Hot off the heals of Google’s announcement about Jelly Bean this afternoon, the team just posted a full page to highlight what looks to be every feature of the new mobile operating system. A few of the big features include an overall faster experience, expandable notifications, a revamped voice search, a Siri-like competitor called “Google Now,” resizable widgets, high-res contact photos, and more. You can check out the page for all the details, or read our earlier coverage.
WordPress 3.4.1 is now available for download. WordPress 3.4 has been a very smooth release, and copies are flying off the shelf — 3 million downloads in two weeks! This maintenance release addresses 18 bugs with version 3.4, including:
- Fixes an issue where a theme’s page templates were sometimes not detected.
- Addresses problems with some category permalink structures.
- Adds early support for uploading images on iOS 6 devices.
- Allows for a technique commonly used by plugins to detect a network-wide activation.
- Better compatibility with servers running certain versions of PHP (5.2.4, 5.4) or with uncommon setups (safe mode, open_basedir), which had caused warnings or in some cases prevented emails from being sent.
Version 3.4.1 also fixes a few security issues and contains some security hardening. The vulnerabilities included potential information disclosure as well as an bug that affects multisite installs with untrusted users. These issues were discovered and fixed by the WordPress security team.
Download 3.4.1 now or visit Dashboard → Updates in your site admin to update now.
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Facebook is working on making a faster version of its mobile app, according to the New York Times today.
The app is reportedly being built primarily with Objective-C, a language that should make the app significantly faster than it is now. Facebook’s mobile apps are much slower than other apps because the company uses HTML5 within an Objective-C shell. The existing method allows Facebook to push out changes without requiring a full version update in the App Store. It also means engineers can reuse code across multiple mobile platforms. But the result is often frustrating for users who have to wait longer for items to load or restart the app after it crashes.
Exciting news! We now have an API for Screenshots.com, and at least for now, it’s completely free. We’re letting anyone in the world use it (within reason!), and we’re giving away both small and large screenshots plus the complete historical record for a domain.
You can learn more about access, api documentation and the terms of service at Screenshots.com/api/
Let us know what you think!
Google execs are live on-stage at Google I/O to kick things off with the official unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The first aspect of the latest version of Android discussed at the event is “Project Butter,” which is a number of enhancements that improves touch responsiveness and overall smoothness of animations and the UI. It also brings the system frame rate up to a consistent 60 frames per second.
Google moved to demos of the redesigned widgets, which scale intelligently around other UI elements, and a new Predictive Keyboard that supports voice input. There was also a demo of redesigned notifications that Google explained are now fully customizable, expandable, and collapsible.
Execs gave a demo of new notifications that expand to offer more information as they reach the top of the list (such as sharing options or artwork related to notification), and they can be expanded and collapsed at any time via gestures. Google next showed improved voice search in Jelly Bean that appears to be its much-rumored Siri-like assistant feature.
Google moved on to a new feature called “Google Now,” which is a search product that uses customizable cards—such as “Sports” or “Flights”—to keep you up-to-date on data that is important to you and provides personal assistant-like features. For example, cards would give up-to-date information based on your personal preferences, location- update travel information if you are running late, or it can give you sports scores for teams you like based on past Google searches.
Jelly Bean will roll out to Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom, and Nexus S in mid-July with the developer SDK available today.
The 2012 Google I/O Developers Conference starts today at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, Calif., with events continuing until June 29 at 4:30 p.m. PST.
- Google I/O 2012 Liveblog
- Sergey Brin interrupts I/O keynote to demo Google Glasses, says conference attendees can pre-order headset
- Google+ has 250 million users, dedicated tablet version rolls out today
- Google unveils orb-like, USA-made Nexus Q streaming device
- Google officially announces the Nexus 7 tablet, ships in mid-july for $199
- Google Play eyes 1.5B app installs every month, introduces magazines and TV content
- Google says 1M Android devices activated daily
- Google officially unveils Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, rolling out OTA mid-July
- Google’s Nexus 7 tablet introduction video leaks out [Video]
- Video and images of Nexus Q home media device also leak ahead of Google I/O
- Here is Google’s Nexus 7 tablet [Photo]
- Sergey Brin walks around Google I/O wearing Google Glasses
- ‘Do Androids Dream of Jelly Beans?’ — Google gets ready for today’s I/O keynote
One of the great things about developing for WordPress is the number of tools available for developers. WordPress core ships with a bunch of useful features (e.g.
WP_DEBUG) with many more built by the community (like our own Rewrite Rules Inspector and VIP Scanner) that make development and debugging a breeze. The hardest part is getting your environment set up just right: knowing what constants to set, what plugins to install, and so on.
That’s why we built-in the Developer plugin. It’s your one-stop resource to optimally configure your development environment by making sure you have all the essential settings and plugins installed and available.
If you’re a WordPress developer, we highly recommend installing this plugin in your development environment. You can download the plugin from the WordPress.org Plugins Directory or directly from your WordPress Dashboard (Plugins > Add New).
Here’s a quick walk-through:
If you’d like to check out the code and contribute, join us on Github; pull requests are more than welcome.
Are there any tools, tips, and tricks that you’re using that we’ve missed? We’d love to add them to the plugin. Let us know in the comments.