Tech Giant Cisco Purchases AppDynamics Ahead of IPO

Before AppDynamics could enter the IPO market, it was acquired by tech giant Cisco, upsetting the plans of many that were waiting for the company to hit the market. AppDynamics is a smart business that gives companies the ability to monitor the performance of their applications, a vital tool in the digital age.


Cisco acquired the company for 3.7 billion dollars, a huge purchase in today’s market when new and better is always a day away. The acquisition comes as a huge surprise because Cisco just made another large purchase in the tech industry. What is surprising is that all of the new purchases that are being made are rapidly changing Cisco’s portfolio and traditional business.


Tech insiders see all the purchases as being linked to the hardware networking that Cisco is best known for. You can no longer just create a product, but need to understand how it works and functions within the industry that it has been created for. This is where acquisitions like AppDynamics make sense because it brings the two worlds of a single product together.


Insiders suggest that AppDynamics was already open to an acquisition, and even setting itself up for a purchase when it began announcing its move to the IPO market. Doing this is a great way to establish a market value for a company or brand and potential companies are more likely to approach the negotiating table.


With AppDynamics in its portfolio, Cisco is better able to provide its customer base with even more services to realize business growth. Apps are necessary to every brand, especially tech brands, because mobile device and tech users expect to connect with companies through customized means as soon as they start interacting with a brand.


There is plenty of competition for app monitoring services, but with this new acquisition by Cisco, AppDynamics has placed itself in an even better position in the market than it already was and now has the attention of a huge client base.


New Way For iOS App Developers to Respond to Their Users

When the iOS 10.3 is finally released it will become with the capability for the developers to respond to the customer feedback. This was announced in the release notes came out with the firmware’s beta build. Apple anticipates that their new improvement for the feedback infrastructure is in high demand and it is what the developer community has been looking for. Android platform has had this feature for quite some time now.



This new feature on the Apple iOS is a new way for the platform to monitor the App Store reviews and rating. It can also be viewed as an as the expansion of the iOS developer community that includes those who have been dissatisfied with the way that the stores handle the instances such as how the Dev Dash app got so disorganized as a result of the discrepancies of the customer rating.



The ability for the developer to respond to the rating and reviews of the customer is important since they can explain the issues or clarify what led to the customer’s dissatisfaction not for those customers who are being responded to but for the customer who might have experienced the same problem. This is particularly important for instances where the customer may have misunderstood some of the app’s features or they may be reporting a bug that has already been fixed by the current version.



This update is going to benefit the users as well. This would translate to the fact that the users are no longer going to need to email the developers for an issue that require a quick update, for instance, paid items not showing up in the app. Apple revealed that the new feedback will be implemented for the Mac App Store probably in the anticipated release of the 10.13 upgrade that is expected released in June. The current MacOS update is 10.12.3 that released this month.



In addition, the iOS trial version is releasing with a relating feature that goes a long way to enhance user experience. A developer has the ability to do this with the current system. The can request the user to rate the app however upon the user accepting to rate the app they will be directed to the App Store to rate the app. iOS will do away with this process enabling them to do all this without leaving the app.




Here Comes the Android Instant Apps

Google the tech giant has started rolling out the instants apps. During the developer conference known as the Google’s I/O developer that was held last year, Instant Apps for Android was tagged as a feature that would forever alter the way users use their mobile apps on their mobile devices.



According to the Android Developer blog, it was made known that the feature would be made accessible using a few apps as part of beta testing, through this users can participate in.



What do the phrase Android Instant Apps mean? Through the use of the Instant App feature, users will have an opportunity to download and run apps on their android gadgets such as tablets as well as smartphones. The users can do all this without having to install the apps.



While the users are visiting particular websites, the may come across an invitation to download a mobile app instead of using the website. The app will enable the streamlined mobile device experience to get to access the website content, however, the user can forego the installation process of the app and instead access the browser version of the website.



Through the use of the Instant Apps technology, the Android apps will load immediately on the android devices. While it may not be as fast as accessing the website the whole process will take just a few seconds. This will be much faster compared to downloading the app and installing it first. In order to benefit from this technology the developers will need to update their apps to include this functionality, this is because the Instant Apps utilizes the same technology found in the Android apps.



The feature is opened for limited testing just about 8 months after it was revealed, however, it is opened for the limited testing only. The initial apps to use this feature will be those Periscope, BuzzFeed, Viki as well as Wish. During this testing period, the android team will be collecting feedback from the user who will be taking part in the testing this amazing feature with the aim of expanding to more apps in the near future. There is also the room for the users who are interested in testing the Instant App, all they have to do id access the website of the initial apps offering this feature.


Researchers Discover Super Intelligent Malware

There is a very clever and very subtle breed of macro malware that counts the number of documents on a computer and lies dormant until there are that many documents. The precise way that the malware worked and exactly how it was going undetected remained a mystery until researchers recently trapped and studied some of it. What made it even harder for the researchers to do so is that the malware is apparently so smart that it can tell when it’s being studied and can therefore remain almost undetectable at all.
There has to be two or more Word documents on a computer for the malware to do anything. If it invades the computer and there isn’t a number in this range, it automatically goes dormant. If there are, it downloads and installs the primary malware. This form of malware is typically delivered through spam or phishing campaigns. When accepted, this malware invades your RecentFiles, your recently viewed and/or created documents. After the aforementioned number of documents are discovered, a PowerShell script links to and downloads a keylogger.

It then uses the IP detection service, Maxmind, to discover which network the invade system uses. It runs a scan to see if the IP’s of its victims have been blacklisted by any security firms. If they have, this also automatically causes the malware to shut down. In fact, it is a malware that doesn’t take risk by automatically shutting down if it discovers that an IP address is connected in any way to a security vendor, some cloud services, or a sandbox environment. This specific breed of malware may be a new discovery, but researchers have seen other, more sophisticated malwares like it through the years.

