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Wolfram Data Drop, Dart Enhancement Proposals, and the 2015 Linux Jobs Report—SD Times news digest: March 5, 2015

Wolfram is looking to harness data from the Internet of Things. The company recently announced the Wolfram Data Drop, a place where data from connected devices can go to be organized and stored. “When I first started thinking about the Data Drop, I viewed it mainly as a convenience—a means to get data from here …

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From the Editors: You’ve come a long way, Linux

This month, as we do every March, we reported on the Who Writes Linux report from the Linux Foundation. Usually, this is a fairly rote affair: Red Hat and Intel contribute tons of code, Greg Kroah-Hartman does a ton of the work, and we learn about some small firm somewhere that’s cranking out kernel code …

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From the Editors: Welcome to the new world of drones

It is the beginning of the drone era. Already, these unmanned aerial vehicles are being tested for delivering goods, gathering the news, monitoring crops from above, and more. While we are still in the early stages of drone development, it is almost certain that drones will be implemented into every industry. It is just a …

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New SSL/TLS vulnerability discovered

Security researchers have revealed a new software vulnerability that is leaving Apple and Google users open to a hack attack. The vulnerability, Factoring RSA export keys (also known as the FREAK attack), was found in SSL/TLS—the protocol meant to provide secure Web connections. According to the miTLS team, composed of Inria (a research organization in …

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Docker acquires SocketPlane, GitLab and Gitorious join forces, and IBM’s Watson adds AlchemyAPI—SD Times news digest: March 4, 2015

Docker has acquired software-defined networking startup SocketPlane with the goal of creating a Docker-native networking ecosystem. According to a Docker blog post written by the SocketPlane team, partners already showing interest in Docker networking include Cisco, IBM, Joyent, Microsoft, Rancher, VMware and Weave. SocketPlane’s efforts will focus around the Docker APIs, collaborating with partners to …

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DevOps and business forge a new definition of APM

Applications are growing more complex and living on a wider range of platforms than ever before, and the application performance-management space is evolving along with them. APM platforms are providing more unified, flexible and predictive monitoring hubs for developers and operations, spurred to deliver more targeted application information faster. At the heart of this changing …

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SD Times Blog: Big announcements for video-game developers

As enterprise developers, you may be relatively unaware of what’s going on in the 3D game engine market. At the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, the two titans of game development tools are fighting it out in a battle that’s yielding big wins for developers. First to strike a blow was …

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Microsoft provides first look into its Windows 10 developer strategy

Microsoft is giving developers more insight into Windows 10. The company has provided developers an update regarding its strategy for the new operating system as well as its universal app platform at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “Windows 10 represents the culmination of our platform convergence journey with Windows now running on a single, unified …

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Paddle provides new monetization tools

Building a successful application in this marketplace can be a bit like trying to row without a paddle. But there’s a new startup in town called Paddle, which hopes to help developers monetize their applications and monitor those purchases through a suite of new tools. Christian Owens, CEO of Paddle, said that “Paddle doesn’t want …

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Google’s empty Android Lollipop encryption promise, IBM Mobile Accessibility Checker, and Khronos Vulkan—SD Times news digest: March 3, 2015

Google’s pledge last September to require standard full-disk encryption on all Android Lollipop devices has turned out to simply be a “very strong recommendation.” According to a report from Ars Technica, while the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices do offer full-disk encryption, newer devices running Lollipop such as the second-generation Moto E and the …

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Testing in an agile world

Agile has challenged the world of development, operation and project management, leaving them to redefine their roles and work together on one team in a fast-paced software development environment; but one of the most difficult hurdles in the world of agile is rethinking the role of the tester, according to Ian Culling, CTO of VersionOne. …

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Perforce goes fully distributed in source-code management

Perforce today announced the release of Helix, the newest version of the company’s source-code-management and versioning system. New to Helix are distributed development support for the traditional Perforce suite of tools, and new security features that monitor repository usage and track suspicious behavior. This is a problem perhaps most noticeable in the video gaming world, …

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Instart Logic brings machine learning to HTML and JavaScript code delivery

Machine-learning algorithms are everywhere. They’ve permeated the way platforms work in the cloud, in analyzing Big Data, and in making AI more intelligent. Now, a software-defined application delivery startup is using machine learning to streamline code performance. SmartSequence, the new HTML and JavaScript streaming technology from Instart Logic, uses real-time machine-learning techniques to sift through …

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Mobile World Congress 2015: Apple, BlackBerry, IBM, Intel news and more

Apple and IBM have announced an expansion to their mobile application partnership, unveiling banking and financial services apps in the IBM MobileFirst for iOS portfolio.The new services include a Passenger Care app for customer service assistance during travel and transportation; a Dynamic Buy retail app for real-time data-driven product recommendations; and an Advisor Alerts app …

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