SD Times news digest: Mozilla survey finds mixed thoughts on connected future, Salesforce’s new AI platform, and Qualcomm entertains a buyout

A recent survey conducted by Mozilla about connectivity worldwide found that the popularity of specific connected devices varied by country among other insights. The survey looked at about 190,000 international respondents’ concerns and optimism about security and the connected world. The more tech-savvy the respondents estimated they were, the more optimistic they felt about concerns … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Teradata Analytics Platform, Mozilla’s new mixed reality initiatives, Mastercard’s blockchain API, and CIP Core

Teradata has announced the availability of the Teradata Analytics Platform. The new platform will allow users to use their preferring tools and programming languages across multiple data types. According to the company, analytics is embedded close to data to eliminate the need to move data around in order to analyze it. The new platform will … continue reading

Mozilla leads project to consolidate web development documentation across browsers

Mozilla is teaming up with Microsoft, Google, W3C, Samsung and other industry leaders as part of a joint effort to “make web development a little easier” by bringing documentation for multiple browsers to their MDN Web Docs educational platform. The project will be led by a newly formed Product Advisory Board for MDN that will … continue reading

Microsoft

Windows Subsystem for Linux, Android O shortcuts, and the Common Voice Project — SD Times news digest: July 31, 2017

When the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ships later this fall, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will leave beta. The company announced WSL will be a fully supported Windows feature in the upcoming update. “This will be great news for those who’ve held-back from employing WSL as a mainline toolset: You’ll now be able to … continue reading

Change.org joins the protest to save net neutrality

Companies are coming together today for the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality to stress the importance of keeping the Internet open, fast and accessible to all. Change.org is one of these organizations joining the coalition and fighting for the principles that will keep the Internet free from censorship. In addition to joining the … continue reading

Rust

The Rust programming language wants to expand its reach

The Mozilla-backed programming language Rust has made great improvements over the last couple of years, but the team wants to take it even further. One of the team’s goals for this year was to reduce the language’s learning curve and expand its community of developers. To do so, Rust is embarking on a new experiment … continue reading

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Amazon to acquire Whole Foods, Atom 1.19 beta release, and Firefox 55 developer changes — SD Times news digest: June 16, 2017

Amazon is getting into the grocery game with its decision to acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, which Bloomberg Technology reports is a “bombshell of a deal” that will send the e-commerce company into physical stores, and fulfills its goal to sell more groceries. According to the report, Whole Foods’ cofounder John Mackey will … continue reading

Poll: Political parties agree on supporting net neutrality

Despite their varying stances on today’s issues, there is one thing that Democrats, Republicans and Independents seem to agree on, and that is protecting net neutrality. A recent poll from Mozilla and research firm Ipsos, shows support across party lines for net neutrality, and it reveals that a majority of Americans do not trust the … continue reading

Weak biometric security systems, Microsoft’s ReactXP, and the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program — SD Times news digest: April 14, 2017

The fingerprint or biometric security system on your smartphone is not as secure as you think. Researchers from NYU and Michigan State University have discovered a way to fool biometric security systems into giving them access to smartphones. According to the researchers, fingerprint-based authentication systems use small sensors that only capture partial fingerprints. The researchers … continue reading

CodePen Projects

CodePen Projects, Mozilla’s Obsidian API proposal, ActiveGo Beta, HashiCorp Vault Enterprise 0.7 — SD Times news digest: March 22, 2017

A new platform wants to give developers a playground for developing front end web solutions. CodePen Projects is a place where developers can build websites right in their browser. According to the team, it is very similar to an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). It features a sidebar for viewing files; the ability to create, delete, … continue reading

Visual Studio 2017 Update Preview, Rust 1.16, Kinetise’s rapid development platform and WebGL 2.0–SD Times news digest: March 17, 2017

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2017 last week, and already the company is working on the Visual Studio 2017 Update Preview. The preview is meant to improve UWP tools so they support the upcoming Creators Update SDK, and add Python tools.  Once the Creators Update SDK is released, the company will allow developers to enable side-by-side … continue reading

Python Fire, Rust’s ergonomics improvements, and Talend’s Apache Beam-powered solution—SD Times news digest: March 6, 2017

Google is giving the open-source community an easier way to generate command-line interfaces from Python code. The company announced the open-sourcing of Python Fire, a library for automatically generating CLIs. Python Fire does not require developers to do any additional work, define arguments, set up information, or write a main function to define how the … continue reading

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