Design Thinking: The New Paradigm for Building Applications

A confluence of business trends and development best practices is changing the way developers need to think about building applications. For want of a better term, the mindset that most software developers follow when building applications might be called ‘systems thinking’: Design a database that holds the data the company needs, design the software components […]
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Encryption, Back Doors, Apple and the FBI

Earlier this week I started to write a post on the conflict between the NSA, FBI, DNA and others regarding encryption and what users should be allowed to do. It’s pretty complicated as there are multiple players. Then came the story yesterday and today about Apple and iPhone decoding. If you haven’t caught it yet, […]
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NFC a Security Risk?

Ever since NFC appeared, I been waiting for it to be used as the basis of an attack. I’m not particularly delighted to report that my concerns have been vindicated: Security researchers at the EuSecWest Conference in Amsterdam demonstrated an attack which allowed them to install any file onto a Samsung Galaxy S3 via NFC. The good […]
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New Course: Mobile Application and Device Security: Hands-On

Learning Tree is introducing a new course in October entitled “Mobile Application And Device Security” (Course 2781). You can find the details at the course page. Just about every technical publication seems to have articles about BYOD or mobile device security. This is a big issue for most enterprises. Everyone seems to have a table […]
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iOS Devices Get Everywhere

I’ve had some time between travelling and teaching over the past few weeks and it’s been an opportunity to give my planted aquarium some much-needed attention. Writing Learning Tree’s Building iPhone® and iPad® Applications: Extended Features course at the end of last year involved many long hours writing materials and several trips across the Atlantic […]
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