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Android Apps Coming to iOS with new Project?

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, former Google employee spills beans.

Android Apps Coming to iOS?

In-the-Box is a new open source project that ports
Dalvik VM and Gingerbread Android APIs on top of iOS, enabling
Android app developers to execute their applications on iOS. The
project is sponsored by FlexyCore, who encountered problems with
Apple’s restrictions when they tried to commercialise their
iSpectrum Java SDK for the iPhone. FlexyCore will provide the
project with a port of Dalvik runtime on iOS, and iOS framework
Java bridges and a subset of Android APIs from their iSpectrum

In-the-Box is licensed under the Apache Software License

Former Google Engineer Sheds Light on Search

Google software engineer Dhanji Prasanna has revealed that
he is
leaving Google
, after previously being involved in the Google
Wave project and Guice, stating that he simply “didn’t enjoy going
in to work anymore.” He writes that Google is not an ideal place
for hackers, as in his opinion Google reward “consistent, focused
performance in one area,” which means staking out and defending a
particular area. “Engineers who simply staked out one component in
the codebase, and rejected patches so they could maintain complete
control over design and implementation details had much greater
rewards,” he says. He reports that this territorial work ethic was
particularly bad on the Google Wave project, and also complains
about Google’s vaunted scalable software infrastructure, calling it
“well and truly obsolete.” However, overall he is positive about
his former employers:

“For my part I really enjoyed my time at Google–it is the best
job I’ve ever had, by a long way. Everything you hear about is
true: the friendly atmosphere, the freedom to pursue innovative
ideas and projects, capricious indulgence of engineers, and the
noble sense of purpose to change the world for the better with nary
a thought given to profits or costs.”

LibreOffice 3.4 Released

LibreOffice 3.4 has been announced. In this
release, the HTML export has been improved with an image thumbnail
gallery of the slides on the contents page, and initial support for
Unity and global menu has been added. DataPilot has been renamed to
Pivot Table, and now supports an unlimited number of fields,
whereas previously DataPilot only supported up to eight
column/row/data fields and up to ten page fields. The Linux
text-rendering has been improved, with Text now being drawn via
Cairo with the same subpixeling options as other Cairo-using apps.
More information is available at the New Features and Fixes page.

Android Development Tools 11 With Editor

Version 11 of Android Development Tools (ADT)
has been released. This update includes numerous editor
improvements, including new visual refactoring operations such as
Change Layout, Change Widget Type, and Extract as Include; and the
Visual Layout Editor palette now supports different configurations
for supported widgets, and custom views. XML editing has been
improved with new quick fixes, and code completion now works with
<style> elements, completes dimensional units, and sorts
resource paths in values based on the attribute name. More
information is available at the ADT page.

The Document Foundation Publish Letter to

The Document Foundation have published the advice they originally sent to
on the 22nd April 2011, regarding moving
OpenOffice.org’s assets to The Document Foundation.

“It is our desire to merge the OpenOffice.org project within the
Document Foundation and bring an end to the present division. The
Document Foundation strongly believes it is best positioned to
inherit the assets of the OpenOffice.org project, and ensure a
positive perception of this transition for Oracle,” proposes the

The Document Foundation suggested Oracle donate the
OpenOffice.org project’s domain names, trademarks, logos, official
artwork and visuals, and that the OpenOffice.org code-base be
released under a MPL / LGPLv3+ license, with Oracle retaining the
copyright. The Document Foundation also proposed that, under their
conditions, they would not be obligated to hire any Oracle staff
involved in the OpenOffice.org project, but they did offer Oracle
Corporation a free seat on their Advisory Board for ten years and
stated that “through our careful existing licensing choice, we have
ensured that Oracle can enjoy the benefits of a continued
integration of our work into its existing software stack.”

The full letter can be read online (PDF.)

logFaces 3.0 With MongoDB Support

Version 3.0 of the logFaces log
server, log aggregator and log viewer, has been released. Version
3.0 can work with the MongoDB document-oriented database, and
supports the Nlog .NET logging platform.

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