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  • Google, China's biggest tech firm sign patent-sharing deal - CNET
    by Zoey Chong on 19 januari 2018 at 16:36

    The search giant and Tencent will share patents covering a range of products and technologies. […]

  • Which streamer should you buy? - CNET
    by David Katzmaier on 19 januari 2018 at 16:28

    Plenty of options exist for streaming Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and the rest. We've reviewed almost all of them. Here are our picks. […]

  • Ford Mustang Bullitt #001 will be auctioned for charity - Roadshow
    by Andrew Krok on 19 januari 2018 at 15:42

    Pick up a badass ride for a good cause. […]

  • Photo format from Google and Mozilla could leave JPEG in the dust - CNET
    by Stephen Shankland on 19 januari 2018 at 15:37

    Apple's got one idea for next-gen photo technology, but a rival approach based on the new AV1 video compression tech could go a step farther. […]

  • Spotify's new Spotlight service, Amazon narrows HQ2 list video - CNET
    by Jeff Bakalar on 19 januari 2018 at 15:22

    Today's major tech stories include Spotify's new radio-focused Spotlight service, Amazon's list of 20 possible cities for its new HQ and Snap laying off roughly two dozen employees. […]

  • Get a Propel Star Wars Battle Quad drone for $74.99 - CNET
    by Rick Broida on 19 januari 2018 at 14:37

    Originally $180, these are absolutely positively the drones you're looking for. Plus: a Rolls-Royce hoverboard at a Ford Fiesta price. […]

  • Amazon Prime cost jumps nearly 20 percent for monthly subscription - CNET
    by Ben Fox Rubin on 19 januari 2018 at 14:31

    Those of you paying for Prime month to month will see a higher fee of $12.99. Annual fees will remain the same. […]

  • Facebook standardizes Workplace pricing, boosts cost for larger deployments
    by Matthew Finnegan on 19 januari 2018 at 14:01

    Facebook has changed the pricing for its Workplace enterprise social network, a move that will result in price increases for some new customers.Workplace was officially launched at the end of 2016, following a lengthy, 18-month beta trial with large enterprises such as Royal Bank of Scotland. The platform is now used by more than 30,000 organizations worldwide and has recently won over some large customers, including Walmart and Virgin Atlantic, where it is accessed by 7,000 staff.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Facebook standardizes Workplace pricing, boosts cost for larger deployments
    by Matthew Finnegan on 19 januari 2018 at 14:01

    Facebook has changed the pricing for its Workplace enterprise social network, a move that will result in price increases for some new customers.Workplace was officially launched at the end of 2016, following a lengthy, 18-month beta trial with large enterprises such as Royal Bank of Scotland. The platform is now used by more than 30,000 organizations worldwide and has recently won over some large customers, including Walmart and Virgin Atlantic, where it is accessed by 7,000 staff.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • If foldable phones catch on, you can thank an unlikely source - CNET
    by Roger Cheng on 19 januari 2018 at 13:55

    When it comes to creating phones that take new shapes, little-known handset maker ZTE wants to lead the charge. […]

  • Instagram joins EU fight against illegal online hate speech - CNET
    by Katie Collins on 19 januari 2018 at 13:31

    Social networks have made dramatic improvements when it comes to removing illegal content from their platforms, says the European Commission. […]

  • 11 Chrome features you'll wish you'd known all along - CNET
    by Matt Elliott on 19 januari 2018 at 13:04

    Improve your Chrome skills with these tips and tricks. […]

  • Adult entertainment hasn't figured out AR either - CNET
    by Scott Stein on 19 januari 2018 at 13:00

    After VR success last year, porn producer Naughty America is now targeting phones and tablets for an AR app it claims isn't porn at all. So what is it? […]

  • Create hilarious medieval memes with this online generator - CNET
    by Bonnie Burton on 19 januari 2018 at 12:55

    The Historic Tale Construction Kit returns online so fans of the popular meme can make their customized Bayeux Tapestry images. […]

  • Firefox speeds up WebAssembly through streaming compilation
    by Paul Krill on 19 januari 2018 at 11:00

