Amazon Alexa features let developers build more engaging skills

In order to make Alexa more useful and engaging, Amazon introduced two new development features: a Device Address API and a new metrics dashboard. Both the Device Address API and the new metrics dashboard allows developers to build new Alexa skills with deeper insights. As of February this year, there are 10,000 skills available on … continue reading

Facebook’s Create React Native App, Google’s Android fraud botnet Chamois, and Intel Clear Containers updates to v2.1.1—SD Times news digest: March 14, 2017

Facebook announced the Create React Native App for React Native. Create React is a new tool that makes it easier to get started with a React Native project. It’s inspired by the design of the Create React App, and is the result of a collaboration between Facebook and Expo. With this tool, developers can develop … continue reading

SD Times GitHub project of the week: Stethoscope

Just like the medical instrument that checks the beating heart inside of humans, Netflix’s open-source Stethoscope tool collects information from users’ devices, giving them clear insight into how they are operating and what they need to fix to keep them “healthy.” Technically speaking, Stethoscope is a web application that gathers information from users’ devices, giving … continue reading

ClojureScript release brings in new features, XebiaLabs updates enterprise DevOps platform, and Fitbit to cut 6% of staff—SD Times news digest: Jan. 30, 2017

Google sent out an e-mail late last week letting people know that ClojureScript, the Clojure compiler that emits JavaScript source code, has a feature release that includes externs inference and comprehensive JavaScript module support. The release includes externs inference, which “should greatly ease the integration of third-party JavaScript libraries incompatible with Google Clojure advanced compilation,” … continue reading

FTC’s new IoT challenge is a ‘no-win situation’

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a new competition that challenges the public to create a tool that consumers can use to protect their homes from Internet of Things devices. While contestants can use this opportunity to show off their skills, Flexera Software said this challenge is a “no-win situation,” and that it shouldn’t … continue reading

Inferno 1.0, AOL opens Kanvas to developer community, and Algolia community gets Yarn package search—SD Times news digest: Jan. 6, 2017

There’s a new lightweight, fast and mobile-friendly JavaScript library called Inferno, which developers can play around with as version 1.0 launched this week. Inferno is derived from React, so its architecture and life cycles will feel and look similar. But the difference is the computational engines render in a different way, according to Luke Sheard, … continue reading

Drones, robots, and other gadgets for the holiday season

There’s no need to wait until the last minute for holiday gift shopping this year. Some of the newest gadgets for 2016 are either on the market now, or will be just in time for the office gift exchange or a trip to the in-laws. Technology and software companies have been gearing up to release … continue reading

Ubuntu Core 16 released, UNU AI system makes accurate predictions, and business leaders seek entrepreneurial equality—SD Times news digest: Nov. 4, 2016

Companies are continuing to embrace the Internet of Things and its solutions, which is why Canonical today released Ubuntu Core 16 for IoT devices with security updates, along with an app store for intelligent devices. Ubuntu Core delivers security, management, operations and upgradability in its developer-friendly platform, according to a company release. With its snap … continue reading

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

TestPlant survey finds increase in automation, Software AG launches IoT kit, and Samsung discontinues the Galaxy Note 7—SD Times news digest: Oct. 11, 2016

TestPlant has announced the results of its 2016 User Survey, finding that there is a clear increase in the use of automation and application-level load testing. TestPlant gathered almost 200 eggPlant users, and according to those surveyed, test automation is increasing dramatically. The survey found that more than 60% of respondents said they have achieved … continue reading

Veracode announces Developer Sandbox, Appvance UTP ships for enterprise, and Twilio launches Sync—SD Times news digest: July 26, 2016

Veracode announced Developer Sandbox today, a new feature that allows developers and security risk teams to have more control over their application security processes. With this feature, developers can review security processes early in the development life cycle, and they have the ability to scan full applications or components as they write them. This allows … continue reading

Facebook’s new Secret Conversations allows end-to-end encrypted messages

Facebook has rolled out a new communication option called Secret Conversations, which is a new conversation mode in Messenger that allows users to create secret messages that will be encrypted end to end. These messages can only be read on one device with another designated recipient—Facebook excluded. This technology uses Signal Protocol, developed by Open … continue reading

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