Swift 5.3 includes Windows

Swift 5.3 is nearing completion, and has been updated with the extension of official platform support to include Windows, along with additional Linux distributions. Swift was launched by Apple in 2014 to provide an alternative to Objective C. Its aim is to provide a single language including the best ideas from languages such as C# and JavaScript, while being easy to use. It was made open source by Apple in 2015, and a Linux build...

Instagram launches IGTV, a potential competitor to YouTube

Instagram was launched in October 2010 exclusively on iOS, followed by an Android version in April 2012. In less than eight years, the photo and video-sharing social networking service has reached 1 billion users worldwide. Announcing the news through a blog post, Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder & CEO, Instagram, wrote, “this is a major accomplishment — so from all of us at Instagram, thank you!” However, it’s not just that. Instagram has also made a feature announcement this week, which the company believes is...

Cousera begins a starter course on Augmented Reality

A short course from Google on the Coursera platform introduces augmented reality (AR) and Google’s ARCore. Available for free, it starts on July 16th and lasts four weeks. Aimed at beginners ad with no pre-requisites, this class is intended to teach the fundamentals of augmented reality (AR), and how to build an AR experience using ARCore. It is introduced in this video:In brief the topics it covers are: How to identify different types of AR...

Google launches Measure Matters

The Google Analytics team has launched a video series called Measure Matters that looks at best practices on using Google Analytics with data. While some of the topics sound rather too ‘marketeery’, others have info of interest to developers. The series started in May with a deep dive into Machine Learning. This looked at automated insights within Google Analytics, and how they use machine intelligence to find interesting insights from the many combinations of metrics...