Facial recognition technology

Facial recognition technology persists, remains unregulated

Last week, a slew of people fell for another viral trend without giving much thought to it. The photo editing app FaceApp added a new feature that ages a person’s photo to show what that person would look like if they were old. The app raced to the top of the charts as people thought … continue reading

CockroachDB changes its open-source licensing model

Cockroach Labs has announced that it is switching CockroachDB away from the Apache License version 2 (APL). According to Cockroach Labs, its business model has long relied on the assumption that “companies could build a business around a strong open source core product without a much larger technology platform company coming along and offering the … continue reading

There’s a diversity problem in the tech industry and it’s not getting any better

In the past several years, the tech industry seems to have tried to put more effort into promoting and increasing diversity. But are those initiatives actually working? In many aspects, it seems that the answer is no; things aren’t actually getting any better. According to a 2018 report from the National Center for Women & … continue reading

GDPR one year later: Slow compliance, lax enforcement

It’s been one year since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. The regulation completely changes how organizations need to handle the data of European Union citizens. The impact of the GDPR, though, has been minimal to this point. Compliance has been slow, enforcement has been lax, and organizations are finding that learning … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Instaclustr Certification Framework for Open Source Software

Instaclustr has announced a new certification program for open-source technologies. By certifying those technologies, companies will be able to develop with them with greater confidence. According to Instaclustr, the technologies are rigorously tested and evaluated under this program.  The company will be applying this framework to all of the open-source technologies that it currently supports. … continue reading

Red Hat Summit: Red Hat + NVIDIA, TrilioVault for Red Hat Virtualization, and Instana’s Agent Operator

The Red Hat Summit is taking place in Boston this week, and while Red Hat has used the event to announce a number of new updates, several other companies are also announcing expanded Red Hat offerings as well. Here are a few of the highlights: Red Hat furthers partnership with NVIDIA Red Hat has strengthened … continue reading

Android reveals updates focused on developer productivity

At Google I/O this week, the Android team revealed updates and changes aimed at making Android developers more productive. The future of Kotlin First, the team announced that they will be putting more of a focus on making Android development Kotlin-first. This means that new Jetpack APIs and features will be offered in Kotlin and … continue reading

Microsoft makes big changes to .NET

Microsoft is making big changes to .NET this year and next. The next big .NET release after .NET Core 3.0 will be .NET 5. With the .NET 5 release, there will be a single .NET, which can be used to target Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, tvOS, watchOS, WebAssembly, and more. This single .NET platform … continue reading

What is Rapid Software Testing?

James Bach, co-author of the Rapid Software Testing (RST) methodology, recently spoke with SD Times about the practice, what benefits can be derived from it, and how organizations can adopt it for their own use. SD Times: What is Rapid Software Testing? James Bach: Rapid Software Testing is a methodology for the responsible testing of … continue reading

Serverless moves the responsibility of performance monitoring to developers

Serverless computing puts more power in the hands of the developer. Rather than developing an application and sending it off to IT for deployment, developers can deploy a serverless application themselves, without having to wait on IT operations or their fellow developers. But serverless as a term can be kind of vague. When people refer … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Flow

Last week, the team behind the Flow programming language open-sourced the language. Flow is a language for creating complex, multi-platform apps. Flow was created in 2010, and is sometimes referred to as Flow9 in order to avoid confusion with Facebook’s ‘flow’ typechecker, which came out after. According to the Flow team, Flow is easy to … continue reading

Splunk: Many organizations are hosting “dark data”

Despite the effort being placed on gathering data, it seems that most organizations still aren’t utilizing data properly once they have it. According to Splunk’s State of Dark Data Report, a lot of organizations have “dark data” — data that the organization is unaware of or unable to find, prepare, analyze, or use. The report … continue reading

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