The winner of Salesforce’s $1 million hackathon extravaganza: An application called Upshot, which helps sales people create and edit reports on the go.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Airbnb is a global company with millions of customers, but it was a struggling startup just five years ago.
Guest Post by Aaron Schlesinger, Senior Software Engineer at StackMob
Editor’s Pick “In the near future, I see myself developing more apps, possibly a game,” Ethan told me. “In the long term, I may not be in app development but I’ll definitely be some kind of programmer.”
“Probably,” he adds, “a programmer CEO.”
The company launched last year, but claims to already have over 35,000 developer customers, who have developed 340,000 virtual servers. IA Ventures, the firm that led the round, invested off the back of this growth.
A “white hat” security researcher who says he found 13 bugs in Apple’s software claims to be the cause of Apple shutting down developer.apple.com. He also claims to have over 100,000 users’ private details.
The company says it is “completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software,” to prevent similar threats in the future.
“The world is bigger than Google now,” co-founder Brandon Chatreau told me this morning. “And it’s more open.”
Editor’s Pick “Mobile analytics is a brand-new field, and no clear winner has emerged yet,” Segment.io cofounder Peter Reinhardt says. “So we made it incredibly easy to try them all.”
This is how you know you’re not at an Apple conference. At Google I/O today, Google’s holding a session on voiding your Google Glass warranty.
Editor’s Pick Who wants to go to college if you can start earning money right away?
Berkeley-based Wise.io has launched its first product for data scientists and developers as part of a goal to make machine learning technology more accessible.
“We’re letting people program Wikipedia unsupervised,” Harihareswara wrote. ” Anyone can write a chunk of code to be included in an article that will be seen by millions of people, often without much review.”
“We want to make it possible for a lot more people to create apps,” Jimu founder Linkton Ye told me yesterday via Skype. “Everyone should be able to play with the software that surrounds us.”
SwiftStack’s software defined storage solution can run on commodity hardware, and is cheaper than building a storage system from scratch.
Facebook’s database of you, your friends, and the entire world is going grow as a result, as will the degree of intelligence built into the social network. And yes, so will Facebook’s monetization options.
Only 15 percent of developers would go native-only when building an app for multiple platforms.
Today is the first day of gSchool, a six month web development curriculum run by Denver’s Galvanize workspace.
Online developer training portal Pluralsight takes $27.5M in its first round of funding.
Aviary’s graduating into big-boy territory with a smart new CEO and money-making partnerships.
London-based developer community Skills Matter raises $5M to foster software innovation in Europe.
Facebook chat, notifications, and updates that follow you everywhere you go on the web, right in your web browser, is a cool idea. What’s even cooler is how Mozilla and Facebook actually built it.
Editor’s Pick Controlling a browser with your eyes? Playing a game in a web browser on your smartphone by waving your hands in the air? That and more is the future of the web, according to Google.
What do you do when you can’t find a cofounder? Or, when not enough people in your demographic are programmers, much less startup founders?
While I admire Apple’s ability to define a new category of computing on the iOS platform, I’ve always felt the iPad experience to be a little lacking for my needs.
Readyforce cross the country to connect top engineering students with jobs at fast-growing startups.
Gild Source opens its developer recruiting platform to startups
This info graphic shows a breakdown of the worldwide developer population and their path toward global domination.
“I believe web technologies will ultimately win within 3-5 years. The main barrier today is probably Apple.”
PHP developers are looking forward to exercising their new powers. Hopefully, for good.
Imagine designing and creating a native mobile app for iPhone or Android that connects to web services in about 10 minutes. Oh, and you’re creating the web services at exactly the same time
While the average app store developer might make under $10K a year from his or her apps, Joe Kaufman has managed to generate millions of downloads to his hit Lost City and Secret of Grisly Manor apps, generating massive revenue and making him a self-made millionaire.
“The biggest changes in technology are how mobile and cloud are converging,” says Gutmans. “Our intention is to tackle both of those head-on for our users.”
In the Bay Area, if your tech company needs to expand its core team of engineers (join the club!), you better have an acquisition budget. Alternatively, hop a flight to the East Coast, where hackathons like Pennapps are the epicenter of a nascent hacker community.
Rackspace picked up Mailgun today, a Bay Area-based startup with a web service to create and manage email inboxes within apps.
Eligible is an API that makes it easier for the medical practitioners and insurance companies to assess patient eligibility.
The rules for third-party developers who integrate with Twitter have just gotten more complex, and we count at least 32 separate requirements for apps that incorporate tweets.
Talented developers are like white tigers — rare, expensive, and in high demand. Gild, an HR tool that helps companies evaluate developers, has snagged a significant $2 million in seed financing to simplify the tough recruitment process.