Samsung set to switch from Tizen to Wear OS smartwatches

Prolific leaker Evan Blass (of @evleaks and Venture Beat fame) produced a rather interesting morsel this week: reportedly, Samsung employees have been spotted wearing smartwatches running Wear OS, rather than Samsung's own Tizen operating system.

Samsung has been committed to its homegrown platform for a few years now, with Gear smartwatches and fitness trackers exclusively using the Tizen OS, so seeing a switch to Wear OS is something of a sea change.

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By William Judd, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Mobile, Wearables.

10 essential resources for intermediate Python programmers

So, you're an intermediate Python programmer. You've earned that title through coming into Python after knowing another language, or by going through Python tutorials or classes until you felt confident enough in the basics. That's great. Now, it's time to really spread your wings and really start thinking in a Pythonic way. Here are ten of my favourite resources to do just that, including fun challenges, must-read books, reference tools and projects.

Python Module of the...

By William Judd, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Industry, Languages.

Lego's new Powered Up line lets you drive and code the Batmobile

Lego took to the New York City Toy Fair this week to announce its new line of connected toys. They're called Powered Up, and they stride the line between traditional sets and programming-oriented brands like Boost and Mindstorms. The idea is to make sets that are fun out of the box, with nothing but building required, but to add in smarter elements for kids to take the toys further, like remote controls and programming.

The lead set is the Batman App-Controlled Batmobile, a remote controlled car driven...

By William Judd, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Industry.

'Efail' exploit circumvents PGP and S/MIME email encryption

If you rely on encrypted email via PGP or S/MIME, you may want to temporarily switch to a new form of communication, as serious issues have been found with how these standards are implemented in many popular email programs on Windows, Linux, macOS and Android.

Following an initial advisory on Monday, European researchers published an exploit called Efail in a paper called Breaking S/Mime and OpenPGP Email Encryption Using Exfiltration Channels.

The paper outlines...

By William Judd, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Ethics, Hacking, Industry.

Learn through doing with 'Build Your Own X'

Swiss developer Daniel Stefanovic has created an impressive resource for developers, called Build Your Own X. This GitHub repository is a carefully vetted list of tutorials, designed to help you actually understand a topic by building a simple - yet functional - implementation.

The idea

For example, if you wanted to know more about how blockchain or cryptocurrencies work, you could create your own in an afternoon. Going through that process means that you can't just fake understanding; you're pushed...

By William Judd, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

Android Studio gets Chrome OS emulation

Last week, we covered the exciting news that Google had added Linux app support to Chrome OS, allowing apps like Android Studio to run on Chromebooks. Now we're looking at things from another angle, as Google have added a Chrome OS emulator to Android Studio.

That means developers can now test how Android apps will run on Chrome OS, without needing to have physical access to a Chromebook themselves. 

Given the...

By William Judd, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

Opinion: Developers can bring millions online with a routine fix

It’s been a lively week in Redmond, WA at the annual Microsoft Build conference, where the world’s brightest developer talent has been exploring the future of cloud, blockchain, artificial intelligence and other innovations that make it an exciting time to be a developer. But, I’d like to call your attention to another, lesser known issue where developers have an opportunity to add significant value for their organizations: Universal Acceptance (UA).

UA is a technical compliance best...

By Mark Svancarek, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Linux app support coming to Chrome OS

Google's I/O developer conference kicked off yesterday, bringing with it a raft of announcements of interest to programmers and users alike. While demonstrations like Google Assistant's natural call to a hair salon took centre stage, Google also slipped in a big scoop for developers: Linux app support will soon be added to Chrome OS.

Historically, developers interested in working on Chromebook hardware such as Google's line of Pixelbooks have had to boot Linux on their devices or use tools like...

By William Judd, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Chrome OS will support Linux apps — with a dash of Material Design

A commit to Chromium’s code has revealed more about Google’s plan to support Linux apps in Chrome OS with a dash of Material Design.

Google’s annual I/O developer conference is just around the corner, and we’re starting to see the usual early hints at what to expect. We’ve known about Project Crostini, the codename for the project to bring Linux apps to Chrome, for some time — but the UI elements have remained a mystery, until now.

