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Enterprise Tech News: Microsoft Launches R Server, Android++ Open Sourced, Major Security Updates in Android OS

08 Jan 2016

This week’s tech news roundup features: Microsoft launches big data analytics platform named R Server, Android++ is open sourced and Google fixes security vulnerabilities in Android.

Microsoft Announces R Server – a Big Data Analytics Platform with Advanced Capabilities


Microsoft has announced its own advanced-analytics platform that is based on the popular, open source R programming language. Codenamed Microsoft R Server, this new platform can work with Linux, Windows, Teradata and Hadoop software. R Server is available through the Microsoft’s Developer Network (MSDN) and the DreamSpark educational program.


According to MSDN, “Microsoft R Server is a fast and cost-effective enterprise-class big data advanced analytics platform supporting a variety of big data statistics, predictive modelling and machine learning capabilities. Microsoft R Server includes Open Source R and offers a variety of analytics capabilities including exploratory data analysis, model building and model deployment.”

Android++ Open Sourced to Help Developers Quickly Deploy Code


Android developers dependent on Microsoft Visual Studio for their coding needs will now have more options. They can either use Microsoft’s cross-platform tool-set or make use of an Android development add-on that has been recently open sourced.


Android++ has been released under open source with a highly permissible licence that permits commercial use. One of the biggest advantages of Android++ is that it’s meant for developers who write Android apps primarily in C/C++ using the Android NDK.


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Google Patches 12 Flaws in 2016’s First Major Security Update for Android


Google has announced a major security update for its Android OS. There are a number of patches and some commonly recurring issues have been fixed. Out of the 12 patches in total, around five are critical in nature.


The most critical of them is CVE-2015-6636. As per Google, this is a remote code execution vulnerability in mediaserver. According to Google’s bulletin,”During media file and data processing of a specially crafted file, vulnerabilities in mediaserver could allow an attacker to cause memory corruption and remote code execution as the mediaserver process. The affected functionality is provided as a core part of the operating system, and there are multiple applications that allow it to be reached with remote content, most notably MMS [Multimedia Messaging Service] and browser playback of media.”


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