Challenge: Achievement Unlocked – Fabulous Fails – Discover

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When you create achievements that truly surprise and delight your players as they make their way through a game, you can help elicit a feeling of accomplishment, or even make the player laugh. Most of us have experienced playing games where we have unlocked some kind of achievement or trophy that stirs some of these emotions. This is exactly what we want you to consider when you create Game Center achievements for your apps or games — and now, we’re challenging you to show the developer community your best, funniest, strangest, and most delightful achievements.

Begin the challenge

For this challenge, we’re inviting you to share or create an achievement that rewards people for not coming out out top. Perhaps they’ve failed in a spectacularly short period of time or ended up going out in a hilariously fun way. Maybe they were a bit too curious about tapping that button. Sometimes failing can be just as fun as winning — and however they’ve failed, it’s time to show off how you reward them for it.

We welcome all achievements, new, old, existing, or imaginary: Show off an existing “failure” achievement from your app or game, or put your wordsmithery to work and create an entirely new one. You can share your best “failure” achievement with the developer community on the Developer Forums.

Best of all, we’ve made it easy for you to participate and dream up awesome achievements even if you haven’t yet implemented Game Center or you want to try something entirely new: Just download the attached Game Center achievement template.

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Best practices for great achievements

It’s a lot of fun to create unique and engaging achievements to connect people with your app or game. Below are a few of our recommendations when thinking about writing and designing achievements.

Be creative with an achievement’s title, but straightforward with its description
Although most people appreciate entertaining titles, they expect an achievement’s description to specify how to earn it. If you were to create a WWDC21 achievement, for instance, you might write the following:

Title: Code Completionist
Description: Watched every WWDC21 Code-Along session.

Be succinct
The Game Center achievement card limits your title and description to two lines each before truncating the text — brevity is key to a great achievement.

Think inclusively
Follow the Human Interface Guidelines around inclusivity when creating achievements. The best jokes, puns, and wordplay are those that are intuitive and friendly to everyone who might interact with your app or game, and make players feel recognized and rewarded.

Add unique, high-quality images
People appreciate earning unique achievements that remind them of each accomplishment. When you create custom artwork, you can help that achievement stand out from the others in your app or game and make it more recognizable to people who interact with it.

You can learn more about how to design great achievements in Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines, and in the WWDC20 session “Design for Game Center.”

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Microsoft digitally signs malicious rootkit driver

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Microsoft gave its digital imprimatur to a rootkit that decrypted encrypted communications and sent them to attacker-controlled servers, the company and outside researchers said.

The blunder allowed the malware to be installed on Windows machines without users receiving a security warning or needing to take additional steps. For the past 13 years, Microsoft has required third-party drivers and other code that runs in the Windows kernel to be tested and digitally signed by the OS maker to ensure stability and security. Without a Microsoft certificate, these types of programs can’t be installed by default.

Eavesdropping on SSL connections

Earlier this month, Karsten Hahn, a researcher at security firm G Data, found that his company’s malware detection system flagged a driver named Netfilter. He initially thought the detection was a false positive because Microsoft had digitally signed Netfilter under the company’s Windows Hardware Compatibility Program.

After further testing, Hahn determined that the detection wasn’t a false positive. He and fellow researchers decided to figure out precisely what the malware does.

“The core functionality seems to be eavesdropping on SSL connections,” reverse engineer Johann Aydinbas wrote on Twitter. “In addition to the IP redirecting component, it also installs (and protects) a root certificate to the registry.”

A rootkit is a type of malware that is written in a way that prevents it from being viewed in file directories, task monitors, and other standard OS functions. A root certificate is used to authenticate traffic sent through connections protected by the Transport Layer Security protocol, which encrypts data in transit and ensures the server to which a user is connected is genuine and not an imposter. Normally, TLS certificates are issued by a Windows-trusted certificate authority (or CA). By installing a root certificate in Windows itself, hackers can bypass the CA requirement.