    Mozilla’s Firefox 58 browser, to be released January 23, features a compilation technology designed to make the WebAssembly portable code format run even faster.This performance boost is enabled by streaming compilation, in which the browser compiles WebAssembly code even as it is being downloaded. Code begins compiling sooner and thus finishes executing sooner. Firefox 58 also features a new two-tiered compiler, with a new baseline compiler that compiles code 10 to 15 faster than the optimizing compiler.[ What is TypeScript? Industrial-strength JavaScript. • Keep up with TypeScript’s frequent updates with InfoWorld’s TypeScript version feature tracker. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]The combination of streamed and two-tiered compilation results in WebAssembly code being compiled faster than it can be delivered by the network. Mozilla notes that, on a desktop computer, it has been able to compile 30 to 60 megabytes of WebAssembly code per second. On an “average” mobile device, WebAssembly code compiles at 8 megabytes per second, which is still faster than the download speed for just about any mobile network, said Lin Clark, Mozilla senior evangelist.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Netflix offers 'Stranger Things' town as Amazon HQ2 location - CNET
    by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper on 19 januari 2018 at 10:04

    C'mon, Jeff Bezos! Choose Hawkins, Indiana! We want daily Prime deals on Eggos and possessed Christmas lights. […]

  • After conquering the world, WhatsApp looks to small businesses - CNET
    by Daniel Van Boom on 19 januari 2018 at 09:59

    The Facebook-owned company announced WhatsApp Business, an app that aims to make communicating with small businesses easier. […]

  • Age of Empires rises in 4K from February 20 - CNET
    by Daniel Van Boom on 19 januari 2018 at 09:53

    After a four-month delay, the remastered strategy game will be released on PC with new graphics, sound and online play. […]

  • BMW's Apple CarPlay annual fee is next-level gouging - Roadshow
    by Tim Stevens on 19 januari 2018 at 03:50

    Commentary: Putting a paywall in front of a free service is a terrifying glimpse of what a world without net neutrality could look like. […]

  • Airbnb purges thousands of San Francisco listings overnight - CNET
    by Dara Kerr on 19 januari 2018 at 01:42

    As a new law goes into effect, the short-term rental site is required to deactivate all hosts who didn't register with the city. […]

  • 7 things to tweaks when setting up a new MacBook video - CNET
    by Taylor Martin on 19 januari 2018 at 01:29

    Just bought a new MacBook? Start setting it up by doing these things first. […]

  • GM shows off its autonomus future with the Cruise AV video - Roadshow
    by Drew Stearne on 19 januari 2018 at 01:27

    The Cruise AV is a 100-percent fully autonomous car, without steering wheel and pedals, and could be on public roads as soon as next year. […]

  • 15 things to tweak when setting up a new MacBook - CNET
    by Matt Elliott on 19 januari 2018 at 00:35

    Just bought your first MacBook? Start out by checking or changing these settings. […]

  • Google CEO: Tech education should be more than just coding - CNET
    by Steven Musil on 19 januari 2018 at 00:32

    Sundar Pichai warns that the next generation of workers will require continuous training in basic digital skills. […]

  • Newly spotted asteroid slips by Earth and nearby satellites - CNET
    by Eric Mack on 18 januari 2018 at 23:23

    It wasn't the big space rock grabbing headlines, but another asteroid came much closer to us without any fanfare this week. […]

  • This Samsung patent could solve the iPhone X's notch problem - CNET
    by Gordon Gottsegen on 18 januari 2018 at 22:10

    Why have a notch when you can put holes directly into the display? […]

  • Watch a drone rescue two swimmers video - CNET
    by Oliver Padilla on 18 januari 2018 at 22:10

    In what's believed to be the world's first rescue by drone, a drone designed to spot sharks drops a life-saving package to two distressed swimmers. […]

  • How to setup Belkin's Wemo Bridge for HomeKit - CNET
    by Jason Cipriani on 18 januari 2018 at 22:02

    Finally, your Wemo devices will play nice with Apple's home automation platform. […]

  • Mozilla mandates that new Firefox features rely on encrypted connections
    by Gregg Keizer on 18 januari 2018 at 18:37

    Mozilla this week decreed that future web-facing features of Firefox must meet an under-development standard that requires all browser-to-server-and-back traffic be encrypted."Effective immediately, all new features that are web-exposed are to be restricted to secure contexts," wrote Mozilla engineer Anne van Kesteren in a post to a company blog. "A feature can be anything from an extension of an existing IDL-defined object, a new CSS property, a new HTTP response header, to bigger features such as WebVR."[ More info: 14 must-have Firefox add-ons of 2017 ]Secure contexts, dubbed a "minimum security level," is a pending standard of the W3 (World Wide Web Consortium), the primary standards body for the web. Secure contexts' main purpose, according to its documentation: "Application code with access to sensitive or private data be delivered confidentially over authenticated channels that guarantee data integrity."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Mozilla mandates that new Firefox features rely on encrypted connections
    by Gregg Keizer on 18 januari 2018 at 18:37

    Mozilla this week decreed that future web-facing features of Firefox must meet an under-development standard that requires all browser-to-server-and-back traffic be encrypted."Effective immediately, all new features that are web-exposed are to be restricted to secure contexts," wrote Mozilla engineer Anne van Kesteren in a post to a company blog. "A feature can be anything from an extension of an existing IDL-defined object, a new CSS property, a new HTTP response header, to bigger features such as WebVR."[ More info: 14 must-have Firefox add-ons of 2017 ]Secure contexts, dubbed a "minimum security level," is a pending standard of the W3 (World Wide Web Consortium), the primary standards body for the web. Secure contexts' main purpose, according to its documentation: "Application code with access to sensitive or private data be delivered confidentially over authenticated channels that guarantee data integrity."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What’s new in Kotlin 1.2? Code reuse, for starters
    by Paul Krill on 17 januari 2018 at 23:00

    Version 1.2 of the statically typed Kotlin language, a version of Java endorsed by Google for Android app development, offers an experimental feature enabling reuse of code across platforms, as well as compatibility with the Java 9 module system.With the 1.2.20 update released January 17, Kotlin adds a number of capabilities in areas ranging from use of the Gradle build system to building Android mobile applications. Described as a bug fix and tool update, version 1.2.20 includes:Gradle build cache support. Support for the development mode in the JavaScript DCE (dead code elimination) Gradle task. Performance improvements as well as new inspections and bug fixes in the IntelliJ IDEA plugin for Kotlin. Improvements to incremental compilation for Android and mixed Java/Kotlin projects. IDE backing for the new Kotlin style guide, which covers formatting of code and idiomatic use of language and library capabilities. This update is compatible with IntelliJ IDEA IDE from 2017.1 to 2017.3. It also works with the Android Studio IDE versions 3.0 and 3.1.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Slack trials private shared channels, adds admin controls
    by Matthew Finnegan on 17 januari 2018 at 18:01

    Slack has talked of its high expectations for group chat channels, which it argues will replace email as the primary means of workplace communication by 2025.While channels are becoming a popular method for internal communication, Slack also wants to push them as way to interact with external companies – and stakeholders, too.With that in mind, the team messaging company has expanded its shared channel feature – unveiled as a beta trial at its first conference in September last year – to enable private conversations between workers at separate organizations.  A third of its paying users have now signed up for the beta, Slack said.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Slack trials private shared channels, adds admin controls
    by Matthew Finnegan on 17 januari 2018 at 18:01

    Slack has talked of its high expectations for group chat channels, which it argues will replace email as the primary means of workplace communication by 2025.While channels are becoming a popular method for internal communication, Slack also wants to push them as way to interact with external companies – and stakeholders, too.With that in mind, the team messaging company has expanded its shared channel feature – unveiled as a beta trial at its first conference in September last year – to enable private conversations between workers at separate organizations.  A third of its paying users have now signed up for the beta, Slack said.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What is fog computing? Connecting the cloud to things
    by Brandon Butler on 17 januari 2018 at 17:21

    Fog computing is the concept of a network fabric that stretches from the outer edges of where data is created to where it will eventually be stored, whether that's in the cloud or in a customer’s data center.Fog is another layer of a distributed network environment and is closely associated with cloud computing and the internet of things (IoT). Public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud vendors can be thought of as a high-level, global endpoint for data; the edge of the network is where data from IoT devices is created.Fog computing is the idea of a distributed network that connects these two environments. “Fog provides the missing link for what data needs to be pushed to the cloud, and what can be analyzed locally, at the edge,” explains Mung Chiang, dean of Purdue University’s College of Engineering and one of the nation’s top researchers on fog and edge computing.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What’s new in Microsoft Visual Studio Code
    by Paul Krill on 17 januari 2018 at 16:30

    Microsoft’s open source development tool is an important piece of the developer’s toolkit. Built using GitHub’s cross-platform Electron framework, Visual Studio Code is a full-featured development editor that supports a wide selection of languages and platforms, from the familiar C and C# to modern environments and languages like Go and Node.js, with parity between Windows, MacOS, and Linux releases.Microsoft regularly updates Visual Studio Code. Keep track of the updates’ key features in this changelog.[ Get started with Visual Studio Code, Microsoft’s lightweight editor for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. • Discover Microsoft’s feature roadmap for Visual Studio Code. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]Where to download Visual Studio Code To download the editor for Windows, MacOS, and Linux, go to Microsoft’s Visual Code Studio website. To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What’s new in AWS Lambda: Go and .Net Core support
    by Paul Krill on 16 januari 2018 at 22:30