But this is the first time a relatively unsophisticated breed of such intelligent, document-detecting malware has materialized. The experts on the subject say that this is not that surprising a development and that we can expect more of this in the future since malware authors are recognizing that it is definitely worth the time and money to make their products super intelligent like this. They predict that average, unsophisticated malware is going to be getting even more sophisticated than this. Experts and researchers predict that malware authors will be concentrating on mobile malware even more from this year forward.

Snapchat, Sunglasses, and the Coming of Snap, Inc.

Snapchat is another in a long line of image messaging and multimedia apps that have become popular among scores of users. With so many messaging apps and social media sites out there, it can be quite difficult to remain relevant and popular. Even the hottest apps can end up running cold once something new is developed. Snapchat positively does not want to become old hat in the technology landscape. The development of a new pair of interactive sunglasses and a bit of rebranding are part of a plan to keep the app alive.

The company is renaming itself Snap, Inc. Like many other successful apps, the company behind the app ends up expanding into other projects. Snapchat refers to the original messenger, but does not indicate the company is involved with anything else. The “Inc.” part of Snap, Inc. suggests the company is heavily involved with various other projects. Companies that give off the impression of growing definitely improve their standing in the fast-moving tech world. Snap, Inc. is not just giving off “impressions” of forward progress. The company really is involved with many new endeavors and continues to make a splash in the industry.

The arrival of the new $130 sunglasses shows the innovative nature of Snap, Inc. The sunglasses are not just props released by the company to display a logo and help with promotions. The sunglasses have a recording device built inside of them. The obvious purpose of the sunglasses is to record images. The images are then displayed via the multimedia functions on the Snapchat app.

Certainly, there are many common ways to record and image and upload the content onto a messenger. A smartphone camera surely is capable of doing the job. A GoPro camera definitely presents a reliable POV perspective. Creating the image is not the only reason behind the creation of the sunglasses. The sunglasses also seek to generate a buzz about Snap, Inc. A good buzz is definitely going to be beneficial to any established company looking to shake up its images.

Snapchat is soon to be swallowed up whole by Snap, Inc. and this is a very good thing. The expanding Snap, Inc. may eventually become one of the biggest – and most popular – players in the tech world.

77% Of Ad Blocker Users Feel Guilty About It

Ad blockers have been around for years, but it seems that consumers are regretting their decisions. The ad tech startup Gladly recently did a survey of 238 random people and found the vast majority(77% to be more precise) appear to regret their decision to use software that prevents them from viewing ads, which in turn provides revenue for the sites they browse. Online ads are commonly regarded by most web users as either an annoyance or a drain on their bandwidth usage. Despite this, online ads are absolutely necessary for virtually all websites in order to keep their websites up and running.

The survey participants may have regrets over the use of ad blocking software, but websites that force users to turn off their ad blockers were considered especially annoying by the sample. 30% of survey takers claimed they are less likely to view websites that do not give them an option. The participants considered websites that require them to either turn off their ad blockers or whitelist the website, less appealing.

The majority of those using ad blocking software often had practical reasons. Many websites use pop up ads or videos that automatically play in the background. This can slow down the speed of the website or prove costly for users who have ISPs, internet service providers, that only offer capped data plans. Ad blockers allow them to browse websites faster than they would be able to if the ads on their favorite websites were allowed to run.

Fortunately it does seem that they are willing to make exceptions for some of their favorite websites. Most ad blockers come with the option to allow ads to run on certain websites. This gives content providers a means of convincing consumers to run ads if they enjoy the website they are currently browsing. Those websites that provide their users with an enjoyable experience are often whitelisted and willing users will view the ads without complaints.

Today’s Developments In The Tech And Software Arena

In the tech and software development arena, Adobe Systems has announced the implementation of security patches for the Cold Fusion app server. Unfortunately, this server has been an increasingly attractive target for hackers. However, with its new patches, Adobe hopes to close any possible loopholes, thereby thwarting existing and future hackers.

These updates can be found for Cold Fusion 10 and 11, addressing important vulnerabilities in the security system and might possibly lead to the disclosure of sensitive information.

All administrators are being advised to upgrade their Cold Fusion version to Version 10 Update or Version 11 Update. This of course, depends upon the brand being used. The Cold Fusion 2016 release however, has not been affected, according to a security bulletin released by Adobe.

Elsewhere, Microsoft has announced a New Windows 10 notification system to keep users informed on a regular basis of Microsoft services that may be, or become, available.

Some Microsoft 10 users will soon begin receiving notices, a direct message called: “Direct from Microsoft”, which may be used to deliver any details pertaining to users’ Microsoft accounts and ancillary services.

Microsoft Rewards (the new name for Bing Rewards), is also to be found under Settings, however, this “New From Microsoft” app may be turned off or on by the user.

This innovation from Microsoft promises to be a channel not only to highlight information, but to include notice of such items as an expiring subscription, limits, security alerts and family safety (parental control) options as well.

Many report, unfortunately, that since the arrival of Windows 10, the bumps in the road have been noticeable and numerous. Among issues reported, one of the most notable has been the freezing up of PCs and another is broken webcams.

Reports also indicate that Windows 10 has received a cold reception from the business world with many businesses claiming that the new OS continues to lag behind the older Windows 8 and Windows XP. Windows XP continues to be the Number One choice among larger enterprises, companies that use a great number of computers and all the services available to them.

In a footnote to this news, polls indicate that while executives do like Windows 10, the average employee does not.