Report: Security suffering due to a “zombie code” apocalypse

A majority of codebases contain outdated components, or “zombie code,” which can result in unpatched vulnerabilities lingering long after they should have been fixed. According to Synopsys’ Open Source Security and Risk Analysis report, which was released today, 91% of codebases contain components that are at least 10 versions out-of-date. Furthermore, 49% of codebases contain … continue reading

White House recommends software be written in memory safe languages to improve cybersecurity

The White House Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) is calling on technology leaders to work together to reduce the software attack surface by adopting memory safe programming languages. Memory safety bugs are one of the most prevalent security issues over the last few decades, according to a report published by the office. These … continue reading

JetBrains launches beta for new terminal in all of its IDEs

JetBrains has announced a beta for its new terminal across its IDEs, which will be an overhaul of the terminal that keeps the main functionality of the old terminal and adds newer features that improve productivity and efficiency.  Users running JetBrains IDE 2024.1 or later can switch between the new and old terminal by going … continue reading

Stable Diffusion 3 now in early preview

Stability AI, the company behind the text-to-image AI model Stable Diffusion, has just released an early preview of Stable Diffusion 3.  “With Stable Diffusion 3, we strive to offer adaptable solutions that enable individuals, developers, and enterprises to unleash their creativity, aligning with our mission to activate humanity’s potential,” Stability AI wrote in a blog … continue reading

Google releases Gemma, a new AI model designed with AI researchers in mind

Google is building on the success of its Gemini launch with the release of a new family of lightweight AI models called Gemma. The Gemma models are open and are designed to be used by researchers and developers to innovate safely with AI.  “We believe the responsible release of LLMs is critical for improving the … continue reading

Predibase launches 25 fine-tuned LLMs

Predibase has just announced a new collection of fine-tuned LLMs in a suite called LoRA Land. LoRA Land contains just over 25 LLMs that have been optimized for specific purposes and that perform as well as or better than GPT-4.  Examples of the available models include code generation, customer support automation, SQL generation, and more.  … continue reading

Android 15 developer preview out now

The Android development team has just announced the first developer preview of Android 15.  “Android 15 continues our work to build a platform that helps improve your productivity while giving you new capabilities to produce superior media experiences, minimize battery impact, maximize smooth app performance, and protect user privacy and security all on the most … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: GitButler

GitButler is a Git-based version control client that allows developers to work on multiple branches simultaneously, while maintaining proper version control. It acts as a layer on top of Git that keeps track of the uncommitted changes in a repository.. Changes are grouped into virtual branches, and these branches can be worked in parallel in … continue reading

Microsoft reveals what’s to come in .NET 9

Microsoft released .NET 8 a couple of months ago, and even though .NET 9 isn’t expected to be available until the end of this year, the company is sharing some insight into what it has planned for this upcoming release. In addition to releasing the roadmap, the company also announced that the first preview of … continue reading

Google to transfer developers to Federated Credential Management API in April for cookie-free user authentication

Continuing on its plan of phasing out third-party cookies from Chrome this year, Google has announced that in a couple of months it will be using the Federated Credential Management (FedCM) API as a cookie-free alternative to signing in using Google Identity Services (GIS). GIS allows users to sign into apps or websites using their … continue reading

GitHub Accelerator applications now open for AI-focused open-source projects

GitHub has just opened up a new cohort for GitHub Accelerator, which is a program that provides funding and support for selected open-source projects. The theme of this cohort will be AI in open-source.  “AI is rapidly changing the way we work and live, and open source collaboration is at the core of AI innovation,” … continue reading

Microsoft reveals Spring roadmap for Semantic Kernel

Microsoft is sharing its roadmap for Semantic Kernel for features that will be implemented prior to the Microsoft Build conference in a few months.  Semantic Kernel is Microsoft’s tool for adding and integrating LLM technology into existing applications.  According to the company, the roadmap groups updates into three main categories: V1.0 parity across languages, additional … continue reading

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