webOS 2.0 SDK getting limited release starting today

By on August 31, 2010 at 2:33 PM.

webOS 2.0 SDK getting limited release starting today

Finally! Palm has announced that they will begin to roll out the webOS 2.0 SDK — in a limited capacity — to developers starting today. The company isn’t talking about what webOS 2.0 will bring to consumers, but they are touting some of the major overhauls and additions that developers can look forward to. Some of those improvements include:

  • Exhibition for Touchstone– Exhibition will allow developers to code their applications to perform custom actions when your webOS device is plugged into the Touchstone charger. If you have a Touchstone on your bedside table, and want your custom alarm program to be activated when the device hits the charger, this is now possible.
  • HTML5 Improvements — The HTML5 abilities of webOS will be improved with geolocation support and offline caching among other niceties.
  • Deep JavsScript access– Developers will be given access to lower level JavaScript functions. This will allow program creators to control a plethora of low-level I/O data.
  • Just Type feature — Palm has decided to give “universal search” a new tagline, Just Type. Just Type will have an API open to developers that will allow them to harness the functionality using their applications own data. The Just Type feature will also have something called “Quick Actions.” Our understanding of this feature is typing something like: “send tweet I love webOS” will result in said Twitter message being pushed out without the application ever being opened.
  • Stacks feature — Stacks is going to allow actions taken within the same workflow to be grouped together into cards. If you are in an email and click on a link, the browser card and email card will be “stacked” together. You can custom order cards into stacks if you wish but by default webOS 2.0 will be doing this for you.

This all sounds really, really promising. We just hope this snazzy sounding OS is paired with some new hardware… and fast. Hit the read link to read the good news yourself. More →

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BlackBerry 6 developer slides and icons leaked

By on August 2, 2010 at 1:27 PM.

BlackBerry 6 developer slides and icons leaked

We have a feeling that you won’t have to wait long to see what BlackBerry 6 looks like, however, if you are one of those people who needs to know right now, we may have something for you. It appears as though the BlackBerry 6 ship is leaking like a sieve, as over 1,200 icons and some very detailed BB 6 developer slides have made their way onto the internet. Most of the 1,200 leaked icons remain unchanged from previous versions of the OS, however some have been updated to better compliment the newer, hipper, BlackBerry 6 UI. As for the slides, they include: new API details, UI walkthroughs, pinch and zoom details, and graphics specs among other things. Hit the jump for the links, and let us know what you think! More →

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Apple acquires web-based mapping company Poly9

By on July 14, 2010 at 6:30 PM.

Apple acquires web-based mapping company Poly9

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A report in the Wednesday edition of the French Canadian news site cyberpresse.ca suggests that Apple has acquired Poly9, a Canadian company that develops a web-based mapping program. According to the report, Poly9 has shuttered its Canadian office and pulled down its website. All of Poly9′s employees have been relocated to Apple’s Cupertino campus and are forbidden to speak of the deal due to confidentiality agreements that were presumably signed as part of the acquisition. Apple has not officially commented on the acquistion so we will have to wait and wonder what the Cupertino company is planning to do with the second mapping company it has taken under its wing. Any thoughts?

[Via AppleInsider] More →

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Google releases App Inventor for Android

By on July 12, 2010 at 9:05 AM.

Google releases App Inventor for Android

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Google has unleashed a new tool for Android application creation cleverly named “App Inventor.” The new, web-based tool uses an MIT-created Open Block programming interface to provide easy visual queues to buttons, actions, and more. The new tool is designed to open Android programming to more people and be “simple to use, but also very powerful.” We’ve got Google’s video demo (albeit a short one) ready for you after the bounce. More →

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Is Twitter's estimate of 800 million search queries per day over-inflated?

By on July 8, 2010 at 7:52 PM.

Is Twitter's estimate of 800 million search queries per day over-inflated?

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Silicon Alley Insider pulled out a pin and burst the bubble that pushed Twitter to the top of the Wednesday’s tech news with its claim of  a staggering 800 million search queries a day. According to SAI, Twitter is over-inflating its search query numbers by counting queries that are generated via its web page and third party client software that conduct searches using Twitter’s API . This latter source of queries may be causing the search number to skyrocket as many third party clients allow users to setup automated lists/columns that poll Twitter every 30 seconds when searching for a term or topic of interest. One person using Tweetdeck with one column searching for @BGR could easily generate 2880 search queries a day; multiply that by the millions of Twitter users using third party clients and you can see how that search number can balloon very rapidly. In the end, it all comes down to the definition of  what constitutes a search query. Is it an individual user manually entering in a search term? Or is it any query regardless of whether it is is manually entered or automatically generated at a rapid interval? More →

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Chrome extensions get access to desktop notification APIs

By on May 28, 2010 at 5:49 PM.

