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Aurora Serverless PostgreSQL Generally Available
Jul 15 | Kay Ewbank
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The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Aurora Serverless is now generally available, offering an alternative to the MySQL version.



Babel Adds Ability To Parse F# Like Pipelines
Jul 15 | Ian Elliot
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The latest version of JavaScript compiler Babel 7.5 has been released with the ability to parse and transpile F# pipelines. Support has also been added for dynamic imports, as well as experimental support for TypeScript namespaces.



Seeking Ramanujan - Intuition As Algorithm
Jul 14 | Mike James
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This is an interesting story if you are into math and computing.  The Ramanujan Machine seeks inspired formulas for the fundamental constants. This potentially tells us something about the constants and, perhaps, the nature of computation.



GANPaint: Using AI For Art
Jul 13 | Nikos Vaggalis
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What if tools powered by Neural Networks could save artists considerable amounts of time, or even enrich their work? 



July Week 2
Jul 13 | Editor
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If you want to get up to speed on stuff that affects you as a developer, our weekly digest summarizes the articles, book reviews,and news written each day by programmers, for programmers. This week we hve the first of the three-part series, The Programmer's Guide to Go and the first of three articles that chart the rise and fall of Amstrad in the UK



Mozilla Not An Internet Villain But Still Criticized
Jul 12 | Sue Gee
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When ISPA, a organization that considers itself the voice of the UK Internet Industry, nominated Mozilla for its 2019 Internet Villain Award, it unleashed a barrage of complaints. This led it to withdraw not just the nomination but also the entire category. 



Microsoft Open Sources AI Debugging Tool
Jul 12 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has released TensorWatch, an AI debugging and visualization tool, under open source on GitHub. TensorWatch can be used to create custom visualizations, UIs and dashboards.



PyRobot - Python for Robotics
Jul 11 | Nikos Vaggalis
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We've grown accustomed to hearing about Python being used for pretty much everything, albeit mostly for data science. It's time to consider it for robotics too. 



Google Releases Open Source Cryptographic Tool
Jul 11 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has made available an open-source cryptographic tool called Private Join and Compute. The tool uses secure multi-party computation (MPC) to augment the core PSI protocol.



Apple Removes Apps At Government Request
Jul 10 | Janet Swift
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Although Apple is often seen as being a law unto itself, it also has to comply with the legal restrictions imposed in the different countries in which it operates. The newly published Apple Transparency Report reveals app takedowns for the second half of 2018 as well as requests from law enforcements regarding devices and accounts.



Boeing 737 Max Software Fix Is Too Slow
Jul 10 | Harry Fairhead
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The situation with the Boeing Max 737 is rapidly becoming a textbook case on how not to implement embedded systems and how not to deal with problems. It now seems that the software fix that will return the plane to the skies overloads its flight computer.



Mozilla's Ad-Free Browsing Lure
Jul 09 | Sue Gee
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There appears to be a preview of the ad-free browsing promised by Mozilla. In turns out to be nothing more than a survey to gauge interest and a re-direct to a free trial of a product from it Scroll, which has partnered with Mozilla.



Google Data Studio Improves Interactiveness
Jul 09 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has updated its Data Studio analytics tool with a new home page designed to make it easier for users to find information and reports.



Fuchsia Casts Shadow on Future of Android and Chrome
Jul 08 | Nikos Vaggalis
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Fushia's existence was akin to a conspiracy theory until Google finally confirmed it at I/O 2019 in May. What does it mean for the rest of Google's operating systems? 



Eclipse Renames Java EE Specifications to Jakarta EE
Jul 08 | Kay Ewbank
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One of the final stages of the move from Java EE to Jakarta EE has taken place as the Eclipse Foundation has renamed all the specifications of the Java EE standard to instead be part of Jakarta EE. The renaming is aimed at consolidating and clarifying the role of the various documents.



Inputting Data Via Blinkenlights - Another Covert Channel
Jul 07 | Harry Fairhead
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You have probably heard that it is often possible to get data out of a system by monitoring the way status LEDs blink on and off, but now it seems the technique sometimes makes it possible to get data in as well.


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