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Hijacking Chromecast Is Easy
Jul 23 | Harry Fairhead
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Chromecast, Google's streaming video USB stick, has a really clever way of allowing users to set it up. The trouble is that it might just be too clever. It turns out that what is easy for users to set up is also easy to hijack.



Wire The Programmer To Prevent Buggy Code
Jul 23 | See Gee
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It's impossible to eliminate all coding errors, but it is certainly worth taking measures to reduce their frequency. A novel approach looks at using psycho-physiological measures.



DotPeek 1.2
Jul 22 | Alex Denham
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JetBrains has released the next version of dotPeek, its free .NET decompiler and assembly browser.



Cumberbatch As Turing - Trailers Released
Jul 22 | Lucy Black
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Two official trailers have been released for "The Imitation Game", the biopic in which the role of Alan Turing is depicted by Benedict Cumberbatch.



Oracle Big Data SQL
Jul 21 | Kay Ewbank
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A unified query tool that you can use to ask questions across mixed SQL, Hadoop and NoSQL data sources has been released by Oracle.



Self Assessment For Programmers
Jul 21 | See Gee
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A useful proficiency matrix has been produced that could be used to track your own progress when learning to program or to advertise your skillset to prospective employers.



The Next Version Of PHP And The Status Of PHPng
Jul 21 | Ian Elliot
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If the current version of PHP is 5.x, what should the next version be called? Obviously it should be 6.x. Why then is there a proposal that it should be 7.x? And as PHPng gets ever faster, is it PHP 5.7, PHP 6.0 PHP 7.0 or even PHP 8.0?



Smart Cat Feeder Uses Facial Recognition
Jul 20 | Lucy Black
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An Indiegogo campaign for a smart cat feeder that can monitor your cat's health by tracking appetite and weight change has already met its target, demonstrating a new role for AI in the home.



Finding Beautiful Walking Routes
Jul 19 | Janet Swift
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Yahoo researchers are working on an alternative approach to providing directions to pedestrians. Instead of simply the shortest route, they  want to suggest routes that are both short and pleasant.



July Week 2
Jul 19 | Editor
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With all the summer distractions, it's hard to keep focused on the news feeds. So, let I Programmer do it for you and simply consult our weekly digest of news, book reviews and articles to keep you up to speed. This one covers July 10 - 16.



Jibo The Friendly Robot Could Be Your Next Platform
Jul 18 | Lucy Black
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We keep waiting for the robot revolution - no not that robot revolution, the one where robots help around the home. Now an MIT Media Lab roboticist has gone to the crowd for some funds to build Jibo, the friendly and hopefully helpful robot. 



Chrome 36 Out Chrome 37 In Beta
Jul 18 | Alex Armstrong
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Chrome 36 has security fixes, a few improvements for all users and a couple of developer features. Chrome 37 is now in beta. What does it have to offer?



Microsoft Discontinues Android, Asha and S40
Jul 18 | Mike James
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As well as the sad news of large scale layoffs at Microsoft, there are also some phone casualties. 



Mozjpeg 2 Makes Pictures Smaller
Jul 17 | Ian Elliot
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Do we need a new image format? Mozilla thinks not and getting better performance is all a matter of using what we have better. 



Kinect SDK 2 Dumps Kinect V1
Jul 17 | Mike James
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It is both a sad and a happy day. The new Kinect V2 is being shipped to eager programmers and SDK 2 is available for download. But the lack of any backward compatibility in SDK 2 is the end of the line for the original Kinect V1.



Microsoft's Android Patents Found Wanting
Jul 16 | Alex Armstrong
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After details were revealed of the  Android Patents that Microsoft uses within licensing deals with handset manufacturers, a report casts doubt on the validity of many of them.


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