Google's DevArt competition explores coding as art

On July 3, an unusual exhibit will open up at the Barbican arts venue in London. Called "Digital Revolution," it's billed as "an immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music, and videogames." It will feature the work of established artists, including and Zach Lieberman, but it also will introduce the world to a new artist chosen by Google.

Google isn't looking for a great watercolor painter or a bronze sculptor. The company wants to find a creative coder. Entries will be accepted through the DevArt site until March 28.… Read more

Apple's developer site stirs back to life after downtime

Major parts of Apple's developer site flipped back online Friday afternoon after more than a week of downtime.

The developer sites for iOS, Mac, and Safari development once again became available, alongside downloads for upcoming versions of Apple's desktop and mobile software. Apple also brought back tools that let developers set up new devices to test their software, a crucial development tool.

Apple took down its developer site and more than a dozen connected services last week following the discovery of a security intrusion that may have resulted in unauthorized access to some developer information.

While offline, some developers were left in a lurchRead more

Extended Apple downtime leaves some developers in limbo

Developer Max Wheeler had to pry his old iPhone 4 from the clutches of his 11-year old son. Why? Not because his kid was misbehaving, but because one of his employees needed it to test an upcoming iOS app, and Apple's developer site was in the midst of what's turned into a weeklong outage.

That phone, which Wheeler had retired in favor of Apple's latest model, was already provisioned to run test versions of software using the company's security certificate -- something that could not be done on a new device with Apple's services down. … Read more

Samsung developers conference starts Oct. 27 in San Francisco

Samsung's 2013 Developers Conference is just a few months away.

The company announced Monday that its event -- essentially its answer to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference -- will run from October 27 to 29 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

Thanks to Samsung's wide range of products, the conference will focus on smartphones, televisions, tablets, and just about every other major Samsung product that comes with a screen.

Samsung has yet to say when registration will go live, but the company says it will happen later this summer.

Chrome Packaged Apps gaining Android powers

The foundation for making Web apps as powerful as native code is slowly sliding into place, as Google announced new back-end support for its Chrome Packaged Apps in a Chrome dev update on Monday.

The new support, expected in the stable version of Chrome in around six weeks, allows Packaged Apps to use a new set of APIs (application programming interfaces). Packaged Apps are a variant of Web sites, like Gmail, that are designed to load flawlessly even when not connected to the Internet.

These include the In App Payments API that's built on Google Wallet; the Identity API … Read more

Review: devCalc provides an enhanced interface for developers by developers

devCalc is one of the finest made calculator apps on the App Store, designed specifically for app developers to perform quick functions or swipe between different modes. While the free version lacks some of the more robust and impressive features of the paid upgrade, the app still manages to impress with its clean layout and numerous options in standard calculator mode.

The calculator, itself, expands on much of what the iPhone's base calculator does, with numerous additional functions and memory options. Combined with conversion tools for hexes, base eights, and binary and decimal numbers, the calculator works seamlessly for … Read more

Pirate trolling and WWDC scholarships: The Week in Downloads

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Microsoft launches a public beta for its new Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 Game … Read more

The 404 1,260: Where we work out the bugs (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Greenheart Games takes ironic aim at pirates.

- Samsung Galaxy S4 India launch weirdly tries "Gangnam Style."

- Original iPhone reportedly to be "obsolete" on June 11.

Bathroom break video: News reporter gets owned.… Read more

Greenheart Games takes ironic aim at pirates

Yesterday, along with the genuine release of Game Dev Tycoon (Windows demo; Mac demo; Lite version for Windows 8), developers Greenheart Games treated some online gamers to an extra "gift" in the form of a cracked version of the game, which they then seeded via BitTorrent protocol.

Soon after seeding the cracked version of the game, thousands of users downloaded it. As those players progressed through the game--which takes players from producing games in a garage to becoming global leaders in the industry--establishing and growing their companies, they were blocked from proceeding further with the following, not-so-subtle hint--delivered … Read more

Sony's new $2,000 digital binoculars get better zoom, EVF

Sony, trying to bring digital technology to a market that's remained stubbornly analog, has upgraded its digital binocular with the announcement today of the $2,000 DEV-50V.

The binoculars, due to ship in June, are vastly more expensive than even high-end binoculars from rivals such as Canon and Nikon. But Sony's digital binoculars -- which capture a scene with image sensors then display it with small electronic viewfinder (EVF) -- can do something ordinary binoculars can't.

Namely, they'll help you remember what you saw by taking a video or photo. And, if you like, it'll … Read more