If you have not yet read Tim Cook’s open letter to Apple customers with regards to the US Government’s request that the company build a “backdoor” into their iOS operating system, you really must. Cook does a great job of explaining why – even in the light of the horrible mass-shooting late last year in San Bernadino – this would be a very dangerous precedent to set.
The announcement hit our inbox this morning: Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages Project – aka AMP – is officially out now. Previewed last October, AMP is an open source project for content creators who can now “create mobile optimized content once and have it load instantly everywhere.” Crucial stuff now as the Web’s primary viewership moves over to mobile devices!
Big News: Apple has just made its Swift language open source under the Apache 2.0 license. The company has also launched swift.org to facilitate this new chapter for its popular language which is used for both iOS and OS X development. Swift.org offers downloads, compilers, documentation, community boards, and much more – situating itself as the go-to hub for all things Swift.
Mac users now have an easier means to manage their Dropbox files right on their desktop. As a free offering from the App Store, Revisions for Dropbox leverages Dropbox’s existing (browser based) file-history features and serves them up in a much more user friendly interface. After installation the app can be accessed right from the menu bar. A few simple steps will link it to an existing Dropbox account and off you go.
Most positions are based here in New York City or nearby in the tri-state area. Smart local developers with a passion for open source technologies should check out our various opportunities and email us their resumes!
After months of speculation and press events, the launch of Apple’s newest product is just around the corner. The Apple Watch is available for pre-order now, and will be available for sale in just a little over a week.
In similar fashion to the iPod and iPhone launched in the last decade, the Apple Watch is another case of Apple attempting to redefine an existing market. However, as John Gruber points out in his review of the Apple Watch, this time it’s a little bit different. Whereas many would argue that music players and phones generally sucked before the introduction of the iPod and iPhone respectively, the watch market is entirely different: “This time, the established market — watches — is not despised. They not only don’t suck, they are beloved. And the best and most-beloved watches aren’t even electronic. They’re purely mechanical — all gadget, no computer.”
Hard on the heels of Facebook’s popular Meerkat, here comes Twitter’s Periscope to really ramp up the streaming video wars. Periscope was purchased by Twitter a couple of weeks back – and launched just yesterday! Early adopting reviewers are falling all over themselves praising the out-of-the-gate features Periscope offers over Meerkat: live stream videos can be saved and viewed later; optional GPS and physical positioning of the broadcaster can be included with any stream; the interface is more friendly; “private broadcasts” allow only a select audience to view a stream.
It was just last week when Pebble took the Internet by storm, raising millions of dollars in funding for the upcoming release their latest watch – Pebble Time – in mere hours.
As of last week, developers can now test drive Pebble Time with the Developer Preview of the SDK for Pebble Time. From Pebble’s press release: “With the SDK, developers can start designing and building new color apps for Pebble Time, or upgrade their current Pebble apps to support Pebble Time. The SDK now includes an entire emulator (in the cloud or on your local machine) so you can try out your apps before you get your Pebble Time. Documentation for timeline APIs is available as well.”
We would like to salute our client and partner Field Goods! They have just been awarded a $50,000 federal grant to assist in developing the next generation of their innovative platform, using smart technology in new ways to bring together New York state farmers and local Hudson Valley consumers. From Schenectady to Yonkers, Field Goods links the Empire State’s food producers directly into groups of subscribing consumers who each get a weekly mix of local produce, the freshest fruits and vegetables.
Big thanks to Rungson Samroengraja of SuperSolver who delivered a great TechTalk last week! Rungson – pictured at center here, alongside his SuperSolver colleagues and their Basic6 partners – covered the whirlwind development of SuperSolver over the last year as well as giving attendees an interesting peek into features the much-buzzed-about start-up is looking to add in the coming months.