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January Week 3
Jan 21 | Editor
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If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on  I Programmer to sift through the news and uncover the most relevant stories. Our weekly digest also covers the week's feature articles and book reviews.



AI Prevails Against Human Poker Champions
Jan 21 | Sue Gee
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Libratus, an artificial intelligence developed at Carnegie Mellon, is currently taking on four of the world's best professional poker players in a 20-day match at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, in which 120,000 hands of No Limit Texas Hold'em will be played.



//No Comment - Kinect for X-Rays, Kinect as a Baby Monitor & Full Body Motion Tracking With HoloLens
Jan 20 | Lucy Black
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The whole subject of depth cameras has more or less dropped out of sight. The Kinect in particular has been declared dead more than once recently, but this is simply a reflection of how high the hype reached before the inevitable crash. Depth cameras are still important and we are still innovating and finding new things to try out.



Google Buys Twitter Dev Platform
Jan 20 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has bought Fabric, Twitter's developer platform, to add it to its Developer Products division alongside Firebase. 



Mycroft On Raspberry Pi An Open Source Alexa
Jan 19 | Harry Fairhead
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The latest big surprise hit Amazon's Alexa. Voice control seems to be the next big thing, but Amazon makes it hard to extend its reach to really new skills. An alternative is Mycroft, an open source AI with voice control. The good news is that now you can run it on a Raspberry Pi with no fuss.



Get Ready for Expanded Pwn2Own 2017
Jan 19 | Alex Armstrong
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This year's Pwn2Own hacking contest will be the 10th anniversary edition and the first to be entirely run by Trend Micro. It will feature more targets and more prize money for security researchers who successfully execute zero-day exploits.



ScaleOut Adds Data-Parallel API
Jan 19 | Kay Ewbank
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ScaleOut Software has released a new version of its in-memory data grid with new features for .NET developers and a new API for data-parallel computing. 



Android Wear 2.0 To Launch In February
Jan 18 | Mike James
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It is difficult to get excited about smart watches. They present problems that make it hard to find a killer app. Android Wear 2.0 might just change that with its standalone, no phone needed, mode of operation. 



Libraries For Learning To Code
Jan 18 | Sue Gee
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Google has announced funding for an initiative that aims to equip librarians with the skills needed to deliver coding programs in public and school libraries across the USA.



Where to Find Top Women Coders
Jan 17 | Janet Swift
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We are made constantly aware of the gender gap in software development. The profession is so male dominated as to be a deterrent to many potential entrants, both male and female. HackerRank has now done an analysis of the data it collects through the programming contests to reveal which country has the most skilled female developers.



Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3
Jan 17 | Harry Fairhead
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Raspberry Pi is a huge hit, but not so much in the serious world of industrial IoT. The new Compute Module 3 might just change this.



Gogland Go IDE
Jan 17 | Kay Ewbank
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 JetBrains has announced a commercial IDE that extends the IntelliJ platform with the coding assistance and tool integrations for the Go language.



//No Comment - Is Parallel Programming Hard; Column Subset Selection Is NP-complete & The Balance Attack Against Proof-Of-Work Blockchains
Jan 16 | Alex Armstrong
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Is Parallel Programming Hard, And, If So, What Can You Do About It?  

Column Subset Selection Is NP-complete

The Balance Attack Against Proof-Of-Work Blockchains: The R3 Testbed as an Example



Big Increase in AI, Cognitive and Cloud Computing Patents in 2016
Jan 16 | Janet Swift
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IBM and Samsung head the charts for most US Patent grants in 2016. Which comes top depends on whose statistics you choose, but more interesting is what the patents relate to.



Lego Launches Boost Programming Set
Jan 15 | Kay Ewbank
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Lego has announced a building and coding set designed to let kids control their models and add movement and sound.



Image Compression With AI
Jan 14 | David Conrad
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Google has just announced an image compression method that is revolutionary in more ways than one. Basically it relies on an AI algorithm to sharpen parts of the image based on what is already there. 


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