Project Tango, WhatsApp & Other Developments in Modern Software This Week [2/27/14]

When we hosted our first FutureStack conference last year, our goal was to bring together leading developers, futurists, and creatives to build, break, and hack the future of software. We had speakers like Twitter Systems Engineer Ben Hindman give us a deep dive into the evolution and future of computing architecture, Fastly CEO Artur Bergman (hilariously) explain latency and how to fix our collective stacks, and a host of other wicked smart people give presentations that were insightful, intriguing and entertaining.

We’re already counting down the days until FutureStack 14 later this year. But until then, we thought we’d keep the conversation going with a weekly roundup of interesting ideas and articles we come across in our software-related reading. Here’s what piqued our interest this week:

  • Google is looking for developers to help drive Project Tango, a prototype smartphone with 3D mapping capabilities, forward.
  • Wearables are all the rage at Mobile World Congress this week.
  • A closer look at the WhatsApp architecture that Facebook bought for $19 billion.
  • If you do Java and you’re not using it already, Project Lombok might be worth checking out.
  • Having trouble with Magento performance? Some helpful tips for e-commerce app developers.

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Check back next week for our Mobile news roundup, and as always, feel free to share any other interesting news in the comments below.

Asami Novak is director of content strategy and development at New Relic. Prior to joining the New Relic team, she wrote marketing and ad copy for a variety of B2B and B2C companies. Her editorial writing has appeared in WIRED and Dwell, among other publications. View posts by .

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