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Matchstick - Firefox OS Rival To Chromecast
Oct 01 | Ian Elliot
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Mozilla has just announced a competitor to Chromecast. The small USB device is ready and waiting for your apps - and they are giving them away to make it easier!



Windows Not 9 But 10
Oct 01 | Mike James
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The next version of Windows has just been presented to the world and  the biggest surprise is that it is to be called Windows 10 rather than the more logical Windows 9.



MySQL 5.7 Hits 1 million NoSQL Queries per Second
Sep 30 | Kay Ewbank
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Oracle has made several announcements about MySQL at Oracle World, starting with a new development milestone release that has improvements in both performance and manageability.



Neurokernel - A Fly's Brain
Sep 30 | Mike James
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It is generally assumed that we know a lot about biological neural networks. So much so that all that stands between us and a simulated brain is the computer hardware. Enter Neurokernel, an open source project to simulate a fruit fly brain.



Compete To Win $50,000 With RealSense SDK
Sep 29 | Sue Gee
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Intel has made its RealSense SDK available for download. This could be the impetus you need to come up with an idea for the the App Challenge in time for the October 1st deadline.



Xamarin Test Cloud
Sep 29 | Kay Ewbank
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A better, if somewhat costly, way to test mobile devices has been launched by Xamarin.



The Docker Way To Development
Sep 29 | Ian Elliot
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Docker is the new way to distribute apps and entire systems in the cloud, on VMs and physical hardware. Now you can set up a development environment with a single command courtesy of a set of new Docker containers.



Minified JavaScript Games
Sep 28 | David Conrad
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What sort of games experience could you deliver within a 13K limit? The results of this year's js13kGames competition provide a demonstration of what is possible.



Build Your Own Soft Robot
Sep 27 | Harry Fairhead
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Soft robots are an unexpected development in robotics technology and, while they have obvious attractions, getting started building one is more difficult than buying off-the-shelf components, Now Harvard has put together a "get you started pack".



September Week 4
Sep 27 | Editor
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Do you have better things to do than scour the internet for news? No worries -  if you need to know what's important for the developer, IProgrammer Weekly puts the unmissable bits together in a handy digest. This one covers September 18-24.



PyPy – a faster Python
Sep 26 | Alex Denham
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PyPy 2.4, aka Snow White, has been released with significant performance enhancements and bug fixes.



New Online Services Bug Bounty Program
Sep 26 | Sue Gee
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Microsoft has launched a bug bounty program covering its Online Services, starting with Office 365. Rewards for qualified submissions start at $500.



JetBrains Releases New Version of PHP IDE
Sep 25 | Kay Ewbank
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The changes to PhpStorm 8 have been designed to make it easier to use emerging web technologies that include both back-end and front-end development. The designers say it has ‘even deeper code understanding’ with better handling of mixed language editing, improved static code analysis, and full support for PHP 5.6.



$15M Global Learning XPRIZE
Sep 25 | Sue Gee
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A crowdfunded challenge from XPRIZE to create tablet-based open source software to provide basic education in reading, writing and arithmetic aims to bring literacy to over 250 million children around the world.



ShellShock - Yet Another Code Injection Vulnerability
Sep 25 | Mike James
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A vulnerability in the Bash shell has the Internet in full alarmed mode and like all good security holes it even has a catchy name - Shell Shock. How does it work?



Support For Asm.js Growing?
Sep 24 | Ian Elliot
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Asm.js is a subset of JavaScript designed to be the assembly language of the web and now it seems that support for this technology is growing beyond Mozilla.


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