Microsoft announces new data collaboration repository

Microsoft wants to improve global collaboration among the data research community with the release of Microsoft Research Open Data, a data repository stored in the cloud. The repository will provide a single platform for Microsoft researchers and collaborators to share datasets, technologies, and tools. It will also have an option to copy datasets directly to …

SD Times Blog: Digital Experience East 2018 was all about quality of life improvements

The Internet of Things is growing, with more and more companies building connected gadgets to make our lives easier. Forty-five companies headed to New York City yesterday to showcase their latest gadgets and solutions at Pepcom’s Digital Experience East. Here’s a sampling of some of the products that stood out. BACtrack: BACtrack revealed its latest …

Salesforce Research aims to capture the nuances of natural language processing

The Salesforce Research team is attempting to capture the nuances of natural language processing with a new generalized model. The team described its approach in a recently published a paper on the Natural Language Decathlon (decaNLP). According to Richard Socher, chief scientist at Salesforce who is leading the research team, while natural language processing is …

GitLab 11.0 released with Auto DevOps

GitLab’s complete DevOps vision is becoming a reality in its latest 11.0 release. The company announced the general availability of Auto DevOps. GitLab first announced Auto DevOps last year, with the hope that the concept would help developers deliver their ideas to production faster. Today’s release of Auto DevOps focuses on accelerating enterprise DevOps adoption. …

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Postman announces Newman for API testing

Postman has announced a new command line collection runner dubbed Newman. The open-source tool is designed to run and test Postman Collections directly from the command line. Postman Collections enables developers to group individual requests together and organize them into folders. According to the company, creating collections helps teams stay organized, up-to-date, provides the ability …

SD Times news digest: Linux Foundation releases open-source jobs report, Android Studio 3.2 beta and Rust 1.27

The Linux Foundation in collaboration with Dice.com has revealed the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report. The report is designed to examine trends in open-source careers as well as find out which skills are the most in demand. Key findings included 83 percent of hiring managers believes hiring open source talet is a priority and Linux …

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Snapcraft

Canonical, the company behind operating system and Linux distribution Ubuntu, is looking to help developers package, distribute and update apps for Linux and IoT with its open-source project Snapcraft. According to Evan Dandrea, engineering manager at Canonical, Snapcraft “is a platform for publishing applications to an audience of millions of Linux users.” The project was …

Google introduces new biometric authentication API for Android P

Google is looking to improve biometrics in its upcoming operating system Android P. The company announced developers can start using the BiometricPrompt API to integrate biometric authentication into their apps. According to Google, biometrics are an important part to keeping users safe. Apps and devices typically utilize knowledge factors, possession factors and biometrics factors for …

Flutter release preview 1 now available

Google’s mobile SDK for creating native applications is one step closer to its 1.0 release. They announced Flutter Release Preview 1 this week. According to Google, this release signals a new phase of development for the SDK. “The shift from beta to release preview signals our confidence in the stability and quality of what we …

SD Times news digest: V8 6.8, Google Play developer features, and Oracle’s donation to Apache NetBeans

V8 version 6.8 is now available. V8 is an open-source JavaScript engine developed by Google and used in Google’s open-source browser Chrome. The latest release focuses on memory, performance, WebAssembly and APIs. To avoid memory leaks, the latest version lets the context point to a ScopeInfo in order to break down dependencies. According to the …

Industry Spotlight: Web development tools, frameworks evolve quickly

Changes in technology have led to changes in how web applications are created. And that has caused some consternation among web developers. A decade ago, the development choice was to use .NET or Java, which meant WPF or ASP.NET for Microsoft developers. Java has been a bread-and-butter language for a long time, so that’s a …

Report: Can Kotlin compete with Java?

Java continues to dominate the programming language space for developers, but a new report reveals that Kotlin may soon knock it out of the top spot for mobile development. Packt released the results of its 2018 Skills Up report designed to look at the trends and tools software developers are using today. The 2018 Skills …

Microsoft acquires Bonsai for its deep learning reinforcement platform

Microsoft has taken the next step in its plan to grow its AI capabilities with the acquisition of Bonsai. The AI startup is known for its deep reinforcement learning platform designed to help developers integrate AI into complex and dynamic systems. “To realize this vision of making AI more accessible and valuable for all, we …

Facebook open sources its binary optimization and layout tool for large-scale apps

Facebook is looking to help engineers accelerate their large-scale applications with BOLT. The company announced it is open sourcing the binary optimization and layout tool this week. According to Facebook, BOLT can be used for optimizing placement of instructions in memory, and is designed to reduce CPU execution time by two to 15 percent, though …

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