    Amazon Web Services has added Google’s Go language (Golang) to the roster of supported language on its AWS Lamdba serverless computing platform. Also added is support for Microsoft’s .Net Core 2.0 when developing in the C# language.How to get started with Go and .Net Core on AWS Lambda To help Go developers ramp up on AWS Lambda, AWS is offering libraries, samples and tools for developing AWS Lambda functions at GitHub.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • IoT security needs a white knight
    by Jon Gold on 15 januari 2018 at 12:30

    Thanks to the Mirai botnet attacks, few people in the world of tech need a reminder that IoT devices remain a serious threat to enterprise networks. Still, more than a year after the botnet made headlines worldwide, IoT security remains mostly an idea, rather than a reality.Such is the scope of the problem that Frost and Sullivan IoT research director Dilip Sarangan argues for governmental intervention. Sarangan says that, because the responsibility for IoT security is diffused across device manufacturers, network providers, software developers and many others, it’s difficult for the industry to make progress on all-encompassing standards.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What’s new in Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2017
    by Paul Krill on 12 januari 2018 at 20:45

    The second beta of the Version 15.6 update to Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2017 IDE is now available.[ Review: Visual Studio 2017 is the best ever. | Cut to the key news and issues in cutting-edge enterprise technology with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ]Visual Studio 2017 15.6 beta’s features Microsoft on January 10 released a second beta of Visual Studio 2017 15.6. Its features include:To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What’s new in the Erlang VM-based Elixir language
    by Paul Krill on 12 januari 2018 at 17:20

    Version 1.6 of Elixir, a dynamic functional language that uses Erlang VM, will have improvements for code formatting and compiler diagnostics. The production version should be avaliable in late January.Intended for the development of easily scalable and maintainable applications, the open source Erlang code runs in lightweight execution threads that are isolated; information is exchanged among these threads through messaging.[ Get started with TensorFlow machine learning. • See what’s new in the latest version of TensorFlow. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]Where to download Elixir You can install Elixir from GitHub. The Elixir source code is on GitHub as well.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Microsoft stamps October's Windows 10 feature upgrade as enterprise-worthy
    by Gregg Keizer on 11 januari 2018 at 22:13

    Microsoft today told enterprises that Windows 10's second feature upgrade of last year, October's "Fall Creators Update," had been sufficiently tested and is ready to deploy across their organizations.The announcement came slightly short of three months after the Oct. 17, 2017, debut of Fall Creators Update, better known to corporate customers as 1709 in Microsoft's yymm nomenclature.[ Related: Fix Windows 10 problems with these free Microsoft tools ]"Enterprise customers...can also fully deploy when ready," wrote John Cable, a Microsoft director of program management, in a post to a company blog.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Microsoft stamps October's Windows 10 feature upgrade as enterprise-worthy
    by Gregg Keizer on 11 januari 2018 at 22:13

    Microsoft today told enterprises that Windows 10's second feature upgrade of last year, October's "Fall Creators Update," had been sufficiently tested and is ready to deploy across their organizations.The announcement came slightly short of three months after the Oct. 17, 2017, debut of Fall Creators Update, better known to corporate customers as 1709 in Microsoft's yymm nomenclature.[ Related: Fix Windows 10 problems with these free Microsoft tools ]"Enterprise customers...can also fully deploy when ready," wrote John Cable, a Microsoft director of program management, in a post to a company blog.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Vexata all-flash systems aim to reduce storage latency
    by Ann Bednarz on 11 januari 2018 at 10:36

    Startup Vexata is tackling a vexing problem: how to eliminate input-output bottlenecks in storage fabrics without requiring customers to rearchitect their IT infrastructures.“If you look at the world today, all these IoT environments with [machine learning] and AI ecosystems, where the desire is mass volumes of data that need to be accessed with very high throughputs, at super low latencies and massive scale – how do you do this economically? How do you do it simplistically so that operationally those applications become a reality?” says Ashish Gupta, Vexata’s chief marketing officer. Vexata’s storage software platform “is designed to address this emerging application ecosystem problem.”To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • React JavaScript library on the rise in NPM registry
    by Paul Krill on 10 januari 2018 at 19:55

