StrongSalt’s new Open Privacy API offers ‘encryption as a service’

Encryption as a service provider StrongSalt has released its Open Privacy API to improve the security of developers’ applications.

StrongSalt was founded by Ed Yu, the former founding engineer of cybersecurity giant FireEye. Back in September, StrongSalt raised $3 million in seed funding from Valley Capital Partners.

Claiming it wants to “do for encryption what Stripe has done for payments and Twilio has done for communications,” StrongSalt offers APIs and SDKs for most of the leading cloud...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Hacking, Industry, Platforms, Security.

Sophos launches a security analysis platform for developers

British cybersecurity firm Sophos has launched a new threat intelligence and analysis platform for developers.

SophosLabs Intelix helps developers to build more secure applications through simple API calls. Developers can use an API call to assess the risk of things like files, IP addresses, URLs, and more.

Sophos claims the platform is continuously updated and features petabytes of...

By Ryan Daws, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Hacking, Industry, Platforms, Security.

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin supports petition to release arrested dev

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin pledges to support a petition backing the release of arrested developer Virgil Griffith.

Griffith was arrested by the FBI at Los Angeles International Airport on 28th November after travelling to North Korea, one of the “United States’ foremost adversaries,” to attend and present a paper at the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference.

The US Department of State denies Griffith had permission for his trip and it's alleged he formulated plans...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

AppsFlyer: ‘Hyper casual’ gaming is boosting in-app advertising

Mobile attribution and marketing analytics firm AppsFlyer has released a new report highlighting the opportunity for in-app advertising driven by the growth of "hyper casual" gaming.

Hyper casual games are defined as offering instant but highly engaging tap-to-play gameplay. Basically, the kind of games you often see people playing one-handed on packed trains around the world.

According to AppsFlyer, these games now have the highest number of installs on average in 50 percent of the top global...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Gaming, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Mobile.

Facebook announces winners of its 2019 Developer Circles Community Challenge

Facebook has announced the winners of this year's Developer Circles Community Challenge during their iD8 conference in Nairobi.

The challenge aims to support and highlight global developers using technologies such as React360 and Spark AR for impactful projects.

Facebook introduced 140 “Build Days” this year which provided an opportunity for participants to meet up offline and build with developers in their local areas.

Here are the overall winners of this year’s challenge:

First prize...

By Ryan Daws, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Industry.

GitHub announces native Android and iOS apps alongside new features

GitHub has announced native mobile apps for Android and iOS alongside several new features during its annual Universe conference.

The world’s largest repo host first launched an Android app back in 2012 before yanking it from the Play Store in 2015. GitHub’s new app is coming to iOS first this time with a beta already available. An Android version will be launched at a later date.

It’s really quite amazing to consider how long it’s taken one of the most important services in...

By Ryan Daws, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Git, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Opinion: What does ‘done’ actually mean? Using the definition of done to drive results

In agile software development, scrum teams focus on finishing one small portion of product functionality at a time. This step-by-step approach is different from waterfall development, where many small pieces may be worked on at one time, but nothing is actually completed until the end of the full project. 

By using scrum to drive each part of the product to a fully done state, teams can create more realistic timelines, change priorities as needed and produce shippable portions early and often. Not only...

By Dave Todaro, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Octoverse 2019: Python slithers past Java to become GitHub’s second most popular language

GitHub has published its latest State of the Octoverse report which provides fascinating insights into the development industry.

As the world’s largest repository host, GitHub is in a fairly unique position to monitor trends among the developer community. The company’s new report has once again highlighted some important changes.

Top languages

Perhaps unsurprisingly, JavaScript retains the crown as the most-used programming language on GitHub over the past year.

The most interesting change is with...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Git, Industry, Languages, Python.

Google Cardboard goes open-source as VR SDK development halts

Google has open-sourced its Cardboard project as Mountain View winds down its mobile VR ambitions.

Cardboard was an impressive project which showed expensive hardware was not necessary for VR apps, but that it certainly helps.

In a blog post, Google wrote:

“From a giveaway at Google I/O to more than 15 million units worldwide, Cardboard has played an important role in introducing people to VR through experiences like

By Ryan Daws, 07 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Mobile, Platforms, VR.

