Forza Street Microsoft

One of Microsoft’s most popular video game series is the Forza cars and truck racing franchise. Now, the business is broadening the series to Android and iOS platforms. Microsoft today formally revealed Forza Street , a free-to-play racing video game that’s out now for Windows 10 users, however will broaden to Android and iOS tablets and phones later on this year.

The video game itself fixates street racing, as gamers take control of numerous automobiles, with the objective, naturally, to win occasions. Gamers can go through numerous single gamer races and chapters. After they win, they can get indicate update their existing cars and trucks with lion’s shares or to get brand-new and quicker cars.

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While the primary Forza Motorsport video game series for Xbox and PC platforms are for racing sim fans, it appears like Forza Street is produced casual players who desire a more game experience. Racers will need to focus their efforts on striking the gas and brake pedals and timing their increases to win races.

Unfortunately, Forza Street is strictly a single gamer experience for Windows 10, however Microsoft states they prepare to include brand-new functions to the video game in the months ahead. Ideally, we will see multiplayer contributed to the video game when it shows up for Android.


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Another racing game is official and its name is Forza Street. A product by Microsoft, this is a spinoff of the Forza Motorsport series and is free-to-play on Microsoft Store for Windows 10. According to the Xbox Blog, it should roll out to iOS and Android “this year”.

Racing games enthusiasts would recognize Miami Street in the new Forza because it is rebranded under the Forza franchise, aimed to arrive at low-end devices. Microsoft says it is designed for “racing on the go with streamlined controls that focus on timing of gas, brake, and boost”.

The gameplay is pretty…

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U.S. regulators will ask the general public if robotic cars and trucks need to be permitted on streets without guiding wheels or brake pedals as they attempt to set the very first legal borders for their style on the planet’s second biggest automobile market. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has actually postponed action for 15 months on General Motors Co’s demand to release a restricted number automobiles on U.S. roadways without guiding wheels or other human controls such as a brake pedal. In GM’s petition, NHTSA will for the very first time compare a lorry in which all driving choices are made by a computer system versus a human motorist. NHTSA called it “a crucial case of impression,” providing “crucial and unique problems.”

The choice to move on comes in the middle of increased issues about automatic piloting systems in cars and airplane. A deadly 2018 mishap including a self-driving automobile run by Uber Technologies Inc and 2 fatal airplane crashes including extremely automated Boeing 737 MAX airliners have actually put a spotlight on the capability of regulators to examine the security of sophisticated systems that replace maker intelligence for human judgment.

NHTSA is likewise looking for public discuss a different petition by Softbank Corp-backed driverless shipment start-up Nuro to release a minimal variety of low-speed, extremely automated shipment automobiles without human residents. Nuro, which partnered with Kroger Co last year to provide groceries, looks for approval not to consist of a windscreen in the car. The petitions desire exemptions from U.S. automobile security guidelines mostly composed years ago that presume human chauffeurs would constantly be in control of an automobile.

NHTSA desires input on a breakdown of concerns about the problems surrounding releasing lorries without human controls . NHTSA stated it will accept public remarks for a minimum of 60 days.

GM has stated it intended to release the lorries by the end of 2019 however was uncertain if it will win regulative approval by the end of the year given that 15 months have actually expired with no NHTSA choices. GM representative Patrick Sullivan stated on Friday the business’s “strategies have actually not altered. We are still looking for approval for the petition.”

GM stated it would at first restrict the speed of the test fleet of no greater than 2,500 customized Chevrolet Bolt electrical automobiles as part of a GM-controlled on-demand ride-sharing fleet, most likely to be based in San Francisco. GM should show the lorries are at least as safe as human-driven automobiles to win short-lived exemptions from the requirements. In 2015, Congress stopped working to pass legislation to speed the release of self-driving vehicles on U.S. roadways after the Uber crash. Last October, NHTSA stated it was continuing with strategies to modify security guidelines that bar totally self-driving vehicles from the roadways without devices such as guiding wheels, pedals, and mirrors however acknowledged it might be a prolonged evaluation.

