SD Times news digest: HackerRank’s Tech Talent Matrix, eBay’s HeadGaze project and Android 9’s battery life improvements

HackerRank today announced a new machine learning solution designed to help companies in their software development hiring process. The HackerRank Tech Talent Matrix uses ML to provide companies the proper data on software developer candidates. It analyzes more than 150 million assessments and candidate data points in order to provide insights into technical recruiting efforts … 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

SD Times news digest: Atom pull requests, MIT CSAIL’s depression recognition model, and dtSearch’s Intraspexion update

GitHub wants to make it easier to view and interact with pull requests in Atom thanks to a new GitHub package. Recent pull requests will now display information such as the author’s avatar, title of the pull request, pull request number, CI status, and “Last Updated” details. Clicking on a pull request will launch a … continue reading

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Google introduces multi-language, cross-platform cryptographic library

Google wants to ensure developers have the tools necessary to protect user data with the open-source release of Tink. This new project is a multi-language, cross-platform cryptographic library designed to ship secure cryptographic code. “At Google, many product teams use cryptographic techniques to protect user data. In cryptography, subtle mistakes can have serious consequences, and … continue reading

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

Google Cloud Text-to-Speech now generally available

Google’s machine learning, speech synthesis technology is now officially available. Google Cloud Text-to-Speech was originally published by DeepMind about two years ago and updated about a year ago with WaveNet research, and announced by Google in March. The technology allows developers to “synthesize natural-sounding speech with 30 voices, available in multiple languages and variants,” the … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Google’s new Tensorflow-based framework, Toyota’s investment in Uber, and Mozilla’s Firefox user data

Google is releasing a new research framework for prototyping reinforcement learning algorithms. Dopamine is a Tensorflow-based framework designed with ease-of-use, reproducibility, and benchmarking in mind. Along with the framework, the company will provide a set of colabs for using the framework. For ease-of-use, Google will provide code that is compact and well-documented. For reproducibility, the … continue reading

Google provides deeper developer insights in Google Play

Google is updating its Google Play Console to give developers a deeper understanding into their applications. The console will now provide “organic acquisition insights” on how users discover applications. “One of the things every developer wants to know is how people discover their app or game,” Tom Grinsted, product manager for Google Play, wrote in … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Google’s VR labs, Armory’s Series A funding, and Microsoft’s DoWhy library

Google is making lab time more accessible for STEM students with the introduction of more than 30 virtual labs on the Daydream platform. Google partnered with science education provider Labster to provide these labs, which will enable students to do lab work without needing to be on a campus. According to Google, the VR courses … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Quick Base Kanban reports, Node.js downloads, and Google Play Instant updates

No-code app development solution provider Quick Base announced it was bringing Kanban reports to its platform. Kanban is an Agile approach to organizing, visualizing, updating and acting on work in progress. The newly added reports provide information of work ideas such as status, phase, people and other important attributes. It is a drag-and-drop tool featuring … continue reading

Google updates Firebase to improve app experiences

Google’s mobile development platform Firebase is getting a number of updates today focused on building better apps, improving app quality and growing businesses. “At Firebase, our mission is to help mobile app teams succeed, which means having the capabilities to support companies and teams of all sizes and complexity. In the last couple of years, … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Wear OS policy changes, Apache Groovy 2.5.2, and Windows Community Toolkit 4.0

Google has launched a new initiative to improve the quality of Wear OS apps. The currently optional app review process for apps will now become mandatory. This will go into effect on October 1 2018 for new Wear apps and March 4 2019 for existing apps. Common issues that the review looks for is that … continue reading

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