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Today, Google open sourced their WebRTC technology, a framework for the web that allows realtime communications in a browser. Web RTC was acquired by Google when they purchased Global IP Solutions for 68.2 million in 2010.

With the goal of making the browser "the home for innovation in real time communications", Google will be working in concert other browser developers like Opera and Mozilla so the entire web community as a can work with WebRTC. Developers will be able to construct voice and video applications in simple HTML and JavaScript API's.
The web standards community (including W3C and IETF) has been engaged by Google as well for the WebRTC open sourcing, assisting in defining and implementing standards for real time communications.

Click here for a developer preview of WebRTC. Includes source code, specs and tools.


New BlackBerry SDK Allows Developers To Create NFC Apps

The BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 has been released in beta by RIM, enabling web developers to create applications for BlackBerry 7 OS, the most recent version of the Blackberry operating system. The latest SDK will provide developers with support for NFC (near-field communications- wiki link here), and device integration capabilities that allows permission to the phone's features, such as location data and maps.

The first NFC-ready Blackberry phones (the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930) will be available later this summer.

Click here
for a list of new features and API's in the new SDK beta version.


New Twitter Photo Service Looks Developer Friendly

According to the Twitter developer-focused Google group, developers will be able to take part in Twitter's new photo service, which allows users to attach photos and video to their tweets.

At the present moment, a limited amount of people are able to use the new feature on Twitter.com, but the plan is to include an API, so app creators can insert Twitter photos into their products. There has been no indication this feature will be limited to Twitter apps, so it looks like third-party developers will have access to this as well.

Click here for a video demonstration of Twitter's new photo service.


Oracle To Propose Open Office Transfer To Apache

In conclusion, The H reports that Jim Jagielski, president of the Apache Software Foundation, has claimed that Oracle has donated and relicensed the copyright to all OpenOffice products. Oracle is due to propose that OpenOffice,org, should be transferred to an Apache Software Foundation project and begin the Apache incubation process. Six weeks ago, Oracle walked away from the commercial development of OpenOffice, with the desire to have the program suite managed by the Apache organization.
 
This announcement comes soon after Oracle donated the code from the Hudson Project to Eclipse.

Since these two decisions have come in relatively quick succession, is this a sign that Oracle is trying to offload open source projects that aren't built for speed financially?

Link Of The Day:

Hate Java? You’re fighting the wrong battle.

Special thanks to cj91 for this link.

 

 

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