Alphabet Inc’’ s Waymo system late in 2015 released a minimal self-governing ride-hailing service in Arizona for the public without any human motorist. Waymo’’ s cars have human controls and a security chauffeur.

( Reporting by David Shepardson)

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India is playing host to an all-out war in the budget smartphone sector, with Realme and Xiaomi duking it out for supremacy. Now, the Oppo-backed brand has announced a noteworthy figure for the first day of Realme 3 sales in the country.

The company revealed on Twitter that it sold over 210,000 Realme 3 units during its first flash sale yesterday. Not bad for a brand that’s been around for less than a year, right?

With 2,10,000+ units of #realme3 sold on @Flipkart and , let’s welcome the new segment leader. Thank you to all the fans for the overwhelming response. 🤩

Gear up for the next sale at 12 noon, 19th Mar. #PowerYourStyle

— realme (@realmemobiles) March 12, 2019

Realme also claims it’s the new “segment leader” and, when you take the sales figure into account, it certainly seems like a shot at the similarly priced Redmi Note 7.

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Xiaomi India confirmed last week that it produced 200,000 Redmi Note 7 units for the first day of sales, saying they were all sold in “a few minutes.” However, the brand confirmed it was working to increase production in light of the demand. Realme’s assertion that it sold more units than Xiaomi (despite Xiaomi’s claims of production woes) certainly puts a little pressure on the Redmi brand to increase sales.

It’s not the first time Realme issued big numbers for its sales either, as it claimed 370,000 Realme 2 units sold over two days last year. In fact, the brand said it sold 200,000 units on one day alone.

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro goes on sale in India today, but the Oppo-backed brand is also working on a challenger in the Realme 3 Pro. The company even referenced Xiaomi’s Pro model when it teased the Realme 3 Pro earlier this month. No matter which brand emerges supreme in 2019, it looks like Indian consumers are in for some great budget-priced wares.

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An Amazon Echo Alexa device shot from above.

The perky voice of Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa can now be heard across millions of homes. The company’s Echo smart speaker range, and other Alexa-enabled gadgets, have expanded rapidly in just a few years, spawning countless fans.

While Alexa is useful alone — if you need urgent questions answered or want to place an Amazon order — there’s a whole world of opportunities if you pair it with a compatible device or two. 

We’ve rounded up the best Alexa-compatible devices on the market, including add-on products, and those that come with the digital assistant built-in. Here’s our top 10.

Best Alexa compatible devices (add-on)
1. Amazon Smart Plug

An Amazon Smart Plug Alexa device Amazon

The first place many people start with Alexa compatible devices is a smart plug. They’re inexpensive and give you instant control over your gadgets. Amazon’s smart plug is one of the best, because it’s affordable, guaranteed to work, and, well, just look at how cute it is!

You can tell Alexa to turn something on or off as you please, but the virtual assistant also supports routines allowing you to give your electronics a schedule. If you want your TV to power off while you’re asleep, Amazon’s Smart Plug can help. 

Buy Now: Amazon Smart Plug for $19.99

2. Philips Hue A19 Starter Kit (Hub + 2 bulbs)

The Philips A19 smart bulbs starter kit Alexa smart home product Amazon

The Philips Hue low-energy bulbs are the standard when it comes to smart lighting. These bulbs are easy to set up and can be controlled using Alexa or through a smartphone app. 

The Philips Hue bulbs support routines like the Amazon smart plug, while adjusting the brightness settings is just a matter of yelling: “Alexa, dim the bedroom lights” or something similar. 

We recommend the starter kit as your first purchase, which comes with two (or four) white bulbs and the hub for voice control. The colored bulbs are more expensive and may not suit all households, but you can add them later if you like — the hub supports up to 50 lightbulbs. 

It’s a great Alexa smart home product, but you check out our complete list of best smart light bulbs if these ones aren’t for you.

Buy Now: Philips Hue A19 white starter kit from $69.98

3. Fitbit Charge 3 

The Alexa-compatible Fitbit Charge 3

You might already own a Fitbit device, but did you know it was an Alexa compatible device? You can use the dedicated Alexa Fitbit skill to find out a whole bunch of information including your steps taken, hours slept, weight, and more. Just say, “Alexa, ask Fitbit how I slept yesterday,” or insert any other statistic you want to know more about.  

