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G Suitened with helping of Google's App Maker

After a year and a half of gestation in its Early Adopter program, Google's low-code application development environment App Maker has been delivered into the hands of its corporate customers. App Maker allows G Suite Business, Education and Enterprise subscribers to create artisanal apps tied to searchzilla's cloud-based, G- …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Jun 2018
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The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze

In the last year or so convincing fake videos known as DeepFakes – the product of deep learning-driven facial image manipulation – have been condemned as a threat to democracy, or what's left of it. The fear is that invented events represent the sort of fake news that can alter elections and affect civic engagement. Imagine …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Jun 2018
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Hacked serverless functions are a crypto-gold mine for miscreants

PureSec, a maker of security software for serverless apps, has been poking about various cloud service providers, and found that hosted functions offer a shortcut to illicit crypto-mining. Crypto-mining attacks that hijack processing power do best with mass distribution. Those who can harness large numbers of processors – CPUs …
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Apple WWDC: There's no way iOS and macOS will fully merge as one

Apple held its annual developer prep rally in San Jose, California, on Monday to discuss additions and improvements to its software but not its hardware. "Today is all about software," said CEO Tim Cook in his opening remarks. And about using less of it, as Craig Federighi, SVP of software engineering, suggested. "Some apps …
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Facebook's Trending news box follows fired freelancers out the door

Facebook's controversial Trending section has fallen out of fashion and will be removed next week, along with products and third-party partner integrations that rely on the Trends API. Introduced in 2014, the section, available on desktop and mobile devices, was intended "to help people discover content that is both popular in …
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Storm in a teapot: Anger brews over npm's jokey proxy error messages

npm, the widely used and defiantly lower-case Node.js package manager, on Monday briefly returned an error to users connecting to the registry via proxy who attempted the npm install command. The error message declared "npm ERR! 418 I'm a teapot…", in reference to a RFC 2324, a tongue-in-cheek coffee pot communications …
Thomas Claburn, 29 May 2018
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Apple will start coughing up government app takedown demand stats

In its latest Transparency Report, covering government demands for customer and device data in the second half of 2017, Apple said that it will soon enumerate government app takedown requests. "Starting with the Transparency Report period July 1 - December 31 2018, Apple will report on Government requests to take down Apps …
Thomas Claburn, 26 May 2018
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Tesla inches toward GPL compliance in low gear: Source code forcibly ejected into public

Following five years of hectoring, Tesla has released a portion of the open-source code it's obligated to provide under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Since 2013, the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), responding to complaints of GPL violations related to software in the Tesla Model S, has pressed the …
Thomas Claburn, 21 May 2018
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No root for you, or how to stop worrying and love AWS China

If you open an AWS account in China, you don't get a root account; instead, one of Amazon's Chinese operating partners, Sinnet or NWCD, has root access and creates an IAM admin user for you. Nikki Bailey, senior devops engineer at Illumina, a company that builds gear to sequence genetic data, explained as much at the DevOps- …
Thomas Claburn, 18 May 2018
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Git push origin undo-my-last-disaster

"I'm about to make a change that will probably wipe out all of our systems." That was the message a developer employee once delivered to Alexis Richardson, CEO of Weaveworks, just prior to an attempted system update at his company. Richardson, who also serves as the Technical Oversight Committee Chair for the Cloud Native …
Thomas Claburn, 17 May 2018
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Agile development exposed as techie superstition

At DevOps-focused London conference Continuous Lifecycle* today, Linda Rising challenged the superstition of tech professionals, a group that ought to have some affinity for science. Rising, a consultant, author and COO of The Hillside Group, asked for a show of hands from anyone doing some flavour of agile development. Up …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2018
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Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured

Students who get good grades have better passwords than their less academically successful peers, though this finding should be considered alongside several caveats. JV Roig, consulting director and software developer at Asia Pacific College (APC) in the Philippines, wanted to find out whether school smarts had any bearing on …
Thomas Claburn, 10 May 2018
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Crypto chat app Signal's disappearing messages found hiding on macOS

Encrypted chat app Signal's disappearing messages may not actually vanish on Apple Macs, thanks to the way the encrypted messaging software interacts with the macOS Notification Center. On Tuesday, security researcher Alec Muffett noted: "If you are using the @signalapp desktop app for Mac, check your notifications bar; …
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Microsoft wants serious, non-gaming developers to make more money

Build Microsoft says it will take less money from Windows developers selling apps in its store, making its marketplace significantly more appealing than competing app stores in certain cases – assuming revenue share rather than market size is the primary consideration. In a blog post published on Monday, to be explained on Tuesday …
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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

Microsoft says it's looking into reports that apps including "Hey Cortana" and Google Chrome hang or freeze for those who have installed the recent Windows 10 April 2018 Update. The company suggests trying the Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B to wake the screen or, for laptop users, opening and closing device lid, in an …
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Fancy that, Fancy Bear: LoJack anti-laptop theft tool caught phoning home to the Kremlin

LoJack for Laptops, a software tool designed to rat on computer thieves, appears to be serving a double purpose – by seemingly working with a Russian state-sponsored hacking team. The application allows administrators to remotely lock and locate, and remove files from, stolen personal computers. It's primarily aimed at …
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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

Code Q&A site Stack Overflow has admitted its community can be hostile to women, people of color, and marginalized groups, and has promised to do better. It's an acknowledgement of charges leveled against the programming community repeatedly over the years. Enumerating various barriers to participation, a 2016 research paper …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Apr 2018
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Cluster-f*ck! Etcd DBs spaff passwords, cloud keys to world by default

Software called etcd, used for storing data across clusters of containers, has a problem – it does not implement authentication by default and so poses a security risk if deployed without further fiddling. It's also rather widely used because it comes with Kubernetes, the popular container orchestration software. Giovanni …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Mar 2018

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