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Google’s YouTube Data API, HandyCase, and Google Cardboard—SD Times news digest: Oct. 13, 2015

Google is looking to help developers obtain and manage data from YouTube. “Have you ever been asked by your boss to do something simple (good) but long and tedious (bad)?” said Wesley Chun, developer advocate for Google apps in a blog post. “Take for example, the simple task of counting up all of the YouTube …


Drones: The sky’s the limit

There is a new market opening up for developers to take advantage of: drones. These unmanned flying machines are quickly expanding from the realm of hobbyists and toys to commercial solutions. “[Drones] are the next mobile,” said Thomas Haun, vice president of strategy and globalization at PrecisionHawk, an aerial data solution provider. “Mobile has totally …


Report: Sundar Pichai reshuffles Google’s leadership

Google’s newly appointed CEO Sundar Pichai is shaking up leadership roles under his reign. Re/code has reported that Pichai has promoted three top employees. (Related: Google intros new compression algorithm) According to Re/code, those three employees include: Neal Mohan, who is now the senior vice president of display and video advertising. Mohan was previously just …

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Dell announces $67 billion acquisition of EMC

Capping off a weekend of speculation, Dell this morning announced it will acquire EMC for US$67 billion—the largest technology buy in history. VMware, a subsidiary of EMC, will remain an independent, publicly traded company. The deal is expected to close in mid-2016, with EMC becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Dell. Pivotal, the cloud computing …


Qualcomm sells AR business, Firefox to end NPAPI plug-in support, and Android Lollipop comes to Verizon’s LG G3—SD Times News Digest: Oct. 12, 2015

Qualcomm is selling its augmented reality business unit, Vuforia, to IoT platform and solution provider PTC. Under the agreement, PTC will be responsible for maintaining and investing in the Vuforia platform. According to Qualcomm, apps will be unchanged and developers will receive the same level of support. “The Vuforia team has made incredible progress establishing …


Infographic: Back-end services explained

The Web is ever changing, and with it so are the back-end technologies used to power Web applications. With the rise of mobile enterprise application platforms, mobile back ends as services and now microservices, it can be confusing what these terms mean and how they should be used. Appcelerator has created a “family tree” infographic …


Guest View: Five reasons why software developers do (or should) back to school

Rodney Dangerfield made going “Back to School” popular in the mid-1980s, and now, 30 years later, it’s being made popular again, but this time by software developers who “get no respect” in their current position. Unlike Rodney’s big college experience at “Grand Lakes University,” though, these developers are turning to small software development trade schools—or …


Dell Services announces major IT release, and Bluemix makes it easy to debug applications—SD Times News Digest: Oct. 9, 2015

Dell Services has announced Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution, which works with the company’s Automated Full-Time Equivalent (AFTE) and AFTE Command Center. It will help customers increase speed and accuracy in business processes. AFTEs are “robots,” or software agents, that are programmed to perform repeatable and repetitive tasks, freeing up employees who were otherwise doing …


SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Open Source Society University

Want to expand or refresh your computer science knowledge, but don’t want to pay or go back to school for it? Become a self-taught computer scientist with the Open Source Society (OSS) University’s “path to free self-taught education.” “This is a solid path for those of you who want to complete a Computer Science course …


Report: Dell/EMC merger in the works

Dell and EMC could be merging. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Dell and Silver Lake, a private-equity firm, are in advanced talks to buy EMC. The WSJ reported a deal could be made as early as next week, and could be valued at US$50 billion, which would make it the biggest technology takeover …


Google announces the project to speed up the mobile Web

Google wants to speed up the mobile Web. The company has announced a new open-source initiative, the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, which aims to dramatically improve the performance of mobile Web browsing. “We want Web pages with rich content like video, animations and graphics to work alongside smart ads, and to load instantaneously,” wrote David …


Siemens and Cohda Wireless want to make smart road signs

A project for intelligent road signs and traffic lights has begun. Siemens AG and Cohda Wireless announced today that they will collaborate on Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), an initiative for wireless exchange of critical safety and operational data between vehicles and roadway infrastructure—including traffic lights. It presents drivers with immediate dangers, ultimately helping them avoid …


Amazon introduces analytics, data-management tools

Amazon this week introduced new capabilities within its cloud of Web Services. The company debuted Amazon Snowball, an import/export system, as well as Amazon QuickSight, a business intelligence platform for the service. The company also introduced an addition to the Kinesis streaming platform inside its cloud called Kinesis Firehose, which makes it easier to ingest …


Mozilla’s proposed content blocking principles, iOS 9 usage, and Toyota’s self-driving cars—SD Times news digest: Oct. 8, 2015

Content blocking (such as blocking unwanted ads or unwanted browser tracking) to improve load speed and data consumption is becoming common across the Web and mobile. But Mozilla believes developers and users should be aware of the consequences. For instance, the company believes content blocking has the power to harm competition and innovation, or take …

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