Zoom is pumping $100M into advancing its third-party app ecosystem

Zoom is building on the momentum it’s gained over the past year with the launch of a $100 million fund to advance its third-party ecosystem.

During 2020, Zoom's business customer base grew by 470.33 percent. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom's business customer base had grown 217.44 percent across the two years between January 2018 and 2019.

Third-party app developers have been sharing in the company’s success through Zoom Apps, which were first announced during...

Unity partners with the UN and Project Drawdown to help create a sustainable future

Unity is often used to create incredible worlds people use to take a break from reality, but a new collaboration uses the 3D content platform to tackle a real-world problem that impacts all of humanity.

A new grant, the Unity For Humanity Environment and Sustainability Grant, has been launched in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Project Drawdown.

Jessica Lindl, VP of Social Impact at Unity, said:

“The future of humanity...

Gitpod adds support for VS Code and expands features after raising $13M

Open-source developer platform Gitpod has announced a slew of enhancements after raising $13 million in venture capital funding.

The platform – which is used by over 350k global developers – aims to streamline workflows by providing prebuilt, collaborative browser-based development environments.

Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk, commented:

"While developers have a wealth of tools at their fingertips, integrating them all together and...

Microsoft announces its own LTS build of OpenJDK

Microsoft has announced the preview of its own build of OpenJDK, a free and open-source implementation of the Java SE platform.

The Microsoft Build of OpenJDK is a long-term support (LTS) distribution that includes binaries for Java 11, based on OpenJDK 11.0.10+9, on x64 server and desktop environments on macOS, Linux, and Windows.

In a blog post, Microsoft wrote:

“Microsoft deploys over 500,000 Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) internally – excluding all Azure...

The Open Group launches data platform for energy industry developers

Vendor-neutral technology consortium The Open Group has launched an open-source data platform for developers in the energy industry.

The OSDU Data Platform is standards-based, technology-agnostic, and aims to reduce the time-to-market of new solutions.

Steve Nunn, President and CEO of The Open Group, said:

“The OSDU Data Platform Mercury Release represents an important achievement by the OSDU Forum in a very short space of time. Established in 2018, the OSDU...

Featured: Developer’s list of innovative companies to watch in 2021

Governments may not have classed developers as “essential workers” during the pandemic, but we know they are.

The companies in our most innovative companies list for 2021 are helping developers to deliver the full potential of their visions quickly which, in turn, is often helping end-users in ways that can’t be understated.

In alphabetical order:

Appery

Appery’s mission is to “accelerate your mobile innovation” and its low-code app...

MongoDB deepens Google Cloud partnership with new Atlas integrations

MongoDB, one of the world’s most popular and trusted NoSQL databases, has deepened its Google Cloud partnership with new Atlas integrations.

The partners first announced a strategic alliance two years ago but are now taking their relationship to the next level with new integrations and an expanded five-year partnership agreement.

Alan Chhabra, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Partners at MongoDB, said: 

"Google Cloud and MongoDB have a long-standing,...

Charles Hoskinson, Founder, Cardano: On the opportunities for decentralised apps

Blockchain platform Cardano aims to disrupt unfair legacy centralised systems and distribute power to individuals around the world, but it needs your help.

The decentralisation movement really started when Bitcoin was released in 2009 as a global digital currency with a fixed supply that’s immune to inflation, has no central bank, and cannot be shut down.

However, Bitcoin has its limitations. While it’s arguably the ultimate “store of value” asset – which is...

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...

Ethereum 2.0 nears launch with deposit contract expected this week

The long-awaited new version of Ethereum’s decentralised platform is close, with its deposit contract expected to launch this week.

Ben Edgington, a developer at Ethereum-focused software company ConsenSys, posted a blog post this week in which he said: “As I understand it, we are good to go: deposit contract in the next few days; beacon chain genesis 6-8 weeks later.”

Edgington adds the disclaimer that it’s not an official statement.

Ethereum 2.0 is...