TikTok releases SDK to help developers tap into the viral phenomenon

Viral hit app TikTok has released an SDK enabling third-party app developers to create and share to the short video service.

“The new TikTok SDK allows third-party apps an opportunity to extend their reach while giving users a wider selection of creative tools to help their videos match their vision. We’re excited to extend our creative offerings with our new developer program,” the company said in a blog...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, Social media.

We can work it out: How the Lennon-McCartney partnership can translate to software development

At the beginning of October Abbey Road, The Beatles’ last studio record – though penultimate release – regained the number one spot in the UK charts thanks to the release of a special 50th anniversary edition.

As with the rest of the band’s oeuvre, the composition credit for the majority of tracks was attributed to ‘Lennon-McCartney’, rather than one of the duo. While by the time of...

By Matt Walton, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

Transitioning to DevOps: The four priorities

Enterprises across the world today are becoming increasingly interested in leveraging DevOps to deliver applications and services at a fast pace. However, at most organisations, awareness of DevOps has remained confined to abstract principles rather than practical knowledge. There is a strong misunderstanding about the purpose of DevOps and, as a result, many companies are far less confident in implementing agile operations on the ground.

By Kevin Jones, 01 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Farewell, benevolent dictator: Python creator Guido van Rossum retires

Guido van Rossum, the "benevolent dictator for life" creator of Python, is stepping down from his current role at Dropbox and hanging up his keyboard.

Dropbox hired van Rossum six and a half years ago. The hire made perfect sense, given the company uses about four million lines of Python code. When van Rossum started in 2011, Dropbox’s server and desktop client were written "almost exclusively in Python".

Over the years, other...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Industry, Languages, Python.

Google is pulling open-source apps which feature donation buttons

Google is cracking down on open-source apps which feature a donation button to help support the developer’s work.

The open-source community has been riled up after WireGuard, a free VPN management app, was pulled unceremoniously from the Play Store for accepting donations.

"They (Google) said it was because we're in violation of their 'Payments Policy,' presumably because we have a link inside the app that opens the user's web browser to

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

App revenue is soaring with $21.9bn spent in Q3 alone, up 22.9% YoY

Research from Sensor Tower reveals a range of insights about the app development industry and its rapid growth.

Sensor Tower’s research shows app development is a more lucrative business than ever with almost $22 billion spent in the third quarter alone. The huge spending represents an increase of close to 23 percent over last year’s Q3 2019 spend of $17.9 billion.

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As the chart above shows, the App...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

GitHub employees demand Microsoft cancels its contract with ICE

Microsoft is set to enter into a controversial contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and GitHub staff are demanding it’s cancelled.

The contract is worth $200,000 but ICE has repeatedly come under fire from rights campaigners after a string of abuses, including the highly-publicised separation and detention of migrant children from their families.

Here’s the open letter addressed to GitHub’s CEO and leadership team:

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Ethics, Git, Industry, Microsoft.

Google releases web app for Grasshopper, a tool which teaches basic coding

Google has released a web version of its Grasshopper app, a tool which teaches basic coding skills.

Grasshopper was first developed in Google’s experimental workshop called Area 120 and initially launched in 2018 as a mobile app for Android and iOS devices. According to Google, millions of people have since downloaded Grasshopper.

In a blog post, an account is given of Sheila Eichenberger;...

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

Microsoft announces dual-screen Surface devices early to recruit Windows 10X devs

Microsoft has announced hardware due for release next year in a bid to recruit developers for Windows 10X, an OS designed for dual-screen devices.

Both of the new devices, Surface Duo and Surface Neo, have dual-screens and represent what Microsoft believes is the next popular form factor. The former is a futuristic smartphone, while the latter is designed to be a laptop replacement.

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Mobile, Platforms.

Apple doubles use of Swift in iOS 13 as it shifts away from Objective-C

An analysis shows that Apple’s own use of Swift has doubled in iOS 13 as it further distances itself from Objective-C.

First introduced by Apple in 2014, Swift is now the main programming language for development across Cupertino’s platforms. Adoption of Swift by third-party developers is high, but much of Apple’s operating system still uses Objective-C.

Of course, much of Apple’s reason to continue using Objective-C code within its operating systems is that it’s legacy code...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Languages, Mobile, Platforms.