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The cost of data loss to your small business

This article details how much a cyberattack can cost a small business and explains how you can work out how much an attack might cost your business. “SMBs are underprepared

Pros of Contractors: The Best Things a Business Can Outsource

If you’ve ever watched a sitcom where a lovable character tries to be in two places at once, you know exactly how well that ends. It works, for awhile. That’s the problem. But then they’re too preoccupied. One slight hiccup, and everything falls apart. I’m pretty sure the “everything falling apart” phase isn’t in anyone’s…

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Google Play security metadata and offline app distribution

Posted by James Bender, Product Manager, Google Play

In December last year we announced that we would be making updates to app security to help verify product authenticity from Google Play. We are now adding a small amount of security metadata on top of APKs to verify that the APK was distributed by Google Play.

One of the reasons we’re doing this is to help developers reach a wider audience, particularly in countries where peer-to-peer app sharing is common because of costly data plans and limited connectivity.

In the future, for apps obtained through Play-approved distribution channels, we’ll be able to determine app authenticity while a device is offline, add those shared apps to a user’s Play Library, and manage app updates when the device comes back online. This will give people more confidence when using Play-approved peer-to-peer sharing apps.

This also benefits you as a developer as it provides a Play-authorized offline distribution channel and, since the peer-to-peer shared app is added to your user’s Play library, your app will now be eligible for app updates from Play.

No action is needed by developers or by those who use your app or game. We’re adjusting Google Play’s maximum APK size to take into account the small metadata addition, which is inserted into the APK Signing Block. In addition to improving the integrity of Google Play’s mobile app ecosystem, this metadata will also present new distribution opportunities for developers and help more people keep their apps up to date.

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Microsoft and Flipgrid unite to bring social learning to students around the world

On Monday, Microsoft announced the acquisition of video-based social learning platform Flipgrid, used in 180 countries by more than 20 million pre-kindergarten to Ph.D.-level educators, students and families. Like Office 365 Education software, Microsoft will also be making Flipgrid free for schools so it’s easy for any school to utilize the software. Customers who’ve purchased a subscription from Flipgrid will receive a prorated refund.

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#IMakeApps – Celebrating app makers worldwide

Posted by Patricia Correa, Director, Developer Marketing, Platforms & Ecosystems

The Android developer ecosystem is made up of exceptional individuals with different backgrounds, interests, and dreams. To celebrate the people who make up our community, starting today, and over the coming months, we’ll be meeting with developers, founders, product managers, designers, and others from around the world to hear more about their passions and discover what they do when they step away from their computers.

Watch stories featuring adventurer Niek Bokkers from Polarsteps (Netherlands), artist Faith Ringgold from Quiltuduko (USA) and chair restorer Hans Jørgen Wiberg from Be My Eyes (Denmark). You can also read more about them and their apps on

Share your story

We’d love to hear from you too. Use the hashtag #IMakeApps on your social channels, sharing the app or game you work on, your role in its creation, and an image that best depicts who you are outside of work. We will regularly select and share some of our favorites on our channels.

If you also want to get featured in an upcoming #IMakeApps film, tell us more about yourself and your app or game, by completing this self-nomination form.

Stay tuned for more #IMakeApps stories by following us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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AVG Aces Malware Protection Test

AV-Comparatives knows malware. As they explain in their latest Malware Protection Test report, the Austrian-based testing lab collects “recent, prevalent samples that are endangering users in the field.” Then, like

An Update on non-SDK restrictions in Android P

Posted by David Brazdil and Nicolas Geoffray, Software Engineers

In Android, we care immensely about providing the best experience to our users and our developers. With each OS release, new features enable you to provide amazing experiences for u…

GPS Time Tracking Is the Cure for Stagnant Sales

It’s a business owner’s worst nightmare: a sudden period of slow or declining sales that comes out of nowhere. Your first reaction is to find the source of the problem. This involves an audit of how your sales team operates and where you may be falling short, where you might consider the following questions: Are…

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The Future of Retail IoT and Automation

New IoT technologies are helping shift the retail industry toward stronger fundamentals. See us at Cisco Live where we will be demonstrating a reimagined Smart Cooler and a Toy Box, all on the same IoT platform.

5G Experience at Cisco Live Orlando, Florida

Cisco Live-US 2018 is next week in Orlando, Florida. It’s going to be awesome, with several incredible sessions and activities around 5G – the fifth generation of mobile technology. 

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