PostgreSQL 13 advances popular open source database

The open source PostgreSQL database project is continuing to improve performance in its latest release as well provide users with enhanced monitoring capabilities.

The PostgreSQL 13 release became generally available on Sept. 24 and is the first major update of the popular open source database since the PostgreSQL 12 release that debuted in Oct. 2019. With PostgreSQL 13, a series of administrative optimizations help database administrators to improve operations.

The new release also includes features that provide performance gains over previous releases.

PostgreSQL itself is growing in popularity and many third-party database management vendors, including public cloud providers, offer PostgreSQL-compatible interfaces.

Hybrid and public cloud adoption by larger enterprises should drive even more for PostgreSQL adoption, said Carl Olofson, research vice president at IDC.

“PostgreSQL 13 improvements seem to be mainly about efficiency, which can be huge because resource waste is a key source of poor database performance,” he said. “The wide range of improvements points to the benefit of developing technology in an open source manner.”

PostgreSQL 13 improvements seem to be mainly about efficiency, which can be huge because resource waste is a key source of poor database performance.
Carl OlofsonResearch vice-president, IDC

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Apple Design Teams Develop Special COVID-19 Face Masks for Employees

Apple has developed masks that the company is beginning to distribute to corporate and retail employees to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Apple Face Mask is the first created in-house by the Cupertino, California-technology giant for its staff. The other, called ClearMask, was sourced elsewhere. Apple previously made a different face shield for medical workers and distributed millions of other masks across the health-care sector.

Apple told staff that the Face Mask was developed by the Engineering and Industrial Design teams, the same groups that work on devices such as the iPhone and iPad. It is made up of three layers to filter incoming and outgoing particles. It can be washed and reused as many as five times, the company told employees.

In typical Apple style, the mask looks unique with large coverings on the top and bottom for the wearer’s nose and chin. It also has adjustable strings to fit around a person’s ears.

The company, which confirmed the news, said it conducted careful research and testing to find the right materials to filter the air properly while not disrupting the supply of medical personal protective equipment. Apple will start sending the Apple Face Mask to

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