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Apple has made changes to revised app store guidelines that threatened to block a wide range of small business apps created with templates, DIY tools, and SMB app platforms.
The guidelines were originally revised earlier this year to ensure a minimum standard of quality and uniqueness for apps accepted to the App Store, and to make sure that they are not simply "wrapped" websites or social media pages. The revisions were also intended to limit spam in the App Store. A number of developers and app-creation companies catering to SMBs and non-profit organizations that had thought they would be unaffected by the changes, however, were recently informed that their apps would be banned as of January 1.
App store review guideline 4.2.6 previously said: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected."
The rule has now been amended to read: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app's content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences. Another acceptable option for template providers is to create a single binary to host all client content in an aggregated or "picker" model, for example as a restaurant finder app with separate customized entries or pages for each client restaurant,
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today that Hostway, a leading managed cloud hosting provider and specialist in compliant hybrid cloud hosting solutions, has selected Digital Realty as the foundation for its ongoing global expansion. Hostway is also joining the Digital Realty Service Exchange to provide its own clients with secure, direct access to multiple public cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Hostway has nine locations globally, the newest of which is located in Digital Realty’s Austin facility. Hostway serves SaaS, healthcare, financial services, e-commerce, and Internet of Things (IOT) customers, most of whom are executing hybrid IT strategies that balance on-premise infrastructure, colocation and public cloud environments.


Hostway’s offerings are highly differentiated, focusing on compliance and security with specialization in HIPPA, PCI and ISO. Hostway takes pride in its ability to manage large, multi-faceted cloud migrations with zero downtime, conducting successful migration every month involving large, complex applications.

“After a wide review of all options and comparison of several data center providers, we selected Digital Realty due to its superior reliability and low latency connectivity along with great customer service,” said Emil Sayegh, CEO and President of Hostway. “We view Digital Realty as a global platform with locations all around the world that we can leverage in our growth. Our clients have very specific requirements to comply with various regulations and we can always depend on Digital Realty to help us meet and exceed those. Additionally, the Digital Realty Service Exchange offers an unparalleled, extensive list of public cloud providers that is unmatched elsewhere in the market.”

Building on its longstanding Microsoft Azure offerings and recent introduction of AWS, Hostway continues to expand its cloud portfolio in terms of both service breadth and global distribution. Digital Realty’s Service Exchange is an ideal solution because it provides instant access to the hundreds of enterprise customers within the Digital Realty ecosystem, as well as extended connectivity to regional cloud epicenters around the globe. Automated network provisioning reduces manual efforts and accelerates speed to market, enabling enterprises to quickly begin adopting and consuming cloud services. Aggregating traffic from multiple customers over a single connection allows them to scale more efficiently.

“Hostway has truly distinguished itself through its focus on compliance and security, supported by its strong track record of resiliency and customer service,” said Sherri Liebo, SVP Marketing at Digital Realty. “Its experience in conducting cloud migrations with zero downtime for such a wide range of customers and applications is impressive. We are delighted that Hostway has selected Digital Realty for its ongoing expansion and look forward to working closely with Hostway and its customers to ensure their business needs are met.”

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.

