first_imgFacebook announced it has acquired Wit.ai, a voice-recognition and natural-language processing startup with technology akin to Apple’s Siri.The Wit.ai platform and natural-language processing API, which has a community of more than 6,000 developers, will remain free and open source, according to a Wit.ai blog post The acquisition could help draw more developers to Facebook, and enable speech-to-text features for Facebook’s Messenger app similar to Siri and Google Now.Android developers petition Google App Store policiesMore than 2,200 people have signed a Change.org petition protesting Google policies toward Android apps and developer accounts. According to the petition, Google has been improperly suspending Android apps and developer accounts perceived to be violating the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement or the Google Play Developer Program Policies. Developers are only notified of these suspensions through “vague automated e-mails,” the petition stated, with no instructions of what to change or fix in the app.“In many cases, apps and accounts are suspended or removed completely without prior warning or notice, offering no recourse to fix inadvertent violations regardless of the problem’s simplicity, severity, or developer’s intentions to fully comply,” wrote Android developer Rob Jackson, the petition’s author. “Stop the automated suspensions. Help developers comply. Protect the Android ecosystem. Save the clock tower.”The petition demands a new form of one-on-one communication between Google and developers to help identify and resolve policy violations prior to automated and irreversible suspensions. The petition also states the desire for the creation of a team of Android Developer Advocates to communicate directly with developers regarding policy violations and required adjustments to their apps.The full petition is available here.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Node.js Foundation will begin life with some high-profile members: Fidelity, IBM, Microsoft and PayPal have all agreed to join. Also, the Linux Foundation has agreed to advise on the structure of the foundation, hinting that the Node.js Foundation will closely resemble the Linux Foundation in form and function.Joe McCann, CEO and cofounder of enterprise Node training and tools company NodeSource, felt that Joyent’s move to relinquish control will give the Node.js community what it has been after.“There’s a very strong community aspect that has existed around Node, and that is finally being embraced,” he said. “Frankly, it’s a great signal to enterprise players that want to start incorporating and integrating Node into their stacks. Node is now a true first-class technology solution.”It doesn’t hurt that Node offers some interesting and useful benefits over other server-side technologies, said Fontaine. “What makes Node compelling is that on the one hand you have JavaScript—which is the lingua franca of the Web—being able to write it for the front end and being able to write it on the back end is very compelling. It adds ease of production for that mechanism,” he said.“The other thing we sometimes forget is that most applications are not hot on CPU. They are often waiting for network I/O, or disk, or database. It’s not really on CPU all that much, which means we can have a high concurrency for a single process. That’s a very compelling model for doing large scale on small footprints.” It’s been an interesting path to success for Node.js. Since its first release in 2009, the Node community has been quite vocal about anything and everything. Most recently, the community was murmuring about Joyent’s handling of the open-source, cross platform server-side JavaScript runtime for building networked applications. And calls for the dispensation of Node.js’ assets from Joyent to the community had begun.At Node Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday, Joyent announced that it would begin creating a Node.js Foundation. This new foundation will take ownership of the trademark for Node.js, and will inherit the entirety of Joyent’s Node directory on GitHub. This directory is where the code for the core Node.js runtime resides.The move brought cheers from the audience at Node Summit, and Node.js project lead TJ Fontaine said that there is still a lot to figure out about the foundation.“The rules are still being created. I definitely will be participating in the technical steering committee,” he said. He added that there will be many committees driven by the new foundation, and that they will require both business participants and developer participants.(Related: Node.js announces move to open governance model, establishes Node.js Foundation)last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook will continue to use Flash and work with Adobe on its games platform.Google Play Services SDK 8.4Google has announced that its Google Play Services SDK version 8.4 is now available. The latest version features custom e-mail app invites, a technology that lets users share apps with people they know. Now users can fully define the e-mail body and subject line using HTML.Also in this version, Google is providing a Play Games Analytics developer experience to give game developers the ability to better understand, manage and optimize their game experiences. The Plays Stats API has been extended to give developers a better understanding of their users’ behavior in order to entice them to keep playing.Other features include updates to the Fused Location Provider, improvements to the Maps API and Fitness Platform History API, and support for Aztec barcodes.More information is available here. Microsoft is reportedly pushing back its Windows 10 Mobile release date. VentureBeat reported that Microsoft planned to start rolling out Windows 10 to existing Windows Phones this month, but those plans have changed to next year.“The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will begin rolling out early next year to select existing Windows 8 and 8.1 phones,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat.Windows 10 Mobile will only be available this year through the company’s Windows 10 devices Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, which were released in November.Facebook announces the end of Flash for its videosFacebook is the latest company to stop using a Flash-based video player. The company will start using HTML5 for all its Web videos, such as videos on the News Feed, Pages and in its embedded video player.“From development velocity to accessibility features, HTML5 offers a lot of benefits,” wrote Daniel Baulig, an engineer at Facebook, in a blog post. “Moving to HTML5 best enables us to continue to innovate quickly and at scale, given Facebook’s large size and complex needs. Not only did launching the HTML5 video player make development easier, but it also improved the video experience for people on Facebook.”last_img read more

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