Apple announced that later this year users will be able to learn about some of the data types that certain apps collect, and whether that data is linked to them or used to track them. 

Starting on December 8th, developers will be required to summit this information when they add new apps and app updates to the App Store. 

Developers will need to identify all of the data that they or a third party collect, the app’s privacy practices should follow the App Store Review Guidelines and all applicable laws, and developers are responsible for keeping their responses accurate and up-to-date. 

Additional details are available here.

Android’s mobile driving license
Android announced support for the mobile Driving License ISO standard which allows for construction of Mobile Driving License (mDL) applications that users can carry in their phone and can use instead of the plastic card.

Once the mDL reader obtains the cryptographic key, it creates its own ephemeral key pair and establishes an encrypted and authenticated secure wireless channel such as BLE, Wifi Aware, or NFC.

With mDL, the phone doesn’t need to be handed to the verifier, all data is cryptographically signed by the issuing authority, and the amount of data presented by the mDL is minimized. 

Visual Studio Code 1.51 released
Visual Studio 1.51 focused on housekeeping GitHub issues and pull requests as documented in the issue grooming guide. 

VS Code now supports installing an extension VSIX file from the Explorer by right-clicking on a VSIX file and choosing the Install Extension VSIX context menu item. The release also added a “local echo” mode to the terminal, which attempts to predict modifications and cursor movements made locally and show them in the UI without requiring a round trip to the server.

The full list of changes and new features in the new version is available here. DevOps Pulse 2020 survey revealed rising observability challenges
The rising observability challenges stem from an increased adoption of cloud-native technologies such as microservices, serverless, and Kubernetes with 87% of respondents reporting that their main challenges lie in these environments. 

The most common difficulties running Kubernetes are monitoring and troubleshooting at 44%,  and other problematic areas include security (35%), networking (34%), and cluster management (30%), according to the report.

“On the other hand, the major change we have seen this year is that open source, driven by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and other community projects, are increasingly integrated into most cloud-native stacks,” said Jonah Kowall, the CTO of “This presents a silver lining, as the new challenges are opportunities for innovation and creativity in the vibrant open source observability community.”