WordPress 5.5 arrives with lazy loading, sitemap, automatic updates for plugins and themes

WordPress.org today launched WordPress 5.5, which brings a slew of speed, search, security, block editor, accessibility, and developer updates. You can download version 5.5, which was developed by 805 volunteer contributors, now from WordPress.org/Download. WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that powers over 30% of the web (including VentureBeat). This means there is a […]

Creating customized Vega visualizations in Amazon Elasticsearch Service

Computers can easily process vast amounts of data in their raw format, such as databases or binary files, but humans require visualizations to be able to derive facts from data. The plethora of tools and services such as Kibana (as part of Amazon ES) or Amazon Quicksight to design visualizations from a data source are […]

Industry Watch: The rise of infrastructure open source

Open-source software is showing up in ever-growing percentages of applications, and the amount of open-source within those applications is increasing just as fast. Developers are drawn to open source for a number of reasons: the fact that they can access the code within the components; the fact that there is a community of people creating, […]

The EU is launching a market for personal data. Here’s what that means for privacy.

The European Union has long been a trendsetter in privacy regulation. Its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and stringent antitrust laws have inspired new legislation around the world. For decades, the EU has codified protections on personal data and fought against what it viewed as commercial exploitation of private information, proudly positioning its regulations in […]

Rocket League details how cross-platform progression will work

Rocket League is going free-to-play, and developer Psyonix is packaging that update with cross-platform progression. This means that your win-loss record comes with you whether you’re playing on PC, Switch, or anywhere else. Additionally, your digital goods follow you as well, with some pretty obvious exceptions. All of this happens through your Epic Games Account, […]

Halo: Infinite delayed into 2021 — Xbox Series X still launching in November

Microsoft is putting Halo: Infinite back into the oven. The publisher announced today that it is pushing the next Halo game into 2021 so that developer 343 Industries can have more time to refine the final product. This is a major blow to the Xbox Series X, which is launching in November according to Microsoft. […]

Population immunity is slowing down the pandemic in parts of the US

The large number of people already infected with the coronavirus in the US has begun to act as a brake on the spread of the disease in hard-hit states. Millions of US residents have been infected by the virus that causes covid-19, and at least 160,000 are dead. One effect is that the pool of […]

Google details 50 new Classroom and Meet features for the pandemic school year

At its Anywhere School 2020 event today, Google announced a slew of updates for educators across Google Classroom and Google Meet to help schools start this next semester. The company said its tools “lighten the load for teachers, school leaders, families, and especially the students who have navigated learning from home with grace and resilience.” […]

Twitter rolls out new reply controls to combat trolls

In an effort to make Twitter seem less like a cesspool, the company is rolling out new settings that will allow all users to control who can reply to tweets. Twitter began testing the feature earlier this year and said the results of that experiment convinced it to make the tools available to all users starting […]

Qualcomm wins U.S. antitrust lawsuit appeal over chip licensing

(Reuters) — A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling against chip supplier Qualcomm in an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission. The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also vacated an injunction that would have required Qualcomm to change its intellectual property licensing practices. The decision amounted to a […]