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CareKit + ZeroKit, USDOT new automation committee, and Talend Data Fabric—SD Times news digest: Jan. 12, 2017

Apple has announced a new partnership with Tresorit to bring the Tresorit ZeroKit to Apple’s CareKit. Together, developers can provide more end-to-end encryption on their digital health apps and further protect patient data. “Technology can improve patient lives in ways not seen before,” Apple wrote in a blog post. “Yet risks to data security interfere … continue reading

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Swift announces new project lead, Embarcadero updates RAD Studio, and Spare5 relaunches as Mighty AI—SD Times news digest: Jan. 11, 2017

Swift is welcoming Ted Kremenek as the new project lead for the Swift project—a change that will not impact day-to-day operations, according to Chris Lattner, Swift and Xcode head, in an announcement. Lattner added that he is still completely committed to Swift, but will move from Apple to Tesla to become the company’s vice president … continue reading

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Apple’s PDFKit changes, Tor Project/Firefox collaboration continues, and Linux 4.10 rc2: SD Times news digest—Jan. 4, 2017

According to a report confirmed by Apple Insider, Apple has rewritten the PDFKit framework in macOS 10.12 Sierra, with an implementation of a common core with iOS and macOS, ultimately causing numerous issues for software that relies on PDFKit. In Apple Insider’s report, third-party developers have voiced their complaints, including Jon Ashwell, developer of the … continue reading

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Cyanogen to be discontinued, Apple’s AI research, Samsung Internet for Gear VR, Mozilla Firefox–SD Times news digest: December 27, 2016

The Android ROM company Cyanogen quietly announced it will be shutting down its services and Cyanogen-support nightly builds over the holiday break. The official end of life for Cyanogen will happen at the end of the year. According to the company, for those who still want to build CyanogenMod, the open-source project and code will … continue reading

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Polymer 2.0 update, Apple’s App Transport Security support, and Node.js 7.3.0—SD Times news digest: Dec. 22, 2016

The Polymer team took the end of the year to update users on its progress toward 2.0. According to the team. Polymer 2.0 is almost ready to be released, and it will feature a simpler way to build high-quality and performant web apps with high-quality and performant web components. Polymer provides a library that extends … continue reading

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Oculus reveals Carmel developer preview, Google’s plans for HTML5, and Segment teams up with BigQuery—SD Times news digest: Dec. 12, 2016

Oculus wants to bring web content and technologies to mainstream VR devices. The company announced a developer preview of Carmel, a new solution to build for the VR web without a VR-supported browser. “Starting today, you can build experiences for all of these users, and also test them in VR using Carmel. As new devices … continue reading

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Google App Maker, Nokia and HPE team up on IoT, and Apple’s drone initiative—SD Times news digest: Dec. 1, 2016

Google is joining the low-code movement with its new release of App Maker. App Maker is the company’s low-code app development solution designed to help business users develop and deploy custom made apps. “App Maker makes it easy for IT or even citizen developers (including analysts and system administrators) to quickly iterate from a prototype … continue reading

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DeepMind and Blizzard team up, Mozilla introduces FlyWeb, and Samsung set to launch new AI digital assistant—SD Times news digest: Nov. 7, 2016

DeepMind and Blizzard Entertainment are collaborating to open up StarCraft II to artificial intelligence and machine learning researchers globally. According to a DeepMind blog post by research scientist Oriol Vinyais, StarCraft II continues the series’ renowned eSports tradition, as the original StarCraft was played in the late 1990s yet remains popular today. StarCraft is a … continue reading

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SecurityScorecard: Device owner awareness can improve operating system security

There is an ongoing debate as to which popular operating system is more secure. Despite recent claims that Android is more secure than iPhone, any computing device is only as secure as the information security practices maintained by the device owner, according to an expert from SecurityScorecard. While it is true that Android’s “open-source” operating … continue reading

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BlackBerry and Ford drive off together

BlackBerry and Ford are cozying up to enhance the software in vehicles produced by the originator of the assembly line. Ford has agreed to license BlackBerry’s QNX embedded operating system, as well as some of BlackBerry’s security tooling. John Chen, executive chairman and CEO at BlackBerry, said, “The future of the automobile is all about … continue reading

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Samsung will let customers trade in recalled device, Apple in-app promo codes available, and Progress DataDirect Hybrid Data Pipeline available—SD Times news digest: Oct. 31, 2016

Samsung Electronics is trying to do right by its customers by offering those in South Korea the option to trade in their recalled device for a Galaxy S7 phone, according to Se Young Lee in a Reuters report. “Samsung said customers who trade in their Note 7 phone for either a flat-screen or curved-screen version … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: Apple has lost its way

OK, Apple, we get it. You want to converge your product lines into one iOS brand, with one operating system and only two or three lines of products: iPhones, iPads, and iDesktops. This is clearly the vision that Jobs was going for, and it’s an obvious goal on the road map to Apple’s future. Problem … continue reading

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