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WEpod - First Driverless Passenger Service Arrives
Feb 13 | Harry Fairhead
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The era of the self driving vehicle really is upon us. It is not something for the distant future - but for Spring this year! An experiment in the Netherlands with a self-driving shuttle bus has passed another milestone towards autonomous vehicles. The WEpod is the first vehicles in the world without a steering wheel to be given license plates.



February Week 1
Feb 13 | Editor
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Do you have better things to do than scour the internet for news? No problem!  IProgrammer Weekly puts the important, quirky and otherwise unmissable bits together in a handy digest. 



Google Takes On Amazon's Lambda
Feb 12 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has released Cloud Functions, a rival for the Amazon's AWS Lambda service.



BitCoin Textbook
Feb 12 | Sue Gee
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University courses usually rely on textbooks. In the case of Princeton's course on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies, the textbook is being based on the course and a complete first draft is now available, for free, online.



Android Studio 2 Beta Is Usable
Feb 11 | Mike James
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Android Studio 2 is now available in beta and this change in status does correspond to an increased usability. It is worth getting to know the new IDE because, even with its faults, it speeds development a lot. 



Does SourceForge Have A Future?
Feb 11 | Ian Elliot
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The new owners of SourceForge are hoping to halt the decline of the once popular source code repository and persuade open source projects to use it once more. The first move is to terminate the practice of bundling adware with software installations 



You Don't Need To Touch Type To Go Fast
Feb 10 | Janet Swift
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It is a sad fact that many programmers don't learn to type, despite the fact that the keyboard is their main tool of the trade. New research, however, suggests that this might not matter as much as you might think and you don't have to be ashamed that you are not using all your fingers.



Successor To Cardboard Under Development
Feb 10 | Lucy Black
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After its runaway success with Cardboard, its open source VR headset, Google is rumored to be working on a new version to be unveiled that this year's Google I/O in May.



Amazon Adds Game Dev Options To AWS
Feb 10 | Kay Ewbank
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Amazon has added two new services, Lumberyard and GameLift, to AWS for the creation of cross-platform cloud-connected games.



Lodash - A Functional JavaScript Library
Feb 09 | Nikos Vaggalis
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Lodash began as a fork of the popular Underscore.js library but since then has managed to become its superset, adding new features and performing much better. Version 3.4.0 has recently been released.



Microsoft Research Open Source Challenge For Students
Feb 09 | Alex Armstrong
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Microsoft Research has provided an interesting challenge to students - identify problems that can be addressed using Microsoft's open source tools and have a stab at solving them.



Coursera Web Specializations
Feb 09 | Sue Gee
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Four web specializations at different levels and covering different aspects are starting on Coursera. If you want to earn a certificate you can save 10% by pre-paying for the bundle of courses. If you don't want the certificate, and don't want to complete a final project that demonstrates what you've learned, you can audit the courses for free.



Where Are The Raspberry Pi Zeros?
Feb 08 | Lucy Black
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The Raspberry Pi Zero is a game changer, but it is not the only game changer on the market. In fact the question of whether it is on the market or not is an important one. 



How Fast Can You Number Crunch In Python
Feb 08 | Mike James
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We are all more or less committed to using high-level languages, but there is always a background worry that they might not be fast enough for some tasks. An interesting set of benchmarks shows how to use Python to number crunch.



Usborne Books Revival
Feb 07 | Sue Gee
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Children's book publisher Usborne has launched two new titles about computers and coding aimed at young children. At the same time it has made pdfs of its 1980's computing titles freely available online.



Fewer Degrees Of Separation With Facebook
Feb 06 | Janet Swift
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Six degrees of separation is the, already well established, idea that any individual is connected to any other via six network nodes. New research has discovered that the average between Facebook users is just three and a half.


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