Bitcasa to be hacked at Apps World North America

Bitcasa is challenging developers to come up with new and innovative ways to leverage its cloud storage platform at the upcoming Apps Hackfest in San Francisco.

The cloud storage platform is inviting Hackfest participants to use the Bitcasa API to create a useful and easy way to drop and drag anything into a Bitcasa Drive. For example, a Go Pro plugin; an IFTTT-like automation; or a mobile app that collects and shares your favourite digital stuff.

The Bitcasa REST API provides a plug-and-play file system for...

By Jon Chang, 04 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Hacking.

How SASS can rescue front-end developers

In a nutshell: What is SASS? SASS is a CSS pre-processor which helps developers simplify complex stylesheet requirements. It's designed to cut out repetitive tasks, speed up your workflow and help organise your styles – read on for three quick tips explaining the do's and don'ts of using it in your projects... 1) Nest is best Problem You find yourself endlessly repeating parent selectors to target child elements. You're going against the DRY (do not repeat yourself) methodology. Solution Nesting is one of the most immediately obvious benefits of SASS. It enables you to organise your styles hierarchically and cut down on repetitive coding, using a familiar nesting pattern to group your selectors together. Beware It's easy to get carried away with nesting but as a general rule of thumb keep it within three levels. If...

By Kat Barstow, 19 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Hacking, Languages.

The world of Android fragmentation in pictures

Time for your regular reminder that the Android world is giant and extremely fragmented! Open Signal put out a great visual looking at Android fragmentation in July, and compared it to last year’s landscape. Here are a few stats to warm you up:

  • 11,868 distinct Android devices seen in 2013
  • 3,997 distinct Android devices seen in 2012
  • 8 Android OS versions currently in use
  • 47.5% of devices are Samsungs
  • 37.9% of users are running Jelly Bean

Now, here’s the actual visual Open Signal produced to represent the Android device...

By Mike Brown, 13 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Hacking, Security.

Microsoft settles 3,265 piracy cases, yet allows 100 fake Windows 8 apps

In two ‘yin and yang’ stories breaking this week, Microsoft has settled 3,265 software piracy cases across 43 different countries, yet Redmond allows “over 100” fake apps into the Windows Store which shipped alongside the latest iteration of its OS.

Let’s start with the good news; a software company as big as Microsoft is bound to get tied up in all kinds of lawsuit battles, and the last fiscal year was a hefty one.

Although keeping busy settling the 3,265 cases, the most...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Hacking, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Security.

Oracle looking to improve Java security

Oracle’s Java, in its current form, is hardly the most secure of platforms. With huge breaches and exploits seemingly every week; the firm is looking to improve security.

The latest tactic by cybercriminals tricks users into running malicious code through a “signed” applet.

 

A website belonging to Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany was the latest found to be infected with the “g01pack”...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Enterprise, Hacking, Languages, Platforms, Security, Testing.

New Android malware is ‘BadNews’ for millions of users

Security research firm LookOut has discovered a new form of malware hiding within Russian “clone apps.” This new threat goes by the apt name of ‘BadNews’ and is thought to have been downloaded “millions of times” across the 32 detected apps.

But what happens with this specific malware? It will attempt to get the user to download other apps which further infect your phone, such as ‘AlphaSMS’ – an app hijacking your phone to sign up to premium SMS services,...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Hacking, Security.

Are Android users being left in the lurch by carriers?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has made a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming that major US operators AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are not doing enough to provide particular Android users with adequate security.

The ACLU links consumers using Droid iterations with “known, exploitable security vulnerabilities” as consequently using smartphones which do not receive “regular, prompt security updates”, and as a result the operators are...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Hacking, Platforms, Security.

Twilio: How to make friends and influence developers

Cloud telecoms communication pioneers Twilio aren’t just bringing their messaging and voice APIs to Europe, they’re bringing their personable, evangelist-based community engagement approach too.

If you follow what goes on in Silicon Valley, you’ll be aware of Twilio. A US start-up that's made waves across the telecoms and cloud communications space providing cloud APIs for developers and businesses to integrate SMS, VoIP and voice calls into mobile, web and desktop...

By Matt Henkes, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Hacking, Industry, Marketing.

Built-in malware scanner for Android in latest Google Play

Will this be the solution to Android security dramas?

Android Police reports that the latest version of Google Play, 3.9.16, will feature a malware scanner for Android devices.

The find was spotted during a root through the app store APK, with the scanner purportedly in two parts on the client side; one called ‘App Check’ which assesses already downloaded apps, and a bouncer-type element which ensures shady figures don’t get in through the front door.

Android Police found various text...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Hacking, Security.

Malicious apps hit Android Market with hidden charges

Google has removed fraudulent apps from the Android Market, after hitting unexpected users with hidden charges.

The users who downloaded one of 22 apps were being charged for downloading apparently innocent services, including horoscopes and games. The apps were downloaded more than 10,000 times before removal.

The apps lured consumers to choose options within the apps that resulted in paying premium rates linked with SMS use. Those apps were presented as bogus apps based on popular games and movies, including Angry Birds, Twilight and Cut The Rope.

This brings up the discussion about 

By Dani Millward, 13 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Hacking, Security.

Gamer data exposed after Steam website targeted by hackers

Online gaming site, Stream, is the latest victim of hackers after the database was attacked allowing access to user forum accounts and enabling them to deface a forum site.

In a statement from Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve Corp - Steam's parent company - it appears the forums were defaced on Sunday evening: "We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game...

By Verity Gough, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Hacking, Security.

Facebook fights over 600,000 hackers a day

Facebook has revealed that it comes under attack by over 600,000 security attacks every day.

In a blog post announcing new security measures to be implemented in coming weeks, the social networking giant estimated that out of the billion plus daily user logins, six percent are fraudulent.

"600,000 times a day, we stop a bad guy from getting access to an account even though he has guessed,...

By Verity Gough, 06 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Security, Social media.

Facebook launches Trusted Friends in bid to boost security

Security took centre stage again today as Facebook announced its new app passwords as well as the "trusted friends" user option.With third party app security concerns on the increase, the Trusted Friends option will allow users to choose three to five friends who can help if they are locked out of their account, much like giving a neighbour the key to the door. Codes will be sent out to the chosen friends who can pass them on to the user who can then log back into their account.In addition, Facebook will allow users to add passwords for...

By Verity Gough, 27 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Hacking, Security, Social media.

Consumers fear 'wave and pay' apps will leave them open to hackers

Consumers fear phone hackers will crack mobile wallets, according to the findings of a new study.

The research, by Intersperience, revealed that while just 17% of Britons are ready to use their phones to make purchases, the fear that use of 'wave and pay' apps will leave them open to increasingly sophisticated hackers.

Of the people polled, nearly half said that 'security concerns' were their number one fear while 24% said using a mobile for payment "feels less secure but I don't know why", and a...

By Verity Gough, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hacking, Security.