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NetBSD gets fully reproducible builds

Although it took almost a year, NetBSD, a Unix-like open-source operating system, now has reproducible builds. To recap the features of NetBSD, the system operates on a range of hardware platforms, and its basic features include code quality, portability, secure defaults, and research and innovation. A big challenge that NetBSD developers have been working on …

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Griddle 1.0 rebuilt with customization, plug-in support

Griddle, the customizable datagrid component for React, recently updated to version 1.0, which rebuilt Griddle with more customization in mind. Griddle is a component that is structured similar to other React applications, and while it is self-contained, it does not “dictate the structure of the containing application,” according to its documentation page. With new plug-in …

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Linux 4.10 arrives

With more than 13,000 commits, the release  of Linux 4.10 was not as small at Linus Torvalds was expecting. Nonetheless, it arrived over the weekend, bringing with it significant changes, such as the introduction of support for virtual GPUs. With KVM, Linux users can now deploy a virtual GPU, complete with official drivers. This will …

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Google TensorFlow Debugger, Jest 19, and the Qt 3D Studio—SD Times news digest: Feb. 21, 2017

Google is introducing a tool designed to help developers debug machine learning models in TensorFlow. TensorFlow Debugger aims to provide visibility into the internal structure and state of TensorFlow graphs. According to the team, compared to other debugging options, TensorFlow Debugger requires fewer lines of code, provides more graph coverage, and offers a more interactive …

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Compiler and linker improvements speed up Go 1.8

The Go programming language was updated to version 1.8 yesterday. This release is headlined by performance improvements in the compiler and linker, which yield compilation speedups on all platforms. A major focus of Go has always been real-time performance, allowing applications to speed along without the need for lengthy garbage collection pauses. Go 1.8 is …

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Google introduces A.I. Duets, ReactOS 4.4 comes with improvements; and Kotlin 1.1 RC released—SD Times news digest: Feb. 17, 2017

Google wants to show developers what Project Magenta can do with its new interactive experiment A.I. Duet. The company launched Magenta into the open-source community last year as a way for developers to explore music with neural nets. A.I. Duet is designed to let users play a duet with their computers. “Just play some notes, …

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: AirSim

Microsoft wants to help developers test their autonomous solutions without having to worry about any real-world damage. The company has open-sourced AirSim, its simulator for autonomous vehicles. AirSim is designed to provide a platform for AI researchers to experiment and test deep learning, computer vision and reinforcement learning algorithms. With AirSim, users can safely test …

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Internet of Things gets more attention

As the Internet of Things starts to gain interest from consumers, companies are starting to invest more time and resources into it. IBM just announced a new US$200 million global headquarters for its Watson Internet of Things business in Munich, Germany. “We have reached a tipping point with IoT innovation: We now have over 6,000 …

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RSA Conference goes smaller, focuses more on timeless problems

The software security world is prone to ebbing and flowing. Twenty years ago, firewalls were the new hot solution. Fifteen years later, there were these hot new things called application firewalls. What was old was new again. So it was at the annual RSA Conference this year. Last year was something of a flush out, …

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Code Poetry challenges the meaning of creativity and visual arts

The saying “opposites attract” is true for programmer Daniel Holden and poet Chris Kerr, the creators of Code Poetry, a collection of 12 code poems that produce a visual representation of a poem when they run. At a glance, Code Poetry (written as ./code –poetry) appears to be a collection of random animations and lines …

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Microsoft announces updates to its Teams Developer Preview

Microsoft is giving developers new tools to improve its chat and messaging service. The company announced it made enhancements to its Microsoft Teams Developer Preview. Microsoft Teams is the company’s chat-based solution designed to take on the popular messaging service Slack. The preview allows developers create new integrations for the solution. (Related: Microsoft updates its ‘customer …

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Tips for building finance apps, Dwarf v5 released, and Syncsort creates Integrated Workflow—SD Times news digest: Feb. 16, 2017

Stuck on how to get started building a financial services app? The Google Play/Finance team shared some tips this week on how to build high-quality and accessible financial services apps, featuring a six-step guide for making these apps accessible in the Google Play store. One tip in the guide is to test and iterate the …

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New Zealand courts software industry

DeveloperWeek in San Francisco played host to numerous tools, frameworks and software companies, but it also played host to one completely unusual exhibitor: an entire nation. That nation was New Zealand. Pam Ford is the head of international partnerships for Auckland tourism, events and economic development. In that capacity, it’s her job to entice software …

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Google releases TensorFlow 1.0

Google has released version 1.0 of TensorFlow, its open-source framework for scalable machine learning. The big highlights of this release were announced at Google’s TensorFlow Dev Summit in Mountain View, Calif., with a focus on artificial intelligence and artificial neural networks. According to its release notes, version 1.0 includes experimental XLA, which is a domain-specific …

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