GitHub ‘sincerely apologises’ to Jewish employee fired over Nazis remark

GitHub has issued a public apology directed at a Jewish employee who was fired after making remarks about Nazis.

Following the US Capitol attack from groups with known associations to Nazis and other white supremacists, the employee posted in an internal Slack channel: “Stay safe homies, Nazis are about."

A co-worker complained about the comment–-calling it “untasteful conduct” and not how to describe the rioters.

Speaking to TechCrunch under conditions...

GitHub is restored in Iran after US gov permits sanctions exemption

GitHub is fully-restored in Iran after the US government granted the Microsoft-owned firm an exception to sanctions.

“All developers should be free to use GitHub, no matter where they live,” wrote GitHub in a blog post.

“At the same time, GitHub respects and abides by US law, which means government sanctions have limited our ability to provide developers in some countries the full range of GitHub services.”

GitHub ceased most operations in North Korea,...

Google looks set to finally release the Tiles API for WearOS

Google appears to be gearing up to finally release the Tiles API for its WearOS wearable platform.

Compared to Apple’s WatchOS, developments for WearOS are so few and far between that it often feels that Google has given up.  However, it’s clear Google hasn’t fully thrown in the towel when it comes to its wearable platform.

In 2019, (yes, 2019…) Google announced ‘Tiles’ for WearOS. Tiles are essentially widgets which offer glanceable information to the...

Brain activity while coding differs from processing language or doing maths

Neuroscientists from MIT have discovered that brain activity while coding differs from processing language or doing mathematics.

Coding is often likened to learning a new foreign language—and there are certainly many similarities. To the brain itself, however, it seems to be quite different.

The researchers took fMRI brain scans of young adults taking part in a small coding challenge using both Python and visual programming language ScratchJr to see what parts of their...

Python: Is it right for my business?

There is a plethora of choice when it comes to different programming languages. Python is just one of many widely used, but boasts the likes of Google, Youtube, Instagram and Spotify as some of the household names adopting it. 

So, why should a business choose Python over the likes of Java for its programming language and what role does Python play? These decisions are more complex than a simple, ‘pros and cons’ list in software development. Each has different use cases, and...

Apple invites developers to start generating App Clip Codes

Apple is opening the floodgates to iOS developers wanting to get started with App Clip Codes.

App Clips were announced at WWDC in June and enable developers to quickly offer small parts of their app for specific tasks or functions rather than force a user to download an entire app they may just delete afterwards.

The feature is similar in concept to Android’s Instant Apps which Google introduced in 2017. 

Google’s take on the feature focuses more on...

Google wants help developing Fuchsia OS… but still won’t reveal its purpose

Google is calling for more public help in developing its mysterious Fuchsia OS, despite still not revealing what it’s for.

We still know very little about the purpose of Fuchsia. We know the OS is based on a microkernel called Zircon rather than Google’s go-to of a Linux kernel, but why it’s being developed is still just guesswork.

In a blog post, Google wrote:

“Fuchsia is an open source project that is inclusive by design, from the architecture of the...

Universe 2020: GitHub simplifies open-source investing, adds dark mode, and more

GitHub is announcing a new way for businesses to invest in open-source alongside other features on day one of its virtual Universe conference.

Businesses will now be able to show their support and appreciation for their favourite open-source projects via ‘GitHub Sponsors for Companies’.

The new feature enables companies to invest in open-source projects using their existing GitHub billing arrangements. Several high-profile businesses – including Amazon Web...

Q&A: Nicolas Hourcard, QuestDB: The advantages of a time-series database

Developers need higher performance databases to unlock the full potential of exciting but ever more data-hungry applications.

IDC forecasts that the global datasphere will grow from 45 zettabytes in 2019 to 175 zettabytes by 2025. Furthermore, the analysts expect that around 30 percent of the world’s data will need real-time processing.

"Today, more than five billion consumers interact with data every day — by 2025, that number will be six billion, or 75 percent of...

Opinion: How can overseas developers capitalise on the world’s largest app market?

It’s a question many in the mobile application sector ask regularly – how do you get an app to take off in the lucrative and ever-growing Chinese app market?

The statistics about the smartphone industry and mobile usage in the world’s largest country are emphatic – 1.3 billion mobile internet users, almost 100 billion app downloads in 2019, half of the global consumer spending on mobile apps, and a mobile gaming industry that accounted for US$15B in the first six months of...