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Google IO developer conference will not happen “in any capacity this year”

The Google IO developer conference was originally scheduled to take place from May 12-14 this year. But a few weeks ago Google announced it would be cancelling “this year’s physical event” in Mountain View California. Now the company says it won’t be holding an I/O event “in any capacity this year.” The update comes as […]

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Microsoft introduces dual-screen SDKs for Android, Windows 10X, and the web

Microsoft has two high-profile dual-screen devices scheduled to launch later this year — the Microsoft Surface Neo will be one of the first dual-screen computers to ship with Windows 10X, and the Surface Duo is a dual-screen Android smartphone. But neither will be very useful if developers don’t start creating apps and experiences tailored to dual-screen […]

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Google puts accessibility services app crackdown on hold (for now)

Last month Google began telling developers of Android apps that used the operating system’s accessibility services in unexpected ways that they’d have to modify their apps or have them pulled from the Play Store. In one way, that makes sense: accessibility services like screen readers grant apps access to a lot of information they wouldn’t […]

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Amazon unveils new ways for developers to make money through Alexa, expands Alexa’s global reach

Amazon’s Alexa voice service is about three years old at this point, and developers have created thousands of “skills” that let you play games, control smart home gadgets, book a ride on a car share service, get recipes, and more. But Amazon’s been slow to actually give developers ways to get paid… which sort of […]

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Amazon will start paying developers of (top) Alexa skills

There are thousands of third-party “skills” for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to get news updates, play games, or perform other actions with your voice. But for the most developers aren’t making any money directly from those skills, because Amazon doesn’t accept paid skills and doesn’t allow developers to insert advertising. Now Amazon is getting […]

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Ubuntu Core now supports Intel’s $150 (or less) NUC mini computer

Ubuntu Core is a stripped down version of Canonical’s popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, designed to run on low-power computers like the Raspberry Pi 2, Beaglebone, Gumstix, ODroid-C1, and others. Now Canonical has announced that Ubuntu Core also supports the Intel NUC DE3815TY mini-computer. That’s one of cheapest  members of the Intel NUC line of mini-desktops. […]

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GeekBox is an Android & Ubuntu mini PC… and developer platform

Geekbuying is launching a small computer with an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet and support for 4K video playback. It’s called the Geekbox… and it’s being positioned as much more than just another media streamer. The Geekbox comes with Android and Ubuntu dual-boot software preloaded and there’s […]

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Is Mozilla building a walled garden around Firefox?

Last week over on the Mozilla blog, the Foundation announced a major change that’s coming to a future release of Firefox. In the name of security, they’re going to start requiring that all add-ons be digitally signed. Extensions that are submitted to the AMO (the official add-on repo) will be signed automatically after review. This […]

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Google paves way for 64-bit Android apps with new Android L developer preview

Google plans to launch the next version of its Android operating system this fall. Code-named Android L (at least until Google comes up with a good dessert name starting with the letter L), the operating system will feature a new design language and improvements to the lock screen, quick settings panel, graphics performance, and more. […]

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Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone dev kits start shipping in July

Project Ara is Google’s grand experiment to design a modular smartphone. Want to upgrade the display on your phone? Instead of buying a new device, jut pop in a new display module. The same could theoretically go for the speakers, processor, battery, storage, camera, or any other components. The platform could also open the door […]