Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 29, 2014

FBI Director James Comey is criticizing recent security changes by Apple and Google, saying they will make it more difficult for law enforcement officials to gain information about potential criminals.

The two companies recently said data encryption services will be turned on by default, which Comey said could affect police efforts to fight terrorism and child-kidnapping, among other types of investigations. Officials are now in discussions with Apple and Google about these concerns.

Amazon Web Services has begun the process of rebooting up to 10 percent of its Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, servers by Oct. 1 in order to install a patch. AWS began sending out letters to customers on Sept. 24, noting that there may be some service interruption during the reboot process, but that all automated configurations should remain intact. The company added that the patch is not related to the so-called Bash Bug, which has been threatening many Linux and Unix systems.

KeyedIn is looking to seize on the citizen developer movement with its new Konfigure platform. Citizen developers, those who develop their own business systems, have long relied on programs like spreadsheets to create tools for managing data.

However, the lack of encryption on most files creates risk. KeyedIn calls its new system an application platform-as-a-service, or aPaaS, which allows users to build secure, cloud-ready, mobile optimized applications without coding in a matter of hours.

IBM is continuing to widen the reach of its MobileFirst technology, transforming user experiences in sectors, ranging from education to financial services. In one of its newest environments, the company announced it is working with Bancroft, which provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to give staff access to more than 300 educational and clinical apps.

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