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What makes wearables work for consumers

Regina Dugan, former director of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, paced the stage, about to unveil a dizzying array of technologies developed by her new employer, Google’s Advanced Technology and Project group (ATAP). But first, attendees at the 2015 Google I/O conference needed a little background. “We’ve been talking about wearables for two …

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Researches use SLAM to improve object recognition

Researchers from MIT’s department of mechanical engineering are working on improving object recognition for robots. The researchers have developed a monocular Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) object recognition system designed to provide better performance than traditional object recognition methods. “The goal is for a robot to build a map, and [to] use that map to …

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SD Times Blog: Batten down the patches

It’s that time of year again: Black Hat and Defcon are upon us! That means your systems are all in danger, and your applications should be afraid. Not only will there be (and has already been) an endless stream of new exploits dropped at the shows, but the weekend of Defcon is, effectively, open season …

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Android vulnerability puts 95% of devices at risk, researcher says

Researchers say they have found the biggest Android security flaws known to date. The vulnerabilities, nestled inside Android’s media playback library Stagefright, are said to affect 950 million Android devices, which amounts to 95% of them. Mobile security researcher Joshua J. Drake, vice president of platform research and exploitation at Zimperium zLabs, discovered the vulnerabilities …

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Guest View: Enterprise mobility: A promise unfulfilled

The consumer mobility market has experienced massive growth, largely driven by the sale of smartphones, which topped 1.2 billion units sold globally in 2014, an increase of 28% from 2013. This consumer adoption subsequently drove the Bring Your Own Device movement, as employees demanded the right to bring their own mobile devices into their workplaces. …

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Samsung’s JerryScript IoT engine, Intel’s Cloud for All initiative, and Microsoft buys Adallom—SD Times news digest: July 27, 2015

Samsung open-source JavaScript Internet of Things engine Samsung has open-sourced JerryScript, a JavaScript engine for the Internet of Things. JerryScript is designed to run on microcontrollers and other Internet of Things devices with constrained RAM and ROM space. The engine supports on-device code compilation and execution, and provides access to peripherals from JavaScript. The project …

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SD Times Blog: Software build times are speeding up

Builds are taking less and less time, according to a new SD Times poll of its readers. In a software development life cycle relying increasingly on automated build tools with an emphasis on speed, full production software builds have gone from taking hours and days to minutes and seconds. In our recent poll, 35% of …

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Report: Enterprises have too many management tools

Enterprise are having difficulty finding the right tools to manage application performance, which is resulting in too many siloed and shelved monitoring tools, according to a recent report. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) conducted a survey on APM tools, revealing that 65% of respondents own more than 10 commercial monitoring solutions, and only about 50% of …

Souping up Office 365

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has called Office 365 “the most strategic development surface area” for the company. With add-ins, Azure and the latest versions of the productivity tools inside the suite, Microsoft is sharpening its focus on what has come to be known as “the future of worker productivity.” Office 365 was first launched by …

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Smartwatches pose huge security risks, HP says

Smartwatch users might want to think twice about the information they plug into their wearable device, as a recent study from HP revealed a majority of these technologies have serious security flaws. “Smartwatches have only just started to become a part of our lives, but they deliver a new level of functionality that could potentially …

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Meteor CEO talks JavaScript

JavaScript has come a long way from a hacked-together language built under time constraints for a new medium. Since its creation, the language has undergone trials and tribulations at the hands of vendors fighting over implementation. Today, however, JavaScript is the beneficiary of some of the best computer science engineering on the planet. Google, Apple, …

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Honda’s 2016 Accord with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and earnings reports from Amazon and CA—SD Times news digest: July 24, 2015

Honda has unveiled its 2016 Accord featuring both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay interface functionality. Honda becomes the first auto manufacturer to roll out a connected vehicle supporting both Apple and Google’s automotive operating systems synced with an Android or iOS device. Android Auto offers 2016 Accord drivers features such as Google Maps, Google Now, …

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Software startup market has shrunk by half since 2009, says study

According to a study by Evans Data Corp. (EDC), the number of new software startups has decreased by 49% since 2009. Based on data from its 2015 Global Developer Population and Demographic Study, EDC said that in North America there are currently 328,000 developers working at companies less than two years old; 369,000 developers working …

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: JSCity

JavaScript is empowering JavaScript to build a 3D JavaScript conceptual city. If that sounds meta, it’s because this week’s featured GitHub project, JSCity, is an implementation of the CodeCity source-code visualization environment brought to life with three.js, the popular JavaScript library enabling 3D visualizations, to illustrate facets of the JavaScript programming language as the infrastructure …

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