Microsoft’s digital signature, along with the root certificate the malware installed, gave the malware stealth and the ability to send decrypted TLS traffic to hxxp://

Serious security lapse

In a brief post from Friday, Microsoft wrote, “Microsoft is investigating a malicious actor distributing malicious drivers within gaming environments. The actor submitted drivers for certification through the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program. The drivers were built by a third party. We have suspended the account and reviewed their submissions for additional signs of malware.”

The post said that Microsoft has found no evidence that either its signing certificate for the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program or its WHCP signing infrastructure had been compromised. The company has since added Netfilter detections to the Windows Defender AV engine built into Windows and provided the detections to other AV providers. The company also suspended the account that submitted Netfilter and reviewed previous submissions for signs of additional malware.

Microsoft added:

The actor’s activity is limited to the gaming sector, specifically in China, and does not appear to target enterprise environments. We are not attributing this to a nation-state actor at this time. The actor’s goal is to use the driver to spoof their geo-location to cheat the system and play from anywhere. The malware enables them to gain an advantage in games and possibly exploit other players by compromising their accounts through common tools like keyloggers.

It’s important to understand that the techniques used in this attack occur post-exploitation, meaning an attacker must either have already gained administrative privileges in order to be able to run the installer to update the registry and install the malicious driver the next time the system boots or convince the user to do it on their behalf.

Despite the limitations the post noted, the lapse is serious. Microsoft’s certification program is designed to block precisely the kind of attack G Data first discovered. Microsoft has yet to say how it came to digitally sign the malware. Company representatives declined to provide an explanation.

Apple Watch Series 6 ban sought by medical device manufacturer Masimo

Medical technology company Masimo is escalating its legal battle with Apple, filing a complaint that seeks an import ban on Apple Watch models.

Masimo, which sued Apple in 2020 for alleged patent infringement and theft of trade secrets, filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday. The filing claims that the Apple Watch Series 6 infringes on five patents focused on technology that uses light to measure blood oxygen levels.

According to the complaint, which was spotted by Bloomberg, the blood oxygen sensing feature is core to Masimo’s business and Apple is unfairly copying it.

Masimo also argues that the U.S. public won’t be harmed if imports of the Apple Watch are halted because the device’s pulse oximetry sensor isn’t “essential to the public health or welfare.”

“Apple heavily markets that feature of the Series 6 to give the watch the appearance of a medical device. Yet, hidden from the millions of purchasers of the Series 6, Apple warns in the fine print that the blood oxygen measurements should not be relied upon for medical purposes,” Masimo wrote in the filing.

Apple has moved to dismiss parts of the case and filed petitions to invalidate certain parts of Masimo’s intellectual property. The patents are currently being reviewed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

While the district court has put parts of the litigation on hold while the patent review is pending, the USITC won’t delay consideration of the complaint. It typically completes a probe without 15 to 18 months.

Even if Apple files a petition to challenge patents in the ITC complaint, it’s likely that the USPTO will decline them because the agency works so quickly in its reviews.

Masimo’s previous lawsuit against Apple also targeted the Apple Watch Series 5, and claimed that recent Apple wearable devices infringe on patents related to features beyond pulse oximetry — including heart rate monitoring.

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Largo Police Department Launches Custom Mobile App Through Grant Opportunity to Support Officer Mental Health

Lighthouse Health & Wellness for public safety, first responders and those that support them.

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The Largo Police Department Prioritizes Officer Health

Officer health and safety are top priority for the Largo Police Department. The department is always looking for the best ways to help officers and dispatchers manage the day-to-day challenges of the job and to truly thrive. The custom Lighthouse app will make it easy for all department employees to access vital information and make even better use of the resources they already have in place. Lighthouse Health and Wellness is confident that the launch of this custom application will play a key role in supporting the continued success of health and safety initiatives at the Largo Police Department.

Scholarship Resources Provided by NCPCV

Largo Police Department’s application was provided by a scholarship offered by The National Center for Prevention of Community Violence (NCPCV), covering a one-year subscription to a customized Lighthouse Health & Wellness mobile app and web-portal. NCPCV received a 2020 grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation in generous support of this project. Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as Destination Imagination, which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives.