    Judging by downloads from the NPM registry, React, Facebook’s popular JavaScript UI library, has seen good fortunes lately as a front-end JavaScript framework while the Backbone framework has slipped. On the back end, Express dominates.In a study of 28-day download cycles for front-end JavaScript frameworks, NPM, which oversees the popular JavaScript package registry, found that React has been on a steady upward trajectory; it now accounts for about 0.05 percent of the registry’s 13 billion downloads per month as of the fourth quarter of 2017. Web developers as well as desktop and mobile developers are adopting the library and it has spawned an ecosystem of related packages.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How Cisco’s newest security tool can detect malware in encrypted traffic
    by Brandon Butler on 10 januari 2018 at 18:24

    Cisco’s Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), a software platform that monitors network packet metadata to detect malicious traffic, even if its encrypted, is now generally available.The company initially launched ETA in June, 2017 during the launch of its intent-based network strategy and it’s been in a private preview since then. Today Cisco rolled ETA out beyond just the enterprises switches it was originally designed for and made it available on current and previous generation data center network hardware too.+MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: What is intent based networking? | Why intent based networking could be a big deal +To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What’s new in ECMAScript 2018
    by Paul Krill on 9 januari 2018 at 20:10

    ECMAScript, the standard specification underlying JavaScript, is on track for a new release, likely in June.So far, two proposals have been finalized for inclusion in the ECMAScript 2018 specification. Both are considered as fairly foundational work and not major features, said Zibi Braniecki, a senior software engineer at Mozilla who participates in the development of ECMAScript.[ Go deeper at InfoWorld: Beyond jQuery: An expert guide to JavaScript frameworks • The complete guide to Node.js frameworks • The 10 essential JavaScript developer tools • The 6 best JavaScript IDEs and 10 best JavaScript editors. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]The two proposals include:To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Self-driving vehicles head for Las Vegas consumer electronics show
    by Peter Sayer on 9 januari 2018 at 03:00

    Every business that needs to move around goods or people is going to have to face it: There are likely to be millions of autonomous vehicles on the roads a decade from now. But who’s going to teach them all to drive?Maybe your colleagues, or your competitors, if Intel subsidiary Mobileye gets its way. And it expects you to pay for the privilege.Mobileye, and other businesses including Nvidia, Visteon and Toyota are working to make car electronics as much a part of this year’s CES event in Las Vegas as consumer electronics.New technology Mobileye is showing at CES 2018 in Las Vegas this week will allow cars with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as lane-keeping or adaptive cruise control to watch how and where you drive, gathering data that will be of use to fully autonomous vehicles in the future. Its crowd-sourcing on wheels.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What’s next for the Aurelia JavaScript framework
    by Paul Krill on 8 januari 2018 at 11:00

    This should be a busy year for Aurelia, a JavaScript client framework that emphasizes use of focused modules. It is being groomed for improvements ranging from server-side rendering to state management.Developers of the project also have ambitions to improve the platform’s user experience framework, Aurelia UX. A full conversion of Aurelia to TypeScript is being considered as well, although that could happen after 2018.[ Go deeper at InfoWorld: Beyond jQuery: An expert guide to JavaScript frameworks • The complete guide to Node.js frameworks • The 10 essential JavaScript developer tools • The 6 best JavaScript IDEs and 10 best JavaScript editors. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]Sponsored by Blue Spire, Aurelia features a collection of open source modules and is intended for developing mobile, desktop, and browser apps. The framework has been forked roughly 600 times in GitHub and has more than 10,000 stars in that venue.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Browser makers build bulwarks to stump Spectre attacks
    by Gregg Keizer on 6 januari 2018 at 20:58

    Amid the panicked response this week to the news of significant, though not-yet-exploited, vulnerabilities in the vast bulk of the world's microprocessors, it went almost unnoticed that most browser makers responded by updating their wares in the hope of fending off possible web-based attacks.The Google-driven revelations - it was members of the search firm's Project Zero security team who identified the multiple flaws in processors designed by Intel, AMD and ARM - were to go public next week, on Jan. 9, this month's Patch Tuesday. At that time, a coordinated effort by multiple vendors, from OS developers to silicon makers, was to debut with patches to protect, as best could be done without replacing the CPU itself, systems against flaws grouped under the umbrella terms of Meltdown and Spectre. That plan went out the window when leaks started to circulate earlier this week.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Browser makers build bulwarks to stump Spectre attacks
    by Gregg Keizer on 6 januari 2018 at 20:58

