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IBM Watson’s new cognitive services, Windows 10 rollout, and the Hacking Team’s hack attack—SD Times news digest: July 6, 2015

IBM is introducing new cognitive services for IBM Watson. The company announced IBM Watson Language Translation, IBM Speech to Text and IBM Text to Speech. “These cognitive speech and language services are open to anyone, enabling application developers and IBM’s growing ecosystem to develop and commercialize new cognitive computing solutions,” Jerome Pesenti, VP of Watson …

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Guest View: Why developers shouldn’t perform software testing

It may sound counter-intuitive to say that developers shouldn’t perform testing on the products they produce. After all, who knows a site or app better than those who created it? Aren’t developers exactly the people who should be testing software, given that they put it together and know how it’s supposed to work? It’s this …

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The Future of Life Institute wants to make sure AI remains safe

The Future of Life Institute’s (FLI) mission is to protect mankind from artificial intelligence, and it is recruiting research teams to do so. The Elon Musk-backed program announced it has chosen 37 research teams worldwide to investigate the possible advantages and disadvantages of AI. The 37 teams will be awarded about US$7 million from Musk …

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From the Editors: When did open-source software get so scary?

In the beginning, open-source software was meant as a way for developers to scratch each other’s back. If you created a functionality, you released it into open source so that some other developer didn’t have to start from scratch. In the 1960s and early 1970s, “No one thought about rights to the software, let alone …

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Google Cloud Console, and Microsoft joins IoT Thread Group and releases Windows Application Insights SDK 1.0.0—SD Times news digest: July 2, 2015

Google has announced the new Google Cloud Console, a mobile app for Android and iOS to help developers manage cloud platform resources from their devices. Google Cloud Console lets developers view the overall health of their system, view projects, set alerts, monitor billing, and manage Google Cloud Platform resources. The console has the ability to …

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From the Editors: Microservices and containers—the missing pieces of SOA

Remember that famous headline from a few years back: “SOA is Dead!” Well, reports of SOA’s death have been greatly exaggerated. SOA—the term that defined service-oriented architecture—is alive and well today as the underpinning for microservices and containers. Together, microservices and containers comprise the final piece of a mechanism that ties Agile development, Continuous Delivery …

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: JavaScript in one picture

This week’s featured GitHub project doesn’t need much of an introduction. Originally devised as a way to note basic JavaScript concepts and syntax, JavaScript in one pic is an overview of the JavaScript programming language and a breakdown of its syntax. The project’s goals include adding more details to the diagram spanning functions, arrays, object-oriented …

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Supreme Court refusal not the end for Google v. Oracle

The United States Supreme Court is not getting involved in the lawsuit between Oracle and Google. The case, in which Oracle accuses Google of infringing its copyright over Java APIs, will now return to lower courts, as both sides will most likely continue appealing the case. The tangled knot of decisions and accusations left even …

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CyanogenMod teases Gello mobile Web browser

Cyanogen, the Android ROM company behind the CyanogenMod OS fork of Android, has announced a new mobile Web browser it’s developing based on Google’s open-source Chromium browser project. (Related: Microsoft invests in Cyanogen to wrest Android from Google) Gello, teased in a brief Google+ video from Cyanogen team member Joey Rizzoli, showcases features such as …

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Zuckerberg talks Facebook initiatives

Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder of Facebook, recently held a Q&A session over the social network to find out what is on the community’s mind. Top names such as Stephen Hawking, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arianna Huffington joined in on the conversation, and while questions ranged from salary, working out and happiness, others provided insight into the company’s …

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Oculus CTO John Carmack is developing Scheme scripting language for VR

As the Oculus Rift finally gears up for consumer release in early 2016, the Facebook-owned company’s most prominent developer and technologist is experimenting with new ways to improve VR development. Oculus CTO John Carmack, the lead programmer for classic games such as Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein 3D who joined the VR company in 2013, took …

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Industry Watch: Apps are the key to BPM

Here’s a statement I never thought I’d hear: “In the past, [Business Process Management] has been too much focused on process.” But that’s exactly how Miguel Valdes Faura, CEO and cofounder of Bonitasoft, views the market today: less talk about process and more about applications. After all, it is applications that use these business processes, …

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Meteor’s road map, Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 PC build, and Google Fit—SD Times news digest: July 1, 2015

Meteor has revealed its road map to Meteor 1.2 and beyond. Version 1.2’s anticipated release will take place later this summer, with ECMAScript 6 compatibility, support for Angular and React, and a faster and more flexible build pipeline. Beyond version 1.2, Meteor is focusing on SQL support, better ways to work with REST and microservices, …

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What exactly ARE requirements?

Requirements define the things we want our applications to do, but before they are requirements, Microsoft’s agile “guru” Sam Guckenheimer said, they start as a belief. “Everything is a hypothesis,” he said. “The hypothesis has to be turned into an experiment, substantiated or diminished with data. Then, you either do more or do something else. …

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