An anonymous reader writes: Google has uploaded the majority of the remaining Chrome for Android code into the open-source Chromium repository. In other words, Chrome for Android now matches Chrome for desktop in terms of available open-source code, letting anyone examine, modify, and compile the project. Chromium is the open-source Web browser project that shares much of the same code as Google Chrome, and new features are often added there first.
An anonymous reader writes: After two years of development, Google today released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) aimed solely at Android developers. You can download the tool right now for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the Android Developer site. Google first announced Android Studio, built on the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE, at its I/O Developer conference in May 2013. The company's pitch was very simple: this is the official Android IDE.
An anonymous reader writes: BitTorrent today outlined the company's plans for its file synchronization tool Sync. Next year, the company will launch Sync 2.0, finally taking the product out of beta, as well as three new paid Sync products. Ever since its debut, Sync has provided a wide variety of solutions to various problems, BitTorrent says, from distributing files across remote servers to sharing vacation photos. BitTorrent thus believes it needs to build three distinct products for each of these separate audiences, including a Pro version for $40 per year.
I forgot to include the second paragraph from the article: "Firefox is normally updated every six weeks (Firefox 33 arrived on October 14), but this is a minor release in conjunction with Firefox’s 10-year anniversary. You can download Firefox 33.1 for Windows, Mac, Linux from Firefox.com and for Android from Google Play."
Krystalo writes: In addition to the debut of the Firefox Developer Edition, Mozilla today announced new features for its main Firefox browser. The company is launching a new Forget button in Firefox to help keep your browsing history private, adding DuckDuckGo as a search option, and rolling out its directory tiles advertising experiment.
Krystalo writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox Developer Edition, which it is calling "the first browser created specifically for developers." The company wants to solve a very big problem developers often complain about: Dealing with numerous siloed development environments when creating content or targeting different app stores. To reduce having to use multiple platforms and browsers, which naturally decreases productivity and causes frustration, Firefox Developer Edition aims to streamline your development workflow. It's not just a browser: it's a developer tool that should simplify the process of building for the entire Web, whether you're targeting desktop, mobile, or both. You can download the browser here and read the release notes here.
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today announced a significant change to its Office strategy for mobile devices: creating and editing is now free. The company also released standalone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone, as well a new preview of these apps for Android tablets. Starting today, whether you’re using an Office app on Android or iOS, you can create and edit content without an Office 365 subscription. The company is pitching this move as “More of Office for everyone.”
An anonymous reader writes: At its TechEd North America 2014 conference today, Microsoft made a long list of announcements for developers regarding its various tools and technologies. Among the highlights are the release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 with improved tools for Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft Azure, tooling support for Apache Cordova, and ASP.NET vNext preview, but the company also launched a multitude of smaller additions that play into its vision for cross-platform mobile development and cloud-optimized Web development.
An anonymous reader writes: March saw the fifth full month of IE11 availability with Windows 8.1, the release of Firefox 28, and the first full month of Chrome 33 availability. The latest numbers from Net Applications show that Chrome was the only major winner last month, having finally passed Firefox. Between February and March, IE dipped 0.23 percentage points (from 58.19 percent to 57.96), Firefox fell 0.42 percentage points (from 17.68 percent to 17.52 percent), and Chrome gained 0.68 percentage points (from 16.84 percent to 17.52 percent). Safari meanwhile gained 0.01 percentage points to 5.68 percent and Opera slipped 0.03 percentage points to 1.20 percent.
An anonymous reader writes: At an event in San Francisco today, Microsoft Office General Manager Julia White unveiled Office for iPad, featuring Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new suite, which supports viewing but not editing for free, will go live in Apple's App Store at 11:00AM PDT (2:00PM EST). Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad feature a ribbon interface just like the one featured in Office for Windows and OS X. The trio of apps are much more powerful on the tablet than the smartphone, but naturally aren't comparable to the desktop versions.
An anonymous reader writes: Back in 2012, Android accounted for 79 percent of all mobile malware. Last year, that number ballooned even further to 97 percent. Both those data points come from security firm F-Secure, which today released its 40-page Threat Report for the second half of 2013. More specifically, Android malware rose from 238 threats in 2012 to 804 new families and variants in 2013. Apart from Symbian, F-Secure found no new threats for other mobile platforms last year.
An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced it has partnered with VMWare to bring Windows access to Chrome OS. More specifically, if you own a Chromebook, you can now use VMware Horizon DaaS to manage your Windows desktop, data, and applications using the company’s Blast HTML5 technology.
An anonymous reader writes: The PC market continues to be in free fall, having now seen its seventh consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments. Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Gartner, a 6.9 percent decrease from the same period last year. It’s worth emphasizing that this past quarter resulted in a total of 315.9 million units shipped in 2013, a 10 percent decline from 2012, and the worst decline in PC market history. The overall shipment level was equal to the one in 2009.