GitHub unveils native iOS and Android clients

GitHub is launching native iOS and Android clients for its code-hosting platform. Called GitHub for mobile, the app is immediately available in a beta version for iOS, with a beta for Android to follow shortly. No date has yet been set for a generally available production release. GitHub for mobile enables users to perform tasks…

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Qualcomm Chip Flaws Let Hackers Steal Private Data From Android Devices

Hundreds of millions of devices, especially Android smartphones and tablets, using Qualcomm chipsets, are vulnerable to a new set of potentially serious vulnerabilities. According to a report cybersecurity firm CheckPoint shared with The Hacker News, the flaws could allow attackers to steal sensitive data stored in a secure area that is otherwise supposed to be…

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Android Studio 4.0 backs native UI toolkit

Google has rolled out a preview of the Android Studio 4.0 IDE, with support for the Jetpack Compose toolkit for building native Android UIs. Android Studio 4.0 “Canary” works hand in hand with Jetpack Compose, which leverages Kotlin APIs, reduces coding requirements to build native UIs, and automatically updates a UI when state changes. Now…

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Kotlin 1.4 to improve null-check capabilities

Kotlin 1.4, a planned upgrade to the statically typed JVM language created by JetBrains, is set to add null-check optimizations. Starting with the Kotlin 1.4 release, all runtime checks will throw a java.lang.NullPointerException instead of a KotlinNullPointerException, IllegalStateException, IllegalArgumentException, and TypeCastException.  [ What is Kotlin? The Java alternative explained. • Tutorial: Get started with Kotlin.…

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42 Adware Apps with 8 Million Downloads Traced Back to Vietnamese Student

First of all, if you have any of the below-listed apps installed on your Android device, you are advised to uninstall it immediately. Cybersecurity researchers have identified 42 apps on the Google Play Store with a total of more than 8 million downloads, which were initially distributed as legitimate applications but later updated to maliciously…

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Is Java the next COBOL?

COBOL programming language turns 60 this month and, as Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has written, could well “outlive us all.” Indeed, COBOL offers a great example of the true pace of progress within our industry, while perhaps also offering some clues as to what tomorrow’s COBOLs will be. Java and SQL, anyone? Or perhaps Python? COBOL…

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New 0-Day Vulnerability Affecting Most Android Phones is Exposed

Yet another disclosure of a highly critical unpatched zero-day vulnerability is making rounds on the news-platforms and this time around in one of the world’s top-of-the-charts mobile operating system- Android. Amazingly, this zero-day vulnerability in Android OS has also been found to be manipulated just by chance, by the Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group- quite…

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Apple still has work to do on privacy

There’s no doubt that Apple’s self-polished reputation for privacy and security has taken a bit of a battering recently. On the security front, Google researchers just disclosed a major flaw in the iPhone, finding a number of malicious websites that could hack into a victim’s device by exploiting a set of previously undisclosed software bugs.…

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