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Apple And Google Break W3C Standards
Mar 02 | Ian Elliot
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The story of pointer events and its API is a complicated and divisive one, but now that it is effectively a W3C standard browser makers should start to support it. The problem is that Apple won't and Google probably won't unless Apple changes its mind. 



Firefox 64-bit For Windows Coming Soon?
Mar 02 | Alex Armstrong
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The long-awaited Windows 64-bit version of the Firefox browser is in prospect. It is already available to download in the Firefox Developer Edition Channel.



Waterbear Spaceship - Conway's Life
Mar 01 | Mike James
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What do programmers do for fun? Some play code golf, some contribute to open source, but some try to build an alternative universe within Life. Waterbear is an amazing testament to what can be achieved if you put your mind to it. 



New Milestone For Google - 1000 Chrome Experiments
Feb 28 | David Conrad
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To celebrate reaching 1,000 Chrome Experiments that showcase what you can do in the browser with HTML5 and JavaScript, the Google Chrome has created an experiment that visualizes every other experiment on the site.



February Week 4
Feb 28 | Editor
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If you want to keep up with what's important from the point of view of the developer, you can rely on the  I Programmer team to sift through the news to select items that are of interest. This one is for February 19th to 25th.



ASP.NET 5 Cross Platform - But Is It Still ASP?
Feb 27 | Mike James
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Microsoft has announced version 5 of ASP.NET and seems pleased that the 15 year old technology is alive and well - but is it? If you replace the heart, mind and soul of a technology all you have left is the name.



Firefox 36.0 Released Firefox 37.0 In Beta Channel
Feb 27 | Ian Elliot
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Firefox 36 implements support for the HTTP/2 network protocol which should lead to it being faster, more scalable and more responsive. 



All Change For Pwnium V
Feb 26 | Alex Armstrong
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Google has scrapped its annual one-day contest to demonstrate vulnerabilities in Chrome. In future bugs can attract rewards all the year round.



Android For Work - A Developer Opportunity?
Feb 26 | Mike James
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Google has finally made a move on its promise of Android for Work, first announced at last year's I/O conference. It has a range of features that make Android more business-friendly, but there are some important things to know before you decide to adopt it.



Apache Storm On Azure
Feb 26 | Kay Ewbank
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Apache Storm,  a distributed real-time analytics system for Hadoop that can be used for processing large volumes of rapidly changing data, has been released on Microsoft Azure HDInsight.



Neural Networks Beat Humans
Feb 25 | Mike James
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Another neural network breakthrough has been announced by Microsoft Research. Its neural network now outperforms humans on the 1000-class ImageNet dataset.



The Emterpreter JavaScript As Byte Code
Feb 25 | Ian Elliot
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This is one of those stories that, if you get what is really going on, might send you screaming for the comfort of a pillow. Does the programming world get any stranger?



IFTTT Reinvents Macro With Do
Feb 25 | Kay Ewbank
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IFTTT has launched new apps that let you automate frequent actions for camera, note, and IFTTT recipes.



Nao's Creator Quits Aldebaran As Pepper Goes On Sale
Feb 24 | Lucy Black
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Bruno Maisonnier, founder of Aldebaran, the French company that brought us the friendly humanoid robot Nao, is standing down as its CEO. This coincides with the availability, in Japan, of company's latest creation Pepper which has quickly established itself in a hospitality role.



Microsoft Band Gets An SDK
Feb 24 | Mike James
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Microsoft Band could be a big win, if only it got the marketing and the support. Now, four months after the launch, there is an SDK. Is it worth investigating?



Qualcomm Releases NoSQL Qizx
Feb 23 | Kay Ewbank
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 Qualcomm has launched Qizx, a noSQL, native XML database for text-intensive projects where you need quick access and searching of documents.


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