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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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Swift 3.0, Service Fabric on Linux, and the Project Zero Prize—SD Times news digest: Sept. 14, 2016

Apple’s programming language Swift is getting its first major update since it went open source. Swift 3.0 is available now with significant improvements and refinements. Key features include improved translation of Objective-C APIs in Swift; API guidelines that have been applied to the standard library; package manager C language target support; modernized Playground literals; an … continue reading

Apple acquires AI startup, the DAPRA Cyber Grand Challenge winner, Pokémon GO’s revenue, and Delta’s global computer outage—SD Times news digest: August 8, 2016

According to multiple reports, Apple has acquired artificial intelligence startup Turi for roughly US$200 million. Apple uses AI technology for Siri, but lately the company has been ramping up its efforts in AI, which makes purchasing the Seattle-based company Turi a helpful move, according to Market Watch. Turi aims to help developers and data scientists build intelligent apps … continue reading

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Guest View: Seven security misconfigurations that can jeopardize your Big Data project

Did you hear about the hacking attack carried out a few years ago on AT&T that resulted in exposing the contact details of more than 100,000 iPad users that were stored on their system? It was one of the high-profile attacks that targeted a “security misconfiguration” vulnerability in AT&T’s system architecture. That was not a … continue reading

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Research paper looks at safety issues of artificial intelligence

There’s been much talk about how artificial intelligence will benefit society, but what about the potential impacts that AI has when the system is poorly designed and creates problems? This is a question several researchers and OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company, tackled in a recent paper. The paper was written by researchers from … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Capture the Flag

In an effort to help promote cybersecurity, Facebook is open-sourcing its Capture the Flag (CTF) platform on GitHub. CTF is the company’s hacking competition platform that aims to teach about unfamiliar security technologies as well as exploitation techniques. Facebook has been using its CTF platform since 2013 to educate students about computer science and security. … continue reading

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NASA robot lands at CSAIL, FBI keeps iPhone hack a secret, Apple open-sources CareKit—SD Times news digest: April 28, 2016

The 300-pound humanoid robot that NASA wants to use for space exploration has arrived at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) this week. Researchers at CSAIL, led by CSAIL principal investigator Russ Tedrake will program their new “Valkyrie” robot to autonomously perform challenging tasks that would allow it to replace or help astronauts … continue reading

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Intel releases Arduino 101 source code, free VPN integrated in Opera, and VersionOne Spring 2016 Release—SD Times news digest: April 21, 2016

The real-time operating system that powers the Arduino 101 and Genuino 101 is open source, ready for those who want to use it for studying purposes. This package contains the complete BSP (Board Support Package) for the Curie processor on the 101. It allows developers to compile and modify the core OS and the firmware … continue reading

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Apple is developing new iPhone security to thwart the FBI

Recent reports show Google and other technology companies are standing with Apple in the FBI/Apple conflict, while others like Bill Gates sided with the FBI. Meanwhile, Apple’s engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone, even if they do win the fight. … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: Batten down the patches

It’s that time of year again: Black Hat and Defcon are upon us! That means your systems are all in danger, and your applications should be afraid. Not only will there be (and has already been) an endless stream of new exploits dropped at the shows, but the weekend of Defcon is, effectively, open season … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: When good software developers go bad

By now you’ve probably heard of Ross Ulbricht and Silk Road. When he was apprehended last year in San Francisco and charged with running the world’s largest online drug and illegal goods marketplace, he was at a local library using the wireless network to log in to his black market business. Ulbricht is still claiming … continue reading

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Zeichick’s Take: Innovate in the cloud, cheaply and securely

For development teams, cloud computing is enthralling. Where’s the best place for distributed developers, telecommuters and contractors to reach the code repository? In the cloud. Where do you want the high-performance build servers? At a cloud host, where you can commandeer CPU resources as needed. Storing artifacts? Use cheap cloud storage. Hosting test harness? The … continue reading

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