The Open Container Initiative launches version 1.0 of its container specs

 It took a while, but the Open Container Initiative (OCI) today announced the launch of the 1.0 versions of both its container runtime and image specs for software container. The two-year-old open source foundation was established by Docker and other leaders in the container ecosystem to be the guardian of exactly these specifications, which are basically the industry standards for… Read More

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Apple now allows customer support reps to respond to your App Store reviews

 Earlier this year, Apple finally introduced the ability for app developers to respond to customer reviews – a feature Google had in place for several years. Now, Apple is expanding this feature with the launch of a new “Customer Support” role available now in the iTunes Connect portal. This gives developers who have larger teams the ability to give others permission to respond… Read More

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To the Moon? Blockchain's Big Hiring Crunch Could Last Years

The world may be buzzing about blockchain and its recent influx of ICO-based capital, but a lack of skilled developers threatens to hold up growth.

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Alexa brings hands-free TV to more devices

 Alexa’s latest trick is offering a hands-free TV viewing experience, that will allow consumers to turn on or off their television, change inputs, fast forward, rewind and more, without having to first invoke a specific skill, or even press a button on their remote. Instead, makers of smart home devices are today adding new “entertainment controls” to their own skills, which… Read More

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Buoyant raises $10.5M Series A round as it looks to bring service meshes to the masses

 Buoyant, a company founded by former Twitter infrastructure engineers William Morgan and Oliver Gould, today announced that it has raised a $10.5 million Series A round. Read More

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Amazon is launching a series of Alexa training workshops worldwide

 With over 15,000 voice-activated apps and growing, Amazon’s Alexa platform has momentum. And Amazon is expected control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year, outpacing Google Home and others. Now the company is doubling down on its investment in the developer community, with the debut of a new event series that trains developers to build for Alexa.
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