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Technology Apple's latest acquisition will bolster its tools for app developers

10:12  03 january  2018
10:12  03 january  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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Apple is no stranger to acquisitions . Back in 2014, it bought the company behind TestFlight, a system that lets iOS developers get their app out to tens of thou The startup says that it has joined Apple ' s Xcode engineering group and is accepting no new customers, though the service will remain

Apple is no stranger to acquisitions . Back in 2014, it bought the company behind TestFlight, a system that lets iOS developers get their app out to tens of You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Apple ' s latest acquisition will bolster its

a screen shot of a computer keyboard © Provided by Engadget Apple is no stranger to acquisitions. Back in 2014, it bought the company behind TestFlight, a system that lets iOS developers get their app out to tens of thousands of beta testers ahead of launch. Now the company has purchased Buddybuild, a company that helps app developers test and manage their apps on the iOS platform.

The startup says that it has joined Apple's Xcode engineering group and is accepting no new customers, though the service will remain available to existing ones. The free starter plans and Android customers will lose access as of March 1st of this year. Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch, as well.

Buddybuild will remain in the same offices for now. "We've always been proud to be a Canadian company, so we're also pleased that we will be staying right here in Vancouver — a hotbed of developer and engineering talent," the team wrote on its announcement blog post.

Microsoft is helping developers make cloud-connected games .
Microsoft has acquired PlayFab, a game development startup that offloads the burdens associated with cloud-connected gaming for developers, allowing them to focus squarely on creating games. Kareem Choudhry, vice president of gaming at Microsoft, noted in a blog post that more than 1 billion people are gaming, and as such the industry is moving into the cloud, largely because it improves security and gives gamers easier access to the multibillion-dollar gaming market. But this brings additional challenges for developers, who are then expected to provide extra game content -- such as tournaments and analytics -- long after a game has launched.

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