    Amid the panicked response this week to the news of significant, though not-yet-exploited, vulnerabilities in the vast bulk of the world's microprocessors, it went almost unnoticed that most browser makers responded by updating their wares in the hope of fending off possible web-based attacks.The Google-driven revelations - it was members of the search firm's Project Zero security team who identified the multiple flaws in processors designed by Intel, AMD and ARM - were to go public next week, on Jan. 9, this month's Patch Tuesday. At that time, a coordinated effort by multiple vendors, from OS developers to silicon makers, was to debut with patches to protect, as best could be done without replacing the CPU itself, systems against flaws grouped under the umbrella terms of Meltdown and Spectre. That plan went out the window when leaks started to circulate earlier this week.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • NectarJS to offer JavaScript compilation-as-a-service
    by Paul Krill on 4 januari 2018 at 22:45

    Can JavaScript become a universal language for developing for multiple form factors? The inventor of NectarJS, a compiler-as-a-service cloud application now in development, claims NectarJS will make this happen.Currently in alpha release, NectarJS would have developers code in JavaScript for multiple platforms, including the internet of things, various operating systems, and the WebAssembly portable code format. Web developers could thus become low-level software programmers, claims Seraum, the company behind NectarJS.[ Go deeper at InfoWorld: Beyond jQuery: An expert guide to JavaScript frameworks • The complete guide to Node.js frameworks • The 10 essential JavaScript developer tools • The 6 best JavaScript IDEs and 10 best JavaScript editors. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]How NectarJS works NectarJS uses a multistep process:To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • C completes comeback in programming popularity
    by Paul Krill on 4 januari 2018 at 11:00

    The once-declining C language has completed a comeback in the monthly Tiobe Index of language popularity, winning the 2017 Programming Language of the Year designation from Tiobe as the biggest gainer in share.Although the language only grew 1.69 percentage points in its rating year over year in the January index, that was enough beat out runners-up Python (1.21 percent gain) and Erlang (0.98 percent gain). Just five months ago, C was at its lowest-ever rating, at 6.477 percent; this month, its rating is 11.07 percent, once again putting it in second place behind Java (14.215 percent)—although Java dropped 3.05 percent compared to January 2017. C’s revival is possibly being fueled by its popularity in manufacturing and industry, including the automotive market, Tiobe believes.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What’s new in Ruby 2.5
    by Paul Krill on 4 januari 2018 at 11:00

    Ruby, one of the more venerable dynamic languages, has just gained in performance with the new 2.5 release.Arriving on Christmas Day 2017, Ruby 2.5.0 is the first stable release in the 2.5 series.[ Go deeper at InfoWorld: Beyond jQuery: An expert guide to JavaScript frameworks • The complete guide to Node.js frameworks • The 10 essential JavaScript developer tools • The 6 best JavaScript IDEs and 10 best JavaScript editors. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]New performance features in Ruby 2.5 It boosts performance by 5 to 10 percent by removing trace instructions from bytecode that has been found to be overhead. A dynamic instrumentation technique is used instead. Also, block passing by a block parameter has been made three times faster than it was in Ruby 2.4, through use of the Lazy Proc allocation technique.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • SD-WAN deployment options: DIY vs. cloud managed
    by Brandon Butler on 3 januari 2018 at 11:00

    So you’re ready to deploy an SD-WAN. Now you have a decision to make: Do it yourself or buy it as a managed service?As the Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) market continues to see substantial growth, the ways that organizations are deploying this technology – and the ways vendors offer to sell it –  are evolving.+MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: After virtualization and cloud, what's left on-premises? |  SD-WAN What it is and why you’ll use it one day | IDC: SD-WAN growth is exploding for at least the next five years +To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Troubled jQuery mobile and UI projects seek new participants
    by Paul Krill on 22 december 2017 at 16:04

    Proponents of the jQuery Mobile web framework and the jQuery UI widgets and themes collection are looking for new blood to revive these stalled projects, which are to be combined into a single effort.The past few years have been “difficult” for both projects, said Alex Schmitz, who has become the new project lead. Both projects have suffered from a lack of resources and funding as well a loss of contributors. “These combined factors have nearly stopped development on both projects,” he said.[ Go deeper at InfoWorld: Beyond jQuery: An expert guide to JavaScript frameworks • The complete guide to Node.js frameworks • The 10 essential JavaScript developer tools • The 6 best JavaScript IDEs and 10 best JavaScript editors. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]To best use available resources, the two project teams will be combined, although separate repositories will exist for the mobile and UI projects. Participants are hoping for a continued reduction in the amount of duplicated code and widgets. JQuery Mobile would eventually be made into a more of an application framework with all widgets living in jQuery UI. People interested in participating in these projects can join a new public Slack channel set up for that purpose.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • The best free software for your PC
    by Brad Chacos on 20 december 2017 at 21:28