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IBM Cloud wants to make sure that what happens in Germany stays in Germany, at least as far as its European customers' data is concerned. Starting next month, the cloud provider will institute new security measures at its Frankfurt data center that will restrict access to all data stored in the facility to EU-based IBM employees. These employees will also review, approve, or deny all access by non-EU based employees.
In addition, clients using IBM Cloud's dedicated environments in Frankfurt will review and approve all non-EU access requests to their content whenever an issue, support or otherwise, requires such access. In those cases, access will be temporary, and the client will be notified when the access is ended. Logs tracking access will be available to the client.
Related: US Will Curb ‘Sneak-and-Peek' Server Searches Microsoft Sued Over
Over time, the company said, this support model will be expanded to include IBM's full cloud architecture stack in Frankfurt, taking in infrastructure, AI, data, analytics, DevOps, and more. Beginning in 2018, German users will be offered full encryption — at rest and in-transit — with keys that will remain in possession of the customer.
Reading between the lines, this means that Big Blue has all but locked access to client accounts on Frankfurt servers for everyone outside Europe, including its own employees in the US.
Related: Microsoft CEO Urges Tech to Focus
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(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether law enforcement officials conducting a criminal investigation can demand data held overseas by Microsoft Corp. and other technology companies in a high-stakes clash over digital privacy.
The justices will review a federal appeals ruling that the Trump administration says has become a major obstacle in criminal probes. Already, Google Inc. and Yahoo, acquired by Verizon Communications Inc., have stopped complying with search warrants for emails and other user data stored outside the country, the Justice Department said.
The lower court said a 1986 law that protects the privacy of electronic communications — and carves out an exception for law enforcement needs — doesn't extend to data kept in other countries. The ruling came in a case involving emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.
"Under this opinion, hundreds if not thousands of investigations of crimes — ranging from terrorism, to child pornography, to fraud — are being or will be hampered by the government's inability to obtain electronic evidence," Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall argued in court papers.
The case will pit federal and state officials against the technology industry, which has lined up behind Microsoft in the litigation. The court will hear arguments early next year and rule by June.
Microsoft urged the court not to hear the case, saying the justices should leave it to Congress to
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HOUSTON, TX – RoboCyberWall, Inc., a provider of a proprietary precision firewall solution that protects HTTP and HTTPS (SSL) ports on Linux-based Apache2 and NGINX web servers, today unveiled its flagship product under the same name. The RoboCyberWallTM patent-pending firewall blocks all known exploits and “Zero Day” attacks on Apache2 and NGINX web servers that, according to W3Techs Web Technology Surveys, comprise more than 83 percent of all web servers worldwide. It is a simple-to-download and easy-to-install module for use with on-premise servers, cloud servers or shared hosting accounts and requires exceptionally low RAM and processor resources. It’s available for license for less than $9/month.

In securing the non-application portion of the stack, RoboCyberWall provides pinpoint protection for Linux Apache2 or NGINX web server’s HTTP and HTTPS ports. Typically these are ports 80 and 443, which are two of the top three most targeted ports for attack worldwide, according to Akamai’s State of the Internet report.


RoboCyberWall is also proud to announce it has Partnered with Astra Security which offers a highly specialized web application firewall designed to protect WordPress, Magento, OpenCart, Drupal, Joomla, Woocommerce.

“Firewalls today remain the critical first line of defense from ever-growing and increasingly sophisticated threats,” said John R. Martinson Jr., CTO and Founder of RoboCyberWall. “Stopping a malicious program, or attacker, from gaining access to your network and information before any potential damage is done is key, and RoboCyberWall prevents breaches from happening in the first place.”

RoboCyberWall, Inc. contracted with SecureWorks to perform security assessment during the period from September 5, 2017 to September 8, 2017. The objective of this engagement was to identify vulnerabilities in RoboCyberWall’s systems and network security that external adversaries could exploit. During the course of the assessment, SecureWorks launched 6,593 probes and manual hack attempts on the RoboCyberWall protected server without accomplishing any breaches. The Full Report is available for review at: https://robocyberwall.com/files/RoboCyberWall_EPT_09132017.pdf

“RoboCyberWall is a particularly attractive option for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs), which are targeted much more frequently than large enterprises,” said John Martinson, Sr., CEO and President of RoboCyberWall. The Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report found that 81 percent of all data breaches happen to small businesses which often lack the resources to protect business-critical data. “RoboCyberWall is a step in the direction of democratizing firewalls for all web servers and making true cyber security possible at an affordable price,” said Martinson, Sr. “Enterprise firewalls are very expensive and require significant investments and IT staff to install, configure and maintain, which often puts them out of reach for most SMBs.

“‘Zero Day’ attacks have been impossible to protect against because older technology has to guess which packets are good and which are bad. However, RoboCyberWall has a real-time whitelisting feature that allows good packets to be immediately validated while blocking all other unknown packets. Moreover, if new content is added to a server, that information is instantly added to the whitelist,” said Martinson Jr.

“RoboCyberWall’s white listing feature means zero false positives and zero bad packets make it into your Linux server, which shields your website with comprehensive protection,” said Martinson Jr. “With Google blacklisting an estimated 10,000 compromised websites every day, RoboCyberWall protects your website and keeps it up and running.”

RoboCyberwall is already receiving industry recognition with these recent awards:

CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards 2017 – http://cybersecuritybreakthrough.com/
Unified Threat Management – Next Generation Firewall Solution of the Year.
Golden Bridge Awards 2017 – http://www.goldenbridgeawards.com
New Products and Services – Security Software – RoboCyberWall™ Version 1.0 Bronze Winner.

RoboCyberWall is being offered as a $8.95/month subscription, licensed to users on a monthly or yearly basis. For more information about RoboCyberWall or to download please go to https://robocyberwall.com.