The developers behind Crostini appear to...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

Google programmer’s guide reveals details about Fuschia OS

Exactly what Google has planned for its Fuschia OS is still murky, but details found in an official programmer’s guide is starting to give us a clearer view.

Code for Fuschia has been available on Google Git (and mirrored on GitHub) for some time. A programmer’s guide for it was posted titled ‘The Book: a programmer-oriented guide to interacting with Fuchsia’ and provided a deeper insight into what to expect from the...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Stack Overflow releases its ‘largest ever’ study of developers

Stack Overflow has released its annual study of the development industry. The company says its 2018 edition represents the ‘largest ever’ study of developer attitudes, salaries, and demographics.

Joel Spolsky, CEO of Stack Overflow, says:

“Today, every company is a technology company. Without developers, the economy would not evolve at the pace we’re...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: AI, Industry, Languages.

GitHub was hit with the world’s largest DDoS attack

It went down for five minutes.

Yes, unlike the last record-breaking DDoS attacks, which caused disruption to major services for days — GitHub was able to quickly mitigate the attack so that few users would have even been aware of the downtime.

The attack was launched on Wednesday last week and GitHub was unavailable from 17:21 to 17:26 UTC. In

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Git, Hacking, Industry, Platforms, Security.

User retention on iOS is higher than Android – but not by much

A study examining 11,000 apps has found that users on iOS consistently stick around longer than on Android.

The analysis, conducted by Adjust, confirms a fact that has been widely known for some time still holds true. What's interesting, however, is the iOS user retention lead is marginal over Android.

Adjust defines app retention as “the percentage of users still using an app for a certain number of days after...

By Ryan Daws, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Google shows its ‘Vision’ for accessible AI with AutoML

Google has introduced Vision, the first of its Cloud AutoML series of machine-learning solutions designed to make AI development faster and easier.

AutoML Vision is a new service which aims to simplify the creation of custom machine-learning models for image recognition. The interface is drag-and-drop to ensure it’s accessible to a wide range of developers, researchers, and businesses.

Mike White, CTO and SVP, for...

By Ryan Daws, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Skills for these ten platforms are the most in-demand for 2018

A global network of freelance engineers, designers, and finance experts has released a list of the ten most in-demand programming languages for 2018.

According to Toptal’s internal data, skills for the most in-demand platforms requested by its clients are:

  • Angular 2 (+441.5% year over year (YOY)

  • React Native (+353.7% YOY)

  • Docker (+140.7% YOY)

  • Redux (120.6% YOY)

  • React.js (+97.4 YOY)

  • Firebase (+96.4 YOY)

  • Shopify (+93.0 YOY)

  • WooCommerce (69.0% YOY)

  • Azure (+53.0%...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Languages.

Microsoft is setting up an ‘AI university’ to address the talent shortage

Microsoft is so concerned about the shortage of AI skills that it’s setting up an ‘AI university’ to overcome it. Unfortunately, it’s only for Microsoft employees (for now.)

The internal AI university will train employees on different concepts that are important for the development of AI. Microsoft Research Director Chris Bishop says the program is designed to give practical skills and knowledge to people who are trained elsewhere in the business.

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Legislators say ‘loot boxes’ are subject to gambling laws

Lawmakers have been examining whether so-called loot boxes should be subject to the same rules as casinos.

Loot boxes in games can often be bought for real money in return for a random selection of items. They’re designed to be addictive, yet can feature in games available to people under the legal gambling age in many countries.

‘Designed to lure kids into spending money’

By Ryan Daws, 23 November 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Ethics, Gaming, Industry.

UK computing education needs an upgrade — or risks being left behind

A new report co-funded by Microsoft and Google has found a dire need for a tenfold increase in computing education funding in the UK.

The study, conducted by The Royal Society, warns an entire generation is at risk of not having the vital technology skills for the future. In fact, it found more than half of schools in England do not even offer a GCSE in Computer Science.

Other findings in the report, led by famous engineer Steve Furber

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