Perfecto brings automation to voice apps and virtual assistants

Chatbots are one area of innovation that is driving and changing engagement for digital experiences, and a number of customers and others in the software market are adopting and embedding chatbots within their applications. Like other emerging technologies, chatbots add complexity to applications, which is why companies like Perfecto are trying to knock down that … continue reading

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Bugcrowd’s secret $250K bug bounty, Kony AppPlatform V8, and Git v2.14 — SD Times news digest: August 8, 2017

Bugcrowd is launching a bug bounty program for a secret customer, and the reward is the highest payout on the market today, in line with Microsoft’s recently increased max bug bounty payout of $250,000. The payout for this secret customer is $250,000, and according to the CEO of Bugcrowd, Casey Ellis, “High rewards like this … continue reading

Rancher Labs releases RancherOS, VMware’s intent to acquire Wavefront, and OpenBSD 6.1 — SD Times news digest: April 12, 2017

Rancher Labs has announced the general availability of RancherOS. RancherOS is the company’s simplified Linux distribution for containers. It is designed to make it easier to run containers at scale in development, test, and production. Key features include a minimalist OS, automatic configuration, simple setup, reduced footprint, and extensive platform support. “RancherOS is a minimalist … continue reading

Ten project tools that every development team could use

Every year, new tools, frameworks and languages arrive, and every year developers must sit down and see if they’ll actually save any time by diverting current projects (or planning new ones) with them. We’ve gone through the maternity ward of tooling and picked out the brightest prospects for the coming months and years. Among this … continue reading

The threats associated with enterprise collaboration apps

Using tools and technologies in the enterprise to collaborate and connect with employees and colleagues is not a new concept. But there is a new generation of collaboration apps that are getting smarter as chatbots rise in popularity. The ways in which businesses used to work are being seen as outdated, and more employees want … continue reading

BMW’s new self-driving development center, Firebug merges with developer tools, and Flock launches FlockOS—SD Times news digest: December 21, 2016

BMW is ramping up its self-driving efforts with the development of a new autonomous campus in Unterschleissheim, a town in Germany. “The road to fully-automated driving is an opportunity for Germany’s automobile manufacturing base. The decision to develop and road-test these vehicles in the Munich area illustrates how the BMW Group and the whole region … continue reading

Microsoft takes on next-generation solutions

Microsoft is preparing for the future with announcements this week pertaining to a new chatbot, more details about Project Springfield, and some revelations about Cortana. Cortana is Microsoft’s personal digital assistant currently available on Windows desktop and mobile devices as well as Windows Holographic and Xbox. In a WinHEC presentation by Carla Forester, a principal … continue reading

Guest View: Developing for a bot-driven world: The role of APIs

Personal digital assistants like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana are just the beginning. Soon we’ll be interacting with all manner of applications and online services—everything from managing our calendars to ordering pizzas and reserving hotel rooms—not with the buttons, forms and controls that we’re used to, but by chatting with them using natural language. Or, … continue reading

Author Ray Kurzweil, Google team up to create human-like chatbot ‘Danielle’

People are waiting for the day when artificial intelligence can pass as a human, and with Google and author Ray Kurzweil teaming up to create a human-like chatbot, that day could be around 2029. Kurzweil is an American author and computer scientist, and he’s also one of the drivers behind “Singularity,” a future event where … continue reading

Motion AI in public beta, Rust 1.9, and Intel acquisition to drive IoT—SD Times news digest: May 27, 2016

A platform that allows developers to build, train and deploy chatbots was released into public beta this week. The company behind these chatbots is called Motion AI. It allows anyone to create bots that are designed like a flowchart, using only as many branches as their project requires. Motion AI’s launch for bot deployment includes … continue reading

The Kano Screen Kit, Google’s plan for a messaging app, and Oracle acquires StackEngine—SD Times news digest: Dec. 23, 2015

Kids can build their own computer this holiday. Kano, a computer and coding kit for children ages 6 and up, released the new Kano Screen Kit in time for the holidays. Kids can use the kit to build a computer with plug-and-play pieces, make music, create games, code with Minecraft, and they can also learn … continue reading

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