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PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client

The first thing I download on a new Windows machine – after Chrome, of course – is PuTTY. This tried-and-true OpenSSH client has served millions of devs quite well for the past twenty year

Open source database startup MariaDB confirms $27M investment led by Alibaba

Open source database startup MariaDB has announced a new $27 million round of funding led by Alibaba, confirming the news that TechCrunch reported in September. As we wrote then, Alibaba contributed t

TensorFlow Lattice ensures your machine learning models follow global trends

Google's TensorFlow team released TensorFlow Lattice today to help developers ensure that their machine learning models adhere to global trends even when training data is noisy. Lattice draws from the

Microsoft becomes a sponsor of the Open Source Initiative

Microsoft today announced that it has joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as a Premium Sponsor. The OSI, which launched in 1998, takes a relatively pragmatic approach to open source and advocates

Ghost, the open source blogging system, is ready for prime time

Four long years ago John O’Nolan released a content management system for bloggers that was as elegant as it was spooky. Called Ghost, the original app was a promising Kickstarter product with l

Google releases new TensorFlow Object Detection API

Google is releasing a new TensorFlow object detection API to make it easier for developers and researchers to identify objects within images. Google is trying to offer the best of simplicity and perfo

Judah vs. the Machines: The race for prowess against a toy car

In the latest installment of Judah vs. the Machines, Judah ventures down to Anki, a company combining augmented reality and artificial intelligence to entertain fans of racing games. Anki utilizes sma

Google is giving a cluster of 1,000 Cloud TPUs to researchers for free

At the end of Google I/O, the company unveiled a new program to give researchers access to the company’s most advanced machine learning technologies for free. The TensorFlow Research Cloud prog

Google’s TensorFlow Lite brings machine learning to Android devices

While discussing the future of Android at Google I/O, Dave Burke, a VP of engineering, announced a new version of TensorFlow optimized for mobile called TensorFlow lite. The new library will allow dev

The OverLord ProPlus is a 3D printer for making really tall objects

Most 3D printers have a fairly small build envelope. The Makerbot, which is one of the biggest for home use, offers 29.5 L X 19.5 W X 16.5 H CM and others hover around that range. The $499 OverLord Pr

BrickerBot is a vigilante worm that destroys insecure IoT devices

A hacker called The Janitor has created multiple versions of a program called BrickerBot, a system that searches out and bricks insecure IoT devices. A researcher named Pascal Geenens has followed the

Update: Apple says no plans to manufacture products at Mesa, Arizona site

Apple has confirmed it applied for a renewal of the FTZ status, but says it does not intend to manufacture products at the site -- rather it will be used as a global command hub for its data center op

Mozilla strives for performance boost with new Project Quantum

Mozilla has been hard at work rolling out Electrolysis to bring the benefits of a multiprocess architecture to Firefox users for quite some time. Though Mozilla has put a large amount of its resources

Tilda is the web design tool for the rest of us

If you’re a maker, a hustler, a shaker, or a serial entrepreneur you probably make a lot of websites. There are a number of tools you can use including Bootstrap (please stop using Bootstrap), S

Mozilla launches new fund to help prevent the next Heartbleed

Mozilla today announced that it is launching the Secure Open Source (SOS) Fund to help make open source code more secure. The fund, which will get an initial grant $500,000 from the Mozilla Open Sour

Microsoft’s Azure Container Service is now generally available

Azure Container Service, Microsoft’s container scheduling and orchestration service for its Azure cloud computing service, is now generally available. The service, which allows its users to cho

Docker acquires Conductant as it looks to help businesses run large-scale systems

Docker today announced that it has acquired Conductant, a small startup that focused on orchestration. While you have probably never heard of Conductant — and as far as we can see, the company

The Money In Open-Source Software

It’s no secret that open-source technology -- once the province of radicals, hippies and granola eaters -- has gone mainstream. According to industry estimates, more than 180 young companies that gi

Docker Acquires Unikernel Systems As It Looks Beyond Containers

Docker today announced the acquisition of Unikernel Systems, a Cambridge, UK-based startup that aims to bring unikernels to the masses (or at least the masses of developers). Docker plans to integr

Holberton Wants To Be A Different Kind Of Coding School

By now, there are plenty of coding schools that will happily train you to become a junior programmer within a couple of months. Most of them will teach you the basics, but to become a full-stack engin
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