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Cards Against Humanity to provide full-ride STEM scholarship for women

Cards Against Humanity is trying to increase diversity in the technology industry. The card game has announced it is releasing an expansion to fund full-ride scholarships for women looking to get their undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “Women are underrepresented in science, tech, engineering and math, and we felt like the …

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SD Times March Developer Madness: Road to the Championship!

SD Times March Developer Madness closing in on the Elite 8! Today we move into the Methodologies region! You can find and vote in the current poll here. Sweet 16 recap: In the Programming region, #1 seed HTML5 survived its game against dangerous #5 seed Node.js, and #2 seed JavaScript is in a close game with …

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Alation launches data query system based on natural language processing

Just as Google offers one place to search for all online data, Alation is hoping to offer a single place for enterprises to search their data. Alation, launched officially this morning, is a startup with software that ties into a company’s data stores, and then gives users a natural language search interface for querying that …

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IBM’s $3 billion IoT plan, Project Spartan, and EFF questions U.S. government—SD Times news digest: March 31, 2015

IBM has announced plans to invest US$3 billion over the next four years to help customers build Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The company plans to establish a new IoT unit and provide new cloud data services and developer tools. “Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often …

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New robot API designed to seek out feedback from forums, comments and reviews

Computer vision and machine-learning startup Diffbot is releasing a new developer API designed to scan the Web for forums, comments and reviews. “All of the long-tail discussion pages on the Web such as forums, comments and product review threads have previously been pretty difficult for people to access and scale,” said Mike Tung, CEO of …

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API management comes of age

The acronym API has come a long way. In 1980, asking about an API meant building something for a massive corporate software package. In the 1990s it meant building with the tools for a 3D card or a sound card. Today, however, the term tends to mean just one thing: RESTful Web APIs. And what …

Jack Ma, CEO Alibaba announced a new secure payment service similar to Apple Pay. The new mobile payment service will use facial recognition instead of fingerprints. He demonstrated the new technology by buying gifts for Dr. Merkel and other dignitaries present at the event. CeBIT Opening Ceremony 2015, Sunday, 15 March 2015, 6 p.m. at the Hannover Congress Centrum. Image courtesy of Deutsche Messe.

CeBIT 2015: All things development for Big Data, IoT and security

Hannover, Germany — “There are now as many pieces of digital information as there are stars in the universe.” That statement from the opening ceremony CeBIT 2015, held earlier this month, means that developers have their work cut out for them. IoT, Big Data and security were major themes at the event, which has successfully …

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Analyst Watch: Your predictive analytics aren’t cutting it

The impact of personalization for companies has never been greater than it is today. Anticipating your customers’ needs and delivering a more contextual experience ahead of your competition means everything in the age of the customer, and it will win you those customers. Your brand today depends on it. When asked by clients how they …

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Microsoft breaks down WinJS 4.0 preview

Microsoft has released a preview of WinJS 4.0, its open-source, cross-platform Windows library for JavaScript. The WinJS 4.0 release will be focused on the framework’s universal app, interoperability, and in-class ListView capabilities. The Windows App Team detailed all the new features to come in WinJS 4.0 in a blog post. The most significant details include: …

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GitHub suffers from a DDoS attack, Amazon moves drones to Canada, IBM Watson acquires Blekko—SD Times news digest: March 30, 2015

GitHub is trying to recover from a large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on its website. According to the company, this is the largest DDoS attack it has experienced to date. “The attack began around 2 a.m. UTC on Thursday, March 26, and involves a wide combination of attack vectors,” wrote Jesse Newland, systems …

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Android’s growth is a pain in the app for developers

Although it’s become the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Android is still an expanding frontier—and developers are always the first to explore it. Android grew to 81.5% of the global smartphone market share in 2014, according to the International Data Corporation, passing a billion phone shipments for the first time. In terms of actual …

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MIT researchers work to find integer overflow errors

MIT researchers have created a new algorithm to tackle one of the most common bugs in programming: integer overflows. According to the researchers, these errors not only can cause computer programs to crash, but also leave them vulnerable to attack. “Integer overflow errors are an insidious source of software failures and security vulnerabilities,” they wrote. …

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Putting the ‘Ops’ back in DevOps

DevOps is a good thing. In today’s Application Economy, after all, it’s important to get new code into production quickly, because that new code empowers you to deliver more value to your customers than your competitors do. But a differentiated customer experience is not just about cool app features. It’s also about great performance. That’s …

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Microsoft’s Visual Studio timeline and Z3 Theorem Prover, Google Cloud Launcher, Facebook’s Fresco—SD Times news digest: March 27, 2015

Microsoft has released a rough timeline of the upcoming features and capabilities on track for the release of Visual Studio 2015 and beyond. The tentative feature rundown for the company’s flagship developer IDE is below: More details are available on the Visual Studio blog. Google unveils Google Cloud Launcher Google has announced Google Cloud Launcher …

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    The promise of distributed database management systems is to provide on-demand capacity, continuous availability and geographically distributed operations. However, most of them require substantial trade-offs in terms of overall effort, cost, time to deployment and ongoing administration. Despite those trade-offs, these offerings have dominated the industry for decades, forcing compromises from start to finish – …

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    Why SharePoint Search Out of the Box Isn’t Enough

    With SharePoint 2013, Microsoft offered a significant increase in Search functionality that might suggest that it is the ultimate Enterprise Search solution. Companies like to think about SharePoint 2013 Search as a “working out-of-the-box” solution, rather than a platform.  Considering SharePoint 2013 Search as a ready-to-go solution might seem to be the easy way, but …

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    Webinar Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Time: 1:00-2:00 PM EDT Managing the lifecycle of web applications can be filled with challenges. Apps need to be visually compelling, deliver a great user experience across desktops, tablets and mobile phones as well as be delivered on time and on budget.Join us as we discuss key innovations in …

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    12 Ways to Turn Licensing Challenges into Business Opportunities

    Software is everywhere. It drives the complex technology that enables communication, information, and automation in virtually every part of our personal and professional lives. For software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers – this is good news. But it doesn’t come without its challenges. New business models are emerging that require vendors to adapt their offerings to …

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    Load and Performance Testing in Production

    Due to a handful of factors, including time and budget constraints, many organizations are turning to testing in production (TiP). This process introduces considerable risk and can bring on an onslaught of challenges for even the most experienced testers. Luckily, there are ways that testing teams can considerably reduce this risk and overcome testing in …

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