App Camp For Girls is a non-profit organization with the goal of raising interest and awareness for software development to girls and women. The organization is currently based in Portland, but co-founder Jean MacDonald hopes that with this funding round they will be able to 1/ prove that the concept works 2/ expand outside of Portland.As a former developer, I’ve worked with a small number of talented female engineers but […]
Google just announced the release of their Maps Engine API, a service that allows customers to build, store and distribute their own maps and associated data in a public or private way. Google Maps Engine was formerly called “Earth Builder”. Today’s announcement concerns the application programming interface (API) which is necessary for creating massive projects programmatically, and for integrating the data back into client or web application.
Analyst Peter Misek is making the news today as he has published a round of predictions (speculations) concerning Apple. This one concerns Apple’s HDTV (let’s call it iTV), and according to Mr. Mysek, Apple is going to introduce a software development kit (SDK) that would support a 42″ to 55″ iTV product. We take it that Peter Mysek means that Apple will *secretly* introduce the SDK to a very small […]
Google has just announced the new Google Maps API that will let Android developers use the same vector-based data that Google Maps has been using for some time. Previously, Android apps could only use a (bitmap) tile-based map system. The new API offers better visuals and better data throughput than its predecessor.
Microsoft just made its Windows Phone 8 SDK public at the BUILD developer conference. The new SDK brings much expected (and awaited) features like native C++ code and overall compatibility with the Windows 8 SDK.This new SDK is much (much!) better than the Windows Phone 7 SDK, which required all code to be written in C#. This was without a doubt a “no-go” for developers who had a huge C++ […]
We’re attending a Qualcomm event in which we had the opportunity to get our hands on the quad-core SnapDragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) development platform. If you’re not familiar with the new chip, the stated goal of Qualcomm is to come up with a high-performance “all-day” mobile computing platform. To increase the speed, Qualcomm is using a quad-core architecture and a new Adreno 320 graphics processor – all in the same […]
As per previous reports, it isn’t the first time we are hearing about iOS 6 showing up in user logs. On top of that, we reported recently that Apple has allegedly decided to replace Google Maps in favor of its own version of a mapping application simply called ‘Maps’ in iOS 6 as well. The operating system which is rumored to be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next […]
Earlier today, the Canadian company behind BlackBerry, Research in Motion (RIM) announced its vision for the BlackBerry 10 platform at the BlackBerry World Conference that is taking place in Orlando today. The company released what it calls the initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 based software development along with the BlackBerry 10 Developer Alpha phone that was given out to all the developers present at the event. The toolkit […]
Microsoft has released its Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 that supports 256MB devices, and to run on the Windows 8 preview that has been released to the public. Developers can choose which target they want to debug with: actual handset, Phone emulator in 256MB or 512MB. Some apps are more sensitive to memory than others, but it is clear that developers will do everything they can to fit within the allocated […]
The consumer preview of Windows 8 is coming soon, and at the same time, the Windows Store is going to open. Microsoft has been reaching out to developers ahead of time to tell them to look at the store submission process now, and they even recommend “reserving” a unique name for any upcoming app. It’s not clear how hard Microsoft will clamp down on app names, but it is clear […]
With the recent Nokia push, Windows Phone has been growing silently, but steadily. One of the most frequent remark that users have is that while the OS is speedy and easy to use, the relative lack of apps has become Windows Phone’s main issue. It’s a shame, because the Windows Phone SDK and development tools are the best out there, at least in my opinion. So what’s the hold up?In […]
[CES 2012] Onstar has just announced that it is opening up its API to third party developers who will be able to imagine and create a new eco-system of apps and services based for the OnStar customer base. OnStar has been monitoring mobile trends very closely, and their conclusion is unambiguous: the company thinks that the number of mobile apps will double by next year, and it is critical to […]
Perhaps in an effort to attract more developers onto the Android platform, the Android Team has decided to launch a program called “Android Training”. Basically what this entails is a series of classes that is being aimed at Android (would-be) developers to help build better Android apps.
If you own the recently release Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, the good news is that if you have been itching to install some custom ROMs or make some modifications to the device, a root method for the tablet has recently been uncovered, although we’re not sure if this root method will work across the board (i.e. T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus).However for those interested in rooting […]