Google released a list of its must-have Android apps, rattling off 127 of the most highly recommended and highest rated apps in the Google Play Store. The apps, most of them free, range from popular favorites including Netflix, Shazam and Spotify to mobile applications with fast-growing user bases such as Quip, Pushbullet and Lumosity. Google’s full list of Must-Have Android Apps in the Google Play Store is available here.
MIT researcher develops Ur, an all-in-one Web development programming language
MIT assistant computer science professor Adam Chlipala has created Ur, a functional, statically typed programming language with metaprogramming support for developing Web pages as self-contained programs.
“The signature of the standard library is such that well-typed Ur/Web programs “don’t go wrong” in a very broad sense,” Chlipala wrote on the Ur website.
Chlipala will present the Ur web development language at the Association for Computer Machinery’s Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages in January.
New report reveals more leaked NSA documents from Edward Snowden archive
A report from German publication Der Spiegel contains new revelations about the Internet spying operations of the National Security Agency, particularly in regards to encryption cracking efforts.
The leaked documents detail efforts by the NSA as well as British intelligence agencies to break various encryption schemes, as well as to cover up the inefficiency of encryption programs such as that of video chat application Skype. A cache of data known as the “sustained Skype collection” was accessed by the NSA under the guise of a seemingly secure Skype encryption. Other services perceived as secure but that in reality are monitored by the NSA include a large number of VPN and HTTPS connections, along with the SSL/TLS encryption protocols exposed as vulnerable through the Heartbleed breach.
The report also reveals the encryption programs and schemes the NSA has the most trouble attempting to crack. According to the documents published by Der Spiegel, the NSA had “major” issues breaking encryption on the Tor encrypted network, Zoho encrypted email service, the now-shut down Truecrypt service, the Off-the-Record instant message encryption tool and the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) tool.