    New hardware needs new softwareImage by Gordon Mah Ung/IDGThe best free PC software programs aren't about the cost (lack thereof), they’re about a fresh opportunity—collections of code that puts the dumb hardware in your computer to smart use, tools that could accomplish anything from balancing your household budget to helping to cure cancer.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Chrome to block ads in February
    by Gregg Keizer on 20 december 2017 at 12:31

    Google yesterday announced that it will start blocking ads in its Chrome browser on Feb. 15.Websites that want to avoid the Chrome hammer can either shed several broad categories of online ads or pay a consortium of advertisers, advertising trade associations and technology companies, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, to become "certified.""Starting on February 15, in line with the Coalition's guidelines, Chrome will remove all ads from sites that have a 'failing' status," Google said on its website, referring to the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA), a group that's promised to scour the web of the most annoying advertisements.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Chrome to block ads in February
    by Gregg Keizer on 20 december 2017 at 12:31

    Google yesterday announced that it will start blocking ads in its Chrome browser on Feb. 15.Websites that want to avoid the Chrome hammer can either shed several broad categories of online ads or pay a consortium of advertisers, advertising trade associations and technology companies, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, to become "certified.""Starting on February 15, in line with the Coalition's guidelines, Chrome will remove all ads from sites that have a 'failing' status," Google said on its website, referring to the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA), a group that's promised to scour the web of the most annoying advertisements.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What’s new in HTML5.2
    by Paul Krill on 20 december 2017 at 11:00

    HTML5.2, an upgrade to the core HTML5 specification providing the structure of webpages, is now released by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and includes enhancements for security and commerce.The specification, referred to by W3C as a recommendation, offers an updated, stable guide to HTML. Along with new capabilities, it has bug fixes and removes technologies no longer considered part of the modern web platform.[ Get your websites up to speed with HTML5 today using the techniques in InfoWorld’s HTML5 Deep Dive PDF how-to report. | Learn where HTML5 is headed next. ]New features and other changes in HTML5.2 The key new capabilities in HTML5.2 include:To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What is a hypervisor?
    by Keith Shaw on 19 december 2017 at 20:18

    Hypervisors often get overlooked as a technology in favor of the flashier concept of virtualization, but you can’t get to the fun of virtualization until you understand what a hypervisor does within a computing system.While the benefits of virtualization and cloud computing may now seem like old hat within the IT infrastructure, that wasn’t always the case, and it is hypervisor technology that has helped drive innovation in the world of cloud computing.Hypervisor definition A hypervisor is a process that separates a computer’s operating system and applications from the underlying physical hardware. Usually done as software although embedded hypervisors can be created for things like mobile devices.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Compiler to convert Go language to JavaScript
    by Paul Krill on 19 december 2017 at 11:00

    Developers wanting to use the Google Go language, aka Golang, for web programming can try the beta open source Joy compiler, which promises—when it reaches production release—to turn Go code into JavaScript code.With Joy, idiomatic Go code will be translated into JavaScript that will work in every browser (as ECMAScript 3 code, with ECMAScript 5 code on the roadmap as well), the open source project claims. It also means JavaScript developers will be able to use Go’s type system and tools. Joy project creator Matthew Mueller says the Go-to-JavaScript translation work is about 90 percent complete.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Top 10 data center predictions: IDC
    by Ann Bednarz on 19 december 2017 at 11:00

    IDGThe lifecycle of a data center is measured in decades, yet the tech that’s inside is changing constantly.“Today’s data centers are really out of sync with the equipment that’s inside them. It would be like using the enclosure for a 1984 Macintosh with the current generation of iMac. It just doesn’t jive very well. The power, cooling and space requirements have all morphed,” says Jennifer Cooke, research director for IDC's datacenter trends and strategies teamTo read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Powermat to upgrade to 15W wireless charging, support Apple's new iPhones
    by Lucas Mearian on 13 december 2017 at 22:21

    Powermat plans to release an a new wireless charging product in January that will be capable of 15-watt power transfers through a 1.5-in. thick solid surface and provide support for new Apple iPhones and other Qi-enabled devices.Charging Spot 4.0 is a new charging hardware product that requires no drilling and that can be installed under a table surface. Powermat's new SmartInductive technology, which includes firmware, integrated circuits and charging coils, will allow the new Charging Spot to offer higher power transfers over longer distances than previously availble.The new charger will allow users to simply place enabled mobile devices atop a desk, for example, to begin receiving power.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Mingis on Tech: The building blocks of ... blockchain
    on 13 december 2017 at 18:30

