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

Cyanogen to be discontinued, Apple’s AI research, Samsung Internet for Gear VR, Mozilla Firefox–SD Times news digest: December 27, 2016

The Android ROM company Cyanogen quietly announced it will be shutting down its services and Cyanogen-support nightly builds over the holiday break. The official end of life for Cyanogen will happen at the end of the year. According to the company, for those who still want to build CyanogenMod, the open-source project and code will … continue reading

Tech companies form Global Virtual Reality Association, Bluetooth 5 now available, and 2016 IoT Hackathon winners announced—SD Times news digest: Dec. 8, 2016

Some top technology companies are teaming up in order to expand virtual reality’s reach. Acer/Starbreeze, Facebook Google, HTC, Samsung and Sony have formed the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA). Together, they will work on developing and sharing best practices for the industry. “The GVRA is a necessary first step toward ensuring great VR experiences for … 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

Tizen .NET developer preview available, Tor Project refreshes Android phone prototype, and Weaveworks announces Weave Cloud—SD Times news digest: Nov. 17, 2016

Samsung has announced the first preview of Visual Studio Tools for Tizen. The new release will enable .NET developers to build Tizen apps for smart TVs, wearables and IoT devices. The official release is expected sometime next year, and will ship on Samsung devices. In addition, Samsung is collaborating with Microsoft on .NET Core, Xamarin.Forms, … continue reading

Microsoft seeks to grow Azure platform with products, partnerships

Continuing on its cloud-first, mobile-first journey, Microsoft today announced that more developers will have access to the company’s Azure cloud platform. At its second Connect conference in New York City this morning, the company said it has joined the Linux Foundation to collaborate with open-source developers, and that Google has joined the .NET Foundation. Further, … continue reading

DeepMind and Blizzard team up, Mozilla introduces FlyWeb, and Samsung set to launch new AI digital assistant—SD Times news digest: Nov. 7, 2016

DeepMind and Blizzard Entertainment are collaborating to open up StarCraft II to artificial intelligence and machine learning researchers globally. According to a DeepMind blog post by research scientist Oriol Vinyais, StarCraft II continues the series’ renowned eSports tradition, as the original StarCraft was played in the late 1990s yet remains popular today. StarCraft is a … continue reading

Samsung will let customers trade in recalled device, Apple in-app promo codes available, and Progress DataDirect Hybrid Data Pipeline available—SD Times news digest: Oct. 31, 2016

Samsung Electronics is trying to do right by its customers by offering those in South Korea the option to trade in their recalled device for a Galaxy S7 phone, according to Se Young Lee in a Reuters report. “Samsung said customers who trade in their Note 7 phone for either a flat-screen or curved-screen version … continue reading

Eyefluence joins Google, report finds smartwatch market decline, and Capriza introduces universal micro apps product—SD Times news digest: Oct. 25, 2016

Eyefluence, a company known for its eye-interaction technology, is joining the Google team. According to a blog post by Michelle Hodgden, marketing manager at Eyefluence, the company has been building advanced eye-interaction technology, and has found ways to interact with augmented and virtual reality displays. With Google, its team can continue to advance eye-interaction technology … 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

Samsung stops production of Galaxy Note 7’s, Loggly integrates with Atlassian’s JIRA Software, and FORPHEUS robot uses AI to play table tennis—SD Times news digest: Oct. 10, 2016

Samsung’s smartphone crisis has worsened after the tech giant suspended production of the Galaxy Note 7 model. This decision comes after reports of replacement smartphones catching on fire. According to Reuters, Top U.S. and Australian carriers also suspended sales or exchanges of Note 7’s, and major airlines strengthened the bans of devices brought onto planes. … continue reading

HP buys Samsung’s printer business, CA updates API management portfolio, and Vim 8.0—SD Times news digest: Sept. 12, 2016

Shortly after HPE’s decision to split-merge with Micro Focus, HP Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Samsung Electronics’ printer business for US$1.05 billion. The goal of HP is to reinvent its printer business, which hasn’t seen innovation in years, according to HP. Samsung has built a portfolio of A3 MFPs (multifunction printer technology for … continue reading

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