Archive for February 2017

TeamSIK – Password-Manager Apps

Applications vendors advertise their password manager applications as “bank-level” or “military-grade” secure. However, can users be sure that their secrets are actually stored securely? Despite the vendors’ claims, is it nevertheless possible to obtain access to the stored credentials?

In order to answer these questions, we performed a security analysis on the most popular Android password manager applications from the Google Play Store based on download count. The overall results were extremely worrying and revealed that password manager applications, despite their claims, do not provide enough protection mechanisms for the stored passwords and credentials. Instead, they abuse the users` confidence and expose them to high risks.

Source: TeamSIK – Password-Manager Apps

Buffett’s Berkshire more than doubled its stake in Apple

“Apple strikes me as having quite a sticky product and an enormously useful product to people that use it, not that I do,” said Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway. He said Berkshire’s Apple stake, currently at about 133 million shares, was worth about $18 billion based on Friday’s closing price and amounted to Berkshire’s second-biggest holding.

At the end of Dec. 31, Berkshire had held 61.2 million shares for a total of $6.75 billion, according to regulatory filings.

Source: UPDATE 5-Buffett’s Berkshire more than doubled its stake in Apple -CNBC

When computers learn to swear: Using machine learning for better online conversations

Today, Google and Jigsaw are launching Perspective, an early-stage technology that uses machine learning to help identify toxic comments. Through an API, publishers—including members of the Digital News Initiative—and platforms can access this technology and use it for their sites.

Source: When computers learn to swear: Using machine learning for better online conversations

Apple reports iOS 10 adoption up to 79%. Android Nougat? Barely 1%.

From Apple’s developer site:

Interesting to compare that pie chart to the official Android adoption pie chart:

That little bitty sliver on the right? That’s Nougat, the most recent version of Android. To get to more than half of that pie chart, you have to include Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop. Lollipop was released in 2014.

Source: Apple reports iOS 10 adoption up to 79%. Android Nougat? Barely 1%.

Figma: the collaborative interface design tool.

The first interface design tool with real-time collaboration. Figma keeps everyone on the same page. Focus on the work instead of fighting your tools.

Source: Figma: the collaborative interface design tool.

It’s basically an online /cross-platform copy of Sketch, also can import Sketch files directly. It brings along some of the InVision concepts as well.

A privacy-focused browser developer just bought Ghostery

Cliqz, the German developer of the privacy-focused browser of the same name, has acquired the tracker-blocking browser extension Ghostery and its development team from its creator, Evidon.

Partly owned by Mozilla, Cliqz will combine Ghostery’s technology with similar functions in its browser, but plans to continue development of the extension for other browsers too, it said Wednesday.

The sale will resolve an apparent conflict of interest for Evidon, which on the one hand provided the Ghostery extension to enhance privacy, and on the other sold aggregate information to businesses regarding which trackers users blocked. It will still obtain that aggregate information from Cliqz, but one step removed.

Source: A privacy-focused browser developer just bought Ghostery | Macworld

JavaScript in 2017 – Libraries and Frameworks

However, Angular was designed from the beginning to support Web Components. They even ship their own Shadow DOM emulation. In other words, when Web Components are ready, only Angular is specifically designed to use them. This is another reason that we are building many of our own components on Angular’s infrastructure, so that when Web Components are ready, our own leap won’t be nearly as far.

Source: JavaScript in 2017 – Libraries and Frameworks -Telerik Developer Network

Housing Go – Behind the Screens

A product with no users is no product. User Experience is something that defines state-of-the-art applications.

We focused on parameters such as page load time, time to first paint, visual feedback on every action etc. maintaining necessary page transitions and designs aesthetics

Source: Housing Go – Behind the Screens – Engineering @ Housing – Medium

Making More Outside The App Store

In each of the four most recent quarters, Piezo brought in more revenue than it had in the corresponding quarter a year earlier. We earned more revenue when Piezo was available exclusively through our store than when we provided the App Store as another purchasing option.

This result might seem counterintuitive. Piezo’s price remained the same, and unit sales went down, so how could we have earned more revenue? The key to understanding this is remembering the cost of being in Apple’s App Stores — 30% off the top of every sale. Despite making slightly fewer sales, we earned more money by avoiding paying that oversized commission to Apple. Direct sales cost us just a few percent, so each direct sale of Piezo earns almost $5 more than a sale through the Mac App Store. As you can see, that really adds up.

Source: Rogue Amoeba – Under the Microscope » Blog Archive » Making More Outside The App Store

Sufficiently Great

Everything that has ever been designed has required a series of decisions based on what’s possible, what’s necessary for the final product, and what reasonable compromises can be made for everything to work correctly. “Sufficiently great design”, in this context, is also about making choices and compromises that produce a better product in typical use.

“Sufficiently great design” does not, of course, mean “free of imperfections”. But it’s also something that cannot be read solely through details. Bogost’s argument is, therefore, backwards. Apple’s biggest contribution to design has been their ability to project a broader vision of consumer electronics at vast scale while still keeping an eye on the details.

Source: Sufficiently Great — Pixel Envy