Stories by Joab Jackson

Facebook speeds iPhone app dev wih React Native

For Web developers, making the jump to building full-fledged smartphone apps can be daunting. Facebook could ease the transition with a newly open-sourced framework its engineers developed to build apps for Apple devices.

Amazon debuts bottomless storage plans for photos, data

If you've got tons of digital photos and music that are a headache to back up, Amazon wants to interest you in two new storage services designed to ease home backups and archiving.

Google refocuses Dart as a JavaScript helper

Backing down on ambitions to create a commercial grade Web programming language, Google is shifting work on its Dart programming language to make it an optimization aid for the pervasively popular JavaScript, which Dart was originally designed to supplant.

Oracle customizes project management for lines of business

One size no longer fits all for enterprise software, Oracle has found. The company has customized its project management software to meet specific requirements of clients in government, financial services and the construction business.

HP boxes up the Cloud for the enterprise

Enterprises that wish to enjoy the benefits of Cloud computing but still prefer to keep computational resources in-house should take a look at a new Cloud system offered by Hewlett-Packard.

Microsoft packages Azure for Web and mobile developers

With a new integrated set of Azure-based services, Microsoft wants to help ease the process of developing applications that run in the cloud.

Facebook engineering tool mimics dodgy network connectivity

While developers may enjoy robust wireless connections, those using their apps may not always be as well connected. As a result, such users may quickly get frustrated when an app crashes or slows to a crawl from a dodgy connection unanticipated by the developer.

Amazon Web Services offers free satellite imagery

Amazon Web Services is offering its customers free use of over 85,000 satellite images, setting the stage for new types of geographically-oriented cloud applications.

Google Cloud organizes all the log files to ease troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a misbehaving Web application, administrators will often first check the server's logs for clues. Google is trying to ease that process by consolidating into a single location all the logs for user applications built on its cloud platform.

Databricks takes the human intervention out of Spark processing

Databricks wants to make it possible to take humans out of the loop entirely when it comes to running complicated data analysis jobs.

Red Hat formulates a plan for building enterprise mobile apps

Red Hat understands that developing a mobile application is not the same as building one for the desktop, which is why the company has augmented its software stack with new technologies for mobile development.

Facebook query software crawls data mountains more quickly

Facebook engineers have revamped the company's open source Presto query engine to run up to four times faster, making it even more feasible for very large scale data warehouse work.

Microsoft customises Azure for the Internet of Things

Microsoft wants to help organizations set up and run Internet of Things (IoT)-styled distributed systems, by providing a set of integrated Microsoft's Azure cloud services designed to cut deployment times and management hassles.

Oracle introduces big data-infused marketing services

Oracle this week is launching three new services, applying cloud technology to help organizations use big data to market their products and services more effectively.

1010data gets the religion on R

The R programming language continues to permeate the big data environment. Data analysis platform provider 1010data has added R to its arsenal, allowing its many enterprise customers to interrogate their data with the statistics-oriented programming language.