IBM InterConnect: IBM Blockchain, IBM Bluemix Container Service, new Watson tools, and multi-cloud capabilities

IBM is giving developers more tools to work with blockchains, multi-cloud environments, cognitive services, and financial services. The company, at its annual IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas this week, announced the release of the IBM Blockchain, an enterprise-ready blockchain service based on the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric 1.0. The new service is designed to … continue reading

2016: The year artificial intelligence exploded

Artificial intelligence isn’t a new concept. It is something that companies and businesses have been trying to implement (and something that society has feared) for decades. However, with all the recent advancements to democratize artificial intelligence and use it for good, almost every company started to turn to this technology and technique in 2016. The … continue reading

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

Microsoft announces UWP Community Toolkit 1.2, JS++ 0.4.2.2 released, and IBM launches Watson IoT Consulting Solutions—SD Times news digest: Nov. 21, 2016

Microsoft has announced the availability of UWP Community Toolkit 1.2, which focuses on stabilizing features and added the most requested features that were missing. A quick preview of the release: seven new helpers were added to help with everyday tasks. There is a new BackgroundTaskHelper, which helps developers work with background tasks, and there is … continue reading

Kaspersky Labs creates own operating system, IBM creates new data-driven features, and CA Technologies announces new agile capabilities—SD Times news digest: Nov. 18, 2016

Kaspersky Labs developed a black box that is a protected Layer 3 switch powered by the Kaspersky operating system for networks with extreme requirements for data security. According to Eugene Kaspersky, a cybersecurity expert, this technology will be applied to other Internet of Things devices, because the operating system is “ideal for applications where a … continue reading

IBM Watson, Topcoder bring AI capabilities to more than 1 million developers

In order to help developers tap into the true potential of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing capabilities, Topcoder (a global software development community) and IBM are partnering to allow a larger number of developers to have access to Watson services and speech APIs. Specifically, this partnership allows IBM to expand the number of developers working … continue reading

Apple’s new MacBook Pro, Datadog reveals machine learning feature, and IBM and Slack bring Watson to developers—SD Times news digest: Oct. 28, 2016

Apple’s launch event introduced the company’s new MacBook Pro, which comes with a new Touch Bar (a multi-touch glass strip built into the keyboard for instant access of tools). For the first time, Touch ID is available on the Mac. The new model includes high-performance processors, better storage, and better graphics. Speakers have been redesigned … continue reading

IBM preps Watson for a busy month

IBM today unveiled updates to its Watson platform. The company kicked off its World of Watson conference with some product announcements for the platform that will be further detailed in two weeks at the Watson Developer Conference in San Francisco. The platform was expanded today to include more tools for developers and integrations with other … continue reading

IBM unveils Project DataWorks, QASymphony launches qTest Insights 2.0, and developers describe roadblocks to their work—SD Times news digest: Sept. 27, 2016

In order to make it easy for businesses to collect and organize their data, IBM has introduced Project DataWorks, an initiative from Watson that uses the cloud-based data and analytics platform to integrate all types of data while enabling AI-powered decision-making. Project DataWorks is available on Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud platform, and it aims to redefine … continue reading

Apple to open Siri to developers, Twilio updates, and Microsoft to lay off employees—SD Times news digest: May 25, 2016

As a way to compete with the other voice assistants, sources say that Apple will allow software developers to connect their apps to Siri for the first time, according to a report with Fortune. Another report with The Information tech news website said that Apple might even create a device that is similar to the … continue reading

Spotify is moving to the Google Cloud, Java 9 addresses GTK 3 GUI toolkit , and Twitter introduces a Fabric mobile app—SD Times news digest: Feb. 24, 2016

Spotify has announced it is working with the Google Cloud Platform team to provide platform infrastructure for Spotify everywhere. In the past, Spotify has taken a traditional approach by buying or leasing data center space, server hardware and networking gear close to its customers. This has allowed it to deliver music instantly, wherever the customers … continue reading

Lauri Saft: From the Air Force to IBM

During her time at the Air Force Academy in the early 1990s, Lauri Saft would look at her squadron and see nearly every seat filled by a man. (Indeed, the ratio of men to women was about 10:1.) She learned early on not to see “men versus women,” but to value the unit as a … continue reading

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