SD Times news digest: Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe framework, Apple acquires AR company, and Google redesigns Wear OS notifications

The Open Mainframe Project wants to bridge the divide between modern apps and the mainframe with a new open-source software framework. Zowe is based on z/OS, an operating system for IBM mainframes. The framework is being worked on by Rocket Software, IBM and CA Technologies. “The Zowe mission is to enable delivery of such an … continue reading

The reality of augmented reality

While the first thing that might come to mind when picturing the near-future applications of augmented reality are snazzier Snapchat filters, for major players in AR development, it has serious potential in business environments, with a definite roadmap, and the use cases have already been illustrated. Hardware manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker, for instance, has … continue reading

Niantic to open up its AR platform to third-party developers

Niantic made headlines two years ago when it launched Pokémon GO and changed everything. It became one of the most popular mobile apps in history, and set the landscape for augmented reality developers. Today, the company is providing a preview of its Niantic Real World Platform for the first time publicly, and giving developers the … continue reading

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Mapbox brings vision and augmented reality to location-based apps

Mapbox has announced new solutions for developers looking to take their location-based solutions to the next level. The company announced native AR capabilities and a Vision SDK at its Locate conference in San Francisco this week. The new Native AR capabilities comes in the form of two SDKs: Apple SceneKit SDK and React Native AR … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Progress Sitefinity 11, Tricentis Tosca 11.2, and Google’s Machine Learning Practicum on Image Classification

Progress has announced the release of Progress Sitefinity 11, a web experience management solution. The latest release adds a new interface that will enable marketers to be more productive and effective. In addition, it adds new developer tools and introduces the ability to do one-click deployments, which will help reduce time-to-market for web apps. Progress … continue reading

Google I/O: Android Jetpack, ARCore and WearOS

Google provided more insight into upcoming developer features on day two of its annual developer conference I/O. With the beta release of Android P, the operating system is getting a new “Jetpack” designed to accelerate development. Android Jetpack is “the next generation of Android components” and features benefits of the support library to a bigger … continue reading

Facebook focuses on transparency, control and trust at F8

Facebook kicked off its annual developer conference, F8, in San Jose this week with a number of new features and capabilities designed for software developers. “When we launched the Facebook platform eleven years ago, it was impossible to imagine all the innovative ways developers would use the social graph to build a more connected world,” … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Dynamsoft’s Barcode Reader SDK, GitHub platform updates, and Leap Motion’s Project North Star

Dynamsoft has announced that it updated its Barcode Reader SDK to version 6. The SDK enables developers to embed barcode reading functionality into their web, desktop or mobile apps. The latest version features an improved algorithm that allows barcodes to scan 50 percent faster and improves accuracy, according to the company. These results were based … continue reading

Google open sources spatial audio SDK for realistic VR and AR experiences

Google is looking to improve virtual reality experiences with new experiments and SDKs. The company announced that it is open sourcing Resonance Audio, its spatial audio SDK released last year. Google is also providing new insights into its experiments with light fields, which are a set of algorithms for advanced capture, stitching, and rendering. “To … continue reading

Google announces ARCore 1.0

Google has announced the release of ARCore 1.0. ARCore is the company’s augmented reality SDK for Android. Google recently abandoned its previous AR initiatives, Project Tango, in favor of ARCore. With the release of ARCore 1.0, developers will now be able to publish AR apps to the Play Store. Features of the latest release include improved … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Appdome’s Mobile Security Suite, 8th Wall’s mobile AR funding, and Provenir’s Python support

Appdome has announced a new security protection solution as part of its Mobile Security Suite at DeveloperWeek in Oakland, Cali. ONE-SHIELD is designed to deliver next-generation protection to any mobile app. The solution combines the company’s previous app features with new technologies such as TOTALCode Obfuscation, encrypted strings and preferences. The solution also features include mobile … continue reading

SD Times news digest: TypeScript 2.7, InterSystem’s IRIS data solution, and Hortonworks DataFlow 3.1

Microsoft has announced the release of TypeScript 2.7. The new version includes stricter property checks, definite assignment assertions and easier ECMAScript module interoperability. Visual Studio Code support is expected to come soon. “We always try to bring more joy to the TypeScript experience,” said Daniel Rosenwasser, program manager for TypeScript, in a blog post. “We … continue reading

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