MOBILE AND WEB DEVELOPMENT
MICROSOFT: Launches Azure App Service, A New Set Of Tools For Web And Mobile App Developers. Microsoft is launching Azure App Service today, a new cloud-based service that gives developers a single service for building mobile and web apps, combined with tools for automating business processes across cloud services, and a new service for building and consuming APIs. All of these services revolve around Microsoft’s oft- (and over-) used mantra of “mobile first, cloud first.” Read more
MOBILE DEV TOOLS: Review: 7 Excellent Mobile App Builders. Over the last six months, I’ve been examining and testing a variety of mobile app builders and mobile back ends. In some cases, the app builders and back ends were part of a single product. In other cases, the app builders or back ends stood on their own. Read more
NODE.JS: Building Internet Of Things Robots: Microsoft Opens Visual Studio To Node.js. Microsoft’s approach to openness is continuing positively; from a software application development perspective at least. Naysayers will still argue that it’s too little, too late and that it is perhaps ‘too strategically contrived to warrant base-zero validation’ from a purist open source standpoint. But it is increasingly only the purists who are saying this. Read more
CORPORATE HACKING: When Cybersecurity Meets Geopolitics. The cybersecurity industry is growing more provincial as digital warfare has become a routine part of statecraft. To investigate and clean up after an attack, corporate hacking victims typically must choose among a handful of companies, each with ties to a national or super-national government, in the U.S., Europe or Russia. Read more
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Cybersecurity Remains A Weak Spot, Top Intelligence Official Says. Although the possibility of a catastrophic cyberattack is remote, the unclassified information and communication technology networks that support government, military, commercial and social activities remain vulnerable despite efforts to protect them, the national intelligence director said. Read more
SMARTPHONE SAFETY: Survey Suggests We’re Not As Cyber-Security Conscious As We Think. How many of us have downloaded a mobile app without reading the privacy agreement? Apparently a lot. A new survey out from a San Francisco-based mobile security company says we’re not as cyber-security and privacy conscious as we like to think we are. Read more
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