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

Dev-Oops: Why DevOps efforts fail

The main goal of DevOps is quite simple: ship software updates frequently, reliably, and with better quality. This goal is somewhat “motherhood and apple pie,” since almost every organization will agree that they want to get there. Many will tell you they’ve already embarked on the DevOps journey by following some commonly followed frameworks, such … continue reading

Lawsuit claims Disney illegally tracked children via mobile apps

This is no fairy tale: The Walt Disney Company, Disney Electronic Content, and others are being sued by a San Francisco mother who claims her child was illegally tracked while using a Disney mobile application. According to a report, Amanda Rushing, on behalf of her child, identified in the lawsuit only as “L.L.,” is suing … continue reading

Have I been Pwned? PyTorch v0.2.0, and new vulnerability data from Netsparker — SD Times news digest: August 7, 2017

Troy Hunt, a Microsoft regional director and security guru, released 320 million freely downloadable “Pwned Passwords” to shed light on how many real-world passwords have been exposed in data breaches. The service was created after NIST released guidance recommending that user-provided passwords be checked against existing data breaches. “My hope is that an easily accessible … continue reading

Stack Overflow sunsets Documentation, AGL UCB 4.0, and Amazon considers new cloud service — SD Times news digest: August 3, 2017

Stack Overflow is retiring Documentation on August 8. While Stack Overflow had high hopes for the new initiative, their research showed new users weren’t coming to Documentation, and they needed a larger team to fix Documentation for developers. According to a Stack Overflow entry: “After August 8, 2017 at 1700 UTC, we’ll disable proposed changes … continue reading

U.S. legislation for IoT vulnerabilities, Realm Academy, and Facebook’s video chat device — SD Times news digest: August 2, 2017

This week, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators announced plans to introduce legislation addressing vulnerabilities in IoT devices, which experts say is a threat to global security, according to a Reuters report. According to the report, the bill would require IoT vendors to provide their internet-connected equipment to the government as a way to make sure products … continue reading

Microsoft

Windows Subsystem for Linux, Android O shortcuts, and the Common Voice Project — SD Times news digest: July 31, 2017

When the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ships later this fall, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will leave beta. The company announced WSL will be a fully supported Windows feature in the upcoming update. “This will be great news for those who’ve held-back from employing WSL as a mainline toolset: You’ll now be able to … continue reading

The 2017 Agile Showcase

The notion of Agile software development has been around for more than a decade. The goals, of course, are to have developers work more efficiently, shorten time-to-market of business deliverables, and respond to defects, market conditions or add new features more quickly. This is well understood. What is less well understood is how organizations should … continue reading

Report: DevOps is still considered a new phenomenon

While companies have grasped that DevOps leads to an increase in innovation, DevOps adoption and implementation still remains a challenge for many. Logz.io, an AI-powered log analytics company, released its DevOps Pulse 2017 survey in time for today’s SysAdmin Day, highlighting some of the challenges and benefits to DevOps. The DevOps Pulse report this year … continue reading

Guest View: Beauty vs Brains — A designer’s approach to software development

When most software developers have a new idea they go straight to their computer, I turn off my devices and break out the old fashioned notebook. In high school I liked to sketch and draw, and today I use the same markers and pens to kick off the develop process. I prefer this method because … continue reading

SD Times GitHub project of the week: Ghost 1.0

Ghost, a once tiny prototype idea for blogging, has turned into a fully functional open source blogging platform. The platform today announced its 100th release of Ghost, along with Ghost 1.0, which contains refactors, improvements, and fixes to the entire codebase. The big feature in Ghost 1.0 is a new editor that comes with a … continue reading

Bitbucket Cloud adds new productivity features for developers

Atlassian wants to rid developers of tedious tasks with the addition of four new productivity and coding features to Bitbucket Cloud. One of the new Bitbucket features will introduce the ability to revert a pull request that was merged on a Git repository in Bitbucket’s user interface. Now, Bitbucket will create a new pull request … continue reading

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