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MIT researchers find covert communication connections have no effect on user experience

More than half the data transferred to and from 500 popular Android applications was found to have little or no impact on user experience, according to a recent MIT study. “We looked at the communication of mobile applications and counted the number of statements in the application that establish these connections,” said Julia Rubin, a …


SD Times Editors Blog: Programmer creates hacks to automate his work

You come across a lot of interesting things when you are searching the Internet, and while some of it is out of this world or just plain stupid, there are just some things you can’t ignore. Today, I came across this interesting blog and GitHub post, and although I can’t validate their authenticity, it is …


NodeOS nears 1.0 in its quest for a 100% JavaScript OS

The Node.js community has built itself an operating system. Known as NodeOS, this Linux kernel-based distribution layers a 100% JavaScript world on top of the traditional OS foundation. This layer is backed by the Node Package Manager (NPM), which allows all of the JavaScript applications to be downloaded and installed easily. NodeOS is a slender …

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Guest View: Rethinking outsourcing

“Outsourcing” and “offshoring”—two words that have gotten a bad rap in the software industry—are gradually getting a whole new meaning thanks to an old friend: India. Traditionally, and maybe in your mind now, the software industry perceives Indian offshoring as a poor choice, likely to end in applications that can’t scale, misunderstandings that result in …


Google and Disney announce Star Wars VR experiences, upgrading to IE 11, and iOS text support on Pebble—SD Times news digest: Nov. 24, 2015

Disney and Google are teaming up to bring Star Wars to virtual reality. The companies have announced a collaborative project to bring fans immersive experiences through Google’s Cardboard VR device. Awaken the Force Within is a global program that allows users to bring virtual reality to their favorite Google apps. The apps will reflect whether …


ContainerX wants to bring containers to the data center

Docker has simplified the way developers work with containers, but one company thinks containers have the potential to go beyond developers to enterprise IT. ContainerX, founded by veterans from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, is a startup aimed at transforming containers from a development tool to the building blocks of the next generation of data centers. …


Microsoft’s AppComparison app, Python 3.5, and Windows 10 enterprise adoption forecast—SD Times news digest: Nov. 23, 2015

Microsoft is looking to entice Android users to switch to Windows Phone with a new tool. AppComparison is a Google Play app designed to list which Android apps are available on Windows. “Are you considering changing your Android device to Windows Phone? AppComparison identifies your favourite Android apps and matches them with apps available from …


Google releases Android Studio 2.0 preview

Google today announced the preview release of Android Studio, the company’s developer environment for mobile applications that focuses on speed of delivery and testing Android apps for every device. In a call with SD Times prior to today’s first Google Android Developer Summit, Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson, group product manager for Android Studio, outlined three key …


Red Hat announces Ansible Tower 2.4

Red Hat wants to give DevOps teams more control and options in its latest release of Ansible Tower 2.4: the open-source automation tool designed to help DevOps manage and track their infrastructure. This is the first release of Ansible Tower since Red Hat acquired Ansible in October. “Adopted by Fortune 100 companies and government organizations …


Nmap 7 is released

The quintessential open-source network mapper, Nmap, was updated to version 7 yesterday. This version includes mature IPv6 support and expanded capabilities for its scripting engine. The biggest draw for security-wary developers and admins alike, however, may be the top-shelf SSL/TLS scanning. With SSL and TLS vulnerable to so many different attacks discovered over the past …


FIDO Alliance and W3C’s partnership, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2, and Foundation 6—SD Times news digest: Nov. 20, 2105

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has partnered with the FIDO Alliance in order to strengthen authentication across the Web. FIDO aims to address the lack of interoperability among authentication technologies. “Standardizing strong authentication in the Web Platform will help us to improve user and application security by moving beyond passwords,” said Wendy Seltzer, technology …


SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: VS Code

Microsoft has announced Visual Studio Code is now open sourced. VS Code is a new tool that aims to provide the simplicity of a code editor with necessary tools developers need for their core edit, build and debug cycle, according to the project’s GitHub page. It features editing and debugging support, an extensibility model, and lightweight integration with existing tools. The project …


Docker releases hardware signing of container images

Docker continues to release additions to its software and infrastructure. On Nov. 16, the company announced new security enhancements that safeguard and protect Dockerized distributed applications—without impacting the developer’s workflow. Unveiled during the company’s keynote address at DockerCon EU, the security enhancements—built on top of the Docker Content Trust Framework—are around hardware signing of container …


Microsoft announces Windows 10 mobile build

Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows 10 build for mobile. Build 10586 has been released to Windows Insiders in the fast ring, and promises to fix a number of bugs from the previous build. In the previous build, Build 10581, there was a bug that partially corrupted a user’s file system after a factory …

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