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Android O on the Horizon
Mar 22 | Lucy Black
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The first developer preview of Android O has been released with new features and APIs for developers to start trying out and ironing out the bugs. 

Microsoft Edge Falls Victim At Pwn2Own
Mar 22 | Sue Gee
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This year's 10th anniversary Pwn2Own spanned over thee days rather than the previous two and was won by the team from 360 Security who achieved a full virtual machine escape through Microsoft Edge.

Which Code Editor Do Devs Prefer?
Mar 21 | Harry Fairhead
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Some programmer's think you have to write code the hard way - without much assistance by way of code completion, syntax highlighting. Others of us rely on all of the above and more. recently opened a poll asking about code editing tools. The results are not what I would have predicted. 

//No Comment - Language Rankings 2017, APL 1.7 & Rust 1.16
Mar 21 | Alex Armstrong
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• The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: January 2017

• GNU APL 1.7 Released

• Announcing Rust 1.16

Guetzli Makes JPEGs Smaller
Mar 20 | David Conrad
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There is a lot of flexibility in how you can configure a JPEG file to best represent an image. Now Google's Guetzli can find optimum settings and so produce files that are up to 45% than other encoders working at the same perceptual quality. 

Google Goes Serverless with Cloud Functions
Mar 20 | Nikos Vaggalis
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The view that serverless is the way of the future is once more reinforced by Google's recent announcement of its Cloud Functions for Firebase. These can be seen as an attempt to catch up with the already established players of the Function-as-a-Service scene, AWS Lambda and Azure Functions.

The Remarkable Rise of Raspberry Pi
Mar 19 | Janet Swift
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Raspberry Pi recently celebrated its 5th birthday and during the celebrations Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that it had become the third best selling general purpose computer platform, behind only the Mac and the PC.

Another Apple 1 At Auction
Mar 18 | Sue Gee
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The Apple 1 is sufficiently rare for news of one coming up for auction to cause a stir of anticipation. Online auction house, Breker is including one in its forthcoming sale of "Office Antiques, Science & Technology, Fine Toys & Automata" to be held on May, 20, 2017. So why so much interest in 40-year old technology?

March Week 2
Mar 18 | Editor
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Feeling overwhelmed and confused by too much news? If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on  I Programmer to sift through all the news, uncover the most relevant stories and deliver the highlights each week.

Google Home Voice Ad Causes A Reaction
Mar 17 | Mike James
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Voice input is all the rage and it's an interesting new modality. The real question is how are we going to make any money out of it? The obvious answer is to introduce advertising, but this might not be so easy, after all.
It happened!

Google Home spoke an ad and it wasn't well received.

Registration Open For Code Jam 2017
Mar 17 | Sue Gee
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Code Jam is Google's annual coding competition that challenges programmers to solve algorithmic puzzles. It comprises multiple online rounds and concludes in the World Finals, to be held this year at Google's office in Dublin, Ireland.

Top 10 From Around The Web: Ruby On Rails Resources
Mar 16 | Alex Amstrong
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The I-Programmer team reports a lot of news and originates loads of helpful articles, but there's far more out there than we can possibly cover. So from time to time we trawl through other people's blogs to find posts of interest. This time the focus is Ruby on Rails.

Amazon Offering More Incentives For Alexa Skills
Mar 16 | Lucy Black
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Amazon has a new scheme whereby Alexa developers will receive AWS credits to ensure they are not out of pocket when they build and host Alexa skills. T-Shirts and Hoodies are also on offer for new Alexa Skills published in March 2017.

Google's Jack & Jill Android Java Compiler Project Is Dead
Mar 15 | Mike James
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In a surprise announcement, the Android development team has made it clear that the new Jack compiler and Jill linker are not going anywhere. The move to Java 8 will now be made by developing the existing javac compiler. 

Stack Overflow Reveals Hiring Trends
Mar 15 | Janet Swift
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Stack Overflow has collected data on changes in the developer hiring scene that will be really useful to anyone currently looking for a job. It shows that ReactJS and Docker are the fastest growing targets that employers are looking for, while Ajax is declining fast.

Python cx_Oracle Adds Direct Binding
Mar 15 | Kay Ewbank
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Oracle has released a new version of the Python interface for Oracle Database. The new version supports Python 3.6 and Oracle client 12.2.

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