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Buy Now: Fitbit Charge 3 from $128.95

4. Nest Thermostat E

The Nest Themostat E Alexa compatible thermostat. Best Buy

Nest introduced its Thermostat E back in August 2017 and it’s still the best smart thermostat out there. This slimmed-down version of the third generation Nest delivers all of the critical functions of its more expensive sibling, with few compromises.

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Like the standard Nest, the Nest E learns from your usage patterns to automatically raise or lower the temperature in your home based on your habits. Over time, you may find you don’t need to manually adjust the thermostat at all, though this is always possible with your voice thanks to Alexa.

The Nest E’s body isn’t quite as premium-looking. Its display doesn’t have quite as much information, and it isn’t compatible with quite as many HVAC systems as the third generation model. Otherwise, it’s very similar for around two thirds the price.

Control your temperature automatically, keep your home toasty, and live like a king with the Nest Thermostat E.

Buy Now: Nest Thermostat E at Best Buy for $169.99

5. Ring Video Doorbell 

The Alexa compatible Ring Doorbell Amazon

Ring’s smart doorbells pair with other Alexa devices to let you see or hear who’s outside your home. Stick one of these on your doorstep and they’ll alert your Alexa products when pressed or when they detect motion. 

The Ring doesn’t require any specific wires or extras to install, just the wires a regular doorbell needs. In that sense, it’s a product for everyone, but you’ll get most out of it if you have an Echo Spot or Echo Show so you can use its camera. 

The Ring Video Doorbell 1 comes with almost all of the features of the Ring 2 and saves you $60. If you’re okay trading 1080p video streaming for 720p, and giving up a couple of other minor features, it’s probably the better deal.

Buy Now: Ring Video Doorbell for $99

6. Blink Indoor Camera System

Blink smart security camera with Alexa support Amazon

If indoor security is more your thing, this solution from Blink is the best you’ll find. Blink’s battery-powered security camera has motion detection, can be controlled with your voice, and supports live streaming. This feed can be viewed with an Android or iOS smartphone, but as of just last month, Blink now works with video-enabled Alexa devices too.

It starts at $99.99 for one camera, but you can purchase up to five at once to save money on each one. Find out more at the button below.

Buy Now: Blink indoor security system from $99.99

7. Samsung SmartThings hub V3

Samsung's SmartThings hub version 3 Alexa smart home device. Amazon

Samsung’s SmartThings hub is the unifying product that brings a smart home together. It’s compatible with many major smart home device manufacturers — from Bose, to Honeywell, to Philips (yes, the bulbs on this list are compatible), and more — to help you monitor and control your household electronics.

If you’d instead prefer to keep your smart lights, locks, cameras and more, all under one brand — Samsung has you covered there too. You can buy SmartThings hub with all kinds of dedicated sensors to suit your smart home needs — find everything at the button below. 

Buy Now: Samsung SmartThings hub V3 from $69.84
Best Alexa devices (built-in)
8. Insignia 4K HDR Fire TVs

Insignia Fire TV with Alexa built-in Amazon

If you don’t want to buy an Echo, a growing number of products ship with Alexa built in. The Insignia Fire TV range is among them, coming in 43-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch versions.

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These UHD TVs boast more than 8 million pixels, voice-control with an Alexa voice remote, and multiple inputs and outputs, including 3 HDMI ports (one with ARC) and USB (in case you want to power, say, a Google Chromecast). 

Best of all, they start at $249.99 for the 43-inch version. It’s a bargain. 

Buy Now: Insignia 4K Fire TV from $249.99

9. Acer Spin 5 laptop

The Acer Spin 5 laptop on Amazon with built-in Alexa support. Amazon

This convertible laptop is full of great features, like an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U, dedicated Nvidia GTX 1050, and a 15.6-inch Full-HD Multi-Touch Display. It’s capped off by dedicated Alexa integration, meaning you can control your smart home products, create lists, check your calendar, and more, all from your computer.

