XMPP Radar Newsletter #14

Here are the links we found interesting in August:

ejabberd 16.08

This new release is the culmination of several months of work to improve your experience using ejabberd. It contains as usual a lot of small bug fixes and some enhancements.

Phishing Campaign Uses XMPP to Exfiltrate Compromised Data

Cyber-criminals dabbling in phishing campaigns are experimenting with a new method of exfiltrating data from phishing websites, relying on the Jabber service to send data to their XMPP accounts, according to a report shared with Softpedia by PhishLabs.

Data Finds Pictures Boost Direct Response Rates for Push Notifications 56%

Ahead of the final release of Apple’s iOS 10 and its support for Rich Notifications – where images, video, audio, GIFs and interactive buttons are embedded directly within push notifications – Urban Airship revealed initial performance analysis of similar big picture style notifications on Android.

The Chat Room Roots of Social Reality in VR

In an interview at Code Conference earlier this summer, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer took a moment to wax poetic about the possibilities of virtual reality. The prospect of virtual reality conference calls might seem incredibly futuristic, if not dystopic. But the idea of meeting in a virtual place to just, you know, hang, dates back to the early aughts.

Is IoT Security a Ticking Time Bomb?

Ready or not, the Internet of Things (IoT) is here. No longer just a buzz term, it’ll continue to grow at an unprecedented pace over the next few years. History shows that most fast-growth technology solutions focus on solving business problems first; security is an afterthought.

Skyscanner and Skype: world’s first group chat travel bot

Planning trips with a group of friends can sometimes be a tricky task, so to make life a little easier Skyscanner joined forces with Skype to build the first travel search chat bot for the Skype platform. This new tool is the first to offer interaction in a group chat setting.

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