Lighthouse Health & Wellness – Supporting First Responder’s Wellbeing

Lighthouse Health & Wellness is an in-hand, on-demand, 100% confidential health and wellness platform. The apps give public safety employees easy access to their agency’s existing health and wellness programs, as well as to a growing library of the latest educational health and wellness information and tools—all tailored to the unique needs of those working in public safety. Custom mobile applications include access to the evolving Lighthouse Library of educational content, the agency’s existing wellness resources, a customizable event calendar, peer support toolbox, therapist locator, and more.

Public Safety Officers Need Support – Now More Than Ever

With the overwhelming rise in job-related stress, growing media scrutiny, increased focus on public safety suicides, and the reality and fear of senseless line-of-duty deaths, it is more important than ever that all first responders have access to health and wellness resources. Lighthouse is accessible on the web as well as via iOS and Android applications. This puts the tools public safety officers need literally at their fingertips. If you or your organization would like to know how you can support wellness initiatives at the Largo Police Department or at your own local agency, we encourage you to reach out to us at

About Lighthouse Health & Wellness

Lighthouse Health & Wellness is a public benefit corporation with the stated mission of ensuring that every public safety agency in the nation can provide its employees and their families with confidential and anonymous access to health and wellness resources. Lighthouse H&W accomplishes this through mobile app and web portal platforms, powered by Apex Mobile. This technology provides our nation’s first responders private access to culturally competent, cutting edge health and wellness information and resources. For more information about Lighthouse Health & Wellness and their first responder health and wellness programs call 949-305-7008 or go to

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Challenge: Sense the world around you in Swift Playgrounds – Discover

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Just like our senses, our devices constantly gather data from their environment, and can use that information to do interesting and important things. In this challenge, you’ll harness your iPad’s sensor data to create a visualization or experience of your choosing.

Begin the challenge

To get started, download and open Swift Playgrounds on your iPad, then select See All from the lower right corner to launch the Swift Playgrounds content screen. From here, you can find the Sensor Create book under “Starting Points” and download a copy to your device.

Swift playgrounds content on iPad

In this challenge, you’ll use the Sensor Create playground book to gather some data from the world around you. You can use audio data (frequency, volume) from the microphone, light data (color, brightness) from the camera, and also gyroscope data (movement in X, Y, Z coordinates) from the motion sensor of the device. The book has some great reference material to help you get started: Check out “Using Device Motion,” “Using Light to Play Sound,” “Clappy Fish,” and “Synesthesia.”

Think about the types of things you could decipher about your environment based upon this sensor data. Given this, how can you write some code that visualizes this information in interesting ways? For example, you could create an alarm that goes off when the volume around you is too high, or create a notification that displays when you quickly accelerate or decelerate, asking if you or your device has fallen. These are just examples: Use your imagination and come up with an idea you love!


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Nikon Z FC is a mirrorless camera with retro film roots

(Pocket-lint) – The Nikon Z FC is a brand new digital camera for 2021 – although you might not think so from looking at it, given its retro design.

But that’s because the Z FC is based upon Nikon’s FM2 SLR camera, first released in 1982, adopting that heritage design for the modern age – in mirrorless form.

It’s not the first time Nikon has gone down this route. Back in 2014 the company released the Df – a full-frame (FX) DSLR camera based on the classic 1960s F series of film SLR cameras.

So what’s the Z FC all about? Built upon Nikon’s crop-factor sensor (called DX), it’s part of the Z series family, which was developed to diversify the camera-maker’s mirrorless line-up.

That includes cameras such as the Z50, which the Z FC largely reflects in terms of core specification, including its 20.9-megapixel resolution sensor. Elsewhere there’s a built-in OLED viewfinder, vari-angle LCD touchscreen, 209-point autofocus system, and even the ability to shoot 4K video (at 30fps).

But it’s the design and dials layout that sets the retro-looking FC apart, of course, with that silver-topped finish really making this camera stand out. Interestingly, Nikon is also selling six colour body variants through its own website.

