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Apple Proposes a New 3D Graphics Standard Called WebGPU

by Abel Avram on  Feb 17, 2017

Apple has proposed a new GPU API for the browser, called WebGPU. Google has another solution called NXT in the development.

Twitter's React-Based Mobile Web Stack Rivals Native Performance

by David Iffland on  Feb 17, 2017

Twitter recently switched all of their mobile web traffic over to their new web stack, running Node.js on the back end, and a React-based Progressive Web App in the browser. The ability for this technology set to handle large traffic and data proves the capabilities of the chosen stack.

Google Cloud Endpoints is Now Generally Available

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 16, 2017

After three months in beta, Google has announced the general availability of its Open API-based Cloud Endpoints (GCE) API management system, which aims to make it possible to build efficient, ready-to-scale API platforms, says Google.

Microsoft AirSim, a Simulator for Drones and Robots

by Abel Avram on  Feb 16, 2017

Microsoft has developed and open sourced AirSim, a tool that can be used to simulate the flight of drones around the world. The simulator is built on the Unreal Engine and Microsoft will soon add support for robots and other types of vehicles.

Overcoming Self-Imposed Limitations

by Ben Linders on  Feb 16, 2017

People can feel limited when challenged, which slows them down or keeps them from trying. It can be a real problem, but their fear might actually be in their imagination. Sometimes the only thing that's holding you back is yourself. Survival rules can hinder us- sometimes you have to break them.

Apache Flink 1.2 Released with Dynamic Rescaling, Security and Queryable State

by Alexandre Rodrigues on  Feb 15, 2017

Apache Flink 1.2 was announced and features dynamic rescaling, security, queryable state, and more. The release resolved 650 issues, maintains compatibility with all public APIs and ships with Apache Kafka 0.10 and Apache Mesos support. Flink’s dynamic rescaling allows one to change the parallelism of a streaming job or of an operator within the job.

Eric Evans: DDD is Not for Perfectionists

by Jan Stenberg on  Feb 15, 2017

A problem with Domain-Driven Design (DDD) since the beginning has been the too common hunt for perfect designs, but DDD is not for perfectionists. In order to stop that hunt you need to have some idea of how to create software that is well designed, yet not perfect, Eric Evans noted in his presentation at the recent DDD Europe Conference in Amsterdam.

What's New in .NET Core Tools

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 15, 2017

The release of the latest Visual Studio 2017 RC joined an update to the .NET Core tooling. This brings several improvements, including changes to templating and many needed bug fixes.

Data Geekery Releases Version 3.9.0 of jOOQ, a Java ORM Tool for Building Type Safe Queries

by Michael Redlich on  Feb 14, 2017 3

Data Geekery released version 3.9.0 of jOOQ, their object-relational mapping (ORM) Java toolkit, featuring an experimental parser, additional type safety, better integration with Oracle, and improved transactions. InfoQ spoke to Lukas Eder, founder and CEO of Data Geekery GmbH, about this latest release.

Date and Time Formatting in Java 9 Will Get Closer to Unicode Locale Standards

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Feb 14, 2017

Several parsing and formatting changes have been incorporated to bring the functionality closer to Unicode Locale Data Markup Language (LDML). These changes have been supervised by Stephen Colebourne, creator of the popular library JodaTime, precursor of the new java.time component in Java 8. Abiding by the Unicode standard will provide better interoperability with other non-Java systems.

Setting up a DevOps Pipeline for an IoT Application

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Feb 13, 2017

In a recent article on the MSDN site, Daniel Meixler explores a complete DevOps lifecycle for an Internet of Things (IoT) application using Microsoft frameworks and components. The concepts can be generalized to other IoT platforms with some changes.

NIST Guidelines Require Second Auth Factor When Using Biometrics

by Thomas Betts on  Feb 13, 2017

NIST has released a public draft of new Digital Identity Guidelines, described as “a significant update from past revisions.” The guidelines describe acceptable use of multi-factor authentication (MFA). Furthermore, when using biometric data as one authentication factor, it must be combined with something you have, and not something you know, such as a password.

Android Things Brings TensorFlow-Based Machine Learning and Computer Vision to IoT Devices

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 13, 2017

Recently released Developer Preview 2 (DP2) for Android Things makes it easier to use TensorFlow for machine learning and computer vision on IoT devices. Additionally, it extends USB audio for several IoT platforms, adds Intel Joule support, and enables direct use of native drivers through a new Native PIO API.

The Employee Experience: How to Make People Want to Show Up at Work

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Feb 12, 2017

Jacob Morgan, a keynote speaker, best-selling author and the co-founder of The Future of Work Community, a global innovation council of the world’s most forward thinking organizations exploring the new world of work, gave a webinar along with Cisco to discuss how organizations should behave to create remarkable employee experiences, the ones that make people want to show up at work.

The Future of Microservices: Functional Service Design and Observability

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 12, 2017 2

In preparation for the upcoming microXchg conference, running 16th and 17th February in Berlin, InfoQ sat down with Uwe Friedrichsen and Adrian Cole and discussed functional service design, the new challenges with observing a distributed system, and what the future holds for the microservice architectural style.

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