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The Display That Does Away With Glasses
Jul 28 | David Conrad
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The light field approach to computational photography has more uses than capturing 2.5D images - it can create a display that you can view clearly without your glasses.



GCC Gets An Award From ACM And A Blast From Linus
Jul 28 | Mike James
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The venerable GCC compiler got itself into the news by winning an award from the ACM and by attracting a typical Linus Torvalds blast of rhetoric for an "interesting" bug.



Cat Photos - A Potential Security Risk?
Jul 27 | Lucy Black
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A website called I Know Where your Cat Lives uses the latitude and longitude metadata from photos of cats posted websites like Flickr to place the photos on Google maps with remarkable accuracy. Should we find this alarming?



Jibo Over $1 Million On Indiegogo
Jul 26 | Harry Fairhead
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When we reported on Jibo, the friendly helpful robot, earlier in the week who could have guessed that it would attract more than $1 million in so few days? Is the demand for a robot really so big?



July Week 3
Jul 26 | Editor
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With all the summer distractions, it's hard to keep focused on the news feeds. So, let I Programmer do it for you and simply consult our weekly digest of news, book reviews and articles to keep you up to speed. This one covers July 17 - 23.



Node.js Tools for VS Updated
Jul 25 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has released the second beta of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 1.0, making it available for download.



NASA’s Asteroid Tracker Challenge
Jul 25 | Sue Gee
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A 14-day Marathon Match with $15,000 in prizes at stake starts today. Join other competitors to devise algorithms to help NASA track asteroids that would cause cataclysmic devastation were they to impact Earth.



TypeScript Goes Light, Moves To GitHub
Jul 24 | Alex Denham
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The TypeScript team has reworked the compiler core of TypeScript to be lighter and faster and has moved the project to GitHub.



UK Government Adopts Open Standards
Jul 24 | See Gee
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The UK Government has selected ODF (Open Document Format) as a required standard for sharing and collaborating on documents across all governement bodies. PDF/A and HTML are the selected standards for viewing government documents.



Visual Studio 14 CTP 2 - NO CAPS
Jul 24 | Mike James
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It seems almost silly to lead a story about the next version of Visual Studio with the fact that it might have dropped the ALL CAPS menu items, but it is an indication that the team is trying to fix VS and turn it into the IDE we all loved. 



Hijacking Chromecast Is Easy
Jul 23 | Harry Fairhead
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Chromecast, Google's streaming video USB stick, has a really clever way of allowing users to set it up. The trouble is that it might just be too clever. It turns out that what is easy for users to set up is also easy to hijack.



Wire The Programmer To Prevent Buggy Code
Jul 23 | Sue Gee
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It's impossible to eliminate all coding errors, but it is certainly worth taking measures to reduce their frequency. A novel approach looks at using psycho-physiological measures.



Microsoft Plans To Merge Windows Systems - Again!
Jul 23 | Mike James
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Microsoft seems to be suffering from a strange case of re-inventing things that it once knew were essential. This time it is the unification of Windows into one operating system.



DotPeek 1.2
Jul 22 | Alex Denham
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JetBrains has released the next version of dotPeek, its free .NET decompiler and assembly browser.



Cumberbatch As Turing - Trailers Released
Jul 22 | Lucy Black
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Two official trailers have been released for "The Imitation Game", the biopic in which the role of Alan Turing is depicted by Benedict Cumberbatch.



Oracle Big Data SQL
Jul 21 | Kay Ewbank
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A unified query tool that you can use to ask questions across mixed SQL, Hadoop and NoSQL data sources has been released by Oracle.


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