Facebook to Kill Off Parse Developer Platform
Facebook today said it will wind down and shutter Parse, a developer service platform it purchased in 2013. Developers use Parse to help manage backend tasks so they can focus on user-facing features for mobile apps. Facebook initially hoped to Parse could become similar to Amazon Web Services, a giant platform that allows developers to create and host mobile and web-based services. Companies such as Orbitz use Parse and Facebook thought it could make money by hosting such companies' data. The plan never bore fruit. Kevin Lacker, co-founder of Parse, said the service will continue to run for a full year until January 2017, and Facebook will provide the tools developers need to migrate their data elsewhere. "We know that many of you have come to rely on Parse, and we are striving to make this transition as straightforward as possible," explained Lacker. Facebook rep Michael Kirkland said the company plans to "dedicate more resources to high-impact products and services in areas like analytics, monetization, discovery, and authentication."
Apple Improves iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with 3D Touch
Sep 9, 2015
Apple today announced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which are enhanced versions last year's iPhones. Like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the 6s and 6s Plus have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, respectively, slim metal designs, and fingerprint readers built into the home button.
LG V10 Boasts Second Screen, Dual Front Cameras
Oct 1, 2015
LG announced the V10, a flagship smartphone that includes a ticker display, double cameras, and a more rugged design than some of LG's previous handsets. The main screen measures 5.7 inches and has quad HD resolution, while the secondary display, which sits above the main one, measures 2.1 inches and has 1040 x 160 pixels.
Google's Tasks App Works Directly with Gmail and Calendar
Apr 25, 2018
Google believes its Tasks mobile application for Android and iOS devices will help users manage and complete tasks more efficiently. The app lets people create tasks lists; view, edit, and manage tasks from any device; and control tasks created in Gmail, Google Calendar, or on the web from mobile devices.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Amazon Adds Alexa AI to iPhone Shopping App
Mar 16, 2017
Amazon today made Alexa, its artificial intelligence, available to a much wider selection of devices by adding Alexa to its iOS mobile shopping application. Now any iPhone with the Amazon app aboard has access to Alexa, allowing people to search for and buy goods simply by asking Alexa for it.