Chrome extensions get access to desktop notification APIs

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How about some added browser functionality for those Chrome lovers out there. The Chromium Blog has announced that as of Chrome 5, Chrome extensions will have access to the desktop notification API. As the article explains:

Many Chrome extensions use browser actions as a notification area. Notifications can be very valuable to users, but there’s only so much a developer can do with an icon’s worth of pixels.

As of Chrome 5, we’re happy to announce that notifications are also available to extension developers.

When notifications are used from an extension, there are no permission prompts or infobar warnings. The experience is seamless – it just works.

Chrome 5 is currently available to all Windows, Linux, and Mac users. How about it Chrome users…you like? More →

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RIM gives devs a new API for more push content in apps

By on May 4, 2009 at 1:24 PM.

RIM gives devs a new API for more push content in apps

Oh hello, WES week! This is already shaping up to be one hell of a nice week for BlackBerry users. Not only did RIM launch BES 5.0 this morning, but it also announced that BlackBerry developers who are members of the BlackBerry Alliance Program now have access to a new API intended to serve even more push content to end-users. In a nut shell, devs who utilize the new API will be able to create or update existing apps so that they push new content to users as soon as it becomes available. This basically negates the need for manual or timed polling. Imagine, for example, sitting in a boring meeting when your BlackBerry’s status indicator lights up. Your favorite sports app informs you Roy Halladay has just struck out David Ortiz with the bases loaded to clinch the AL East mere moments after it happens. With the new push API, your BlackBerry will be able to do this in the near future — and that’s a good thing.

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Google’s mobile search tool for the iPhone violates the iPhone SDK

By on November 27, 2008 at 1:49 PM.

Google’s mobile search tool for the iPhone violates the iPhone SDK

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Google’s new Mobile Search tool with voice recognition is coming under fire this week as the application apparently violates the terms of the iPhone SDK. The issue here is the applications use of the proximity sensor. According to the iPhone SDK, the only permitted use of the proximity sensor it to turn the phone’s display off when it is close to the face and back on again when the phone is moved away. The Google mobile app however, uses the proximity sensor to prompt the application to start “listening” while the user begins speaking search queries, as well as delivering audible prompts to your assist with searching.  John Gruber and Erica Sadun have accused Google of using private APIs not included in the iPhone SDK in order to deliver this functionality, thereby violating the iPhone’s SDK and giving its application an unfair advantage over other applications that adhere to Apple’s standards. Google chimed in on Wednesday and admitted that its application does indeed violate the terms of the iPhone SDK. Google did not admit to the more serious offense of using private APIs, but it did use undocumented APIs which are not intended for use during the development of applications. D’oh! It is unknown at this point whether Apple will enforce the rules of the iPhone SDK or look the other way. If it does enforce the rules, Google’s latest application could be pulled from the App store and it may be forced to rewrite, at the minimum, the offending portion of the application.

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Dash Opens API, Developers Attack

By on June 18, 2008 at 9:53 AM.

Dash Opens API, Developers Attack

The idea of a GPS device provider opening their API seems a bit odd at first. When you have as many developer customers as Dash however, opening your API is a great way to play to their geeky side. Beyond that Dash will now have a great (free) way to see how customers respond to different functionality added to their systems. Maybe they can start promoting certain apps on their site, maybe a few apps will even help shape future development; regardless, third-party contribution is most often a good thing. So it has only been a few weeks since the Dash API became available, when can we expect some apps? How about right now? Developers have attacked Dash head on and come up with some really great added functionality for Dash units. Examples include apps that will give you weather alerts, provide local info based on your location and even locate nearby garage sales for you. Perhaps the most interesting third-party addition however, is the Twitter integration. The again supports our theory that it’s only a matter of time before everything in the world is somehow tied into social networking and / or microblogging sites. Check out the video above to see how a Dash user can share his or her location in just a few clicks. The post sent to Twitter even includes an automatically-created link to the exact location on Google Maps. Users can also see the 20 most recent tweets from their Twitter contacts on their Dash unit, but it’s probably not such a great idea while you’re moving.

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