About RoboCyberWall, Inc.
RoboCyberWall, Inc. is a provider of the proprietary, precision, perimeter firewall solution for businesses of all sizes that achieves the ultimate in protection for the highly targeted HTTP and HTTPS ports on Linux-based Apache2 and NGINX web servers. RoboCyberWall is easy-to-download and simple-to-install. It blocks both known exploits and “Zero Day” attacks. For more information, visit https://robocyberwall.com and follow us on Twitter @robocyberwall.

About Astra Security
Astra is a plug-n-play website security suite that takes 2-minutes to setup and provides rock solid security against hackers, bots and 100+ internet threats. Astra is a completely managed firewall not requiring any manual intervention, giving business owners all the time to focus on business while Astra takes care of security. It works seamlessly with WordPress, OpenCart, Magento, Drupal, Joomla, Woocommerce. More information at www.getAstra.com

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REDWOOD SHORES, CA – Oracle announced the general availability of Java SE 9 (JDK 9), Java Platform Enterprise Edition 8 (Java EE 8) and the Java EE 8 Software Development Kit (SDK). JDK 9 is a production-ready implementation of the Java SE 9 Platform Specification, which was recently approved together with Java EE 8 in the Java Community Process (JCP). Java SE 9 provides more than 150 new features, including a new module system and improvements that bring more scalability, improved security, better performance management and easier development to the world’s most popular programming platform. Java EE 8 modernizes and simplifies the Java EE platform for the cloud and microservices with updates to eight major specifications.

Java SE 9

The defining feature of Java SE 9 is the Java Platform Module System, also known as Project Jigsaw, which makes it easier for developers to reliably assemble and maintain sophisticated applications. The module system also makes the JDK itself more flexible, allowing developers to bundle just those parts of the JDK that are needed to run an application when deploying to the cloud.


“Java SE 9 is the result of industry-wide development involving open review, weekly builds and extensive collaboration between Oracle engineers and members of the worldwide Java developer community via the OpenJDK Community and the JCP,” said Georges Saab, vice president of development for the Java Platform Group at Oracle. “This version of Java SE will provide millions of developers the updated tools they need to continue building next-generation applications with ease, performance and agility.”

The OpenJDK Community is where a diverse set of contributors have collaborated for more than ten years on an open-source implementation of the Java SE platform. Other key features in Java SE 9 include:

  • jshell, which delivers an interactive Read-Eval-Print-Loop tool that makes it easy for developers to explore APIs and try out language features.
  • Improved Javadoc, which makes it easier for developers to learn new APIs by including a search function within the API documentation itself, as well as information on which module defines each class or interface.
  • Streams API enhancements, which improve developer productivity by adding methods to conditionally take/drop items from a Stream, iterate over a Stream’s elements, and create a Stream from a nullable value while expanding the set of Java SE APIs that can serve as sources for Streams.

Oracle has also announced several changes to how Java SE and Java EE will be developed and released going forward.

For Oracle Java SE, Oracle is planning to move to a 6-month release cadence using a time driven release model rather than a feature driven release model. With that change, Oracle will also be providing OpenJDK builds under the General Public License (GPL). Finally, Oracle will be contributing previously commercial features to OpenJDK such as Java Flight Recorder in Oracle JDK with the goal of making Oracle JDK and OpenJDK more aligned.

Java EE 8

Oracle has also announced its intention to move Java EE technologies to the Eclipse Foundation, in collaboration with other vendors and the community. Oracle, Eclipse and other community members are now working out the details behind the technology transfer and ongoing governance and process within the Eclipse community.

“Today’s major release of the Java Platform Enterprise Edition is one we think developers are going to be excited to use and by open sourcing Java EE technologies to the Eclipse Foundation, we have set it up for ongoing success in the future,” said Mike Lehmann, vice president of product management, Oracle. “Oracle is committed to working with the Java EE community and the Eclipse Foundation to continue enterprise Java innovation, support and evolution.”

Key features in Java EE 8 include:

  • HTTP/2 support in Servlet 4.0
  • New JSON binding API and various enhancements in JSON-P 1.1
  • Expansion of JAX-RS to support Server-Sent Events and a new reactive client API
  • New security API for cloud and PaaS based applications
  • Multiple CDI enhancements including support for asynchronous events

Java is the world’s most popular programming language, with over 12 million developers running Java and more than 1 billion downloads each year. Java is also the #1 developer choice for cloud, with over 21 billion cloud-connected Java virtual machines.

About Oracle
The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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