The Nikon Z FC will be available from 28 July 2021, priced £899/$959.95/€1,049 body-only. 


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Hackers exploited 0-day, not 2018 bug, to mass-wipe My Book Live devices

Hackers exploited 0-day, not 2018 bug, to mass-wipe My Book Live devices

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Last week’s mass-wiping of Western Digital My Book Live storage devices involved the exploitation of not just one vulnerability but a second critical security bug that allowed hackers to remotely perform a factory reset without a password, an investigation shows.

The vulnerability is remarkable because it made it trivial to wipe what is likely petabytes of user data. More notable still was that, according to the vulnerable code itself, a Western Digital developer actively removed code that required a valid user password before allowing factory resets to proceed.

Done and undone

The undocumented vulnerability resided in a file aptly named system_factory_restore. It contains a PHP script that performs resets, allowing users to restore all default configurations and wipe all data stored on the devices.

Normally, and for good reason, factory resets require the person making the request to provide a user password. This authentication ensures that devices exposed to the Internet can only be reset by the legitimate owner and not by a malicious hacker.

As the following script shows, however, a Western Digital developer created five lines of code to password-protect the reset command. For unknown reasons, the authentication check was cancelled, or in developer parlance, it was commented out as indicated by the double / character at the beginning of each line.

function post($urlPath, $queryParams = null, $ouputFormat = 'xml') {
    // if(!authenticateAsOwner($queryParams))
    //      header("HTTP/1.0 401 Unauthorized");
    //      return;

“The vendor commenting out the authentication in the system restore endpoint really doesn’t make things look good for them,” HD Moore, a security expert and the CEO of network discovery platform Rumble, told Ars. “It’s like they intentionally enabled the bypass.”

To exploit the vulnerability, the attacker would have had to know the format of the XML request that triggers the reset. That’s “not quite as easy as hitting a random URL with a GET request, but [it’s] not that far off, either,” Moore said.

Dude, where’s my data?

The discovery of the second exploit comes five days after people all over the world reported that their My Book Live devices had been compromised and then factory-reset so that all stored data was wiped. My Book Live is a book-sized storage device that uses an Ethernet jack to connect to home and office networks so that connected computers have access to the data on it. Authorized users can also access their files and make configuration changes over the Internet. Western Digital stopped supporting the My Book Live in 2015.

Western Digital personnel posted an advisory following the mass wiping that said it resulted from attackers exploiting CVE-2018-18472. The remote command execution vulnerability was discovered in late 2018 by security researchers Paulos Yibelo and Daniel Eshetu. Because it came to light three years after Western Digital stopped supporting the My Book Live, the company never fixed it.

An analysis performed by Ars and Derek Abdine, CTO at security firm Censys, found that the devices hit by last week’s mass hack had also been subjected to attacks that exploited the unauthorized reset vulnerability. The additional exploit is documented in log files extracted from two hacked devices.

One of the logs was posted in the Western Digital support forum where the mass compromise first came to light. It shows someone from the IP address successfully restoring a device:

rest_api.log.1:Jun 23 15:46:11 MyBookLiveDuo REST_API[9529]: PARAMETER System_factory_restore POST : erase = none
rest_api.log.1:Jun 23 15:46:11 MyBookLiveDuo REST_API[9529]: OUTPUT System_factory_restore POST SUCCESS

A second log file I obtained from a hacked My Book Live device showed a different IP address——exploiting the same vulnerability. Here are the telltale lines:

Jun 16 07:28:41 MyBookLive REST_API[28538]: PARAMETER System_factory_restore POST : erase = format
Jun 16 07:28:42 MyBookLive REST_API[28538]: OUTPUT System_factory_restore POST SUCCESS

After presenting these findings to Western Digital representatives, I received the following confirmation: “We can confirm that in at least some of the cases, the attackers exploited the command injection vulnerability (CVE-2018-18472), followed by the factory reset vulnerability. It’s not clear why the attackers exploited both vulnerabilities. We’ll request a CVE for the factory reset vulnerability and will update our bulletin to include this information.”

