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Google Android team embraces Rust for Android OS development

The Android Open Source Project has adopted the Rust programming language for use in new Android OS development, citing its memory safety advantages over C/C++.

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Google wins Java dispute, Oracle remains defiant

Supreme Court has ruled in a 6-2 decision that Google’s use of Java in Android represents fair use and does not infringe on Oracle patents and copyrights.

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Microsoft inches closer to unified Windows SDK

The latest preview bits of Microsoft’s Project Reunion for building Windows 10 desktop applications are ready for testing and even for production.

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Automate your Windows workflow with Power Automate Desktop

Microsoft is adding an automation tool to Windows, ready to manage our day-to-day tasks.

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Getting started with winget, the Windows Package Manager

Microsoft is adding Linux-like package management tools to Windows for scripted application installs from a searchable repository.

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Microsoft’s Windows API unification project moves forward

Project Reunion 0.5 Preview provides a unified set of APIs and tools for building desktop apps that target a broad set of Windows 10 OS versions.

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PinePhone: A Linux smartphone a developer could love

Not only do you get root, but you can use this ‘phone’ as a desktop too. Just don’t expect much from the camera.

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Google Jetpack Compose Android UI toolkit now in beta

Declarative UI toolkit is intended to ease the development of native applications across Android platforms.

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Android 12 developer preview bolsters privacy, user experience

Developers can play with new capabilities in security, privacy, media transcoding, rich content insertion, audio, and more.

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Google introduces API for faster Kotlin builds

Currently in alpha, Kotlin Symbol Processing is an API for building lightweight compiler plug-ins in Kotlin.

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Homebrew 3 brings Apple Silicon support

Open source package manager for MacOS and Linux introduces official support for Apple Silicon and a new bottle syntax format.

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Microsoft paves the way to Windows APIs

Win32 Metadata project aims to enable automated projections of valid Windows API signatures for C#, C++, Rust, and other languages.

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Android Studio improves machine learning support

Android Studio 4.1 highlights include a database inspector and easier import of TensorFlow Lite models into Android apps

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Rapid UI development with Flutter for Windows

Google’s cross-platform user interface tool arrives on Windows with support for Win32 and UWP

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Kotlin mobile SDK shares code across Android, iOS

The Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile plug-in allows developers to write, run, and debug shared code in Android Studio

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Google’s UI toolkit for Android moves to alpha release

A production version of the framework for building Android UIs, called Jetpack Compose, is due next year

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Review: AWS Bottlerocket vs. Google Container-Optimized OS

Container-Optimized OS offers tremendous advantages for container workloads on Google Cloud Platform, but Bottlerocket is a better choice everywhere else

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A guide to migrating off Windows Server 2008

With the OS reaching end of life, it’s time to migrate whatever old servers you have left, and it’s not a trivial job.

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