December Week 2
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Saturday, 14 December 2013

If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on  I Programmer to sift through all the news and uncover the most relevant stories. This weekly digest covers December 4-11 and covers the start of Computer Science Education Week.

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This Week's Book Reviews

 

News

You Can't Buy Windows 7 No More?   Wednesday 11 December

Windows, being a commercial OS, is subject to Microsoft's control over when and whether you can get a copy. A few days ago the dates for the ending of retail and OEM availability of Windows 7 were announced, and then Microsoft backtracked. 

 


 

Create Your Own Google Street View   Wednesday 11 December

Google has opened up Street View to let you create your own personalized map.

 


 

Yann LeCun Recruited For Facebook's New AI Group   Wednesday 11 December

Facebook has appointed New York University Professor Yann LeCun the director of a new laboratory devoted to research in artificial intelligence and deep learning.

 


 

SQL Server Pro's Best Products of 2013   Tuesday 10 December

As 2013 draws to a close the SQL Server Pro Community has selected Best Products of 2013 - and you don't have to be a subscriber to discover what they are.

 


 

Google Search for Android Update   Tuesday 10 December

Google has announced a major update to Google Search for Android that adds app listings to its search results.

 


 

Any Mobile Camera Can Be A 3D Scanner   Tuesday 10 December

Take a standard mobile phone with camera, add some software and take a 3D scan of any object. It is that easy and you don't need extra hardware - a problem for the Kinect?

 


 

President Obama Asks Young Americans To Become Computer Scientists   Monday 09 December

President Obama is one of the famous faces in the newly released Hour of Code  kick-off video that aims to encourage 10 millions student in the United States to "learn what most schools" don't teach.

 


 

Google Doodle Celebrates Grace Hopper's Birthday   Monday 09 December

Today's Google Doodle reminds us that Grace Hopper, the "Mother of Cobol" was born on December 9, 1906. 

 


 

Computer Science Education Week Starts   Sunday 08 December

Running December 9 -15, it is expected to reach over 4.5 million students around the world. At the last count, over 34,000 events are planned in 167 countries, far exceeding what has happened in previous years' events. 

 


 

Google and Microsoft Launch Rival Santa Trackers   Saturday 07 December

In the true spirit of goodwill to all, Google and Microsoft have again gone head to head with competing Santa trackers - browser wars have nothing on this rivalry.

 


 

Hunt for Missing Prime Numbers In the Cloud   Friday 06 December

Microsoft has launched the Prime Challenge, asking you to use cloud computing to find "lost primes". If this idea appeals to you can get a free trial subscription of Windows Azure to create and access virtual servers.

 


 

App Inventor Version 2 - Easy Android Apps   Friday 06 December

App Inventor has had a difficult path to follow in migrating from being Google App Inventor to becoming MIT App Inventor but don't let that put you off - it is still the easiest way to create native Android apps and it just got easier.

 


 

IntelliJ IDEA 13 Released   Friday 06 December

JetBrains has released a major new version of its Java IDE with enhanced support for Java EE7, better Spring Support and new tools for Android development.

 


 

The Device Freedom Prize - Jailbreak iOS7   Thursday 05 December

You might not have noticed but iOS7 hasn't been compromised in quite the same way as earlier version of the OS. Now there is a small, but growing, prize to encourage an open source jailbreak.

 


 

China Wants Extended XP Support   Thursday 05 December

There are just four months to go until the end of support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. XP still has lots of users but while most of them are resigned to this situation the Chinese government is so concerned about the security implications that it has met with Microsoft to ask for an extension.

 


The Core

A Programmer's Guide To Go Part 2 - Objects And Interfaces   Thursday 05 December

In the second part of our mini-series on Google's alternative to C, it is time to come face to face with Go's most interesting features - objects and interfaces

 


History

Grace Hopper - The Mother of Cobol   Tuesday 10 December

Rear Admiral Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was responsible not only for the development of the Cobol language but also for the continuous pressure within the industry to make computers and computing more accessible and to to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

 


 

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