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Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference 2017: Day One Recap

by Michael Redlich on  Apr 24, 2017

Day One of the 12th annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference was held on Tuesday, April 18 in Philadelphia, PA. This two-day event included keynotes by Blair MacIntyre (augmented reality pioneer) and Scott Hanselman (podcaster), and featured speakers Monica Beckwith (JVM consultant at Oracle), Yehuda Katz (co-creator of Ember.js), and Jessica Kerr (lead engineer at Atomist).

Amazon Lex Now Generally Available to Enable Conversational Interfaces

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 24, 2017

Amazon Lex, the platform behind Amazon Alexa, is now generally available to create voice-powered chatbots and mobile, web, and desktop apps.

Facebook Litho: An Android UI Framework Created for Performance

by Abel Avram on  Apr 19, 2017

Facebook has open sourced Litho, a framework for creating user interfaces in Android applications using a React-like declarative style with scrolling performance in mind.

Phantom.js Maintainer Steps down, Leaving Project's Future in Doubt

by David Iffland on  Apr 17, 2017

The maintainer of the headless browser testing framework, Phantom.js, has decided to step down due to the release of a headless version of Chromium. It's unclear if the project's founder will be able to find enough help to continue.

Apple TestFlight Now Supports A/B Testing of iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 12, 2017

With its recent update to TestFlight, Apple has introduced a number of features, such as multiple builds and enhanced groups, that make it possible to do A/B testing for iOS apps.

Apple Plans to Develop a Fully Custom GPU Architecture

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 04, 2017

Apple will develop its own custom graphics architecture to power the GPUs for its future devices, according to UK-based firm Imagination Technologies, Apple’s current GPU provider. The new GPUs should be ready in 15 months to two years' time and will be the first Apple-made GPUs that will bear no resemblance to Imagination Technologies’.

Swift 3.1 Improves Language, Package Manager, and Linux Implementation

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 31, 2017

Staying true to its plan, the recently announced Swift 3.1 is source compatible with Swift 3.0. Still, it includes a number of changes to the language, the standard library, and improved Linux implementation.

Public Docker Image Vulnerability Research Findings Released

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Mar 30, 2017 2

A researcher from Federacy released a report analyzing vulnerabilities in Docker images in public repositories. 24% of images were found to have significant vulnerabilities, with Ubuntu based ones having the most and Debian based ones having the least.

Apple Quietly Upgrades the File System of Millions of iOS Devices

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 28, 2017

With the release of iOS 10.3 to the general public, millions of devices will be upgraded to Apple’s new file system, APFS, in what is a bold, yet not risk-free move, according to several commentators.

Android O: Notification Channels, Background Limits, PIP and More

by Abel Avram on  Mar 22, 2017

Google has made available the Android O Preview to developers, admonishing them to test their applications on the new OS to be ready when this version of Android becomes publicly available. New in Android O: More Background limits, Notification channels, Picture-in-picture, Autofill, Adaptive icons, and API changes, among others.

Browser Vendors Start Shipping WebAssembly by Default

by David Iffland on  Mar 10, 2017

The browser vendors working on WebAssembly have reached a "consensus" on an initial implementation set, allowing browsers to ship it on by default. While this is an important milestone, the initial implementation won't immediately result in significant uptake by developers as important features such as DOM integration and garbage collection are not yet part of the spec.

Android Studio 2.3 Brings Build Cache, Improved Constraint Layout, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 06, 2017

Google has released version 2.3 of Android Studio, its official IDE for Android development, which adds a number of new features across the whole development phases.

Swift Memory Ownership Manifesto

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 03, 2017 3

According to Chris Lattner, Swift creator and Swift team lead before moving to Tesla, defining a Rust/Cyclone-inspired memory ownership model is one of the main goals for Swift development. Now that Swift 4 has entered its phase 2, the Swift team has published a manifesto detailing how Swift memory ownership could work.

New DevOps Tools Aid Visual Studio 2017 Deployments

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 28, 2017

The changes made to the Visual Studio 2017 installer mean that traditional methods of querying the system registry to determine the state of the build environment are not going to be useful. A new API, PowerShell module, and standalone set of utilities have been released to provide developers and build engineers the tools needed to better automate their build environment.

Swift 4 Enters Final Stage, Defers ABI Stability

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 23, 2017

Apple has detailed the release process for Swift 4, which should become available in the Fall of 2017. The main focus of this release is to provide significant enhancements to the core language and standard library, while delivering source compatibility. ABI compatibility, which was originally in the roadmap, will be deferred, explains Apples' new Swift team lead Ted Kremenek.

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