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Apple doubles use of Swift in iOS 13 as it shifts away from Objective-C

10 10, 2019
Apple doubles use of Swift in iOS 13 as it shifts away from Objective-C

An analysis shows that Apple’s own use of Swift has doubled in iOS 13 as it further distances itself from Objective-C. First introduced by Apple in 2014, Swift is now the main programming language for development across Cupertino’s platforms. Adoption of Swift by third-party developers is high, but much of Apple’s operating system still uses Objective-C.

Unhappy developers pen letter to Apple over iOS 13 privacy changes

09 20, 2019
Unhappy developers pen letter to Apple over iOS 13 privacy changes

A group of unhappy developers have penned a scathing letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook over privacy changes made in iOS 13. In their letter, the developers even accuse Apple of anti-competitive behaviour with changes as to how apps can access users’ location data.

Dropbox explains the downsides of sharing iOS and Android code

09 07, 2019
Dropbox explains the downsides of sharing iOS and Android code

A software engineer from Dropbox explains the reasoning behind the company’s decision to no longer share code between iOS and Android. Until recently, Dropbox shared code between its Android and iOS apps using C++ to only write once rather than in both Java and Objective-C. This strategy has been in place since 2013 when Dropbox’s team was still relatively small but needed to support a fast-moving roadmap.

Progress releases NativeScript 6.0 framework to speed up cross-platform development

08 15, 2019
Progress releases NativeScript 6.0 framework to speed up cross-platform development

Progress Software has released the latest version of its NativeScript framework, helping to speed up cross-platform development.

Google bans yet another Chinese app developer for invasive ads

08 14, 2019
Google bans yet another Chinese app developer for invasive ads

Google has banned a Chinese app developer for violating its advertising policies shortly after booting another from the Play Store. CooTek, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, has found itself on Google’s naughty list and had dozens of its app removed.

Embracing DevOps by developing your product and your people

It’s an old mantra in tech: You either have the right technology or you don’t get anywhere. But is the premise that having the best technology equals success really valid?

08 13, 2019

Samsung’s Bixby Marketplace now open for developers

Samsung’s Bixby Marketplace is now officially open for developers, according to reports.

08 03, 2019

Facebook updates Graph, Messenger, and Marketing APIs to 4.0

Facebook has updated three of its most important APIs to version 4, bringing some important changes to be aware of. While the version number indicates a large release, it’s worth noting that Facebook is transitioning to major numbers for all new versions. The change in numbering aligns the version numbers of Facebook’s SDKs with the version of the API.

08 01, 2019

Qualcomm is working on a much-needed new WearOS chipset

Qualcomm is reportedly working on a WearOS chipset that should finally deliver some tangible performance and battery life improvements. Qualcomm’s most recent WearOS chipset, the Snapdragon 3100, was widely regarded as a disappointment; offering minimal improvements over its predecessor.

08 01, 2019

Apple will force app developers to include ‘Sign in with Apple’

Apple is forcing app developers using third-party sign-ins to adopt its 'Sign in with Apple' alternative. The new button was debuted at this year’s WWDC and offers an innovative solution to a serious problem. Rather than sign-in via a service which collects data – like those from Facebook, Twitter, and Google – users can benefit from the convenience of such logins but also protect their privacy.

07 20, 2019