SoundCloud repairs API-related security snafus after Checkmarx research

Online audio distribution platform and music sharing website SoundCloud has fixed several security vulnerabilities affecting its API that could have otherwise resulted in hackers taking over accounts, launching denial of service attacks, and exploiting the service.

All weaknesses were found in an investigation conducted by the Checkmarx Security Research team to study the state of API security in leading...

HackerRank developer skills report: Go remains most desired language, JavaScript best known

A survey report released by HackerRank has found that developers find JavaScript the most-known language, Go most-wanted to learn, and full-stack development skills the most desired in the job market.

The 2020 HackerRank Developer Skills Report noted that JavaScript retained its status as the most widely-known programming language, alongside Java, C, and Python.

Starbucks’ API key found in public GitHub repository – reports

Developers at Starbucks left an API key in the public GitHub repository that could have given any attacker the access to the coffeehouse chain’s internal systems who would have easily manipulated the list of authorised users.

As first reported by Bleeping Computer, the API key’s vulnerability level was set to critical because it enabled access to a Starbucks JumpCloud API, but it was spotted...

Utopia looks to create a self-regulating society with P2P ecosystem and mineable cryptocurrency

The vitality of the Internet is such that any reference to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, first published in 1943, today usually comes with a half-joking reference to Wi-Fi. Indeed, you would not be reading this piece now without it. Yet one particularly promising area for distributed ledger technologies (DLT) is around user and data privacy for Internet usage.

Meet Utopia. The product, which launches today from anonymous group of networking enthusiasts who call themselves The...

Mobile game company N3twork secures $40 million in series C funding

N3twork, a mobile game company has announced that it has secured $40 million (£30.9m) in series C funding. According to the company, the funding will be used to expand its first-party games portfolio, media network and live publishing platform.

The funding round was led by Griffin Gaming Partners, KPCB Holdings, Galaxy Digital (via its Galaxy Digital EOS VC Fund), and Korea Investment...

Facebook adopts Visual Studio Code internally through Microsoft partnership

Facebook has collaborated with Microsoft to further improve the latter’s Visual Studio Code’s remote development extensions to allow remote development at scale with the editor.

As reported by Thurrott, Microsoft improved the Visual Studio Code’s remote development experience by using Facebook’s feedback and input, allowing the social media giant to start out its own custom...

Apple launches dedicated mobile app for developers – to eventually replace WWDC app

With the launch of a dedicated Apple Developer mobile app, Apple is introducing a new resource for more than 23 million registered members of its developer community. The app is an expansion of its existing WWDC app for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which it will supersede.

As reported by TechCrunch, the app will include relevant resources – like technical and design articles,...

International Game Developers Association teams up with Skillz to monetise eSports

California-based mobile eSports platform Skillz is working with the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) to enable game developers with new tools to build sustainable businesses by retaining, engaging, and monetising their content.

This partnership will connect 30 million registered players and more than 20,000 new game developers from Skillz to the IGDA's existing network of 10,000...

Apple accounts for 2.4 million employees in US

A recent Apple press release has stated that the company is accountable for generating and maintaining jobs to 2.4 million people in the Americas, through its own staff and those of all its suppliers.

The Cupertino-based tech giant, which contributes £73b to the economy every year, now contracts 9,000 supply companies across all the 50 states, and those suppliers back 450,000 jobs.

Play Store developers can now add keywords to their apps for greater discovery

Google is now allowing app developers on its Play Store to tag applications with keywords and phrases for easy discovery. As reported by Android Police, the ability to add tags debuted on the Play Console just around a week ago.

The ability to tag applications will greatly help the Play Store determine where to place the app and how to compare other apps to it, says Google. In order to apply tags, the...