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GitHub to Alert Users of Flawed Libraries

Launched in mid-November, a new service scans project dependencies to identify software vulnerabilities.


Google Accused of Data Snooping in U.K.

The search giant will be in a British court facing charges that it illegally harvested personal data of 5.4 million iPhone users.


Microsoft Releases Tools Aimed at Code Automation

With its Connect 2017 as a backdrop, Redmond has unveiled a spate of new tools that it claims can automate the more mundane parts of coding.



GitHub Project Data: Who's Doing What?

Google and Microsoft maintain the most projects, but Amazon and others show other kinds of leadership.


Smaller Application Package Equals Bigger Install Numbers

Best Practices: According to Google, every 6MB increase in .apk size correlates to a one percent drop in conversion rates.


Google 'Play Referrer' API Reveals Key App Usage Info

Knowing how someone learned of your app can be as important as how they're using it. Google's latest API makes it easy to find out both.


Report: Companies Are Hedging Their Cloud-Based Bets

According to Gartner, an increasing number of organizations are spreading their app deployments across multiple cloud service providers, despite the added complexities.


A 'Corporate Tax Holiday' With Trillions at Stake

If President Trump and his majority party have their way, trillions of dollars currently parked overseas will flow back to the U.S., half a trillion from the top five companies alone.

Check out  this week's podcast, Print This! Zebra Custom Print Solutions for Developers


Hosted by: Dan Quagliana, Head of Global Developer Relations and Mark Jolley, Sales Engineer, Strategic Sales & Developer.


Dan and Mark welcomed Rich Bergstrom and Chris Ensign from Zebra's Print Custom Solutions Group. They discussed how they create tools for developers such as Zebra Browser Print, which adds print capabilities to web-based apps. You can deploy from one place for multiple platforms.   They also talked about the need for enterprise security for mobile and print devices. Encrypt it and take your Enterprise Security seriously!


In December, you can look forward to hearing about how to become an ISV or Early Adaptor and  GMS in the Enterprise.  Details coming soon!


In the meantime, check out our SoundCloud channel series.

Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom Takeover Bid

Maker of the Snapdragon processor--used in about 40 percent of mobile devices worldwide--says the $100B offer by the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chip maker ain't enough.


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FDA Approves First-ever Ingestible Patient Med Monitor

Some might find the news hard to swallow, but a pill recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is designed to report to authorities when someone has gone off their meds.


Amazon Echo, Google Home Fall Victim to BlueBorne Attacks

The equal-opportunity exploit BlueBorne, which uses Bluetooth to attack devices regardless of operating system, has claimed victory over two widely deployed AI systems for the home.


Chinese Startup Baidu Unveils Unconventional Smart Speakers

The company also is working on a pair of robots for the home, but details of their intended purpose were not revealed.


New 'IoT' Calculator Helps Companies Decide to Deploy

To develop or not to develop IoT devices? That's a question on the minds of many a board member in today's Internet of Things society. Now there's an app for that.


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How Microsoft is Embracing Android for Mobile

Mobile editions of Office and other Microsoft productivity apps are available for Android and iOS alike. Yet Redmond has clearly chosen sides.


MIT's Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies for Self-Driving Trucks

There's more to driving than maintaining speed and staying on the road. Collision avoidance and life preservation continue to challenge developers of autonomous vehicle technology.


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Scanner-equipped Drones Keep Freight Moving Day and Night

Cost-saving opportunities abound as automated drones perform the tasks--and take the jobs--of warehouse workers who can only dream of being this efficient.


Blockchain Is Poised to Transform Industry

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies like it have been much in the news recently, mainly to report gargantuan gains in wealth. Companies are increasingly finding that its underlying blockchain technology has potential well beyond the original mission.

Toshiba Charges Ahead on Li-Ion Battery Tech

Among the claimed benefits of the new anode technology are faster charging and better resistance to damage and leaking.


Apple Embraces Qi Wireless Charging

Apple has taken sides on wireless charging. Will it lead to wider plug-free charging across the industry?


Walmart Robots to Keep Shelves in Order


Shoppers at 50 Walmart stores will soon share aisle space with shelf-scanning robots that will inform staff of missing and misplaced items.


Microsoft Adopts Google's Container Technology

Redmond to incorporate Kubernetes in its Azure Container Service, joining Amazon Web Services in the "If you can't bean 'em, join 'em" camp.


New Google Service Monitors Phones for Fraud

Company's Advanced Protection Program requires a hardware key that must be purchased separately.


Photo-based Authentication Shows Nearly Perfect Results

With thinking literally outside the box, experimental security system uses pictures of ordinary household objects and with 99.91 percent success rate.


