IBM releases Call for Code kits focused on building COVID-19 solutions

IBM has published three Call for Code starter kits aimed towards helping developers build COVID-19 solutions.

The company's Call for Code challenge is now in its third iteration and initially focused on the other pressing issue of our time, climate change. 

Participants are still being tasked with building climate change-related solutions but will now also be able to submit ones relating to COVID-19.

Daniel Krook, CTO of Call for Code, said:

Singapore makes its COVID-19 contract tracing app free to global developers

Singapore is making its COVID-19 contract tracing app open source to help developers around the world to build localised solutions.

The country is among the worst-hit by the coronavirus due to its proximity to China. Developers in the country undertook a huge effort to build a comprehensive app for contact tracing called TraceTogether and now want to help others.

Launched on March 20th, TraceTogether helps to identify people who’ve had close contact with a COVID-19...

The graphics source code for Xbox Series X has leaked online

Microsoft has been quite forthcoming with information about its upcoming console, but it probably wasn’t ready for its graphics source code to be leaked.

The Series X uses a custom GPU by AMD which supports ray-tracing. AMD’s current RDNA flagship, the Radeon RX 5700 XT, features 2,560 Stream Processors across 40 compute units. For comparison, the Series X has 3,328 Stream Processors spread across 52 compute units.

AMD will release high-end GPUs that are more...

Facebook Messenger partners with devs to provide free official coronavirus responses

Facebook is partnering with its developer community to provide free services to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The company will help government health organisations and recognised agencies like the UN to connect with Facebook’s developer community to scale their responses to the pandemic.

Facebook says its developer partners are offering their services to such organisations for free during this crisis to help tackle it and save lives.

Among the examples of...

Sony’s Mark Cerny provides a ‘deep dive’ of the PS5 for developers

Sony’s chief system architect Mark Cerny has given a “deep dive” of the PS5 console hardware for developers.

The PS5’s base hardware features a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz along with a custom GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture which promises 10.28 teraflops and 36 compute units clocked at 2.23GHz. The processors are accompanied by 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a custom 825GB SSD.

For a quick comparison to the recently-unveiled...

Study: Demand for AR/VR devs surges, Go is the most in-demand language

Careers website Hired has posted its latest annual “State of Software Engineers” report which highlights some fascinating industry trends.

The most notable statistic in this year's report is an 1400 percent surge in demand for AR/VR talent. Given the release of acclaimed headsets like the Oculus Quest, and the anticipated release of a PSVR 2 later this year, it's perhaps unsurprising to see demand growing so rapidly.

Salaries for AR/VR jobs range from...

BUILD 2020: Microsoft’s biggest developer event will be digital-only this year

Microsoft's biggest annual developer event is going digital-only as concerns about the spread of COVID-19 continue.

Similar to events like Google I/O and Facebook F8, Microsoft will stream its major announcements and cancel the physical part of this year's BUILD conference.

In a statement, Microsoft wrote:

"We will deliver our annual Microsoft Build event for developers as a digital event, in lieu of an in-person event.

Tim Sweeney backs GeForce Now for being ‘developer and publisher-friendly’

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has voiced his support for Nvidia's beleaguered GeForce Now cloud gaming service.

GeForce Now allows gamers to access their already owned PC games wherever they are, even using an Android smartphone. Because the service uses custom high-end GPUs from Nvidia in the cloud, even low-spec PCs can access games often on their highest settings (impressively, even features like ray-tracing.)

While it's been an enticing proposition for gamers,...

Golang project structures for independent teams: A better way to go

Working in small and independent teams can be tricky for engineers. In my experience as an engineer at Curve, a fast growth scale-up in the fintech sector, I’ve often found that different teams tend to use completely different approaches. This can make moving teams and cross-team communications a challenge. 

At Curve, we use Golang (or Go for short) for programming. Go is an open-source...

Apple now allows iOS developers to send ads using push notifications

Apple has updated its App Store guidelines to allow iOS app developers to send ads using push notifications.

Cupertino has traditionally been strict around areas which could be detrimental to a user’s experience; advertising being a key one. In the past, developers were unable to use push notifications for “advertising, promotions, or direct marketing purposes.”

The new rules will only permit sending push advertisements to users if they agree to it. Users must...