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Microsoft introduces PowerApps

While most of the world has gone mobile, Microsoft thinks there are still roadblocks keeping businesses from following suit. As a result, the company has announced PowerApps, a new enterprise software service designed to create, deliver and share business apps. “The way we work is changing. We are more mobile than ever before,” said Omar …


PDF 2.0: Clarifying the standard

We are living in a digital age, and businesses no longer want to store their information and data on hard copies. Businesses from across a broad range of industries are turning to the Portable Document Format (PDF) to bring their printed documents online. “PDFs are really becoming the de facto electronic document standard,” said Gerald …


Apache Kafka updates to 0.9

As Apache developers awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, they found themselves transformed in their beds into a giant new version of Apache Kafka. Version 0.9, released yesterday, adds security support for SSL for the first time, as well as new consumer APIs. This latest version of Kafka includes updates that should make it easier …

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Progress announces Rollbase 4.0 to give businesses new development capabilities

Progress wants to help businesses cut the time it takes to bring new apps to market. The company has announced Progress Rollbase 4.0, with significant UI enhancements and integration with the Telerik platform. Rollbase is the company’s application development platform for building mobile and Web-based business applications. “The problem it aims to solve is the …


Developers can translate apps into different languages with new IBM cloud-based service

If you are a developer that just built a new cloud app on IBM’s Bluemix, the next step might be to translate your app into a different language for new markets around the world. This normally means finding a translation vendor, which could cost time and money for the developer. Today, IBM announced a new …


Microsoft’s AI advancements, tech tattoos, and Dell addresses security vulnerability—SD Times news digest: Nov. 25, 2015

Microsoft researchers say they are making advancements in computer vision, deep learning, and understanding images. The company, along with colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University, has developed a new system that analyzes images and interprets it as a human would. “The ability to answer questions is critical to developing artificial intelligence tools, and this breakthrough could …


MIT researchers find covert communication connections have no effect on user experience

More than half the data transferred to and from 500 popular Android applications was found to have little or no impact on user experience, according to a recent MIT study. “We looked at the communication of mobile applications and counted the number of statements in the application that establish these connections,” said Julia Rubin, a …


SD Times Blog: Programmer creates hacks to automate his work

You come across a lot of interesting things when you are searching the Internet, and while some of it is out of this world or just plain stupid, there are just some things you can’t ignore. Today, I came across this interesting blog and GitHub post, and although I can’t validate their authenticity, it is …


NodeOS nears 1.0 in its quest for a 100% JavaScript OS

The Node.js community has built itself an operating system. Known as NodeOS, this Linux kernel-based distribution layers a 100% JavaScript world on top of the traditional OS foundation. This layer is backed by the Node Package Manager (NPM), which allows all of the JavaScript applications to be downloaded and installed easily. NodeOS is a slender …


Guest View: Rethinking outsourcing

“Outsourcing” and “offshoring”—two words that have gotten a bad rap in the software industry—are gradually getting a whole new meaning thanks to an old friend: India. Traditionally, and maybe in your mind now, the software industry perceives Indian offshoring as a poor choice, likely to end in applications that can’t scale, misunderstandings that result in …


Google and Disney announce Star Wars VR experiences, upgrading to IE 11, and iOS text support on Pebble—SD Times news digest: Nov. 24, 2015

Disney and Google are teaming up to bring Star Wars to virtual reality. The companies have announced a collaborative project to bring fans immersive experiences through Google’s Cardboard VR device. Awaken the Force Within is a global program that allows users to bring virtual reality to their favorite Google apps. The apps will reflect whether …


ContainerX wants to bring containers to the data center

Docker has simplified the way developers work with containers, but one company thinks containers have the potential to go beyond developers to enterprise IT. ContainerX, founded by veterans from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, is a startup aimed at transforming containers from a development tool to the building blocks of the next generation of data centers. …


Microsoft’s AppComparison app, Python 3.5, and Windows 10 enterprise adoption forecast—SD Times news digest: Nov. 23, 2015

Microsoft is looking to entice Android users to switch to Windows Phone with a new tool. AppComparison is a Google Play app designed to list which Android apps are available on Windows. “Are you considering changing your Android device to Windows Phone? AppComparison identifies your favourite Android apps and matches them with apps available from …


Google releases Android Studio 2.0 preview

Google today announced the preview release of Android Studio, the company’s developer environment for mobile applications that focuses on speed of delivery and testing Android apps for every device. In a call with SD Times prior to today’s first Google Android Developer Summit, Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson, group product manager for Android Studio, outlined three key …

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