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Zeichick’s Take: Innovate in the cloud, cheaply and securely

For development teams, cloud computing is enthralling. Where’s the best place for distributed developers, telecommuters and contractors to reach the code repository? In the cloud. Where do you want the high-performance build servers? At a cloud host, where you can commandeer CPU resources as needed. Storing artifacts? Use cheap cloud storage. Hosting test harness? The …

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Snapchat and enterprise software: A match made in heaven

Snapchat might be all the rage right now, but if we’re being honest, it seems about as likely a candidate for enterprise software adoption as Yo or Twitter. Sure, it’s good for teenyboppers and twenty-somethings, but realistically, how could any software branded as “ephemeral” possibly be reconciled with quality business software? Before I dive into …

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SD Times Blog: Twelve ugly techie sweaters for the holidays

The ugly sweater phenomenon is upon us in full force. People all around the world are raiding their closets, sifting through thrift shops and spending an obscene amount of money online just to find that perfectly awful holiday sweater for their office parties and family gatherings. This new holiday hunt has gotten so big, there …

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Microsoft updates Windows App Studio and TouchDevelop language

Microsoft has announced a major update to the beta release of Windows App Studio, its Web-based developer tool for creating mobile apps. The most significant changes and additions to Windows App Studio, detailed in a blog post by Emilio Salvador Prieto of the Windows Phone Developer Experience team, are integration with Microsoft’s TouchDevelop programming language, …

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EFF takes its NSA fight to court

Ever since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden exposed the agency’s online surveillance activities, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been working to increase cybersecurity and defend online rights. Today, the EFF will continue its fight against the NSA, arguing that the NSA’s data collection is unconstitutional before U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in …

GitHub announces critical vulnerability in Git

GitHub is warning users to update their Git clients as soon as possible. A critical security vulnerability has been found in Git, affecting all Git clients and software related to Git repositories such as GitHub for Windows and GitHub for Mac. “We strongly encourage all users…to be particularly careful when cloning or accessing Git repositories …

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Top 5 projects trending on GitHub this week

Find out all about #1: Streem, the prototype stream-based programming language from the mind of Ruby creator Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto here. #2: Evil Icons This plug ‘n play set of SVG icons from Alexander Madyankin and Roman Shamin is designed specifically for Web projects. The icons are available as a Node.js package or a Ruby …

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Apple sets 2015 date for 64-bit app deadline

On June 1, 2015, all apps in the App Store—new or existing—must support a 64-bit architecture or be nixed from Apple’s mobile marketplace. Apple announced back in October that starting Feb. 1, 2015, all new App Store submissions must be built using the iOS 8 SDK with 64-bit support. This latest announcement, first reported by …

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Google open-sources Cloud Dataflow SDK, proposes marking HTTP as non-secure, adds feature support to Dart

Google has announced the open-source availability of the Cloud Dataflow SDK, allowing developers to integrate their apps with the Dataflow-managed data processing service. Google software engineer Sam McVeety made the announcement in a blog post detailing how developers now have the capability to begin porting Dataflow to other languages and execution environments, and they can …

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AMD’s CodeXL 1.6 tool suite and Sony’s cancelation of ‘The Interview’—SD Times news digest: Dec. 18, 2015

AMD has announced an updated version of its tool suite designed to generate detailed information about the real-world performance of AMD’s CPUs, APUs and GPUs. CodeXL 1.6 aims to speed up applications running on the company’s processors. The latest version features GPU profiling capabilities, API-level debugging for OpenCL 2.0 apps, and a new tool that …

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The Bitcoin Developer Guide, Plumbr locked thread detection and JetBrains Kotlin M10—SD Times news digest: Dec. 17, 2014

Bitcoin.org has released the Bitcoin Developer Guide, a list of detailed information about the bitcoin protocol and related specifications. The guide provides basic information about bitcoin as well as the steps and resources needed to start building bitcoin-based applications. The guide spans bitcoin-related development topics such as block chains, block height and forking, transactions and …

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SD Times Blog: Sony wants to turn your glasses into smartglasses

Finally, some unrelated hacker news to come out of Sony. The company has announced it is developing an attachable single-lens display module designed to turn any eyewear into smart eyewear. The news comes in the wake of Sony’s ongoing hacking scandal where a group who calls themselves the Guardians of the Peace have stolen private …

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Microsoft releases Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio, open-sources Project Orleans

Microsoft’s developer and open-source arms are busy this holiday season, with the company releasing Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio and open-sourcing Project Orleans, the cloud-computing framework behind much of Azure as well as the popular first-person shooter game Halo 4. The release-to-manufacturing version of Bing Developer Assistant, available as an extension for both Visual …

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Guest View: Why a great integration API isn’t enough

With cloud solutions quickly replacing on-premise software, more business applications are being deployed than ever before. IT organizations and software vendors are increasingly asked to make sense of this new world. Can additional mission-critical workloads be moved into the cloud? How can existing SaaS workloads be rolled into enterprise infrastructure? The need to connect these …

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    Software Providers: Let your Reporting be your Competitive Advantage

    However you define yourself — software provider, solution developer or OEM — there’s no denying that: Companies with SaaS and mobile tools are upending established software businesses The Internet is boosting the exposure of lower-quality challengers in your space Advances in development tools and languages mean smart competitors are not only quicker to market but are copycatting many of your …

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    Buy or Build? Ten Things to Consider when Incorporating Reporting into your Software

    Should you buy a reporting or docgen application or build your own? This white paper looks at the main factors in that decision: How quickly can we get reporting into our product? How difficult will it be to integrate into our application/system? How well will the application perform? How flexible and capable is the design component? …

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    Your Complete Checklist for Evaluating Reporting Software

    Evaluating reporting software can be a complex process. Vendors make many of the same claims (“We’re the easiest to use, our output is the most flexible, our customer support is the best” – do these sound familiar?) but those claims can’t tell you whether their reporting or document generation software will become your competitive advantage. There are 8 keys to consider when …

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    Consistently Achieve Higher Quality with Application Release Automation

    LIVE DATE: Wednesday January 14, 2014 TIME: 1:00-2:00PM Eastern IT organizations face increasing demands to reduce or eliminate error and shrinking deployment windows, while increasing application deployment frequency. These two sets of demands seem to be at odds for IT becoming more DevOps-like, however, by adopting an appropriate culture, process standards and ARA tools, consistent and accurate …

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    DevOps with PureApplication System: Reduce cost and speed delivery with an integrated IBM Cloud solution

    Recorded Webinar: Clients are working to address the challenges of today’s complexities and get to market faster with a quality products, services and applications. Many are embracing the principles of DevOps to accelerate the software delivery lifecycle. DevOps includes a range of capabilities that stretch from project initiation and requirements through managing and optimizing applications …

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    12 considerations for mobile testing

    When it comes to mobile apps, there’s a lot at stake—from business revenue to customer loyalty and brand image. This fact of life in the age of smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices makes mobile application testing extremely important and extremely daunting. And this is where things get tricky. Today’s mobile application testing solutions …

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