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Facebook open-sources Pop

Facebook will host its first developer-oriented conference since its IPO therefore, we can expect a bunch of announcements in the lead up to this event.  The first of these announcements is the open-sourcing of Pop, the animation engine behind its Paper app.

Facebook launched Paper about three months ago as… Read More



Speculation over the release of a Microsoft 'mini tablet'

Latest figures show that Microsoft Surface sales took a downturn last quarter, with such a large drop suggesting there may be more behind this than the typical seasonal fluctuations.

Microsoft reported that revenue from the Surface was nearly cut in half, declining from $893 million to about $500 million.  By comparison, Apple’s iPad… Read More



Amazon adds Docker support to the cloud

Yesterday public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services announced support for open-source technology called Docker on Elastic Beanstalk.

Docker lets developers write applications on their desktops and then sends it for testing or production deployment on another machine — like a public cloud (without changing the code).  Everything sits inside… Read More



Web hosting firm spends $45M on upgrades

Linode, a company that hosts websites for companies and individual developers, has just paid out $45 million, to upgrade its data centre hardware.  With the view to help it compete with younger upstarts.

Linode does not want to see business slide away to hosting competitors or to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud providers… Read More



Xbox Music is bringing music to your apps

A new Xbox Music API wants to make the service’s “over 18 million tracks” available for use in any game or application. Instead of having to create (or fund) the creation of your own soundtrack to go alongside your latest title – legally use something fitting which already exists… Read More



Learn everything about APIs at APIdays, Berlin

As the web continues to change and grow, so do you as developers. APIdays is heading to Berlin, Germany on 5th – 6th May 2014. Learn everything you need to know about APIs with specific sessions from APIs for mobile to API strategy and business models. There’s great opportunities for… Read More



Update: Amazon Appstore A to Z, 7 May, Berlin

As we mentioned in a previous post, the Amazon Appstore A to Z event starts at 5.30, with presentations beginning at 6pm. It’s a great chance for you to gain tips for growing your business & monetizing your app from a panel of successful developers; as well as hear… Read More



Microsoft unveil 'Universal Windows Apps'

Yesterday, Microsoft announced  their new “universal Windows apps“.  This initiative will enable developers to consolidate their app development by constructing applications for phones, tablets and personal computers.

In a bid to differentiate from Apple and Google – Microsoft have streamlined every phase of the development cycle; including easier ways… Read More



Windows Azure's new pricing strategy

It was announced yesterday, that Microsoft are lowering prices for the Azure public cloud yet again.  This follows price cuts from their main competitor  – Amazon Web Services.

It’s been revealed that the Microsoft pricing will very depending on each individual region, rather than charging the same amount of money… Read More



Google get tough with App Developers

Last Friday, Google announced some tweaks to the Google Play policies, with the view to tighten up on sexually explicit content, app promotions and potentially deceptive in-app advertisements.  Developers have  just 15 days to make these changes, with the threat of non-compliant apps being removed from the store.

Focus is… Read More