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Easy Street View And Photo Spheres Embedding
Nov 21 | Mike James
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A little while ago, Google introduced a very easy to use way of embedding maps into web pages. Now you can embed StreetView and  Photo Sphere images in the same way.



Google Lovefield Relational Query Engine
Nov 21 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has released Lovefield. an open source JavaScript SQL-like database library for web developers. You can check it out on GitHub.



A New Future For Mozilla
Nov 20 | Sue Gee
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Mozilla has announced a new regional strategy for its Firefox browser search facility. It has decided to terminate the existing arrangement with Google and has embarked on a 5-year arrangement with Yahoo as its US partner that comes into effect in December.



Flow - A Static Type Checker For JavaScript
Nov 20 | Ian Elliot
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If your biggest objection to JavaScript is that it is that it is dynamically typed, then Flow from Facebook might be just what you are looking for. 



Neural Networks Describe What They See
Nov 19 | Mike James
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There has been an amazing growth in what neural networks can do and the next step is to put vision together with language to produce a network that can describe what it sees.



Apache Drill Reaches 0.6
Nov 19 | Kay Ewbank
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The developers of Apache Drill, the open source software that you can use to write SQL queries on data stored in Hadoop, have released version 0.6.



Google Play Services 6.5
Nov 19 | David Conrad
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Google Play services 6.5 includes enhanced features in Google Maps, Drive and Wallet as well as the recently launched Google Fit API. For developers it introduces "granular dependency management", a move towards being more lightweight.  



Free Guide For Android Developers
Nov 18 | Lucy Black
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Google has produced an 80-page booklet to help and encourage developers to publish apps on Google Play. You can download it as pdf or from Google Play, or even request a printed copy sent by mail.



LokiJS - A JavaScript Database
Nov 18 | Kay Ewbank
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LokiJS, a lightweight JavaScript document-oriented database has reached version 1.0. An in-memory database, it prioritises performance.



Amazon AWS Lambda
Nov 17 | Kay Ewbank
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Amazon has announced AWS Lambda, a compute service that runs your code in response to events so you can create apps that respond quickly to new information.



Steve Ballmer Funds Harvard CS Expansion
Nov 17 | Sue Gee
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Harvard's computer science faculty is set to grow by fifty percent following a gift from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who is himself a Harvard graduate.



Visual Studio 2015 Preview
Nov 17 | Mike James
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If you compare the latest Visual Studio 2015 preview with almost any other version you will be shocked by what you find in it. Visual Studio used to be specific to Microsoft technologies. Now it has gone cross platform in a big way. 



A Worm's Mind In A Lego Body
Nov 16 | Lucy Black
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Take the connectome of a worm and transplant it as software in a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot - what happens next?



Atlas And The Crane Kick
Nov 15 | Harry Fairhead
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The latest robot video of Atlas doing some partial Karate moves seems to have attracted the attention of the Internet - the video is worth seeing.



November Week 2
Nov 15 | 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 November 6-12. 



Full Visual Studio Now Free
Nov 14 | Ian Elliot
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Microsoft has announced Visual Studio Community edition, which is in no way a cut down version. It is free not only for education and open source projects but for individual developers and teams of five and fewer.


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