Microsoft acquires Movial developers to work on Android for Surface Duo

Microsoft has acquired developers from Movial to develop the custom flavour of Android for the Surface Duo.

Surface Duo is an exciting new smartphone/tablet hybrid from Microsoft which requires a custom flavour of Android. The “foldables” category is still emerging and Microsoft is betting on it early to make up for its Windows Phone failures.

Microsoft previously contracted the development of the Android-based OS for the Surface Duo out to third-party development...

Google further opens Maps to developers, enables Pokemon Go-like games

Google has improved the access developers have to Maps, providing the ability to build things such as games which offer alternate versions of the real world.

The most obvious example of such a game is Niantic's Pokémon Go which, while not quite as viral as it once was, remains popular today.

Niantic was once a startup within Google – back when it was known for its less commercially-successful but still groundbreaking AR game, Ingress. The company offers a toolkit for...

TIOBE Index: Rust enters the top 20 for the first time, C extends its lead

The June 2020 edition of the TIOBE Index provides its usual fascinating insights into the popularity of programming languages.

For those not yet accustomed to the TIOBE Index – a forewarning that it attempts to measure how popular various languages are; rather than how “loved” they are, or their performance.

That said, StackOverflow recently surveyed its developer community and found the almost decade-old language Rust to be "the most loved programming language"...

GitHub warns Java developers about malware infecting NetBeans projects

GitHub has issued a warning to Java developers about malware which is specifically infecting NetBeans projects.

The security team for the world’s largest repository host has dubbed the malware Octopus Scanner and found “26 open source projects that were backdoored by this malware and that were actively serving backdoored code.”

GitHub notes the malware is designed to backdoor projects created using the Apache NetBeans IDE – a phenomenon they had not seen before...

Unreal Engine 4.25 adds support for Xbox Series X and PS5

The latest version of Unreal Engine has been released, adding support for the Xbox Series X and PS5 next-gen consoles.

Despite potential shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both of the new consoles are still due to release later this year.

We've already seen the specs revealed for each console and the features they'll support. The new Xbox has the overall power advantage, but the PS5 is still no slouch and has some unique tricks up its sleeve like ultra-fast loading...

iOS 14 will reportedly support on-device Xcode development

Apple's developers look set to be able to use Xcode on iDevices following the release of iOS 14 later this year.

Xcode has only ever been officially supported on Mac. However, according to Jon Prosser, founder of YouTube channel Front Page Tech, that's about to change.

On Monday, Prosser tweeted:

"XCode is present on iOS / iPad OS 14. 

The implications there are HUGE.

Opens the door for 'Pro' applications to come to iPad."

The report is...

Developers find iPad Pro’s LiDAR currently unsuitable for photo apps

The photography experts behind the Halide Camera app have found the iPad Pro’s new LiDAR Scanner to be lacking and unsuitable for software like their own.

In a detailed analysis, the Halide developers had the following to say about the LiDAR Sensor:

"The LIDAR sensor, also known as a 3D ‘Time of Flight’ sensor (ToF for short) is a sensor that is exceptionally good at detecting range.

Regular camera sensors are good at focused images, in color. The LIDAR...

GitHub makes its core tools free for all development teams

GitHub has given developers a welcome helping hand during these difficult times by making its core tools free.

Organisations can now make private repositories without paying any fees. Previously, even small teams would’ve had to pay for a premium membership starting from $7/month.

Last year, GitHub made private repositories available for free users but with restrictions in areas such as the number of collaborators; which hindered teams. Unlimited collaborators and...