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Copyright: Copyright 2016, Situation Publishing

Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:56:47 GMT

Machine-learning boffins debate making software human

Machine communication is an area generating much excitement in AI. The ability to give machines a voice and personality has been the subject of many sci-fi films, and the push in natural language processing has brought that idea closer to reality.…

It's Friday – and that means one thing: Yup, Microsoft's TypeScript 2.0 is out

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:19:04 GMT

JavaScript superset adds new features including non-nullable types and read-only properties

Microsoft has released TypeScript 2.0, a major update to its typed version of JavaScript.…

Robot overlords? Pshaw! I ain't afraid of no AI – researchers

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:23:10 GMT

Get a hold of yourself, Elon Musk

Artificial intelligence is all the rage in technology and as it progresses at a dizzying pace, the industry is at danger of being overhyped, say researchers.…

Self-service-as-a-service startup Trifacta releases newest product version

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:28:08 GMT

No more programming tears, claims firm

Trifacta, the self-service-as-a-service data-wrangling business, has released the fourth version of its data preparation product suite.…

Mozilla emits JavaScript debugger for Firefox and Chrome

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:27:13 GMT

When it's easier to rewrite than refactor

Mozilla developers have released a new JavaScript debugger for Firefox.…

Stripped and ready to go: Enterprise Java MicroProfile lands

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:54:10 GMT

Red Hat and IBM make their microservices play

The project for a lightweight and modular enterprise Java suited to microservices has hit general release.…

Audi works with Chinese technology companies to develop intelligent cars

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:13:10 GMT

Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu join connected transport project

German carmaker Audi has signed agreements with Chinese technology companies Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent to work on data analysis, internet connected vehicles and intelligent public transport.…

Wanna prove you’re a Tech Trailblazer? Entries close in a week

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:42:13 GMT

Choose a tech category, or go for the big one

You’ve got less than week to pull together your entry for the 2016 Tech Trailblazer awards…

The Internet of Things isn't just for Bluetooth toothbrushes, y'know

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:44:04 GMT

Getting hot and sweaty at a London IoT shindig

Thingmonk “In education technology one thing I’d love to see is … making sure every coding club in this country offers hardware as a topic,” said Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, giving the opening talk at yesterday’s Thingmonk Internet of Things conference in London’s Old Street district.…

Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:31:11 GMT

New programming language does clever things with caches

MIT boffins have created a new programming language called “Milk” that they say runs code four times faster than rivals.…

Microsoft Desktop Bridge opens, Win32 apps can now cross into Windows Store

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:58:48 GMT

Redmond's Universal Windows Platform vision gets a little closer to reality

Microsoft has revealed that its Desktop Bridge is open, meaning Win32 apps can now be packaged for consumption on the Windows Store and on anything that runs Windows 10.…

GitHub gets all grown-up with better code review, project management, etc

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:22:55 GMT

And look who has the most open source contributors – it rhymes with Nitro Waft

The GitHub Universe event has kicked off in San Francisco, with a number of new GitHub features announced by CEO Chris Wanstrath.…

JDK 9 release delayed another four months

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:44:07 GMT

Devs ask for more time to do the job right, meaning July 2017 instead of next week as first planned

Oracle's asking for more time to complete JDK 9.…

Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:56 GMT

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Java devs suddenly cried out in terror

The Apache Software Foundation is considering a proposal to take custody of Java development environment NetBeans.…

Bug of the month: Cache flow problem crashes Samsung phone apps

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:29:09 GMT

Exploding batteries to the left, exploding code to the right

It's not been a good summer for Samsung. It packed its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with detonating batteries, sparking a global recall.…

Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:36:24 GMT

Azure diversionary tactic to get 'em hooked

For all its highs and lows over the recent years, one thing Microsoft has always had in its favour is developers – millions coding, first for Windows, then .NET.…

IBM's AI guru leaps over to Brit biz

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:01:05 GMT

Drug discovery is benevolent business, a British artificial intelligence (AI) healthcare company, has hired IBM’s AI expert Jérôme Pesenti, ex-VP of Watson Core Technology, to head up its technology division.…

Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 01:26:37 GMT

At least he didn't use Excel as a database for credit cards

We shouldn't encourage readers to waste their time like this, but it's the kind blend of wonderful insanity that springs from a sysadmin with time on his hands: an enterprise instant messaging platform that runs in Excel.…

A little bit of Cloudant love

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:29:46 GMT

Coding platform support

Promo We thought this might be just the time to remind developers amongst you of the call to sign up now for a free IBM Cloudant cloud services trial.…

Life imitates satire: Facebook touts zlib killer just like Silicon Valley's Pied Piper

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:05:33 GMT

New compression library and MySQL fork open-sourced

Facebook engineers today emitted a bunch of open-source compression and database tools during its @Scale conference.…

Microsoft's beta language service gets C# dev kit

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 05:05:10 GMT

Yet another chatbot to train

Microsoft has pushed out a C# software development kit (SDK) for its in-beta language parsing API, LUIS.…

Vale, LOGO creator Seymour Papert, who taught us that code can be creative play

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:58:10 GMT

Arduino-fiddling kids, and the rest of us, owe Papert a debt of gratitude

Back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and I was a kid, I received the gift of a "100-in-1 Electronics Kit" that taught me the basics of electrical circuit design as I strung pre-cut wires between springy posts. At the very centre of this kit - its beating heart - a single transistor could be wired to work in an amplifier, or AM radio, or tone generator.…

MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:03:08 GMT

Fork off, cash is king

Interview MySQL daddy Monty Widenius has dismissed claims the MariaDB fork is veering away from open source.…

Oracle reveals Java Applet API deprecation plan

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:28:04 GMT

Big Red nods to plugin-hostile browser-makers, outlines proper Applet pension plan

Oracle has revealed its interim plan to help Java devs deal with browser-makers' imminent banishment of plug-ins.…

Google to block web views from using its OAuth

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:29:07 GMT

Deprecation starts in October

Google's decided that web-views should no longer be able to use OAuth requests, and is deprecating them in Android, iOS, Windows and OS X as of October.…

Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 01:30:45 GMT

PowerShell applause sours as curl dev doesn't care much for Redmond's alias either

Well, that didn't take long: within a week of applause for Microsoft's decision to open-source PowerShell, a comment-war has broken out over curl and wget.…

Google killing app format used only by The 1%

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:04:12 GMT

'Chrome packaged apps' to be snuffed, except on Chrome OS

Chalk up another fail for Google, which has decided it's time to do away with Chrome apps on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.…

MacPorts project leaving Apple’s OS Forge

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:31:28 GMT

Cupertino's project hosting enters the long dark tea-time of the soul

Apple's Mac OS Forge is losing one of its highest-profile non-Apple projects, with the news that MacPorts is moving to GitHub.…

Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:04:00 GMT

We have a look at the latest cut

Hands On Microsoft’s Continuum is one of the spookiest computing experiences you can have. Either plug a phone into a dock, or turn on a nearby wireless display and keyboard, and the phone doubles up as an ersatz Windows PC. No more lugging a laptop around.…

Polish developer hacks Android rewards app for free beer

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:37:09 GMT

Broadcasting authent keys over the air is just asking for trouble

A cunning Polish developer has hacked an Android food and drink rewards app to grant himself unlimited free beer.…

NASA dangles ONE MILLION DOLLARS for virtual Mars robots

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 01:13:39 GMT

Devs challenged to train humanoid helper for red planet mission

NASA has announced a million-dollar prize it will award to whomsoever can program a virtual robot to get stuff done ahead of a crewed mission to Mars.…

Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:14:07 GMT

OpenSSH remoting will be baked in, too

Microsoft has published PowerShell, its scripting and automation platform, as open source under the permissive MIT licence, as well as porting it to Linux and Mac, with an alpha build now available on GitHub.…

Reactive? Serverless? Put to bed? What's next for Java. Speak up, Oracle

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:02:12 GMT

Less is more, from EE to SE

The future of Java Enterprise Edition is on many developers' minds. After the community came to the conclusion that the platform’s progress has come to a standstill, a plethora of initiatives has arisen with the goal of encouraging Oracle to pick up the work on Java EE 8 again.…

