Mozilla crowdsourcing speech recognition system

With speech recognition and response systems making big headways and the rising acceptance and usage of AI-driven assistants on phones and sensible speakers, the tech marketplace has realized that voice-based interaction is forming a massive element contributing towards the evolving future of human interaction with machines. However, building a voice recognition system for an app or gadget is not an easy task neither is it cheap because it requires a great deal of data to learn from.

Capitalising on this...

By Developer, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Data on Demand: Blending data stream networks with serverless infrastructure

The average person isn’t inordinately patient when it comes to technology. We expect everything from messaging, logistics, gaming, and home automation apps to respond to our requests in real time. The second an app acts slightly sluggish, we’re quick to throw up our hands in frustration and delete it from our smartphone.

A data stream network (DSN) is a scalable infrastructure that provides a secure, always-on connection to a web, mobile, or Internet of Things device that allows it to stream data...

By Wendy Schott, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Google’s DeepMind uses reinforcement learning to master parkour

Google has taught its DeepMind AI to navigate a parkour course by using reinforcement learning.

Reinforcement learning is the practice of rewarding desirable behaviour. The faster the AI could navigate the virtual parkour course, the greater the reward. Further incentives and penalties were added for various other metrics.

“We train several simulated bodies on a diverse set of challenging terrains and obstacles, using a simple reward function based on forward progress,” explains Nicolas Heess, a...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Linux Kernel 4.12 developers added 795 lines of code per hour

The latest release of the Linux kernel is huge with developers adding 795 lines of code to it every hour.

Launched this past Sunday, Linux 4.12 had 19,093 lines of code per day added to it by dedicated programmers. Greg Kroah-Hartman, a prominent maintainer of the Linux Kernel, posted a chart containing data about the development effort behind the latest release.

Other data about the release included:

  • Commits: 14,570

  • Number of files: 59,806

  • Number of lines: 24,170,860

  • Lines added: 1,202,920

  • Lines removed: 168,962

  • Lines modified: 141,550

  • Number of developers: 1,821

  • Changes per day: 231

  • Changes per hour: 9

  • Lines added per day: 19,093

  • Lines removed per day: 2,681

  • Lines...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

Developer fund launched alongside Cloudflare Apps platform

Cloudflare has launched a $100 million developer investment fund alongside the launch of its Cloudflare Apps platform.

The company itself raised $110 million of investment from companies including Fidelity, Google, Microsoft, Baidu, and Qualcomm last year, and with good reason. Cloudflare has grown from a team of 37 operating a network in 23 cities and 15 countries in 2012, to now employing over 200 and having a presence in 62 cities and 33 countries.

“When we started Cloudflare we needed two things: a...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Cloud, Industry, Platforms.

Oxford startup Diffblue raises £17.3 million for bug-zapping AI

Oxford startup Diffblue has raised over £17 million in Series A funding to help launch its AI technology which helps to check the code of developers for mistakes.

While most IDEs feature built-in spelling checkers and similar assistive features, they don’t necessarily help to ensure the code is efficient and/or bug-free. Diffblue likens it to writing “The president of the USA is Donald Duck” in a word processor – it’s factually wrong, but it won’t be flagged as...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

Opinion: Why low-code/no code doesn’t mean amateur only

There’s a lot of talk right now about low-code and no code development platforms. Legacy software woes and cost constraints are helping to drive adoption of these platforms, as businesses of all sizes seek to do more with less.

As more vendors come to market with low-code platforms, it can be tempting to dismiss these as “dumbed down” or amateur app development.

This is far from the truth, however.

First, let’s examine what low-code platforms actually are. The analysts at Forrester Research began...

By Andrew LeCates, 26 June 2017, 5 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Google finalises APIs for Android O in Developer Preview 3

Unwilling to let Apple steal all the spotlight this week, Google has announced Android O Developer Preview 3 is rolling out with the final APIs before release.

The second developer preview was announced during Google I/O three weeks ago and included a look at the new ‘Fluid Experiences’ and ‘Vitals’ features.

Some of the Fluid Experience features include; Picture-in-Picture support, Notification Dots which allow developers to inform users an action is now available, Auto-Fill support...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Industry, Phablet.

Android developers who incentivise positive reviews will be punished

Google will now punish Android developers who incentivise users to leave positive reviews under new Play Store rules.

Fake reviews have long been the scourge of most app stores and shady third-party services are available which can automate reviews or even have staff manually leaving false positive reviews in a bid to boost the app’s rankings.

Google tackled these services (for the most part) with improvements to its algorithms which detect and filter these reviews, but cunning developers found another...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Ethics, Industry, Platforms.

Apple developers break $70 billion earnings as Swift Playgrounds expands to educate the next generation

Apple has announced developers total earnings from the App Store have now crossed $70 billion and the company is expanding Swift Playgrounds to educate the next generation of developers.

In the past twelve months alone, downloads in the App Store have grown over 70 percent.

“People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them in record numbers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. He added, “Seventy billion dollars earned by...

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS.