Risk-based security: Applying more sophisticated risk assessment and mitigation tools

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Not all data is created equal. Right there is why organisations are newly focused on risk based security where the crown jewels get more rigorous protection than, say, humdrum, ordinary files.

This is crucial because – as headlines about breaches of important data files at large insurers such as Anthem, large retailers such as Target, and even federal government agencies demonstrate – hackers have gotten very good at their jobs. Understand, for them this is a job. It’s no...

By Ciklum, 30 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Security.

Opinion: Forget connected fridges, it's time to get serious about the IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) was the most hyped technology of 2014 according to Gartner, and it’s easy to see why. Cisco’s recent IoT study suggests that the number of connected devices is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020, leading to a global economic impact of $10 trillion.

Connected devices are set to change the very fabric of the world we live and work in. However, the buzz around gadgets such as connected fridges and smart kettles being developed...

By Sukamal Banerjee, 29 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, IoT.

Five requirements for a future-proof system integration platform

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The life science organisations around the world are driven by innovation and growth. From family owned business to large conglomerates, life science organisations face special requirements, including the need for maximum efficiency across the R&D cycle, strict quality assurance processes and regulatory compliance.

In order to accomplish this, companies must unite data and processes across diverse sources, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), product life cycle management...

By Stephan Romeder, 27 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise, Platforms.

Four core ways that IoT will improve technology

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is just as much a platform as it is a new standard for technological development and integration. Just as the personal computer enabled new use cases and gave end users new ways to be productive and be entertained, IoT will enable a number of digital improvements to the status quo. All these potential improvements and use cases belong to one of four main uses, much in...

By Ciklum, 23 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry, IoT.

Which beacon shines brighter: Eddystone or iBeacon?

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It always made sense that Google would eventually enter the beacon space. In many ways, it’s surprising that Google didn’t get there first. After all, the technology is essentially putting cookies into physical spaces and bringing many of the same technology we use on the web to the physical world. The tracking, advertising, contextual aware potential of the technology made it a Google...

By Mike Crooks, 21 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, IoT, Location.

IoT and Developers: Is reality meeting expectation?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has successfully made the transition from futurist buzzword to a tangible reality. The wearable phenomenon and the promise of a connected fridge or toaster in every ‘smart home’ are proving to be the earliest drivers, with the ecosystem likely to broaden over time. In fact, for a relatively new market, the IoT is growing and maturing quickly:

By Mark Armstrong, 17 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT.

Zubie invites developers to hop-in with API launch

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Zubie, a leader in connected-car devices, has launched an open API platform today called 'ZinC' (Zubie for the Internet of Cars) which enables developers and engineers to build innovative third-party apps and service integrations on top of Zubie’s existing connected-car platform. 

The company offers solutions for both the enterprise and...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Platforms.

Google puts the spotlight on their iBeacon rival

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Google has revealed their answer to Apple's iBeacons, and as expected the company has built an open alternative compatible with both Android and iOS. The full solution consists of three new key elements; a beacon standard, tools and APIs, and a service for managing and monitoring large beacon deployments. 

The cornerstone of Google's beacon solution is the company's new standard...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

Vortex teaches kids to code using robotics

Earlier today I posted a piece to The Hackfest about a junior hackathon called 'JHack' which teaches kids to code using Minecraft. The hackathon was successful because it allowed students to see the impact their skills could have straight away rather than sitting through an (often tedious) coding lecture. 

As the world around us becomes taken-over with technology, it's become...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry.

Google advances its Material Design takeover

During I/O last year, Google announced its new 'Material' design language based on the "Cards" motif seen in Google Now. Since then, many Android developers have adopted some form of the language (whether a complete makeover or just borrowing some elements to fit-in with the rest of the OS.)

Google announced MDL (Material Design Lite) earlier this week to help web developers bring the design to their websites using CSS, JavaScript, and...

By Ryan Daws, 08 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, iOS.

Users won’t tolerate sub-quality enterprise apps

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There is certainly no shortage of enterprise software – but there is a shortage of enterprise software that is actually used by employees. Why? Because most enterprise app development teams make software the way they always have: They focus on the value that the app provides to business managers and not enough on how the app could add value to the end user.

It’s easy to forget, but your...

By Quinton Wall, 03 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, Industry, Quality.

The art of creating a mobile application development strategy

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Ask any Internet user and you shall have your answer - the future of the web belongs to mobile. An increasing number of consumers are accessing information and data via tablets, smartphones and other digital devices. Users prefer mobile apps for managing data, navigation, shopping and connecting with others.

Mobile apps have revolutionized the way we communicate with our smartphones as...

By Nitin Lahoti, 24 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Industry, iOS, Quality, Testing.

Unleash your users' sensor data with Sense360

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Modern devices are packed with sensors, but few apps take advantage of the data provided due to how complex it can be to make sense of it all. Sense360 aims to change this through enabling your applications to capture, combine, and analyse data from a variety of sources in order to create intelligent new mobile experiences.

Even...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Location, Mobile.

Xbox One: The Windows 10 Advantage

The desktop PC is upgradable to provide unparalleled performance; but Microsoft has neglected to nurture it for years and left PC game developers with aging graphics APIs and players to use Steam as their platform of choice to connect with fellow gamers. 

Microsoft's new Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, had a presence on the PC gaming E3 conference this year and acknowledged: "There have been times in our past where Microsoft has lost our way with PC gaming. As a person who now runs gaming for...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Ecosystem, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.

Opinion: Why the “Native vs. Web” contest doesn’t really exist

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Web developers have suffered from debilitating cases of “app envy” by believing that GUI components traditionally used on native platforms represent the ideal, when instead they ought to be secure in the strengths of the web platform whilst honestly facing the challenges.

The truth is that “native vs. web” is a false dichotomy - the correct path to...

By Nate Cavanaugh, 16 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Design, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Languages.

Turn scribbles into digital handwriting with Eloise's API

Eloise specialises in digitising anyone's handwriting to merge the benefits of digital with the personal touch of an individual's handwriting. Through creating a custom style, you can type your message and Eloise will recreate your own handwriting with an insane amount of accuracy.

Instead of creating a consumer product, Eloise is going the API route and targeting developers

Furthermore, every message is individual thanks to small differences each time in lettering and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API.

Interview: What does the industry think about Oculus / Xbox and the future of VR?

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Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, took attendees by surprise when he took to the stage during Oculus' pre-E3 live stream to announce a partnership between the two huge brands. There are plenty of opinion articles surrounding the announcements - but we thought we would get the thoughts from two people within the VR industry. 

For this interview we spoke to Dan Page, Organiser of the South West VR Conference, and Lukas Roper, Lead Developer at

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, VR, Wearables, Windows.

IoT and the enterprise: What has the industry got to do to kick-start growth?

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The analysts and researchers are in agreement; the Internet of Things (IoT) market will become the largest device market in the world. The question is simply when.

Berg Insight argues that in the industrial automation sector, the number of wireless IoT devices will hit 43.5 million by 2020. In the overall market, the numbers are almost frighteningly big: BI...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

iOS 9 developers should "exclusively" use HTTPS

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Apple has a lot of industry weight and can make or break technologies simply through putting their support behind them or ignoring altogether. As an example, their refusal to adopt Flash has quickened its inevitable demise, whilst their support of HTML5 has caused an uptick in usage across the web. 

During the Cupertino-based giant's developer conference last...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Apple, Hacking, iOS.