How to Avoid a Docker Database Disaster

Containers are cool – and everyone and their mother is trying to get on board with them. While many applications are natural fit for containers in many cases, it feels like some applications are forced into containers so vendors can say, “Hey look at me! I do containers too!” This is particularly true of database…

NG-CONF 2017 Day One Highlights

I’m glad to be back again at ng-conf in Salt Lake City. I’ve used Angular since the very beginning and it continues to get better. Here are some of the highlights that stood out to me from the first day of the conference. Keynote During the keynote, there was discussion about gauging the success of…

Windows 10 Creators Update Will Ship April 11

Windows 10 will get its next major update on April 11, Microsoft announced Wednesday. Already in preview for a number of months, the Creators Update contains features aimed at creative professionals as well as the average user, and will roll out in waves to the general public via Windows Update. What’s In It The Creators…

How a Single-Character Coding Error Led to a Major Data Leak

If you don’t follow the tech Twitter-verse as obsessively as we do, you may not be aware that a major data breach at Cloudflare has put user passwords, messages and other information at risk all over the internet. Cloudflare provides web security and performance services for companies like Uber and OkCupid, among many, many others.…

Skype Lite Launches In India

Microsoft is debuting a lightweight version of Skype made for locations where internet connectivity is spotty, and India is its first test market. Announced Wednesday at Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in Mumbai, the Skype Lite Android app weighs in at 13 MB, is optimized for 2G networks and supports eight languages. It also includes chatbots…

Microsoft’s Privacy Suit Against Department of Justice Will Go Forward

A federal judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit Microsoft filed against the U.S. Department of Justice to protect customer privacy can continue. At issue are so-called ‘gag orders’ that DOJ sometimes imposes on tech companies who have provided customer emails and other data to the department as part of an investigation. Microsoft says its customers…

A More Secure Microsoft Edge, and Other News from Ignite 2016

In the wake of highly publicized cyberattacks on big companies, Microsoft on Monday rolled out new security features for its Edge browser. Windows Defender Application Guard, developed for the company’s enterprise customers, will use Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology to isolate potential security threats. “The threat landscape has changed significantly in recent years,” reads a Microsoft…

Microsoft Will Ditch Azure RemoteApp, Replace With New Citrix Service

Microsoft plans to drop its Azure RemoteApp service over the next year, instead partnering with Citrix to develop new solutions for allowing remote access to Windows apps from a variety of devices. Azure RemoteApp has given businesses the ability to deploy apps from the cloud to employees who are using PC and mobile devices running Windows, Mac…

Why can’t I use the “dynamic” C# keyword in Xamarin.iOS?

Occasionally I see this question pop up in various forms; usually an app developer has written some fairly clever code that relies on the dynamic keyword in C#. Their code runs swimmingly on every other platform—and it also compiles just fine for iOS. But when they run the app on a physical iPhone or iPad…

French Regulators Say ‘Non’ to Windows 10’s Data Gathering

A French regulatory agency this week said the data Microsoft collects on users of Windows 10 is “excessive” and ordered the company to stop. The French National Data Protection Commission (CNIL), made the charge in a formal notice filed Wednesday. It gave Microsoft three months to change a number of data-gathering methods that the agency…

Java Security Updates May Not Actually Be Secure

With Java SE reportedly installed on 850 million PCs, the “Java Update Available” popup has become a well known nuisance.  But keeping software up-to-date is supposed to help protect us.  According to the FTC, Java updates might be an exception to that rule. The key issue is that Java updates have not always removed older…
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