Google Play will only allow Android 64-bit apps from August 2019

Google has announced it will only permit Android apps with 64-bit support in the Play Store effective as of August 2019, a decision that will force developers to retool their apps in order to stay listed in the store.

In the announcement, Google wrote:

"In the second half of 2018, Play will require that new apps and app updates target a recent Android API level. This will be required for new apps in August 2018, and for updates to existing apps in...

Veritone announces availability of AI developer application

Veritone has announced the general availability of its latest developer application, a self-service development environment that empowers cognitive engine, application and API developers to create, submit and deploy fresh AI ideas to life via integration with the Veritone aiWARE platform.

According to Veritone, the application is publicly available as a unique resource for experts in machine learning, firms associated with application development and system integrators. It...

Facebook’s AR Studio opens to all developers

Facebook has opened its AR Studio tool so any interested developer can now build augmented reality experiences.

AR Studio was first announced back in April at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The tool enables developers to build experiences for Facebook Camera.

Facebook is attempting to use third-party developers to help close the augmented reality gap with rival Snapchat. AR Studio contains support for “World Effects” which are Facebook’s version of...

Microsoft is setting up an ‘AI university’ to address the talent shortage

Microsoft is so concerned about the shortage of AI skills that it’s setting up an ‘AI university’ to overcome it. Unfortunately, it’s only for Microsoft employees (for now.)

The internal AI university will train employees on different concepts that are important for the development of AI. Microsoft Research Director Chris Bishop says the program is designed to give practical skills and knowledge to people who are trained elsewhere in the business.

I...

Google rolls out Google Cloud Video intelligence API public beta; updates Cloud Vision API

Google has unveiled a public beta version of the Google Cloud Video intelligence API and has introduced enhancements in the Google Cloud Vision API by updating existing features.

The Google Cloud Video intelligence API, first released in March 2017, uses machine learning to make videos searchable and discoverable, by extracting metadata which is also used to index video content. Since the API contains a library of 20,000 labels, those not possessing extensive knowledge in machine...

ParseDroid vulnerabilities threatened most Android development tools

A collection of vulnerabilities known as ParseDroid put users of popular Android development tools at risk.

Research from Check Point has discovered several vulnerabilities in downloadable and cloud-based Android development tools which all Java/Android programmers use to build their companies business applications. Even security analysts and reverse-engineers use some of the affected softwares to conduct their work.

The vulnerabilities were found to affect the most common...

Fitbit now supports third-party apps on its smartwatch

Fitbit has updated the OS on its first smartwatch to support third-party apps from its App Gallery.

Following the company’s $23 million acquisition of smartwatch maker Pebble, all eyes were on Fitbit’s next move to counter the increasing threat from the Apple Watch and Android Wear-based devices.

What emerged from Fitbit was the Ionic smartwatch. Many critics say its design is uninspiring, but the most shocking revelation was the lack of support for third-party apps...

Apple will stop supporting 32-bit apps on Mac App Store from January 2018

Apple will no longer support 32-bit apps on the Mac App Store starting from January 2018, according to a reminder shared on its developer blog.

The company has also asked developers to upgrade their existing 32-bit apps to 64-bit ones before June 2018. Apps submitted after January 2018 should also be 64-bit. The last Apple OS to support 32-bit apps would be macOS High Sierra.

Additionally, the company has rolled out the iOS 11.2 software update that comes with bug fixes for its...

Android Things Developer Preview 6 rolls out with new features

Android Things Developer Preview 6 has rolled out with a number of new features such as a dedicated IoT launcher, Android 8.1, and a command-line flashing tool.

Among the new features, the IoT launcher is considered to be the most significant as it displays the present state of a device through a new user interface.

The launcher can be used to configure settings and keep a check on new updates with the use of a touchscreen or USB input device. The IoT launcher is visible unless...

Google Realtime API to cease from January

Google's Realtime API, which provides applications and sites with similar collaboration abilities to Google Docs and Sheets, will come to an end on January 15th, 2019.

In order to avoid any inconvenience caused by the Realtime API shut down, Google is presently busy formulating products such as Google Cloud SQL, Firebase Realtime Database, and Google Cloud Firestore. The company believes this will cater to the needs of developers who are currently using the Realtime...