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  • Chrome 85 Adds 64-Bit Support on Android, Better Tab Groups, Avif Compression Format Support

    The Chrome team recently released Chrome 85 with sizable new features. The Chrome app for Android will now be a 64-bit version. Tab groups can be collapsed and expanded. Profile Guided Optimization allegedly delivers up to 10% faster page loads. Highly-compressed AVIF videos will natively play in Chrome 85. Developer tools also see significant improvements.

  • Experiences from Using a Disciplined Approach to Change

    When a company embraces the agile path, the first question is: “Where do I want to go?” and not “What is the right framework to do agile?” A disciplined approach to change can help you to choose from possible practices such as a “design pattern book” for agile transformation, and to identify when a practice is promising and when the current context is not the most favorable for it.

  • IBM Introduces IBM Cloud Code Engine

    IBM has recently announced the beta availability of a new serverless compute service called IBM Cloud Code Engine. The service is a managed serverless platform that runs containerized workloads, for example web apps, micro-services, event-driven functions and batch jobs.

  • ARCore 1.20 Brings Persistence and Global Localization to Cloud Anchors

    Two years ago, Google introduced Cloud Anchors in ARCore 1.2 to enable collaborative AR experiences across devices. In its latest release, ARCore removes a limitation in Cloud Anchors by providing support for full persistence. Additionally, ARCore 1.20 integrates with Google Earth to make it easier to find AR content.

  • AI Training Method Exceeds GPT-3 Performance with 99.9% Fewer Parameters

    A team of scientists at LMU Munich have developed Pattern-Exploiting Training (PET), a deep-learning training technique for natural language processing (NLP) models. Using PET, the team trained a Transformer NLP model with 223M parameters that out-performed the 175B-parameter GPT-3 by over 3 percentage points on the SuperGLUE benchmark.

  • AWS Releases Amazon Timestream into General Availability

    AWS recently announced the general availability of Amazon Timestream, a serverless purpose-built database that exposes time-series data through SQL. With Amazon Timestream, customers can save time and costs in managing the lifecycle of time series data by keeping recent data in memory and moving historical data to a cost-optimized storage tier based on user-defined policies.

  • Shenandoah in JDK 11 - Interview with Red Hat's Team

    Shenandoah is a low-latency garbage collector that enables Java applications to operate quickly without changes. InfoQ sat down with Roman Kennke and Aleksey Shipilev from Red Hat's Shenandoah team to ask some questions about how this garbage collector was created and what diligence went into adding it to the upstream JDK 11 codebase.

  • Swift Atomics Enables First-Class Atomic Operations in Swift

    Swift Atomics aims to allow system programmers to write synchronization constructs directly in Swift.

  • Chaos Conf Q&A: Adrian Cockcroft & Yury Niño Roa

    In preparation for ChaosConf 2020, InfoQ sat down with Adrian Cockcroft and Yury Niño Roa to explore topics of interest in the chaos engineering community. Key takeaways included: there are clear benefits to running “game days” to develop psychological safety, and the future of chaos engineering points toward incorporating security and scaling up experiments to test larger failure modes.

  • Microsoft Innovates Its Azure Multi-Cloud, Multi-Edge Hybrid Capabilities

    During the recent Ignite virtual conference, Microsoft announced several updates for their Azure multi-cloud and edge hybrid offerings. These updates span from security innovations to new edge capabilities.

  • GitHub Code Scanning Is out of Beta

    One year ago GitHub announced the acquisition of Semmle, maker of a semantic code analysis engine powered by the Semmle QL query language. After a few months in beta, GitHub is now announcing the availability of its new CodeQL-based code scanning capability for all public and private repos.

  • Bridgecrew Releases State of Open Source Terraform Security Report

    Bridgecrew, a developer-first platform that codifies cloud security, recently published the State of Open Source Terraform Security report. The company utilized open-source Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) static analysis tool Checkov. One of the key findings reveals that modules used to provision AWS resources are most likely misconfigured.

  • Hacked off with Hacktoberfest

    Hacktoberfest is a promotion that Digital Ocean runs to encourage developers to contribute patches to open-source repositories hosted on GitHub in exchange for a free T-shirt. This year, however, there have been complaints by many open-source contributions being made that add little or no value to projects on GitHub, which is causing some strain on the community. InfoQ investigates.

  • Reactive Angular Library NgRx v10 Adds Component Local State Management Package

    NgRx, a set of reactive extensions for Angular based on RxJS, shipped v10 with a new component store package for local state management. The new package complements the NgRx Store used for application-wide state management. A new, experimental NgRx Component package also supports developers in writing Angular Zoneless applications leveraging Angular Ivy capabilities for better performance.

  • New GitHub Repositories Default to Main Branch

    All newly created GitHub repositories will default to 'main' for their main branch from today. In addition, existing repositories can also rename the 'master' branch; read on to find out why you might want to do this, and the support that GitHub is providing to make this transition seamless.


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