Every year, Microsoft holds its BUILD conference, consisting of a series of workshops for developers as well as a few keynote speeches outlining upcoming products and releases. Next year, BUILD will be held from April 2nd to April 4th in San Francisco, the Redmond company has confirmed, and with talk already circulating about the next version of Windows and indeed, Windows Phone, the conference will certainly mark a significant couple of days in the tech calendar.

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As part of their continued efforts to improve the overall functionality and stability of Mavericks, Apple has today distributed the first seed of OS X 10.9.1 to registered developers. The same 10.9.1 seed that has been released into the developer portal has also previously been distributed amongst specific Apple internal employees with the hope of ensuring that everything runs as smoothly as possible before it gets installed onto the machines of end-users.

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Google Glass has been a revolutionary product in many ways, but with certain limitations. The high price point has yet kept it out of general consumer reach, but aside from that, another major contributor to this was the fact that developers didn’t really have a lot of options to expand the capabilities of the new hardware. In fact, all that they had access to was the standard Android SDK for testing and playing, which was far insufficient. Now, starting November 19, Google is hosting a hackathon where the Glassware Development Kit (GDK) will be made available to developers, as outlined in an invite sent out by Google for developers.

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The very final versions of Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1, and Team Foundation Server 2013 are now available to download for those tethered to Microsoft’s MSDN dev network. With Windows 8.1 now making its grand entrance, the Redmond company is currently working to ensure the majority of its product line is brought up to speed, and if you are an MSDN Subscriber, you can now grab these new releases from the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page.

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If you’re of the jailbreak persuasion and know your way around the world of coding, then you may be interested to know that a new website has been opened to the public that aims to make the collaboration of jailbreak creators an easier process than it previously was.

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It’s no secret that while Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has potential, it’s going to continue struggling against iOS and Android unless it manages to cajole a decent amount of developers into building apps for its fledgling platform. In order to try and strengthen the ecosystem, the Redmond company has just introduced an all-new dev tool by the name of Windows Phone App Studio. Currently in beta, it allows anybody to create a basic app for Windows Phone — regardless of experience in coding — and although its ease of use means it does carry its fair share of limitations, it could be the software maker’s secret weapon in finally thrusting Windows Phone from its relative obscurity.

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Apple’s Developer Portal has been offline for some time now, and with reports of a claimed security breach by a security researcher still echoing across the internet, the iPhone maker has today updated its users and developers on the situation, whilst also offering more information on how the company intends to restore service to its developer hub. More details regarding the situation can be found right after the jump.

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One of the announcements to come out of today’s event opening is the news that a new version of Visual Studio along with .NET Framwork is on the cards. Unimaginatively named Visual Studio 2013, the updated software may not yet be ready for primetime but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft by making a developer preview of the said tool available for download immediately.

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In this guide, we detail the legal way to download iOS 7 beta and install it on your iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPod touch 5

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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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