Swift String Manifesto

The document is meant to both provide a sense of the long-term vision (including undecided issues and possible approaches), and to define the scope of work that could be done in the Swift 4 timeframe.

Naming things in Swift

Following API guidelines that from Apple and personal suggestions.

The Case for Deprecating UITableView

UITableView is a cornerstone of classical iOS development and one of the oldest classes. UICollectionView provides a better and more flexible replacement.

Chris Lattner leaves Apple for Tesla!

Chris is joining Tesla to lead its Autopilot engineering team.

It’s Alive!

I think we just created the world’s first pure Swift app on Android with Fiber2D. — Andrey Volodin (@s1ddok)

POSIXErrorCode added for Linux

OpenStack Foundation Summit v2.2.1 Released

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Age of Apple is Over, But It’s Not Tim Cook’s Fault

PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel “confirmed” that “the age of Apple is over” based on his belief that smartphones will lack further innovation.

Apple Campus 2

Apple’s spaceship-shaped campus in Cupertino, California is nearing completion, and most of the ring-shaped main structure and auxiliary buildings have been finished.

Apple Watch usage in the month of December 2016 is now below where it was during the same time last year, following a steady drop since peak usage this May

Software News

Wine 2.0 Released!

This release represents over a year of development effort and around 6,600 individual changes. The main highlights are the support for Microsoft Office 2013, and the 64-bit support on macOS.

Fabric is Joining Google

There’s a risk that some of these tools will be integrated so tightly with Firebase that they become less useful for those who don’t use it.

Intel releases native Java compiler for iOS

Multi-OS Engine provides a Java runtime and Java interfaces to iOS platform API to develop native iOS applications with native look and feel, native performance, and portability of common Java logic modules from your Android Apps. It comes fully integrated with Android Studio hosted on macOS or Windows and contains all the development tools needed to develop an iOS app and publish to the App Store.

Multi-OS Engine

RemObjects releases “Island” native compiler, moves away from transpilers

Island lets you use all three of the Elements languages – Oxygene, C# and Swift – to write native code for Windows and Linux.

BugVM native Java compiler

BugVM compiles JVM bytecode to native machine code and then links the compiled native code with other native libraries or frameworks to produce targeted platform App.

WeChat releases communication library

Mars is a cross-platform infrastructure component developed by WeChat Mobile Team. It is proved to be effective by billions of Wechat users.

Handbrakes released after 13 years in the danger zone

Cross-platform video transcoder Handbrake reached a milestone over the holiday break with the release of version 1.0.0 of the app after over 13 years in beta.

Tech Bubble

Social startups struggle to profit

Medium fires 50, attempts to change business model

“We realized we didn’t yet have the right solution to the big question of driving payment for quality content.”

Twitter Crashing

Layoff of nine percent of Twitter’s staff and the exit of a number of high-profile leaders.

Wearables fad

Smartwatch sales are tanking

Just 2.7 million units were shipped in Q3 2016 versus 5.6 million in Q3 2015.

Fitbit is buying troubled smartwatch maker Pebble for around $40 million

Despite being valued at $740 million in 2015.

Intel is laying off a major portion of its wearables group

Intel is planning to take a major step back from its investment in the space — or possibly even exit wearables altogether.

Massive layoffs and blind venture capitalists

HP plans 3,000 to 4,000 job cuts over the next three years

Dion Weisler, the President and CEO of the newly formed HP Inc., attempted to put a positive spin on a tricky situation.

Microsoft is laying off 1,850

Trying to focus on mobile, paid $200 million in severance payments.

Intel announces it’s slashing 12,000 jobs

12,000 people will be losing their jobs worldwide, and that is never a good thing to hear.

Startups and Unicorns look to create value without profits

The objective of startups should not be to gain valuation without ever making money.

Tech Bubble 2.0 Is Bursting

As valuations plunge, venture capitalists are raising record amounts of cash.

Coca-Cola closes Founders startup incubator

The company liked to find startups, even before they formed.

User Privacy

Vizio, one of the world’s biggest makers of Smart TVs, is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it collected viewing habits from 11 million devices without the knowledge or consent of the people watching them.

2017 To be Year Of ‘Smart Home’ Hacking

In October, hackers took over 100,000 IoT devices and used them to block traffic to well-known websites, including Twitter and Netflix.

Amazon Echo is spying on you 24/7

Big sister Alexa is constantly recording your private conversations and may even provide unsolicited advice in certain scenarios. (Video Report)

Police to use Amazon Echo “private” recordings as evidence in murder case

“It’s such a massive gray area”

Top personal assistant software break US child privacy law, experts warn

Storing voice recordings of people younger than 13 via Alexa, Google Home and Siri appears to flout the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Want to See the Ball Game? Scan Your Iris First

Fingerprint biometrics ease stadium lines for select fans, teams use data to boost revenue, triggering privacy concerns.

Mobile Gaming Renaissance

Fire Emblem Heroes coming to iOS and Android on February 2

Nintendo plans to make Fire Emblem Heroes free-to-play, with optional in-app purchases

Fire Emblem Heroes

Mega Man 1 - 6

Capcom is bringing the first six games in the Mega Man series to Android and iOS devices next month. The infernally challenging side-scrolling classics from the NES era will sell for $1.99 apiece.

Super Mario Run

Nintendo’s classic platform comes to mobile phones as an iOS-only exclusive for $10, but offers free demo levels (iTunes Store).

Super Mario Run

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic

Atari has just released RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, a “new” game based on Chris Sawyer’s original best-selling RollerCoaster Tycoon® for $6 on iTunes Store and Google Play.

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic