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+ - F8: Facebook launches open-source JavaScript library to speed mobile development->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "After changing course on HTML5 cross platform mobile development, Facebook is taking another stab at the inefficiencies of building separate native mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms with a new open-source Javascript project.

At its F8 developer conference this week, Facebook released React-Native, a cross-platform JavaScript library that accelerates app development for iOS and Android.

React-Native shouldn't be confused with a return to a write-once-run-everywhere (WORE) mobile strategy. More accurately for developers, it's more of a learn-once-write-everywhere mobile strategy."

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+ - Facebook invites developers to monetize Messenger at F8 conference->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "For the last two years, a Facebook buy button has been expected. The company did recently introduce Payments to Messenger, foreshadowing Facebook's evolving ecommerce capabilities. At F8, ecommerce became a development platform. The large community of Facebook developers, given open access to the Messenger platform, are more likely to produce a killer Facebook ecommerce app than the company is to do so on its own."
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+ - How Google's partnership with Intel, TAG Heuer could fight off Apple Watch->

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smaxp (2951795) writes "With an early start in wearables, Google adds Intel's silicon expertise and TAG Heuer's style in a partnership announced today a Baselworld.

With an early start in wearables, Google adds Intel's silicon expertise and TAG Heuer's style in a partnership announced today a Baselworld.

Apple should take notice of the partnership announced today at the Baselworld watch and jewelry conference, because Google has put together partners that could build a watch that even iPhone customers would want."

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+ - Inside look at Google's Android Auto in action->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "I was given a test ride in a Hyundai Sonata featuring Android Auto, and got a glimpse into the future of the in-car experience.

There's no question that this is the future of driving. The computer in the dashboard that runs the steering wheel controls and dashboard display will adapt to the driver's smartphone and preferences. A friend's car or a rental car will adapt and operate with an individual's smartphone in exactly the same way as the driver's own car.

Seeing the operation of either the Pioneer after-market head unit or the integrated Hyundai Sonata unit will make every smartphone-owning driver want one. This integration will become a differentiating factor that will determine the car that buyers choose to buy."

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+ - Apple Watch app development pales in comparison to Android Wear->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "With limited app development resources available in the first Apple Watch release, it seems very likely that the it will be upgraded within six to nine months to give developers better programming tools to build better apps, just like Google Glass.

Apple is in new territory – it needs more complete resources for developers to build apps. The company isn't sure what a killer watch app looks like; in fact, no one is. That's why WatchKit is limited. In the next six to nine months, Apple needs to gain an understanding of what developers need to build a killer app, and add it to WatchKit."

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+ - 3 big surprises from the Apple Watch event->

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smaxp (2951795) writes " Apple bets on its retail stores to sell the Apple Watch

Apple's 453 retail stores give it an advantage in the smartwatch market. Apple has made its watch stand out with so many options and price points, starting at $349 with different styles, sizes, straps, finishes, and materials – even an 18-karat gold version starting at $10,000. But such a diverse product line doesn't lend itself to ecommerce sales. Given the complexity of choices, Apple's stores will be the consumers' starting point."

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+ - Pebble smartwatch sets second Kickstarter record, and it's not done yet->

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smaxp (2951795) writes "Over two years after breaking a Kickstarter funding record to get its smartwatch off the ground, Pebble returned to the crowdfunding site to fund its new watch, the Pebble Time .

With 23 days to go in its latest Kickstarter funding campaign, Pebble has raised over $15 million. Last year, Pebble shipped more smartwatches than Android Wear. This year, the company might ship more than Apple."

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+ - Samsung Pay could overtake Apple Pay in mobile payments->

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smaxp (2951795) writes "Apple may have lost its lead in contactless payments yesterday when Samsung introduced its universally accepted Samsung Pay at Mobile World Congress. This may be somewhat surprising considering just last September Apple convinced the mobile industry that it had revolutionized credit and debit card payments with Apple Pay."
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+ - Net neutrality rules passed, but we don't know how it works yet->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "Utility-like regulation was expected, and the vote in favor of regulation was also predicted. What was completely unexpected was Chairman Wheeler's strong conviction in favor of regulating net neutrality – so potently tied to free speech.

FCC sharply divided on party lines. Chairman Wheeler broke the tie."

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+ - Can anyone catch Apple and Google in the smartphone market?->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "Apple is riding its iPhone 6 momentum, while Android dominates both market share and growth. Is there room for any other competitors in the smartphone OS market?

IDC's recent report on smartphone operating system market share points to Apple and Google squeezing out Windows Phone and BlackBerry again, making the smartphone market a two-horse race."

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+ - Apple competing with Tesla is preposterous.->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "Elon Musk won't lose any sleep over competition from Apple. except for a space in the dashboards of his cars.

The swashbuckling Elon Musk's electric vehicle and reusable SpaceX rocket depend on technological breakthroughs and big capital investments over long periods before seeing a payback. That just isn't how Apple rolls."

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+ - Google stopped making Glassholes, not Google Glass->

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smaxp (2951795) writes "When people who didn't code got their hands on Glass, things started to go very wrong. Glass made this group feel specially chosen and entitled – that they were somehow Google Glass ambassadors. And this group wasn't made up of just reserved software developer types; it included a disproportionate share of extroverted, attention-seeking publicity hounds. Hence the term "Glasshole." "
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