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Bugdojo launches QA testing tool, Baidu’s Project Apollo, and Facebook’s ‘silent speech’ technology — SD Times news digest: April 20, 2017

Software testing is often overlooked, especially in startups and mid-sized development teams that might not have the right resources or QA team available. Bugdojo, a new bot-powered continuous QA tool, is giving developers access to professional testers who can review the quality of their code without adding expensive teams to their company. “Instead of hiring … continue reading

Computer History Museum debuts Make Software exhibit

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. debuts its newest exhibit tomorrow: “Make Software: Change the World.” It highlights the ways in which applications, tools and standards have changed the way we live. John Hollar, president and CEO of the museum, said that the new exhibit “describes stories of how software unlocks the incredible … continue reading

SecurityScorecard report: Top retailers have major security issues this year

It’s the holiday season, and retailers are watching their online sales climb. Business may be booming for these companies, but shoppers beware: 100% of these retailers have issues with domain security, according to SecurityScorecard’s “2016 Biggest Holiday Retailers Cybersecurity Report.” When it comes to cybersecurity, retailers have a lot to worry about, especially since these … continue reading

Google’s JavaScript Closure Compiler, BuckleScript 1.0, OpenBSD 6.0, and JetBrains YouTrack 7.0 EAP build—SD Times news digest: Sept. 1, 2016

Google announced its Closure Compiler is now available in pure JavaScript for use without Java. The first Closure Compiler was released back in 2009, but this JavaScript compiler will run under NodeJS with support for some build tools, according to Sam Thorogood, developer programs engineer at Google. The Closure Compiler is a JavaScript optimizer, transpiler … continue reading

As Linux turns 25, it lives beyond desktops and mobile devices

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the open-source operating system used to do everything from powering supercomputers to surfing the web: Linux. Linux began its journey 25 years ago, and now it’s a top product platform for apps for smartphones, Internet of Things devices, and computers—all of which primarily run on Linux. Jane Silber, CEO … continue reading

NVIDIA focuses on helping developers with virtual reality challenges

NVIDIA plans on ramping up its efforts to help developers work with virtual reality. The company has been working on virtual reality for about 12 years, and when the company first started, it was mostly in the professional enterprise space, with large immersive display environments. Of course, with the recent boom of consumer headsets from … continue reading

Google’s self-driving car project, Twitter open-sources Heron, and Raspberry Pi 3 for Android—SD Times news digest: May 26, 2016

For a few years, Google’s team has solely been working in the Greater Detroit area. But a recent post on Google+ shows that Google is ready to expand, and is establishing a self-driving technology development center in Novi, Mich. The post said that the current partners of Google are based in Michigan, and having a … continue reading

Security contributions to Apache Milagro, RAD Server, and multi-window design for Android—SD Times news digest: May 12, 2016

A new Apache Software Foundation project called Milagro is currently incubating, and as of this week, it has received contributions from MIRACL, NTT Innovation Institute and NTT Labs. The organizations contributed authentication code to Milagro as a way to establish a new Internet security framework made of cryptographic service providers called Distributed Trust Authorities. The … continue reading

Girls robotics team is taking over New York City

Large robotics competitions for high schoolers are hard to come by, and when they are spotted, most of the time men make up a majority of participants. Forbes recently stopped by the Javits Center in Manhattan last Saturday to check out the FIRST Robotics Competition New York City Regional. But, the reporter wasn’t there to … continue reading

Inventor of modern e-mail Ray Tomlinson dies

When sending an e-mail today, remember that people use the “@” symbol for sending messages because of a man named Raymond Tomlinson. He died Saturday, March 5, of a suspected heart attack, according to reports. E-mails are sent within seconds in today’s modern world, but during Tomlinson’s time, it existed in limited capacity. Electronic messages … continue reading

Hearing-impaired programmer shows a need for accessibility

Hollie Kay built her first website in 1999, despite discouragement from teachers over her taking up “computers” as a lifelong career path. She didn’t pay attention. While her schoolteachers dismissed her lack of following orders as “willful disobedience,” as she puts it, she was really using machines and websites as a way to cope with … continue reading

President Obama announces initiative to get kids into computer science

U.S. President Barack Obama has launched a new initiative to empower American students from kindergarten to high school to learn computer science. The campaign is called Computer Science for All, and the goal is to equip students with computational thinking skills so they can be more than just consumers of technology. CS for All already … continue reading

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