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Microsoft expands enterprise cloud services

Microsoft is continuing its cloud-first, mobile-first initiative with new offerings spanning mobile, security, data management, containers and analytics. The company announced R Server 9.0, give a sneak peek at its new Azure cloud console, and new capabilities for Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). Microsoft R Server 9.0 features machine learning algorithms, improved operationalization capabilities, support …

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Google evaluates FIDO authentication

For years the FIDO Alliance has been dedicated to changing and improving online authentication. FIDO, which stands for Fast Identity Online, envisions a future where online security methods go beyond passwords and provide stronger authentication solutions such as biometrics and second-factor solutions. Google recently did a two-year research study on FIDO’s approach to examine how …

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Guest View: Developing for a bot-driven world: The role of APIs

Personal digital assistants like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana are just the beginning. Soon we’ll be interacting with all manner of applications and online services—everything from managing our calendars to ordering pizzas and reserving hotel rooms—not with the buttons, forms and controls that we’re used to, but by chatting with them using natural language. Or, …

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Infinit is joining Docker, Google open-sources Embedding Projector, and Windows 10 Creators Update released—SD Times news digest: Dec. 7, 2016

Infinit and Docker are joining forces in the container space to tackle some of the challenges of container technologies. According to a blog post written by the Infinit team, “With stateful applications being the next natural step in this [container] evolution, Infinit comes into play by providing the Docker community with a storage platform that …

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Jitterbit update takes integration to ‘Citizens’

Jitterbit is pushing integrations to the people. The company will push its Jitterbit Harmony Winter ‘17 update to customers tomorrow morning in the hopes of spreading its integrations platform to the unwashed, non-developer masses. The Winter ‘17 is aimed at creating “Citizen Integrators” by implementing a point-and-click path to developing integrations between internal and external systems. …

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SecurityScorecard report: Top retailers have major security issues this year

It’s the holiday season, and retailers are watching their online sales climb. Business may be booming for these companies, but shoppers beware: 100% of these retailers have issues with domain security, according to SecurityScorecard’s “2016 Biggest Holiday Retailers Cybersecurity Report.” When it comes to cybersecurity, retailers have a lot to worry about, especially since these …

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ActiveState announces ActiveGo

Enterprise users have likely had Go envy for some time. Since Google first introduced this high-performance language designed to replace C++ in 2007, it’s been an intriguing language for developers working on highly scalable and reliable systems. Today, however, ActiveState announced that it would be solving one of the biggest problems enterprises still have with …

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Netflix’s open-source project Hollow, NVIDIA’s deep learning kits for educators, and new IBM Bluemix integrations—SD Times news digest: Dec. 6, 2016

Netflix announced a new open-source project called Hollow, which is a Java library with a comprehensive toolset for “harnessing small to moderately sized in-memory datasets, which are disseminated from a single producer to many consumers for read-only access,” according to a blog post by Drew Koszewnik, software developer for Netflix. Hollow focuses on performance, agility …

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JNBridgePro 8.0 focuses on cross-platform interoperability between Java and .NET frameworks

JNBridge is giving developers a new way to work with software frameworks in JNBridgePro 8.0. JNBridgePro is the company’s general-purpose Java and .NET interoperability tool. The latest release enables cross-platform overrides for extending software frameworks. “What we have done is provide a way to very naturally override behaviors across platforms in a way that was …

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BMC bridges gap between business leaders and developers with new Innovation Suite platform

The DevOps evolution brought the developer and operations communities together, but now, companies are putting an emphasis on getting the business owners and stakeholders more involved in the entire application development process. BMC wants to bridge the gap between developers, operations and business owners, which is why it launched its new Innovation Suite today. The …

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Google open-sources DeepMind Lab

Google is open-sourcing its flagship AI 3D platform for agent-based AI research, DeepMind Lab. “DeepMind’s scientific mission is to push the boundaries of AI, developing systems that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be taught how,” the DeepMind team wrote in a blog post. “To achieve this, we work from the …

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OpenAI opens new AI universe

OpenAI is giving artificial intelligence researchers a new way to test and evaluate their research. The organization has announced Universe, a software platform designed to train and measure the general intelligence of AI across games, websites and applications. “Universe allows an AI agent to use a computer like a human does: by looking at screen …

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CA Technologies acquires Automic to broaden its cloud automation portfolio

CA Technologies continues to add to its cloud-based capabilities with its recent acquisition of Automic, a European business automation software company. The transaction, according to CA Technologies, is valued at approximately €600 million and it has been approved by both boards of directors. The transaction is expected to close in January 2017, the fourth quarter …

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Amazon Go in beta, Tableau releases data education report, and Uber debuts Uber AI Labs and new acquisition—SD Times news digest: Dec. 5, 2016

Amazon has introduced a beta of Amazon Go, a 1,800 square-foot location in Seattle that uses deep learning and sensors to keep track of what people are buying. The goal of Amazon Go is to create “a new kind of store with no checkout required,” according to the company. Shopping at the Amazon Go store …

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