The Acer Spin 5 has four built-in microphones to help Alexa understand you — this isn’t a token smart assistant integration— and it looks impressive too, in its slimline, steel gray frame. 

You can find it here for a little less in a smaller, 13.3-inch version, if that’s more your thing. Otherwise, it’s currently $944 for the 15.6-inch model with all the trimmings.

Buy Now: Acer Spin 5 (15.6-inch) for $944.00

10. Sonos One

A Sonos One speaker on a table with Alexa built in. Sound Guys

There are many capable Alexa-supported speakers, but the Sonos One stands out for several reasons. It sounds great and the voice control is well-integrated. It shows premium quality throughout, despite its price. 

The Sonos One review from our sister site SoundGuys had many great things to say about it, but they were disappointed by the lack of Spotify and Apple Music support. Thankfully, it now supports Spotify, and Apple Music integration is apparently on the way

Buy Now: Sonos One for $198.95

That’s all folks! What’s your favorite Alexa smart home device or accessory? Let us know in the comments. 

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4A Games has provided a list of minimum and recommended Metro Exodus PC specs along with a performance chart for quick reference.

Along with providing a list of minimum and recommended Metro Exodus PC specs, 4A Games also revealed what you’ll need to run the game in 4K, 60fps with Extreme settings.

You should give the performance chart below the once over too in case bullet lists do your head in. We like bullet list, but we’re also a bit weird like that.

Metro Exodus will also support ray-traced global illumination on Nvidia GeForce RTX series hardware.  RTX-specific performance profiles will released by 4A in the “coming days,” it said. Windows 10 RS5 (Build 1809) or newer and DirectX 12 is required for RTX features.

The game also features a Photo Mode which will work on all PCs, but it can also be used in combination with Nvidia’s Ansel.

Without further ado, let’s get to it.

Metro Exodus PC specs

OS: Windows 7 (SP1 or newer) | 8 (9200 or newer) | 8.1 (9600 or newer) | 10
CPU: Intel Core I5-4440 or equivalent
GPU: GeForce GTX 670 | GeForce GTX 1050 | AMD Radeon HD 7870
Direct X: 11 |12


OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core I7-4770K or equivalent
GPU: GeForce GTX 1070 | GeForce RTX 2060 | AMD RX Vega 56
Direct X: 12


OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core I7-8700K or equivalent
GPU: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti | GeForce RTX 2070 | AMD RX Vega 64
Direct X: 12


OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core I9-9900K or equivalent
GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Direct X: 12

Metro Exodus releases February 15 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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unity used in cross platform development

So, you have a great idea for a game or an app that you think could be a massive hit, perhaps make an impact on the industry, and possibly make you rich.

You have the coding skills and you have the team and resources. Now all that’s left is to choose the platform you want to target. While we don’t really talk about it, Android isn’t the only operating system in the world!

apple android logos cross platform mobile development

If it’s a mobile app you’re making, then the big decision will likely come down to whether you wish to develop for iOS or Android. Each has advantages and disadvantages for developers; while Android has a larger user base, iOS users actually tend to spend more on their apps (both to download the app itself and when making in-app purchases).

But beyond that you might also choose to create an app for a Windows device. Perhaps you want to target Surface users through the Windows store? Or if it’s a game, you might be considering releasing it on Steam and GoG as an indie title – or even on home consoles! There are plenty of games like Limbo and Downwell that have been big hits on multiple platforms including Android.

The ideal scenario? To target every platform that might provide you with an audience, thereby maximizing your impact and your sales. So is that possible? How does cross-platform development differ from developing solely for Android? And what’s the easiest way to go about it?

Challenges faced during cross-platform development

If you were to set out to make a purely Android-focused app, then chances are that you would use Android Studio to code your app in Java using the Android SDK.

Now, if you were creating an app for iOS, you would do so using the Xcode IDE and likely choose Swift as the programming language, using the iOS SDK.

If you then subsequently decide that you want to “port” your app from one platform to the other, then you’ll need to rewrite all of that code. Depending on the nature of your app, this might be a small job or it might be a huge job. You’d then need to set up the project in the new IDE and rearrange all the layouts, add all the images etc.

