May 14, 2012

What Does the Oracle-Google Verdict Mean for Android Developers?

The jury in the Oracle v. Google lawsuit has decided that nine lines of code in Android did violate Java copyrights. However, the jurors could not agree whether Google’s use of Java constituted “fair use.” As a result of the mixed decision, Google has moved for a mistrial. Legal experts

AWS to Hold Developer Conference in Las Vegas

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has sent out “save the date” notices for a cloud computing conference to be held in Las Vegas November 27-29. Called “re:invent,” the conference appears to be targeting cloud development pros with sessions on AWS architecture, configuration management and performance optimization, as well as “all-day coding

Comscore: Mobile Users Spend More Time with Apps than Browsers

A new report from Comscore finds that smartphone owners use apps to access the Web 81.5 percent of the time, while they rely on browsers just 18.5 percent of the time. For some sites, including Twitter, Amazon, eBay, Zynga and others, the percentage of time smartphone users spend with apps

Amazon Web Services Adds Support for ASP.NET and SQL Server

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced two new changes that enhance support for Microsoft technologies on its cloud computing services. First, Elastic Beanstalk now supports ASP.NET. Elastic Beanstalk handles deployment details like capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling and application health monitoring, making it easier to deploy ASP.NET apps in the

New Database Options for Cloud Development with Heroku

In an effort to attract more small developers to its platform as a service (PaaS),’s Heroku is rolling out some lower-priced cloud database options. Both are based on Postgres. The Crane tier of database service will offer 400MB RAM cache and 1TB of storage for $50 per month; the

WhiteSource Beta Offers Cloud-Based Open Source Management

You’ve heard of software as a service, platform as a service and infrastructure as a service — now there’s open source license management as a service. WhiteSource Software is debuting a beta version of its cloud-based application for tracking open source code. It’s aimed at helping development teams track which

Google Play Passes 15 Billion Downloads

The app store formerly known as the Android Market has quietly passed a major milestone. Google has confirmed that Google Play saw its 15 billionth app download several weeks ago. The app store passed 11 billion downloads in December. By comparison, Apple’s App Store passed 15 billion downloads last July

12 Cloud Development Platforms Worth Watching

As platform as a service (PaaS) become more popular and more important, quite a few vendors have entered the market. Here’s a quick overview of twelve of the most important cloud development platforms: CloudBees — an independent Java development platform CloudFoundry — a Java, Ruby, Node.js and Scala platform from

Facebook Launches App Center

Facebook is officially getting into the app store business by launching a new App Center. Although apps have long been a part of the social network, until now it has lacked a central hub for users to find new apps. In addition, developers who created apps for the platform could

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