It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world. In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per Child, dubbed “the green machine” or simply “the $100 laptop.” And it was like nothing that Negroponte’s audience — at either his panel at a UN-sponsored tech summit in Tunis, or around the globe — had ever seen. After UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan offered a glowing introduction, Negroponte explained exactly why. The $100 laptop would have all the features of an ordinary computer but require so little electricity that a child could power it with a hand crank. It would be rugged enough for children to use anywhere, instead of being limited to schools. Mesh networking would let one laptop extend a single internet connection to many others. A … [Read more...] about OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong
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News IBM Provides Deep Learning as a Service The latest effort to make artificial intelligence (AI) programming more accessible to developers in the face of an industry-wide skills shortage comes from IBM, which today announced Deep Learning as a Service. The new service comes with Watson Studio, a cloud-native set of tools that provide an environment for building, training and deploying AI models that work with various types of data. Furthermore, IBM said it's open sourcing a core component of the new service, called the Fabric for Deep Learning (or FfDL, pronounced "fiddle"), which is now on GitHub. Industry experts have predicted AI will be the most disruptive technology over the next decade, and numerous efforts are underway to get AI programming power into the hands of the developer masses because of a lack of specialized AI skills. For example, Alteryx Inc., a data science and analytics software maker based in Irvine, Calif., this month released Alteryx Promote, a component of … [Read more...] about IBM Provides Deep Learning as a Service — ADTmag
News Microsoft Adds JUnit 5 Testing Support, More Java Features to Visual Studio Code Microsoft's Visual Studio Code team has added initial support for the JUnit 5 testing framework, along with other Java functionality via extensions to the open source, cross-platform code editor. Previously, Microsoft added support for JUnit 4 to its Java Test Runner extension. After that support was implemented in January, the VS Code team received feedback from developers suggesting more test framework support. Specificially, said Program Manager Xiaokai He, developers mentioned JUnit 5 and TestNG, and the team responded by adding functionality for running and debugging test cases and generating test reports for JUnit 5. The Java Test Runner extension, still in preview, has been installed 482,254 times as of this writing, earning a perfect 5.0 rating from four developers. It works with Language Support for Java by Red Hat and Debugger for Java to help run and debug Java test cases. He also … [Read more...] about Microsoft Adds JUnit 5 Testing Support, More Java Features to Visual Studio Code — ADTmag
Running a small business is no easy task. The last thing you need is extra complexity in your IT infrastructure – so why turn to Linux?Well, it could (if you're lucky) actually turn out to be a less complex choice for many tasks, depending on the distribution you select. And, critically, Linux is free; at least if you don't figure in support costs. That's an overhead ticked off the list.So what's the best choice for your small business? We've approached this selection with a few criteria in mind. Stability must come first: if you're putting a distro to work, uptime is critical. Solid support provision comes a close second.We've also considered practical capabilities, which is why you'll find a couple of non-desktop distributions on our list.10 of the best Linux distros for privacy fiends and security buffs10 best Linux distros: which one is right for you?What's the best Linux distro for beginners?How to choose the best Linux distro for laptops10 of the most popular lightweight … [Read more...] about Best Linux distros for small businesses in 2018
Introduction Note: Our best Linux distro for beginners feature has been fully updated. This article was first published in January 2014.For those folks dipping their toes into Linux waters for the first time, the choice of various distributions or 'flavours' of Linux can be truly overwhelming, especially if you're not sure what to look for.In the early days of Linux, choosing a distribution (distro) was much simpler. You usually selected one you had heard about or with which you had a small amount of experience. There were also far fewer choices beyond Red Hat Linux, Debian and Slackware. While you can still make a choice based on these criteria, the sheer number of Linux distros available now, and their ever vocal fan bases, makes it difficult to settle on one and get started.So let's ignore those voices altogether, and add one of our own. We've deliberately shied away from the popular mainstream distros here, as we didn't just want easy-to-use distros. Instead, we've selected … [Read more...] about What is the best Linux distro for beginners?