Google announces raft of Play Store security policy updates

Google has announced a number of changes to its Play Store security policies that will come into effect over the coming year.

Starting in September, a new section will be added to Google’s Enforcement policy that will mean inactive or otherwise abandoned developer accounts will be closed after one year of dormancy.

October will see various policies introduced on different dates.

On 15 October, the Device and Network Abuse policy will be clarified to prohibit...

Stanford Law and GitHub launch initiative to protect open-source developers

Stanford Law and GitHub are partnering on an initiative to protect the legal rights of open-source developers.

Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from 1998 prohibits the circumvention of technological measures employed by, or on behalf of, copyright owners to protect access to their works.

Open-source developers regularly face takedown claims under Section 1201 but, rather than fight it, they often decide to avoid the cost and risk by just removing the...

GitHub brings its suite of supply chain security features to Go

Go is receiving a boost from GitHub with the company bringing its supply chain security features to the Google-designed language.

According to GitHut, Go is currently the fourth most-popular language on GitHub. The Go community embraced GitHub and now the company is returning the favour by helping them to discover, report, and prevent security vulnerabilities.

Steve Francia, Product Lead of Go Language at Google, said:

“Go was created, in part, to address the...

Former NSA executive Jacob DePriest now heads GitHub’s security operations

GitHub has announced that former NSA (National Security Agency) senior executive Jacob DePriest is now heading its security operations.

Open source evangelist DePriest built the NSA’s Developer Experience from scratch and helped the agency’s developers contribute to the work of others. The NSA’s historically lengthy approval process was reduced from weeks to mere hours in some cases.

A 2019 post on the US Intelligence Careers website explains why DePriest has a...

2021 State of DevOps report highlights factors that lead to success

Puppet’s latest State of DevOps report arrives ten years after the first edition and highlights that successful DevOps is dependent on a number of factors.

The first State of DevOps report was released when DevOps was only discussed by some cutting-edge decision-makers. A decade on, 83 percent now report their organisations are implementing DevOps practices.

Michael Stahnke, VP of Platform at CircleCI, said:

“In ten years, we've gone from hype to practice...

GDC kicks off with over 550 game dev sessions, will return as in-person event next year

This year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) kicks off today as a virtual event with over 550 sessions on all things game development.

GDC 2021 claims to take full advantage of the possibilities offered by virtual events. Back in 2020, around COVID-19’s historic peak, GDC was one of the first large events to be cancelled.

The organisers now have successive virtual events under their belt so it will be interesting to see how they’ve utilised their experience to...

Nintendo announces Switch OLED with minor improvements

Nintendo has finally announced its long-awaited new Switch model but without many of the rumoured upgrades.

The new Switch OLED, as its name suggests, boasts a new display that should improve some of the complaints about previous models having poor contrast and brightness. However, the rumoured bump to 1080p hasn’t materialised and the screen is still just 720p.

Nintendo has increased the screen size from 6.2-inch to 7-inch so a boosted resolution would have been even...

Developers claim that PlayStation is particularly difficult to work with

Independent game developers have bemoaned the difficulty of working with PlayStation over Xbox and Nintendo.

Iain Garner of independent game publisher Neon Doctrine recently posted a tirade on Twitter where he suggested that getting prominent promotion on the store of a “very successful console” that “does not have Games Pass” (i.e not Xbox, and presumably meaning PlayStation) costs at least $25,000.

Video game publication Kotaku first published the story and...

Thousands of developers are benefiting from OS Data Hub one year after launch

Ordnance Survey has provided an update on its OS Data Hub one year after its initial launch on 1 July 2020.

OS Data Hub provides developers with the organisation’s renowned open and premium mapping data through a suite of APIs.

Charley Glynn, OS API Product Manager, said:

“For those developers that will be searching for a map API or an address API, they are more likely to land on our pages now and discover the OS Data Hub. It is a much nicer shop window...