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Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

IBM’s effort to make its Notes/Domino platform relevant for the future kicks up a gear this week, as the company prepares a second beta of a new version 10. Notes combined messaging and an application development environment, which set hearts a-fluttering in the early-to-mid 1990s. IBM laid out a then-record $3bn to acquire Lotus, which invented Notes, and drove the product to great prominence. IBM re-branded Notes’ back end as Domino and kept the Notes ...

Apache Cassandra at 10: Making a community believe in NoSQL

Ten years ago this month, when Lehman Brothers was still just about in business and the term NoSQL wasn't even widely known, let alone an irritant, Facebook engineers open-sourced a distributed database system named Cassandra. Back then, the idea that huge numbers of companies would need a scalable database was almost laughable – and that grip of traditional relational database systems is reflected in the mythical moniker given to what would become one of the ...

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

Sunday is a big day in Vulture Central. No, not the football. Sunday is three years to the day when Microsoft’s apology for the Windows 8 generation was released to computer makers. Windows 10 would hit end users two weeks later, charged with undoing the Metro carnage. The background In 2015 Microsoft was still reeling from the damage done by Windows 8, only partially mitigated by its follow-up, Windows 8.1. Flushed with success having "fixed" ...

Microsoft’s TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

How do you train AI agents in language and understanding? Easy – drop them into a Zork-alike dungeon and let then find their own way out. While the rest of the Microsoft world squeaked with excitement about new hardware and free collaboration tools, the boffins at Redmond’s Montreal Research Lab have looked to history as way to help Reinforcement Learning (RL) researchers skill up their AI agents. The theory is quite simple – drop an ...

Exec-transcribing AI so you can click Like on their brainfarts. Oh Microsoft, you spoil us

It’s Monday and Microsoft’s Partners are already winging their way to Las Vegas for Inspire. That means it must be time for a news round-up. Surface a-go-go While the soap opera of the mythical Andromeda device rumbled on, Microsoft finally admitted that yes, a new Surface device was on the way, and no, it isn’t a phone. Powered by Intel, rather than Qualcomm, Redmond is taking aim at the low-end with the small, cheaper device ...

Google Chrome will start offering to sync saved credit cards with Google Pay

If you’re a frequent online shopper (who isn’t these days?), quick access to your credit card is very important. Walking across the room to get your card is an inconvenience. It can bring your better judgment to the forefront and put an end to a frivolous purchase. We can’t have that, which is why Chrome’s Autofill feature can save your credit card info. However, a new integration with Google Pay will make it even easier ...

8 Digit Hex Colors

One of the most requested capabilities in my early days of web development was the ability to set opacity on elements and even PNG images without the need for browser-specific CSS or hacks.  Eventually we got native opacity support and even enjoyed rgba(), the ability to cite an opacity level with a color. While I loved the ability to provide an opacity with color using rgba(), the use of hexadecimal color had always been ingrained ...

Google Chrome 69 on Android brings new downloads UI with renaming and changing downloads folder

Google’s mobile web browser, Chrome, can do most of what everyone wants when it comes to navigating through a website. The engineers in Mountain View feel the application can be improved so much more and a lot of us within the community can agree. Last year, we found that Google was experimenting with a new “Chrome Home” feature that would redesign the new tab page, which has continued to evolve throughout this year. Still, the ...

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android 8.1 Oreo update rolls out again with July security patches

Since the introduction of Google’s Android One program, there have been a number of companies jump on board. Not only does it make it easier for the OEM to create one of these devices since there are silicon vendors manufacturing chips specifically for the platform, but it also allows them to target the highly price sensitive segment of emerging markets. So far, companies including Nokia, BQ, Motorola, and Xiaomi have all released at least one ...
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