saying the powerful ability would allow Uber to record the screen even when it’s running in the background.

The ability comes from what Apple calls ‘entitlements’ which allow app developers to do things requiring special privileges such as interacting with iCloud or Apple Pay. The screen recording...

By Ryan Daws, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Apple, Industry.

Linux long term support kernels extended from two years to six years


Long term support (LTS) kernels for Linux will be extended from two years to six years, meaning potentially greater security and bug fixes across Android devices and more.

The announcement was made by Ilian Malchev, Google senior staff engineer, keynoting the annual Linaro Connect jamboree, held this year in San Francisco.

Aside from the intriguing interplay of a Google executive discussing Linux at a Linaro event, the announcement is an interesting one in the context of Android development.  Current...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

Xamarin launches new mobile developer certification program


Xamarin, the Microsoft-owned cross-platform development software provider, has announced the launch of a new mobile certification program.

The Certified Mobile Professional qualification comes through the company’s Xamarin University, which offers tutorials and learning on a variety of operating systems and languages, including Android, iOS, and C#.

Naturally, these courses are not entirely altruistic. Xamarin’s platform – and indeed its mission – are based around C#, with the...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Mobile, Windows.

Twitter builds ‘complete reference centre’ for developers


Twitter has combined gnip.com and dev.twitter.com to produce the new developer.twitter.com site, which is said to be “a complete reference centre” for its platform and a “hub for all developer resources.”

According to Twitter staff developer advocate Andy Piper, apart from relocating the content from gnip.com and dev.twitter.com in one place—including the social network’s publisher platform, Twitter Kit tools, ads APIs (application-programming interfaces), Gnip APIs and...

By Developer Tech, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Social media.

‘Encouraging’ study examines static typing and quantifying detectable bugs in JavaScript


Are you a proponent of static typing or dynamic typing in JavaScript, or indeed another language? A new study from researchers at University College London (UCL), alongside Microsoft, put a couple of products to the test – with pretty solid results.

The researchers tested Flow, Facebook’s static type system, and TypeScript – from Microsoft, of course – and found that, at a conservative estimate, each product can spot approximately 15% of bugs which would otherwise have ended up in...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Java, Languages, Testing.

Puppet acquires Distelli to expand automation across software delivery lifecycle


Puppet, an open-source software configuration management provider, has announced the acquisition of Distelli, a Seattle-based infrastructure automation company, to combine its global reach and DevOps leadership with the latter’s container and application deployment offerings.

The acquisition of Distelli gives Puppet an ability to provide enterprises end-to-end visibility into and control over application delivery regardless of what the application is running on, whether it is VMs or containerised...

By Developer Tech, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise.

Find out how your salary compares with your peers through Stack Overflow developer tool


Stack Overflow has announced the launch of a new salary calculator tool – which shows DevOps specialists and data scientists in the US are most likely to be making the most money.

Never mind whether developers use tabs or spaces for their code – a semi-serious report from Stack Overflow in June found those who use spaces are likelier to earn more than those who use tabs – the salary calculator focuses on location, education, and years of professional experience to come up with its...

By James Bourne, 20 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Ecosystem.

W3C approves EME digital rights standard – with Electronic Frontier Foundation resigning


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has voted to approve Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a Web standard – yet some organisations are not happy about the result.

EME is an API which allows plugin-free playback of encrypted content in Web browsers. As the W3C wrote, in a missive confirming the vote: “The viewing experience of watching movies and TV shows on the Web has now moved from a cumbersome and possibly insecure arrangement to the security of the Open Web Platform.

“The integration...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, HTML5.

Awesome (open) source: Why testing, testing and more testing is the key to improvement


Open source is awesome. Have you ever stopped to think how much of the technology you use today actually originates from open source? The Internet, Android phones, Mozilla Firefox, social media sites and Wikipedia have all been developed using open source. It’s all around you and it’s so ubiquitous that in March this year, a single programmer accidentally broke the Internet by deleting some of the open source code he’d created.

Open source is being credited as...

By Daniel Kroening, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Testing.

Stack Overflow analysis assesses ‘incredible’ growth of Python


Python’s profile continues to grow – but at what rate? According to David Robinson, data scientist at Stack Overflow, it has a ‘solid claim’ at being the fastest-growing major programming language.

In June, Python became the most visited tag on the developer community site for the first time among high income countries, including hitting top spot in the US and UK and being in the top two almost everywhere else, behind either Java or JavaScript.

This is not a cause for celebration just...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages.

Developers can now migrate their Lex chatbots to Alexa


Amazon has rolled out the ability for developers to migrate their chatbots based on the Lex framework into a skill for Alexa.

Jeff Bezos' company is a story of successes. Amazon’s line of smart speakers, Echo, are by far the most popular on the market and can join the company’s long list of achievements.

The AI powering these speakers, Alexa, may be lackluster in some areas, but its capabilities are going from...

By Ryan Daws, 08 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Platforms.

Google introduces new mobile web specialist certification for developers


Google has introduced a new certification programme for mobile web developers which will allow them to demonstrate their skills to create responsive and flexible web applications.

The course, titled ‘Mobile Web Specialist Certification’ is part of the company’s existing certification programmes for Android developers, cloud architects and data engineers.

In order to earn the certification, developers have to take an open book examination that costs $99. They have to go through a number of...

By Developer Tech, 07 September 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile.

ReVive developer joins Khronos' quest for an open VR standard


Jules Blok, the developer behind ReVive, has joined the OpenXR working group at Khronos in their quest to build an open VR standard.

OpenXR was first known as the Open VR Standards Initiative when it was announced by the Khronos Group last December. The plan is for OpenXR to solve the compatibility problems which exist between VR platforms and simplify development.

Here at Developer, we’ve reported on Khronos in the past for its work on the Vulkan graphics API. Vulkan,...

By Ryan Daws, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, VR.

Instagram API upgraded to Facebook Graph

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