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Guest View: With Minecraft, Microsoft gains young developer mindshare

Much of the discussion about Microsoft buying Minecraft publisher Mojang has focused on whether this makes business sense for either Microsoft or Mojang. Some people think the whole acquisition is stupid, while others have argued that it makes strategic sense. Some of these articles argue that Microsoft is trying to reach a younger demographic that …

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SD Times news digest: Sept. 22, 2014—Kony Visualizer, Google’s Dart API client libraries, and Watson Analytics for Big Data

Kony announces Kony Visualizer Kony is releasing a new mobile app design and development solution for Android, iOS, Windows and the Web. Kony Visualizer allows business users, designers and developers to collaborate, create native and Web mobile app experiences, and cut development time by half, according to the company. “We’ve heard from our customers that …

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Code Watch: iOS8: Code. Watch.

The presentation of iOS 8 was dominated by Apple’s Near Field Communication (NFC) payment technology and the Apple Watch, but from a developer’s perspective, the most amazing thing about iOS 8 is its sheer size. When I started developing mobile applications just a few years ago, one of the things I liked about iOS was …

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The Bubble, she gonna burst

I’m calling it now. Keeping in mind while I do this that I have been fabulously wrong in my predictions before, I am now, as we speak, calling this the peak. The bubble might get a little bigger, but it’s coming time for it to pop. Again, I’ve been very wrong before. I called tablets …

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Zeichick’s Take: You’ve got 30 seconds. Make the most of it

Thirty seconds. That’s about how long a mobile user will spend with your game before deciding if he or she will continue using it. Thirty seconds. Maybe a minute. If you haven’t engaged the customer by then, forget it. That’s according to Graeme Warring, COO of 2XL Games LLC, a game startup based in Phoenix. …

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Microsoft releases OCR Library for Windows Runtime

The Windows App Team announced the release of a Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime, enabling developers to integrate text-recognition capabilities in Windows Phone 8/8.1 and Windows 8.1 apps. Optical character recognition (OCR) software converts images containing text into a digitally readable format. The technology’s inclusion in Windows Runtime, Microsoft’s Windows 8/8.1 application architecture, allows …

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Larry Ellison’s no longer CEO, but he’s still very much there

Larry Ellison yesterday announced that he would be stepping down from his position as CEO of Oracle. Instead of CEO, Ellison will now be Oracle’s CTO, and Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be sharing the CEO duties. Is this a big deal? Not really. In terms of the day-to-day running of Oracle, I cannot …

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SD Times news digest: Sept. 19, 2014—Wolfram’s Tweet-a-Program, Android’s default encryption and virtual reality SDKs

Wolfram launches Tweet-a-Program Stephen Wolfram has announced a new Wolfram Language program, Tweet-a-Program, which allows users to compose a tweet-length Wolfram Language program. Once it’s composed and tweeted to @WolframTaP, the company’s Twitter bot will run the problem in the recently announced Wolfram Cloud and tweet back the result. “In the Wolfram Language, a little …

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Open source is on top of the ‘TODO’ list

Open-source software comes in many different shapes and sizes, and some are better maintained than others. Because of this, organizations need to spend time, money and resources to ensure the quality of source code, and not every company has the ability to do so. A new project aims to change this. Dubbed TODO (which stands …

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Top 5 projects trending on GitHub this week

#1: Awesome Node.js Many an Awesome project has made it into and often headlined the week’s top GitHub projects, so it’s only natural that the exceedingly popular Node.js cross-platform JavaScript runtime would find its way here. Compiled by Sindre Sorhus, this curated list is chock full of Node.js packages, resources and goodies. #2: KaTex KaTex …

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Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO

It is the end of an era for Oracle as Larry Ellison has decided to step down as the company’s CEO. He founded Oracle in 1977 and since then, he has been its only CEO ever. Taking his place as CEO will be both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd. Catz will handle all manufacturing, financial …

Databricks launches Apache Spark training program

Developers can now become Apache Spark certified. Databricks, the company that founded the open-source Big Data processing engine, and O’Reilly Media are teaming up to launch the Apache Spark Developer Certification Program. Spark made strides earlier this year when the Apache Software Foundation moved it from Apache Incubator to a top-level project. “The adoption of …

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Citrix acquires mobile virtualization startup Virtual

Citrix announced it has acquired Virtual, a cloud-based startup for Android and iOS emulation and virtualization on remote desktops. The Virtual platform, according to its website, claims to emulate any Android or iOS device on any platform with near-native accuracy. The platform can also be used for app and bug testing, and access is currently …

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SD Times news digest: Sept. 18, 2014—Microsoft releases WinJS 3.0, and CloudFlare’s Keyless SSL

Microsoft releases WinJS 3.0 with multiplatform support, nixes developer fees Microsoft has released version 3.0 of WinJS, the Windows library for JavaScript, adding cross-platform and cross-browser support, JavaScript modularization, and improved universal control designs. The update adds support for popular Web and mobile browsers, as well as HTML-based app environments, including Apache Cordova. According to …

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