January Week 2
Written by Editor   
Saturday, 18 January 2014

This week's hardware news included Intel's 64-bit Android chip and Edison SD card, Google's acquisition of Nest; for software we covered Clang 3.4, Rust 0.9 and the Higgs JIT JavaScript compiler; while Bill Gates and Perter Norvig were the week's personalities.

IP2 January 9 -15


This Week's Book Reviews



Record Drop In PC Shipments - Blame Windows 8   Wednesday 15 January

Worldwide computer sales declined by 10 per cent in 2013, the most severe yearly contraction on record. What is the reason? Could it be that Windows 8 is a barrier to upgrade? Can we wait for Windows 9?



Google Acquires Nest Labs   Wednesday 15 January

Google has paid $3.2 billion for smart thermostat maker Nest Labs, founded by ex-Apple executives Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. Will the acquisition mean "conscious homes" where Google sees everything we do?



GitHub Traffic Analytics   Wednesday 15 January

A new service from GitHub is designed to show you where the viewers of repositories are coming from and what content they’re looking at.



Edison Is A PC On An SD Card   Tuesday 14 January

Intel announced Edison at this year's CES and it looks as revolutionary as only hardware can be. This is a system on a chip, that is tiny, powerful and cheap. It brings desktop power and software to embedded devices and the Internet Of Things. 



Rust Reaches 0.9   Tuesday 14 January

Mozilla developers have announced version 0.9 of the Rust systems programming language compiler and tools.



A New Impetus For IBM Watson   Monday 13 January

IBM has announced an investment of more than $1 billion to establish a new business unit for Watson, its supercomputer system that attracted widespread media attention by winning the television quiz show, Jeopardy.



Intel's 64-bit Android   Monday 13 January

Intel has been making inroads into Android for some time and now it is ready with a 64-bit version and a processor to go with it.



Embedded Systems MOOC From EdX   Monday 13 January

A hands-on, learn by doing course that shows you how to build real-world embedded systems starts January 22nd. To get the most from it you need to purchase a Texas Instruments microcontroller kit and some electronic components.



Regex Golf, XKCD And Peter Norvig   Sunday 12 January

A recent xkcd cartoon has started some deep academic thinking. When AI expert Peter Norvig gets involved you know the algorithms are going to fly.



Bill Gates Most Admired Person   Saturday 11 January

Bill Gates has emerged as the most admired person in the world in a survey conducted by UK opinion pollster YouGov. With a 10.10% share he narrowly beat Barack Obama who came in second overall.



Help Higgs Compile JavaScript   Friday 10 January

Making JavaScript go faster is something of great importance just at the moment - what about an advanced JIT compiler? Higgs is just such a thing and the open source project needs your help.



Clang 3.4 Released   Friday 10 January

The LLVM 3.4 compiler has been released with an updated Clang C/C++ compiler front-end and new compiler tools.



MIT Professional Education MOOC on Big Data   Friday 10 January

CSAIL Researchers are lined up to teach a MOOC with a difference on the edX platform. The difference is that Online X courses, offered through MIT Professional Education, will charge a fee to all participants.



Firefox OS Widens Horizons   Thursday 09 January

Firefox OS is to be made available on smart TVs and tablets, according to announcements made at CES.



Clean Up SQL Serve Plan Cache   Thursday 09 January

Improve your SQL performance by following the Plan Cache tips given in this month’s SQL Server Pro. Here's our regular review of the magazine's contents.



Revised Dates For European Office 365 Connect   Thursday 09 January

European Office 365 Connect 2014 has been postponed until the beginning of April and this gives you another chance to take advantage of an Early Bird discount.


The Core

Javascript Jems - Lambda expressions   Tuesday 14 January

JavaScript has lambda expressions in all but name. Find out how they work and how to use them.



A Programmer's Guide To Go Part 3 - Goroutines And Concurrency   Thursday 09 January

Go is renowned for its easy-to-use approach to concurrency - it is part of the language. In this final part of our look at the key points of Go we look in depth at how goroutines and channels work together to orchestrate concurrency and parallelism.



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