Microsoft makes new GitHub collaboration tools available to testers

In conjunction with the May 6 virtual GitHub Satellite event, Microsoft is announcing a handful of new GitHub collaboration tools which it is making available first in beta. The new tools include: GitHub Codespace, GitHub Discussions; Code scanning and secret scanning; and new collaboratoin tools for GitHub Private Instances.

Last week, Microsoft announced it was renaming Visual Studio Online to “Visual Studio Codespaces.” Today, in keeping with that branding, Microsoft announced GitHub Codespaces, which, like VS Codespaces, is meant to give users a cloud-hosted development environment. GitHub Codespaces will spin up in seconds, officials said, directly inside GitHub so that developers can start contributing to projects immediately.

GitHub Codespaces includes a browser-based version of the VS Code editor. Devs also can opt to use their desktop IDEs instead, if they prefer, to start a codespace in GitHub and connect to it from their desktops.

Pricing for GitHub Codespaces isn’t finalized

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Andrew Lennon, CIO, Barings, on Covid-19, data science and mergers

Mention Barings Bank to anyone working in business for the past couple of decades, and they will talk about rogue trader Nick Leeson and the infamous 1995 collapse of a company established in 1762, as a result of his fraudulent trading.

Today, however, Barings is a $338bn international investment management firm, owned since 2005 by US mutual life insurance company MassMutual. It is Britain’s oldest investment bank, and once listed Queen Elizabeth II among its clients.

In 2016, the organisation went through another huge upheaval, as MassMutual merged Babson Capital Management, Wood Creek Capital Management, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers and Baring Asset Management to form the new Barings, providing investment management services with a focus on emerging and inefficient markets, asset allocation and specialist fixed income.

A new strategy for a new CIO

The merger meant there were huge changes across the whole business – and a huge opportunity for

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Facebook fixes bug that crashed major iOS apps like TikTok, Spotify, and Tinder

A major Facebook bug caused a large number of iOS applications to crash on Wednesday for more than three hours, according to reports on GitHub and social media.

The bug impacted some of the biggest iOS apps today, including the likes of TikTok, Spotify, Tinder, Venmo, GrubHub, Doordash, Soundcloud, and Pinterest, just to name a few.

According to technical analysis of crash logs posted online, the issue was tracked down to the Facebook software developer kit (SDK) for iOS, a library that developers include in their apps to support features like Facebook sharing, the Facebook social graph, or Facebook logins.

Developers said the Facebook SDK for iOS called to Facebook’s servers every time a user would launch an app that included the library.

The issue was that the SDK was expecting a server reply in a certain format, which on Wednesday, the Facebook servers were not providing.

Without the proper

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UK comms experts continue to question contract-tracing app

The UK government may have earned some plaudits for attempting to use a mobile contact-tracing app to aid the fight against Covid-19, but the controversy over its nature, in particular its centralised database, is rumbling on.

On 4 May, the government, backed by leading experts in the UK’s epidemiology, IT and communications sectors, released more information on how the app – the first details of which were announced on 24 April – would work in its first scale trial on the Isle of Wight.

Developed by NHSX, the NHS’s digital healthcare innovation unit, the contract-tracing app works by using Bluetooth to automate the “laborious” process of contact tracing and has the goal of reducing transmission of the virus by alerting people who may have been exposed, so they can take action to protect themselves.

Once installed, the app will start logging the distance between a user’s smartphone and other phones

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