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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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Guest View: Why the software monetization industry needs a major facelift

The software monetization industry is at a crossroads today. In contrast to mobile app developers who have a variety of app monetization methods to choose from, software developers often struggle to build out solid monetization strategies. This, coupled with the challenge of software discovery and distribution, drastically hinders software developers’ ability to churn out new … continue reading

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Pebble migrates to Fitbit, Cisco’s plans to end Intercloud Services, and ANTLR 4.6 released—SD Times news digest: Dec. 16, 2016

Pebble has detailed what will happen to its software and services now that it has become a part of the Fitbit family. Fitbit will keep Pebble’s software and services running through 2017. The elements that will remain in service include the Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, the developer portal, and the … continue reading

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Gemalto acquires 3M, enters commercial biometrics market

Gemalto announced today that it will acquire 3M’s identity-management business, which will become a part of the Gemalto Government Programs business. The agreement to acquire 3M’s identity-management business totaled US$850 million, and it includes 3M subsidiary Cogent. The closing of this transaction is expected to start in the first half of 2017. When the acquisition … continue reading

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OpenMake Software turns its ARA solution into open-source offering

OpenMake Software wants to improve how developers use the Continuous Delivery pipeline with its recently open-sourced Application Release Automation (ARA) solution, Release Engineer, which is based on version 7.7 of the ARA solution and offered under the FreeBSD license. According to cofounder of OpenMake Tracy Ragan, the ARA solution is fully functional and will have an … continue reading

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Netflix’s open-source project Hollow, NVIDIA’s deep learning kits for educators, and new IBM Bluemix integrations—SD Times news digest: Dec. 6, 2016

Netflix announced a new open-source project called Hollow, which is a Java library with a comprehensive toolset for “harnessing small to moderately sized in-memory datasets, which are disseminated from a single producer to many consumers for read-only access,” according to a blog post by Drew Koszewnik, software developer for Netflix. Hollow focuses on performance, agility … continue reading

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CA Technologies acquires Automic to broaden its cloud automation portfolio

CA Technologies continues to add to its cloud-based capabilities with its recent acquisition of Automic, a European business automation software company. The transaction, according to CA Technologies, is valued at approximately €600 million and it has been approved by both boards of directors. The transaction is expected to close in January 2017, the fourth quarter … continue reading

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Amazon Go in beta, Tableau releases data education report, and Uber debuts Uber AI Labs and new acquisition—SD Times news digest: Dec. 5, 2016

Amazon has introduced a beta of Amazon Go, a 1,800 square-foot location in Seattle that uses deep learning and sensors to keep track of what people are buying. The goal of Amazon Go is to create “a new kind of store with no checkout required,” according to the company. Shopping at the Amazon Go store … continue reading

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Rogue Wave Software acquires Akana, SourceClear announces major product features, and Pneuron unveils new capabilities for its orchestration software—SD Times news digest: Nov. 29, 2016

Rogue Wave Software has acquired Akana, a company that specializes in managing and securing APIs. According to Rogue Wave CEO Brian Pierce, the acquisition will build on Rogue Wave’s commitment to software development, and it will extend its efforts into web, mobile and IoT. The Akana API platform is currently available in three editions, which … continue reading

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CSAIL creates algorithm that can make predictions in videos, RDM available for Firefox Developer Tools, and Technavio report maps out VRD market growth—SD Times news digest: Nov. 28, 2016

Humans are able to understand their surroundings without much thought, but teaching machines to predict future actions can be challenging for researchers. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have made advancements recently to tackle this. CSAIL researchers have developed a deep learning algorithm that can create a brief video that simulates the future … continue reading

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