Facebook has just made available a new set of cryptographic API for developers on Android. Aptly named Conceal, this Java library will allow app developers to encrypt data, even large ones, on disk in the most resource efficient way.
Maybe they're just very cautious about protecting their brand. Or maybe their monumental success has finally gone to their heads. Whatever the reason maybe, game developer King of Candy Crush fame has filed for and, perhaps more shocking, has been granted the trademark not of "Candy Crush" but of the word "CANDY" itself.
Google has just announced this year's first major update to Google Play Services. While the new features in Google Play Services 4.1 are more directly addressed to app developers, the benefits, of course, trickle down to end users as well, especially those that rely on the cloud for their gaming and data storage needs.
If recent events are any indication, Google is getting its Glass machinery into full gear again. After a recently held hackathon, the company is now opening the doors ever so slightly just so that developers can start buying their own smart eyewear.
Google has just announced that its Google Glass Mirror API no longer requires a whitelist in order to get access. This means that any developer interested in developing Glassware or apps for the smart eyewear can now do so, of course, with still the same technical limitations of the API.
It seems that Google has finally gotten the ball rolling again on some of its other projects. Just yesterday it announced the availability of HBO Go on its Chromecast streaming device. Now we're hearing that the company has scheduled a hackathon next month that will likely reveal much needed updates for the Cast SDK.
While tablets were, in the beginning, only an afterthought, Google and Android have grown up to realize that this large-sized device form factor is not just a passing fad. And to emphasize that point, Google is now rolling out a promised update to the Google Play Store app that will, by default, display apps designed for tablets when browsing the store on a tablet device.
For better or for worse, BlackBerry isn't backing down on the road it has taken to support running Android apps on its own mobile platform. The company will actually even step up its game in the next iteration of the BlackBerry OS by adding significant and important features to its Android Runtime compatibility layer.
In line with the company's commitment to support the Android Open Source Project for its line of Xperia devices, Sony has provided the source code for its thermal management solution. This gives developers and modders not just the tool to keep devices' thermal output in check, but also the means to fine tune the manager as well.
After a few months of relative silence, Google is once more kicking its Project Glass engines into gear, with a series of announcements that relate to new hardware and new accessories for the eyewear. This time, Google is shifting its eyes to developers who will soon be able to see what true Glassware development looks like via the Glassware Development Kit (GDK).