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Biometrics: An evolving industry with unique risks

As evidenced in the world of business, government and everyday life, the technology of biometrics is widespread and expanding. For example, people can unlock their smartphones with their faces. Banks can recognize customers by the sound of their voice, and police can identify suspects with automated fingerprinting. These are just some of the common applications for biometrics. But while the technology offers many benefits from convenience and faster service, to better safety and security , it is

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IBM introduces new operating system for IBM Z systems

IBM has announced the next generation of its operating system for its IBM Z systems, which are a suite of mainframe servers. IBM z/OS V2.5 is designed to accelerate the adoption of hybrid cloud and AI as well as drive modernization initiatives. A recent study conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value revealed that 71% of executives claim mainframe-based applications are still central to business strategy. Further, the study predicted that within three years the percentage of businesses u

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SD Times news digest: DataRobot to acquire Algorithmia, Synopsys announces Rapid Scan, Thundra announces Foresight CI Observability Tool

DataRobot announced that its acquiring the MLOps platform Algorithmia to deepen its capabilities to unlock value from AI through better, faster, frictionless solutions for every part of the modern enterprise. We understand that businesses cannot get the value of their ML models unless they have the ability to deliver those models quickly, reliably, and at scale, said Diego Oppenheimer, the CEO of Algorithmia. Its been clear to us for many years that DataRobot shares this philosophy, and were thr

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Nearly a quarter-century later, why is C++ still so popular?

Despite C++s downward trend on the TIOBE Programming Community index since 2001, the languages fall from the coveted top two slots in 2020, vociferous and persistent claims that C++ is dead like COBOL , and the inroads the Rust is making in developer circles C++ is still as viable, vital and relevant as ever. Theres no arguing with the languages ongoing popularity. The numbers are clear in the June 2021 TIOBE index C++ is the fourth most popular programming language on the planet, grabbing almos

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Health Tech Startup Field Intelligence Expands Across East and West Africa

Health tech startup Field Intelligence, that is digitising the supply chain and transforming access to essential, life-saving medicine, has today announced its expansion into Rivers, Edo, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu, Delta and Kwara States in Nigeria, and Eldoret, Mombasa, Kisumu and Naivasha in Kenya. Independent and franchise pharmacies can access 1000 unique products, inventory planning, subscription delivery and Pay-As-You-Sell on the Shelf Life platform. The expansion will build

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African DeFi start-up aims to deliver banking to 2.3 billion underbanked - built on Cardano

A new African DeFi start-up will deliver blockchain banking to the 2.3 billion underbanked adults in the world. Bora Finance is developing an online banking environment that will include a saving and investment platform, a loan and collateralization segment, insurance, and payment/POS platforms. The Bora Finance solution will give access to secure and cost-effective banking services to billions right through their mobile devices. The traditional financial system has left billions of

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The bumpy road of moving applications to the cloud

Everywhere you look, companies are involved in some sort of digital transformation. For some, it means moving their entire business to the cloud which may include building or purchasing software for payroll, ordering, fulfillment and many other activities. For larger firms, entrenched with legacy applications, it means migrating or rewriting hundreds or perhaps thousands of applications to the cloud . This is no small feat, given the complexity and brittleness of many legacy applications. These

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SD Times news digest: MobileTogether 7.3, Sila announces $13 million Series A round, and Cloudflare launches Project Pangea

Altova announced the release of MobileTogether 7.3, a rapid app development platform for building enterprise solutions. The latest release introduces options to enable in-app purchases in the native iOS, Android, and Windows apps they create using MobileTogether and the ability to embed the MobileTogether Windows client in ones own UWP. It also adds support for tooltips, Android 11, and support for additional database versions. Additional details are available here . Sila raises $13 million in S

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Five tips for Olympian applications

The performance of world-class athletes as they train for the Olympic Games and engineering the performance of your applications in preparation for production releases share some interesting traits. In this blog, I want to share some basic guiding principles that will help make your applications finish strong. Efficiency, Not Just Speed Not every Olympic sport is a speed race. There are plenty of other areas where winning is about strength or agility. All events arent equal in terms of physical

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Cellulant to extend its payment solutions across Tanzania

The Bank of Tanzania (BOT) has issued an approval in principle to Cellulant Corporation to operate as a Payment Solution Service Provider in Tanzania having satisfied all the necessary requirements. Payment Solution Service Providers make up the underlying e-Payment infrastructure in Tanzania . Banks, Online Merchants, payment processors, merchants, state governments, and consumers connect to PSSPs to meet their digital payment needs. This approval makes Cellulant one of

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SD Times news digest: New Relic for Startups available on AWS Activate, Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Private Preview, Xojo 2021 release 2

As part of AWS Activate and New Relic for Startups, startup founders and engineering teams get exclusive discounts, free credits, and support for New Relics cloud-based observability platform. "While you might have a great product market fit, a prototype, and a pitch deck, an idea is often only as good as the infrastructure you have to scale it. With this in mind, weve recently launched New Relic for Startups as part of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Activate Console to help builders build faster

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SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Accessibility Insights

Accessibility Insights is an open source project created by Microsoft aimed at helping developers build more accessible software. It was created internally at Microsoft and then released as an open source solution in 2019. We were motivated by Microsofts mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We realized that to empower every person, we need to help support all developers in building more accessible products. The power of open-source software is inc

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