Microsoft buys JavaScript developer platform npm; plans to integrate it with GitHub

Microsoft is acquiring Node package manager npm Inc., officials announced on March 16. (Neither company is sharing the purchase price.) Microsoft plans to integrate GitHub with npm with the intent of making the combined community even more appealing to JavaScript developers. 

npm, in addition to offering the Node package manager, also hosts and maintains the npm Registry and CLI

Microsoft officials said npm currently supports more than 1.3 million packages and 75 billion downloads a month. Microsoft intends to always keep the npm registry available as open-source and free to developers, said GitHub CEO Nat Friedman.

Once Microsoft’s acquisition of npm is approved, it has a three-pronged plan for npm, Friedman said in his post: To invest in the registry infrastructure and platform; to improve the core experience of npm with new features like Workspaces, as well as improvements to publishing and multi-factor authentication; and to engage with

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Azimo gets loan from European Investment Bank to build cross-border payments infrastructure in EU

UK cross-border payments company Azimo will invest in its rapidly growing EU operation after receiving a €20m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Part of the money will be spent on software engineers as the company evolves its product, particularly with European Union (EU)-based customers in mind.

Azimo’s platform enables people to make cross-border transactions in seconds via a smartphone app, at a considerably lower cost than traditional high-street money transfer shops. The Azimo platform removes complexity through automation.

Michael Kent, co-founder and CEO at Azimo, said the EIB contacted the company as part of its plans to expand payments infrastructures in Europe. Fintech is relatively new for the EIB, he said, but it has already lent money to German neo bank N26 and Swedish point-of-sale fintech izettle.

“The EIB’s focus here was to build critical payments infrastructure in the EU to support job creation,” said Kent. “We

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Samsung launches 512GB eUFS 3.1 for smartphones

Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 3.1 aimed at smartphones, the company announced.

The new embedded memory boasts triple the sequential writing speed of its predecessor 512GB eUFS 3.0, at 1,200MB per second.

This will offer smartphones considerably faster data transfer times compared to conventional PCs with solid-state drives or MicroSD cards, Samsung said.

The new offering also boasts a sequential reading speed of 2,100MB per second and random reading speed and writing speed of 100,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) and 70,000 IOPS, respectively.

Samsung’s eUFS 3.1 lineup will come also in 256GB and 128GB capacities.

The South Korean tech giant added that its P1 line at its Pyeongtaek plant has begun producing 6th generation V-NAND. Meanwhile, its new X2 line at its plant in Xian, China has begun production of 5th generation V-NAND. 

Samsung began mass production of 512GB flash

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5G propels connected vehicles into top gear

A study from ABI Research has concluded that the commercial roll-out of 5G and other next-generation connectivity will have a transformative effect on worldwide roadways within the next three years.

The 5G in automotive and smart transportation application analysis report predicts that there will be 41 million 5G-connected cars on the road by 2030, rising to 83 million by 2035. By then, says ABI, 5G connected cars will make up more than three-quarters of the total of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X)-equipped cars.

C-V2X is a global system for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and V2X communication designed to enhance road safety and facilitate smart transportation systems, including support of automated driving. Developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) organisation, C-V2X is claimed to establish the foundation to support safety use-cases with a path for integration into next-generation 5G technologies, while tapping into the broader 3GPP ecosystem to drive wider adoption.

With its evolution

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