App Uses AI to Verify Health Insurance Coverage

Healthcare app developer Zodoc offers an appointment booking app that finds doctors in a specific plan, makes the appointment and even helps fill out the paperwork.


Verifone Launches Developer Program

As payment systems get smarter and more secure, Verifone has opened Developer Central, with an invitation to third-party developers to make apps for its payment networks.

IBM's New Model for Serverless Apps

Big Blue is expanding on the function-as-a-service paradigm with Composer, which works with Node.js but can easily adapt to Python or other languages. Learn more and download Composer on git.


Google Clamps Down on Gmail Security

Now Gmail users have the option of adding a hardware key or token to their account, making it virtually impossible to hack or fall victim to "Podesta-style" phishing attacks.


Generate Release Notes Easily With Gradle

Mihail Urmanschi, a software developer at European software consultancy Winify AG, describes a semi-automated method of generating software version docs with a tool you might already be using.


Amazon, IBM, Google, Microsoft to Offer AI-as-a-Service

Artificial intelligence has quietly entered the homes and workplaces under the names Alexa, Siri, Watson and others. Now it's available as a service.


Microsoft Ventures $3.5M to Find the 'Next Big Thing'

Developers, inventors and other visionaries are being offered $1M in each of three global regions for the top innovation prize plus $500K in Azure credits.


7 Hidden Gems in Visual Studio 2017

Little things mean a lot, especially when they can save lots of time. Here are seven little things that can help reduce the burden of repetitive tasks encountered while programming in VS2017.


Android Working to Reduce 'Porch Piracy'

The retail giant suffers giant loses as delivered packages ofttimes get pilfered before the recipient gets home to receive them. The company is kicking the tires on a few new ideas.


4 Ways to Get More Done At Work

Too many meetings and too little organization are cited as the two leading killers of office-worker productivity. Here are four simple things that everyone can do to counter these issues and get more done.

In this week's podcast, we welcomed back our hosts, Dan Quagliana, Head of Global Developer Relations and Mark Jolley, Sales Engineer, Strategic Sales & Developer .


As a special treat,  our podcast guest today is Pietro Maggi, Zebra Software Consultant and Sales Engineer, EMEA, who provides a great overview on the decision making process on Zebra's OS journey and what role will Android and Windows Mobile play in the future. We are listening to you, our partners and customers about what you want in the future.


Stay tuned for our next podcast in November. Details coming soon! In the meantime, check out our SoundCloud channel series.

Ordinary SDKs Could Threaten Android Devices: Study

Apps are not the problem, it's the SDKs. That's the finding of SDK management company SafeDK, which compared 190,000 leading apps in the Google Plan store against its list of 1,000 third-party SDKs.


Google Discontinues NFC Feature, Leaves Users Wondering

Used to be that an Android device could be safely and conveniently unlocked using an NFC ring or other handy device. Google last week reportedly killed the feature and people aren't happy about it.


How 'Big Brown' Uses Big Data

A company that moves millions of packages a day had better have a a firm grasp of its data. Learn how UPS is using analytics to improve speed and efficiency of its services.


Chalk Video Conferencing App for iOS Augments Reality


Vuforia, a former subsidiary of chip-maker Qualcomm, uses Apple's ARKit to bend reality to meet participant needs. One bonus feature is the punny slogan: "What will you Chalk about?"


A Pair of Virtual Powerhouses Given Life By Google

League of Legends and Lego, arguably two of the world's most popular themes right now, will both be brought to life in AR fashion using Google's ARCore technology.


Apple's New Stuffed Teddy Bear Enables Kids to Become Virtual Surgeons

In an example of competition spurring innovation, Apple and Google leapfrog each other as their respective ARKit and ARCore development frameworks continue to bear fruit.


Toys-R-Us Tries Augmented Reality to Drive Traffic

As the realities of modern technology nip at the heels of toy-store pioneer Toys-R-Us, the company (which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September) is testing an AR app as a means to get bodies into its bricks-and-mortar stores.


Walmart Wades Into Same-Day Delivery in NYC

Retail giant Walmart, which for years has tried unsuccessfully to open a store in the Big Apple, has purchased Brooklyn startup Parcel, a same-day delivery service that according to a Walmart blog post delivered more than a million meals, grocery and other orders in the last two years.


Google Pixel Buds Take a Run at Apple AirPods

There's more to the rivalry between Apple and Google than AR, and language translation jobs appear to be caught in the crossfire. Google's Bluetooth ear buds can handle 40 languages.


DroidCon 2017 NYC Recap

In case you missed the DroidCon Android conference in midtown Manhattan in late September, here are nine important takeaways according to coding coach Daniel Heron.

