Google will pay hackers to discover bugs in apps with over 100m installs

Google has announced changes to its bounty program in a bid to tackle vulnerabilities found in popular Android apps.

Just this week, CamScanner, an app with over 100 million installs, was removed from the Play Store after it was caught spreading malware.

Discovered by Kaspersky researchers, CamScanner's recent versions shipped with the malicious Trojan Dropper module which extracted and ran another malicious module from an encrypted file that is...

By Ryan Daws, 30 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Mobile, Platforms, Security.

Industry legend John Carmack gives his thoughts on modern video games

Gaming legend John Carmack, id Software founder and CTO of Oculus, has given his take on modern video games.

Carmack has illustrious gaming credentials having been the lead programmer of renowned titles such as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage, and their sequels. Many of Carmack’s games were considered groundbreaking and continue to be influential today.

A large number of gamers feel there’s little innovation and variety in most modern games despite budgets often surpassing that of Hollywood...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

DRM system Denuvo is coming to Android as ‘Mobile Game Protection’

Controversial DRM technology provider Denuvo is coming to Android as the aptly-named  ‘Mobile Game Protection’.

Denuvo’s parent company, Irdeto, made the announcement today promising to help counter the scourge of hacked games.

Beyond piracy reducing the revenue available for a game’s developers, cracked games can pose a security risk to users. The in-game experience for users can also be affected, with hacks potentially providing ways to gain an unfair advantage over legitimate...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, Industry, Mobile, Security.

Unhappy developers pen letter to Apple over iOS 13 privacy changes

A group of unhappy developers have penned a scathing letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook over privacy changes made in iOS 13. In their letter, the developers even accuse Apple of anti-competitive behaviour with changes as to how apps can access users’ location data.

Many apps which require location data today ask the user to “Always Allow” when the app is first launched. Such an overarching permission often gives apps more access to a user’s location data than is required for the app’s...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Be aware, Play Store approval times will now take longer

Google is increasing the scrutiny of new apps submitted to the Play Store which means approval times will now be longer.

The official Android app store has witnessed a spate of malware-infested apps making it past Google’s current approval process. Just a few days ago, Trend Micro announced that it reported 85 apps posing as photography and gaming apps to Google...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Dropbox explains the downsides of sharing iOS and Android code

A software engineer from Dropbox explains the reasoning behind the company’s decision to no longer share code between iOS and Android.

Until recently, Dropbox shared code between its Android and iOS apps using C++ to only write once rather than in both Java and Objective-C. This strategy has been in place since 2013 when Dropbox’s team was still relatively small but needed to support a fast-moving roadmap.

Dropbox, now it’s a much larger company, has switched to developing its Android and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Huawei unveils HarmonyOS as more than just an Android replacement

Huawei has unveiled HarmonyOS as a replacement for Android if the China-US trade war continues to escalate, but the OS also has greater ambitions.

The Chinese tech giant continues to find itself in the crossfire between China and the US in their ongoing trade dispute. While the US itself a small market for Huawei devices, the manufacturer has used almost exclusively American software, hardware, and standards to reach its position as the second-largest smartphone manufacturer.

Earlier this year, the US...

By Ryan Daws, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Twilio aims for social good by promoting equality and launching initiatives to support non-profits, most vulnerable

Twilio has announced a range of internal policy changes designed to improve workplace equality alongside initiatives to support non-profits and the most vulnerable.

Very little can get done without communication, it’s behind almost everything we do. That puts Twilio in a position which Spiderman’s Uncle Ben would say: “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

Promoting equality

Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson began his keynote setting out the company’s goal that, by 2023, his...

By Ryan Daws, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will force game developers to disclose loot box odds

While the debate over whether loot boxes constitute gambling or not rages on, the largest console makers are taking matters into their own hands.

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have all decided to force game developers which use loot boxes to disclose the odds of winning items.

The announcement was made following an FTC workshop on loot boxes. During the workshop, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) – which represents all three console makers – announced their plans.

A follow-up

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

Moving beyond apps into the next big era with Twilio Conversations

Twilio is hoping to empower developers looking to move beyond apps with Twilio Conversations announced today during Signal 2019 in San Francisco.

Jeff Lawson, CEO of Twilio, kicked off the 2019 keynote highlighting the importance and growth of communication tools with some impressive statistics.

Developers using Twilio's communication solutions now drive 750 billion human interactions per year, a peak SMS rate of 13,000 per second, 2.8 billion unique phone numbers, and 3 billion email...

By Ryan Daws, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.