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When we announced the Ionic Platform beta in March of this year, we informed the Ionic Platform userbase that we would be shutting down a number of our alpha services in order to transition to the much more robust beta platform that would soon become our production release mid-2016. We also released a beta migration guide that walked through the process of moving to our new APIs.

This is a final reminder that today, June 24th, 2016, we will be shutting down a number of alpha Ionic Platform services and any apps that have not yet transitioned will no longer function properly. For some services, the transition process is as simple as hitting a new endpoint with a new API token, for others there is a little more work involved but many of the features are the same if not greatly improved with the new services. Note: Analytics is not part of this shut down and we will have more information about that product shortly.

We made the tough decision to deprecate a number of old APIs to enable a much more scalable and powerful offering, and we’re excited to show you what’s coming next. Thank you for your understanding as we move forward.


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Let Me See, the app that won the Innovation Award at the 2016 Angular Attack hackathon, was built with Ionic 2 in 48 hours by Wassim Chegham, a Developer Advocate at SFEIR in Paris and a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies, with help from Attila Csanyi and Uri Shaked.

Let Me See’s main purpose is to help people with sight loss “see” what is around them by reading text and analyzing colors out loud.

It’s also a Progressive Web App, which we were pretty psyched about, since we’ve been wanting to find a great PWA example to show all of you!

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Here at Ionic, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve, and one of our major goals is to make it easier for you to find all of our products and services, so you can have everything you need to build awesome apps in one place. We’re hoping our new Discover Ionic page, a hub that finally places everything Ionic-related in one searchable place, does exactly that.

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Today, we’re excited to announce that the beta 9 release of Ionic 2 is live! Beta 9 includes many bug fixes that community members reported and worked with us to fix, so we’d like to thank those of you who filed issues and worked with us to resolve them. This release is for you!


Cheers!

Along with these bug fixes, we also managed to squeeze in a new feature, thanks to your requests: Sliding items on the left and right side! You’ve been begging for this feature, and we’re so happy to be able to include it in this release.
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Attendees of The Design Conference Brisbane got a cool bonus this year: a personal concierge in the form of an Ionic 2 app.

Software developer Phillip Hartin teamed with UI designer and curator Matthew Haynes to develop the app. The app’s aim was to break the perceived barrier between the audience and the presenter, providing a platform to seamlessly interact and engage with each other, opening the floor for discussion, education, creativity and a world-class event environment.

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Hello Ionites!

Today, I’m excited to publicly open up our Ionic Trusted Partners Program! The rapid growth of Ionic has resulted in high demand for reliable, top-notch consultants, contractors, and client dev/design shops who can help in assisting and creating high-quality Ionic apps for others.

Trusted Partners are the expert consultancies that we vet, and then recommend to organizations who are looking for a referral to a development agency or consultant to help them build Ionic apps.

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I was doing some research on common challenges developers face while building their Ionic apps, and one of the things that kept coming up was Deeplinking.

For those not familiar, Deeplinking makes it possible to direct a user to content hidden deep in a native app, whether that’s from another app or a web browser. As web developers we live and breathe deep-linking because that was the major innovation of the web. Native apps are only just catching up, and so it hasn’t always been obvious how to link into an app the way we link into a webpage.

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Untappd, a popular social app to share and discover beer, allows users to rate, review, and share the beers they’re drinking with friends.

“We aim to educate users about beers out there, and beers they should try based on our recommendations and taste profile,” says Greg Avola, co-founder and CTO of Untappd. “We also have badges and achievements that users can earn by going outside their normal beers of choice.”

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hack.guides tutorial contest

Ionic is proud to sponsor the hack.guides() tutorial contest. Any Ionic Framework-related tutorial will qualify to win a $500 cash prize.

For the next 45 days, contestants will have the opportunity to collaborate with the hack.guides() developer community to better understand the best practices and tricks for using Ionic, RethinkDB, Amazon Alexa, and many exciting APIs.

All Ionic guides will be judged on community reviews, ratings, and overall use of Ionic Framework. Those submitting their apps on Ionic Market may receive additional swag from Pluralsight. What are you waiting for? Start your tutorial!


Ionic 2 Beta 8 has arrived! This release brings many bug fixes, some breaking API changes and even a few new highly requested components!

We recommend reading the changelog for a full list of changes and, as always, letting us know on GitHub if you find any issues.
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