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Robot Security Guards For Microsoft
Nov 24 | Harry Fairhead
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Microsoft has hired four  K5 robot security guards for its Silicon Valley Campus. The 5-foot tall machines are said to provide a “commanding but friendly physical presence.”



Lovelace 2.0 Test - An Alternative Turing Test
Nov 24 | Sue Gee
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To pass the Turing Test an artificial agent has to convince human judges that they are conversing with a human rather than a computer. To overcome the flaws in this test as a demonstration of intelligence a new test has been proposed based on creativity.



How Google Does Multi-Platform In Inbox
Nov 24 | Mike James
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One of the biggest problems programmers face today is making a single code base work across a range of systems. How a giant company like Google solves the problem is obviously going to be interesting.



Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor Of Typing
Nov 23 | Janet Swift
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It seems incredible that in the 21st century schools are still teaching children to scratch marks on paper. Well in Finland they are taking a step in the direction of the future by giving up teaching handwriting.



November Week 3
Nov 22 | 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 13-19. 



What Does The NSA Think Of Cryptographers?
Nov 22 | Andrew Johnson
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A recently declassified NSA house magazine, CryptoLog, reveals some interesting attitudes between the redactions. What is the NSA take on cryptography?



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.


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