SD Times news digest: Babel 7, Oculus VR education pilot programs, and Adobe XD

JavaScript compiler Babel version 7 is now available. According to the team, this release was two years, 4k commits, and more than 50 pre-releases in the making. “Babel 7 is a huge release: we’ve made it faster, created an upgrade tool, JS configs, config ‘overrides,’ more options for size/minification, JSX Fragments, TypeScript, new proposals, and … continue reading

SD Times news digest: New two-factor authentication approach, The LF Deep Learning Foundation and Linux 4.19-rc1

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have announced a new two-factor authentication method that uses wearables and speech signals. The method “Listening-Watch” uses wearable devices such as smartwatches, activity trackers, and browser-generated speech sounds to perform two-factor authentication. “Listening-Watch offers two key security features,” said Nitesh Saxena, professor in the UAB College of … 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

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SD Times news digest: OpenAI’s Dactyl approach, Git LFS 2.5, and Apache Log4j 2.11.1

OpenAI has trained a human-like robot hand to manipulate physical objects using a system called Dactyl. The system was trained completely in a simulation and adapts to real-world physics. According to OpenAI, Dactyl leared from scratch using the same reinforcement learning algorithm as OpenAI Five. The results of this project demonstrate that it is possible … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Rookout’s debugging solution for Electron, Embarcadero’s free community editions and the VirtualLink specification

Debugging company Rookout has announced it is bringing its remote live debugging solution to Electron. Electron is an open-source framework for building web solutions with JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Rookout’s debugging solution will enable developers to gain insights into the data and code from a live Electron app, rather than having to gain the insights … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Qt Creator 4.7.0, Facebook expands AI research, and Microsoft makes new AI partnerships

Qt Creator 4.7.0 and Qt for Python is now available. Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML IDE. The latest release features C++ support with the Clang code model being turned on by default. “It made huge progress during the last releases, and at some point we need to do this switch. The … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Amazon Sumerian, Google Hangouts chatbots, and Looker’s new data science tools

Amazon announced the general availability of the Amazon Sumerian VR, AR and 3D application development tool yesterday. Originally announced in November, the tool aims to lower the barrier of entry for developers who want to get started making VR, AR and 3D experiences. “You can create realistic virtual environments and scenes without having to acquire … continue reading

Google open sources Seurat to improve VR experiences and performance

Google has announced it is open sourcing Seurat, a scene simplification technology designed to take in complex 3D scenes and process it into representations that can be rendered efficiently on mobile hardware. Seurat was first announced at I/O last year as a way to allow developers and creators to bring high-fidelity graphics to VR headsets … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Lyft and Udacity self-driving partnership, GCC 8.1, Cisco to acquire Accompany, and Oculus Go

Lyft and Udacity are partnering up for the Lyft Perception Challenge, which is designed to test problem solving skills for Perception for Autonomous Vehicles. The top 25 participants in the challenge will earn an interview with Lyft. The challenge was created because Lyft wanted to find a new approach for identifying, attracting, and hiring top … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Firefox Reality, Google’s Firebase Dynamic Links, and Microsoft Professional Program

Mozilla has announced it is bringing virtual reality and augmented reality to Firefox. The company revealed it is building Firebox Reality, a new browser that will be built from the ground up to work with VR and AR headsets. The platform will be independent and work on a number of different devices, making it the … 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

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