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.)

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Another welcome addition is Data Breakpoints. This...

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

Torvalds calls it 'pure garbage' that Linux is to blame for Stadia port issues

Linus Torvalds has called a blogger's claim that Linux is to blame for Google Stadia port issues "pure garbage".

In a blog post, developer Malte Skarupke pointed the finger at the Linux scheduler as being the culprit for issues when porting games to Google's cloud gaming platform Stadia.

Every millisecond delay impacts the experience when gaming. Skarupke gave this overview as to why he came to the...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Disruptive AI technology can overcome the trade-off between cost, speed and quality

Anyone who has ever managed a project has probably had to make a decision between delivering at high speed, high quality, or low cost: As the saying goes, you can only pick two. This is usually as true for the delivery of software as it is for anything else, but mounting pressure to digitally transform and continuously deliver updates has made speed a default requirement for most organisations. This leaves a choice between quality and cost, which often comes down to a decision about testing.

Testing—especially unit...

By Dr. Daniel Kroening, 19 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Industry, Testing.

Microsoft opens extension submissions for its Chromium-based Edge browser

Microsoft has opened submissions from extension developers for its new Chromium-based Edge browser.

Redmond made the decision earlier this year to end the development of Microsoft's own browser engine and use Google's Chromium instead.

The decision was met with a mixed reaction. Some welcomed Microsoft adding its expertise to Chromium's development, while others – especially Mozilla – expressed concern about the loss...

By Ryan Daws, 17 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Microsoft.

App developers may be forced to disclose any foreign involvement

The US government is considering forcing app developers to disclose any foreign involvement after a string of concerns about how users' data is being collected.

One notable example is video sharing app TikTok. The app is developed by Beijing-based ByteDance and concerns have been raised about how much user data is being sent back to China.

Similar concerns have also been raised about viral hit FaceApp which many people have used to make their face appear old, young, or a different gender. FaceApp is...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Ethics, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms, Security.

Report: Over half of people working with APIs are not developers

API development platform provider Postman has released some interesting findings about the various types of people who are engaging with APIs.

Most people would probably assume developers are the core group of people who are using APIs. However, 53 percent of the 10,000 respondents do not have the title of "developer".

That's a significant increase over last year when 59 percent of respondents said they were either front-end or back-end developers.

Some of the non-developer roles where...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry.

Utopia looks to create a 'self-regulating society' with P2P ecosystem and mineable cryptocurrency

The vitality of the Internet is such that any reference to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, first published in 1943, today usually comes with a half-joking reference to Wi-Fi. Indeed, you would not be reading this piece now without it. Yet one particularly promising area for distributed ledger technologies (DLT) is around user and data privacy for Internet usage.

Meet Utopia. The product, which launches today from anonymous group of networking enthusiasts who call themselves The 1984 Group,...

By Developer, 12 December 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Security.

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.