iOS and Android developers will be able to port their apps and games directly to Windows universal apps, and Microsoft is enabling this with two new software development kits. On the Android side, Microsoft is enabling developers to use Java and C++ code on Windows 10, and for iOS developers they’ll be able to take advantage of their existing Objective C code.
Welcome to my first week in review post. I plan on publishing a new post every Sunday and highlight what I found interesting during the week. I’ve collected these articles using my RSS feed (Tiny Tiny RSS), Flipboard and Zite.
- Facebook is buying WhatsApp in a deal worth up to $19 billion
- Photoshop turns 24
- Microsoft Officially Rebrands SkyDrive To OneDrive
- Super Simple Effect Makes Regular GIFs or Photos Seem Three Dimensional
- Visa and MasterCard using KitKat feature to push mobile payments
- Google’s “Project Tango” is a smartphone with Kinect-style computer vision
- Say hello to Project Tango!
- Here’s An Actual 3D Indoor Map Of A Room Captured With Google’s Project Tango Phone
- Data Compression Proxy for Chrome Helps Keep Your Bandwidth Down
- Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana reportedly borrows the best of Siri and Google Now
- Disney Princesses As Game Of Thrones Characters
- There’s no sign of a major WhatsApp user revolt, but Telegram has netted over 1m new sign-ups
- Samsung UNPACKED – Trailer
- Google offers its help to monitor deforestation in near-real-time
- Amazon set-top box tipped for March release
- Steve Jobs postage stamp due 2015
- Could this new notepad make you ditch your Moleskine?
Recently I dropped Instagram and started using my Tumblr account to post my pictures. It has worked out, but is still a bit awkward to use a separate app (Snapseed) to edit my pictures before posting. I used to use Flickr a lot and kind of stopped sometime last year when my membership was up for renewal and Instagram had become my app to post photos online.
Recent versions of the Flickr mobile app have added many features like photo editing, filters and social integration which makes it a very good Instagram replacement.
App.Storm has a great write-up on the app.
There was a bit of a ruckus in December when Instagram changed its Terms of Service and then changed them back. At the same time, Yahoo released an all-new Flickr app for iPhone that was clearly an Instagram competitor, but word on the street quickly grew and word was good: Flickr was a good competitor.
I’m still going to continue using Tumblr, but when it comes to posting photos it will be done through the Flickr app which allows me to post to Tumblr. App.Storm give the Flickr Mobile App a rating of 8 out 10.
Flickr’s filters make it a great alternative to Instagram and its social elements are great, but its real power lies in the power it gives professionals.
OUYA Developer consoles begin shipping and the SDK is released. OUYA is a $99 game console built on Android.
We just licked the stamps and waved a fond farewell to 1,200 OUYA Developer Consoles. These are the early versions of OUYA that developers will use to start making games. They’re on their way to developers around the globe – by land, air and sea. OK, only by air — we want you to get them quick. Devs, expect them on your doorstep within the next few days.