Ethereum 2.0 nears launch with deposit contract expected this week

The long-awaited new version of Ethereum’s decentralised platform is close, with its deposit contract expected to launch this week.

Ben Edgington, a developer at Ethereum-focused software company ConsenSys, posted a blog post this week in which he said: “As I understand it, we are good to go: deposit contract in the next few days; beacon chain genesis 6-8 weeks later.”

Edgington adds the disclaimer that it’s not an official statement.

Ethereum 2.0 is...

Study suggests contact-tracing apps will grow 15% per year

A new study suggests that contact-tracing apps will be among the fastest-growing new categories in the coming years.

Contact-tracing apps should help to provide a return to some degree of normalcy, in a year that's been anything but normal.

While many believe such apps are a new concept that’s emerged in the wake of COVID-19, a contact-tracing app was first developed for the Ebola outbreak in the Congo by the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network in collaboration...

Developers aren’t happy with Apple’s surprise release of iOS 14

Turns out developers want more of a heads up before a major OS update is pushed to over one and a half billion users.

Apple’s event yesterday was focused on launching shiny new watches and tablets. The only major announcement for developers was the bombshell that iOS 14 is launching today:

https://twitter.com/JPEGuin/status/1305934894036647941

Ok, so granted there’ve been eight public betas of iOS 14. Most developers probably knew a final release was imminent....

Twitter launches new API, wants developers to build the good kind of bots

Twitter has released a new API which it wants developers to use to build helpful bots and more powerful third-party apps.

According to a post on the Twitter Developer Blog, the new API will no longer take “a one-size-fits-all approach” and will be “more flexible and scalable to fit your needs.”

What that means in practice is Twitter’s API now includes three access levels: the free basic level, elevated, and custom. Developers will no longer have to transfer...

Decentralised platform Ethereum is hiring a dedicated security team for 2.0

The Ethereum Foundation is hiring a dedicated security team to ensure the next version of the decentralised platform is as robust as it needs to be.

A lot of money relies on the security of Ethereum. The explosion in DeFi (decentralised finance) means there is now $4.3 billion "locked up" in Ethereum apps – an increase of 442% over the past three months. Yet, this is tiny compared to the figures we could be discussing in a few years as DeFi growth continues and more use cases...

Huawei’s replacement for Google Mobile Services is coming along nicely

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Building a replacement to Google Mobile Services (GMS) is a gargantuan task, but Huawei is doing a rather good job.

US sanctions, as they stand, means that Huawei will no longer have access to American hardware and software going forward.

The hardware side presents challenges, but Huawei already makes important components like chipsets in-house (and they're impressive, too.)

Losing access to Google's services and having to build an ecosystem which competes with...

Congress wants Apple and Google to clamp down on foreign apps

Congress is calling on Apple and Google to clamp down on apps that weren’t born in the USA (cue Springsteen).

Trump’s administration is currently mulling a complete ban of any Chinese software but, while that debate is ongoing, Congress wants the two largest mobile platform holders to begin clamping down on foreign apps in less radical ways.

The Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform has sent two letters to the CEOs of Apple and Google to request they probe...

Microsoft acquires Movial developers to work on Android for Surface Duo

Microsoft has acquired developers from Movial to develop the custom flavour of Android for the Surface Duo.

Surface Duo is an exciting new smartphone/tablet hybrid from Microsoft which requires a custom flavour of Android. The “foldables” category is still emerging and Microsoft is betting on it early to make up for its Windows Phone failures.

Microsoft previously contracted the development of the Android-based OS for the Surface Duo out to third-party development...

Health and fitness app downloads jumped 47% in Q2 as COVID-19 spread

Now is a great time to be a health and fitness app developer with the category witnessing 47 percent growth in Q2 2020 over the previous year.

Research from Sensor Tower found downloads increased dramatically over the months when COVID-19 was spreading the fastest.

As a virus which predominantly affects the respiratory system, it's clear that people have been trying to get their health regimes in order.

Part of the reason for the increase in demand will also be...

Veracode: Open-source libraries cause security flaws in 70% of apps

Research from Veracode suggests that 70 percent of apps have security flaws due to their use of open-source libraries.

The application security firm set out to determine the risk one flawed library can pose to software. For its The State of Software Security (SOSS): Open Source Edition report, Veracode analysed 351,000 libraries across the Veracode platform database of 85,000 applications.

On an initial scan, 70 percent of applications were found to have a security flaw...