Google will not tolerate Android apps that collect personal data without permission

Google is taking user privacy seriously in its expanded enforcement of its Unwanted Software Policy. The policy is designed to protect against unwanted or harmful Android app behaviors. As part of this policy, Google will start flagging apps and websites that collect user data without consent. “Apps handling personal user data (such as user phone … continue reading

SD Times new digest: Confluent Cloud, React 16.2 and Advanced Android Development course

Confluent has announced that Confluent Cloud is now available and ready for enterprise production workloads. It offers a 99.95 percent SLA, making it highly reliable. Key features of Confluent Cloud include the latest Apache Kafka version, high throughput streaming rate, optional support for multiple availability zones, full support for clients offered by Confluent, and a … continue reading

Kotlin 1.2 released with the ability to share code between JVM and JavaScript

JetBrains is on a mission to bring Kotlin to all modern application components. The company just announced version 1.2 of the statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications. According to the company, this is a major release that gives developers the possibility to reuse code between the JVM and JavaScript. “Now you can write the … continue reading

SD Times news digest: GitHub team discussions, MariaDB AX, and MapR Converged Data Platform 6.0

GitHub announced a new solution to talk to team members about projects, and share information. Team discussions provides a place for team members to have public or private discussions, get updates about what is going on, and stay up to date. “Gone are the days of having your issues cluttered with discussions or your pull … continue reading

SD Times news digest: CircleCI 2.0 for iOS developers, Google Cloud Spanner updates, and Progress OpenEdge PdM integration kit

CircleCI announced that it is now available for building applications on iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Teams can now access workflows to customize app delivery pipelines; build for Apple, Android, and Linux using just one configuration file, and have control over their Xcode versions, according to the company.  “CircleCI 2.0 is built for teams looking … continue reading

Facebook open sources new build features for Android developers

Facebook is building on its open-source performance build tool, Buck, to speed up development and minimize the time it takes to test code changes in Android apps. Buck is designed to speed up builds, add reproducibility to builds, provide correct incremental builds, and help developers understand dependencies. The company first open sourced the solution in … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Red Hat Ceph Storage 3, Android Architecture Components 1.0 stable, and Resonance Audio SDK

Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 was announced at the OpenStack Summit in Sydney yesterday. This new release is a major upgrade to the existing object storage platform, according to the company. It includes support for block storage via iSCSI and file storage via CephFS. Other highlights are that it will enable more of a variety … continue reading

KotlinConf kicks off with Kotlin 1.2 RC

The Kotlin programming language is getting a number of new updates and improvements as part of the inaugural KotlinConf taking place in San Francisco this week. Kotlin is a statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications developed by JetBrains. The big announcement from the conference’s keynote was the release of Kotlin 1.2 Release Candidate. … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Fast Pair for Android, TypeScript 2.6, and eager execution for TensorFlow

Google is announcing Fast Pair, a new process for pairing Bluetooth devices on multiple Android devices. It works on Android devices that are running Google Play services 11.7+ and has compatibility back to Marshmallow. It can currently be used with Google Pixel Buds or Libratrone’s Q Adapt On-Ear, with support being added soon for Plantronics … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Android’s GNSS Analysis Tools, Toyota Research Institute and GoMentum Station sign agreement, and SmartBear Software releases ReadyAPI 2.2

Google has announced GNSS Analysis Tools to analyze Global Navigation Satellite System measurements collected from Android Devices. The purpose of the tools is to determine how well the GNSS receivers have been working in different Android devices. It will use this data to improve device design and GNSS performance. The application provides interactive plots which … continue reading

Google releases new Neural Networks API in Android 8.1 Developer Preview

Google is bringing machine learning to Android with a newly added Neural Networks API. The NNAPI is part of the latest developer preview of Android 8.1, Oreo. According to the company, the new API will enable developers to run computationally intensive machine learning operations on mobile devices. In addition, it provides a base layer for … continue reading

Google: More of the web is protected with HTTPS

It has been over a year since Google announced its commitment to provide a more secure web with HTTPS, and today the company is announcing it is making great strides. Google is releasing its public Transparency Report to detail the progress it’s made with HTTPS usage. According to the report, 64% of Chrome traffic on … continue reading

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