Developers Updates Week 1 of Mar 2013

In the last updates series(week 3 of Jan 2013), the most interesting update was that Nokia partners with MDeC to promote Windows 8 mobile application activities.

For this updates series, the followings had emerged.
  • Blackberry launches BlackBerry 10 applications challenge.
  • Software AG announces expanded webMethods capabilities for API management.
  • HCL Technologies adopts Hybris e-commerce platforms for vertical applications.
  • Oracle announces general availability of NetBeans IDE 7.3; Java integrated development environment (IDE) - free for download.
  • Adobe announces latest HTML5 development environment on the cloud; Adobe Edge Reflow.
  • Malaysia launches UniMy; the university for computer science and engineering courses only.
  • Dellevangelizes using Quick Apps for Sharepoint (RAD tool) to empower end-user programming.
  • Nokia invests $250 million in venture funding.
  • Intel introduces mSATA Solid-State drive for Ultrabook™ and low-power embedded applications.
  • GizmoSphere launches an AMD APU-based Gizmo Board for developers as introduction to the concept of heterogeneous computing.

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 28, 2013 - All Aboard the BlackBerry 10 App Challenge Malaysia

BlackBerry® launched a challenge for developers, both experienced and budding, to build BlackBerry®10 applications for Malaysians. Winners of the app challenge will win cash prizes as well as BlackBerry® smartphones. The BlackBerry® 10 App Challenge Malaysia is part of the BlackBerry and MSC Malaysia Integrated Content Development (ICON) programme, run by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) collaboration.

The BlackBerry 10 App Challenge Malaysia will have two categories for teams to compete in. Cash prize* totalling up to RM15,000 and three BlackBerry Z10 smartphones await the winners of the Open category while under the University Students category, participants stand a chance to win RM9,000 cash* and three BlackBerry Z10 smartphones as first prize*. Two second prizes winners* and five consolation prizes will be announced for each category and these winners will receive cash prizes.

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CeBIT 2013 - Feb 27, 2013 - Software AG announces expanded webMethods capabilities for API management

At CeBIT 2013, Software AG will showcase its new API management capabilities, based on webMethods technology, enabling enterprises to power industrial strength APIs. The company provides the tools necessary to expose APIs for developers and partners to build mobile, cloud and web applications. These tools help deliver a scalable and secure solution for hosting and mediating APIs and to build an API portal for discovery and collaboration. The solution allows analytics and reporting for better understanding of API usage, helps manage the process of planning and developing APIs, and can be deployed either on-premise or in the cloud.

This API management platform targets enterprise IT departments who wish to leverage on powerful and useful APIs from all over the industry to benefits self-managed applications.

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Singapore – February 21st 2013 - HCL Technologies Partners with hybris to Provide Integrated Omni-Channel Solutions

HCL Technologies, a leading global IT services provider announced its alliance with hybris, the world’s fastest-growing commerce platform provider ranked “leader” by leading global analyst firms. This partnership will strengthen HCL’s portfolio to provide end-to-end omni-channel commerce solutions and integration services to its customers worldwide, it will also enable hybris to leverage HCL’s footprint in the Digital Media commerce market, its long-term relationships with many leading global businesses and infrastructure in markets in regions such as the Middle-East.

As part of the partnership, HCL will co-create customised solutions, tools and storefront accelerators based on the hybris Commerce Suite that focus on vertical segments such as Consumer Products, Media, Entertainment, Retail, Telecom and Manufacturing.

Hybris encourages developers to adopt its e-commerce platform for implementation of e-commerce solutions.

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Redwood Shores, Calif. – February 21, 2013 - Oracle Announces General Availability of NetBeans IDE 7.3

Oracle today announced the general availability of NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 7.3.

NetBeans IDE 7.3 features advanced HTML5, JavaScript and CSS development capabilities, for faster and easier rich Web and mobile application development.

The new release improves support for the Java platform with feature enhancements including new hints and refactorings in the editor and improved support for editing FXML layout files in JavaFX projects.

