Apple’s LivePhotosKit JS, Lyrebird’s voice imitation algorithm, and Augmenta Studio — SD Times news digest: April 24, 2017

Apple has announced a new Live Photos API for developers. The JavaScript-based API, LivePhotosKitJS, enables developers to provide Live Photo features on iOS and macOS. Live Photos enables users to relive their favorite moments with images that provide both movement and sound. In addition, the company is providing SDKs to help developers build apps that … continue reading

Facebook focuses on the developer community at F8

Facebook’s annual developer conference F8 kicked off today in San Jose with a strong focus on building community. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, took to the stage to stress the importance of bringing people together. According to Zuckerberg, Facebook for the past decade has been focused on connecting friends and family, but the … continue reading

VR problems now just regular problems

In years past at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, VR has been the thing of secret behind-closed-doors demos, and long lines for the peons. It was enough to have the hardware and a single demo to show it off, and you’d have lines around the booth. But this year, VR is just another … continue reading

Oculus team welcomes former Xiaomi executive

Facebook continues to drive into the future of virtual reality, and this week the Oculus team received a new leader: Hugo Barra, former vice president of Chinese company Xiaomi. Barra said that he is coming to Silicon Valley to lead Facebook as the new vice president of virtual reality, which includes Team Oculus. Mark Zuckerberg, … continue reading

CSAIL creates algorithm that can make predictions in videos, RDM available for Firefox Developer Tools, and Technavio report maps out VRD market growth—SD Times news digest: Nov. 28, 2016

Humans are able to understand their surroundings without much thought, but teaching machines to predict future actions can be challenging for researchers. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have made advancements recently to tackle this. CSAIL researchers have developed a deep learning algorithm that can create a brief video that simulates the future … continue reading

GE expands deep machine learning capabilities, Red Hat announces new developer tools, and IEEE displays the impact of future technologies—SD Times news digest: Nov. 15, 2016

At GE’s Minds + Machines conference, the company announced new products and acquisitions that aim to transform how companies operate. GE’s advancements in the Predix platform will grow its connected machine and deep machine learning capabilities, as well as provide developers and industrial companies with the tools they need for digital transformations. Some highlights from … continue reading

Google’s Project Tango comes to market, Microsoft Flow makes it easy to automate tasks, and Red Hat releases Ansible 2.2—SD Times news digest: Nov. 1, 2016

Google’s mobile virtual reality solution is finally becoming a reality with the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Google announced in June that Lenovo would provide the first Tango-enabled phone, and the device has finally begun to ship. It will come with more than 35 Tango apps with augmented reality capabilities. According to Google, with the Tango-enabled … continue reading

Analyst View: These technologies can change the world

Think back just a few years: Social, mobile, cloud and Big Data ruled the emerging technology landscape. Business and technology-management executives wondered what Big Data meant, when the cloud would disrupt their companies, and how to engage effectively on social channels. In 2016, Hadoop turned 10, the cloud has been around even longer, and social … continue reading

Gartner’s Top 10 technology trends for 2017

Gartner is giving organizations insight into what they can expect next year with its annual Top 10 strategic technology trends of 2017. The predictions are designed to provide organizations with an understanding of the technologies that are emerging and having an impact to society. According to the organization, the trends can be split into three … continue reading

Gartner makes predictions about the ongoing digital transformation

Digital transformation is upon us, and Gartner believes it will continue to fuel our future and the future of businesses. The organization announced its top predictions for IT organizations and users going forward, as well as the five domains a digital platform should cover at its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 in Orlando. According to Gartner, the … continue reading

The New Visual Studio: Prepping for a future beyond Windows

Microsoft Visual Studio is the most popular integrated development environment in the world, but the target keeps moving for IDEs. As device, language, platform and application diversity expand ever more rapidly, Redmond is working overtime to make its already powerful developer tools irresistible—to both the faithful and the uninitiated. The technologies and experiences that are … continue reading

Vision Mobile’s state of the developer nation report, Android SDK and Lyft Button, and Apple announces App Store changes—SD Times news digest: Sept. 2, 2016

Developers’ interest in Android is increasing, according to a new developer report from Vision Mobile. The report, “Developer Economics: The State of the Developer Nation Q3 2016,” found that 47% of developers are prioritizing Android in their development efforts, which is up 7% from the last six months. As a result, the number of developers … continue reading

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