Google Cloud Spanner, Android Things Developer Preview 4, and Sencha announces ExtReact — SD Times news digest: May 17, 2017

Google’s horizontally scalable, strongly consistent relational database service, Cloud Spanner, is now production ready. The company first introduced the solution in February of this year. Cloud Spanner is designed for mission-critical OLTP applications and enterprise databases. “Cloud Spanner also offers additional accuracy, reliability and performance in the form of a fully-managed cloud database service. Thanks … continue reading

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Git 2.13, MobileTogether 3.2, GDPicture.NET SDK version 14 and Apple’s acquisition of Beddit — SD Times news digest: May 10, 2017

The open-source distributed version control system Git has reached version 2.13. The latest release includes features and bug fixes, as well as a brief security announcement. According to the Git team, version 2.13 fixes a git shell program vulnerability for those running their own Git hosting server. The release also includes SHA-1 collision detection to … continue reading

Oracle to acquire Wercker, SnapLogic’s machine learning tech, and NodeSource N|Solid for Alpine Linux — SD Times news digest: April 18, 2017

Oracle has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the continuous integration platform provider Wercker. Wercker enables organizations and development teams to reach CI and continuous delivery goals with microservices and Docker with its container-centric and cloud-native automation platform. According to Oracle, with Wercker the company can continue its mission of democratizing developer tooling for … continue reading

Amazon Alexa features let developers build more engaging skills

In order to make Alexa more useful and engaging, Amazon introduced two new development features: a Device Address API and a new metrics dashboard. Both the Device Address API and the new metrics dashboard allows developers to build new Alexa skills with deeper insights. As of February this year, there are 10,000 skills available on … continue reading

RethinkDB is shutting down, Qt Quick Controls, and Sensory gives developers Alexa voice control—SD Times news digest: Oct. 6, 2016

RethinkDB, an open-source database for real-time web functionality, is shutting down despite all efforts to turn it into a database technology business. Slava Akhmechet, founder of RethinkDB, wrote that the members of the RethinkDB community are developing a continuity plan for RethinkDB and Horizon. Both projects will still be available and distributed under open-source licenses. … continue reading

Amazon’s AI challenge, beta 10 of C#/XAML for HTML5, and Rust 1.12 released—SD Times news digest: Sept. 30, 2016

Amazon is hosting its annual competition for university students who are passionate about accelerating the field of artificial intelligence. The challenge this year is focused on developing a social bot, which Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can use to communicate with humans on popular topics or events. For this challenge, teams will have to work in … continue reading

Altova’s MobileTogether 2.1 gets new features, Amazon adds Smart Home Skills API, Anchore wants to make software safer—SD Times news digest: April 6, 2016

Altova announced this morning new pricing and functionality for MobileTogether 2.1, a framework for building and deploying native mobile apps. Version 2.1 introduced more than 20 features based on developer feedback, from functionality for building tables, to error-handling actions, and also flexible options for UI design. With MobileTogether 2.1, the app development environment is free … continue reading

Google’s open beta testing for Android, Samsung’s new Tizen SDKs, and Amazon’s Alexa developer preview—SD Times news digest: Aug. 3, 2015

Google has announced improved beta testing of Android apps in the Google Play Developer Console with a new open beta service. According to the Android Developers blog, developers can use an open beta to invite users with one-click invitations and scale to a large number of testers while also limiting the maximum number. The new … continue reading

Amazon drops $100 million investment on Alexa voice technology

Amazon has announced it will, along with other investing companies, invest up to US$100 million to fund voice-based technology innovation. The Alexa Fund, named after the digital assistant service in the Amazon Echo device, will invest in people and companies developing hardware products that would benefit from Alexa’s voice interface; new features and functionality for … continue reading

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