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Apple loses the creator of one of its most beloved technologies

Chris Lattner, the inventor of Apple's relatively new programming language called Swift, is leaving Apple, he announced on the Swift mailing list on Tuesday as spotted by MacStories' John Voorhees.

San Francisco's Millennium Tower is sinking fast into the muck

San Francisco - In what's looking more and more like a cover up, the fate of San Francisco's 58-story sleek and ritzy high-rise, Millennium Tower, is heading toward a big court battle after it was discovered the building is sinking and tilting into the soft soil.

Amazon launches its own free game engine, no royalties required

Amazon has added a new product to its growing range of cloud-based software development kits and tools. The company has released its own game engine which will be free for game developers to use to quickly build high-quality games.

Op-Ed: iOS 9 ad-blocking one week on: Developer pulls app from sale

Last week, Apple opened the gates to ad blockers on iOS. Since then, the new genre of apps has dominated App Store charts but also created waves of controversy. One developer has withdrawn his app from sale, describing the situation as a "kind of war."

App Store security breached as malware found buried inside apps

In what is thought to be a first for the platform, Apple has confirmed its usually secure App Store has been subjected to a large-scale malware distribution effort affecting several major apps used by hundreds of millions of people.

Google tells app developers to bypass Apple's secure new ad tech

Apple is making some changes with iOS 9 that could make it harder to display some types of advert and may break existing ones. Google, one of the largest ad providers, isn't happy and has issued guidance to help developers get around the system.

Intel publicly releases code behind Stephen Hawking's voice

Intel has publicly released the code for the software that powers Stephen Hawking's speech engine. It allows developers to go ahead and delve into how it works, opening the gateway to new systems based upon it but expanded by the knowledge of others.

The Oculus Rift is ready for consumers, launching early 2016

Oculus has finally unveiled the much-anticipated consumer version of its Rift VR headset. Slated for release in early 2016, the Rift will now be shipping with an Xbox One controller and seeks to make games more immersive than ever before.

Windows 10 will be able to run Android and iOS apps

Microsoft has confirmed at the Build developer conference that Windows 10 will be capable of running apps originally written for Android and iOS. The feature will make it easier for app creators to bring their designs over to Microsoft's platform.

Image shows woman paid to manipulate App Store rankings

An image posted to Chinese social media site Weibo allegedly shows a "ranking farm" of racks of iPhones that are used to manipulate ratings and reviews of apps in the App Store.

Users of pirated copies of Today Calendar told "walk the plank"

The developer of the popular Android calendar app Today Calendar has started to fight piracy of his product by adding pirate-themed messages to the app that suggest users of pirated copies "walk the plank" or attend a "pirate party."

Facebook roll out Verified Apps, updates App Directory

Facebook has over the past few days rolled out key upgrades to its application area - the first major update for the directory since Facebook opened up their platform to developers.

Op-Ed: The Death of the Dubai Property Boom?

What is likely to happen to the property market in Dubai? Will there be any winners that come out of the global economic slowdown? Perhaps it's all about survival now.

Developer builds around woman's home

When 86-year-old Edith Macefield stubbornly refused a $1 million offer to move from her Seattle home, a developer decided he would start building a five-story tall project around it.

Detroit Real Estate Developer Using Big Incentives To Grab Buyers Attention

With the worst housing market in the nation, a Detroit real estate developer has come up with an inventive way to move his properties.

EA signs Guitar Hero developer

Electronic Arts has signed a deal to publish Guitar Hero developer Harmonix's next game, the company revealed at its GDC press reception.

Ontario developer hires Clayton Ruby in Deseronto land dispute

Ontario developer, Tim Letch, has hired Clayton Ruby to represent him as he pledges to forge ahead with his $35 million development plans.
 

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