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Chappie: The view from a thinking, feeling, artificially intelligent being

Artificial intelligence is often depicted in films as the scientific floodgate to apocalyptic doom, a “Terminator,” “The Matrix” or “I, Robot” scenario where machines quickly turn on humanity. “Chappie,” the latest sci-fi parable from director Neill Blomkamp, portrays an AI being that learns and interacts with the world in ways that are innately human. “Chappie” …

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Linux kernel developer and Software Freedom Conservancy sue VMware over GPL violation

VMware has come under fire for an alleged violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL). It has been accused of misusing GPL-licensed Linux kernel contributions in its ESXi line of products without releasing the source code, as required by the license. Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig, along with the nonprofit advocacy organization Software Freedom …

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GDC hints at future of tooling, VR and more

You could be forgiven for mistaking Game Developers Conference for a virtual reality development event: This year’s conference offered more headsets and visors than any previous show. But despite the popularity of VR headsets and augmented reality applications, the real news of the show was the lowering of price barriers around the 3D engines that …

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Red Hat releases Atomic Host operating system for containers

Red Hat yesterday announced the general availability of a new version of its Enterprise Linux aimed at easing the management and implementation of containers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL 7) Atomic Host is a slimmed-down version of the enterprise operating system, designed to run containers rather than applications themselves. Jim Totton, vice president and …

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NativeScript public beta, Adobe’s approach to flaw detection, and Django REST framework 3.1—SD Times news digest: March 6, 2015

It has been almost a year since Telerik announced its cross-platform framework for Android, iOS, NativeScript and Windows. Today, that framework is finally making it into public beta. Valentin Stoychev, product line manager at Telerik, announced that developers can start using the framework to build native mobile apps with CSS and JavaScript. “We have been …

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: SmileMiner

This time around on SD Times GitHub Project of the Week, we are shining the spotlight on SmileMiner, which stands for Statistical Machine Intelligence and Learning Engine. Created by Haifeng Li, a chief data scientist at ADP, SmileMiner is a comprehensive library and engine of advanced machine-learning algorithms. “SMILE is self contained and requires only …

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Microsoft updates Azure with a new managed search service and a NoSQL document Database-as-a-Service

Microsoft has announced an update to its data platform with new Big Data and media services. Microsoft Azure now features Azure Search and Azure DocumentDB. “For businesses to maintain a competitive edge in this complex and fast-changing climate, they need innovative ways to deliver the best customer experience with their products and services,” wrote Vibhor …

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Companies release enterprise app configuration and security standards

A group of technology companies are joining together to provide a standard way to manage and secure enterprise mobile applications. AirWatch by VMware, Box, Cisco, Workday and Xamarin have announced App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE), an open standard approach to app configuration and security. “This collaboration takes a strong step toward solving the complexities involved …

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Eclipse updates MQTT tools

Eclipse is picking up the MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) standard for easing the creation of Internet of Things products. To support MQTT adoption, the Eclipse Foundation has released Eclipse Paho 1.1 and Eclipse Mosquitto 1.4, which implement the client and broker ends of the MQTT equation, respectively. MQTT is an OASIS standard that was …

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Google, Microsoft to combine TypeScript and AtScript in Angular 2

Google and Microsoft are writing the Angular 2 framework in TypeScript. Today, during the opening keynote at ng-conf in Salt Lake City, members of the Microsoft TypeScript team and Google’s Angular development manager Brad Green announced the Angular 2 framework will be written in TypeScript, Microsoft’s superset JavaScript language. The AngularJS framework and library for …

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Wolfram Data Drop, Dart Enhancement Proposals, and the 2015 Linux Jobs Report—SD Times news digest: March 5, 2015

Wolfram is looking to harness data from the Internet of Things. The company recently announced the Wolfram Data Drop, a place where data from connected devices can go to be organized and stored. “When I first started thinking about the Data Drop, I viewed it mainly as a convenience—a means to get data from here …

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From the Editors: You’ve come a long way, Linux

This month, as we do every March, we reported on the Who Writes Linux report from the Linux Foundation. Usually, this is a fairly rote affair: Red Hat and Intel contribute tons of code, Greg Kroah-Hartman does a ton of the work, and we learn about some small firm somewhere that’s cranking out kernel code …

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From the Editors: Welcome to the new world of drones

It is the beginning of the drone era. Already, these unmanned aerial vehicles are being tested for delivering goods, gathering the news, monitoring crops from above, and more. While we are still in the early stages of drone development, it is almost certain that drones will be implemented into every industry. It is just a …

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New SSL/TLS vulnerability discovered

Security researchers have revealed a new software vulnerability that is leaving Apple and Google users open to a hack attack. The vulnerability, Factoring RSA export keys (also known as the FREAK attack), was found in SSL/TLS—the protocol meant to provide secure Web connections. According to the miTLS team, composed of Inria (a research organization in …

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