HARMAN’s Ignite Store Developers Portal provides a hub for Android Automotive devs

Samsung subsidiary HARMAN has launched the Ignite Store Developers Portal, a hub for the Android Automotive developer community.

HARMAN is traditionally an audio company but began its transition towards offering connected services in 2015 following the acquisitions of Redbend and Symphony Teleca. The following year, HARMAN acquired automotive cybersecurity firm TowerSec.

The company now has years of experience in the automotive industry and launched the HARMAN Ignite...

Zoom is pumping $100M into advancing its third-party app ecosystem

Zoom is building on the momentum it’s gained over the past year with the launch of a $100 million fund to advance its third-party ecosystem.

During 2020, Zoom's business customer base grew by 470.33 percent. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom's business customer base had grown 217.44 percent across the two years between January 2018 and 2019.

Third-party app developers have been sharing in the company’s success through Zoom Apps, which were first announced during...

GitHub expands CLI functionality to bring Actions to your terminal

GitHub is expanding the functionality of its CLI (Command-Line Interface) tool to bring Actions to your terminal.

The first stable version of GitHub CLI launched in September last year with the aim of enabling developers to keep their repo workflows in their terminal.

“Developers spend a lot of time in their terminals, and our CLI helps to mitigate the frequent context switching between your terminal and GitHub.com,” Amanda Pinsker, Product Designer at GitHub, said...

Unity partners with the UN and Project Drawdown to help create a sustainable future

Unity is often used to create incredible worlds people use to take a break from reality, but a new collaboration uses the 3D content platform to tackle a real-world problem that impacts all of humanity.

A new grant, the Unity For Humanity Environment and Sustainability Grant, has been launched in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Project Drawdown.

Jessica Lindl, VP of Social Impact at Unity, said:

“The future of humanity...

Open-source solution switches GMS for HMS to enable AppGallery distribution

Bluesource has released a solution that switches apps using GMS (Google Mobile Services) for HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) to enable AppGallery distribution.

The open-source solution is called the Choice SDK and aims to save developers time and cost in converting their existing apps which use GMS and Firebase frameworks to be usable in Huawei’s ecosystem.

Martin Sprengseis-Kogler, Managing Partner at Bluesource, said:

“Businesses across Europe would like to...

Perl Core developer quits following abuse from prominent community members

Perl Core developer Sawyer X is hanging up his keyboard and quitting the language’s community following what he calls “continuous abusive behaviour” from prominent members.

Sawyer X became “pumpking” – manager of the core Perl 5 language – in 2016, after taking over from Ricardo Signes. His departure will send shockwaves through the Perl community.

The key Perl developer received abuse after “daring” to say that people in Core recognise there is cruft...

Huawei aims for HarmonyOS to connect 300M devices this year

Huawei’s in-house operating system HarmonyOS is aiming to connect 300 million devices by the end of this year.

The OS claims to enable devices to connect and collaborate “in a single language” to deliver a seamless user experience. The concept can be likened to Microsoft’s ambitious Universal Windows Platform (UWP) which, though exciting, has struggled to gain traction.

Huawei’s universal platform effort may fare better than Microsoft’s thanks to support for...

Chinese ad tech attempts to bypass Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency

Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature hasn’t been publicly released yet, but a Chinese state-backed ad technology wants to circumvent it.

ATT is due to be rolled out alongside iOS 14.5 sometime this spring. The feature, which has drawn both praise and criticism, will allow users to control whether their data can be shared for advertising purposes on an app-by-app basis.

According to a recent survey, just 38.5 percent of respondents said they will...

Gitpod adds support for VS Code and expands features after raising $13M

Open-source developer platform Gitpod has announced a slew of enhancements after raising $13 million in venture capital funding.

The platform – which is used by over 350k global developers – aims to streamline workflows by providing prebuilt, collaborative browser-based development environments.

Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk, commented:

"While developers have a wealth of tools at their fingertips, integrating them all together and...

Microsoft announces its own LTS build of OpenJDK

Microsoft has announced the preview of its own build of OpenJDK, a free and open-source implementation of the Java SE platform.

The Microsoft Build of OpenJDK is a long-term support (LTS) distribution that includes binaries for Java 11, based on OpenJDK 11.0.10+9, on x64 server and desktop environments on macOS, Linux, and Windows.

In a blog post, Microsoft wrote:

“Microsoft deploys over 500,000 Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) internally – excluding all Azure...