Series of missteps leaves smart-toy brand CloudPets database exposed

It’s a whole new world for consumers when it comes to toys and devices, but with these “smart” functions and capabilities come a slew of security risks. CloudPets, a toy that brands itself as a “message that hugs,” is the latest product dominating the headlines for leaked and ransomed data that contains millions of voice … continue reading

Packt: What skills and technologies developers should learn in 2017

In Packt’s “Skill Up: Developer Talk” report, software engineers, web developers and other industry leaders shared their thoughts on the ever-evolving tech landscape and how developers can stay relevant in 2017. The report itself covers topics ranging from security and mobile development, web development and programming, game development, and data management. Since technology and software … continue reading

Guest View: App developers: Time to cut the cord

It’s a familiar experience: You’re on the subway using an app on your phone or tablet, when suddenly you lose network coverage. Without warning, the app becomes completely unusable. Applications are all too often designed on the assumption that connectivity is ubiquitous. But we all know that even in the most connected metropolis, loss of … continue reading

Developers can now upload their Android Wear apps to the Play Store

Android has released the fifth and final developer preview for Android Wear 2.0 today, so those who have compiled their applications for this preview can finally publish their apps. This developer preview comes with added iOS support and a number of bug fixes and enhancements. Now, developers can distribute their apps to iPhone-paired watches. Developers … continue reading

HummingBad malware returns; new variant hides in Google Play apps

The HummingBad malware is back with a new variant, named “HummingWhale,” which has been found in more than 20 apps on Google Play. The malware-infected apps were downloaded several million times by users, and researchers from security company Check Point discovered the malware and notified the Google security team about the apps, which have since … continue reading

What’s on the horizon for 2017

John Schroeder, executive chairman and founder of MapR AI is now back in mainstream discussions, and is the umbrella buzzword for machine intelligence, machine learning, neural networks, and cognitive computing. Why is AI a rejuvenated trend? The three V’s come to mind: Velocity, Variety and Volume. Platforms that can process the three V’s with modern … continue reading

BMW’s new self-driving development center, Firebug merges with developer tools, and Flock launches FlockOS—SD Times news digest: December 21, 2016

BMW is ramping up its self-driving efforts with the development of a new autonomous campus in Unterschleissheim, a town in Germany. “The road to fully-automated driving is an opportunity for Germany’s automobile manufacturing base. The decision to develop and road-test these vehicles in the Munich area illustrates how the BMW Group and the whole region … continue reading

Pebble migrates to Fitbit, Cisco’s plans to end Intercloud Services, and ANTLR 4.6 released—SD Times news digest: Dec. 16, 2016

Pebble has detailed what will happen to its software and services now that it has become a part of the Fitbit family. Fitbit will keep Pebble’s software and services running through 2017. The elements that will remain in service include the Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, the developer portal, and the … continue reading

Report: One third of Americans experienced airline booking site frustrations this year

For travelers, high-quality mobile applications are crucial for catching flights and getting to where they need to go without problems. Americans might be able to deal with long lines at TSA, but if there is one thing they have no patience for, it’s slow or crashing sites and apps. And a recent 2016 Holiday Travel … continue reading

The Software Testing World Cup Chronicles, Part I: Yes, that’s a thing

I had the good fortune of being part of a team that recently had the chance to compete in the first stages of the Software Testing World Cup (STWC). Not many people may be aware of its existence, but it’s a unique competition designed to find the best quality assurance engineers on the planet. The … continue reading

Samsung will let customers trade in recalled device, Apple in-app promo codes available, and Progress DataDirect Hybrid Data Pipeline available—SD Times news digest: Oct. 31, 2016

Samsung Electronics is trying to do right by its customers by offering those in South Korea the option to trade in their recalled device for a Galaxy S7 phone, according to Se Young Lee in a Reuters report. “Samsung said customers who trade in their Note 7 phone for either a flat-screen or curved-screen version … continue reading

WaveMaker upgrades platform to support integration of apps with REST APIs

WaveMaker released major updates to its platform as a way to help enterprise developers create hybrid mobile apps developed on any technology stack. According to Vijay Pullur, CEO of WaveMaker, hybrid mobile apps offer a path between both responsive web apps and native apps. But the challenge is that building hybrid apps in the enterprise … continue reading

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