Android switches to native Java 8 support

From InfoWorld: Android's mobile application build system will natively support Java 8 features going forward, with Google deprecating the Jack toolchain.

Jack has served as a toolchain to compile Java source code into Android dex byte code, with Java providing the basis of Android development. But now, Google wants to support Java 8 features directly in the current javax and dx set of tools.

AMD reveals Ryzen 5 prices as it sidesteps performance questions

From PC World: As AMD reveals its Ryzen 5 prices and release date, the company marks an important transition: After launching its eagerly awaited Ryzen 7 chip for high-end PCs, AMD hopes to parlay that goodwill into mainstream success.

AWS offers Alexa developers free cloud credits

From InfoWorld: Developers interested in extending the capabilities of Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant have some more free tools in their arsenal, thanks to a program the company announced Wednesday.

Developers with an active Alexa skill -- a service that expands the capabilities of the virtual assistant -- can apply for $100 in Amazon Web Services credits every month to help pay for what they’ve built. After that, they can receive up to $100 per month in additional credits if they incur usage charges for their skills.

GoPro to cut another 270 jobs

From CNET: GoPro said Wednesday it will cut 270 jobs in an effort to reduce operating expenses, its second round of layoffs in less than four months.

The layoffs amount to about 18 percent of the camera maker's work force. (The San Mateo, California-based company currently employs roughly 1,500 people, according to Business Insider.) In November, the company announced plans to lay off 200 workers and close its entertainment division, which aimed to build a media company with original content inside GoPro.

AWS follows Google with Reserved Instance flexibility changes

From InfoWorld: Customers who have Reserved Instance contracts with Amazon Web Services will be able to subdivide some of their Linux and Unix virtual machine instances while maintaining their capacity discounts, thanks to pricing changes announced Monday.

Reserved Instances allow customers to lock themselves into paying AWS for a certain amount of compute capacity with the company's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) in exchange for a discount off its list price.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is like a giant Note7

From PC World: Samsung always arrives at Mobile World Congress with a new Galaxy device, but this year instead of the S8 smartphone, which won’t be arriving for at least a few more weeks, it brought a new tablet, the Galaxy Tab S3. And now we know it won’t come cheap.

Nginx JavaScript is ready for prime time

From InfoWorld: Nginx has upgraded its web server and load balancer to take advantage of its JavaScript implementation.

The company on Tuesday debuts Nginx Plus R12, the commercially supported version of its technology. This release moves NginScript, a JavaScript-based programming tool, to general availability for production use. Developers can choose NginScript for traffic handling, via a familiar JavaScript syntax. The code can be embedded in Nginx Plus for actions on HTTP, TCP, and UDP traffic.

US reportedly ready to charge 4 in Yahoo's massive hacks

From CNET: The US Justice Department plans to indict four people in connection with the hacking attacks against Yahoo that compromised more than 1 billion user accounts, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

One of the alleged hackers is in Canada and is expected to be arrested soon, according to the report, which cited an anonymous person described as having been briefed on the matter. The other three individuals are currently in Russia, according to Bloomberg's source.

Windows Vista has just 30 days to live

From PC World: In a month’s time, Microsoft will put Windows Vista to rest once and for all. If you’re one of the few people still using it, you have just a few weeks to find another option before time runs out.

After April 11, 2017, Microsoft will no longer support Windows Vista: no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates, Microsoft says. (Mainstream Vista support expired in 2012.) Like it did for Windows XP, Microsoft has moved on to better things after a decade of supporting Vista.

Facebook tool cuts through React complexity

From InfoWorld: Facebook attempts to make it easier to get started with its React Native framework, launching the CRNA (Create React Native App) tool for building mobile apps with no build configuration.

Introduced Monday, CRNA was co-developed by Facebook and Expo, formerly Exponent. The tool, deemed stable for general use, was inspired by the design of Create React App for building React JavaScript apps sans build configuration.

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