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Virtual reality’s expanding horizons

For fans of the virtual, reality has come a long way. In 2016, we’re living in a reality where not only virtual reality, but also augmented reality applications are commonplace, and hardware for supporting these types of applications is everywhere. As is typical of new technologies, only after they have arrived in the marketplace has … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: Back to (programming) school

Your little ones and delayed little ones are likely on their way to class right now as you read this. If not, those days are just around the corner. So that everyone can be on the same page, and so that learning can continue throughout your lives, we present a comprehensive list of links to … continue reading

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Jonathan Ellis steps down from Cassandra Project

DataStax CTO Jonathan Ellis has stepped down from his position as chairman of the Apache Cassandra Project. As a cofounder of DataStax, he has been directing the Cassandra Project since 2010. On Friday Ellis announced his intention to step down. “In my case, I have been serving as the Chair for Apache Cassandra for seven … continue reading

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Who’s writing the Linux Kernel this time?

The Linux Foundation today released its 2016 update on Linux Kernel Development. The report includes statistics and information on the companies and people who spend their time contributing patches and features to the Linux Kernel. This report spanned the time period between Dec. 7, 2014 and today. In that time, there have been more than … continue reading

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Intel courts IoT, AR developers

The Intel Developer Forum continued in San Francisco yesterday with a second keynote detailing new products and plans from the chip company. In addition to IoT and chip road maps, Intel hinted at plans for a machine learning-focused version of the Xeon Phi coprocessor sometime in 2017. Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager … continue reading

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Google ships Go 1.7 for speed

The Go programming language has been updated to version 1.7, bringing with it many performance and compile-time speedups. A new compiler back-end has been added, based on static single-assignment form, and according to Google, this addition can bring speedups to applications ranging from 5% to 35%. The compiler improvements don’t end with actual application optimizations, … continue reading

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Appcelerator adds API access via Hyperloop to its Titanium SDK

Hyperloop won’t be done for a few years. That is, the mass transit system named Hyperloop won’t be ready for many years. Appcelerator’s Hyperloop, on the other hand, is available today in Appcelerator 5.4. This addition to the Titanium SDK allows developers to access all APIs on iOS and Android directly from JavaScript. Jeff Haynie, … continue reading

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Rackspace manages security across clouds

Rackspace is hoping security will draw more enterprises to its OpenStack offerings. The company has announced plans to extend its Rackspace Managed Security platform to support Microsoft Azure. The platform already supports Rackspace’s Dedicated and VMware environments, as well as Amazon Web Services. The end goal is to provide a method of managing security across multiple environments … continue reading

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Hortonworks updates DataFlow platform to 2.0

Hortonworks announced today that it has updated its Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) platform with new features and updated Apache projects. HDF 2.0 includes a drastically redesigned Apache NiFi project, better handling of cluster-wide security policies, and a more portable version of its dataflow management layer. Apache NiFi is at the top of the list of changes. … continue reading

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Vintage Computer Festival highlights decades of history

After being on hiatus for about nine years, the Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) made its way back to the West Coast this past weekend. This was the 11th festival on the West Coast, but had the festival not been on hiatus, it would have been the 19th West Coast event. Other Vintage Computer Festivals are … continue reading

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Vintage Computer Festival West returns this weekend

If you live in Silicon Valley, we’ve got your weekend planned for you. You’ll want to attend the 11th Vintage Computer Festival West at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. This is the first such festival in the Bay Area in nine years, and it features a lot of great content the old … continue reading

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BTRFS RAID code needs a rewrite

A slow disaster has been unfolding since the end of June in the BTRFS community. This open source file system, also known as the “ButterFS,” includes modern features that do not exist elsewhere on Linux, such as snapshots, pooling and integral multi-device spanning. According to BTRFS contributor Goffredo Baroncelli on the BTRFS mailing list, the … continue reading

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