This vulnerability has been password-protected

The discovery raises a vexing question: if the hackers had already obtained full root access by exploiting CVE-2018-18472, what need did they have for this second security flaw? There’s no clear answer, but based on the evidence available, Abdine has come up with a plausible theory—that one hacker first exploited CVE-2018-18472 and a rival hacker later exploited the other vulnerability in an attempt to wrest control of those already compromised devices.

The attacker who exploited CVE-2018-18472 used the code execution capability it provided to modify a file in the My Book Live stack named language_configuration.php, which is where the vulnerability is located. According to a recovered file, the modification added the following lines:

function put($urlPath, $queryParams=null, $ouputFormat='xml'){

    parse_str(file_get_contents("php://input"), $changes);

    $langConfigObj = new LanguageConfiguration();
    if(!isset($changes["submit"]) || sha1($changes["submit"]) != "56f650e16801d38f47bb0eeac39e21a8142d7da1")

The change prevented anyone from exploiting the vulnerability without the password that corresponds to the cryptographic SHA1 hash 56f650e16801d38f47bb0eeac39e21a8142d7da1. It turns out that the password for this hash is p$EFx3tQWoUbFc%B%R$k@. The plaintext appears in the recovered log file here.

A separate modified language_configuration.php file recovered from a hacked device used a different password that corresponds to the hash 05951edd7f05318019c4cfafab8e567afe7936d4. The hackers used a third hash—b18c3795fd377b51b7925b2b68ff818cc9115a47—to password-protect a separate file named accessDenied.php. It was likely done as an insurance policy in the event that Western Digital released an update that patched language_configuration.

So far, attempts to crack these two other hashes haven’t succeeded.

According to Western Digital’s advisory linked above, some of the My Book Live devices hacked using CVE-2021-18472 were infected with malware called .nttpd,1-ppc-be-t1-z, which was written to run on the PowerPC hardware used by My Book Live devices. One user in the support forum reported a hacked My Book Live receiving this malware, which makes devices part of a botnet called Linux.Ngioweb.

A theory emerges

So why would someone who successfully wrangled so many My Book Live devices into a botnet turn around and wipe and reset them? And why would someone use an undocumented authentication bypass when they already have root access?

The most likely answer is that the mass wipe and reset was performed by a different attacker, very possibly a rival who either attempted to take control of the rival’s botnet or simply wanted to sabotage it.

“As for motive for POSTing to this [system_factory_restore] endpoint on a mass scale, it is unknown, but it could be an attempt at a rival botnet operator to take over these devices or render them useless, or someone who wanted to otherwise disrupt the botnet which has likely been around for some time, since these issues have existed since 2015,” Abdine wrote in a recent blog post.

The discovery of this second vulnerability means that My Book Live devices are even more insecure than most people thought. It adds authority to Western Digital’s recommendation to all users to disconnect their devices from the Internet. Anyone using one of these devices should heed the call immediately.

For many hacked users who lost years’ or decades’ worth of data, the thought of buying another Western Digital storage device is probably out of the question. Abdine, however, says that My Cloud Live devices, which replaced Western Digital’s My Book Live products, have a different codebase that doesn’t contain either of the vulnerabilities exploited in the recent mass wiping.

“I took a look at the My Cloud firmware, too,” he told me. “It’s rewritten and bears some, but mostly little, resemblance to My Book Live code. So it doesn’t share the same issues.”

Elevated Mac & iPad growth to continue for years, analyst says

Extended lead times for Apple’s Mac and iPad lineups suggest that the “best days” for the products are still ahead despite easing of pandemic-era restrictions, according to Loup Ventures.

Loup Ventures cofounder and analyst Gene Munster recently analyzed Mac and iPad lead times, or the expected shipment date after an order is placed. Spot checks of estimated order delivery suggest that Apple was correct in its guidance that demand would be supply gated, and not demand-gated.

