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Microsoft unveils Windows 10

Microsoft has announced its next-generation operating system for all devices: Windows 10. Windows chief Terry Myerson walked onstage at Microsoft’s press event this afternoon and announced a curveball: The new operating system is skipping over 9 and moving straight to 10, and the Microsoft community is getting wider preview access than ever before with the …

JavaOne talks outline the state of the platform

The clear focus of this year’s JavaOne, going on this week in San Francisco, is the community around Java and the state of the platform. To this end, Patrick Curran, chair of the Java Community Process, described a number of initiatives ongoing within the JCP, which he hopes will open the group to more participation …

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SD Times news digest: Sept. 30, 2014—A new electronics development kit, and the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program

SAM: The electronics development kit A new Kickstarter project wants to close the gap between software development and hardware development. SAM is an electronics development kit that integrates hardware, software and the Internet to make it easer to learn about electronics, the Internet of Things and coding. “SAM is for anyone who wants to create …

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Scaling Android Development: The evolution of a Twitter app

In January 2012, three Twitter engineers were in charge of writing and maintaining the entire codebase for Android. New versions of the app were released every two to three months. Twitter’s mobile development needed to scale way up, and to do that the social networking company needed not only to restructure its development team, but …

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The Amazonian apocalypse

Were you Left Behind? Did your company experience some Fallout? Are a Boy and His Dog all that’s left in your IT department this morning because all your admins were up until 2 a.m. every day this weekend rebooting Amazon images? You were not alone. This weekend, Amazon pushed all of its users through the …

Eclipse goes for the Internet of Things

The Eclipse Foundation today announced its Internet of Things (IoT) projects, making them available online. The projects range from development helpers to server-side frameworks for dealing with the numerous different standards and proprietary protocols that exist in the IoT. Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, said that “We’ve led quite a few projects …

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Apache Storm has been upgraded to a Top-Level Project

The Apache Storm project has graduated to a Top-Level Project (TLP), according to the Apache Software Foundation. Storm is an open-source high-performance distributed real-time computation framework for Big Data stream processing. Hadoop clusters and other queuing and database technologies can leverage Storm to process a full range of workloads, from real-time to interactive to batch. …

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SD Times news digest: Sept. 29 2014—Nixie, Universal SSL, Clasp, and Akamai Cloudlets

Nixie: The wearable drone Imagine being able to take a picture while rock climbing, bike riding, hiking, snowboarding and more without having to miss a step. That’s what Nixie aims to do. Nixie is a tiny wearable drone that lives on a user’s wrist and, when launched, can fly around to take photos and videos …

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Kinks persist in continuous workflows

As agile practices continue to gain momentum, and as delivery deadlines grow shorter, the ability to quickly fix bugs and add features is imperative. Despite the hype, not all organizations have adopted Continuous Integration (CI) yet. While continuous builds and CI practices are becoming more common—and a smaller percentage of companies have embraced Continuous Delivery …

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Zeichick’s Take: Sticker shock and decommissioning ceremony

I once wrote a parking sticker application for an East Coast university. If you had a faculty, staff, student or visitor sticker for the campus, it was processed using my green-screen application, which went online in 1983. The university used the mainframe program with minimal changes for about a decade, until a new client/server parking …

Docker expands Official Repositories with 11 language stacks

Docker has said it will use what it learns from users’ Docker Hub search habits to deliver additional language stacks to customers, and as a result the open-source platform is adding 11 of the most searched programming language stacks to Docker Hub Official Repositories. “We determined that the community wants prebuilt stacks of their favorite …

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SD Times news digest: Sept. 26, 2014—Detecting Shellshock, and Google’s developer survey

Have you been Shellshocked? A new website has launched for users to test if their systems have been affected by the Bash vulnerability known as Shellshock. Shellshock is said to pose a bigger threat than OpenSSL’s Heartbleed bug, according to security researchers. “If your system has not updated bash in the last 24 hours, you’re …

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Top 5 projects trending on GitHub this week

#1. chromeos-apk Google has been taking their time bringing Android apps to the Chrome Web store, but for those who want to run Android apps on desktop PCs, they no longer have to wait for Google. Created by Vlad Filippov, chromeos-apk is a command-line tool that makes it possible to run any Android application on …

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SynthOS says it’s the non-OS embedded OS

Embedded developers now have a new option when choosing operating systems: no OS. SynthOS is a free-to-use service that builds C code specifically designed to handle all the operating system tasks an embedded developer encounters. Embedded developers can upload their code and have it returned with a complete set of C that handles mutexes and …

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