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WATCH: Elders react to Oculus Rift

Our grandparents, great grandparents and even some of our parents come from a time of rotary phones, black and white TVs with no remotes, and no computers. In today’s world of mobile devices, wearables and robots, they can get a little confused and overwhelmed when it comes to technology. Take my dad for instance. For …


SD Times news digest: August 29, 2014—Google’s Project Wing and Hortonworks’ integration of Apache Kafka

Watch out Amazon: There’s a new drone delivery service in town Google introduced a Google X project that may just give Amazon’s drones some competition. Project Wing is a “a new approach to delivery using self-flying vehicles,” Google wrote on its Google+ page. “Throughout history there has been a series of innovations that have each …


Syphon moves us one step closer to the Holodeck

If you’re reading this, there’s a better than 90% chance you’ve seen “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” If so, you’re familiar with the Holodeck: a room where 3D interactive worlds can be generated for users. We’re nowhere near those 3D projected light objects, but we are getting remarkably close to the ability to make a …

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Top 5 projects trending on GitHub

#1. Stellar Stellar is a database snapshot and restore tool for development. Created by Fast Monkeys, Stellar allows users to store databases when writing database migrations, switching braches or experimenting with SQL. The project supports PostgreSQL and MySQL. “Warning: Please don’t use Stellar if you can’t afford data loss. It’s great for developing but not …

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Microsoft Azure now supports Google’s Kubernetes

It’s been almost two month since Microsoft announced plans to work with Google and Docker to bring support for Kubernetes to its Azure platform, and today the company is following through on those plans. Microsoft has announced that Azure developers can now use Kubernetes to manage their Docker containers. “The Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. engineering …

IEEE reveals Top 10 software security design flaws (and how to avoid them)

The IEEE Center for Secure Design has published a report on the Top 10 software security design flaws (and how to avoid them). When it comes to making sure software is secure, too much of the attention is focused on bugs, and not enough of the conversation is about design flaws, according to Gary McGraw, …

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SD Times news digest: August 28, 2014—IBM’s Watson Discovery Advisor, and new Windows Store app certification requirements

IBM opens its supercomputer to scientist IBM wants to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs. The company has announced Watson Discovery Advisor, a cloud-based tool designed to scale and speed up discoveries by research teams, according to IBM. “We’re entering an extraordinary age of data-driven discovery,” said Mike Rhodin, senior vice president of the IBM …


An App Search API for deep linking

The growth of deep linking is one of the reasons apps seem more intuitive lately. When a user wants to get from one app to another, a deep mobile link opens one app inside another directly to the action the user needs, without them having to leave, open the other app and find what they …


SD Times news digest: August 27, 2014—RethinkDB 1.14, Nokia DVLUP dies, Netflix threat modeling tools

RethinkDB 1.14 released Version 1.14 of the RethinkDB open-source distributed JSON database has been released with more than 50 new enhancements. RethinkDB ecosystem engineer Josh Kuhn announced the release in a blog post, explaining that 1.14 is the first RethinkDB release that doesn’t require data migration. Some of the main upgrades and new features include: …


Don’t blink: Mobile app testing is more important than ever

You’re sunk deep into your leather seat, enjoying the scenery that blurs by as the adaptive cruise control in your luxury sedan interprets data from the radar headway sensor and longitudinal controller to keep your car a safe distance from others on the road. This machine practically drives itself. Life is good. Your highway traffic-analysis …


Git 2.1 released

Git 2.1 has been released, adding a large number of new features in what is considered to be a minor release. A few months after Git 2.0, this incremental release of the source-code-management and revision-control system rolls out improvements across the entire Git system, from the UI and workflows to performance, implementation and bug fixes. …


VMware cozies up to Docker, hardware

VMware yesterday announced a new effort to sell its software pre-installed on a new server form factor, and to bring new partners like Docker onto its platform. VMware’s EVO:RAIL system is a new take on server hardware based on the VMware stack. Working with hardware vendors like EMC, these servers will come pre-installed with VMware …

Intel Parallel Studio 2015 updates compilers, tool chain

OpenMP 4.0 has made its way into the Intel compiler set. The company today announced the release of the Intel Parallel Studio XE 2015 family, which includes three different bundles of tools for developers working in C, C++ and FORTRAN. With the introduction of support for OpenMP 4.0 comes the ability to apply explicit vector …

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PHP gets new cloud support from Amazon and Zend

PHP has been a staple of Web development for longer than Wikipedia’s existence. But the language has rarely received much love from the software development community due to its less bureaucratic governing body and reputation for being copy/paste friendly. But the PHP community is still growing, as is evidenced by new offerings from Amazon and …

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