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Google Released MobileNets: Efficient Pre-Trained Tensorflow Computer Vision Models

by Roland Meertens on  Jun 16, 2017

Google released several pre-trained computer vision models for mobile phones in the Tensorflow Github repository. Developers can choose from several models that differ in amount of parameters, computations for processing one image, and accuracy. Developers can trade accuracy for battery power for their specific application.

Looking at Visual Studio 15.3 Preview 2

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 16, 2017

Highlighted by support for .NET Framework 4.7, the second preview of Visual Studio 2017 (15.3) has been released. Primarily focused on bug fixes and usability enhancements, this version addresses quality of life improvements.

How the Financial Industry Is Doing DevOps

by João Miranda on  Jun 16, 2017 1

The second DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) Europe, once again held in London, brought together the DevOps enterprise community. The financial industry was well represented, giving the attendees a unique perspective on the challenges facing this heavily regulated industry and how DevOps is helping to address them.

How Testers Can Become More Technical

by Ben Linders on  Jun 15, 2017

Testers who are able to successfully apply technical techniques of the testing craft during testing are more valuable; they increase both the quality and productivity of their teams. To become more technical, testers can learn something about code, and they should know how to manipulate and parse text files and how to use the most important analysis tools for their application platform.

Enhancing Google Maps with Deep Learning and Street View

by Srini Penchikala on  Jun 13, 2017 1

Google's Ground Truth team recently announced a new Deep Learning model for the automatic extraction of information from geo-located image files to improve Google Maps. This neural network model achieved a higher accuracy in processing the challenging French Street Name Signs (FSNS) dataset.

Building a Startup within a Bank - Q&A with Peterjan van Nieuwenhuizen

by Hugo Messer Shane Hastie on  Jun 13, 2017

Peterjan van Nieuwenhuizen serves as head of smart digital banking at BTPN in Indonesia. At the upcoming Agile Indonesia conference he will talk about the cultural changes needed to create a startup mentality inside a traditional bank, the challenges and opportunities this creates and what's needed to make it real. He spoke to InfoQ about his experiences.

RepreZen Releases KaiZen Open-Source Editor and Parser for Open API 3.0

by Shelby Switzer on  Jun 13, 2017

RepreZen, creators of the RAPID-ML resource modeling language, have launched the KaiZen OpenAPI Editor and KaiZen OpenAPI Parser for the Swagger API description language, now known as the Open API Specification (OAS), with support for versions 2.0 and the soon-to-be-released 3.0, which is expected in July 2017.

Safari 11 Adds Missing Features, Improves Privacy by Default

by David Iffland on  Jun 12, 2017

Apple has taken the wraps off Safari 11, the newest version of their web browser. Available on iOS and MacOS, the browser now includes WebRTC and WebAssembly. Also included is a new tracking blocker that purports to reduce the ability for third-parties to track users as they move around the web.

Distributed Systems Theory for Practical Engineers

by Andrew Morgan on  Jun 12, 2017

Alvaro Videla, distributed systems engineer and co-author of RabbitMQ in Action, reviewed distributed systems theory at QCon London 2017. This involved breaking distributed systems into different classifications and then discussing the trade-offs between each of them. These included timing models, failure modes and more.

Microsoft Introduces Blockchain Proof of Concept Framework for Developers

by Kent Weare on  Jun 11, 2017

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced a framework for accelerating enterprise-ready proof of concept (PoC) blockchain deployments in their Azure cloud platform. Microsoft wants their customers focused on developing sound business scenarios through smart contracts and less time on the infrastructure that underpins distributed ledger technology (DLT) solutions.

WebKit Now Has Full Support for WebAssembly

by Abel Avram on  Jun 10, 2017

Apple Safari has full support for WebAssembly including preparation for future integration with ECMAScript Modules and threads.

Jake Wharton, Android Engineer at Square, Speaks to InfoQ at ETE

by Michael Redlich on  Jun 09, 2017

Jake Wharton, Android engineer at Square, spoke to InfoQ at the 2017 Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise (ETE) Conference about his work at Square and his thoughts on reactive systems, RxJava, and Kotlin.

Apple Announces Core ML: Machine Learning Capabilities on Apple Devices

by Roland Meertens on  Jun 09, 2017

At WWDC 2017 Apple announced ways it uses machine learning, and ways for developers to add machine learning to their own applications. Their machine learning API, called Core ML, allows developers to integrate machine learning models into apps running on Apple devices running iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Models run on the device itself, so data never leaves the device.

GitHub GraphQL API is out of Early Access

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 08, 2017

GitHub GraphQL API has recently become generally available. InfoQ has spoken with GitHub senior engineering manager Kyle Daigle.

AWS Greengrass Runs Lambda Functions on IoT Devices

by Abel Avram on  Jun 08, 2017

Amazon has made available AWS Greengrass, a solution that allows developers to run Lambda functions on IoT devices and enable devices to communicate to each other and the cloud.

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