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My career began in general circulation newspapers. Today, these organizations are facing digital transformations, and are feeling the pain of adopting new tools, creating new processes and workflows, and changing the culture of journalists. (We know most people dislike change; grizzled, curmudgeonly writers and editors especially hate change.) Friends throughout that industry tell me that …

Microsoft urges tech companies to create safeguards for facial recognition

As facial recognition technology advances, Microsoft is worried about how it could be taken advantage of. For instance, users could be unknowingly tracked everywhere they go. As a result, the company is asking technology companies to start taking action. “The facial recognition genie, so to speak, is just emerging from the bottle. Unless we act, …

Analyst View: Making Java a modern language

Programming languages go through cycles of adoption. A nice visual timeline of popularity as measured by TIOBE shows Java dominant since the index began in 2002, with C showing close tracking and resilience throughout, and with C++, Python, and VB.NET falling into the next cluster that formed through 2018 at half the percentage rating. Other …

Microsoft brings Chromium to Edge to reduce web development fragmentation

Microsoft has announced plans to adopt Chromium into Microsoft Edge on desktop. Chromium is an open-source web browser project created by Google. According to Microsoft, this move will provide better web compatibility for customers and less web fragmentation for web developers. In addition, Microsoft will start to contribute to the Chromium project. “Ultimately, we want …

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SD Times news digest: Qt 5.12, Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.1 and Linux’s new open source, Linux and Git courses

Qt has announced the latest version of its cross-platform software development framework for building apps, user interfaces and embedded devices. Qt 5.12 comes with long-term support, improved performance and quality updates. Features included reduced memory consumption support for asset conditioning, TableView, input handling, support for Python, remote objects and WebGL streaming plugin, and updates to …

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Crossplane

With the release of open-source multi-cloud management interface Crossplane, cloud services developer Upbound wants to provide an open and consistent way to handle integrations with whichever cloud platforms you throw at it. “Crossplane presents a declarative management style API that covers a wide range of portable abstractions including databases, message queues, buckets, data pipelines, serverless, …

Tasktop improves end-to-end value flow

DevOps and Agile are common practices, but they’re not enough to ensure the timely delivery of value to the business.  While DevOps improves software delivery from code commit to code release and Agile improves the ability to create value via improved delivery timeframes, complete insight into the value that software teams deliver tends to go …

Rust team releases Rust 2018, plans for Rust 2019

The Rust programming language team has announced the first major edition of Rust since 1.0 was released in 2015. Rust is a Mozilla-backed systems programming language focused on safety and concurrency. The 2018 version of the language is a culmination of the past three years, according to the team. It includes improvements to tooling, documentation, …

The Linux Foundation forms new Automated Compliance Tooling project

The Linux Foundation is working on improving open-source compliance with the formation of a new project. The Automated Compliance Tooling (ACT) project has been set up to consolidate investments, increase interoperability and help organizations manage compliance obligations. According to the foundation, while the use of open-source code is becoming very popular, it is important to …

Guest View: Knowledge graphs — The path to true AI

Knowledge is the foundation of intelligence— whether artificial intelligence or conventional human intellect. The understanding implicit in intelligence, its application towards business problems or personal ones, requires knowledge of these problems (and potential solutions) to effectively overcome them. The knowledge underpinning AI has traditionally come from two distinct methods: statistical reasoning, or machine learning, and …

SD Times news digest: WhiteSource Bolt, Visual Studio IntelliCode’s new languages, and Qlik’s AI capabilities

WhiteSource has made its developer tool, WhiteSource Bolt, free for GitHub and Microsoft Azure DevOps users. The tool makes it easier for developers to securely work with open-source components in their environments. “We are excited to strengthen and expand our offering for developers,” said Rami Sass, CEO of WhiteSource. “WhiteSource Bolt was designed to make …

Instana announces new tracing capabilities

Instana is giving developers a new way to capture and trace user requests across languages and microservices. The APM company announced AutoTrace, designed to analyze traces from any source including open-source technologies, Jaeger, and Zipkin. In software, tracing is a form of logging and recording information about tasks or executions. “As DevOps teams are adopting …

iPaaS: The middleware for hybrid, multicloud

Adoption of integration platform-as-a-service solutions for combining disparate services into a cohesive application has seen a steady but slowing growth among businesses. Gartner Research found in its “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service” report that more than 50,000 companies globally have implemented some form of iPaaS as of 2017. And, Gartner writes, …

Applitools Root Cause Analysis pinpoints CSS and DOM bugs in web applications

Application visual management company Applitools released Root Cause Analysis (RCA) today, a module for the company’s visual testing suite that allows for more accurate identification of bugs in web applications through automated tests and visual comparisons. The utility is capable of automating much of the time-consuming effort that goes into pinpointing which elements of a …

Angular Console introduces simpler UI for Angular CLI

A new developer tool is being introduced into the Angular ecosystem to provide a simpler UI for the Angular CLI, the command line interface for the open-source front-end web application platform. Angular Console has been under development for the last three months by Angular development consultation company Narwhal and the Angular team. It was designed …

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