GPT-3: Advancing the understanding of cues for coding, writing

OpenAI says it is backlogged with a waitlist of prospective testers seeking to assess if the first private beta of its GPT-3 natural language programming (NLP) tool really can push the boundaries of artificial intelligence (AI). Since making the GPT-3 beta available in June as an API to those who go through OpenAI’s vetting process, …

The Coalition for App Fairness formed to counter Apple App Store practices

The independent nonprofit Coalition for App Fairness was formed to promote competition and to protect innovation on digital platforms by providing a roadmap of acceptable practices for operators of the most popular platforms. “As enforcers, regulators, and legislators around the world investigate Apple for its anti-competitive behavior, The Coalition for App Fairness will be the …

SD Times news digest: Algorithmia report reveals companies plan to increase AI/ML spending, new Google Play Console on November 2nd, and PostgreSQL 13

A survey by Algorithmia found that a majority of IT leaders are planning to increase their AI/ML initiatives as a result of the pandemic, and realize that those initiatives should have been a higher priority for their organizations all along.  While 54% of IT leaders responded that their AI/ML projects were focused on financial analysis …

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: WebThings

Mozilla has announced its Internet of Things platform Mozilla WebThings is now an independent open-source project that will now just be known as WebThings. According to the company, it wants to wind down direct investment and transition control and responsibility to the open-source community.  The company first announced the platform for monitoring and controlling devices …

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Swift 5.3 focuses on language refinements

The latest version of the programming language is here. Swift 5.3 focuses on language refinements, the developer experience, and expanding the Swift ecosystem.  New language refinements include adding a string initializer with access to uninitialized storage, synthesized Comparable conformance for enum types, where clauses on contextually generic declarations, refined didSet semantics, and more.  RELATED CONTENT: …

Microsoft announces it will exclusively license OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model

Microsoft has revealed it is teaming up with OpenAI to exclusively license GPT-3. According to the company, this will further Microsoft’s goals to develop and deliver advanced AI solutions for customers, as well as create new solutions that harness the power of advanced natural language generation. GPT-3 is an autoregressive language model that outputs human-like …

TIBCO expands on distributed data management and responsive application mesh vision

TIBCO Software has announced the building blocks for making its Responsive Application Mesh vision a reality at its TIBCO Now 2020 conference this week. According to the company, the Responsive Application Mesh provides a blueprint for building an Agile enterprise, from people to processes and practices. “Digital business needs are evolving faster than ever, now …

SD Times news digest: Accusoft’s new SDK for PDF functionality, Rocket Software announces Rocket OpenAppDev for IBM Z, and Flutter Windows alpha

Accusoft announced its latest SDK, ImageGear PDF, to enable developers to add a variety of PDF functionalities into an application.  ImageGear PDF gives end-users the ability to merge multiple PDFs, rearrange pages within a PDF, add pages or remove pages in a PDF, and more.  ImageGear PDF is available with an optical character recognition add-on …

Apache IoTDB now a Top-Level Project at ASF

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced that Apache IoTDB is now a Top-Level Project.  By graduating to a Top-Level Project, Apache IoTDB has proven that it and its community has been well-governed under the ASF’s processes and principles, the ASF explained. Apache IoTDB is an IoT database that is designed to meet the data, …

OMG launches RFP for IDL of C++ Language Mapping specification

The Object Management Group (OMG) has announced a request for proposal (RFP) for Interface Definition Language v4 (IDL4) for the C++ Language Mapping specification.  According to OMG, this addition to the specification will provide Data Distribution Service (DDS) and CORBA users with an interoperable API for C++, which will allow them to deploy vendor-neutral applications …

Snyk acquires real-time semantic code analysis provider DeepCode

Snyk is looking to bolster its security platform with the acquisition of DeepCode, a provider of real-time semantic code analysis. Through its AI-powered platform, DeepCode is able to assist developers with app quality and security. According to Snyk, the addition of DeepCode will add to its existing open-source security, container security and infrastructure as code …

Swift now available for Windows

Swift, the programming language used for macOS, iOS, and other Apple operating systems, is now available on Windows via downloadable toolchain images. According to the team, there has been a significant push to port Swift to Windows over the past year. Now that effort has reached a point where early adopters will be able to …

SD Times news digest: Windows app development updates, GitLab 13.4, and the Auth0 Marketplace

Microsoft has announced new ways for Windows developers to build applications. The company announced it is working on a unified app platform that will enable developers to leverage new and existing code.  With Project Reunion, the company is working to unify access to Win32 and UWP APIs. “We will provide a common platform for new …

Live long and prosper: New roles for survival in a digital-first world

Navigating the digital-first world requires organizations to explore new frontiers to deliver more value to their customers. While the tech oligopoly can provide customers with digital solutions at warp speed, traditional enterprises need a little help. Many IT leaders, such as CIOs, are taking proactive measures to improve market response through software by adopting practices …

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