Facebook issues update following cancellation of ‘in-person’ F8 event over coronavirus

Facebook has issued an update following its decision to cancel this year’s F8 conference over coronavirus fears.

F8 is Facebook’s annual event to update the world on its plans for world domination. The event is developer-focused but users also watch the conference to learn about all the new apps, features, and even hardware coming their way.

In a blog post, Facebook wrote:

“Given the growing concerns...

By Ryan Daws, 28 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Industry, Platforms, Social media, VR.

Safari soon won’t accept HTTPS certificates longer than 13 months

Apple announced during last week’s CA/Browser Forum that Safari will soon reject any HTTPS certificates that expire in any longer than 13 months.

The CA/Browser Forum is a voluntary consortium that began in 2005 as part of an effort among certification authorities and browser software vendors to provide greater assurance to web users about the sites they visit.

HTTPS certificates, using TLS encryption, help to ensure the sites a user visits are safe and legitimate. However, just because a site was once...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, Security.

Linux Foundation and LISH publish latest open-source census with suggestions to boost security

The latest open-source census has been published by the Linux Foundation and Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard University (LISH) with some interesting observations.

Now in its second edition, the census examines the current state of open-source software. The latest report, catchily titled “Vulnerabilities in the Core, a Preliminary Report and Census II of Open Source Software," focuses on common Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) used in...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Security.

GDC State of the Game Industry 2020: Key trends for the year ahead

The latest GDC State of the Game Industry survey has been released highlighting several interesting trends for the year ahead.

2020 is set to be an important year for the gaming industry. The next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles are due to arrive in time for Christmas wishlists, there are murmurs of a Nintendo Switch Pro, VR is maturing, and cloud gaming will accelerate.

Console wars: The last generation?

11 percent of survey respondents said their current project is being developed for the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms, VR.

Microsoft begins charming developers into supporting its dual-screen vision

Microsoft has kicked off its campaign to get developers to support its dual-screen vision with the release of a preview toolkit.

The toolkit allows developers to begin crafting apps for the company’s upcoming Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone. However, those wanting to start building apps for the Windows 10 X-powered Surface Neo PC will need to wait a bit longer.

Both of the new...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Mobile, Platforms.

Android 11 will add a new App Compatibility feature to ease testing

Google plans to make testing your apps for compatibility issues much simpler in the next Android release.

The company's annual I/O developer event is an exciting time for techies. Shiny new toys are debuted at I/O for both developers and consumers, but they can also present compatibility problems which can ruin the experience users have with your apps.

Starting with Android 11, Google plans to add an App Compatibility feature which can be found in the developer settings.

The new setting allows developers...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Industry, Mobile, Platforms, Testing.

UK gov offers $130k to any developer able to build cryptocurrency tracing software

The UK government is so desperate to better trace cryptocurrencies that it's offering up $130k to any developer able to build software that can do the job.

Some cryptocurrencies are a lot more difficult to trace than others. Cryptocurrencies like Monero, Dash, and Zcash use things like ring signatures and zk-SNARKs to really cover up users' tracks. However, in general, cryptos are simply not as easy to trace as your typical bank payment – and governments see that as a problem.

One of the best...

By Ryan Daws, 21 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Careers, Industry.

Ethereum 'officially' kicks off its One Million Devs initiative

Blockchain giant Ethereum has ”officially” kicked off its One Million Devs initiative as the platform aims to build upon its already substantial developer base.

Despite many projects eying its throne, Ethereum remains the largest decentralised app (DApp) platform and the second largest cryptocurrency in terms of market cap. The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance includes hundreds of giants like Intel, Microsoft, JP Morgan,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Ecosystem, Industry, Platforms.

Huawei sets out its post-Google plans with release of HMS Core 4.0

Huawei has unveiled further details about its replacements to Google’s services as it prepares to lose access following US sanctions.

During an event in London, Huawei made its pitch as to why developers should port their apps to HMS (Huawei Mobile Services).

The first reason is a cash incentive. Huawei announced that it will use a pot of £20 million ($26 million) to help persuade developers to bring their apps to HMS.

Anson Zhang, MD of Huawei UK, said: "We have announced our £20...

By Ryan Daws, 17 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AI, API, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Google prepares to send Chrome apps to its infamous graveyard

Google has announced its timeline for ending support of Chrome apps, meaning another headstone will be needed for the company’s graveyard.

The number of products Google has killed off has become something of a joke within the tech industry, but few people will miss Chrome apps like some of the others (shoutouts to Google Wave and Google+)

Chrome apps were intended to function like regular apps in that they open in their own window. However, most people today are using standard web...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.