How security is playing catch-up to the Internet of Things

Smart homes. Smart cities. Smart factories. Intelligent cloud. Intelligent edge. While many still believe the Internet of Things has a way to go before we see widespread adoption, there is no questioning that it is here today. Some things are prototypes upon which larger deployments can be built, and some are already in wide use, … continue reading

MapR unveils six new data science offerings for AI initiatives

MapR is introducing six new data science offerings aimed at customers that are at varying points in their data science journey at the Strata Data Conference happening in NYC today. The six offers are the AI/ML Hack-a-thon, MapR Data Science Refinery, Cybersecurity Advanced Protection, ML Deployment, AI Enablement and ML Rendezvous Orchestration. According to the … continue reading

Microsoft releases Azure DevOps

Microsoft announced Azure DevOps today with the introduction of new tools to help software development teams collaborate to deliver high-quality solutions faster. Azure DevOps was first revealed last year during Microsoft’s Connect():2017 conference. The solution includes Azure pipelines, Azure Boards, Azure Artifacts, Azure Repos and Azure Test Plans. “Working with our customers and developers around … continue reading

Why writing clean code matters

Clean code — a term first coined by Robert C. Martin in his book ‘Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile craftmanship’ — is very relevant in today’s fast-paced, highly complex software development and lifecycle management environments. It makes it easier to evolve or maintain a finished product. Compare it, if you will, to the work … continue reading

MIT CSAIL researchers develop computer vision system for robots

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have announced a breakthrough in their robotics research. The team is presenting the Dense Object Nets (DON) method, a new system that they say will one day make robots useful in home and office situations. The system uses computer vision to enable robots to understand … continue reading

SD Times news digest: DARPA’s AI investment, Samsung’s NYC AI center, and Bitbar’s AI Testbot

DARPA has announced a $2 billion campaign to develop new AI technologies as part of a program called AI Next. DARPA is currently in the process of pursuing over 20 programs to advance AI beyond second-wave machine learning techniques, in addition to the more than 60 active programs related to applying AI in different capacities. … continue reading

Java 11 delivers high-quality features at speed

Java 11, which will be released this month, is the second and final major release of Java this year, following Oracle’s new schedule of putting out a major release every six months. According to the company, one of the goals of this new release schedule was to be able to deliver new features faster. Oracle … continue reading

Are Progressive Web Apps a silver bullet?

By now, you have not only heard a lot about Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), but also seen them live on the web. You may simply not know about it, and that’s fair, since most of the features that make a web app progressive aren’t visible to the eyes of a viewer. According to Google Lighthouse … continue reading

Industry Watch: Software development still starts with requirements

How can companies know that their development process is on track, and that the product they’re developing is actually what they need to provide to customers? Scott Roth, CEO of Jama Software, believes predictive product development is essential for that. The key is visibility into your development processes, and comparing it to benchmarks – either … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Zephyr 6.2 announced, WhiteHat Sentinel Dynamic updated, and MapR’s Apache Spark courses

Zephyr version 6.2 has been announced, on the heels of last week’s announcement that it would be acquired by SmartBear.  The new release adds new features that will offer DevOps teams scalability, performance, and security, according to the company. Key features of the release include test case count, execution analysis, plan vs actual test execution … continue reading

Analyst View: The advantages of Moto Z

I’ve been carrying the Moto Z from Motorola for several weeks now and I’m really falling in love with the modular aspects of this phone. I firmly believe that we have been focused too much on making these things thin, which has made them harder to hold, done ugly things to battery life and thermals, … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Finetune

Enterprise AI solution provider Indico has announced a new open-source project for machine learning and natural language processing. Finetune is a “scikit-learn style model finetuning for NLP,” according to its GitHub page. Finetuning refers to a transfer learning approach that is meant to take a model that is trained on one task and adapt it … continue reading

Google makes it easier to discover datasets with Dataset Search

Google is trying to make it easier to discover datasets with Dataset Search. The hope is that this project will enable data scientists, data journalists, “data geeks” and others to find the data that they need. “In today’s world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data. There are … continue reading

Python Extension for Visual Studio Code now available

Microsoft has announced the August 2018 release of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available. This release features version 4.1.1 of Microsoft’s Python debugger, ptvsd. According to the company, this release is a significant improvement over version 3.0 of the debugger. The debugging engine is now built on top of open-source project … continue reading

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