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Amazon Releases Official AWS Mobile SDK 2

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 30, 2014

After a few months spent in Developer Preview, the Amazon Web Services Mobile SDK version 2 is ready for general development. According to Amazon, the final release takes into account feedback received from developers during the preview in order to improve the SDK with some new features.

Remote Code Exploitation through Bash

by Alex Blewitt on  Sep 29, 2014 2

A remote exploit (CVE-2014-6271) has been in bash discovered that potentially affects any application that uses environment variables to pass data from unsanitised content, such as CGI scripts. After the release went public, other exploits were discovered (CVE-2014-7169). Official patches have been released to fix them. (Originally posted 24 September, updated 25, 26 and 29 September)

ShellShocked - Behind the Bug

by Alex Blewitt on  Sep 29, 2014 2

The recent vulnerabilities in the Bash shell initially stemmed from a remote execution exploit, which was patched and made available through responsible disclosure before being announced. However, since the initial release there have been other flaws detected which became zero day threats. What exactly was the problem with Shellshock, and is it truly fixed? InfoQ explains what happened.

Building iOS 8 Share Extensions: A GitHub Repo with Issues, Sample Code, and Workarounds

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 26, 2014

Share extensions, introduced by Apple in iOS 8, "provide an exciting opportunity for developers of all types of apps to integrate with their customers’ devices like never before," says Bryan Irace, iOS developer at Tumblr. Though, as it is often the case with new technologies, the road to building iOS share extensions is paved not only with fun but also with frustration.

Parse Gets a Refresh for iOS 8

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 19, 2014

Parse has announced its new SDK for iOS 8, an update to its Parse push service which now supports iOS 8 "silent" pushes and notification categories, and a new Parse Config API to store configuration parameters in the cloud to update apps on the fly.

Microsoft WinJS 3.0 Now Supports Multiple Platforms

by Abel Avram on  Sep 18, 2014

Microsoft has enhanced WinJS by adding support for multiple platforms and several major browsers, has modularized it and made it work with other JavaScript libraries.

Testdroid Mobile Device Farm Is Now Integrated with JIRA

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 17, 2014

Testdroid's maker Bitbar has recently announced the integration of Testdroid mobile app testing products with Atlassian JIRA defect tracking system. InfoQ has interviewed Testdroid technical product manager Ville-Veikko Helppi to better understand how developers and organizations could benefit from it.

Debugging Apps in Chrome and Safari with Firefox

by Abel Avram on  Sep 17, 2014

Mozilla has implemented the protocol adapters that enable remote debugging in Chrome for desktop or Android and Safari/iOS. They are to be integrated into WebIDE.

Chrome’s Lack of Support for showModalDialog Breaks Some Enterprise Web Apps

by Abel Avram on  Sep 16, 2014

Google Chrome no longer supports window.showModalDialog, breaking several enterprise apps such as OWA, EAC, SAP, and others.

Chrome Sets SHA-1 Expiration Date

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 10, 2014

Google's Chrome web browser team has announced a schedule to deprecate support for how the browser handles HTTPS certificates using SHA-1 signatures. Over the next 6 months the browser will utilize increasingly noticeable warnings for sites that still use SHA-1.

Swift Turns 1.0: The Evolution of a Language

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 10, 2014

Apple has announced that Swift 1.0 has reached GM status on iOS and developers can now start submitting apps that use Swift. The language will continue to evolve, say Apple, as it has done since its announcement at WWDC 2014 last June. This is a short summary of its evolution.

Online Resources to Get Started with iOS 8 Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 09, 2014

Apple has officially released iOS 8 today. During the months since its announcement at WWDC 2014, the number of online resources to get started with iOS 8 development has grown significantly. Here you can find a selection of resources that will guide you through iOS 8 new features and frameworks.

MakeDrive: Syncing Filesystem for the Web from Mozilla

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 02, 2014

 MakeDrive is a new offline-first, syncing filesystem for the web, from Mozilla. Built on node.js and filer, it provides a sync service that other apps can use, while user retains full control of where her data lives.

Facebook F8 Apps for iOS and Android Now Open-Source

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 30, 2014

Facebook-owned DBaaS platform Parse has open-sourced the full source code of the official Facebook f8 apps for iOS and Android, Parse Developer Advocates Christine Abernathy announced. The apps are aimed to provide guidance for how to build apps on Parse as well as a starting point for similar apps and shows an interesting use of Parse for UI customisation.

Debugging iOS File Corruption at Facebook

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 27, 2014

Facebook engineers Slobodan Predolac and Nicolas Spielberg have recently described how they "solved a long-term mobile debugging problem and reduced the crash rate ... by more than 50 percent." In the process, they show general useful techniques and a few Facebook tools that can help with large, rapidly evolving codebases.

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