TechCrunch: AWS launches Amazon Sumerian to build AR, VR and 3D apps quickly. “We’d heard months ago that Amazon would be using its Re:Invent AWS event to roll out some a new service related to building in mixed reality — augmented reality and virtual reality. And on the eve of the conference kicking off, it’s done just that. Today the company announced Amazon Sumerian, a new platform for developers to build and host VR, AR and 3D apps quickly and with minimal coding, for smartphones and tablets, head-based displays, digital signage and web browsers.”
Small Business Trends: Bots Are Taking Over: Fiverr Adds Subcategory Dedicated to Chatbots Development Gigs. “The attack of the bots continues as they spread their reach everywhere from data gathering, to analytics, web indexing and more, automating tasks across the internet. And now it’s easier than ever to create your own bot. Freelance marketplace Fiverr has a new subcategory dedicated to chatbots development services.” Adding this is a data point about the proliferation of chatbots, not because I think everyone should rush to Fiverr.
TechCrunch: Deep Algo offers simple code visualization for people who don’t know how to code. “The system works by presenting a sort form that helps the user determine precisely what they want out of a piece of code. From there, the system breaks things down into more of a flow chart to help give a better understanding of the actions created by the code. The idea to get employees in other aspects of business involved in the process, to add their unique points of views to the system.”
TechCrunch: Google now lets hardware developers tinker with its Assistant. “Google has long said that it wants to open up its Assistant to a broader ecosystem of hardware companies and developers. Today it’s taking a major step in this direction with the launch of the Google Assistant SDK, which allows developers to build the Assistant’s smarts into their own hardware prototypes. Those could be smart mirrors, Google Home-like appliances or a teetotaler’s favorite robot bartender — the world is your oyster.”
TechCrunch: Twitter unveils a new API platform, roadmap and vision for its developer community. “Today, Twitter is trying to reset developer relations yet again with the unveiling of its vision for the Twitter API platform and, for the first time, publishing its public roadmap of what it has planned. The apparent goal here is to be more transparent about what Twitter has in store for developers, which includes a unification of its API platform along with the launching of new APIs and endpoints for developers.” If I had read this story two years ago, I would have been hopeful. Now I have zero trust in Twitter.
UNESCO: Agreement on software preservation signed at UNESCO. “UNESCO and the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA) today signed an agreement at the Organization’s headquarters to contribute to the preservation of the technological and scientific knowledge contained in software. This includes promoting universal access to software source code. The agreement was signed in the presence of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, and INRIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Antoine Petit.”
The Register: Hundreds of millions ‘wasted’ on UK court digitisation scheme. “Hundreds of millions of pounds have been wasted on plans to digitise the criminal justice system due to the mismanagement of a key programme that has so far delivered little value to the taxpayer, according to multiple insiders. The Common Platform Programme (CPP) was supposed to be complete by March 2019. However, a spokeswoman from HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) said the programme will not be complete until 2020 at a revised cost of £270m.”