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Disney's kid-friendly Club Penguin will shut down in March

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After 11 years online, Disney's kid-friendly social network Club Penguin will shut down at the end of March, to be replaced by a new mobile-only version called Club Penguin Island. The site originally launched in 2005 before Disney bought it up two y...

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iPads ‘more secure than voting systems’ — claim

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Dutch security researcher Sijmen Ruwhof has examined the software used at Dutch polling stations to send election results, and now claims “the average iPad is more secure than the Dutch voting system.”

Hack the vote

Local television station RTL asked the researcher to examine the security of Dutch voting systems after they heard they used weak SHA1 cryptography in certain parts of the system.

Dutch elections have used paper-based voting since 2009, when the government banned electronic voting on security grounds.

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Unity Technologies and Xiaomi partner for Chinese mobile game development

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Mobile game developer Unity Technologies and Chinese Android device manufacturer Xiaomi has signed a partnership agreement to serve consumers and developers globally. With this collaboration, Unity game developers will be able to publish their games to the Xiaomi app store and Xiaomi will provide support negotiating with local licensing terms.

China already accounts for more than a quarter of the new mobile devices activated on the Unity network every quarter and Xiaomi devices, the most made-with-Unity Android game installs. Unity witnessed about 5 billion downloads of made-with-Unity games in Q3-FY2016. The company’s core engine and editor are supported by a suite of services to help produce and drive revenue, including an integrated ads platform. Partnership with Xiaomi will allow game developers at Unity Technologies the ability to enable Unity ads, the first ever third party ad network in any Chinese Android app store.

Unity IAP will also extend support to the Xiaomi platform allowing developers to port their in-app purchases directly to the Xiaomi app store.

Andrew Tang, China Country Manager at Unity Technologies, said: “A large part of ensuring developer success is providing access to the platforms that matter most. By partnering with Xiaomi we can help Unity developers bring their creative vision to a massive audience and accelerate the progress of quality entertainment worldwide.”

Apart from being a leading platform for mobile development across iOS and Android, Unity also has a stake in virtual and augmented reality. Its alliance with Xiaomi will further extend technological innovations to their expanding open VR platform.

Developers at Unity will be able to avail Xiaomi’s publishing and partnership benefits in 2017.

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Google Assistant adds another 10 skills, including a virtual sommelier

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It's still got a ways to go before catching up with Amazon's Alexa, but Google Assistant is already proving its mettle with the addition of 10 new skills, including a virtual sommelier.

The post Google Assistant adds another 10 skills, including a virtual sommelier appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Opinion: The future of software development is now

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Despite businesses’ reliance on their skills, developers are still relatively hard to come by. The talk of a skills gap refuses to die, and today, demand continues to outstrip supply. According to the UK Visa Bureau, software development and IT are among the professions with the biggest skills shortages.

However, software developers know this seller’s market won’t last forever. As more people learn to code and tooling becomes more user-friendly, the barrier to entry will lower and the industry will evolve and impact the value of code. Like anything that is abundant, it simply won’t be worth as much. This will see the role of the software developer changing. Software development will become less about taught technical skills and more about analytical and creative skills such as problem-solving in order to achieve tangible business objectives.

The commoditisation of code

While for many of us the software industry may seem well established, it is really in its infancy. This is especially apparent when you compare it to an industry like construction where processes and techniques continue to be refined over hundreds, or even thousands of years.

It’s not just a matter of today’s school curriculums generating the developers of tomorrow. As technology evolves and becomes ever more intuitive and accessible, the rise of the ‘citizen developer’ will continue apace, spawning users who create new business apps for consumption by using other development and runtime environments.

These individuals do not have a traditional developer background or possess an in-depth knowledge of coding and it doesn’t matter as their output is facilitated by the use of shared services, fourth-generation language (4GL)-style development platforms and cloud computing services. As software evolves, these users increasingly have the ability to quickly build productivity-based apps that solve business problems, as typically 80% of the code is already written. It is a case of drag and drop, which does not need advanced coding skills as the blueprint is already there.

This leaves more advanced developers needing to shift their perspective. As citizen developers learn basic coding skills, combined with the ability to achieve rapid application at scale with relative ease, the onus will be on the skilled developer to start thinking about how their role aligns with business objectives. It requires a more holistic view of the business process in order for development teams to better align with business needs. This is not to suggest that skilled developers are being phased out. On the contrary, it will represent an elevation of their place within the enterprise, as they move up the stack to serve business problems more directly.

Combining business and code

The role of the skilled software developer is clearly still crucial. There is a clear and present need for developers to carry out current functions such as designing, deploying, testing and maintaining software.

