HP announces Grommet framework, Machine architecture and company split plans

HP rolled out a slew of new products and company announcements at the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas, including the Grommet open-source app development framework, new Machine architecture, and a timeline for its split into HP Inc. and HP Enterprise. In addition to the developer-focused functional test automation solution covered earlier in the week, … continue reading

Google moves Dart to GitHub, Yahoo closes Pipes, Maps and APIs, and Hitachi completes Pentaho acquisition—SD Times news digest: June 5, 2015

Google has moved the code repository for its Dart programming language and ecosystem onto GitHub. The company also announced it is shutting down the Chrome Dev Editor project, its JavaScript and Dart code editor. Existing pull requests will be merged onto GitHub, and Google will continue development in the form of the Chrome Apps platform, … continue reading

Visual Studio Code 0.3.0, Magic Leap’s SDK, and the Project System Extensibility SDK—SD Times news digest: June 3, 2015

Microsoft has released version 0.3.0 of Visual Studio Code, its cross-platform code editing tool announced at Build. Visual Studio Code 0.3.0 includes new features and updates to keybinding, the command line, multi-cursor, comment actions, wrapping controls, debugging and more. There is also expanded language support for Rust, JavaScript semantics and syntax, TypeScript 1.5, and smarter … continue reading

Windows Store app certification policy, IBM’s industry-specific predictive analytics, and Chevrolet’s connected auto compatibility—SD Times news digest: May 28, 2015

Microsoft is working to improve its Windows Store experience by enforcing a more rigid app certification policy. The 10.1 policy will apply to new and existing customers, and is designed to eliminate app store clutter, ensure apps are appropriately priced, distinguish between informational and non-informational apps, and ensure apps have relevant titles and keywords. Microsoft … continue reading

Oculus acquires Surreal Vision, Sencha releases Ext JS 6 beta and the Bash Data Platform—SD Times news digest: May 27, 2015

Oculus has announced the acquisition of Surreal Vision, a computer vision team that works on real-time 3D scene reconstruction. With Surreal Vision, Oculus will be able to create an accurate representation real-world objects in virtual worlds, according to the company. “At Surreal Vision, we are overhauling state-of-the-art 3D scene reconstruction algorithms to provide a rich, … continue reading

Hyundai rolls out Android Auto-enabled vehicle, Windows 10 for Android and iPhone, and more BlackBerry layoffs—SD Times news digest: May 26, 2015

Hyundai has announced ahead of Google I/O later this week that the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the first consumer vehicle to integrate Google’s Android Auto automotive OS. Hyundai will offer 2015 Sonata owners with navigation features in a free software update that integrates Android Auto into the car’s interface. Android Auto will provide Sonata features … continue reading

A Windows 10 PC build, questioning password security questions, and new AWS SDKs—SD Times news digest: May 21, 2015

Microsoft has announced that its Windows 10 insider preview build 10122 for PCs is now available. According to Gabe Aul, engineering manager at Microsoft, the build is more stable and polished, and future builds will become less feature-centric and more focused on fine-tuning. The build includes Start and Continuum improvements, the new tab page for … continue reading

Preemptible VMs for Google’s cloud, Rust 1.0, and Meteor raises $20 million—SD Times news digest: May 19, 2015

Google has announced Preemptible Virtual Machines, a new beta cloud technology for Google Compute Engine. Preemptible VMs are cloud instances that can be shut down at any time for short-term storage capacity at a low fixed cost. Google recommended them for distributed, fault-tolerant workloads that don’t require continuous availability of any single instance. The temporary … continue reading

Firefox DRM support, Puppet Labs Spring 2016 IPO plans and Samsung’s ARTIK platform—SD Times news digest: May 13, 2015

Mozilla has announced an update to Firefox 38, and despite the company’s dislike for Digital Rights Management (DRM), support will be included for it in the update. “We don’t believe DRM is a desirable market solution, but it’s currently the only way to watch a sought-after segment of content,” wrote Denelle Dixon-Thayer, senior VP of … continue reading

Alive coding extension for Visual Studio, problems with Google’s self-driving cars, and Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion—SD Times news digest: May 12, 2015

Code Connect, a Microsoft developer tooling startup, has announced Alive, a live coding extension for Visual Studio 2013 and 2015. It provides immediate code feedback to developers with an immediate watch window directly inline with the code, accessible during design without launching the application. The extension currently supports only C# and .NET framework 4.5, as … continue reading

io.js 2.0, Facebook deep links mobile app ads, and Google’s DartPad—SD Times news digest: May 8, 2015

Version 2.0 of io.js, the popular fork of the Node.js server-side JavaScript runtime platform, has been released. io.js 2.0 adds conformance to for the coming ECMAScript 6 specification of standardized JavaScript, as well as support for the latest version of Google’s Chrome V8 engine. In addition to ES6 features such as classes, the release adds … continue reading

Tattoos hinder Apple Watch performance, Apple’s Q2 earnings, and Project Tungsten—SD Times news digest: April 29, 2015

If you have any dark tattoos on your wrist, Apple Watch may not work for you. According to iMore, a website dedicated to Apple, a user’s tattoo can interfere with the watch’s ability to track his or her heart rate. It also affects the watch’s ability to detect skin contact. Users experiencing this problem can … continue reading

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