It also provides new support for profiling Java applications on Linux ARM based systems, such as the Raspberry Pi. NetBeans IDE 7.3 is available for download here.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb 14, 2013 -Adobe Delivers Latest Innovations in HTML5 Web Tooling to Creative Cloud Members

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the first public preview of Adobe® Edge Reflow, a new responsive design tool for Web designers and developers creating websites and content for screens of virtually all sizes. In addition, the company released new feature updates for Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Dreamweaver® and Adobe Edge Code preview. All today’s announced product releases are available exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud™ members.

This preview release of Adobe Edge Code includes features such as Live Development, which allows users to see changes in the browser immediately as they make code edits, and also Quick Edit, which lets users edit code in context instead of switching between files. This latest update adds code hinting for CSS properties and HTML tags and attributes, making this release an even more productive code editor for web designers and developers working with Web standards.

This is like doing Dreamweaver live on the web through the cloud.

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ComputerWorld, KL, Feb 4, 2013 - Malaysian university to wholly specialise in computer science

ComputerWorld reported that the Universiti Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering (UniMy) has been launched.

With current temporarily campus in Cyberjaya, UniMy is envisioned as university devoted to offering computer science and engineering courses.

UniMy currently offers an integrated 1+3+1 Computer Science and Engineering programme starting from Foundation, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science. The first enrolment for Foundation Studies is expected to begin in May while enrolment for Undergraduate Programmes is scheduled in September 2013. Two undergraduate programmes - a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering - are available and admissions to the degree programmes are also open for registration to candidates with A-level, STPM, and diploma or equivalent qualifications.

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ROUND ROCK, Texas, February 04, 2013 -Six Reasons to Empower SharePoint ‘Citizen Developers’

Dell Software today introduced advice on how organizations can intelligently and willingly empower “citizen developers” using Quick Apps for SharePoint. By 2014, Gartner predicts that citizen developers will build at least 25 percent of the new business applications. 1 Empowering citizen developers (end users who are not IT developers, but who create business applications for themselves and their groups) can improve the relationship between IT and the business, and result in the creation of stronger business solutions, particularly when the enterprise provides a solid foundation of governance.

As end-users become familiar with SharePoint, they can quickly learn to create apps and solutions to streamline business processes and perform their jobs more efficiently.

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Reuters, Jan 29, 2013 - Nokia invests $250 million in venture funding

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia said on Tuesday it would invest $250 million in a new venture fund for mobile technology startups.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 – Intel Introduces mSATA Solid-State Drive for Ultrabook™ and Low-Power Embedded Applications

Intel Corporation announced today the Intel® Solid-State Drive 525 Series (Intel SSD 525 Series) in a small mSATA form factor with 6-gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) performance. The Intel SSD 525 Series gives OEM customers, channel and tech enthusiasts an ultra-portable, low-power storage solution in one-eighth the space of a traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) to drive innovative Ultrabook™, tablet and embedded applications.

Also available for Intel SSD purchasers is the Intel® SSD Toolbox with Intel® SSD Optimizer, a free utility that provides Microsoft Windows* users with a powerful set of management, information and diagnostic tools to help maintain the health and out-of-box performance of the drive. Available in 11 languages, the Intel SSD Toolbox is also Windows* 8-compatible. To help ease the installation process, all Intel SSD users can download the free Intel® Data Migration Software to help clone the entire content of a previous storage drive (SSD or HDD) to any Intel SSD.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan 24, 2013 - GizmoSphere Launches an AMD APU-based Gizmo Board for Embedded Systems Inventors and Hobbyists

AMD today announced that the newly launched Gizmo board, a low-cost board geared toward x86-based embedded system development available from GizmoSphere, is powered by an AMD Embedded G-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). Gizmo is a 4-inch by 4-inch x86 development board that can run a variety of operating systems including Android, Linux®, RTOSes and Windows®. AMD is a founding member of GizmoSphere, a not-for-profit organization whose collective goal is to drive and enable technology projects of interest to independent developers, with a focus on stimulating and encouraging innovation around multicore heterogeneous computing using APUs.

In simplified terms, heterogeneous is a concept for embedded computing platform which integrates programmable compute elements such as CPU, APU, GPU and RAM into a single environment and makes it easy for developers to program these elements as a single platform.

Packaged as part of a development kit, the Gizmo board is available now through for $199. GizmoSphere’s founding members include AMD, Sage Electronic Engineering, Texas Multicore Technologies and Viosoft.

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