Industry News - Week of Mar. 13, 2017

News of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's leaked security documents sent Android and iOS developers scrambling this week, and both groups have responded. Almost lost in the shuffle was IBM's big-data array, which boasts 200,000 hard drives.


Latest iOS Version No Longer Hackable by CIA

Apple claims that the latest version of iOS all the vulnerabilities revealed last week by the documents published on the WikiLeaks web site.


Google Claims to Have Patched 'Most' WikiLeaks

Never to be outdone by Apple, Google reportedly says is "confident" that Android is free of "most" of the vulnerabilities uncovered by Julian Assange and company.


Forbes Reports Google Has 'Few Leads' in Search for Vulnerabilities

Just one day before telling CNET it was "confident" it had put most of its security troubled behind it, Google was reportedly having trouble figuring out where to begin.


132 Apps Discovered on Google Play with Malware

Palo Alto Networks tipped off the folks at Google, which found that scores of apps from seven different developers lay in wait for unsuspecting downloaders.


Trojan App Tricks Users Into Giving it a Thumbs Up

Google's malware woes continue to mount, as another malicious app was discovered, this one twisting the user's arm until it taps out a positive review.


Read the Latest Android Security Bulletin

As if on cue following recent Google Play snafus, the latest Android security patch fixes 60 vulnerabilities, the most severe of which can run malicious code using multiple media.


IBM Building Big Array for Big Data

With an array of 200,000 interlaced hard drives and a new file system to match, IBM's new 120 petabyte gives new meaning to the term "Big Data."


Android Studio 2.3 Mainly Fixes Bugs, But Adds a Few Goodies Too

The latest version of the official Android IDE now converts images into WebP format, simplifies adding Android App Links to apps and more.


Google Acquires Artificial Intelligence Firm Kaggle

Google last week confirmed its acquisition of Kaggle, a San Francisco-based company that hosts data science and machine learning competitions. Perhaps it can help the company secure Android and its app store.


Self-Driving Wheelchair Not Related to Google

Researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago are developing a self-driving wheelchair that could be used in hospitals and nursing homes.

Daniel Quagliana

The link has been corrected now.

Richard Venderbosch