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Amazon Web Services has announced the beta availability of new mobile software development kits for the Android and iOS platforms.   It was previously possible to write apps for those devices that could work with the Amazon cloud, but it wasn't easy.  As the announcement on the AWS blog points out: "Previously, developers either wrote their own libraries to handle the HTTP connection, request retries, and error handling, or built additional infrastructure to proxy the API requests through a server fleet." Now, though, developers can call AWS web service application programming interfaces directly from mobile apps running on Android smartphones, tablets, and the new Chrome netbooks, or alternately on Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. As you might expect, the Android kit is written in Java and the iOS one in Objective-C, which are similar, but incompatibl... (more)

Nexaweb Wants To Put Your Legacy Apps In The Cloud

Remember the days of "client/server" computing?  Back when you did your job in your office at your desk, using a big, clunky desktop computer that was connected to a room full of big, clunky server computers somewhere in the building or the office park.  If you even had a cell phone, it was also big and clunky and only did voice calls.  The internet was for email and the web was little more than an electronic magazine.  Back then, "SaaS" was spelled differently and it was something you didn't want your kids to do, "clouds" were a game day worry, and there was no such thing as an ... (more)

Symbian Finds New Patron, Perhaps New Purpose

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Symbian, the open source mobile OS spun out of Nokia and once the Big Kahuna of smartphones OSs, announced this week that it would be participating in new projects funded in part by the EC and run through the Artemis Industrial Association R&D combine, to the tune of some twenty-two million Euros.  But, there are some things about this event that are odd and make one wonder what is the real story. €22M is about $31M and that's a lot of cabbage, especially for an open source project that has seen harder times since losing the love of ... (more)

Putin Says "Da" to Free Software

A few months back, in a story mostly about Microsoft's complicated relationship with the Russian government and its seemingly dualistic role in the ongoing suppression of various free speech and human rights organizations, we also surfaced contemporaneous reports in the Russian language media about an indigenous, government-funded Linux initiative, called Linuksovskaya.  The new "national operating system" was reported to be on an aggressive schedule and expected to be released some time in 2012.  Fresh reports this week from inside the country now indicate that Russian Prime Min... (more)

Why Adobe AIR Is Not Google Gears, Prism, JavaFX or Silverlight

Adobe’s release last week of its AIR 1.0 (Adobe Integrated Runtime) cross-platform platform got plenty of ink. Much of it missed the point. And that’s understandable, given that we are tumbling into the next generation of everything all at once right now – SaaS and SOA, Web 2.0, Blu-ray, cellular streaming, and on and on – like a tornado crossing a junkyard. It’s one of those times when it’s hard to keep things straight. So Adobe’s AIR announcement roiled the swamp and raised the themes of rich Internet applications, offline Internet applications, and cross-platform runtimes in a... (more)