Apple releases iOS 5 beta 2 [updated]

By on June 24, 2011 at 6:03 PM.

Apple releases iOS 5 beta 2 [updated]

You heard that right. Apple’s just unleashed iOS 5 beta 2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch units — for developers only, of course. We’re in the processing of upgrading, and we’ll let you know what we find. You guys do the same, alright?

  • With iTunes 10.5 beta 2, and iOS 5 beta 2, wireless iTunes sync now works.
  • Notifications on the lockscreen are redone — they’re much, much bigger for a single alert, then shows in list view for multiple alerts.
  • iMessage only works with iOS beta 2 both ways, but it’s super fast now. We’re guessing Apple changed the servers they used for this.

Thanks, Doug!

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Microsoft celebrates Windows Phone 7 anniversary with impressive numbers

By on March 31, 2011 at 7:06 PM.

Microsoft celebrates Windows Phone 7 anniversary with impressive numbers

Microsoft first took the wraps off its Windows Phone 7 platform at its MIX10 conference in March 2010. At that time, Microsoft began a long and important process of courting developers, distributing developer tools and giving interested parties an ecosystem that would allow them to thrive. Now, one year later, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Director Brandon Watson shares some numbers regarding developer involvement with the Windows Phone platform. So far, Microsoft’s Windows Phone developer tools have been downloaded 1.5 million times by 36,000 registered developers. About 1,200 new developers register for the Windows Phone developer program each week. The Windows Marketplace is now home to 11,500 apps, 7,500 of which are paid, and Windows Phone users download an average of 12 apps each month. Developer adoption of the Windows Phone platform will likely continue to accelerate as developers prepare for the sales surge expected when Nokia finally begins bringing Windows Phones to market. More →

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WP7 developers complain of missing payments, broken reporting tools

By on November 29, 2010 at 11:24 AM.

WP7 developers complain of missing payments, broken reporting tools

Microsoft is making good progress in its efforts to woo developers to the new Windows Phone 7 platform, but we hope the company is equally devoted to keeping devs on board once they arrive. As the Redmond giant struggles to become a leader once again in the mobile space, developers and the apps they build are integral to Microsoft’s success. But in a blog post last week, developer Nicholas Yu made some troubling comments. Yu found that the number one feature users are requesting of his app — a Google Voice client called GoVoice — is the addition of push notification support. Yu notes in his blog post, however, that he is hesitant to add the functionality. More →

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RIM's new loves: OpenGL ES, Java GUI Builder, Advertising and Push Services

By on November 9, 2009 at 12:05 PM.

RIM's new loves: OpenGL ES, Java GUI Builder, Advertising and Push Services

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We’ve already talked about some of the news from the first day of the 2009 BlackBerry Developers Conference, but another blast of PR from RIM has hit out inboxes, and wow, are we ever excited. The biggest news of the day is that developers will finally be able to unlock the full potential of the latest generation of BlackBerry smartphones — OS 5.0 and hardware permitting, of course — with the latest beta of the Java SDK 5.0 thanks in part to its OpenGL ES support. Still, there’s a lot of things to cover and we don’t want to clutter up our newly redesigned site with a bunch of text, so join us after the jump.

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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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Android 1.5 "cupcake" update now available for dev phones

By on April 27, 2009 at 1:16 PM.

Android 1.5 "cupcake" update now available for dev phones

Owners of the Android dev phone can now head over to HTC’s website and update their G1 to the official 1.5 version of Android. This early release for dev phones will provide developers with a few weeks of on-device testing of their software before the highly anticipated update is rolled out to the general public in May. All tools, instructions and necessary radio, system and recovery images are available directly from HTC via the read link below. Dev phone owners out there who take the plunge and update their handset, hit us up in the comments with your first impressions of this latest Android offering. As for the rest of you, don’t worry — the wait is almost over.

Thanks, Carlton!

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