Although the extended lead times are attributable to ongoing chip supply constraints, Munster sees them as a positive indicator of iPad and Mac demand. The analyst believes that both lineups are continuing to see tailwinds from a work-from-home and remote education environment, despite the lifting of stay-at-home orders and other restrictions in many regions.

Estimated delivery dates for some iPad and Mac models, including the 10.2-inch iPad or the 24-inch iMac, are more than a month out.

“While interpreting lead times is more art than science, we’ve observed that during periods of supply demand equilibrium, lead times are typically less than 2 business days. Keep in mind, June is typically the slowest quarter for Apple, so if there was ever a quarter for the company to catch up supply with demand, it’d be this one,” Munster writes.

In the March quarter, Apple’s Mac and iPad did extremely well, with year-over-year growth of 70% and 79% respectively. Munster believes that things are only going to get better for the iPad and Mac, and Apple as a whole.

Chip supply constraints will take a few months to iron out, Munster says, which is a negative. However, the analyst says that elevated demand for the Apple tablets and PCs will be longer-lasting because of a continued remote environment and the transition to first-party Apple Silicon chips.

“Regarding the digital transformation, we’re still in the early stages of a new hybrid paradigm, with businesses, schools, and consumers electing to outfit and upgrade their hardware. Based on this, we believe Mac and iPad can both grow revenue 8%, 7%, 6%, and 4% in FY22, FY23, FY24, and FY25, respectively, which would be above consensus estimates,” Munster says.

For comparison’s sake, Mac and iPad growth was generally flat in the five years leading up to the global pandemic. Munster’s growth estimates in the next few years are above consensus.

Munster also says that Apple appears to have achieved supply-demand balance for the iPhone lineup, with lead times across the company’s current smartphone stable sitting at about one business day.

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Application Server Market Size to Touch USD 28.11 Billion

New York, US, June 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Market Overview:
According to a comprehensive research report by Market Research Future (MRFR), “Global Application Server Market information by Application Type, by Deployment, by Vertical and Region – Forecast to 2027” the market valued at USD 12.95 Billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 28.11 Billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 12.06%.

Application Server Market Scope:
An application server is a form of platform middleware and is mostly used for cloud applications, mobile devices, and tablets. This is a system software that lies in between the operating system, external resources like database management system (DBMS), user application, communications and internet services. They act as a host for the business logic of the user while facilitating access to and also performance of the business application. It performs the basic business needs of the application regardless of the traffic and variable of client requests, software and hardware failures, the larger-scale applications’ distributed nature, and potential heterogeneity of processing resources and data. This server also supports multiple application design patterns as per the nature of the business application as well as the practices in the specific industry for which the application is designed. Application server supports multiple programming languages as well as deployment platforms.

Dominant Key Players on Application Server Market Covered Are:

  • HostBridge (US)
  • Dell Technologies Inc. (US)
  • F5 Networks Inc. (US)
  • Lexmark (US)
  • Nastel Technologies (US)
  • CA Technologies (US)
  • Pega Systems (US)
  • iWay Software (US)
  • Adobe Systems Inc. (US)
  • Wipro (India)
  • SAP SE (Germany)
  • NEC Corporation (Japan)
  • VMware Inc. (US)
  • Fujitsu Group (Japan)
  • The Apache Software Foundation (US)
  • TIBCO Software Inc. (US)
  • Oracle Corporation (US)
  • IBM Corporation (US)
  • Microsoft Corporation (US)

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Market Drivers
According to the MRFR report, there are numerous factors that are propelling the global application server market share. Some of these entail the growing use of mobile and computer-based internet applications, rapid developments in mobile device systems and wireless networks, increasing adoption of m-commerce and e-commerce applications, growing adoption of IoT technology and cloud platform, increasing need for portable software and high-end interface among various organizations, rising sophisticated applications which support data management, development of advanced application tools, growing need to support legacy application, database integration, and system with advanced technologies among numerous organizations, and alluring application server features that plays a pivotal role in enterprise application integration and business-to-business integration (B2Bi). The additional factors adding market growth include rising digitalization among multiple sectors, growing awareness of the benefits of application server such as integrity of data, centralized control on access and resources, improved performance of large applications on client’s server model, and centralization of business logic by single server unit, increasing need to manage growing data traffic on network for optimizing overall performance of service delivery of application at network level, and rising integration of emerging technologies like internet of things with wide applications for supporting and running various applications like easy, presentative, and smart graphical user interfaces in smartphones.