IOS vs Android mobile development

But at least you’d be able to use the same design specifications and graphics, right? Well… not exactly. Unfortunately, the design language used in iOS is rather different from the design language of Android. Android is well-known for its Material Design approach, whereas iOS has a completely different look and feel. The hardware that runs iOS and Android will vary too. Android developers might be used to dealing with fragmentation and multiple different screen sizes and resolutions, but now you need to consider the lack of back button and the way that users are accustomed to interacting with their apps too.

color palette ios vs android

If you’re adding your app to the Windows Store, or Windows 10 Mobile (sure, why not?), then you’ll need to consider even more factors.

In other words? It’s a headache. So the answer is ideally to set out to build something cross platform from the start.

Choosing a cross platform IDE

Fortunately, this frustration hasn’t gone unnoticed and there are many IDEs created specifically to target the problem of cross-platform mobile development. An IDE (Integrated Development Environment) lets you organize your project, run your code, and more. Android Studio and Xcode IDE are examples of IDEs.

There are many IDEs created specifically to target the problem of cross-platform mobile development

But there are other IDEs out there that use different programming languages, have different features, and target different devices. Several have been developed specifically to solve the issue of cross-platform development.

Here are some of the best for any type of app:


Xamarin is perhaps the most popular choice for cross-platform development outside of games and has a large community, lots of support, and many useful features. Xamarin comes bundled with Visual Studio (Microsoft’s IDE), and lets you code with C#, which some developers may prefer to Java.

You do lose a little of Google’s support and advanced integration. Accessing libraries written in Java will also involve a couple more steps than it previously would have. But other than that, there is little you can do in Android Studio that you can’t do in Xamarin and it’s a fairly painless process to get set up. Of course the real highlight is the cross-platform nature of Xamarin, and you can even test your app on different platforms using the Xamarin Test Cloud.

xamarin ide cross platform

This is how easy it is to start building an Android app in Visual Studio 2015

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Flutter is a recent project from Google that looks to streamline cross platform development and provide a single codebase for your UI. Flutter will integrate with Java, Objective C and Swift, meaning that you don’t need to completely reinvent your app, and comes with useful features such as ‘hot reload’ for rapid testing. It does mean learning Dart though, which is yet another programming language to get your head around. Fortunately, Android Studio has dedicated Flutter and Dart plugins, so it’s very easy to get started. And it just came out of beta!


I’ve made no secret of my love for B4A from Anywhere Software. This is what got me started in Android Development. I still use it to this day when I want to get something up and running as quickly as possible. B4A allows you to develop Android Apps using a language called BASIC (hence the B), which is particularly simple to read and write. It also has a number of features designed to help speed up the process of creating your apps.

b4a cross platform app development

Old-school Basic!

B4A itself is not cross platform. However, Anywhere Software also offers a similar tool called B4i and that does exactly what you might expect (it’s Basic for iOS, in case you missed it). This is the only development tool that allows you to create native iOS apps without a Mac computer, which is a great claim to fame. What’s more, because the programming language is the same, you’ll find it’s much quicker to port from one platform to the other. Many of the same libraries will even work! For those who would also like to develop for desktop computers, the B4J (Basic for Java) has you covered.

It’s not perfect, however. For starters it isn’t free. Secondly, it’s a little harder to create an app that will have the complete modern Material Design feel. Many libraries will need tweaking to get running and of course, you lose that crucial Google support again. But this is certainly still a good option for those that find more complex IDEs daunting.


Both Xamarin and B4A will allow developers to create native apps. That means they will run just as though they had been built using the official IDEs and will have access to all the hardware and software features of the devices they’re running on.

PhoneGap is an example of a different approach. This is a tool for building apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript – languages typically used in web development. In other words, apps can run as though they were webpages, meaning they will work with pretty much any modern device. This isn’t “native” development though, and you’ll lose a fair amount of functionality as a result. You certainly wouldn’t want to go this route for building a game, unless it was noughts and crosses or hangman. That said, you can still access many phone features such as the camera, the compass, media etc. and if your vision is for something fairly basic, then this should suffice. For example, if you were looking to build a business app with minimal financial investment, then you could create a static app with some information and a map this way.


