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Calling an Uber just got easier with Google Maps’ new update

Navigating a major city can be challenging for even the full-time city dweller, and Google wants to change that with its updated ride services experience, which allows people to book an Uber directly from Google Maps without leaving the application. Last year, Google introduced the new ride services mode to Google Maps, giving users the … continue reading

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Android app payments, Fiddler for Linux, and Opera Neon—SD Times news digest: Jan. 13, 2017

Google wants to help developers manage payments better. The company announced new improvements for developers with paid apps, in-app purchases, or subscriptions. Google will move order management to the Google Play Developer Console in order for developers to access payment settings easier. In addition, the company will add new features such as bulk refunds, subscription … continue reading

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Report: Amazon acquires Harvest.ai, new release cadence from React Native, and 451 Research expects application container market to grow—SD Times news digest: Jan. 10, 2017

Amazon has acquired Harvest.ai, a San Diego startup, for US$20 million, according to Business Insider. Harvest.ai has developed technologies that can help find and stop targeted attacks on data, according to Business Insider. With the help of machine learning, the company can learn and detect when an unauthorized person is attempting to gain access to … continue reading

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Atlassian acquires Trello, Google Go in 2016, and the Nokia 6—SD Times news digest: Jan. 9, 2017

Atlassian has acquired the project-management software provider Trello. According to Atlassian, over the past five years Trello has helped more than 19 million registered users capture and add structure to their workflows. Atlassian hopes the acquisition will help transform the way teams work. “Atlassian’s mission is to unleash the potential in every team. That’s a … continue reading

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Report: Android tops the list of most vulnerable products of 2016

Google made headlines last year, and not always for good reasons. In addition to the company’s updates to the Android operating system, it also faced articles detailing the many vulnerabilities plaguing the OS. As a result, one report has found Android to be the most vulnerable product of 2016. (Related: Google previews new Android Internet … continue reading

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The Software Testing World Cup Chronicles, Part III: Testing our limits to Germany and back

It’s been a couple weeks since the grueling Software Testing World Cup Finals, and the team has finally had some time to catch our collective breath, reflect on the experience as a whole, and garner some lessons learned. First and foremost, the entire competition was a rewarding experience for me and the rest of the … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Android Architecture Blueprints

When it comes to Android development, there are a lot of interesting and unique ways to create an application. To help developers navigate their way through the ever-increasing Android Landscape, Google has put together the Android Architecture Blueprints. “The Android framework offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to defining how to organize and … continue reading

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MIT Labs year in review, Kotlin 1.0.6, and Ford debuts new self-driving vehicle—SD Times news digest: December 28, 2016

MIT Labs has had a transformative year. It’s community has developed more than 450 projects spanning different areas of scientific research. According to Joi Ita, director of MIT Media Labs, the top projects of 2016 includes: Data USA: A free and open-source data visualization tool project for public data in the United States. Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles: … continue reading

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How to keep your users engaged after your app goes live

Developers put so much time and effort into their applications during development, it seems once the application goes live they no longer give it that extra attention. Instead, developers have become accustomed to just releasing bug fixes to their applications when necessary, adding functionality at a much slower pace. This, however, is a huge problem … continue reading

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Cyanogen to be discontinued, Apple’s AI research, Samsung Internet for Gear VR, Mozilla Firefox–SD Times news digest: December 27, 2016

The Android ROM company Cyanogen quietly announced it will be shutting down its services and Cyanogen-support nightly builds over the holiday break. The official end of life for Cyanogen will happen at the end of the year. According to the company, for those who still want to build CyanogenMod, the open-source project and code will … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Kickstarter Android and iOS

The popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter has announced it is bringing its Android and iOS apps to open source. According to the Kickstarter engineering team, while building and maintaining features for their apps they have adopted functional programming techniques and written well-tested code. They decided to open-source the apps to share their experience and benefits with … continue reading

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Google previews new Android Internet of Things platform

The Internet of Things phenomenon has businesses looking for new opportunities to innovate, and Google is no exception. The company recently announced two new updates to help developers build smarter and more connected devices: Android Things, and an update to the Weave platform. “The Internet of Things will bring computing to a whole new range … continue reading

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