Developers can now access Twitter’s useful ‘Hide Replies’ feature

Twitter has opened up “Hide Replies” to enable third-party app developers to integrate this welcome new feature into their own software.

Hide Replies was rolled out worldwide last November but, as so many of the social network’s features initially, it was limited to Twitter’s own app.

The feature allows users to hide specific replies to their conversations. While these can be unhidden if other users choose, it helps to filter out online trolls aiming to disrupt conversations.

Some...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms, Social media.

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.

Ripple’s dev platform Xpring is ‘building bridges’ with Ethereum

Ripple and Ethereum may be about to prove that friendliness can go a long way in the cryptosphere with a bridge between the platforms.

The two platforms really have quite different goals. Ripple is aiming to become #TheStandard when it comes to instant payments and remittances, while Ethereum wants to become the world’s first decentralised computer.

Going by market cap and partnerships, both are the closest in crypto to achieving those goals.

With a current market cap of $28.3 billion, Ethereum is the largest smart...

By Ryan Daws, 21 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Platforms.

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.

COBOL still going strong with enterprises favouring modernisation over retirement, report finds

Type COBOL into a well-known search engine and the first two questions for the more than 60-year old language are ‘does anyone still use COBOL?’ and ‘is COBOL obsolete?’

The answers to those two queries are ‘yes’ and ‘no’, if a new report from Micro Focus is anything to go by.

The study, put together alongside Vanson Bourne and which...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Languages.

SoundCloud repairs API-related security snafus after Checkmarx research

Online audio distribution platform and music sharing website SoundCloud has fixed several security vulnerabilities affecting its API that could have otherwise resulted in hackers taking over accounts, launching denial of service attacks, and exploiting the service.

All weaknesses were found in an investigation conducted by the Checkmarx Security Research team to study the state of API security in leading online platforms.

By Developer, 12 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Security.

HackerRank developer skills report: Go remains most desired language, JavaScript best known

A survey report released by HackerRank has found that developers find JavaScript the most-known language, Go most-wanted to learn, and full-stack development skills the most desired in the job market.

The 2020 HackerRank Developer Skills Report noted that JavaScript retained its status as the most widely-known programming language, alongside Java, C, and Python.

For its report,...

By Developer, 06 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, JavaScript, Languages.

Block.One posts a $200k reward for whoever can build an Ethereum VM for EOS

The main development company behind the EOS blockchain has posted a $200k reward for anyone who can build an Ethereum virtual machine for it.

Ethereum has, by far, the most DApps (Decentralised Apps) and developers contributing to it. However, the “world’s computer” is also plagued by scalability problems.

To help solve its scalability issues, Ethereum is transitioning to a proof-of-stake consensus in addition to implementing features like sharding. “Phase Zero” of Ethereum 2.0...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Platforms.

Raspberry Pi 4 is now OpenGL ES 3.1 conformant, Vulkan incoming

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B has passed Khronos’ test suite meaning it is now conformant with the not-quite-latest OpenGL ES version.

The Pi 4 Model B was launched last June packing a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC with a Videocore VI GPU supporting the OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics API.

As of earlier this month, the Pi 4 Model B was added to Khronos’ list of devices officially compliant with OpenGL ES 3.1.

OpenGL ES is a popular API helping developers to render 2D and 3D graphics. As of writing,...

By Ryan Daws, 03 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: API, Devices, Gaming.

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.

Analysis shows the 16 most in-demand programming skills

A new analysis highlights the most in-demand programming skills looked for by employers as we begin the new decade.

Nick Kolakowski, a writer for Dice Insights, analysed data from Burning Glass – an analytics software company providing real-time data on job trends – and found that most job postings in the past 30 days wanted SQL skills.

Here’s the full breakdown of desired programming skills by job postings in the past 30 days:

  • SQL (56,272)

  • Java (48,949)

  • Software Development (44,633)

  • Software Engineering (35,898)

  • Python (34,426)

  • JavaScript (33,619)

  • Linux (28,562)

  • Oracle (24,218)

  • Microsoft C# (20,068)

  • Git (18,573)

  • C++...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Languages.

Bitcoin developer reports 42% drop in build time, 44% fewer packages

A developer contributing to Bitcoin has published a report detailing improvements made to the world’s largest cryptocurrency.

In his report, Michael Ford highlights that the number of packages in Bitcoin Core 0.19.99 has been reduced by 44 percent since version 0.13.2.

This reduction in packages has helped to decrease the build time of versions down to 135 seconds, a 42 percent improvement over the peak.

Another benefit of fewer packages is...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Industry.

Microsoft teaches Visual Studio Code a few new Java tricks

Microsoft has taught Visual Studio Code a few new tricks to help Java developers as we ease into the next decade.

The main feature is a new Call Hierarchy view. By right-clicking a function and navigating to Peek Call Hierarchy, a developer can see a full list of incoming and outgoing calls (it's possible to filter just either, if you so desire.)

callhierachy

Another welcome addition is Data Breakpoints. This...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Java, Languages, Microsoft.