On the contrary, high maintenance cost related to application servers, and rise in complexity of large application integration may limit the global application server market growth over the forecast period.

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Segmentation of Market covered in the research:
The MRFR report highlights an inclusive analysis of the global application server market based on vertical, deployment, and type.

By application, the global application server market is segmented into mobile applications and web applications. Of these, the mobile applications segment will lead the market over the forecast period.

By deployment, the global application server market is segmented into on-premise and on-cloud. Of these, the on-cloud segment will dominate the market over the forecast period.

By vertical, the global application server market is segmented into retail, manufacturing, telecommunication and IT, education, healthcare, government, BFSI, and others. Of these, the manufacturing segment will spearhead the market over the forecast period.

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Regional Analysis
North America to Have Lions Share in Application Server Market
Geographically, the global application server market is bifurcated into Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, & Rest of the World (RoW). Of these, North America will have the lions share in the market over the forecast period. The presence of a well-established network infrastructure, the presence of several key players, market players making heavy investments in R&D activities to create application servers with advanced capabilities, early adoption of technology, increasing smartphone penetration, the presence of a well-established business, rising penetration of mobile communication devices, and increasing adoption in the US are adding to the global application server market growth in the region.

Europe to Hold Second-Largest Share in Application Server Market
In Europe, the global application server market is predicted to hold the second-largest share over the forecast period. Rising initiatives undertaken by the European government to adopt cloud-based m-commerce and e-commerce and rising advances in different technologies for high application services use among various business sectors are adding to the global application server market growth in the region.

APAC to Have Admirable Growth in Application Server Market
In the APAC region, the global application server market is predicted to have admirable growth over the forecast period. Rising demand for m-commerce and e-commerce applications, growing adoption of IoT technology, the presence of skilled experts, growth of the service and manufacturing sectors, rising penetration of smartphones, development of high-speed wireless internet network infrastructure, advances in cloud computing and networking technologies, rise in IT service and software providers in China and India, and rising number of service-based and technology startups are adding to the global application server market growth in the region.

RoW to Have Sound Growth in Application Server Market
In RoW, the application server market is predicted to have sound growth over the forecast period. Growing penetration of smartphone and internet-based services, increasing industrialization, and rising awareness about application servers across different industries are adding to the global application server market growth in the region.

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COVID-19 Impact on the Global Application Server Market
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has cast its shadow on the global application server market. The immediate & long-term impact of the crisis, fluctuations in demand share, supply chain disruptions, and economic consequences of the pandemic had a negative effect on the market growth.

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Challenge: Framework Freestyle – Discover

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No matter your level of expertise, it can be daunting to step out of your comfort zone when you’re first learning about new frameworks or technologies. Our challenge today presents a fun and interactive way to encourage you to try something new with an ARKit sample app and one framework of your choosing. What can you create in 100 lines of code or less?

Begin the challenge

This challenge is a gamified Augmented Reality experience created with RealityKit and ReplayKit. To participate, you’ll need to have downloaded the developer beta for iOS 15 and Xcode 13. After you do, download the Framework Freestyle sample project from this challenge and open it in Xcode, then build and run the app on your iOS device.

When you engage with the app, it triggers a mystery sequence of Apple frameworks, randomly selecting one of them. Here comes the fun part: We’re asking you to build something new using whatever framework the randomizer lands on — and do so using 100 lines of code or less! For example, if it lands on SwiftUI, you could experiment in Xcode with the canvas, or try making a basic search bar with .searchable. Don’t worry too much about building something perfect: Use this challenge to break the ice, learn, and have fun.


WWDC21 Challenge: Framework Freestyle

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