IBM pushes accessibility with open-source projects

Today, IBM began a new push to make applications accessible to users with disabilities. The company announced that is has made two accessibility projects available under open-source licenses. These projects are designed to help developers determine if their applications support the needs of those with limited mobility or vision. The two new projects are AccProbe … continue reading

Harvard, MIT speed up Web page loads

The two colleges are close enough to share a pizza parlor, but thanks to their collaborative work, maybe that pizza-delivery Web page will load faster for students at Harvard and MIT. Today, teams from the MIT Computer Science Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Harvard, released a paper describing Polaris, a method of speeding up page … 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

Twenty years of Java through its creator’s eyes

As the father of Java, James Gosling gets a lot of love from the millions of developers who use the language around the world. Today, however, he programs robots that swim in the ocean. We caught up with him to discuss the early days of Java. SD Times: How did your work on Java start? … continue reading

The future of JavaScript is (almost) now

JavaScript is everywhere. Once relegated to an Internet fad, the malleable programming language has evolved along with the Web and now finds itself entrenched in modern browsers, complex Web applications, mobile development, server-side programming, and in emerging platforms like the Internet of Things. Underlying that browser-centric user and developer shift, JavaScript has developed a robust … continue reading

Should developers opt to code for Web or native apps?

Ever since Apple created the iOS ecosystem, countless developers moved to focus their energies on the mobile world. As a result, more and more content is being consumed and more apps are being used as routine parts of people’s daily lives. It seems mobile is dominant in every way. However, according to Web analytics company … continue reading

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