Blueprint releases Storyteller for JIRABlueprint is releasing a JIRA add-on to its agile solution Storyteller. Storyteller is designed to automatically generate user stories for agile teams. According to Blueprint, Storyteller for JIRA can help small and mid-sized businesses transition to agile.The add-on aims to help organizations save time and money, improve user stories, and enhance collaboration.“Transitioning from waterfall to agile can cause many issues for organizations. A critical issue here is that business stakeholders and analysts don’t know how to write good user stories,” said Ruth Zive, vice president of marketing for Blueprint. “Storyteller for JIRA solves this issue by creating a visual process that doesn’t rely on lengthy training or a wall full of sticky notes.”NVIDIA reveals newest mobile processorNVIDIA revealed its latest mobile processor that will be used in a new generation of autonomous vehicles. The processor was revealed at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, Calif.The processor is called Parker, and it delivers performance features that will benefit the automotive market. Parker will deliver deep learning, hardware-level virtualization, a hardware-based safety engine, and other features for automotive integration.Parker delivers 50% to 100% higher multicore CPU performance compared to other mobile processors, said NVIDIA. With this speed and performance boost, Parker can deliver what is needed to run advanced deep learning inference algorithms for self-driving capabilities, said the company. According to NVIDIA, more details will be available on Parker’s architecture and capabilities in the near future. Kontena introduced a developer-friendly container and microservices platform today to tackle some of the challenges in software development distribution. Specifically, the Kontena platform will help those in this space install, use and maintain their containers.The platform runs in the cloud, on-premises, or hybrid. The platform is scalable, so it will work for small container workloads or when containers need to be scaled up. Kontena is also open source and integrates with other open-source software, which eliminates vendor-lock in, the company said.Kontena’s platform requires no additional maintenance, and it includes automatic updates, the company said. Kontena also received funding from Lifeline Ventures, which will be used to enter the market and scale up the business, according to the company.Google to modernize OAuth requestsIn an effort to improve the security and usability of native apps, Google announced plans to no longer accept OAuth requests in embedded browsers known as “web-views.” The company will begin the process in the next couple of months.“Using the device browser for OAuth requests instead of an embedded web-view can improve the usability of your apps significantly: Users only need to sign in to Google once per device, improving conversion rates of sign-in and authorization flows in your app,” wrote William Denniss, product manager for identity and authentication at Google, in a blog post.In order to help developers migrate, Google will be providing libraries, samples and best practices.
(Related: Yahoo open-sources Screwdriver)Many of the other fixes and changes are around more mundane items that were no less problematic for the user base. This release fixes some problems with the clipboard, making copy/paste and drag-and-drop tasks perform more reliably. The Direct3D support in Wine 2.0 was also updated, and support for numerous graphics cards was added as well.For the next release, expected at the start of 2018, the HID driver system will see the completion of its overhaul, which should improve support for mice, joysticks, and other input devices for use with applications running on top of Wine.Wine was created in 1993 by a fledgling group of Linux developers inspired by a project at Sun Microsystems called Wabi. Wine’s 1.0 release did not arrive until 2008. It’s been a long time coming, but Wine 2.0 is finally here. The open-source Windows compatibility layer reached version 2.0 yesterday, bringing with it a host of improvements and changes. This release also marks the first release of the new time-based annual release cycle for the project, which focuses on a hard release date instead of feature completeness.As such, some features were delayed to the next release, most notably full human interface device (HID) support, and the planned Android graphics driver. There are still many big changes and fixes, however.One big target was to support Microsoft Office 2013. Using Wine, Linux users can now run Office on their desktops. Among the more than 6,600 other changes, new support for 64-bit macOS is another highlight.