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Mozilla Goes Its Own Way On Web Components
Dec 18 | Ian Elliot
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Mozilla has decided not to stick strictly to standards in implementing Web Components. When you look a little more carefully at what is going on it seems to be inevitable that it has to break out of the standards. 



Skype Translator Cracks Language Barrier
Dec 18 | Sue Gee
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Skype has started to roll out the "first phase" of its live speech translating feature. It is between Spanish and English for now and there is also text translation for instant messaging in more than forty languages.



Dr Dobb's Bites The Dust After 38 Years
Dec 17 | Mike James
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If you don't know Dr Dobb's - or Dr. Dobb's Journal of Computer Calisthenics and Orthodontia - then you probably missed out on a great era of computing. Sadly this iconic publication has just announced that it is closing and the reasons are worth exploring.



Deep Learning Chess
Dec 17 | Alex Armstrong
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Usually chess playing programs take a search approach to finding good moves, but why not see if a deep neural network can do the job without the need to hand tune game algorithms.



Asterix DB – Big Data Management System
Dec 17 | Kay Ewbank
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A new database designed specifically for managing semi-structured information has been made available in beta form.



Go 1.4 gets Android support
Dec 16 | Kay Ewbank
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A new version of Go has been announced by Google with support for developing native Android apps along with better garbage collection.



Google Drops Google Earth API
Dec 16 | Ian Elliot
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Google isn't one to keep something it doesn't want hanging around just in case someone else still wants it. So another API bites the dust. You have one year to - do what exactly? There is no alternative to migrate to.



Microsoft Buys HockeyApp
Dec 15 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has acquired the analysis and app distribution service HockeyApp.



Create 2 Roomba That Doesn't Suck
Dec 15 | Lucy Black
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iRobot's Roomba is the iconic robot vacuum cleaner - but it leads a double life, moonlighting in STEM education. The company has just launched Create 2, an updated model for those interested in hacking robot behavior.



Intel Announces IoT Platform
Dec 15 | Harry Fairhead
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Intel is competing with most other big companies for a slice of the Internet of Things (IoT) but it has the advantage of covering both ends of the problem - the Internet and the Things.



Astro Pi - What Can A Raspberry Pi Do In Space?
Dec 14 | Harry Fairhead
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UK school pupils are being challenged to write Rapberry Pi apps or experiments to run in space, using an Astro Pi board loaded with sensors and gadgets.



StreetPong - Makes Waiting For Traffic Fun
Dec 13 | Kay Ewbank
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If you get bored waiting for the lights to change so you can cross the road at pedestrian crossings, technology may have a solution for you.



December Week 2
Dec 13 | Editor
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If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on  I Programmer to sift through the news and uncover the most relevant stories. Our weekly digest gives a handy summary. This one is for December 4-10.



Cryptoy - Code-Making App From GCHQ
Dec 12 | Sue Gee
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The UK's national security agency, GCHQ, has launched an Android app that lets you explore codes and cryptography. It is intended to inspire school students to be interested in STEM subjects.



Qt 5.4 Released
Dec 12 | Kay Ewbank
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The latest version of the Qt framework has been released with revamped and renewed web support.



The New Android Compilers - Meet Jack And Jill
Dec 12 | Harry Fairhead
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The new compiler toolchain, Jack and Jill, were included in the recent release of Android SDK 21.1, but only now has Google explained what they are are and what they do.


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