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Seeing Buildings Shake With Software
Apr 26 | David Conrad
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Using motion magnification, monitoring large structures could become cheap enough to be routine. All you need is a video camera and you can literally see rigid buildings move like reeds in the wind.



ICRA 2015 - A Cornucopia Of Robots
Apr 25 | Harry Fairhead
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ICRA is one of the big robot conferences where some of the best research is shown off. A new trailer for the conference showcases some of the amazing things that are going to be discussed. Watch it and get a view of where modern robotics is at and just how diverse it is.



April Week 3
Apr 25 | 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.



Microsoft Expands Bounty Programs
Apr 24 | Alex Armstrong
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Microsoft has launched a new bounty for Project Spartan, expanded both the Online Services Bug Bounty Program and the Mitigation Bypass bounty.



Azure Service Fabric Announced
Apr 24 | Kay Ewbank
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 A new Azure service, designed to let you build microservices and with the aim of reducing complexity in a hyper-scale world, has been announced by Microsoft.



Break Into Code Challenge
Apr 24 | Sue Gee
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Microsoft has announced a global contest for 9 to 18 year olds designed to introduce kids to coding using Touch Develop, its easy-to-use web app creator.



Meet SquiDB
Apr 23 | Kay Ewbank
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Yahoo has announced SquiDB, an open source SQLite database layer for Android.  



Android Support Library 22.1 - The Way To Write Android Apps
Apr 23 | Harry Fairhead
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We tend to get all excited about new versions of Android - IceCream Sandwich, Lollipop and so on, but we probably should also take note of what is happening to the Support Library. A decimal point upgrade has just been announced and it contains some important changes.



Plan 28 Makes Progress In Understanding Babbage's Mechanical Notation
Apr 23 | Sue Gee
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Plan 28 is a project to build Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine by the 2030s, two hundred years after it was originally designed. Recent work has been on Babbage's notational design language, which he considered even more important that the machines themselves.



Push Notifications Come To Chrome And Android
Apr 22 | Ian Elliot
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The biggest problem the web has is its lack of push. Something new might be published, but you have to remember to navigate back to the page to see what it is - you have to contact the web page. Chrome 42 supports the Push API and this means that web pages can contact you.



Google Announces Big Data the Cloud Way
Apr 22 | Kay Ewbank
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At the Hadoop Summit in Brussels, Google announced new cloud services and big data analytics tools.



Improve Your Coding Skills At SDD 2015
Apr 21 | Alex Armstrong
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Writing better code is a key theme for SDD 205, the Software Design and Development conference which takes place in London from May 11-15. If you haven't already booked your place, do so by Friday April 24th to save up to £100.



Oracle Ending Java 7 Updates
Apr 21 | Kay Ewbank
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 Oracle will no longer issue public updates, including bug and security fixes, for Java 7 after this month.



Automatic High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography
Apr 20 | David Conrad
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If you enjoy photography you have probably experimented with HDR. The usual method is to just guess the bracketing exposures needed. Now we have an algorithm that can produce the best results with the fewest additional exposures.



Microsoft Supplies Apps For Cyanogen's Android Fork
Apr 20 | Harry Fairhead
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As they say - the plot thickens. After not quite investing in Cyanogen, Microsoft is now set to provide services in CyanogenOS. What does this mean for the Android programmer?



A 3D Printer For Plushies
Apr 19 | Lucy Black
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3D printers are still a hot topic, if cooling slightly after being over-hyped. Now we have something new. Disney has a prototype 3D printer that works with fabric and it is much more interesting than you might think.


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