Apple authorised API allowing Uber to record users’ iPhone screens

Apple often takes a strict approach to security, but an apparent slip-up authorised an API which allowed Uber to record users’ iPhone screens.

Security researcher Will Strafach made the claim saying the powerful ability would allow Uber to record the screen even when it’s running in the background.

The ability comes from what Apple calls ‘entitlements’ which allow app developers to do things requiring special privileges such as interacting with iCloud or Apple Pay. The screen recording...

By Ryan Daws, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Apple, Industry.

ReVive developer joins Khronos' quest for an open VR standard

Jules Blok, the developer behind ReVive, has joined the OpenXR working group at Khronos in their quest to build an open VR standard.

OpenXR was first known as the Open VR Standards Initiative when it was announced by the Khronos Group last December. The plan is for OpenXR to solve the compatibility problems which exist between VR platforms and simplify development.

Here at Developer, we’ve reported on Khronos in the past for its work on the Vulkan graphics API. Vulkan,...

By Ryan Daws, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, VR.

Comply with COPPA or risk a lawsuit like Disney

If you build apps that are intended for children, make sure you comply with COPPA or risk a lawsuit similar to Disney.

The Walt Disney Company is facing a lawsuit for allegedly failing to protect the personal information of children using its apps. Amanda Rushing, the complainant, filed the lawsuit on Thursday in the San Francisco/Oakland division of the United States District Court.

Four other affiliated defendants will join The Walt Disney Company including Disney Electronic Content, marketing platform...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Ethics, Industry, Marketing, Platforms.

OpenAPI specification v3 further guides interoperable API development

The latest OpenAPI specification has been released to advance the Linux Foundation project’s goal of providing a foundation to developers building interoperable APIs.

Now in version 3.0.0, the latest release is described as a “culmination of nearly two years of collaboration among senior API developers and architects from across multiple industries” such as payment and banking, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and vendors building API solutions.

Some of the most notable additions in...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry.

Mozilla crowdsourcing speech recognition system

With speech recognition and response systems making big headways and the rising acceptance and usage of AI-driven assistants on phones and sensible speakers, the tech marketplace has realized that voice-based interaction is forming a massive element contributing towards the evolving future of human interaction with machines. However, building a voice recognition system for an app or gadget is not an easy task neither is it cheap because it requires a great deal of data to learn from.

Capitalising on this...

By Developer, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Data on Demand: Blending data stream networks with serverless infrastructure

The average person isn’t inordinately patient when it comes to technology. We expect everything from messaging, logistics, gaming, and home automation apps to respond to our requests in real time. The second an app acts slightly sluggish, we’re quick to throw up our hands in frustration and delete it from our smartphone.

A data stream network (DSN) is a scalable infrastructure that provides a secure, always-on connection to a web, mobile, or Internet of Things device that allows it to stream data...

By Wendy Schott, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Google’s DeepMind uses reinforcement learning to master parkour

Google has taught its DeepMind AI to navigate a parkour course by using reinforcement learning.

Reinforcement learning is the practice of rewarding desirable behaviour. The faster the AI could navigate the virtual parkour course, the greater the reward. Further incentives and penalties were added for various other metrics.

“We train several simulated bodies on a diverse set of challenging terrains and obstacles, using a simple reward function based on forward progress,” explains Nicolas Heess, a...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Linux Kernel 4.12 developers added 795 lines of code per hour

The latest release of the Linux kernel is huge with developers adding 795 lines of code to it every hour.

Launched this past Sunday, Linux 4.12 had 19,093 lines of code per day added to it by dedicated programmers. Greg Kroah-Hartman, a prominent maintainer of the Linux Kernel, posted a chart containing data about the development effort behind the latest release.

Other data about the release included:

  • Commits: 14,570

  • Number of files: 59,806

  • Number of lines: 24,170,860

  • Lines added: 1,202,920

  • Lines removed: 168,962

  • Lines modified: 141,550

  • Number of developers: 1,821

  • Changes per day: 231

  • Changes per hour: 9

  • Lines added per day: 19,093

  • Lines removed per day: 2,681

  • Lines...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

Developer fund launched alongside Cloudflare Apps platform

Cloudflare has launched a $100 million developer investment fund alongside the launch of its Cloudflare Apps platform.

The company itself raised $110 million of investment from companies including Fidelity, Google, Microsoft, Baidu, and Qualcomm last year, and with good reason. Cloudflare has grown from a team of 37 operating a network in 23 cities and 15 countries in 2012, to now employing over 200 and having a presence in 62 cities and 33 countries.

“When we started Cloudflare we needed two things: a...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Cloud, Industry, Platforms.