But the challenge now is to deliver a consistent and seamless experience across each function as businesses adopt an omnichannel approach, to fit the desired business outcome. This will call for ‘developer hybrids’ - professionals who possess a combination of business and technical skills. Essentially, developers will need to consider the bigger picture and understand not only what they are coding but why they are coding it. Every decision needs to be made in the context of the resultant business impact, assessing the consequences of all choices in relation to the broader business goals.

Perspective change – meet the business developer

This change of perspective is crucial in order to stay ahead in today’s competitive marketplace. Appetite for apps can be rapidly influenced by a range of market forces, including competitor apps and new platform and device releases. This can often mean that by the time an app is ready for the market, the business need or industry landscape may have changed.

To ensure development teams keep up with ever-changing demand and requirements, developers will need to take a more centralised role within the organisation in order to create more successful, nimble operations which will deliver the common business outcome: faster delivery of digital products and services and improved customer experiences.

It is a cross-disciplinary effort, with each individual bringing their own insight and skills to the decision-making process. Software developers will find they are able to deliver stronger business insight and impact by helping other departments to present a clear, actionable plan that will help to reduce code rework and reduce debugging. The latter leads to wasted time and wasted code, resulting in increased development costs, code refactoring and potential customer and revenue loss. All of which delays time to market, at a time when delivering engaging customer experiences that meet the speed of business at a global scale is crucial to retaining a competitive edge.

It is evident that skilled developers are still in demand. But it will be the developers who are able to understand the business implications of their technical decisions who will be most in demand in the future.

What are your thoughts on the future of development? Let us know in the comments.

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Nexus Android 7.1.1 Nougat Problems: 5 Things to Know

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Nexus Android 7.1.1 Nougat Problems: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update fixes a number of lingering problems on Pixel and Nexus devices. It also brings some trouble of its own and today we want to take a close look at the state of these new Pixel and Nexus Android 7.1.1 problems as we head into 2017.

Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, like the Android 7.0 Nougat update, went through a beta process to help Google wipe out problems ahead of its public release.

While Google was able to eliminate bugs and problems, Android 7.1.1 Nougat problems have slipped through the cracks and Nexus/Pixel users are reporting issues with the new version of Google’s operating system.

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As we push away from the Android 7.1.1 release we’re hearing about the issues plaguing those who have downloaded or received the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update from Google.

With that in mind, we want to run down the most important things to know about Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Nexus 9 Android 7.1.1 problems.

This roundup takes a look at current state of Android 7.1.1 Nougat problems, offers potential fixes for Android 7.1.1 problems, runs down a list of solid resources, and looks ahead at the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update.

Prepare for Android Nougat Updates

Each new Android 7.1.1 Nougat build will be a tempting install for Nexus and Pixel users, particularly those dealing with lingering Nougat problems.

These updates have the potential to improve performance on your smartphone or tablet but there’s also a chance they will cause trouble. And that’s precisely why we recommend doing some prep work before you install new software on your device.

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It’s impossible to predict what you might encounter during the installation process and in the aftermath. Many of you will come out of it unscathed. Others will experience unpredictable problems. This is why it’s important to prepare.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the things we do before we install an update from Google. You don’t need to follow every step but you’ll absolutely want to make a backup of your device’s important files before you make the move to the current version of Android 7.1.1.

A little preparation will go a long way toward preventing problems and headaches so set aside some time before you make your move.

Nexus Android 7.1.1 Nougat Problems

Android 7.1.1 fixes lingering Nougat problems but it also brings its own collection of problems to Nexus and Pixel users.

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Google’s Nexus forums are already filling up with complaints about the new update. Nexus users are reporting download issues, various problems with Bluetooth, freezes, lag, call forwarding issues, reception issues, problems with various apps, and a whole lot more.

We’re also starting to see complaints about the Nexus 6 Android 7.1.1 update Google recently rolled out. Owners of the aging former flagship are noticing a variety of problems including issues with vibration, notifications, black screens on incoming calls, and issues with sound.

Some Nexus 6P users are saying the Android 7.1.1 update bricked their device. These issues are similar to the ones that plagued the Nexus 5X after the Android 7.0 release.

A number of Nexus 6 users are experiencing echo when using speakerphone. The issue is beginning to pickup steam on Google’s Nexus forums. Fortunately, Google is aware of the issue and a fix could emerge on the next version of Nougat.

We expect complaints about Android 7.1.1 issues to pickup as Google’s OTA process picks up speed in the days ahead.

I have seen the battery bug with 7.1.1 first hand. Died about 35% with my Nexus 6 @AndroidDev @android pic.twitter.com/O1sDTX0R58

— Silver Doggo (@coolsilver) January 9, 2017

@Android What happened to my battery life on the Nexus 6P after updating to offical 7.1.1.
It's horrible! ?

