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New features for ECMAScript 2016+ in Firefox

The ECMAScript Language Specification continues to gain new features that aim to help developers build web applications. With the latest stable edition of the ECMAScript specification come two new features as well as various minor changes. One of the new features is available in Firefox 52, which is now in beta and will ship in … continue reading

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Linux 4.10 arrives

With more than 13,000 commits, the release  of Linux 4.10 was not as small at Linus Torvalds was expecting. Nonetheless, it arrived over the weekend, bringing with it significant changes, such as the introduction of support for virtual GPUs. With KVM, Linux users can now deploy a virtual GPU, complete with official drivers. This will … continue reading

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Compiler and linker improvements speed up Go 1.8

The Go programming language was updated to version 1.8 yesterday. This release is headlined by performance improvements in the compiler and linker, which yield compilation speedups on all platforms. A major focus of Go has always been real-time performance, allowing applications to speed along without the need for lengthy garbage collection pauses. Go 1.8 is … continue reading

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New Zealand courts software industry

DeveloperWeek in San Francisco played host to numerous tools, frameworks and software companies, but it also played host to one completely unusual exhibitor: an entire nation. That nation was New Zealand. Pam Ford is the head of international partnerships for Auckland tourism, events and economic development. In that capacity, it’s her job to entice software … continue reading

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New Docker feature keeps ‘secrets’

Docker has decided to keep your secrets. The company Friday announced that the newest release of Docker Datacenter includes security-management tools for handling what it’s labeling as “Secrets.” These include API keys, passwords and encryption keys. Docker Datacenter keeps data secure not only at rest, but also in transit. Using encryption, it offers a standardized … continue reading

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IBM pushes accessibility with open-source projects

Today, IBM began a new push to make applications accessible to users with disabilities. The company announced that is has made two accessibility projects available under open-source licenses. These projects are designed to help developers determine if their applications support the needs of those with limited mobility or vision. The two new projects are AccProbe … continue reading

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CoreOS ships Tectonic 1.5 container-based infrastructure platform

CoreOS yesterday released an updated version of its Tectonic infrastructure product. Tectonic 1.5 couples with the latest version of Kubernetes (1.5.2) to provide a container-based infrastructure platform that can automatically update itself. This new release of Tectonic includes support for setting custom worker subnets inside the installer. Also new is support for storage configuration during … continue reading

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Skytree offers machine-learning-as-a-service in latest version

Skytree is hoping to democratize machine learning with its latest release today. Skytree 16.0 brings with it a new machine-learning-as-a-service offering from the company. The on-site and the as-a-service packages seek to ease the process of creating an initial machine-learning model for use in businesses. Alexander Gray, CEO and cofounder of Skytree, said, “We have created … continue reading

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Computer History Museum debuts Make Software exhibit

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. debuts its newest exhibit tomorrow: “Make Software: Change the World.” It highlights the ways in which applications, tools and standards have changed the way we live. John Hollar, president and CEO of the museum, said that the new exhibit “describes stories of how software unlocks the incredible … continue reading

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Google Brain team prepares for machine-learning-driven future

Research on intelligent software systems and machine learning made great strides in 2016, and some of the credit for that goes to the Google Brain team. Going forward, the team said it will continue to conduct machine learning research, especially in areas like healthcare, AI safety, and natural language understanding. The Google Brain team doesn’t … continue reading

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Report looks at the importance of code coverage

Code coverage is a popular technique software teams use to measure the quality of their code, but how effective is it? Codacy, an automated code review and code analytics provider, revealed a study on how different companies perform code coverage, and what happens when they don’t. “Code coverage is arguably one of the most useful … continue reading

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Avoiding tech outages in 2017

The holiday shopping season is coming to a close, but the fear of outages will continue to loom over businesses and developers throughout the new year. Top companies such as Apple, Slack, Southwest Airlines, and Uber faced some of the worst outages in history this year, and they had nothing to do with the holiday … continue reading

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