GitHub Arrives At $2 Billion Valuation

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OctocatGitHub has a newfound reason to celebrate its astronomical growth.

The social networking platform devoted to programmers is now poised to be valued at $2 billion.

This, after a round of fundraising that netted the company $200 million.

GitHub has become the place for programmers to share their coding projects for feedback, and possible collaboration.

The network offers premium subscriptions for businesses, which helps to prevent projects from being viewed publicly.

The new valuation is another high point for the company, which had run into a bit of turbulence with co-founder Tom Preston-Warner having to step down after being accused of gender-based discrimination and harassment along with his wife.

He was later cleared but did not return.

There is some speculation that the as yet unnamed investor may be the same as their first investor in 2012, Andreessen Horowitz.

GitHub didn’t offer any public comment on the news.

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Apple Will Make Their Swift Programming Language Open Source

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Los Angeles School District To Apple: Give Us Our Money Back!At their Worldwide Developers Conference held on Monday, Apple made another major announcement concerning their popular programming language known as Swift, that got high acclaim to match that of what took place last year.

Apple is planning to make Swift open-source for all developers by the end of this year.

The news is remarkable because it will essentially unlock a formerly cloistered part of the company’s approach in terms of programming languages and it also goes a long way to changing a public perception of distance that Apple has had attached to it.

The news also means that developers can use Swift on non-Apple devices to create competitive programs.

Industry experts see this as a wise first step – the more popular programming languages are open-source, and going in that direction would ensure that Apple would see Swift be a favored choice among coders globally.

Others have reservations because of Apple’s similar proclamations with Face Time that eventually stalled.

Independent companies have begun to enable Swift to be used on non-Apple devices without expressed permission, but the news will go a ways to make those efforts both smoother and above-board.

Apple hasn’t made further details public, but as Stephen O’Grady of the analytics firm Red Monk said of the announcement: “What Apple chooses here tells us a lot about how they are going to interact with developers.”

Christopher A. Smith

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Windows App Studio Updated To Support Windows 10 Development

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Windows_10_Logo.svgMicrosoft introduced new updates to their Windows App Studio designed to provide users with support for their latest operating system and a new incentive to dive right into what the studio has to offer.

The new beta site is crafted to produce apps for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

After one designs an app, they are directed to a page where they can select their desired version as the next step after generating a package.

Once picked, you can download app packages and a way to observe the source code via the Virtual Studio project.

There are a slew of features available to get the most assistance in creating an app in the smoothest way possible.

One example lies in the new Bing Maps feature which now gives developers the opportunity to include maps in their application, correcting a design flaw from previous versions of the Studio.

There’s also a feature called Application Insights which gives developers the chance to observe app usage and gain analytics on app crashes, performance through a fleshed-out dashboard.

The new changes will be in tune with the release of Windows 10 globally this summer in 190 countries.

Christopher A. Smith

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Google Renames Webmaster Tools As “Google Search Console”

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Google Renames Webmaster Tools As "Google Search Console"Google’s making a change to one of their key services after 10 years of operation.

Google has made a change to one of its more popular sites for developers.

The change was announced in a blog posting Wednesday on the site.

The Webmaster Tools service, going forward will be referred to as ‘Google Search Console’.

The reason for this change according to Google was that they came to the realization that only a small part of their user base for the service could actually be referred to as webmasters.

The rebranding was initiated to also help enable all users to get their work online via Search, and that it will lead to more people doing so.

There will be a scheduled rollout over the coming weeks to the site itself to reflect the new changes, and in the interim Google has provided visitors and potential users with a shortlink to access the new site.

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iOS And Android Developers Will Be Able To Bring Their Apps To Windows 10

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iOS And Android Developers Will Be Able To Bring Their Apps To Windows 10iOS and Android developers will now be able to introduce their apps to Windows users, as Windows 10 will allow the porting of apps to their new operating system.

Windows users will now be able to run most of the popular apps created by Android and iOS developers.

As we mentioned in a previous post, Windows 10 will run on multiple devices, but this news is really going to change things for Microsoft.

Check out further details about this story here.

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Arc Welder Lets You Run Android Apps on Windows, Macs and Linux

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Arc Welder Lets You Run Android Apps on Windows, Macs and LinuxGoogle’s new tool, Arc Welder, allows users to run Android apps on Windows, Macs and Linux computers.

Running apps natively is always the best option, however, this will come in handy for a variety of uses.

Arc Welder allows users to run Android apps in the Chrome browser by converting them specifically for that use.

Support for Google Play is built in too the tool, in order to allow users to access payment systems and maps.

Google says that the apps should ru as fast as they do on a tablet or on a smartphone.

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FoundationDB Acquired By Apple

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FoundationDB Acquired By AppleFoundationDB has been acquired by Apple, according to a report on TechCrunch.

Terms of the deal were not yet available.

The following information was posted on the FoundationDB website:

“Thank you for your support of FoundationDB over the last five years. We’re grateful to have shared our vision of building the best database software and we strongly value your participation in this community. We have made the decision to evolve our company mission and, as of today, we will no longer offer downloads. If you have any technical questions, please email [email protected]

FoundationDB is a NoSQL database written in C++. The company was founded in 2009 by Nick Lavezzo, Dave Rosenthal, and Dave Scherer, and is located in Vienna, Virginia.

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Windows 10 Developer Tools Released

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Windows 10 Developer Tools ReleasedMicrosoft has released Windows 10 developer tools to help developers build apps for the new Windows 10 Universal App platform.

The new platform lets developers, using only a single codebase, build apps that work across multiple devices, such as desktop, Xbox, tablets and smartphones.

Developers first need to be a member of the Windows Insider Program. They can then download Visual Studio 2015 CTP6 and SDK tools for Windows 10.

There should be plenty of time for developers to get prepared for the new platform, as Windows 10 is scheduled to be released this summer.

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Google Implements Flash To HTML 5 Conversion To Display Ads On Flash Sites

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Google Implements Flash To HTML 5 Conversion To Display Ads On Flash SitesGoogle has found a method to display Adwords ads on sites that are coded in Flash.

Although Flash is not a recommended technology to use any longer for the design of websites, there are still many sites using it. Google themselves do not display Flash sites over mobile devices.

According to a blog post, Google wrote “…we’re introducing a way to automatically convert Flash ads to HTML5, giving advertisers better access to the portion of Google Display Network inventory that is HTML5-only.”

For Flash campaigns that are eligible, “will now be automatically converted to HTML5 when uploaded through AdWords.”

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen Wants To Force Developers To Code Apps For BlackBerry

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen Wants To Force Developers To Code Apps For BlackBerryIn a letter to the United States congress, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that developers who have coded apps for other platforms, such as iOS, Android, and Windows, should be obliged to write apps for BlackBerry as well.

Chen’s ideas were expounded upon within the context of his thoughts pertaining to Net Neutrality.

Read more of this story here.

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