Io.js 3.0, and end-of-life for Apache Log4j 1—SD Times news digest: Aug. 5, 2015

Version 3.0 of the open-source io.js fork of the Node.js JavaScript V8 runtime has been released. Now under the auspices of the Node.js Foundation, io.js 3.0 implements changes in buffers for more performant arrays; adds PPC build support and a new dgram error callback; and has changes to freelist, http, the node module, REPL, TLS … continue reading

The EFF’s ‘Do Not Track’ Web standard, and a privacy hole in the HTML5 Battery Status API—SD Times news digest: Aug. 4, 2015

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), privacy company Disconnect and a coalition of Internet companies have announced a new “Do Not Track” policy setting for browsers. The EFF and the Internet coalition—consisting of AdBlock, DuckDuckGo, Medium and Mixpanel—are calling the policy a standard for browsers to protect users from sites that secretly record and follow Internet … continue reading

Educators, Google tackle the national CS teacher certification problem

The current state of computer science teacher certification is very much in flux. Many states offer no CS certification courses for middle or high school teachers, and even fewer require teacher certifications before teaching CS classes. Tech companies such as Google, Microsoft and Oracle are corporate sponsors of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), which … continue reading

Google’s open beta testing for Android, Samsung’s new Tizen SDKs, and Amazon’s Alexa developer preview—SD Times news digest: Aug. 3, 2015

Google has announced improved beta testing of Android apps in the Google Play Developer Console with a new open beta service. According to the Android Developers blog, developers can use an open beta to invite users with one-click invitations and scale to a large number of testers while also limiting the maximum number. The new … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Phaser

This week’s featured GitHub project was created with the mantra that building HTML5 games should be just as fun as playing them. Phaser is an open-source 2D game framework for building HTML5 games to run on desktop and mobile browsers. The framework supports Canvas and WebGL rendering, and games can be compiled to Android and … continue reading

Researchers develop Buzz, a programming language for robot swarms

Researchers from Cornell University and the École Polytechnique de Montréal have developed a programming language designed to code behaviors for heterogeneous robot swarms. Buzz is an extensible, dynamically typed programming language defining primitive commands for self-organizing robots and swarms of robots. Developers can use the language to code behaviors both from the perspective of a … continue reading

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Microsoft releases Windows 10

Windows 10 is now available as a free upgrade in 190 countries worldwide. Available today for Windows Insiders, Microsoft’s next-gen operating system will be rolled out in stages to Microsoft PC and tablet consumers over the next few days. The free Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will be released later this year. (Related: A preview of … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Software build times are speeding up

Builds are taking less and less time, according to a new SD Times poll of its readers. In a software development life cycle relying increasingly on automated build tools with an emphasis on speed, full production software builds have gone from taking hours and days to minutes and seconds. In our recent poll, 35% of … continue reading

Honda’s 2016 Accord with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and earnings reports from Amazon and CA—SD Times news digest: July 24, 2015

Honda has unveiled its 2016 Accord featuring both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay interface functionality. Honda becomes the first auto manufacturer to roll out a connected vehicle supporting both Apple and Google’s automotive operating systems synced with an Android or iOS device. Android Auto offers 2016 Accord drivers features such as Google Maps, Google Now, … continue reading

Software startup market has shrunk by half since 2009, says study

According to a study by Evans Data Corp. (EDC), the number of new software startups has decreased by 49% since 2009. Based on data from its 2015 Global Developer Population and Demographic Study, EDC said that in North America there are currently 328,000 developers working at companies less than two years old; 369,000 developers working … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: JSCity

JavaScript is empowering JavaScript to build a 3D JavaScript conceptual city. If that sounds meta, it’s because this week’s featured GitHub project, JSCity, is an implementation of the CodeCity source-code visualization environment brought to life with three.js, the popular JavaScript library enabling 3D visualizations, to illustrate facets of the JavaScript programming language as the infrastructure … continue reading

Google’s Top 5 online security practices from experts and users

Google security researchers say “non-expert” Web users overlook software updates—the “seatbelts of online security” as a best practice, along with other misconceptions about safe Web habits. Google researchers have published the results of two surveys, one with 231 security experts and another with 294 Web users, asking respondents what practices they took to keep their … continue reading

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