SD Times News Digest: InterBase 2017 Update 1 release, Microsoft no longer adding new features to Windows Phones, and more

Embarcadero Technologies announced release of InterBase 2017 Update 1 Embarcadero Technologies has announced the release of InterBase 2017 Update 1. This update adds 32-bit and 64-bit support for MacOS for InterBase 2017 Developer and Server Editions. It also includes bug fixes for Windows and Linux and support for Windows 10 Creator’s Update. The new update … continue reading

Atlassian Connect for Bitbucket, NLog 4.0, and Course Report’s annual coding bootcamp survey—SD Times news digest: June 10, 2015

Atlassian has announced the release of Connect for Bitbucket, a new solution that turns Bitbucket into a development platform. Bitbucket is the company’s source code-management and collaboration solution, and Connect for Bitbucket allows developers to build and embed add-ons right into the Bitbucket UI. Add-ons can be built in any programming language and can include … continue reading

Mobile World Congress 2015: Apple, BlackBerry, IBM, Intel news and more

Apple and IBM have announced an expansion to their mobile application partnership, unveiling banking and financial services apps in the IBM MobileFirst for iOS portfolio.The new services include a Passenger Care app for customer service assistance during travel and transportation; a Dynamic Buy retail app for real-time data-driven product recommendations; and an Advisor Alerts app … continue reading

From the Editors: Windows 10 is a milestone operating system

After Microsoft’s surprise reveal of Windows Holographic and HoloLens, the Star Wars metaphors began to fly, with “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” quotes lighting up social media. For us, a different reference came to mind: “Pay no attention to the OS behind the hologram…” Two-thirds of the way through a relatively unexciting … continue reading

Protecting humankind from AI, a new Project Ara MDK, and a Windows Phone app developer contest—SD Times news digest: Jan. 13, 2015

Members of the Future of Life Institute, a “research and outreach organization working to mitigate existential risks facing humanity,” has signed an open letter pledging to protect humankind from the dangers of artificial intelligence. The signatories, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, consist of programmers, scientists, and artificial intelligence researchers from universities and tech giants … continue reading

Microsoft updates Windows App Studio and TouchDevelop language

Microsoft has announced a major update to the beta release of Windows App Studio, its Web-based developer tool for creating mobile apps. The most significant changes and additions to Windows App Studio, detailed in a blog post by Emilio Salvador Prieto of the Windows Phone Developer Experience team, are integration with Microsoft’s TouchDevelop programming language, … continue reading

Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin and acquires HockeyApp, and Mozilla’s Firefox.html experiment—SD Times news digest: Dec. 11, 2014

Microsoft is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment method for buying apps and games for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. Starting today, customers can use the BitPay payment processor to trade in the digital currency at current market value for funds in their Microsoft account. More information is available a in a blog post from … continue reading

ASF announces Apache Drill as TLP, Google Dart 1.8, and a bright Windows Phone forecast—SD Times news digest: Dec. 2, 2014

The Apache Software Foundation has announced Apache Drill as a Top-Level Project. According to the Foundation, Apache Drill is a schema-free SQL query engine for Hadoop and NoSQL. By removing the constraint of building and maintaining schemas before data can be analyzed, Drill users can run interactive ANSI SQL queries on complex or constantly evolving … continue reading

Microsoft launches Microsoft Lumia 535; Hortonworks and New Relic file for IPO—SD Times news digest: November 11, 2014

Microsoft has launched its first Lumia phone without the Nokia branding. Lumia 535 comes with a 5-inch screen, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a rear-facing camera, and an integrated Microsoft experiences. It comes preloaded with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim Update. “Lumia 535 comes with our ‘5x5x5’ proposition,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for … continue reading

From the Editors: Windows just part of Microsoft’s picture — but it’s a big part

Microsoft has weathered the storm of Windows 8 criticism for more than two years, amid a tectonic shift away from desktop computing. Windows 10 is the company’s life raft, or at least that’s what it’s perceived to be. The truth is, as important as Windows 10 is to Microsoft’s future, the company’s flagship product is … continue reading

SD Times news digest: October 16, 2014—Cloudera and Red Hat team up for Big Data, Windows App Studio beta, Kotlin M9 and Terraform 0.3

Microsoft updates Windows App Studio Beta Microsoft aims to make building Windows Phone apps easier with the updated release of Windows App Studio beta. The App Studio was launched over a year ago, and since then about 1 million app projects have been created and almost 50,000 apps have been published to the Windows Store … continue reading

Microsoft releases OCR Library for Windows Runtime

The Windows App Team announced the release of a Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime, enabling developers to integrate text-recognition capabilities in Windows Phone 8/8.1 and Windows 8.1 apps. Optical character recognition (OCR) software converts images containing text into a digitally readable format. The technology’s inclusion in Windows Runtime, Microsoft’s Windows 8/8.1 application architecture, allows … continue reading

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