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Android Nanodegree From Google & Udacity
May 29 | Sue Gee
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Among his announcements at Google I/O Sundar Pichai (SVP, Android, Chrome and Apps at Google) signalled the launch of the Android Nanodegree, built by Google and Udacity. It is now open for enrollment so if you want to be in the first cohort sign up before June 8.



White House Advises That APIs ARE Copyrightable
May 28 | Sue Gee
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The argument between Google and Oracle about Java just goes on. Now we have a brief from the White House that affirms that APIs are copyrightable - which is very good for some and very bad for a much larger group.



MOOC On Apache Spark
May 28 | Alex Denham
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If you are want to apply data science techniques using parallel programming, in Apache Spark, you'll be interested in an edX course starting Monday June 1st that prepares you for the Spark Certified Developer exam.



A Robot Learns To Do Things Using A Deep Neural Network
May 27 | Mike James
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We seem to be starting on the road to autonomous robots that learn how to do things and generalize. Watch as a robot learns how to use a hammer and adapts to changes in the setup.



Russian Students Break Contest Records
May 27 | Sue Gee
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A team from ITMO University in St. Petersburg emerged as the winners of the 2015 ACM – ICPC and were the first team in the history of the competition to solve all of the problems. The team also beat its own record for highest number of wins by becoming the Gold Medal Winners for the sixth time.



Windows App Studio Does Universal Apps
May 27 | Lucy Black
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It is difficult to judge the level of interest in universal apps, perhaps because Microsoft isn't being very clear about exactly what they are, but now almost anyone can create them. App Studio now supports Windows 10 and universal apps.



LOGJAM - Can The NSA Break 1024-bit DHM Keys?
May 26 | Mike James
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The difference between security done right and not quite right can make what is theoretically secure into something that is practically crackable. New results demonstrate how falling back to a small encryption key can make the data readable by almost anyone with the need - this is the LOGJAM vulnerability. But given enough resources can state agencies break 1024 bit keys?



Visual Language Snap! Version 4.0 Released
May 26 | Sue Gee
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Snap! is a free, browser-based educational programming language  inspired by Scratch. This month it reached Version 4.0.



John Nash Dies In Car Crash
May 25 | Mike James
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John Nash had a great deal of influence on computing without ever really being part of it all. Here we tell of some of the things he worked on and why they are important.



Separating Reflection And Image
May 25 | David Conrad
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When you take a photo through glass the big problem is the reflections that you get from things inside the room. Unless you got to a lot of trouble to adjust the lighting these can ruin a shot. Now MIT researchers have a computational way of separating image from reflection. 



.NET T-Shirts - Would You Wear One?
May 25 | Alex Denham
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Now that coding has become a very cool thing to do, plans are in hand to produce t-shirts sporting .NET language logos. Developers are invited to have their say on design issues such as color.



Play With Your Pet With Telepresence
May 24 | Lucy Black
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iPetCompanion is a web-based system that lets people view and play with pets remotely. Already a success in animal shelters, it is now looking to provide a home version with a Kickstarter campaign.



Google Founders Win New Test-of-Time Award
May 23 | Sue Gee
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At this year's 24th International World Wide Web Conference, held in Florence, Italy, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, became the inaugural winners of a new Test-of-Time award.



May Week 3
May 23 | Editor
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If you want to get up to speed on stuff that affects you as a developer, I Programmer Weekly is a digest of book reviews, articles and news written by programmers, for programmers.



Java Reaches 20th Anniversary
May 22 | Alex Armstrong
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Java is arguably today's most important programming language and while it has its flaws and detractors it has had a big impact. It was first officially announced on May 23rd 1995 and Oracle has already been celebrating its 20th Birthday.



Microsoft Open Sources WCF
May 22 | Mike James
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A new version of WCF that targets .NET Core has been donated to the family of .NET Foundation open source projects.


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