Topic: language

Mozilla’s Fluent 1.0 localization package released

Mozilla launched the first full release of its Fluent localization file specification today and has put a call out to developers behind translation tools to take the release for a test run. Fluent comprises “localization specifications, implementations and good practices,” Mozilla localization specialist Staś Małolepszy wrote in the announcement. The main focus of Fluent is … continue reading

Apple releases Swift 5 with library and language changes for speed and size

Version 5 of Apple’s Swift runtime officially released yesterday, introducing improvements to application size and performance and a number of language and library changes based on suggestions from the Swift Evolution process. Swift 5 has been pushed to all Apple operating systems, macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS. Ted Kremenek, manager of the Languages and Runtimes … continue reading

Mozilla: Common Voice is now the largest publicly available transcribed voice dataset

Following through on its goal of producing the world’s most diverse voice dataset, Mozilla believes it has now released what is now the largest transcribed voice dataset available publicly. The Common Voice project was started by the company as a way to make voice recognition available to everyone. “Most of the data used by large … continue reading

Industry Watch: In software, words matter

This month’s column is about words — specifically, the textual content that appears in your applications. While teams of engineers and designers spend hours thinking about the user interface, the actual words written into an application are often an oversight. An easy example used to understand the importance of the word content is when you … continue reading

CoffeeScript 2 beta supports latest ES2015+ features

CoffeeScript, a language that compiles into JavaScript, released its version 2.0 in beta with support of the latest ES2015+ features. According to the CoffeeScript overview page, this language introduces many features into the JavaScript world, like => and destructuring and classes. The intent of the language, however, was not to be a superset of JavaScript, but … continue reading

OpenAI unsupervised learning system

OpenAI’s unsupervised system, VersionOne’s annual agile report, and DeepMind open sources Sonnet — SD Times news digest: April 7, 2017

OpenAI announced it has developed an unsupervised sentiment neuron. According to an OpenAI blog post, it “learns an excellent representation sentiment, despite being trained only to predict the next character in the text of Amazon reviews.” The representation contains a distinct sentiment neuron that contains almost all of the sentiment signal, according to OpenAI. The team explained its … continue reading

LogiGear acquires True North Service, AI driving business growth, and Lux currently in beta—SD Times news digest: Jan. 17, 2017

LogiGear completed its acquisition of True North Service (TNS), a provider of contract staffing and software testing services to technology companies. TNS will allow LogiGear to expand its customer base, adding new companies like Amazon, Cisco, DocuSign and T-Mobile. LogiGear will also be able to expand its presence in the Pacific Northwest, and continue to … continue reading

Pebble migrates to Fitbit, Cisco’s plans to end Intercloud Services, and ANTLR 4.6 released—SD Times news digest: Dec. 16, 2016

Pebble has detailed what will happen to its software and services now that it has become a part of the Fitbit family. Fitbit will keep Pebble’s software and services running through 2017. The elements that will remain in service include the Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, the developer portal, and the … continue reading

ActiveState announces ActiveGo

Enterprise users have likely had Go envy for some time. Since Google first introduced this high-performance language designed to replace C++ in 2007, it’s been an intriguing language for developers working on highly scalable and reliable systems. Today, however, ActiveState announced that it would be solving one of the biggest problems enterprises still have with … continue reading

GitHub Enterprise 2.8 available, CA Technologies study finds data-management practices inadequate, and Mozilla announces Rust 1.13—SD Times news digest: Nov. 11, 2016

GitHub Enterprise 2.8 is available with code review, project-management tools, and Jupyter notebook rendering, so developers and product teams can make their workflows more powerful and versatile. To help researchers with producing and sharing data on GitHub, GitHub Enterprise 2.8 adds Jupyter Notebook rendering to make it easy to capture data-driven workflows and let project-management … continue reading

Qualcomm to acquire NXP, GM and IBM create OnStar Go, and Databricks adds deep learning support—SD Times news digest: Oct. 27, 2016

In order to add automotive chips to its portfolio, Qualcomm has agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors for approximately US$47 billion, according to a Qualcomm announcement. A subsidiary of Qualcomm will offer to acquire all outstanding common shares of NXP for $110 per share in cash, which makes up the total enterprise value of $47 billion. … continue reading

Amazon’s AI challenge, beta 10 of C#/XAML for HTML5, and Rust 1.12 released—SD Times news digest: Sept. 30, 2016

Amazon is hosting its annual competition for university students who are passionate about accelerating the field of artificial intelligence. The challenge this year is focused on developing a social bot, which Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can use to communicate with humans on popular topics or events. For this challenge, teams will have to work in … continue reading

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