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MSDN/TechNet Being Open Sourced as docs.microsoft.com

by Jonathan Allen on  May 04, 2016

After 15 years of running on a “brittle codebase with an archaic publishing and deployment system”, Microsoft has finally decided to retire MSDN and TechNet. The replacement will be an open source project known as docs.microsoft.com.

GCC 6.1 Brings New C++17 Features, Full Support for OpenMP, Improves OpenACC

by Sergio De Simone on  May 03, 2016

Version 6.1 is the first major GCC release in about one year. It contains substantial new functionality, says GCC maintainer Jakub Jelinek, including new C++17 features, full support for OpenMP, and improved support for OpenACC.

Microsoft Graph Unifies Access to All APIs

by Jerome Louvel on  May 03, 2016

At the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, InfoQ had the opportunity to speak with Gareth Jones, API architect for the Microsoft Graph API which aims at making life easier for developers by providing a unified API endpoint. With the prevalence of Microsoft products in most businesses around the world, it is interesting to see how Microsoft solves this issue at their scale.

Rewritten Framework for Vue.js 2.0 Release

by James Chesters on  May 03, 2016

The team behind Vue.js has released v2.0, in what is described as a "full rewrite" of the framework. Vue creator Evan You describes Vue as the framework as consisting of "a core view layer and accompanying tools and supporting libraries," and says that the 2.0 release makes it even leaner and faster.

Elephant in the Cloud - Hadoop as a Service

by Srini Penchikala on  May 02, 2016 2

Hadoop and other big data technologies revolutionized the way organizations run data analytics but the organizations are still facing challenges with operating costs of using these technologies for on-premise data processing. Ashish Thusoo recently spoke at Enterprise Data World Conference about Hadoop as a service offering that helps organizations bridge the gaps with these capabilities.

Ehcache 3.0 Released with Revamped API and Off-Heap Storage

by Matt Raible on  May 02, 2016

Terracotta has released version 3 of their distributed caching technology Ehcache, sporting a number of important new features. First, its API has been refactored and now leverages Java generics. Performance has generally been enhanced, and support for the javax.cache API (JSR-107) and off heap storage capabilities have been added.

Microsoft Experimenting with Using Synthetic DNA for Digital Data Storage

by Sergio De Simone on  May 01, 2016

Microsoft is carrying out experiments with synthetic DNA for digital data storage and has recently agreed to purchase ten million strands of DNA from genetics startup Twist Bioscience.

CareKit is Apple’s New Open-source Health-oriented Mobile App Framework

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 30, 2016

Following on from the announcement at the March 2016 “Let us loop you in”, Apple has open sourced its new CareKit framework, aimed to make it easier for developers to create apps that help people manage their medical conditions. Along with the new framework, Apple has also made available four iOS apps that use it.

AirFlow Joins Apache Incubator

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 29, 2016

AirFlow recently joined the Apache Incubator program. AirFlow is a workflow and scheduling system designed to manage data pipelines. Developed by AirBnb for their internal usage, it was open sourced last September, as previously reported by InfoQ.

Intel Open Sources Arduino 101 Real Time OS

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 29, 2016

Arduino announced that Intel has released Arduino 101 real time operating system (RTOS) for hacking and studying purpose.

Vulnerability in Java Reflection Library Fixed after 30 Months

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Apr 28, 2016 4

In July 2013 Security Explorations discovered a vulnerability in Java by which attackers could elevate their access privileges. Oracle released a patch, but a simple modification was discovered that still makes the attack effective. Once known, Oracle released a patch as part of 8u77. In this article we investigate the little understood class loading process at the heart of the problem.

Collision: How Flash Storage Will Transform IT

by David Iffland on  Apr 28, 2016

Massive reductions in cost for flash storage along with new technologies promise to dramatically change how well IT shops can satisfy what's expected of them in the cloud era. John Roese, CTO of EMC lays out a case for why companies need to adopt new technologies in order to out-perform their competitors.

Operational Data Stream and Batch Processing at Netflix with Mantis

by Dylan Raithel on  Apr 27, 2016

Operational Data Stream and Batch Processing at Netflix with Mantis

Firefox 46 Tackles Security Issues, Improves Performance

by James Chesters on  Apr 27, 2016

Mozilla has released Firefox 46, including improved security of the JavaScript JIT Compiler, and delaying Addon signing.

Collision: Online Harassment and Machine Learning

by David Iffland on  Apr 27, 2016

Online harassment is a serious issue, one that the engineers and designers behind the keyboard don't always think about when building software. Machine learning is become more prevalent but as more technology companies take advantage of it, they risk alienating their users even more by presenting content that isn't actually relevant.

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