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Matternet - Life Saving Distribution By Drone
Sep 23 | Harry Fairhead
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The newly unveiled Matternet Station, together with Matternet's cloud platform and its autonomous M2 drones, is a viable solution for delivering small payloads where speed is essential. Its latest demonstration is in delivering vital medical supplies.



September Week 3
Sep 23 | Editor
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As well as sifting through the news, the IProgrammer team does the same for books, selecting titles for Book Watch and for review. We also bring you articles. This week's are on handling negative numbers in binary and building a Weblogic WS-Security enabled clinet on the CLI.



Game of Codes Competitions - UPDATE
Sep 22 | Lucy Black
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A "Game of Codes" online competition with $20K in prizes is underway, ending on September 24. There is still plenty of opportunity to win a $50 gift card and the number of points required to win one of 500 tee-shirts has been reduced to 5.



WebAssembly Computer Vision Experiments
Sep 22 | Alex Armstrong
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If you need convincing that WebAssembly is going to change the way we program web apps take a look at WebSight which shows that it is twenty times faster than JavaScript at a face detection task and twice as fast as asm.js



The Discovery Of The Twitter Bursty Botnet
Sep 22 | Lucy Black
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There is no doubt that bots are a growing problem, but perhaps it is a bigger problem than any of us imagine. Researchers have discovered a Twitter botnet with over 500,000 bots, and it isn't a simple one.



Java 9 Finally Appears
Sep 21 | Kay Ewbank
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Java SE version 9 is finally released today, following what have seemed like endless delays. The main change to the new version is support for modules, aka Jigsaw..  



ImageNet Training Record - 24 Minutes
Sep 21 | Mike James
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One of the problems with neural networks is how long it takes to train them. Researchers have just smashed the training barrier by reducing the time to train ResNet from 14 days to one hour and have claimed a world record of 24 minutes for AlexNet with a lower hardware budget than used for the task by Facebook.



Is Your Degree Worth Its Cost?
Sep 20 | Janet Swift
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Reporting findings of a survey that some will find controversial, Stack Overflow suggests that developers are increasingly unlikely to recoup the cost of a university education. Stack Overflow urges those hiring to include details of salary in job listings and remove educational requirements in order to attract more applicants.



GitHub Desktop Released
Sep 20 | Kay Ewbank
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GitHub has redesigned GitHub Desktop with Electron to provide a way for developers to extend their GitHub workflow beyond their browsers.



Udacity Launches Flying Car Nanodegree Program
Sep 19 | Sue Gee
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During his keynote today at Disrupt 2017 taking place in San Francisco, Sebastian Thrun is announcing two new programs related to his enduring interest in self-driving cars and a new partnership with Lyft, which will fund 400 scholarships.



IBM Big SQL Sandbox
Sep 19 | Kay Ewbank
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IBM has released a sandbox version of Big SQL for desktop use. The Sandbox comes as a single node docker image, and is designed to let you started with Big SQL and Hortonworks Data platform.



Facebook's New AI Lab In Montreal
Sep 19 | Sue Gee
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Facebook is opening its fourth artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal. FAIR Montreal will start with ten researchers, growing to 30 in the coming year and Joelle Pineau has been appointed to head it.



New WinDbg Available In Preview
Sep 18 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has announced a preview version of a new WinDbg. The new version has been updated to have more modern visuals, faster windows, and built-on support for scripting.



Geoffrey Hinton Says AI Needs To Start Over
Sep 18 | Mike James
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Geoffrey Hinton is widely recognized as the father of the current AI boom. Decades ago he hung on to the idea that back propagation and neural networks were the way to go when everyone else had given up. Now, in an off-the-cuff interview, he reveals that back prop might not be enough and that AI should start over.



QR Codes Thriving In China
Sep 17 | Sue Gee
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A Chinese village had built a giant QR code covering more than 12 acre in an attempt to cash in on the Chinese craze for using QR codes.



Android Things Hackster Contest Now Underway
Sep 16 | Lucy Black
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Google, Hackster and NXP have launched a contest with a top prize worth $5K for projects powered by Android Things, the software platform for building mass-market products based on Android Studio and the Android SDK.


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