Stories by Paul Krill

Survey: iPhone 6 powers an increase in enterprise adoption of iOS

Apple's iOS mobile platform gained user share in security-conscious businesses late in 2014, taking it away from Google's Android platform, thanks to the introduction of the iPhone 6 smartphone, according to a survey of its enterprise customers by mobile security vendor Good Technology.

By Paul Krill | 28 February, 2015 01:58

Tags: galaxy, Blackberry, Apple, mobile device management (MDM), Google, Good Technology, mobile

Red Hat Shenandoah boosts Java garbage collection

Red Hat engineers are moving forward with their Shenandoah garbage collection technology, which would give Java a boost in large-heap applications.

By Paul Krill | 26 February, 2015 03:16

Tags: application development, java, software, Red Hat

Apache Spark jumps on the R bandwagon

Apache Spark, the big data processing technology for iterative workloads that is growing in popularity, is about to add capabilities for DataFrames and the R language as part of two upcoming upgrades.

By Paul Krill | 23 February, 2015 22:08

Tags: Strata, applications, Databricks, data mining, software, big data

Microsoft enlists Mozilla to speed up JavaScript in Windows 10

Microsoft is looking to improve Web performance in Windows 10 by bringing in Mozilla's asm.js JavaScript subset, for inclusion in Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine.

By Paul Krill | 20 February, 2015 02:26

Tags: Languages and standards, application development, Microsoft, software, javascript

Microsoft: Biometrics are the future of Windows 10 security

With the use of passwords coming under increased scrutiny, Microsoft is taking steps to move beyond them in Windows 10. Its biggest move: Joining the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance and adding support for the biometrics technology in the upcoming upgrade of the OS, which has been slated to ship this year.

By Paul Krill | 18 February, 2015 08:12

Tags: white house, Microsoft, security

Obama: Tech companies and government must share threat data

President Barack Obama signed an executive order today on cyber security that aims to ward off digital threats that imperil both the economy and national security.

By Paul Krill | 14 February, 2015 08:22

Tags: white house, security, sony, Stanford University

Two years in the making, Node.js upgrade arrives

In development for nearly two years, the 0.12 release of Node.js is about to become available. Whether the release can mend the now-fractured community that has been built around the popular server-side JavaScript platform remains to be seen.

By Paul Krill | 07 February, 2015 02:20

Tags: application development, Node.js, infoworld, software, Joyent

Microsoft backs Java for cross-platform mobile apps

Over the years, Microsoft has not been the biggest advocate for Java, no matter how pervasive it has become. In fact, the company was entangled in a bitter legal battle over the platform with Java founder Sun Microsystems many years ago. But times have changed. Now, Microsoft Open Technologies, a subsidiary of Microsoft focused on "open" technologies and interoperability, is promoting a Java-based approach to building cross-platform mobile apps.

By Paul Krill | 06 February, 2015 02:53

Tags: Microsoft, java, mobile

Microsoft .Net's execution engine goes open source

Continuing with plans to open up its software development technologies, Microsoft this week open-sourced CoreCLR, the .Net execution engine in the .Net Core platform.

By Paul Krill | 05 February, 2015 01:23

Tags: open source, GitHub, Microsoft, Microsoft .Net, software

Mobile app security grabs feds' attention

Recognizing the increased use of mobile apps at businesses, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a U.S. government agency, has come forward with recommendations on vetting security of these applications with steps ranging from risk management to testing.

By Paul Krill | 02 February, 2015 22:13

Tags: security, mobile security

Microsoft kicks off C# 7 language planning

Designers are off and running with plans for the next generation of Microsoft's C# language, with key themes centering on data management, performance, and reliability.

By Paul Krill | 30 January, 2015 02:51

Tags: application development, C#, GitHub, Microsoft, software

New Aurelia framework wants in on JavaScript riches

A wide variety of technologies has piggybacked JavaScript, including Famo.us, AngularJS, Meteor, and Node.js. A new entrant, Aurelia, offers another angle as a modular framework enabling customization and accommodating the latest ECMAScript technologies.

By Paul Krill | 29 January, 2015 02:27

Tags: Durandal Inc., software, javascript

Microsoft debuts TypeScript 1.4

With TypeScript 1.4, Microsoft offers accommodations for ECMAScript and type system improvements to developers.

By Paul Krill | 22 January, 2015 22:11

Tags: application development, Microsoft, software

Compile C# to JavaScript with DuoCode

A new compiler lets programmers use their C# skills to build JavaScript and HTML5 Web applications. By integrating with Microsoft's Visual Studio IDE and leveraging Microsoft's Roslyn compiler technology, the DuoCode compiler enables cross-compiling of C# code into JavaScript, for sharing of code between JavaScript and Windows applications.

By Paul Krill | 22 January, 2015 22:11

Tags: application development, Google, Microsoft, software

Java focuses on modularity, real-time apps in 2015

It's full speed ahead for modular and real-time Java efforts early in the new year.

By Paul Krill | 20 January, 2015 06:37

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, IBM, java, Components, cloud computing, internet, Oracle

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