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Microsoft Ignite: Rounding up the developer news

Microsoft announced a slew of product news at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago, but in a conference of more than 23,000 attendees, the active expo floor offered arguably more news on software development tools and releases for developers in the Microsoft space. Below is a rundown of some of the interesting companies and developer …

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CoreOS pushes for App Container standard

CoreOS is hoping a standard known as App Container (AppC) will provide a framework for a future where container-based deployment is a mainstay in the cloud. This hope was outlined today by Kelsey Hightower, product manager and developer advocate at CoreOS, at CoreOS Fest. Hightower said that AppC is expected to allow other entities to …

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Pivotal announces first version of Pivotal HD, based on Open Data Platform

Pivotal has announced a revamped Big Data suite, featuring a new version of its Greenplum analytics database, along with the first version of its Pivotal HD Hadoop distribution aligned with the Open Data Platform core. At the EMC World conference in Las Vegas, the company rolled out its new release of Pivotal HD, which updates …

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‘Silicon Valley’ Season 2, Episode 4: The cyborg and the lady

Normally Rob Marvin reviews each episode, but as he was unable to watch this week’s, the job fell to Christina Mulligan, with help from her editor, Adam LoBelia. As neither one of us has watched the show before, please bear with us. Last night’s episode opened with Richard and Jared interviewing a series of prospective …

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Microsoft Ignite: Hyper-V and Nano for Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 security, and Microsoft Azure Stack

Microsoft announced an array of products and updates during the keynote of its Ignite conference, including a second preview of Windows Server 2016 with support for Linux containers through Nano Server and Hyper-V features. “What containers give the developer is the ability to create this portable application package they can run everywhere: this self-contained capability …

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Facebook announces Internet.org platform, Pinterest’s Developers Platform, and U.S. phone tracking review—SD Times news digest: May 4, 2015

Facebook wants the Internet to be available everyone, which is why it is introducing the Internet.org Platform for developers. Internet.org is a website dedicated to bringing Internet access to parts of the world without it, and with the new platform developers will be able to create services that integrate with Internet.org. “Our goal with Internet.org …

Metalogix tackles data loss prevention, Office 365 management

Metalogix today released an update to its ControlPoint data loss-protection software, and introduced Service Manager for Office 365 to help organizations provision users and content. ControlPoint 6.0, the company’s permissions-management solution, is launching with the first release of Metalogix’s Sensitive Content Manager for Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The software utilizes machine-learning technology to protect sensitive …

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EnterpriseJS Coalition aims for enterprise Node.js and JavaScript adoption

A new organization has emerged to spearhead the use of JavaScript and Node.js in the enterprise. The EnterpriseJS Coalition is a community, content-sharing platform, and upcoming event series dedicated to raising awareness for and encouraging JavaScript and Node.js deployment in enterprise organizations. Founded by Node support company NodeSource, along with Intuit and PayPal, the platform …

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Haskell creator Paul Hudak dies at 62

Paul Hudak, a longtime Yale University computer science professor and one of the creators of the Haskell programming language, died on April 29 at age 62 after a long battle with leukemia. Hudak is known primarily for his research in the field of functional programming, designing Haskell as well as Haskore, the music composition language …

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Mozilla moves away from HTTP, Apple confirms tattoo conflict with Apple Watch, and Valve Software’s OpenVR SDK—SD Times news digest: May 1, 2015

Mozilla has announced its plans to move away from HTTP, stating that it is no longer a secure way to protect the Web. The company will focus on new development efforts to secure the Web, and will begin removing non-secure Web features from its browser, Firefox. The first step in Mozilla’s plan is to set …

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Kickstarter project wants users to smell virtual reality

A new virtual reality Kickstarter campaign wants to do more than just bring users a computer-simulated environment; it wants to give them new sensations through those environments. FEELREAL has developed a VR mask and helmet that provides smells and senses such as wind, heat, water, mist and vibrations in virtual reality worlds. “The idea to …

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Electron

GitHub wants to bring its Web development technology to the desktop. We’re self-aggrandizing this week’s GitHub Project of the Week with Electron, a framework of GitHub’s own making. Formerly known as Atom Shell, it is a cross-platform framework for creating desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS, based on the io.js and Chromium runtimes and …

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SmartBear unveils new approach to API security testing

SmartBear Software wants to make sure that as APIs are adopted, the amount of potential risks doesn’t increase. The company recently announced Ready API Secure Pro, a new automated approach to API security testing designed to cover common risks of modern REST and traditional SOAP Web services. “The epic growth of APIs in the past …

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Industry Watch: Successful software development

Software is how organizations compete in today’s marketplace. New companies like Uber and Airbnb are invading existing businesses, using the power of software and services to succeed in this sharing economy. Those are the innovative companies. So to see how traditional companies think about satisfying their customers with new software, development company 3Pillar Global and …

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