Microsoft joins App Store backlash after xCloud game streaming blocked

Microsoft has joined the growing number of developers who are disgruntled with the App Store’s policies after its game streaming service xCloud is blocked.

Apple’s notorious “walled” platforms have become more open in recent years, but some frustrating policies remain which restrict developers and lead to a poorer experience for Cupertino’s customers.

Game streaming services are growing in popularity – especially with 5G rolling out – but there's a notable...

Facebook releases Graph API v8.0, reminds devs that ‘Sharing for Devices’ will soon end

Facebook has released the eighth version of its Graph API, which requires some action from developers.

Graph API v8.0 brings several changes and deprecates various features. Among the most notable is that “Sharing for Devices” – a feature enabling users to share content from IoT devices – will no longer be available from November 2nd.

The following API versions are also being deprecated:

September 28, 2020 - v5.0 and v6.0 of the Marketing API will no...

Decentralised platform Ethereum is hiring a dedicated security team for 2.0

The Ethereum Foundation is hiring a dedicated security team to ensure the next version of the decentralised platform is as robust as it needs to be.

A lot of money relies on the security of Ethereum. The explosion in DeFi (decentralised finance) means there is now $4.3 billion "locked up" in Ethereum apps – an increase of 442% over the past three months. Yet, this is tiny compared to the figures we could be discussing in a few years as DeFi growth continues and more use cases...

Huawei’s replacement for Google Mobile Services is coming along nicely

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Building a replacement to Google Mobile Services (GMS) is a gargantuan task, but Huawei is doing a rather good job.

US sanctions, as they stand, means that Huawei will no longer have access to American hardware and software going forward.

The hardware side presents challenges, but Huawei already makes important components like chipsets in-house (and they're impressive, too.)

Losing access to Google's services and having to build an ecosystem which competes with...

Python holds its ground as Java slides in Redmonk’s language rankings

Programming language Python has had a good week, but the same can't be said for Java.

In language rankings this month released by IEEE, Python ranked number one with a comfortable lead ahead of Java. It's similar news in Redmonk's rankings this week.

Redmonk's biannual rankings measures GitHub pull requests and Stack Overflow queries over a period of six months to get an idea of the popularity of various programming languages.

JavaScript remains in top place...

IEEE Spectrum: Python is the top programming language of 2020

The latest IEEE Spectrum shows Python retaining its lead to be the top programming language of 2020.

First created 30 years ago in 1990, Python's popularity has surged in recent years thanks to it being ideally suited for artificial intelligence and web development. Many schools also teach Python because it's considered a relatively easy language for beginners.

IEEE's rankings are interactive to take into account the unique needs and interests of each programmer. On...

Microsoft decides games can be exclusive to Xbox Series X

Microsoft has decided that developers can make games just for the Xbox Series X, including those from first-party studios.

One of Microsoft's most debated policies for the upcoming generation is that games must also run on the PC and older Xbox One consoles. In recent weeks, that policy appeared to have softened so that third-party developers could decide what hardware to support.

First-party studios, however, still appeared to have to develop games for all the Xbox One...

Microsoft’s Brad Smith tells antitrust committee the App Store is anticompetitive

Microsoft President Brad Smith recently spoke to a US House antitrust committee where he called out Apple’s App Store.

During the hearing, Smith highlighted concerns about the App Store which aren’t entirely new or unfounded.

The first complaint Smith has is with Apple’s approval policy for App Store apps. Last month, Basecamp CEO Jason Fried penned a letter over Apple’s rejection of his company’s email app called Hey.

In his letter, Fried said he...

GitHub preserves open source code in the Arctic (just in case…)

GitHub has completed its mission to preserve all of the repository’s open source code in the Arctic.

The code-hosting platform first announced the initiative last year as part of its Archive Program. The whole coronavirus thing set GitHub’s plans back a bit, but the company has now confirmed that the code was successfully deposited on July 8th.

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A snapshot of all active public repositories was taken on February 2nd,...

GDC: Game developers are working longer, delaying releases due to COVID-19

The first State of the Industry report from the Game Developers Conference (GDC) has been released since COVID-19 turned all of our lives upside down.

GDC’s latest report is aptly called the ‘Work From Home Edition’ and highlights how game developers have been forced to adapt in these difficult circumstances.

As with many jobs, a lot of software development was already shifting to being done remotely – it just took a pandemic to speed up the transition. Of the...