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Open Sourcing Artificial Intelligence Research

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 27, 2016

Today OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company founded by InfoSys and Amazon Web Services, announced a beta for OpenAI Gym. Gym is a Python based toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms offered under the MIT license.

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.

V8 JavaScript Engine 5.1 Brings More ECMAScript Compliance, WASM Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 27, 2016

Google has announced version 5.1 of its V8 JavaScript engine, which improves compliance with the ECMAScript 2017 draft specification and adds preliminary support for WASM, a low-level portable bytecode aimed to enable near-native execution speed.

Node.js 6.0 Supports 93% of ES2015

by Abel Avram on  Apr 27, 2016

Node.js 6.0 has been released, becoming the new current version. It comes with performance improvements, better test and documentation coverage, better security and wide support for ES2015.

Neo4j 3.0 Released with Binary Communication Protocol and Standardised Drivers

by Alex Blewitt on  Apr 26, 2016

Today at GraphConnect Europe 2016, Neo Technology announced the release of Neo4j 3.0, which includes a new binary protocol for transmitting data between server and client, and a new set of standardised drivers for interacting with the database, along with stored procedure support and higher performance and capacity. InfoQ spoke to Neo Technology to find out more.

Combining Angular 2 with React Native

by Abel Avram on  Apr 20, 2016

Angular 2’s architecture makes it possible to render an application with various renderers including React Native.

Microsoft Supports React Native on UWP, Adds Tooling to VS Code

by David Iffland on  Apr 19, 2016

Microsoft and Facebook have announced that the Universal Windows Platform will be the next platform to support React Native. Aiding developers build React Native apps on Windows, Microsoft also released a React Native extension for Visual Studio Code that provides debugging and IntelliSense in their cross-platform code editor.

Atom Text Editor 1.7 Released, with MRU Tab Switching

by James Chesters on  Apr 18, 2016

Text editor Atom has released version 1.7 with notable changes including MRU tab switching and a number of improvements for Windows users. In the blog post Atom 1.7 and 1.8 beta, software engineer Michelle Tilley describes how with v1.7 ctrl-tab now switches "between the most recently used (MRU) tabs in an Atom window instead of switching to the tab to the right of the current tab."

React v15 Released

by David Iffland on  Apr 13, 2016

Facebook has released version 15 of their React JavaScript framework, delivering a faster, cleaner, and more complete package. Despite some hiccups with that weren't discovered in the Release Candidate, the new major version is a solid upgrade.

JetBrains Releases IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Apr 13, 2016

JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1, the latest version of their most popular IDE. The new version seems to have the polyglot developer in mind, with multiple enhancements over a variety of languages and technologies; however, the most noticeable changes are aimed at Java, particularly at helping developers take full advantage of Java 8.

Rethink DB 2.3 Brings Network Encryption and ReQL Updates

by James Chesters on  Apr 12, 2016

RethinkDB has released version 2.3 of its open source database, bringing updates to JavaScript drivers and network encryption. Developer evangelist Ryan Paul says by including TLS support, the update -- named Fantasia -- enables "encryption on the wire for both the client driver protocol and communication between database servers in a cluster."

Vivaldi 1.0: First Official Release

by James Chesters on  Apr 07, 2016

Vivaldi has released the first official release for its web browser built for – and with – the web. Launched in 2015 by the co-founder of Opera Software, Jon von Tetzchner, the browser is unique in being built using only web technologies.

TypeScript 2.0 Preview

by David Iffland on  Apr 04, 2016 2

Anders Hejlsberg returned to Microsoft's Build conference in 2016 to talk about the current state of TypeScript and preview some amazing features coming in the next few months.

How Node Replaced Macros in Microsoft Word

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 01, 2016

Writing extensions for Word used to be handled by BASIC. Now, the language of choice is JavaScript and the platform Node.

Npm Updates Policy on Removing Packages

by David Iffland on  Mar 31, 2016 1

Npm has issued an updated policy on what happens when a user wants to remove one of their packages from the publishing system.

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