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Report: One third of Americans experienced airline booking site frustrations this year

For travelers, high-quality mobile applications are crucial for catching flights and getting to where they need to go without problems. Americans might be able to deal with long lines at TSA, but if there is one thing they have no patience for, it’s slow or crashing sites and apps. And a recent 2016 Holiday Travel …

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SD Times Blog: You don’t choose digital transformation; digital transformation chooses you

I’ve spent the past few weeks researching and interviewing for a longer piece in our January issue about the digital transformation. While I sometimes get fed up with this term being bandied about too often, my research showed me just how acutely enterprises are feeling the squeeze of their markets, and how their response must …

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Gemalto acquires 3M, enters commercial biometrics market

Gemalto announced today that it will acquire 3M’s identity-management business, which will become a part of the Gemalto Government Programs business. The agreement to acquire 3M’s identity-management business totaled US$850 million, and it includes 3M subsidiary Cogent. The closing of this transaction is expected to start in the first half of 2017. When the acquisition …

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The Software Testing World Cup Chronicles, Part II: Ready, set, TEST!

On the day of the Software Testing World Cup Finals, it was an understatement to say my team and I were nervous. We knew we had worked our hardest to prepare, but the fact that none of us knew exactly what lie ahead for us to test left us with an air of uncertainty. The …

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A low-power Wi-Fi system for IoT, an open-source e-book for free, and Ruby on Rails updates—SD Times news digest: Dec. 9, 2016

University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers created a Passive Wi-Fi system that demonstrates how it’s possible to generate Wi-Fi transmissions using 10,000x less power than other Wi-Fi chipsets, and 1,000x less power than Bluetooth Low Energy and ZigBee. “Passive Wi-Fi transmissions can be decoded on off-the-shelf smartphones and Wi-Fi chipsets over distances of …

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Jest

Jest, a JavaScript testing framework, was created to run thousands of tests at Facebook, but since this painless JavaScript test runner is open source, any developer can get started by installing it themselves. Jest allows Facebook to virtualize JavaScript environments, utilizing Jasmine assertions by default. Jest is also modular, extendible and configurable, providing browser mocks …

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Report: Wearables need to be more rewarding

Wearables are giving businesses new opportunities for innovation, but in order to be truly successful, they have to go beyond the hype and provide users more capabilities. A recent report revealed interest in wearables is waning because they aren’t valuable enough to users. In Gartner’s user survey analysis, the organization found the abandonment rate for …

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OpenMake Software turns its ARA solution into open-source offering

OpenMake Software wants to improve how developers use the Continuous Delivery pipeline with its recently open-sourced Application Release Automation (ARA) solution, Release Engineer, which is based on version 7.7 of the ARA solution and offered under the FreeBSD license. According to cofounder of OpenMake Tracy Ragan, the ARA solution is fully functional and will have an …

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Tech companies form Global Virtual Reality Association, Bluetooth 5 now available, and 2016 IoT Hackathon winners announced—SD Times news digest: Dec. 8, 2016

Some top technology companies are teaming up in order to expand virtual reality’s reach. Acer/Starbreeze, Facebook Google, HTC, Samsung and Sony have formed the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA). Together, they will work on developing and sharing best practices for the industry. “The GVRA is a necessary first step toward ensuring great VR experiences for …

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Sauce Labs acquires TestObject to broaden its automated testing solution for web, mobile applications

Sauce Labs ramped up its efforts in the mobile testing space by acquiring TestObject today, a real device mobile app testing platform. After taking a look at industry trends, Sauce Labs discovered that there was a dramatic uptake in interest surrounding the adoption of automated mobile testing, said vice president of product at Sauce Labs, …

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Microsoft expands enterprise cloud services

Microsoft is continuing its cloud-first, mobile-first initiative with new offerings spanning mobile, security, data management, containers and analytics. The company announced R Server 9.0, give a sneak peek at its new Azure cloud console, and new capabilities for Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). Microsoft R Server 9.0 features machine learning algorithms, improved operationalization capabilities, support …

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Google evaluates FIDO authentication

For years the FIDO Alliance has been dedicated to changing and improving online authentication. FIDO, which stands for Fast Identity Online, envisions a future where online security methods go beyond passwords and provide stronger authentication solutions such as biometrics and second-factor solutions. Google recently did a two-year research study on FIDO’s approach to examine how …

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Guest View: Developing for a bot-driven world: The role of APIs

Personal digital assistants like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana are just the beginning. Soon we’ll be interacting with all manner of applications and online services—everything from managing our calendars to ordering pizzas and reserving hotel rooms—not with the buttons, forms and controls that we’re used to, but by chatting with them using natural language. Or, …

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Infinit is joining Docker, Google open-sources Embedding Projector, and Windows 10 Creators Update released—SD Times news digest: Dec. 7, 2016

Infinit and Docker are joining forces in the container space to tackle some of the challenges of container technologies. According to a blog post written by the Infinit team, “With stateful applications being the next natural step in this [container] evolution, Infinit comes into play by providing the Docker community with a storage platform that …

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    DATE: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 TIME: 2 PM ET, 11 AM PT The Chinese consumer market represents a huge opportunity for American and European businesses, but actually reaching those consumers presents a unique set of steep challenges. Between outdated infrastructure, geographic limitations, and the notorious Great Firewall of China, you can’t expect to reach Chinese users without a …

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    Toward a World of Frictionless Change: Using IT Automation to Deliver Constantly Modern Software 

    Information technology is racing ahead with a Moore’s law-like inexorability and compounding rate. While it’s impossible to know what’s next, it is possible get out of reactive mode and get ahead of the game. And that doesn’t mean simply focusing on practices like DevOps or technologies like cloud adoption and container stack selection. Those are …

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