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New Azure Services Announced
Oct 31 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has announced a preview version of Azure Stream Analytics, a data stream and event processing engine that provides real-time analytics on large amounts of data derived from sources such as devices, sensors, cloud infrastructure, and existing data properties in real time.



Progress On JavaScript SIMD
Oct 31 | Ian Elliot
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While most of the hot news in fast computation centers around the GPU, there are untapped possibilities in most CPUs. JavaScript is currently getting a new set of commands that give it hardware-assisted parallel processing. 



New APIs for Office 365
Oct 30 | Kay Ewbank
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At TechEd Europe, Microsoft has announced new APIs in the hope of getting developers to create apps for Office 365.



jQuery Adopts Semantic Versioning
Oct 30 | Ian Elliot
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Semantic versioning is a great idea and the ever-logical jQuery has decided that from now on this is what it is going to do. However, at the next upgrade you might be wondering where your jQuery has gone. 



Google Introduces Signed-In Maps
Oct 30 | Alex Armstrong
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The latest feature in Google's JavaScript API sounds attractive - unless you have problems with Google knowing all your location-related preferences.



Learning To Be A Computer
Oct 29 | Mike James
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We have recently seen how much neural networks can learn, but the latest example is very strange. Google has succeeded in teaching a neural network to be a computer simply by showing it programs and what results they produce.



HTML5 Is A Finished W3C Standard
Oct 29 | Ian Elliot
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If you are a web developer you will probably want to remember where you were on the day (October 28th, 2014) that HTML 5 became a standard. But my best guess is that you will just yawn and get on with the real task of working in an ever-evolving environment. 



Self Paced Haptics MOOC
Oct 29 | Sue Gee
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Introduction to Haptics is an online self-paced course that introduces a topic increasingly important in robotics and engineering. To get the most out of it you need to build your own Hapkit, an interesting project in its own right.



New Docker Engine
Oct 28 | Kay Ewbank
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Docker has released a new version, Docker Engine 1.3, and has signed a partnership with Microsoft to add the open container technology to the next Windows Server and Azure.



MATLAB 2014b - Must Have Tool For Data Scientists
Oct 28 | Alex Armstrong
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The latest release of MATLAB features a new graphics system for better visualization and new functions for processing big data on your desktop that can scale for use with Hadoop. This makes it even more powerful for working with big data.



Firefox OS Comes To Raspberry Pi
Oct 28 | Ian Elliot
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Firefox OS hasn't taken over the world yet despite its promise. Now we have a small effort from Mozilla to make it run on one of the most successful budget devices in the world - the Raspberry Pi.



GNU Emacs 24.4 Released
Oct 27 | Alex Armstrong
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The new version of the cross platform text editor widely used on Linux represents quite a big update and includes new functionality.



EF7 Drops XML Modeling Favors Code First
Oct 27 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft is dropping some ways of modeling data in the next version of Entity Framework (EF) to make the database tool more lightweight.



CheckCell Detects Bugs In Spreadsheets
Oct 27 | Janet Swift
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A free Excel  plug-in that takes a new approach to automatically finding data errors in spreadsheets has been released. Rather than looking for errors in programs and formulas, CheckCell sets out to debug the underlying data.



Microsoft Garage - What?
Oct 26 | Harry Fairhead
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The Garage is a place that Microsofties go to play with their pet projects. Now Microsoft has decided to make this into the stuff of myth and legend and let us get at the fruits of this unpaid labour. What is going on?



Bring Back RoboGames And Inspire Underprivileged Kids
Oct 25 | Lucy Black
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A new series of the show in which weaponized robots wage battle in the arena is planned for 2015 - but only if  $40,000 can be raised on Kickstarter. This isn't just a commercial venture. Instead it aims to reach a new generation of robot enthusiasts.


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