Mozilla appoints long-term chairwoman Mitchell Baker as CEO

Mozilla has appointed long-term chairwoman Mitchell Baker as CEO, replacing Chris Beard who announced his departure last August.

Baker is stepping into her new role under difficult circumstances. COVID-19 is causing economic chaos around the world, and Mozilla's flagship product – its Firefox browser – is losing marketshare due to fierce competition.

And yet, there are also significant opportunities in these uncertain times. More than ever, people are concerned about...

Developers working with mature DevOps practices much more likely to enjoy their work

Enterprise software provider Sonatype has found a clear connection between DevOps and developer job satisfaction in its seventh annual DevSecOps Community Survey. According to its findings, developers working within mature DevOps practices are 1.5 times more likely to enjoy their work and 1.6 times at chance of recommending their employer to prospects.

The findings reveal that development velocity is quickly gaining momentum, with 55 per cent of respondents deploying code to...

Developers seek to build COVID-19 contact-tracing app compliant with EU’s strict GDPR

A consortium based in Switzerland is seeking to build a COVID-19 contact-tracing app compliant with the EU’s strict data protection regulation.

The EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) divides people into two camps. To some, the regulation offers citizens necessary protection against mass data collection. To others, GDPR is a hindrance that limits innovation and leads to startups establishing and offering their services in less strict regulatory...

IBM releases Call for Code kits focused on building COVID-19 solutions

IBM has published three Call for Code starter kits aimed towards helping developers build COVID-19 solutions.

The company's Call for Code challenge is now in its third iteration and initially focused on the other pressing issue of our time, climate change. 

Participants are still being tasked with building climate change-related solutions but will now also be able to submit ones relating to COVID-19.

Daniel Krook, CTO of Call for Code, said:

Singapore makes its COVID-19 contract tracing app free to global developers

Singapore is making its COVID-19 contract tracing app open source to help developers around the world to build localised solutions.

The country is among the worst-hit by the coronavirus due to its proximity to China. Developers in the country undertook a huge effort to build a comprehensive app for contact tracing called TraceTogether and now want to help others.

Launched on March 20th, TraceTogether helps to identify people who’ve had close contact with a COVID-19...

The graphics source code for Xbox Series X has leaked online

Microsoft has been quite forthcoming with information about its upcoming console, but it probably wasn’t ready for its graphics source code to be leaked.

The Series X uses a custom GPU by AMD which supports ray-tracing. AMD’s current RDNA flagship, the Radeon RX 5700 XT, features 2,560 Stream Processors across 40 compute units. For comparison, the Series X has 3,328 Stream Processors spread across 52 compute units.

AMD will release high-end GPUs that are more...

Facebook Messenger partners with devs to provide free official coronavirus responses

Facebook is partnering with its developer community to provide free services to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The company will help government health organisations and recognised agencies like the UN to connect with Facebook’s developer community to scale their responses to the pandemic.

Facebook says its developer partners are offering their services to such organisations for free during this crisis to help tackle it and save lives.

Among the examples of...

Sony’s Mark Cerny provides a ‘deep dive’ of the PS5 for developers

Sony’s chief system architect Mark Cerny has given a “deep dive” of the PS5 console hardware for developers.

The PS5’s base hardware features a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz along with a custom GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture which promises 10.28 teraflops and 36 compute units clocked at 2.23GHz. The processors are accompanied by 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a custom 825GB SSD.

For a quick comparison to the recently-unveiled...

Study: Demand for AR/VR devs surges, Go is the most in-demand language

Careers website Hired has posted its latest annual “State of Software Engineers” report which highlights some fascinating industry trends.

The most notable statistic in this year's report is an 1400 percent surge in demand for AR/VR talent. Given the release of acclaimed headsets like the Oculus Quest, and the anticipated release of a PSVR 2 later this year, it's perhaps unsurprising to see demand growing so rapidly.

Salaries for AR/VR jobs range from...

BUILD 2020: Microsoft’s biggest developer event will be digital-only this year

Microsoft's biggest annual developer event is going digital-only as concerns about the spread of COVID-19 continue.

Similar to events like Google I/O and Facebook F8, Microsoft will stream its major announcements and cancel the physical part of this year's BUILD conference.

In a statement, Microsoft wrote:

"We will deliver our annual Microsoft Build event for developers as a digital event, in lieu of an in-person event.