'BlueBorne' is an Equal Opportunity Threat

Anything with Bluetooth, including devices running Android, iOS, Linux and Windows, is vulnerable to any of eight separate flaws revealed last week and collectively known as "BlueBorne."


Chilling Video: Watch as Hacker Uses BlueBorne to Take Over a Pixel 


Artificial Intelligence Is Good For Guessing Passwords

Technology that calculated 25 percent of LinkedIn's 43 passwords is being used to improve security by getting better at the guessing game.


Scanner Detects Food Freshness


Using a pair of optical sensors, the Bosch X-Spect can decipher fabric types, the composition of a stain and whether a peach will taste sweet.


Android Studio 3 Beta 6 is Available

The latest beta fixes issues related to httpclient, corrupt DEX files and build failures resulting from older versions of CMake. For access, visit the Early Adopter download page.


Apple vs. Google: Whose AR Tools are Better?

Augmented Reality is arguably one of the next great frontiers in development. With Google's ARCore recently hitting the scene with Apple's ARKit, which is the better choice?


New Wireless Charger Works in a One-Foot Radius

Silicon Valley startup Pi Inc. is taking pre-orders for the Pi Charger, a cone-shaped device that uses beam-forming technology developed at MIT to direct resonant induction fields only where devices are.


'Zero-Touch Enrollment' Elevates Staging to New Level

Zebra is among the companies working directly with Google on technology introduced this week that allows devices to be pre-configured so that users can power up and immediately start being productive.

We kicked off our second podcast celebrating the Day of the Programmer! Hear all about what this means on this week’s podcast.


Our hosts, Dan Quagliana, Head of Global Developer Relations and Mark Jolley, Sales Engineer, Strategic Sales & Developer Engagement, also chatted about some important events and tech trends including:


Droidcon Berlin Wrap Up

What we learned about Android Security and other top trends at September’s 2017 conference.


Android Oreo

The latest updates and features.


EAI - Enterprise Asset Intelligence

Current candidate status and when we’ll announce our selected test partners.


Tracking Player Performance in the NFL

Learn about how we are measuring each players’ performance through tags and sensors.


We'll see you next month for a new podcast. Check out our SoundCloud channel series.

C# 8 Features Revealed; Still No Word on Release Date

The .Net Foundation, custodians of Microsoft's C# language, have added nullable reference types, default interfaces and other features it says are aimed at improving code quality.

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Google Reboots Android One Strategy

Company's strategy for reducing cost and waste with a lightweight operating system reportedly returns to the front burner.


Bluetooth Breakthrough Connects Four Devices At Once

Paris-based Tempow has developed a means of connecting as many as four audio devices to a single Bluetooth host, and the Moto X4 is the first device to bring it.


Sharp Returns to the Smartphone Market

Company known for its high-tech monitors and proprietary display technology will emphasize the screen to stand out in a crowded field.


Alexa, Siri Design Flaw Leaves All Voice Assistants Vulnerable

Using a technique call the DolphinAttack, Chinese researchers found that human voice commands converted to inaudible frequencies remain effective on the devices.


MIT Explains How AI Can be Used to Reduce Shoplifting

San Francisco-based startup Standard Cognition is focused on automated checkout using networks of cameras, machine vision and deep learning.


IBM Investing Heavily in AI

Big Blue has partnered with MIT to build the Watson AI Lab, and will spend $240M over the next 10 years on machine learning and advanced problem solving. 


Robot Learns the 'Rules of the Road'

Researchers at MIT are developing a set of rules that robots can use to seamlessly blend with humans.


Android 'Oreo' Promises a Smarter, Faster Mobile OS

The next Android edition changes a few important things. Read the Android Authority review and the official migration guide.


Google Partners Promise Oreo-flavored Hardware This Year

LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony are among the hardware makers that have committed to releasing devices with the cream-filled cookie inside.


Oracle Explains Why It Will Open Java EE Source Code

Company seeks a more inclusive governance process, more flexible licensing and a Java community that's more responsive to market needs.



IBM Uncovers Mass Partnership, Beefs Up Blockchain Adoption

In partnership with major food makers across the U.S., IBM is leading an effort to use shared ledger technology to improve consumer confidence in the food supply.


A New Breed of Sensors Use Almost No Energy

A new technology that combines RFID with an ultra-low power sensor have applications across the internet of things, including medical, industrial and agricultural.



Motorola's Plans for a Phone With Self-Healing Glass

The company's patented process uses heat to literally melt the effected areas to repair cracks.


Court Orders Microsoft to Allow LinkedIn Data to be Harvested

Talent management company hiQ Labs, which makes its bones scraping public data from sites like LinkedIn, defeats Microsoft's attempt to block it.