    One of the biggest topics in IT right now involves blockchain, the distributed ledger tech that underpins Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Here's a look at what it is, what it does, and how companies are already using it. […]

  • What's in the latest Chrome update?
    by Gregg Keizer on 8 december 2017 at 20:46

    Google this week issued Chrome 63 for Windows, macOS and Linux, adding important security enhancements for enterprises to stress the importance the company now puts on the commercial market."Starting with [this] release, Site Isolation is now available ... [which] renders content for each open website in a separate process, isolated from other websites. This can mean even stronger security boundaries between websites than Chrome's existing sandboxing technology," wrote Matt Blumberg, product manager for Chrome, in a post to a company blog.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Microsoft Whiteboard adds ‘digital canvas’ collaboration to Windows 10
    by Matthew Finnegan on 7 december 2017 at 18:34

    Microsoft is bringing its Whiteboard ‘digital canvas’ app to Windows 10 users, providing a new way for employees to collaborate on creative work and share ideas.Whiteboard, aimed at Surface owners, makes use of the device’s stylus and touch inputs to share drawings. Users can jot down notes, make precise illustrations or search for images on the web from the app. It can also create tables, diagrams and flowcharts, which are updated in real time and automatically saved to the cloud.“It’s designed for teams that need to ideate, iterate, and work together both in person and remotely, and across multiple devices,” the Microsoft Whiteboard team wrote in a blog post.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Apple apologizes, issues Mac login security patch
    by Jonny Evans on 29 november 2017 at 17:33

    With great apology, Apple has rushed to respond to the appalling macOS High Sierra security flaw, issuing a software update that has been made immediately available for download and will be automatically installed in existing Macs.‘We greatly regret’ Apple has shared the following statement: "Security is a top priority for every Apple product, and regrettably we stumbled with this release of macOS.“When our security engineers became aware of the issue Tuesday afternoon, we immediately began working on an update that closes the security hole. This morning, as of 8:00 a.m., the update is available for download, and starting later today it will be automatically installed on all systems running the latest version (10.13.1) of macOS High Sierra. To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Microsoft sets a cutoff date for free Office app viewers
    by Gregg Keizer on 27 november 2017 at 21:38

    Microsoft is warning customers that it will retire several Office application viewers in little more than four months, shutting off the spigot to the free document readers used by those without the productivity suite."The Excel Viewer, PowerPoint Viewer, PowerPoint 2007 Viewer and the Office Compatibility Pack, will be retired in April 2018," said a post to a company blog. "At that time, they will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • iOS 11.2 to unleash ‘fast’ wireless charging for the iPhone 8, iPhone X
    by Lucas Mearian on 14 november 2017 at 19:10

    Apple is preparing to release iOS 11.2, an update that will enable 7.5W "fast charging" for the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.Currently, iOS v11.1.1 supports only 5W wireless charging; iOS 11.2 is now in beta and expected to ship over the next month or so.While all three of the new iPhones are capable of taking a charge of up to 15 watts via the Qi v1.2 specification, the iOS platform doesn't support that raten of power transfer. In fact, it only supported 5W charging when originally launched in September.[ Further reading: The 50+ best features in iOS 11 ]Additionally, only some wireless chargers support 7.5W wireless charging. Here's a list of Computerworld's top 10 wireless chargers, most of which support the "fast charging" capability.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • RStudio cloud service in the works?
    by Sharon Machlis on 10 november 2017 at 13:30

    An interesting result popped up when I searched for RStudio cloud this morning: RStudio.cloud from RStudio itself."Kick the tires to your hearts delight - but don't plan on taking a cross-country trip just yet," the service warns on its home page.I logged in using my existing shinyapps.io account, which the home page advises to do. If  you don't use shinyapps.io, you can set up a new account there, or use Google or GitHub credentials. The opening screen lets you create a project:Screenshot at RStudio.cloud Page to create a project at RStudio.cloud.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • With Spark Assistant, Cisco adds voice-activated A.I. to videoconferencing
    by Matthew Finnegan on 3 november 2017 at 20:31

    Virtual assistants are gaining popularity as Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant get better at quickly retrieving information and helping to organize things. Joining them in the office are smart assistant chatbots, which are being integrated into a variety of enterprise applications.Now, Cisco wants to bring the power of voice-activated A.I. smarts to conference rooms with its Spark Assistant.   The idea is for Spark Assistant to take some of the pain out of setting up meetings by allowing voice commands to be used to call colleagues or start, join and leave meetings without interacting with physical devices. The A.I. assistant is activated with a simple, “Hey, Spark.”To read this article in full, please click her […]

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