Binary scans find vulnerabilities in one in five Android apps

Research conducted by binary-level security and compliance testing company Insignary has found vulnerabilities in one in five Android apps.

Insignary tested 700 of the most popular Android apps on the Google Play Store for the research. Their Clarity system was put to work for the first time analysing APKs for known open source vulnerabilities.

Here are some of the key findings:

  • The binary scans indicate that the Android apps available on Google Play Store by the top software vendors contain versions of open source components with security vulnerabilities. Out of the 700 APK files scanned, 136 contain security vulnerabilities.

  • 57% of the...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms, Security.

GitHub’s Learning Lab teaches developers how to collaborate

GitHub has introduced a new tool it’s calling ‘Learning Lab’ which teaches developers how to collaborate on code using its service.

In the company’s own words, “GitHub is more than a home for code. It’s a forum for collaboration, a sandbox for testing, a launchpad for deployment, and often, a platform for learning new skills.”

Learning how to use GitHub is almost essential for any developer — whether it’s for open-source projects, or for...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Git.

Android Things Developer Preview 8 brings final APIs

The latest Developer Preview of Google's IoT platform Android Things has launched, bringing with it what represents the final API surface before the stable version.

During the preview releases of Android Things, Google committed to providing updates every 6-8 weeks – a schedule the company has kept fairly rigidly to.

This latest release does not bring major new features as some of the platform’s prior releases. Instead, it tunes up the existing to ensure it's ready for general release and...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, IoT, Platforms.

Google programmer’s guide reveals details about Fuchsia OS

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

Code for Fuchsia 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.

Netflix and Google launch Kayenta open source canary tool

An open source tool for automated deployment monitoring has been launched by Netflix and Google to help other companies modernise their practices.

Kayenta is a form of ‘canary analysis’ tool which aims to detect problems before they become a serious issue. Fun fact: Coal miners would once take canaries in cages down into the pits as they are especially sensitive to dangerous gases — if a canary dies, the miners knew to make a quick exit.

Netflix first began development on Kayenta for...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Testing.

Android P will support Vulkan 1.1 to bring mobile games closer to consoles

Gaming on Android is about to become more impressive once the ‘P’ version of the OS launches with support for the latest Vulkan graphics API.

Vulkan started its Android journey on the Galaxy S7 before Google added native support for it in Android Nougat. Many developers still use the OpenGL ES graphics rendering API, but making the switch is starting to look as enticing as the desserts of which Google names their mobile operating system.

In the video, we can see Vulkan spreading the workload...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Gaming, Platforms.

Microsoft prepares 64-bit app support for Snapdragon PCs

Microsoft’s hardware partners are slowly releasing Windows 10 PCs with all-day battery life thanks to Snapdragon processors, and 64-bit apps will be supported.

Erin Chappie, General Manager for Windows, confirmed to Engadget that Microsoft will be announcing an SDK for ARM64 apps during this year’s Build developer conference. The conference, as per last year, will be held in Seattle on May 7th.

Currently, ARM-based Windows devices from Microsoft suffer from only supporting 32-bit apps. Both 32 and...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Google Researcher: Don’t work for Facebook in AI if you have a conscience

Google researcher François Chollet believes anyone with a conscience should not work for Facebook in AI.

While keeping in mind that Google is very much a competitor to Facebook, and is no stranger to criticism itself, Chollet brings up some interesting points about ethics in regards to AI and its use to influence — or rather, exploit — people.

In

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Facebook, Platforms.

ARCore is now used for over 85 apps on Android

Google’s ARCore SDK has been used to implement augmented reality elements in over 85 applications on Android.

The SDK was first released in August last year for testing exclusively on Google’s own Pixel 2 smartphones. During this year’s MWC, the compatibility list grew to include the first generation Pixel devices, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge/S8/S8+, LG V30/V30+, ASUS Zenfone AR, and the OnePlus 5.

By Ryan Daws, 21 March 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms, VR.

Magic Leap’s SDK for building AR experiences has launched

AR company Magic Leap has launched its highly anticipated SDK for building experiences on its platform.

Magic Leap works on its AR technology in relative secrecy. For the first time, the company is opening its doors and inviting developers to build “digital experiences that blend seamlessly with reality, enriching the physical space around us with objects and characters that respond to and interact with their surroundings.”

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, VR.

Amazon’s GameOn APIs enable powerful eSports features

Amazon has announced the launch of its GameOn set of APIs which enable developers to add powerful eSports features to their games.

The APIs can be used to add cross-platform competitive gaming across mobile, PC, and console. Built on AWS’ cloud infrastructure, GameOn works on any operating system.

“GameOn has made it easy for us to add leaderboards and tournaments in-game,” said Pascal...

By Ryan Daws, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, API, Gaming.

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, JavaScript, 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.

Project Crostini: Chrome OS prepares to support Linux apps

In an increasing bid for developers’ attention, Google is preparing support for Linux apps in Chrome OS.

Linux continues to be immensely popular amongst the developer community. Last year, Microsoft stripped the beta tag from its own Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which allows Linux apps to run on Windows 10.

Similar to Microsoft’s attempts, it’s clear Google believes supporting Linux will ensure developers spend as much time on their respective platforms as possible. While it may seem...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Platforms.

NHS wants more developers to submit their health apps to its library

The UK’s health service is making a renewed call for developers to submit their health apps for inclusion in the NHS Apps Library

It’s been a rocky road for the NHS Apps Library. The library first launched back in 2013, was closed in 2015, and then re-launched in 2017.  For it to survive, it will need to meet its goal of becoming the “go-to place” for “safe and effective digital tools”.

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Mobile.

Unity gains AI powers from IBM Watson integration

Game development platform Unity has teamed up with IBM to integrate AI features powered by Watson.

The IBM Watson Unity SDK is now available in the Asset Store to make it easy for developers to implement services like visual recognition, speech-to-text, and language classification.

“This SDK is the first asset of its kind to bring scalable AI services to Unity, enabling developers to easily integrate...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Gaming, Platforms, VR.

Windows 10 on ARM will have these limitations

Microsoft announced Windows 10 for ARM-based devices back in December, but little information was provided about its limitations.

Spotted by Paul Thurrott, Microsoft accidentally published a full list of its limitations last week. The list has since been removed, but not before it was cached.

Windows 10 on ARM has the following limitations:

  • Only ARM64 drivers are supported

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms.

Apple suffers unprecedented leak as crucial iOS source code hits GitHub

Apple’s tight grip on its code has suffered a devastating blow as confidential iOS source code gets posted on GitHub.

The leaked iOS code is that of ‘iBoot’ which ensures a secure boot and is one of the most sensitive parts of the system. Its purpose is to load the kernel and verify everything is signed by Apple before it’s executed.

In fact, bugs in the boot process are such a concern that Apple values them at ~$200,000 as part of

By Ryan Daws, 08 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Git, Hacking, iOS, Platforms.