Oracle Java patch problem? Browsium rolls management fix

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:08:13 GMT

Locked down and white-listed

Released in 1995, Java went from a language running in a browser to the ubiquitous platform of today, one which underpins the entire industry and with deep tentacles in enterprise IT.…

Quip away, but Microsoft Excel 365's REST APIs win the day

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:57:06 GMT

Even Salesforce knows the score here

Salesforce has splashed out $582m on what some hail as its alternative to MS Word. Without spending anything, Microsoft has shown the true meaning of power.…

Google-backed Thread, OCF form alliance for Internet of Things sanity

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 19:12:09 GMT

Fragmented market slowly coming together

The internet of things standards mess has become a little saner, with the news that the Google-backed Thread Group will interoperate with the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF).…

The dev-astating truth: What's left to develop? Send in the machines

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:12:11 GMT

Can your post-agile job be done by AI in the future?

Historian Francis Fukuyama in 1992 reckoned with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the replacement of Communist systems behind it with liberal democracies, we had reached the end of history.…

Not enough competition in payment processing tech, thunders regulator

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:39:08 GMT

Back in Bacs

A UK government regulator is calling for greater competition in banking payment infrastructure provision.…

Fork YOU! Sure, take the code. Then what?

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:39:09 GMT

Why people matter in open source

Open source insider There's an old adage in the open source world – if you don't like it, fork it. This advice, often given in a flippant manner, makes it seem like forking a piece of software is not a big deal.…

Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:52:40 GMT

R: you ready for a top-ten spot?

It's no surprise that C and Java share the top two spots in the IEEE Spectrum's latest Interactive Top Programming Languages survey, but R at number five? That's a surprise.…

Explo-Xen! Bunker buster bug breaks out guests from hypervisor

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:00:03 GMT

Explo-Xen ... it rhymes with explosion

Code dive A super-bug in the Xen hypervisor may allow privileged code running in guests to escape to the underlying host.…

Apple Watch exec Bob Mansfield 'gets into secret Apple car'

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:17:12 GMT

Here in iCar, iCan only receive, iCan listen to you...

A former senior executive at Apple has returned to the company to oversee its secretive but long-rumoured car project, according to reports.…

Microsoft dangles code candy in front of iOS devs

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:02:07 GMT

Objective-C code-checker is Redmond's latest attempt to get app devs into WindowsLand

Microsoft is pressing ahead with its desire to sweep iOS devs into its embrace, this time offering them a code-testing tool to help them use its Windows Bridge for iOS.…

Oops: Bounty-hunter found Vine's source code in plain sight

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:36:04 GMT

Give you our Docker image? Sure! No, wait …

A bounty-hunter has gone public with a complete howler made by Vine, the six-second-video-loop app Twitter acquired in 2012.…

UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:00:09 GMT

Even social studies graduates have better job prospects

Computer science graduates continue to top the UK's higher education unemployment rankings, according to the latest figures compiled by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).…

Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:15:10 GMT

Microsoft, Twilio, Dropbox offer support

Stack Overflow, a popular site for developer and IT admin problem solving, is taking on technical documentation, with support from companies including Microsoft, Paypal, Twilio and Dropbox.…

Guilt by ASN: Compiler's bad memory bug could sting mobes, cell towers

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 03:40:12 GMT

Telco, embedded systems may inherit remote vulns

A vulnerability in a widely used ASN.1 compiler isn't a good thing: it means a bunch of downstream systems – potentially mobile phones and cell towers – will inherit the bug.…

Samsung spills beans on mystery username, password emails to devs

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:10:33 GMT

Someone pressed the wrong button in portal redesign

Weird emails from Samsung to third-party developers containing usernames and passwords had some worried that the chaebol had been hacked. But the electronics giant says it's nothing to worry about.…

It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:47:05 GMT

It's because, you know, there aren't enough of them

Facebook has explained away another year of dreadful diversity figures by claiming that there simply aren't enough minorities available for it to hire.…

Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:10:52 GMT

10B or not 10B, that is the question

A programming blunder in its reporting software has led to Citigroup being fined $7m (£5m).…