If you’re making a game, then cross-platform development is significantly easier. In fact, most of the tools you would use to create a game already have cross-platform support built in, and this makes publishing to different operating systems as simple as ticking the right box.

unity used in cross platform development

One of my pet projects!

Unity is the game engine and IDE behind the greatest proportion of games in the Play Store. It really is a very simple and powerful tool that makes development easy for beginners, yet still gives you all the flexibility to create whatever you can imagine. You have the option to develop using C# or Java, and it’s possible to make something impressive with relatively minimal coding required. There’s a large community and plenty of support available should you get stuck, as well as a large selection of assets created by other users for you to add to your own games.

Unity actually offers support for a huge range of platforms, including all the major mobile platforms, Windows, Mac, Linux, home consoles, and even VR. And if you wanted, there is nothing to stop you from making cross platform apps that aren’t games this way.

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Unreal offers a similar proposition to Unity, providing a fully functioning 3D game engine and user-friendly IDE. The main difference is in performance and flexibility. Unity is a little better suited to making 2D games with more in-built support, which is possibly what makes it slightly more popular for mobile development. What Unreal has going for it instead is greater graphical performance, which makes it slightly superior for developers that want the most detail and highest framerates on PC. This likely won’t be an issue for mobile development but if your plan is to build for PC first and support mobile later on with a pared-down version, then you might consider Unreal instead.

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GameMaker Studio

GameMaker Studio is an even more user-friendly alternative to Unity or Unreal. Development is kept streamlined and super easy, and lots of resources are provided to save you time and effort. There is still deeper control available for those that would rather dig a little under the hood though. Successful games like Hyper Light Drifter have been built this way. Of course you’ll get less power and flexibility than you would with either Unity or Unreal though.

Successful games like Hyper Light Drifter have been built using GameMaker Studio

Whatever you choose, using one of these platforms for game development will save you a huge amount of time and likely result in a better end product. It’s just a fantastic bonus that you’ll get ready-made cross-platform support by default as well.

And many more…

There are plenty more options out there for getting started with cross-platform mobile development. Popular choices include Cordova, Ionic, Corona, Appcelerator, and Sencha Touch. Do some research and see which one appeals to you.

android studio code

If you want my advice though, then you should stick to Xamarin for utilities and either Unity or Unreal for games. If you’re put off by lots of code and set up, then you might try GameMaker Studio, or perhaps B4A. Those with zero interest in coding might consider using an app builder like PhoneGap, though in that case you could always just outsource development.

Some tips

The good news for game developers is that going cross platform involves significantly fewer hurdles than building a productivity tool. The UI in a game doesn’t have to conform to the design principles of the rest of the operating system and nor is it likely to require things like intents to launch other apps, or even access to unique hardware features.

The only considerations you need to make in terms of designing your app is what the best monetization system is for that platform and who the target audience will be. You’ll find more “hardcore gamers” on a PC or console for instance, while iOS users are happier to pay more for apps upfront. Does this change the way you present and package your app?

adam sinicki author developing android apps

But for utilities and other non-games, things get a little more complicated. Tools like Xamarin make it relatively easy to support multiple platforms but don’t let this make you complacent. You still need to consider the different design sensibilities that will thrive on each platform. It’s a mistake to keep the different versions of your app identical and you might even struggle to get your app published on iOS if you don’t adhere to some of the guidelines.

And keep in mind that you’ll likely need multiple machines (you’ll need a Mac to develop for iOS in most cases, as well as an iOS device), lots of SDKs and lots of testers if you’re going to go cross-platform. It’s still slightly more challenging than targeting a single platform then, so make certain you know precisely who you’re targeting before you start out! Once you have a concrete plan of action in place, you can go about selecting the right IDE and outline the differences between your separate versions.

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Samsung is starting CES 2019 with a trio of laptop computers. The Samsung Notebook Odyssey for players, one for specialists, and a spending plan one.

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