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Facebook open-sources deep learning framework Pythia for image and language models

Facebook’s commitment to the wider dev community remains as strong as ever, if recent developments are any indication. Following the open-sourcing of image processing library Spectrum in January, natural language processing modeling framework PyText late last year, and AI reinforcement learning platform Horizon in November, Facebook’s AI research division today announced that Pythia, a modular […]

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Microsoft launches Service Mesh Interface, Visual Studio Code Kubernetes extension 1.0, and Virtual Kubelet 1.0

At KubeCon EU in Barcelona today, Microsoft made a slew of Kubernetes announcements. The company launched the Service Mesh Interface (SMI) specification, its new community project for collaboration around Service Mesh infrastructure, and also released Helm 3 alpha, version 1.0 of its Visual Studio Code Kubernetes extension, and version 1.0 of the Virtual Kubelet. SMI […]

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Wolfram gives developers free access to its knowledge engine

Wolfram Research today announced free access to the engine that powers its technology stack. The Wolfram Engine is available to developers for free, assuming it is used for non-production development. You can download Wolfram Engine now from wolfram.com/developer. Wolfram Research is best known for creating the modern technical computing system Mathematica and the computational knowledge […]

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CloudBees raises $10 million in follow-on funding for Jenkins-based DevOps solutions

CloudBees, a San Jose, California-based software company that provides DevOps solutions to enterprises, today announced that it has secured $10 million in follow-on funding from HSBC. This brings the company’s last growth capital round to $72 million and its total raised to over $120 million. Cofounder and CEO Sacha Labourey says it will fuel expansion […]

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Microsoft wants to apply AI ‘to the entire application developer lifecycle’

At its Build 2018 developer conference a year ago, Microsoft previewed Visual Studio IntelliCode, which uses AI to offer intelligent suggestions that improve code quality and productivity. In April, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac. At that point, IntelliCode was still an optional extension that Microsoft was openly offering as a preview. […]

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Cloudflare-supported BinaryAST promises dramatically faster JavaScript apps

You’re not imagining things: Some JavaScript web apps are quite slow, owing to egregiously high startup, parsing, and data transfer overhead. According to HTTPArchive, which periodically crawls popular websites and records information about fetched resources, the average page requires 350KB of JavaScript (10% of pages exceed 1MB). And once these pages are transferred, JavaScript engines […]

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Microsoft makes Google’s BERT NLP model better

Microsoft AI researchers today said they’ve created a Multi-Task Deep Neural Network (MT-DNN) that incorporates Google’s BERT AI to achieve state-of-the-art results. The MT-DNN was able to set new high performance standards in 7 of 9 NLP tasks from the General Language Understanding Evaluation (GLUE) benchmarks. The MT-DNN model, which also uses BERT, was first introduced […]

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Alexa speech normalization AI reduces errors by up to 81%

Text normalization is a fundamental processing step in most natural language systems. In the case of Amazon’s Alexa, “book me a table at 5:00 p.m.” might be transcribed by the assistant’s automatic speech recognizer as “five p m” and further reformatted to “5:00PM.” Inversely, Alexa might convert “5:00PM” to “five thirty p m” for Alexa’s […]

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Google’s pitch to Android devs: Assistant can drive app engagement

Google is trying to convince Android smartphone app developers that integration with Google Assistant is a way to spark re-engagement among users. The tactic was tested last week at multiple sessions at Google’s annual I/O developer conference. Engagement may be a more urgent matter now, as last week Google began to invite Android users to […]

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Twitter opens Developers Labs program to test new API products

Twitter today announced plans to build “the next generation of the Twitter API” that will provide more flexibility and better serve developers. As a first step, the company is launching the Twitter Developer Labs program to let developers preview new features and test new API products before they are finalized. Participating developers will be asked […]

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Google expands Flutter mobile app SDK to the web, desktop, and embedded devices

At its I/O 2019 developer conference today, Google launched version 1.5 of Flutter, its open source mobile UI framework that helps developers build native interfaces for Android and iOS. But that’s no longer true: The mobile framework is now a multi-platform UI framework, supporting the web, desktop, mobile, and even embedded devices. Flutter’s mission has […]

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Google introduces How-to markup for voice app developers

Google today introduced several changes for its Actions on Google platform for the creation of voice apps including the ability to tie an action to “how to” questions and easier ways to connect with Android apps. Built-in intents allow a developer to use templates created by Google to quickly configure natural language exchanges with Google […]

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Google adds 10 libraries to Android Jetpack, unveils Kotlin toolkit for UI development

At its I/O 2019 developer conference, Google announced 10 new libraries for Android Jetpack, its set of components, tools, and guidance designed to accelerate app development. The company also unveiled Jetpack Compose, a new unbundled Kotlin toolkit. Think of Android Jetpack as the successor to Support Library, a set of components that makes it easier […]

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Microsoft introduces Power BI Embedded enhancements and PowerApps updates

Microsoft dropped a ton of announcements during the kickoff keynote at Build, its annual developer conference, and more than a few concerned its Power Platform. Here’s the gist: Power BI and PowerApps, the company’s no-code business analytics service and web apps design platform, respectively, are in line for upgrades next month. The new PowerApps Component […]

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Microsoft is bringing Visual Studio to the browser, unveils .NET 5, and launches ML.NET 1.0

Build is Microsoft’s annual developer conference, which makes Visual Studio and .NET the stars of the show. Build 2019 is no different: Microsoft previewed new Visual Studio features for remote work, unveiled the .NET roadmap, and launched ML.NET 1.0. In April, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac. Two notable features were Visual […]

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Microsoft announces Windows Terminal and WSL 2, coming in June

At its Build 2019 developers conference today, Microsoft announced a slew of offerings for Windows developers, including Windows Terminal, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2, XAML Islands, React Native for Windows, and MSIX Core. Windows Terminal, available in preview now, is a new application for command-line users that promises a user interface with “graphics-processing-unit-accelerated text […]

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Microsoft’s Chromium Edge is getting IE mode, privacy tools, and Collections

At its Build 2019 developers conference today, Microsoft announced upcoming features for its new Edge browser based on Google’s Chromium open source project, the same browser that Google’s Chrome is based on. The company is promising an IE mode, additional privacy tools, and Collections. Microsoft said “these features and more will begin to roll out […]

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The dark side of DevOps

Presented by Tricentis You’re already crafting your digital transformation strategy. Your organization is staffed with top-notch developers ready to implement the innovative, business-differentiating technologies you need to attract, engage, and retain customers.  And you’ve invested in scaling Agile, driving DevOps adoption, automating the Continuous Delivery pipeline, and all the other components involved in moving from […]

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Microsoft simplifies AI model creation in Azure Machine Learning

Ahead of its annual Build developer conference in Seattle, Washington next week, Microsoft today announced enhancements to Azure Machine Learning, its service that enables users to architect predictive models, classifiers, and recommender systems for cloud-hosted and on-premises apps. “Furthering our commitment to building the most productive AI platform, we’re delivering key new innovations in Azure […]

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Microsoft’s Azure Cognitive Services adds reinforcement learning for recommendations and doodle recognition AI

Microsoft is introducing new ways to deploy AI with Azure Cognitive Services, its prebuilt service to make it easier for people without the technical knowledge of a machine learning engineer or data scientists. New today is Decision, a suite of decision-making recommendations, automated transcription services, and AI that recognizes and digitizes drawings. The Decision suite […]

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