Developer Archive

Google’s Android 7.1 Developer Preview starts rolling out to beta testers

No major surprises here: Earlier this month, Google announced that the Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview and its SDK tools would roll out to developers sometime later this month — and now that we have passed the middle of the month, the preview is indeed rolling out to those who have signed up for the Android Beta Program. While the Android Beta Program is mostly geared toward developers, there’s …

Udacity open sources an additional 183GB of driving data

On stage at TechCrunch Disrupt last month, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun announced that the online education company would be building its own autonomous car as part of its self-driving car nanodegree program. To get there, Udacity has created a series of challenges to leverage the power of community to build the safest car possible — meaning anyone and everyone is welcome to become a part of the open-sourced project. Challenge one …

Solve real problems, provide real solutions

We love the internet. We love apps. We love the Internet of Things. But most importantly, we love ideas. The accessibility that the internet provides, however, is also what makes it unbelievably difficult for new digital businesses to get off the ground. Over the last decade, programmatic syntax has gotten easier and more accessible. Along with the plethora of programming knowledge the internet provides at …

Google open sources image captioning model in TensorFlow

Pretty much 100 percent of my generation is obsessed with Instagram. Unfortunately, I left the platform (sorry all) back in 2015. Simple reason, I am way too indecisive about which photos to post and what pithy caption to give them. Provided by Google Fortunately, with ample spare time, those who share my problem can now use an image captioning model in TensorFlow to caption their photos and put …

What do you call a ‘non-entrepreneur? Cuba’s best hackers

What do you call a highly innovative person who builds a product out of nothing and launches something that will change people’s lives? Everywhere besides Cuba, you’d call this person an entrepreneur. You would never expect in the land of communism, censorship and classic cars that you would find a hotbed of entrepreneurship. Technically, it doesn’t exist. But in my eyes, entrepreneurship is thriving in …

GitLab secures $20 million Series B

GitLab, the code collaboration platform for developers based on the open source Git tool, announced a $20 million Series B round today led by August Capital. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Y Combinator also participated. Today’s investment brings the company’s total raised to date to over $25 million. It was just about a year ago that GitLab announced its $4 million Series A. GitLab founder and CEO …

BlazingDB uses GPUs to manipulate huge databases in no time

Gathering petabytes of data about your customers is cool, but how can you take advantage of this data? BlazingDB lets you run high-performance SQL on a database using a ton of GPUs. The company is introducing a free community edition of its solution on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in our Battlefield competition. If you’ve been running complicated SQL queries, chances are it took so …

The death of localhost and the rise of cloud development

If there was any skepticism when Marc Andreessen declared software was “eating the world,” there’s little doubt five years later that nearly every business and industry is running on software delivered as online services. The cloud has become the default for practically every industry, from storage to transportation to communication to retail. But there’s one fundamental space out of which it has yet to take …

Multi-process Firefox brings 400-700% improvement in responsiveness

Earlier this summer I wrote about Mozilla’s efforts to rollout a multi-process architecture, codename Electrolysis, for Firefox. In the months since, Mozilla has completed its initial tests on 1 percent of its user population and the initial numbers are good, according to Asa Dotzler, director of Firefox at Mozilla. The company is reporting a 400 percent improvement in responsiveness and a 700 percent improvement in responsiveness for loading large web …

The API for absurdity

Every important technology goes through a hype cycle. You’ve probably seen the Gartner Hype Cycle diagram: inflated expectations, followed by despair and eventually a pragmatic understanding of the technology’s value. World-changing promises tend to turn into mundane reality — if they don’t fall off the roller coaster entirely. The Gartner Hype Cycle Cloud APIs have progressed pretty far through this cycle, with the best of …