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Google recently released a report that provides insight into the Android’s security, revealing that it was able to cut the overall rate of potentially harmful application installs by 50% in 2014.“That’s why we built Android the way we did—with multiple layers of security in the platform itself and in the services Google provides,” wrote Adrian Ludwig, lead engineer for Android security, in a blog post.According to the Android Security State of the Union 2014 report, less than 1% of Android devices had a potentially dangerous app installed in 2014. In addition, less than .015% of devices that installed apps specifically from Google Play had a vulnerable app installed.To continue to protect its operating system, Google said it also conducts 200 million security device scans per day, and has increased its efforts to protect devices outside of Google Play. “We also use data to improve security in near real time through a combination of reliable products and trusted services, like Google Play and Verify Apps,” Ludwig wrote. “And, because we are an open platform, third-party research and reports help make us stronger and users safer.”Google also revealed that it was taking more proactive steps to provide better application protection. The company announced a new app process to review apps before they are published to the app store.“We want to ensure that Android is a safe place, and this report has helped us take a look at how we did in the past year, and what we can still improve on,” Ludwig said.Additional findings included that more than 25,000 Google Play apps were updated to increase security, and Android responded to 79 external security issues in 2014.The full report can be found here.
Google is extending its Classroom API to help developers integrate their applications with classroom solutions. The company introduced new coursework endpoints that will give developers access to assignments, grades and workflows.“Learning tools can focus on creating great content and, in turn, use Classroom to manage the workflow for assignments created with this content,” wrote Ed Kupershlak, Classroom software engineer at Google, in a blog post. “Gradebooks and reporting systems can now also sync grades with Classroom, eliminating the need for teachers to manually transfer grades.”The company also announced new functionality for its course and roster API endpoints. With this new functionality, developers gain access to course Drive folders, groups and materials, according to the company.CSS tips and tricksMozilla is giving developers tips and recommendations in order to help them write and maintain better CSS code.“Lately, we have seen a lot of people struggling with CSS, from beginners to seasoned developers,” wrote Belén Albeza, a tech evangelists at Mozilla, in a blog post. “Some of them don’t like the way it works, and wonder if replacing CSS with a different language would be better—CSS processors emerged from this thinking.”Tips include: Don’t throw new rules at bugs; don’t use “!important” in your code; learn how to work with pixels and percentages, then go beyond them; use flexbox; and learn how to use a CSS processor.Jason app in App StoreThere is an app available in the App Store called Jason, which is a scriptable iOS client that lets developers view and interact with any data and any server, in any way desired, according to its website.Jason works similar to browsers, but instead of using HTML, it takes JSON as input. Developers can write a JSON script to describe their client’s behavior, and then open it in Jason. They can tell Jason to do whatever, from network requests to native device features.There is a Jason community on Slack, so users can join and talk about their experiences using Jason. It was last updated on May 16.Google Play awards announcedLast night, Google Play announced the winners of the Google Play Awards during a special ceremony at Google I/O. The awards honor apps and games the developers who made them.Winners were selected based on criteria emphasizing app quality, innovation, and if they had a launch or major update in the last 12 months. Google Play now has more than 1 billion users every month. Here is the list of apps that received awards:Best App: HouzzBest Early Adopter: World Around MeBest Families App: Thinkrolls 2Best Go Global: Pokemon Shuffle MobileBest Game: Clash RoyaleMost Innovative: NYT VRBest Use of Material Design: RobinhoodBest Standout Indie: AlphabearBest Use of Google Play Game Services: Table Tennis TouchBest Standout Startup: Hopper