Microsoft Visual Studio RTM Ready for Download July 20

Today's topics include the next major release of Microsoft's Visual Studio 2015, new smartphone options for AT&T's prepaid, no-contract GoPhone, details on how Ikea patched the recent Shellshock vulnerability and the debut of a new working group for defining an Open API for cloud security.

Microsoft announced that developers can start downloading the next major release of its flagship developer toolset, Visual Studio 2015, on July 20.

That means that less than three months since releasing the Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate, Microsoft will deliver the next production version of Visual Studio for developers.

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2015 RC on April 29 at its Build 2015 developer conference in San Francisco. The final releases of Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET 4.6 will also be available for download on July 20.

AT&T's prepaid, no-contract GoPhone offerings just got two new smartphone options for AT&T customers with the launch of the Motorola Moto E and the ZTE Maven handsets.

The phones retail for $99.99 for the Moto E or $59.99 for the ZTE Maven while allowing customers to have no-contract phone plans that run on AT&T's 4G LTE network. The latest Moto E includes many upgrades from the original first-generation Moto E that Motorola released in May 2014.

In an entertaining session at the Red Hat Summit here, Magnus Glantz, IT manager at Ikea, detailed the simple measures it took to deploy patches for the recent Shellshock vulnerability that impacted Linux systems.

Glantz explained that Ikea has more than 3,500 Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers installed in Sweden and around the world. With Shellshock, every single one of those servers needed to be patched and updated.

Glantz showed a simple one-line Linux command and then jokingly walked away from the podium stating "That's it, thanks for coming," as the audience erupted into boisterous applause.

A new working group for defining an Open API for cloud security debuted today at the Cloud Security Alliance. The group is being led by CipherCloud, with participation from Deloitte, infosys, Intel Security and SAP.

The purpose of the group's open cloud API is to help define a standard for the emerging cloud access security broker space.

Chenxi Wang, vice president of Cloud Security & Strategy at CipherCloud, explained that CASB encompasses four pillars: data protection, threat prevention, visibility and compliance.

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