— SAM SAMUEL (@sam_samuel30) December 31, 2016

@googlenexus I found a bug on Nexus 6P, Android 7.1.1—WiFi gets disabled whenever I tap on "Print", and restored upon "Cancel".

— Ntare Rwabugiri (@NtareRwabugiri) January 14, 2017

The company’s Pixel forums are also a source of complaints about various Android 7.1.1 problems plaguing both the regular model and the XL.

Complaints from Pixel users are similar to the complaints from Nexus users. We’re hearing about Wi-Fi and Bluetooth problems, freezes, occasional lag, issues with reception, download problems, and issues with sound/speakers.

We’re also seeing complaints about the camera, Photos app, issues with hotspot, touch screen problems, and more.

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There’s no guarantee you’ll encounter one of these issues on your device but the potential for problems should be the motivation you need to prepare your smartphone or tablet for the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update.

Where to Find Android 7.1.1 Feedback

As we push away from the Android 7.1.1 release you’ll want to keep an eye on feedback from fellow Pixel and Nexus Android 7.1.1 users. This feedback will alert you to potential bugs and it’ll help you gauge performance.

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We’re already starting to see Android 7.1.1 feedback emerge on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. That’s a great place to look for potential issues and opinions about the Android 7.1.1 update’s performance on your device.

@Android the battery life in my Nexus 6p is interesting, 89% – 0% 10mins, 0%-23% with no charging. Stayed at 19% for about an hour. 7.1.1 pic.twitter.com/A8m4va7TaD

— John Penny (@Foldupdrjj) December 24, 2016

Google’s Pixel Help Forums, Google’s Nexus Help forums, XDA-Developers, YouTube, and Android-centric forums are also great places to look for feedback.

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If you’re already dealing with Android 7.1.1 Nougat problems or you’re worried about potential Android 7.1.1 problems, dig into short-term and long-term feedback.

We’ll be digging into the Nexus and Pixel Android 7.1.1 updates and its performance so keep an eye out for our impressions.

How to Fix Nexus Android 7.1.1 Problems

If you’ve already encountered an Android 7.1.1 Nougat problem on your Nexus or Pixel device on your device you’re probably in the hunt for a fix.

There are several key resources out there but our list of fixes for common Nexus Android Nougat issues is a great starting point.

Our list includes potential fixes for Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth issues, and other common bugs that typically popup after Google releases a new update.

We’ve also put together another guide that will show you how to fix Nexus Android Nougat battery life problems.

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If you can’t find a fix there, take at Google’s Nexus Help Forums or Google’s Pixel Help forums. There are some very knowledgeable (and polite) people on there.

If you’d rather go somewhere else, head over to XDA-Developers, or your favorite Android-centric forum for other potential remedies.

What’s Next

If you’re unable to find a manual fix you’re probably wondering when Google will roll out its next Nougat update.

The company has confirmed a new Android 7.1.2 update for Nexus devices and it’s available in beta form, right now, for select models.

The Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta is rolling out to Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won’t get a beta or the official version of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update.

It’s unclear when the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update will roll out. Google says it’ll emerge in “just a couple of months” which means those of you dealing with issues are on your own for a few more weeks at least.

2015 Nexus 6P and the Original Nexus One (made by HTC)

2015 Nexus 6P and the Original Nexus One (made by HTC)

According to Google, the Android 7.1.2 update is “an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.” That should be music to the ears of those dealing with Android 7.1.1 issues.

One possibility is a fix for Android 7.1.1 in-car Bluetooth issues that are reportedly plaguing the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

The company’s acknowledged the issue and says a permanent fix will be included in a “future” Android update.

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Google will also continue to roll out its monthly security updates to Nexus and Pixel devices but there’s no guarantee those will help your performance. The company’s January security update doesn’t have any known bug fixes on board.

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One of the first things you'll want to do before installing Android 7.1.1 Nougat is to get familiar with the update. Blindly installing Android 7.1.1 Nougat on your device is a bad idea, particularly for novice Android users.

If you haven't been following the Developer Preview, now would be a great time to get acquainted with Android 7.1.1 and its various changes. There are many. Some are big and obvious. Others are much smaller and harder to locate. 

We've put together a guide that will walk you through Android 7.1.1 Nougat versus Android 7.0 Nougat and Android Marshmallow. If you're coming to 7.1.1 from Android 7.0 Nougat or Marshmallow, and we assume most of you are, this will come in handy. 

Google's also outlined many of the update's key ingredients and you can take a look at those right here and right here. 

It's in your benefit to dig into the update prior to installing it. This way, you won't be caught off guard by any of the changes. 

