Lawsuit claims Disney illegally tracked children via mobile apps

This is no fairy tale: The Walt Disney Company, Disney Electronic Content, and others are being sued by a San Francisco mother who claims her child was illegally tracked while using a Disney mobile application. According to a report, Amanda Rushing, on behalf of her child, identified in the lawsuit only as “L.L.,” is suing … continue reading

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Bugcrowd’s secret $250K bug bounty, Kony AppPlatform V8, and Git v2.14 — SD Times news digest: August 8, 2017

Bugcrowd is launching a bug bounty program for a secret customer, and the reward is the highest payout on the market today, in line with Microsoft’s recently increased max bug bounty payout of $250,000. The payout for this secret customer is $250,000, and according to the CEO of Bugcrowd, Casey Ellis, “High rewards like this … continue reading

Survey: Challenges around mobile app strategy stifle innovation for business leaders

Businesses value mobile technology, but they’re discovering deploying and managing mobile applications isn’t so easy. According to a survey released today from Kony, Inc., businesses are still unsatisfied with the apps they have, and organizations note that issues with IT are holding them back. Kony partnered with Wakefield Research and surveyed more than 1,000 business … continue reading

Salesforce adds new Einstein Platform Services for developers building AI into apps

When it comes to developing applications, developers are facing a host of new pressures to keep their apps relevant and useful to their users. One of these pressures is building artificial intelligence and predictive experiences into applications so users can have customize and exciting experiences. At its TrailheaDX developer conference today, Salesforce announced it’s tackling … continue reading

FreeCodeCamp highlights 30 new Android libraries for developers

While there are the several useful Android libraries available through the Android Developer portal, there are plenty of fun open-source Android libraries that have come out this spring. Michal Bialas, an Android developer and contributor to FreeCodeCamp, detailed some of his favorite new Android libraries, including everything from lightweight animation libraries, Android frameworks, beta libraries, … continue reading

Google kicks off Google I/O 2017 with Android Go, Kotlin, and Cloud TPU announcements

Google is already harnessing the power of artificial intelligence with its multi-touch, location, identity and payment features, but according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, developing for an AI-first world means rethinking many of Google’s products. At today’s kick-off of Google I/O 2017, Google announced several ways it is embracing this shift in computing. The company … continue reading

SD Times GitHub project of the week: AdaptiveTableLayout

Cleveroad, a website and web application development company, gives developers endless possibilities to create customizations on various components of Android applications. Last year, SD Times highlighted Cleveroad’s open-source Android library Bitutorial, which lets developers “jazz up” their usual interactions by adding customizable options to applications. In order to further help developers create better Android user … continue reading

PagerDuty highlights disconnect between customer expectations, IT operations challenges

Consumers have high expectations when it comes to digital experiences and applications, and this is proving to be a challenge for IT organizations ability to resolve customer-impacting incidents quickly, according to findings from PagerDuty’s State of Digital Operations report. The report, based on a two-part survey of more than 300 IT professionals in development and … continue reading

Red Hat Mobile releases new application assessment tool

Deciding to create a mobile application is more difficult than it sounds. Red Hat Mobile today is releasing a new Mobile App Assessment Tool to give businesses an overview of the complexities and resource requirements involved in a mobile application strategy. According to Clare Grant, general manager of Red Hat Mobile, the purpose of the … continue reading

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

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