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ACM 2015 Technical Awards
May 03 | Sue Gee
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The ACM has announced the latest recipients of its four major technical awards, chosen for their contributions in the fields of systems software, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and network coding systems. 



Doubt Over Craig Wright's Claim To Be Bitcoin Inventor
May 02 | Mike James
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In a blog post Craig Wright claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto and apparently the evidence is so overwhelming that news agencies are running headlines like "Inventor of Bitcoin identified". Not so fast.



Pharo MOOC on FUN
May 02 | Sue Gee
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Today sees the start of a MOOC about Pharo, the object-oriented language based on Smalltalk. The video lectures are in French with English subtitles and the course pdfs are in English only. Over 2200 students have enrolled so far.



Computational Photography Shows Hi-Res Mars
May 01 | David Conrad
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Computational photographic is amazing, but sometimes you have to wonder if it is actually useful and not just amusing. Proving that it is, researchers have found a way to extract high-resolution images from multiple low-resolution images of the Martian surface. These are good enough almost to see the lost Beagle 2 lander clearly.



Google Doodle for Claude Shannon's 100th Anniversary.
Apr 30 | Sue Gee
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Claude Shannon was born on April 30th 1916 and is credited with being the Father of Information Theory, or more colloquially the Father of the Bit, which explains today's Google Doodle.



April Week 4
Apr 30 | Editor
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Feeling overwhelmed and confused by too much news? If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on  I Programmer to sift through all the news, uncover the most relevant stories and deliver the highlights each week.



OpenAI Gym Gives Reinforcement Learning A Work Out
Apr 29 | Mike James
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When OpenAI, an open source AI initiative backed by Elon Musk, Sam Altman and Ilya Sutskever, was announced earlier in the year, I doubt anyone expected anything to be produced so quickly and certainly not something connected with reinforcement learning. OpenAI Gym is what it sounds like - an exercise facility for reinforcement learning. 



Node.js v6 Released
Apr 29 | Ian Elliot
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Node.js version 6 provides major performance improvements, increased reliability and better security. It also features improved ECMAScript 2015 (ES6) support - 93% of ES6 features are now supported compared to 56% for Node.js v5.



Xamarin SDK Open Sourced
Apr 28 | Mike James
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The big news at Xamarin's Evolve developer conference is that its SDK is now open source and under the care of the .NET Foundation. Bigger news would have been a clearer view of where it's all going - but that assumes that Microsoft has worked it out. 



Linux Data Science Virtual Machine
Apr 28 | Kay Ewbank
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A virtual machine image packed with data science tools has been released by Microsoft.



Mozilla Looking For a New Home For Thunderbird
Apr 28 | Ian Elliot
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The writing has been on the wall for Mozilla Thunderbird for quite some time. Now Mozilla is actively engaged in the process of getting rid of it. Could Thunderbird spread its wings and have a new lease of life?



Linux On Windows - Microsoft On How It Works
Apr 27 | Mike James
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The ability to use Ubuntu's user side interface under Windows is perhaps the biggest open source surprise this year. Now Microsoft is explaining how it works.



Apple's Revamped Developer Portal
Apr 27 | Lucy Black
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Apple has updated its developer web portal adding a new section entitled "Making Great Apps for the App Store" aimed at helping developers grow their businesses and reach more users with their apps. 



NVIDIA's Neural Network Drives A Car
Apr 26 | Mike James
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NVIDIA has moved into AI in a big way, both with hardware and software. Now it has implemented an end-to-end neural network approach to driving a car. This is a much bigger breakthrough than winning at Go and raises fundamental questions of what sort of systems we are willing to accept driving cars for us. 



Smash The Code Make An Impression With CodinGame
Apr 26 | Sue Gee
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A new CodinGame Contest opens on Saturday April 30th. The aim of Smash The Code is to program an autonomous bot and send it fight other players' bots. Another aim for many contestants is to be noticed by companies who are looking to hire devs or are offering internships and apprenticeships. 



Android On Chromebooks About To Happen?
Apr 26 | Lucy Black
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A new message may start to appear on your Chromebook in the near future.It good news for Android devs as what it really means is Android on any desktop or notebook running the Chrome browser.


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