Hope For Fortnite Gamers As Developer Launches App Store Bypass Software

Gamers are now able to play previously-unavailable titles on Apple devices after developers launched software that bypasses the App Store and allows users to access PC games on the Safari browser, paving the way for Fortnite to return to iPhones.

Apple pulled the wildly popular open-world game from its online store in mid-August after developer Epic Games released an update that dodges revenue sharing with the iPhone maker, and the companies are locked in a legal battle.

Now Silicon Valley tech firm Nvidia has developed a version of its GEForce Now cloud gaming service that runs on Apple’s browser.

“GeForce NOW is streaming on iOS Safari, in beta, starting today,” Nvidia said in a blog post on Thursday.

“That means more than 5 million GeForce NOW members can now access the latest experience by launching Safari from iPhone or iPad.”

Apple pulled Fortnite from its App Store on August 13 Apple pulled Fortnite from its App Store on August 13

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Facebook sues Turkish software developer who ran 20+ Instagram clone sites

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Social media giant Facebook filed a civil lawsuit today against a Turkish national for operating a network of at least 20 Instagram clones.

According to court documents obtained by ZDNet, Facebook claims that defendant Ensar Sahinturk, a software developer based in Istanbul, used automation software running from thousands of Instagram accounts to scrape data from more than 100,000 Instagram profiles, which he later republished on his own sites.

Described as “Instagram viewers,” Sahinturk operated at least 20 clone sites where he listed Instagram photos and made a profit by showing his own ads.

Domains operated by Sahinturk included jolygram.com, imggram.com, imggram.net, finalgram.com, pikdo.net, and ingram.ws, according to court filings.

The earliest domains were created in August 2017, and many of the sites are still active today.

Facebook said it tried to avoid litigation by sending multiple cease & desist letters to Sahinturk in early 2019, but to no avail.

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Snowflake introduces Snowpark, a new developer environment for data programming

Cloud data management and warehouse provider Snowflake announced a bevy of product updates Tuesday that aim to improve data discovery across its platform. Key feature updates include support for more types of data, a new developer experience, more granular data controls, and expanded access to data services from third party providers.

On the developer side, Snowflake introduced Snowpark, described as a new way to program data in Snowflake via a set of optimized APIs. 

The service includes native support for multiple programming languages, allowing developers, data engineers and data scientists to write code in the language of their choice. Snowflake posits that Snowpark will simplify an organization’s IT architecture by bringing more data pipelines into Snowflake’s single, governed core data platform. Snowpark is currently available in testing environments only.

Meanwhile, the company announced that its marketplace now enables access to third-party data service providers. Snowflake also announced a row access

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Microsoft .NET 5.0 developer platform arrives with new C# 9 programming language

.NET 5.0 is the next version of Microsoft’s .NET Core platform and an attempt to unify its developer ecosystem.

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Microsoft has released .NET 5.0, the latest major release in its .NET development platform which, amongst other updates, introduces the new C# 9 programming language.

.NET 5.0 is the first update to the platform since Microsoft announced that it would unify its developer toolset across platforms and operating systems. This means that, with .NET 5.0, developers have access to a single set of APIs, languages, and tools that can be used regardless of whether they are building desktop, mobile, cloud or Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

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to cherry-pick the parts of the .NET platform that they need. For example, if users want to target mobile and not WebAssembly, they don’t need to download WebAssembly tools. The same applies with

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‘Starfield’ Developer Bethesda Has Good And Bad News For Fans

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  • “Starfield” was announced at the E3 2018
  • Since then Bethesda has not yet released a major update about the game
  • Bethesda’s Todd Howard recently offered fresh details about “Starfield”

Bethesda’s Todd Howard offered a new set of official details about the much-awaited space exploration title “Starfield,” which could be good and bad news for fans. 

In an interview with James Batchelor of GamesIndustry.biz at this year’s Develop: Brighton conference, Todd Howard shared some fresh details about “Starfield”, which is the space exploration title currently in development at Bethesda Studios.

The director and executive producer at Bethesda Studios confirmed the upcoming sci-fi game would be a single-player experience. He also said since the game would be a first-party release, it would be available on Game Pass on day one.

Additionally, the executive mentioned “Starfield’s” game map would be the biggest the studio has made. To put it into perspective,

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Developer security startup StackHawk raised $10 million Series A

  • Denver cybersecurity startup StackHawk has raised a $10 million Series A round led by Sapphire Ventures. 
  • Developer security is a booming vertical of cybersecurity with funding rounds this month from FOSSA and Apiiro and a $200 million round last month for Snyk. 
  • StackHawk’s platform automatically checks developers’ code for any errors or potential security vulnerabilities each time they make updates. 
  • CEO Joni Klippert says the developer community prizes transparency and community, and her company adopts the same approach.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Denver’s StackHawk has raised a $10 million Series A round of funding round led by Sapphire Ventures, it announced Monday, making it the latest startup to emerge in the hot developer security sector which includes Snyk, FOSSA, and Apiiro. 

Rather than blocking threats or hunting down criminals, developer security seeks to prevent vulnerabilities in the first place. Instead of focusing constantly on “attackers” and “threats”

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Software developer pleads guilty to COVID-19 fraud scheme

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle man has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for carrying out a scheme to defraud several COVID-19 relief programs, according to federal prosecutors.

Baoke Zhang, 35, of Issaquah, Washington, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Seattle. He admitted that he submitted four fake applications to three different lenders for forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides payroll help to small businesses, prosecutors said.

To support the loan applications, Zhang used fake entities for which he created fake payroll and tax records, prosecutors said. Two of the fake loan applications sought $600,000 each, a third application sought $325,000, and a fourth sought approximately $41,000.


Zhang also sent in fake applications to two non-profit organizations that give grants to restaurant workers suffering economic hardship due to the pandemic.

Zhang also admitted that he submitted a fraudulent application to a multinational technology

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Developer survey finds JavaScript remains the most popular programming language

The big picture: JavaScript continues to be the most popular programming language amongst developers, according to the findings of a recent survey which included over 17,000 responses from developers in 159 countries. The increasing popularity of Python saw it gain second-place for Q3 2020, while the third most popular language was Java.

The information comes from analyst firm SlashData’s latest developer survey. JavaScript came in first-place once again, and boasts an ever-increasing 12.4 million active software developers—a gain of some 5 million since mid-2017. Python was found to have 9 million active developers and came in second-place, but the researchers also highlighted a shift in its recent popularity.

In the last year alone, Python has added 2.2 million developers, mostly due to the increase in machine learning and data science. And Java, which came in third-place, was found to have 8.2 million active developers—a growth of 1.6 million since mid-2017,

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Among Us hack promotes ‘Trump 2020,’ forcing developer to issue patch

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Among Us was the target of a hack.


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Hackers have spammed in-game chats in Among Us, forcing developer InnerSloth to quickly issue a patch. The hack promoted a streaming channel and threatened to damage phones if people didn’t subscribe, according to a Friday report by CNET sister publication GameSpot. It also included a “Trump 2020” message. Some players reportedly estimate the hack reached hundreds or perhaps thousands of matches. 

“We’re are super duper aware of the current hacking issue and we’re looking into it,” InnerSloth said in a Thursday tweet. “We will be pushing out an emergency server update so people who are in game will get kicked from games. Please play private games or with people that you trust!!! Bare with us!!”

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