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The open-source rookies of the year

Each year, hundreds of open-source projects get started, but only a handful are appealing, interesting or innovating enough to stay for years to come. In order to recognize those that demonstrate significant traction within the developer community, Black Duck has released its seventh annual open-source rookies of the year awards. “I’m always excited about publishing …

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ASF’s newest Top-Level Projects: Apache BookKeeper and Apache Samza

Two more projects are graduating from the Apache Software Foundation’s (ASF) incubator this week. The organization has announced that both Apache BookKeeper and Apache Samza have become Top-Level Projects (TLPs). Apache Samza is an open-source Big Data distributed streaming processing framework designed to handle stateful processing, message durability, fault tolerance and scalability. Samza was originally …

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Guest View: Are you delivering an app du jour or an app for the ages?

RAD. MADP. RMAD. aPaaS. Everyday it seems that analysts are defining yet another category of products. This makes sense because it is how the industry is used to tackling something “new” (cloud platforms, mobile devices, wearables, etc.). Organizations go out and purchase tools to solve a new problem, only to find that the target is …

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Oculus making virtual reality movies, the NSA’s Trojan horse, and IBM layoffs—SD Times news digest: Jan. 27, 2015

Oculus VR, the virtual reality startup acquired by Facebook for US$2 billion, is developing cinematic experiences specifically for its Oculus Rift VR headset. At the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new Oculus Story Studio, led by creative director and former Pixar animator Saschka Unseld, premiered its first short film, entitled “Lost.” Unseld, who created …

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Code Watch: Overcoming the magnitude

“Maybe instead of talking about 100x programmers, we should talk about 100x programming.” This was a recent Twitter provocation from Reginald Braithwaite (@RaganWald), author of “JavaScript Allongé.” What would it take to achieve a two-order-of-magnitude change in software development pace? The boldness of the target dwarfs the common quibbles about syntax, semantics, and maybe even …

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Google will not address WebView vulnerability in Android

Google will not address a vulnerability recently discovered in a major component of its Android operating system, WebView, for devices running versions 4.3 Jelly Bean or older. WebView is a component that allows developers to deliver a Web app as part of a client app. According to the company’s lead engineer for Android security, Adrian Ludwig, …

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iRobot’s venture capital firm, Microsoft’s Cosmos, and Google’s Android Compatibility Program for Lollipop—SD Times news digest: Jan. 26, 2015

iRobot is starting its own venture capital firm in order to invest in robotic companies, TechCrunch has reported. The company is in the midst of looking for a West Coast investor to head up its firm and is looking to make five to 10 investments a year, according to TechCrunch. “There’s a lot going on …

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Yahoo’s Flurry acquisition to bear fruit in February

When developers and users think of Yahoo, they can be forgiven for feeling forsaken. At times in its past, this nearly 20-year-old Internet company has closed down online services and products that it hasn’t found to be lucrative. Those users and developers who based their products on these now-shuttered services (GeoCities, Yahoo Video, Astrid, Upcoming, …

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VersionOne Winter Release strengthens relationship between business and development teams

The biggest obstacle to scaling agile is the lack of business buy-in, according to Mark Crowe, director of product management at VersionOne, which is why the company wanted to focus on aligning enterprise delivery with business strategy in its latest release. “If the commitment to adopt and scale agile is not driven from the leadership …

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Ford’s new research center, new job opportunities at Oracle, and Internet Society’s approach to cyber security policy—SD Times news digest: Jan. 23, 2015

Ford is opening up a new Silicon Valley research center in order to advance development in mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and Big Data. “This new research center shows Ford’s commitment to be part of the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem—anticipating customers’ wants and needs, especially on connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles,” said Mark Fields, president …

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Microsoft announces Office 2016, more Spartan details and Windows 10 developer plans

Even after the Windows 10 announcements that redefined the company’s future through an immersive holographic lens, Microsoft isn’t done unveiling new products and strategies. In conjunction with the Office for Windows 10 suite of touch-optimized programs for the full range of Microsoft devices, the company also announced Office 2016, a revamped suite of desktop-specific productivity …

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SD Times’ GitHub Project of the Week: What happens when…

GitHub has proved itself a more-than-capable platform for sharing open-source software and allowing project ecosystems to grow and thrive, but it’s also spawned a unique form of informational crowdsourcing. “What happens when…” is a prime example of this fascinating use case, and our GitHub Project of the Week. Created by Alex Gaynor, a digital service …

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Guest View: Endless opportunities for developers breaking out on their own

There is a trend in the technical industry for experienced programmers to leave the security of the nest of employment and move into independence. This trend is healthy and promising, and an indication of the strength of the tech sector and related economies. This strength allows for unparalleled freedom in how coders can work on …

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A 2015 State of the Apps survey, Kim Dotcom’s encrypted MEGAchat, and BlackBerry calls for app neutrality—SD Times news digest: Jan. 22, 2015

Mobile advertising marketplace Millennial Media has released its State of the Apps 2015 Industry Snapshot, which found that app monetization and programmatic availability as the most prevalent goals for app developers and publishers. The report, which surveyed 351 application developers and publishers from September through November of 2014, found that developers aim to design for …

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    Keeping Up with Mobile eCommerce

    Users logged into retail sites in record numbers starting on Thanksgiving Day in 2014, and continued to do so throughout the weekend and into Cyber Monday. IBM reported that Thanksgiving Day online sales increased by 14.3 percent from the previous year, while Black Friday sales were up 9.5 percent. Three days later, Cyber Monday became …

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