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Mitchell Hashimoto is automating the world

As a teenager with too much free time, Mitchell Hashimoto’s natural coding ability and love of video games got him in a bit of trouble. Under threat of legal action from Neopets and others, the enterprising 14 year-old high school freshman forcibly shut down his US$25-per-month membership site selling automated video game cheats he coded …

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: RancherOS

This week, we are featuring a new open-source project dedicated to Docker: RancherOS. RancherOS, created by Rancher Labs, is an operating system designed to fully embrace Docker. “At Rancher Labs we focus on building tools that help customers run Docker in production, and we think RancherOS will be an excellent choice for anyone who wants …

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Analyst Watch: Microsoft HoloLens: Anticipating the next age of mobile computing

Microsoft’s HoloLens was one of the surprise highlights of the Windows 10 preview event held in January on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond. It was positioned as a holographic augmented reality device that would allow a user to change dynamically the appearance of the world around us. But this is far more than what was presented. …

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Docker unveils betas of new tools

When Docker was first released in March of 2013, it stood on its own as a way to encapsulate and run applications inside isolated Linux Containers. Today, Docker released beta versions of tools that should ease the deployment and management of multiple Docker Containers. Today, Docker announced the first beta releases for Docker Machine and …

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Android for Work, Microsoft’s cross-platform Garage apps, and an Oculus VR app developer contest—SD Times news digest: Feb. 26, 2015

Google has launched Android for Work, a set of mobile enterprise tools for employees to use personal and business applications on the same Android device. The suite of enterprise app-management and security services includes encrypted work profiles, built-in productivity tools integrated with Google Drive, and a standalone app and app store—the Android for Work app …

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Code Watch: The five essential rules of software project management

Although the point of this column is to discuss “where the rubber meets the road” of software development rather than theory, if you read SD Times, you are most likely managing a software development team or teams. As endlessly challenging as code is, dealing with people is, by far, the harder part of developing software …

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Milestone ECMAScript 6 on track for June release

ECMAScript 6, the landmark official update to JavaScript, has entered the next phase of the standardization process along the road to a June 2015 wide release. ECMAScript 6 will be the first update to standardized JavaScript since 2009, and the first truly foundational restructuring of the language since 1999. The overarching goal of ECMAScript 6 …

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IBM’s new mobile, cloud services, Mozilla’s JavaScript Internationalization API, and Python 3.4.3—SD Times news digest: Feb. 25, 2015

At the IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM announced modular mobile solutions, a new hybrid cloud initiative, enterprise and developer cloud services, and IBM Enterprise Containers. IBM laid out plans to develop half a dozen native, HTML5 or hybrid-optimized apps on the IBM MobileFirst platform to build and deploy mobile apps, or …

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Apache HBase hits 1.0

After eight years of development, Apache HBase officially reached version 1.0 yesterday. This stable release includes more than 1,500 bug fixes and changes, and has fully revised documentation. HBase is the database that runs inside of Hadoop, and can be used to store relational data from traditional data stores on the Hadoop File System. Michael …

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Which protocol will take over for HTTP?

Now that the HTTP/2 specification has been formally approved, it seems that the Web has two choices when it comes to replacing HTTP: HTTP/2 or HTTP Secure (HTTPS). HTTPS is a protocol designed to improve encryption and communications across the Web. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with a group of technology organizations and researchers, …

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Guest View: Continuous Delivery vs. Continuous Deployment: What’s the difference?

To better support developer and quality assurance personnel, it will be important to understand the characteristics of Continuous Delivery and deployment as well as what makes them unique. In today’s tech landscape, a wide variety of keywords and acronyms have emerged, and all of this jargon has often made processes and concepts more confusing. For …

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The mobile threat landscape, Microsoft Band SDK Preview, and an IoT starter kit—SD Times news digest: Feb. 24, 2015

Intel Security recently released its McAfee Labs Threats Report, which revealed that mobile app developers are failing to patch their applications, leaving users vulnerable to hack attacks. The report tested the 25 most popular apps on Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Emergency Response Team’s (CERT) September list of mobile apps possessing login credential risks and found …

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Microsoft introduces redesigned ASP.NET 5

ASP.NET 5 development has been underway for some time, but Microsoft is finally giving the open-source cross-platform Web framework a proper introduction. Along with new ASP.NET 5 features and improvements delivered with the release of Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6, Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of its Cloud and Enterprise group, published a blog …

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Developer integrates Android Wear notifications on iOS

Android developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh has figured out a way to code iOS notification functionality into Android Wear devices. Using the Apple Notification Center Service (ANCS), the developer (better known in the XDA Android developer community as MohammadAG) pushed iOS notifications to his Moto 360 smartwatch running Android Wear. ANCS is the same technology the Pebble …

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