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Google TensorFlow Debugger, Jest 19, and the Qt 3D Studio—SD Times news digest: Feb. 21, 2017

Google is introducing a tool designed to help developers debug machine learning models in TensorFlow. TensorFlow Debugger aims to provide visibility into the internal structure and state of TensorFlow graphs. According to the team, compared to other debugging options, TensorFlow Debugger requires fewer lines of code, provides more graph coverage, and offers a more interactive … continue reading

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Android Things Developer Preview 2, ResNeXt, Nokia WING, Rust 1.15.1—SD Times news digest: Feb. 10, 2017

Google has announced the second developer preview of Android Things, the company’s Internet of Things solution for building connected devices with Android. The latest preview includes new features and bug fixes. “Now any Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates direct from … continue reading

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GitHub adds new two-factor lockout recovery features

GitHub wants to make it easier for users to get back into their accounts after they get locked out. The company announced users can now connect their Facebook accounts with their GitHub accounts. “This will help us recover your account for certain two-factor authentication lockout scenarios,” wrote Neil Matatall, GitHub employee, in a blog post. … continue reading

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Parse shuts down

As of yesterday, Facebook has officially shut down the development platform Parse. Facebook acquired Parse in 2013 for its cross-platform capabilities. At the time Facebook said it would continue to offer its products and services. However, in January of 2016, Parse announced it would shut down its services by January of this year. “We’re proud … continue reading

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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

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Facebook shows off fruits of open networking collaborations

Facebook’s work in the world of the Open Compute Project are beginning to yield fruit. The social media company has long made efforts to contribute its own open-source hardware designs to the project’s growing attempts to break out of the standard 1U and 2U server form factors. Today, Facebook engineer Luis Martin Garcia wrote a … continue reading

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Report: Amazon acquires Harvest.ai, new release cadence from React Native, and 451 Research expects application container market to grow—SD Times news digest: Jan. 10, 2017

Amazon has acquired Harvest.ai, a San Diego startup, for US$20 million, according to Business Insider. Harvest.ai has developed technologies that can help find and stop targeted attacks on data, according to Business Insider. With the help of machine learning, the company can learn and detect when an unauthorized person is attempting to gain access to … continue reading

2016: The year artificial intelligence exploded

Artificial intelligence isn’t a new concept. It is something that companies and businesses have been trying to implement (and something that society has feared) for decades. However, with all the recent advancements to democratize artificial intelligence and use it for good, almost every company started to turn to this technology and technique in 2016. The … continue reading

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Watch Zuckerberg’s Jarvis AI in action

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went into 2016 with a mission to build a personal artificial assistant for his home. With 2017 on the horizon, Zuckerberg has released a new video showing how far he has come and how him and his family interact with the AI Jarvis. Zuckerberg communicates with Jarvis through a mobile app. … continue reading

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Zuckerberg’s journey with his AI assistant Jarvis

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg started 2016 off with one goal: to build an artificial intelligence personal assistant. The AI is known as Jarvis, or Just a Rather Very Intelligent System. Now that 2016 is coming to an end, Zuckerberg is sharing what he has accomplished so far. Today, he has built a simple AI designed … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Kickstarter Android and iOS

The popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter has announced it is bringing its Android and iOS apps to open source. According to the Kickstarter engineering team, while building and maintaining features for their apps they have adopted functional programming techniques and written well-tested code. They decided to open-source the apps to share their experience and benefits with … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Jest

Jest, a JavaScript testing framework, was created to run thousands of tests at Facebook, but since this painless JavaScript test runner is open source, any developer can get started by installing it themselves. Jest allows Facebook to virtualize JavaScript environments, utilizing Jasmine assertions by default. Jest is also modular, extendible and configurable, providing browser mocks … continue reading

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