Android HALs, Parasoft Java UTA, and Bluetooth’s mesh networking — SD Times news digest: July 20, 2017

Since updates can be expensive for device manufacturers, Android is separating the vendor implementation from the core Android framework. This will allow platform and vendor components to be updated independently. First, Android needed to isolate the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), which provides an interface between device-agnostic code and device-specific hardware implementations. According to Android, HALs … continue reading

GitLab 9.0, Red Hat Gluster Storage 3.2, Hackster Apps, and IntelliJ IDEA 2017.1 — SD Times news digest: March 23, 2017

After 18 months after it shipped version 8.0, GitLab announced this week that GitLab 9.0 has been released with new features like subgroups and deploy boards. With GitLab 9.0, the company wants to make strides in simplifying its global, group and project navigation. GitLab 9.0 ships with subgroups, which is a new paradigm of groups … continue reading

Google introduces A.I. Duets, ReactOS 4.4 comes with improvements; and Kotlin 1.1 RC released—SD Times news digest: Feb. 17, 2017

Google wants to show developers what Project Magenta can do with its new interactive experiment A.I. Duet. The company launched Magenta into the open-source community last year as a way for developers to explore music with neural nets. A.I. Duet is designed to let users play a duet with their computers. “Just play some notes, … continue reading

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

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

Linus Torvalds: Linux 4.9 is ‘the biggest release’

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.9, a bulky release that contains a larger number of commits than usual, two-thirds of its code consisting of drivers. Currently, Linux 4.9 code in the Git repository contains 56,233 files made up of 22,345,566 lines of code, according to gitstats by Michael Larabel, an engineer and writer … continue reading

Microsoft offers help for cloud hardware

Microsoft today announced Project Olympus. This open-source hardware design was created for the Open Compute Project, and can be modified and extended by the public. This marks the first time the company has contributed an open-source hardware design to the OCP in an early stage of development. Previously, Microsoft had contributed the hardware designs for … continue reading

Researchers design chip that identifies defects, monitors performance

A team of researchers have designed a new solution to malicious circuitry in device chips. The team’s chip contains an embedded module that monitors its own computations and flags defects before attackers can sabotage devices. The embedded module proves its own calculations are correct, and its external module validates the first module’s proofs. Siddharth Garg, … continue reading

Winning hackathon team develops sensors to save the bees

Bee colonies have been on the decline for some time due to environmental pressures, and it’s become a global issue that researchers, farmers, environmentalists, even average citizens are trying to solve. One software development team has joined the fight, and their small device with simple and inexpensive hardware might be one way to bring the … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: AnyPixel.js

If there are any developers out there who have always wanted to create big, crazy, interactive displays with any component, their opportunity has arrived. Since Google open-sourced its software and hardware library on GitHub, developers can now create their own light projects, similar to Google’s own installation in the lobby of its New York City … continue reading

Code Watch: The things you know for sure about programming that just ain’t so

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, it is what you know for sure just ain’t so,” said Mark Twain. Actually, some dude named Josh Billings said it, but continuing to attribute it to Mark Twain is nicely ironic. When it comes to programming, our assumptions give us blind spots. I … continue reading

Facebook is open-sourcing its AI hardware

Facebook has announced plans to open-source its artificial intelligence hardware design. The Open Rack-compatible hardware, codenamed Big Sur, is designed to handle AI computing at a large scale, according to the company. “At Facebook, we’ve made great progress thus far with off-the-shelf infrastructure components and design,” wrote Facebook developers Kevin Lee and Serkan Piantino in … continue reading

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