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The Software Testing World Cup Chronicles, Part I: Yes, that’s a thing

I had the good fortune of being part of a team that recently had the chance to compete in the first stages of the Software Testing World Cup (STWC). Not many people may be aware of its existence, but it’s a unique competition designed to find the best quality assurance engineers on the planet. The …

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AWS re:Invent: X-Ray, CodeBuild, Shield and Personal Health Dashboard

Amazon wants to help solve pain points for developers. The company’s AWS re:Invent conference concluded yesterday with announcements and new solutions aimed at giving developers more tools to provide better experiences. To help developers gain more insight into their distributed apps, the company announced AWS X-Ray, designed to give developers the ability to analyze and …

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Where to get your Hour of Code next week

Finding developers to fill job positions is still an ongoing problem in the industry. According to Code.org, there are currently 517,393 available computing jobs in the U.S. alone, with only 42,929 computer science students graduating in the last year. One of the major problems is that not enough kids are exposed to computer science at …

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University of Toronto researchers train AI system to sing Christmas songs

Tired of the same old overplayed holiday songs? Step aside, Bing Crosby, because this artificial intelligence system is debuting its new (yet terribly creepy) Christmas carol. Researchers from the University of Toronto developed an AI system that took a holiday image and generated a Christmas song. Calling it a song is an overstatement though, since …

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Facebook releases AI educational videos, PHP hits 7.1.0, and Software AG acquires Zementis—SD Times news digest: Dec. 2, 2016

Society often has a misconception on what AI really is and what it can do thanks to movies like “The Terminator” and “Wall-E.” Facebook wants to change that perception with a series of educational videos designed to make artificial intelligence easier to understand. “AI is going to bring major shifts in society through developments in …

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: OSS-Fuzz

Google wants to help ensure open-source projects are stable, secure and reliable. According to the company, open-source software is the backbone of many solutions available on the Internet today, and any problems with it could be catastrophic. The company announced the release of OSS-Fuzz, a continuous fuzzing solution for open-source software. OSS-Fuzz is a program …

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Amazon re:Invent: Amazon reveals AWS Snowmobile, introduces new AWS software

Amazon customers are constantly looking to move data (and lots of it), which is why the company used this year’s Amazon re:Invent conference to extend the capabilities of Snowball, a device that allows customers to move 50 terabytes of data out of data centers and into the AWS cloud. After last year’s announcement of Snowball, …

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What’s in store for the next generation of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already in the works with smartcars, smart thermostats and smart refrigerators already in consumers’ homes. However, experts say this is only the first wave of the Internet of Things, and a new generation of intelligent devices is still to come. In October, Gartner released its Top 10 strategic technology …

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Android Developer Conference highlights security, discovery

Attendees at the Android Developer Conference in San Francisco this week were treated to a host of discussions on topics ranging from virtual reality to security. Jonathan Levin, CTO of Technologeeks and author of the “Android Internals: A Confectioner’s Cookbook” series of books, gave attendees a poetic yet frightening talk about the intensely dangerous Dirty …

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Google App Maker, Nokia and HPE team up on IoT, and Apple’s drone initiative—SD Times news digest: Dec. 1, 2016

Google is joining the low-code movement with its new release of App Maker. App Maker is the company’s low-code app development solution designed to help business users develop and deploy custom made apps. “App Maker makes it easy for IT or even citizen developers (including analysts and system administrators) to quickly iterate from a prototype …

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Industry Spotlight: Future-proof, low-code web apps

When pondering their own digital transformation imperatives, most companies aren’t starting from scratch. Instead, they strive to integrate and modernize legacy resources in a productive way that’s also future-proof. Take FDM4, an ISV that leveraged Progress OpenEdge and Kendo UI by Progress to revamp its longstanding ERP application with more than 3,000 screens over a …

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Google discusses Android 7.1

At AnDevCon today, Timothy Jordan, head of Google platform developer relations, gave a keynote to detail the current and future state of the platform and its ensuing toolsets. He described changes coming in Android 7.1, and he taught attendees how to get started with TensorFlow on Android devices. The next release of the Android platform …

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Industry Watch: Microservices and scaling out Big Data

This month’s column is a transcript of a fascinating conversation I had with MapR executives Jim Scott, the director of enterprise strategy and architecture at Hadoop solution provider MapR, and Jack Norris, senior VP of data and applications, on the subject of microservices and scaling Big Data. SD Times: So, we know that scaling data …

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift now support .NET Core 1.1

Red Hat continues to support enterprises looking to use .NET in Linux environments with the addition of .NET Core 1.1 to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. When Microsoft and Red Hat first established a relationship in November 2015, Red Hat was able to expand its preview of .NET on …

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    DATE: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 TIME: 2 PM ET, 11 AM PT The Chinese consumer market represents a huge opportunity for American and European businesses, but actually reaching those consumers presents a unique set of steep challenges. Between outdated infrastructure, geographic limitations, and the notorious Great Firewall of China, you can’t expect to reach Chinese users without a …

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