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Swift announces new project lead, Embarcadero updates RAD Studio, and Spare5 relaunches as Mighty AI—SD Times news digest: Jan. 11, 2017

Swift is welcoming Ted Kremenek as the new project lead for the Swift project—a change that will not impact day-to-day operations, according to Chris Lattner, Swift and Xcode head, in an announcement. Lattner added that he is still completely committed to Swift, but will move from Apple to Tesla to become the company’s vice president … 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

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Google’s Grumpy, FTC launches IoT challenge, and Apteligent open-sources its Xamarin SDK—SD Times news digest: Jan. 5, 2017

Google has put work into running its millions of lines of Python code, and those efforts have now turned into Grumpy: a new experimental Python runtime for Go. Grumpy translates Python code into Go programs, and it supports Google’s Python codebase. It is meant to be a drop-in replacement runtime for pure Python projects, according … continue reading

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InVision releases Inspect for Photoshop, JetBrains Gogland IDE, and Mozilla Firefox Hardware Report—SD Times news digest: Dec. 15, 2016

InVision has released Inspect for Photoshop, which will let teams easily sync their work to InVision and generate working code with a single click inside Photoshop. Inspect allows development teams to get information faster, and they can work seamlessly with Craft Sync for Photoshop. Work can be synced from Photoshop to InVision using a single … continue reading

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ActiveState announces ActiveGo

Enterprise users have likely had Go envy for some time. Since Google first introduced this high-performance language designed to replace C++ in 2007, it’s been an intriguing language for developers working on highly scalable and reliable systems. Today, however, ActiveState announced that it would be solving one of the biggest problems enterprises still have with … continue reading

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Guest View: Are millennials changing the (software) world?

Some of the most successful CEOs in today’s business landscape are under 30 years old. Specifically in the tech industry, millennials are making a huge impression: They are the first generation of digital natives to enter the workforce and have a strong understanding of how our existing and future digital world operates. We’re undergoing a … continue reading

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Google ships Go 1.7 for speed

The Go programming language has been updated to version 1.7, bringing with it many performance and compile-time speedups. A new compiler back-end has been added, based on static single-assignment form, and according to Google, this addition can bring speedups to applications ranging from 5% to 35%. The compiler improvements don’t end with actual application optimizations, … continue reading

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Google freezes Go 1.7 ahead of beta release

Google’s Go programming language is preparing to advance to version 1.7. Yesterday afternoon, Russ Cox, who works on the Go team at Google, e-mailed the language’s developer list to indicate that the end of this week would be the cutoff point for proposed changes and fixes in the forthcoming 1.7 release. That release should, if … continue reading

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AlphaGo wins last match of Go, Amazon wants to patent paying by selfie, and CloudBees’ new Jenkins certification—SD Times news digest: March 15, 2016

The five matches between champion Go player Lee Sedol and Google’s artificial intelligence program Alpha has come to a close. AlphaGo came out on top, beating the 9-dan professional player four times. The AP noted that this game was thought to be unbeatable by a computer. The head of the DeepMind team, Demis Hassabis, said … continue reading

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Microsoft ending support for VS 2005, Go champion beats AI, and Qualcomm’s new VR SDK—SD Times digest: March 14, 2016

Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, technical support or hotfixes for Visual Studio 2005 as of April 12. The company announced it is ending support for all VS 2005 products, components and runtimes included with them. These products include: Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite … continue reading

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Google’s AlphaGo to take on the world’s best Go player, Apache Flink 1.0, and Windows 10 Mobile rollout—SD Times news digest: March 8, 2016

Google’s artificial intelligence system from Google’s DeepMind unit will try to beat the very top player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go, starting tomorrow. The contest will be livestreamed on DeepMind’s YouTube channel. The five matches can be watched on March 8, 9, 11, 12 and 14. Starting at 8 pm Pacific Time, … continue reading

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Linkapalooza: March 7, 2016

The Linker was abducted by a herd of Chinese acrobats who forced him to jump through hoops and wear a unitard. He successfully escaped by burning through the walls of his cell with extremely bad coffee, and has since been trying to earn the funds required to get him back home to his links by … continue reading

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