Linux 4.10 arrives

With more than 13,000 commits, the release  of Linux 4.10 was not as small at Linus Torvalds was expecting. Nonetheless, it arrived over the weekend, bringing with it significant changes, such as the introduction of support for virtual GPUs. With KVM, Linux users can now deploy a virtual GPU, complete with official drivers. This will … continue reading

Compiler and linker improvements speed up Go 1.8

The Go programming language was updated to version 1.8 yesterday. This release is headlined by performance improvements in the compiler and linker, which yield compilation speedups on all platforms. A major focus of Go has always been real-time performance, allowing applications to speed along without the need for lengthy garbage collection pauses. Go 1.8 is … continue reading

RSA Conference goes smaller, focuses more on timeless problems

The software security world is prone to ebbing and flowing. Twenty years ago, firewalls were the new hot solution. Fifteen years later, there were these hot new things called application firewalls. What was old was new again. So it was at the annual RSA Conference this year. Last year was something of a flush out, … continue reading

New Zealand courts software industry

DeveloperWeek in San Francisco played host to numerous tools, frameworks and software companies, but it also played host to one completely unusual exhibitor: an entire nation. That nation was New Zealand. Pam Ford is the head of international partnerships for Auckland tourism, events and economic development. In that capacity, it’s her job to entice software … continue reading

DeveloperWeek keynote shows Oracle’s cloudy future

At DeveloperWeek 2017 in San Francisco yesterday, Oracle’s Amit Zavery, senior vice president of Oracle Cloud Platform, delivered a keynote address focused on the company’s cloud offerings and services. The keynote precedes the commencement of a 20-city tour by the company in support of its cloud offerings. Zavery focused heavily on the paths available to … continue reading

Web4GUI takes online applications offline

It may sound scary, but believe it or not, there are still people in the world who don’t have Internet access. For those users, Web4GUI is hoping to bridge the digital divide. On Friday, Stunnix, the company behind Web4GUI, introduced version 8.4 of the tool. Web4GUI allows developers to turn a website into an application. … continue reading

New Docker feature keeps ‘secrets’

Docker has decided to keep your secrets. The company Friday announced that the newest release of Docker Datacenter includes security-management tools for handling what it’s labeling as “Secrets.” These include API keys, passwords and encryption keys. Docker Datacenter keeps data secure not only at rest, but also in transit. Using encryption, it offers a standardized … continue reading

Microsoft open-sources Graph Engine

It’s now been 11 hours since Microsoft’s last major open-source release. Early this morning, the company pushed the source code for Graph Engine to GitHub. The code includes the distributed in-memory data processing engine, a strongly typed in-memory key-value store, a general distributed computation engine, and the Language-Integrated Knowledge Query (LIKQ) graph query language. In … continue reading

Splice Machine splices into AWS

Splice Machine is hoping to splice its relational-database-managed service into development projects. The new managed service is offered on top of Amazon Web Services, and will be in beta until the spring. The company is now accepting early adopters to evaluate the system. To join the early adopter program, one’s data will have to meet … continue reading

Hazelcast offers processing engine

Hazelcast today released the first version of Hazelcast Jet, a distributed processing engine for Big Data streams. Jet integrates with the Hazelcast in-memory data grid to process data in parallel across nodes in near real time. Hazelcast Jet uses directed acyclic graphs to model relationships between tasks in the data-processing pipeline. The system is built … continue reading

IBM pushes accessibility with open-source projects

Today, IBM began a new push to make applications accessible to users with disabilities. The company announced that is has made two accessibility projects available under open-source licenses. These projects are designed to help developers determine if their applications support the needs of those with limited mobility or vision. The two new projects are AccProbe … continue reading

Qubole jumps into the Oracle cloud

Oracle and Qubole announced this morning a collaboration to bring Big Data services to Oracle Bare Metal Cloud. The combined offering is available immediately to Oracle Cloud users. While at Facebook, Qubole cofounders Ashish Thusoo and Joydeep Sen Sarma built the beginnings of the Apache Hive project. Their goal was to make the power of … continue reading

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