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Nexus Android 7.1.1 Nougat Problems: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Android 7.1.2 Nougat Release: What to Know

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Android 7.1.2 Nougat Release: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Following the global release of Android 7.0 Nougat back in August, Google confirmed multiple other updates were coming soon. A few small updates arrived before the end of the year, and now they’ve confirmed Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Here’s everything Nexus and Pixel owners need to know.

Following a few quick maintenance and security updates, Google’s now ready to improve the core of Android Nougat. While most are still waiting for it, those with a Nexus or Pixel can start looking ahead already.

Read: Google Pixel Review: A New Generation of Android

Right now we don’t know too much about Android 7.1.2 Nougat, except that select owners can get it starting today. This looks to improve on the stability of the original release, fix some bugs, and likely add a few new features. Here’s when it will be released, what to expect, and which devices can install it early.

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According to Google the update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat is available starting January 30th. However, this is only a small limited beta for those willing to participate. The global and actual release is still months away.

Which Devices Can Get Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Of course all Android smartphones and tablets should eventually get the latest version of Android. Well, most recent devices at least. For now though, this is limited to Nexus and Pixel users, as it’s still in beta form.

Starting today the beta is available for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. The Nexus 6P will get it soon, and sadly older devices like the Nexus 6 & 9 will not. Android 7.1.1 may be the end of the line for those. Although they will still get security patches each month.

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Most are still happy to just have Nougat, or Android 7.1.1 and now we can look forward to something else soon. Expect more details to follow shortly.

What’s New in Android 7.1.2 Nougat

So far Google isn’t saying much regarding Android 7.1.2 Nougat. We know they have a few bugs that need to be fixed, but that’s about it.

The official blog states it’s an “incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.”

This basically means that nothing major will accompany the release, although more features or changes could be added by the time it’s actually released. There are a lot of complaints lately on bluetooth bugs, battery drain issues and other complaints. Hopefully most of that has been addressed.

How to Get it Right Now

Those interested in trying Android 7.1.2 Nougat right now can do so. As long as they have a supported Nexus or Pixel device. It’s available today through the beta program, which will be expanding to more devices in the near future.

If you have an eligible device, simply head to Android.com/beta to sign up. Owners will receive an over-the-air update to the new release. This should not erase any user data or information. Of course, it’s always a good idea to backup your device just to be safe.

Android 7.1.2 Nougat Release Date

The update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat won’t be released for another few months. In fact, Google said, ” a couple of months” from the end of January. Meaning we can expect at least one or two maintenance releases (MR) of the developer preview beta, then an official release.

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As of right now select devices can try it early through the beta, and expect a few betas to be released. Then, sometime in the next few months Google will officially announce and release the full update for all users. Now if only our Samsung Galaxy devices could get the same. We’ll update once we know more.

Android 7.1.2 Nougat Release: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 10.2 no longer being signed by Apple makes it impossible to downgrade

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In the last few minutes Apple closed the signing window for iOS 10.2. That means that you can no longer upgrade, downgrade, or restore to that firmware, either over-the-air or through iTunes. You also can no longer save blobs for iOS 10.2 through any tool.

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Play Services 10.2 will drop support for Gingerbread and Honeycomb

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Google has warned developers the next Play Services update will increase the minimum supported API level to 14, which means Android versions 'Gingerbread' and 'Honeycomb' will no longer be supported. 

Once an app is published to the Play Store, with this new minimum requirement, the minority of users still on legacy platforms will no longer see the app or its updates as being available for their device. 

Play Services helps to bypass Android's fragmentation by enabling Google to deliver new APIs through updates in the Play Store rather than requiring a firmware upgrade each time (which has to be customised for each device and put through carrier testing before it can be deployed.) 

Developers are free to continue supporting Gingerbread and Honeycomb themselves with separate app builds – one which makes use of the latest APIs with a minimum API level of 14, and one which only uses APIs included in Play Services until now. 

In your build.gradle, the separate versions can be defined with two different dependencies: 

productFlavors {

legacy {

minSdkVersion 9

versionCode 901 // Min API level 9, v01

}

current {

minSdkVersion 14

versionCode 1401 // Min API level 14, v01

}

}

dependencies {

legacyCompile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services:10.0.0'

currentCompile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services:10.2.0'

}

With such a small percentage of Android devices active which does not support a minimum API level of 14, Google's recommended course of action is to focus on building the newer version. If you have an app with a vast amount of legacy users, you may have little choice. 

Along with the change to Play Services, the new minimum API level will also be incorporated into Firebase (part of the platform used for storage of user-generated content like photos and videos.) 

Do you still target legacy Android versions? Let us know why in the comments. 

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