Kotlin 1.1.4 Fixes Bugs, Performance Issues

The latest version of Kotlin, the new language that runs in existing JVMs, now runs better with the Java 9, adds new features to and improves performance of IntelliJ IDEA plugin, plus a whole lot more.

Finding 'Nearby Connections' Gets Easier

Google in July added higher bandwidth and offline capabilities to its Nearby Connections 2. API. An Android engineer with smart-appliance maker June Oven takes a look.


Microsoft Jumps Into Blockchain With Both Feet

Redmond has unveiled an all-in strategy for supporting cryptocurrency centered around an Azure-based enterprise blockchain service and development framework.


Android Developers: Learn From the Pros

Here are 30 easy-to-digest pointers from Google-certified professional Android developer Aritra Roy that are designed to boost your game.


The World's First AI-written Album Set to 'Break Free'


Android Studio 3, Beta 2 Released

The latest version moves to a newer build of IntelliJ and fixes a compiler exception thrown when using Java 8 with API 19 or higher.


Microsoft Seeks Defect Bounty Hunters

Looking to boost security of Windows 10, Microsoft in late July launched a bug-hunting program with offers to pay as much as $250,000 USD for the most serious threats.


A Practical Application of Bluetooth Low Energy, Part 1

Looking for a complete code sample that connects two devices with Bluetooth Low Energy? Software developer Andrew Lunsford of development consultancy Big Nerd Ranch delivers.


Google Updates 'Android of Things'

Developer Preview 5 is now based on Android O (API level 26), introduces a device management API (for doing reboots and such) and supports more boards.

Each month, we'll talk about the latest tech trends and provide an overview of past and upcoming Zebra Dev events. Here's our inaugural podcast on our new SoundCloud channel. 


This month, Dan Quagliana, Head of Global Developer Relations and Mark Jolley, Sales Engineer, Strategic Sales & Developer Engagement, discuss recent and upcoming events as well as top tech topics including: 


APPFORUM 2017 - The Wrap Up

Learn more about APPFORUM 2017 here.


Upcoming Events - Next Up! !

Watch for us at droidcon Berlin 2017!


LifeGuard - The Next Step in Android Security

Check out Zebra Technologies' LifeGuard™ for Android™.


EAI - Enteprise Asset Intelligence

Learn about our new EAI Accelerator Program here.


We'll be back in September, watch our news for more information soon!


Check out our Zebra Dev Podcast Channel

The latest in warehouse automation by Cainiao, an affiliate of Alibaba.



Game Makers Use Starcraft to Teach AI

Blizzard has teamed up with Google's Deepmind to make AI more intelligent.


Apple Watch Breaks its Bonds with iPhone

Cupertino is trying to gets its Watch to think different; next versions will be able to get more done without being tethered to an iPhone.


Tesla to Begin Testing Self-Driving Trucks

Electric-vehicle pioneer Tesla in September is expected to begin road-testing autonomous trucks that can travel alone or in convoys.


Android N Update Includes 'Seamless' Updates

Android Nougat 7.1 will help prevent over-the-air updates from leaving behind a a brick.


Researchers Developing a Battery-Free Smartphone

Futuristic phone runs on the tiny electrical energy in radio waves that constantly coat the planet.


Drones Find Niche in Insurance Business

With newly relaxed federal government regulations, insurers are having an easier time using drones to help ease property inspections.


How Home Automation Can Go Terribly Wrong

Warning: Some of these are pretty gross.

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Google Glass Makes its Debut in the Enterprise

Falling somewhat short of a consumer craze, Glass Enterprise Edition might find better footing.


Windows 10 Eye Tracking Ready for Public Testing

Microsoft just last week unveiled Eye Control, offering screen navigation help for the physically disabled. To test, download the latest insider preview build.


Ice Cream Pops in Japan Now Melt More Slowly

Japanese researchers found that ingredients extracted from strawberries help ice cream keep its shape in the heat.


Conflict Erupts at Google Over Free Expression

A 10-page paper critical of the company's diversity policy as "left leaning" and oppressive sparks a social media firestorm with demands for heads to roll.


U.S. Secret Service Testing Drones to Boost Security

The United States Secret Service, currently charged with protecting President Trump, will add drones to its site security screening toolbox.


Move Those Couches, Ikea's Making Room for Solar Panels

The Swedish furniture giant will be selling solar battery kits (without panels) starting at just under $10k. It's unclear whether that comes with a free couch.


Forbes: 92 Percent of Computing Will be Cloud-based

With the emergence of IoT and big data, Forbes tech pundit Joe McKendrick cites research to prove his assertions.


If Speed is the Need, Do it In-Memory

Not a new concept, but in-memory computing is nearing its next phase as approaches emerge to make performance gains more widespread.