A dormant chip in the Pixel 2 will soon let developers write better camera and AI apps

Here’s a surprise: Google’s Pixel 2 phones include a custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) that’s optimized for image processing — but it currently just sits there, doing nothing. Google says it’ll turn this chip on in the coming weeks as a developer option in the preview of Android Oreo 8.1. Read More

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Google, IBM and others launch an open source API for keeping tabs on software supply chains

 Thanks to containers and microservices, the way we are building software is quickly changing. But as with all change, these new models also introduce new problems. You probably still want to know who actually built a given container and what’s running in it. To get a handle on this, Google, JFrog, Red Hat, IBM, Black Duck, Twistlock, Aqua Security and CoreOS today announced Grafeas… Read More

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GitLab raises $20M Series C round led by GV

 GitLab, a collaboration and DevOps platform for developers that’s currently in use by more than 100,000 organizations, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series C round led by GV (the fund you may still remember under its former name of Google Ventures). This brings GitLab’s total funding to date to just over $45.5 million. In addition to the new funding, the… Read More

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Microsoft’s Azure Functions adds support for Java

 Azure Functions, Microsoft’s platform for building serverless applications, has long supported a variety of programming languages but it’s adding an important one today: Java. Fittingly, the company made this announcement at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco. As Microsoft notes in today’s announcement, Java support was one of the top feature requests for Azure… Read More

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Google launches Cloud Firestore, a new document database for app developers

 Google today launched a new database service for Firebase, its platform for app developers. The new Firestore database complements the existing Firebase Realtime Database and indeed, there’s quite a bit of overlap between these two services. As Firebase co-founder James Tamplin told me, the Realtime Database (RDB) was always the flagship product of the platform. The service is now in use… Read More

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