Tech Blitz – Round-up of Latest Tech News

Technology newsWe are starting this tech news roundup in 2016 to help you get your tech news highlights.  Along with canvassing the web and journals we check in with our technology team to find what news they find most interesting.  Our Tech Blitz blog feature will have a round-up of the latest news, announcements, opinions and insights.

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Google Announces Beta Release of Angular 2

Google says it was necessary to unleash the JavaScript application framework from architectural limitations. An accompanying eightfold speed increase for rendering and updating pages accompanies the changes. But many of those changes aren’t compatible with AngularJS 1. A free tool will allow some of the changes between the two versions to intermingle.

Google also listened to developers and switched back to the MIT Open Sourced Licensing Framework.

Izenda uses AngularJS for our dashboards and visualizations.

Izenda engineers made improvements to our BI solution’s Dashboard 2.0 through the use of Angular.js to provide end users with a seamless and responsive experience.

Learn more about AngularJS 2.

Watson IOT Gains Context with New Cognitive APIs

IBM made available four new Watson APIs specifically designed for Cognitive IoT applications to allow data scientists, engineers, clients and business partners to explore pioneering applications of Cognitive IoT:

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Video/Image/Audio Analytics
  • Text Analytics

IBM already publishes 28 APIs for Watson computing. These four were made “directly referenceable so Internet of Things systems can combine them to gain context surrounding the information,” Chris O’Connor, general manager of IoT at IBM, told SD Times.

MS Rebrands ASP.NET to .NET Core 1

Why did Scott Hanselman announce that ASP.NET 5 is dead?on his blog name changes to ASP.NET?

  • NET 5 is now ASP.NET Core 1.0.
  • .NET Core 5 is now .NET Core 1.0.
  • Entity Framework 7 is now Entity Framework Core 1.0, or EF Core 1.0 colloquially

For more information on the change and which platform to choose, read his blog.

Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

The top technology trends for 2016 will include 3D printing, IoT, ambient user experience, machine learning and different application architectural trends, Gartner announced as part of their Symposium and ITxpo.

DARPA Wants Brains (Connected to Computers)

DARPA is launching a new program called Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) to produce an implantable neural interface to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world.

JavaScript Inventor, Mozilla Co-founder Launches Brave Browser  

The new Brave browser promises faster speeds by eliminated intrusive advertisements.

Trump to Demand Apple Produces iPhones in U.S.

Trump’s latest element of Making America Great campaign rhetoric would likely result in doubling the cost of a cell phone or more.

Technology Could Cut 5M Jobs by 2020

World Economic Forum meetings include a release of an estimate that  5 million jobs would be lost in developing countries amidst discussion of how technology and specialization will disrupt the workforce.

Pure JavaScript OS Closer to Reality

An OS has been built by the Node.js community as a slender operating system targeted at server needs. The quest is for a 100% JavaScript OS (with the exception of the Linux kernel). The Node.js engine and Npm are on top as a userland component. Using them for development lowers the barrier of entry for programmers, since JavaScript is arguably faster and easier to work with than C, according to InfoWorld’s Serdar Yequlalp.

The project lives on GitHub.

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