Programming languages: Rust enters top 20 popularity rankings for the first time

Programming language Rust has entered the top 20 of the Tiobe popularity index for the first time, but it’s still five spots behind systems programming rival Go.  

There’s growing interest in the use of memory-safe Rust for systems programming to build major platforms, in particular at Microsoft, which is exploring it for Windows and Azure with the goal of wiping out memory bugs in code written in C and C++. Amazon Web Services is also using Rust for performance-sensitive components in Lambda, EC2, and S3.  

Rust has seen its ranking rise considerably on Tiobe, from 38 last year to 20 today. Tiobe’s index is based on searches for a language on major search engines, so it doesn’t mean more people are using Rust, but it shows that more developers are searching for information about the language. 

Rust was voted for the fifth year straight the most loved programming language

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Government departments could cut payment costs through API deal

Government departments could save millions of pounds a year following the addition of a payments application programming interface (API) on its official procurement list.

Through its Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Payment Acceptance Framework, the government has approved a payment initiation service (PIS) from open banking software company TrueLayer.

Government departments can now use the technology to receive payments online without having to use the payment systems owned by banks, therefore reducing costs and simplifying processes. If this technology were used across government, it would same millions of pounds a year.

When people are making payments to organisations, such as the DVLA or local council, they can consent to the government deducting the money direct from their account to the government services account. These bank-to-bank payments remove card fees and charges from banks for using payment systems. The government departments will pay a small fee per transaction to TrueLayer.

Those paying

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Google faces class action for allegedly tracking private browsing activity

A class action was filed against Google on Tuesday, accusing the tech giant of invading the privacy of millions of users without their knowledge by tracking internet use even when using private browsing mode.

The class action accuses Google of tracking and collecting consumer browsing history and other web activity data even when using private browsing mode.

The complaint, filed to the District Court of Northern California, claims Google tracks users’ browsing data and other identifying information through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager, and various other application and website plug-ins, such as Google applications on mobile devices and the Google Sign-In button for websites regardless of what mode of browsing is chosen.

According to the plaintiffs, when an internet user visits a webpage or opens an app that uses Google’s services, which are allegedly used by over 70% of all online publishers, the user’s personal information, such as the user’s

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Revved-up electric vehicle market to drive associated connected services to 270% growth

Projections for the growth of electric vehicles have been bullish, and if these projections are realised, there will be an associated boom in connected services, says a study from ABI Research.

The analyst’s Connected services for electric vehicles report calculates that subscriptions of connected services for consumer and commercial electric vehicles (EVs) – such as charging-station locators, eco-routing and EV telematics – will grow by 270% from 2020 to 2024, reaching seven million subscribers by 2024. This would see the revenue opportunity of connected services for consumer and commercial EVs reach $378m by 2030.

At the heart of this growth were the decisions made by a number of major economies to ban internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. Norway has already signalled its intention to end the sales of new ICE vehicles by 2025, and Germany, Sweden, India and China, among other countries, aim to ban the sales of ICE vehicles

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