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Developer trends, zero-day risks, 5G speeds, and more: Tech research roundup

From popular programming languages to the rise of ransomware-as-a-service operations and onto smartphone sales, here are the charts that matter from the past month in tech news.
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1 of 10 O'Reilly

Developer jobs and programming languages: What's hot and what's next

Let's start with our special feature on software development. Research shows developers who work with niche programming languages are likely to take home higher average salaries, largely owing to the fact that those skills are in such short supply.

SEE: Developer jobs and programming languages: What's hot and what's next

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2 of 10 Stack Overflow

JavaScript reigns: For most developers, programming is web programming

JavaScript continues to reign as the most widely used and in-demand programming language globally. Stack Overflow's 2021 survey saw JavaScript crowned the most common language for the ninth consecutive year: "For most developers, programming is web programming."

SEE: Developer jobs and programming languages: What's hot and what's next

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3 of 10 Stack Overflow

Worried your developers will quit? Here's how to keep them happy at work

A survey by Stack Overflow found that 90% of developers believe it's important for them to be happy at work. When asked what was most likely to make them happy at work, 210 of the 350 developers quizzed (60%) cited salary or paycheck. 

SEE: Worried your developers will quit? These are the 5 things that coders say keep them happy at work

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4 of 10 Google

Google: We're spotting more Chrome browser zero-day flaws in the wild

According to Google Project Zero's zero-day tracker, there were 25 browser zero-days patched last year, of which 14 were for Chrome, six were for Safari's WebKit engine, and four were for Internet Explorer. In 2020, there were just 14 browser zero-day flaws.

SEE: Google: We're spotting more Chrome browser zero-day flaws in the wild. Here's why

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5 of 10 KELA

Partnerships emerge in ransomware-as-a-service operations

KELA published a report on ransomware operators' overall trends and movements over 2021. The cybersecurity firm says that the number of major organisations tracked as ransomware victims increased from 1,460 to 2,860, with many appearing on ransomware leak sites.

SEE: Franchises, partnerships emerge in ransomware-as-a-service operations

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6 of 10 Cleafy

TeaBot Android Banking Trojan continues its global conquest

The TeaBot Remote Access Trojan (RAT) has been upgraded, leading to a huge increase in both targets and spread worldwide. Risk management firm Cleafy said TeaBot now targets over 400 applications, pivoting from an earlier focus on "smishing" to more advanced tactics. 

SEE: TeaBot Android Banking Trojan continues its global conquest with new upgrades

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7 of 10 Aqua Security

How cloud services become weapons in Russia-Ukraine cyber conflict

Research from Aqua Security's Team Nautilus showed cloud technologies are playing a role in the digital side of the conflict. The researchers looked for names, guides, and tools promoted for use in cyberattacks. Roughly 40% of these public repositories were related to denial-of-service activity.

SEE: How cloud services become weapons in Russia-Ukraine cyber conflict

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8 of 10 Counterpoint Research

Counterpoint: Motorola becomes number three smartphone maker in US

The latest measurement of smartphone sales in the US shows that Motorola became the third-largest brand in the US during the 2021 calendar year. According to Counterpoint's charts, this climb puts it behind only Apple and Samsung, with a 10% share of the market.

SEE: Counterpoint: Motorola becomes number three smartphone maker in US

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9 of 10 Opensignal

Opensignal's C-Band 5G analysis shows big impact for Verizon customers

Opensignal has published the findings of its first major report on US mobile network performance since both AT&T and Verizon Wireless launched their first C-Band service areas. The research shows Verizon Wireless customers were the clear winners of the initial C-Band rollout.

SEE: Opensignal's first C-Band 5G analysis shows big impact for Verizon customers

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10 of 10 Flexera

Smaller businesses are making bigger investments in the cloud

Finally, cloud spending by small businesses (SMBs) has shot up significantly, according to Flexera's State of the Cloud Report. As many as 53% of SMBs surveyed in the latest report are spending more than $1.2 million annually on the cloud. That's up from 38% last year.

SEE: Report: SMBs are making serious investments in the cloud

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