Daily Digest: Cross-Platform Layer with MVVM, Hashing Passwords in PHP, Mobile Design Pattern, and more…


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Point-of-sale Malware Infections on the Rise, Researchers Warn:
Researchers from Arbor Networks and IntelCrawler identify new attacks using malware designed for point-of-sale systems
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Two arrested in Germany for hacking computers they used to generate bitcoins:
The suspects used malware to build a botnet, German police said
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Republicans: HealthCare.gov shows government incompetence:
Critics of the website point to its rollout as a reason to question large government programs
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Writing a Cross-Platform Presentation Layer with MVVM:
By leveraging MVVM, some other common design patterns, and a few tricks, you can write a cross-platform presentation layer that will work on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, as Brent Edwards explains.
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Hashing Passwords with the PHP 5.5 Password Hashing API:
Using bcrypt is the currently accepted best practice for hashing passwords, but a large number of developers still use older and weaker algorithms like MD5 and SHA1. Some developers don’t even use a salt while hashing. The new hashing API in PHP 5.5 aims to draw attention towards bcrypt while hiding its complexity. In this article I’ll cover the basics of using PHP’s new hashing API.
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Examples of Mobile Design Pattern: Part 2
In the first article of this mini-series dedicated to Mobile Design Patterns, Annarita Tranfici gave a brief overview of what they are and the importance of their implementation in any well designed mobile application. In this new article she takes a look at user invitations and underline the importance of suggestions and feedback for users who interact with a mobile application.
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Erich Gamma introduces us to Visual Studio Online integrated with the Windows Azure Porta:
Scott talks to Erich Gamma about how a rich JavaScript-based editor codenamed “Monaco” integrates with Windows Azure and Visual Studio Online
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