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The Best Alternatives To Google Code For Your Programming Projects

Google announced last week that it was shutting down Google Code, its hosting service for open source projects and coding initiatives. If you haven’t already migrated your projects to another service, you’ll need to do so. Here are a few alternatives that can get you up and running quickly.


Apple's New ResearchKit Won't Benefit Australians

Alongside its Apple Watch and MacBook announcements today, Apple also announced ResearchKit, an open source project that will collect health data from iOS devices and use it for medical research projects. It’s an intriguing concept, but Australians won’t be able to use it at launch.


Why Microsoft Is Investing In Android And Open Source

Microsoft’s part in a $US70m investment in CyanogenMod has raised many eyebrows: why is Microsoft investing in a popular version of the Android mobile phone operating system, when it has its own competing Windows Phone product? The firm’s motivations behind investing in the most open version of the Android operating system have justifiably made open-source advocates decidedly nervous.


Carhacking: Why Your Computerised Car Could Actually Be Less Secure

Theft of vehicles is about as old as the notion of transport — from horse thieves to carjackers. No longer merely putting a brick through a window, vehicle thieves have continually adapted to new technology, as demonstrated by a new method to steal a car without the need to be anywhere near it.


Microsoft Moves Roslyn To GitHub

Last year, Microsoft made its Roslyn .NET compiler project open source. While it was originally hosted on Microsoft’s own CodePlex site, Microsoft has now shifted it to GitHub.


What Microsoft's Shift To Open Source For .NET Means

In a move that would have been unthinkable a few years ago, Microsoft has made its development platform freely available and ready to support not only Windows, but Macs, Linux and Apple, and Google’s mobile phone platforms. Microsoft will now be working with organisations like Xamarin who have been providing a version of this platform across different mobile operating systems for some time but doing so without explicit and direct support from Microsoft.


Wyvern Wants To Be One Language To Type Them All

Building apps has always required melding together disparate technologies, and that’s especially true in the current mobile/web environment. Wyvern is a prototype programming language that aims to enable type-specific languages, so you can create user-defined types with new syntax.


Microsoft Adds Open Source CMake Support For Windows Developers

Code reuse is a core goal for most mobile app developers — who wants to rewrite everything for multiple platforms? If you’re a user of CMake, that process just became a little easier, with support added for Windows Store and Windows Phone apps.


The Microsoft Office Open XML SDK Is Now Open Source

Open XML is the format which Microsoft Office has used to store Office documents since Office 2007, If you’re a developer trying to exploit those formats, the task may now be a little easier: Microsoft has made its Open XML software development kit (SDK) an open source project.


Tasks Is A Near-Perfect Astrid Clone

Android: Tasks: Astrid To-Do List Clone (to use its full name) is, as the name suggests, a clone based on the source code for now-defunt open source task manager Astrid. It aims to bring back some of the functionality of that beloved lost to-do app.