First day of Google I/O is officially over and a lot of great announcements were made, and some of those announcements were strictly focused towards Android developers.

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If you are an iOS developer who has been looking for the next project to undertake that involves something unique and innovative, then Philips might have what you are looking for. The Philips hue LED lighting system, which has been proven to be extremely popular with consumers, has now been opened up to external developers in the hope of seeing some great accompanying apps hitting the iOS App Store.

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Although Google is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and development of the Android operating system, they have been making serious waves in the iOS world over the last 24-four hours with the expected release of their brand new Maps app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Users have been expecting Google to release their own iOS based mapping solution ever since it was announced that Apple would be rolling their own Maps application as part of iOS 6, but Google has taken things a little step further by also making their Maps SDK publicly available for iOS developers to include in their projects.

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The software development kit for Windows Phone 8 has been a fairly closely-guarded secret up until this point, but in an announcement at BUILD 2012, Steve Ballmer has confirmed it is now ready to download.

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Windows 8′s October 26th release date has been confirmed, and in the meantime, Redmond-based Microsoft has been preparing all the associated bits and pieces usually associated with a major OS release, including Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 which have both been released to MSDN and TechNet today.

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Although Facebook is undoubtedly the world’s largest social network with the rest of the offerings paling into insignificance by comparison, the recent public attention that has been lavished on the company in the last few months is enough to make even Mark Zuckerberg and his team feel a little pressure. The acquisition of Instagram and the company’s initial public offering have made sure that all eyes are firmly fixed on Palo Alto.

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One of the most popular aspects of any current day website or news-type blog is the inclusion of social sharing options and buttons that allow readers and visitors to share the website content through social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Although most websites and an increasing number of mobile apps make use of some form of social sharing, it is relatively new on the grand scale of things and will only increase with time.

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With Microsoft pushing the Release Preview of Windows 8 and a Release Candidate build of Windows Server 2012 today, it seems that the download fun doesn’t end there, with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 RC also being available for users to download. Users can now start preparing for what Microsoft call the “next generation of development”, claiming that developers can’t predict the future, but they can get there first.

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To pile on to today’s barrage of news and beta software releases – in case you’ve been living under a rock, I’m referring to the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server 8 beta – Microsoft has also released the Visual Studio 11 Beta with .NET 4.5 Beta for download.

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Right on the heels of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch, Microsoft has also released the bits of Windows Server 8 on MSDN and TechNet. Available in both 64-bit ISO and VHD flavors, it is only available in all languages – Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, and Japanese – through the former; the VHD is available in English only.

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At the end of January we brought you quite an exciting article which focused on a new project called iOSOpenDev which aimed to make the process of creating ‘open’ iOS tweaks for jailbroken devices significantly easier. The idea alone of a project such as iOSOpenDev should be enough to make the world stand up and take notice that the art of jailbreaking an iDevice isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but the actual release of the initial version is surely enough to prove that the community means business.

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Believe it or not, the BlackBerry PlayBook was actually quite well-received from a technical point of view. The tablet device looked good, had decent and competitive specifications and aside from the glaring omission of native email handling, was a very accomplished device. So just what went wrong?

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Apple has, in years gone by, held various ‘Tech Talk World Tours’ aimed at giving its developers a more in-depth view on new technologies. iOS 5, the company’s latest mobile operating system, will be the next taken on an education spree from Berlin to Beijing, Seoul to Seattle.

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Unless you’re without power and can’t get to the Internet or watch TV, you’re likely aware that Microsoft’s BUILD conference is currently taking place. Microsoft kicked it off yesterday by showing off the next major upgrade for Windows, known as Windows 8, and today it focused on development for the platform.

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As promised previously, iOS hacker comex has released the source code of his jailbreaking tool JailbreakMe 3.0. The code allows capable people to look through it and understand how JBme casts it spell on unassuming iOS devices.

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According to YGN Ethical Hacker Group, a Myanmar-based white hat group, Apple’s developer site contains a vulnerability that could open the door for phishing attacks, allowing personal information to be stolen.

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Kinect, developed by Microsoft, is rather amazing. Thanks to a few cameras and sensors, this Xbox add-on can accurately detect body movements in real time. Thanks to the just-released SDK, which the Redmond company unveiled today, developers will be able to code their own applications for the device connected to Windows PCs, making good for more than just games.

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Things are starting to hot up in the mobile operating system wars, with Apple’s iOS and Android from Google battling it out for supremacy in the pockets of the world. While the two giants battle it out though, it’s always worth remembering they aren’t the only two boxers in this particular ring. Microsoft has high hopes for its Windows Phone 7 platform, though a lack of apps has held the OS back thus far. Now Microsoft is looking to rectify that by giving developers an easier way to port their iOS apps to WP7.

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CEO of PC manufacturer Dell Michael Dell, while speaking at an event in Hong Kong, has said that it was easier to develop for Windows Phone 7 than it was for Google Android.

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Announced just today, and picked up first by Gizmodo, Apple will be relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps. Also in a very surprising move, the company at One Infinite Loop, CA has also published App Store Review Guidelines for developers.

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