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IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation 7.0 now Supports Cloudant, REST, oAuth

by Sergio De Simone on  May 13, 2015

Version 7 of IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation introduces many new features and enhancements to “enable enterprises to accelerate the delivery of their mobile strategy” by making development more efficient, supporting continuous delivery, and improving user experience, says IBM.

Microsoft Project Oxford Aims to Bring Intelligence to Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  May 12, 2015

Under the name of Project Oxford, Microsoft has made available a set of RESTful APIs that aim to make it possible for developers to build apps that feature face recognition, speech processing, and other machine learning algorithms. Part of the Azure portfolio, the new APIs are currently in beta and free to use up to 5,000 call per month.

Azure Gains New Networking Capabilities

by Chris Swan on  May 11, 2015 2

At Ignite Microsoft announced new networking capabilities for Azure described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities and enhancement of virtual networks in Azure’s IaaS.

Docker Security Benchmark

by Chris Swan on  May 08, 2015

Docker Inc have worked with the Center for Internet Security (CIS) to produce a benchmark document containing numerous recommendations for the security of Docker deployments. The benchmark was announced in a blog post ‘Understanding Docker Security and Best Practices’ by Diogo Mónica who was recently hired along with Nathan McCauley to lead the Docker Security team.

Systemd Debuts in New Debian 8 “Jessie”

by Sergio De Simone on  May 06, 2015

The Debian project has announced the new stable version of its operating system, codenamed “Jessie.” The new OS marks the shift to systemd, which replaces the previously used SystemV, and many more improvements.

Apple Opens Up Engagement Metrics with App Analytics Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  May 05, 2015

Apple has opened up its new App Analytics service for beta testing. The service was initially mentioned at last WWDC and aims to provide a way to learn how customers “discover and engage with your apps.”

Microsoft Goes Universal with Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial and Westminster

by Abel Avram on  May 04, 2015

In an attempt to bring Android, iOS, classic Windows and web applications on a single platform and make them available through the Windows Store, Microsoft has launched four projects, also knows as Universal Windows Platform Bridges, namely: Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial, and Westminster.

Running .NET on Linux and Mac OS X

by Jeff Martin on  May 04, 2015 4

The .NET Core runtime has realized the vision of being truly cross-platform with its arrival on Linux and Mac OS X. Last week at Microsoft Build, Microsoft Program Manager Habib Heydarian talked about how this benefits developers and where they can start to explore the new opportunities.

Compiling Objective-C into C++ with Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

While there were rumors that Microsoft would be adopting Android for the Windows 10 platform, no one expected the announcement that iOS applications would also be adopted. This is made possible, by combining C2 with Clang.

Microsoft Unveils Visual Studio for Linux and OS X

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 29, 2015 5

Microsoft has announced the release of a native Visual Studio application for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Cross Platform Applications for Office 365

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

A major focus of Build 2015 is Office 365 as a platform. The desktop version of Office has been treated as a development platform since the early days of macros written in a variant of BASIC. Microsoft intends to recreate and expand upon that by turning Office 365 into a cross platform development platform available on any form factor or operating system.

Carthage: GitHub's Dependency Manager for Xcode Projects

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 28, 2015

Carthage is a dependency manager for Objective-C and Swift projects aims to be "ruthlessy simple," says its author Justin Spahr-Summers. Carthage has been developed at GitHub and its philosophy is "delegating tasks to Xcode and Git" as much as possible so developers can use the tools they "are already familiar with."

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio Supports Remote Sessions, DSC and Workflows

by João Miranda on  Apr 27, 2015

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio is a Visual Studio extension that brings the power of Visual Studio to PowerShell developers. Adam Driscoll, the original creator of this extension, got help from Microsoft over the past couple of months. The result is a new release, v3.0.108, offering 64-bit and remote session support, among other improvements.

Microsoft Announces Nano Server and Hyper-V Containers

by João Miranda on  Apr 19, 2015

Microsoft continues its push to adapt to the new realities brought about by the containers tsunami, having recently announced the Nano Server, a "minimal footprint" Windows Server, and Hyper-V containers, which provide virtual machine isolation capabilities to containers. The Nano Server has 92 percent fewer critical bulletins and requires 80 percent fewer reboots than a typical Windows Server.

Chrome 42 Disables NPAPI and Related Plug-ins: Java, Unity, Silverlight

by Abel Avram on  Apr 15, 2015 3

As outlined in the NPAPI Deprecation Guide, Chrome 42, which was due this month and was recently released to the stable channel, has disabled support for the Netscape Plug-in API. The reason is that NPAPI “has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity” and the intent was first announced in 2013.

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