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//No Comment - Fake News Spreads Like Real News, Flu Detector & NNs Detect Clickbait
Jan 23 | Janet Swift
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• It's Always April Fools' Day! On the Difficulty of Social Network Misinformation Classification via Propagation Features

• Flu Detector: Estimating influenza-like illness rates from online user-generated content

• We used Neural Networks to Detect Clickbaits: You won’t believe what happened Next!



Style Transfer Makes A Movie
Jan 22 | David Conrad
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It is only a few months ago that neural network based style transfer was the latest thing. Now we have a short and serious movie which contains sections that were generated by style transfer. The director is actress Kristen Stewart who also co-authors the paper.



January Week 3
Jan 21 | 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 also covers the week's feature articles and book reviews.



AI Prevails Against Human Poker Champions
Jan 21 | Sue Gee
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Libratus, an artificial intelligence developed at Carnegie Mellon, is currently taking on four of the world's best professional poker players in a 20-day match at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, in which 120,000 hands of No Limit Texas Hold'em will be played.



//No Comment - Kinect for X-Rays, Kinect as a Baby Monitor & Full Body Motion Tracking With HoloLens
Jan 20 | Lucy Black
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The whole subject of depth cameras has more or less dropped out of sight. The Kinect in particular has been declared dead more than once recently, but this is simply a reflection of how high the hype reached before the inevitable crash. Depth cameras are still important and we are still innovating and finding new things to try out.



Google Buys Twitter Dev Platform
Jan 20 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has bought Fabric, Twitter's developer platform, to add it to its Developer Products division alongside Firebase. 



Mycroft On Raspberry Pi An Open Source Alexa
Jan 19 | Harry Fairhead
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The latest big surprise hit Amazon's Alexa. Voice control seems to be the next big thing, but Amazon makes it hard to extend its reach to really new skills. An alternative is Mycroft, an open source AI with voice control. The good news is that now you can run it on a Raspberry Pi with no fuss.



Get Ready for Expanded Pwn2Own 2017
Jan 19 | Alex Armstrong
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This year's Pwn2Own hacking contest will be the 10th anniversary edition and the first to be entirely run by Trend Micro. It will feature more targets and more prize money for security researchers who successfully execute zero-day exploits.



ScaleOut Adds Data-Parallel API
Jan 19 | Kay Ewbank
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ScaleOut Software has released a new version of its in-memory data grid with new features for .NET developers and a new API for data-parallel computing. 



Android Wear 2.0 To Launch In February
Jan 18 | Mike James
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It is difficult to get excited about smart watches. They present problems that make it hard to find a killer app. Android Wear 2.0 might just change that with its standalone, no phone needed, mode of operation. 



Libraries For Learning To Code
Jan 18 | Sue Gee
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Google has announced funding for an initiative that aims to equip librarians with the skills needed to deliver coding programs in public and school libraries across the USA.



Where to Find Top Women Coders
Jan 17 | Janet Swift
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We are made constantly aware of the gender gap in software development. The profession is so male dominated as to be a deterrent to many potential entrants, both male and female. HackerRank has now done an analysis of the data it collects through the programming contests to reveal which country has the most skilled female developers.



Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3
Jan 17 | Harry Fairhead
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Raspberry Pi is a huge hit, but not so much in the serious world of industrial IoT. The new Compute Module 3 might just change this.



Gogland Go IDE
Jan 17 | Kay Ewbank
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 JetBrains has announced a commercial IDE that extends the IntelliJ platform with the coding assistance and tool integrations for the Go language.



//No Comment - Is Parallel Programming Hard; Column Subset Selection Is NP-complete & The Balance Attack Against Proof-Of-Work Blockchains
Jan 16 | Alex Armstrong
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Is Parallel Programming Hard, And, If So, What Can You Do About It?  

Column Subset Selection Is NP-complete

The Balance Attack Against Proof-Of-Work Blockchains: The R3 Testbed as an Example



Big Increase in AI, Cognitive and Cloud Computing Patents in 2016
Jan 16 | Janet Swift
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IBM and Samsung head the charts for most US Patent grants in 2016. Which comes top depends on whose statistics you choose, but more interesting is what the patents relate to.


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Book Review


Data Visualization with Python and JavaScript
Friday 20 Jan

Author: Kyran Dale
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 592
ISBN: 978-1491920510
Print: 1491920513
Kindle: B01HSMKJIA
Audience: JavaScript & Python data miners
Rating: 3
Reviewer: Ian Elliot

JavaScript and Python - a tall order for the reader to master?


 

Featured Articles


AWS Lambda For The Impatient Part 2
Nikos Vaggalis
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In the first part of the AWS Lambda for the Impatient tutorial series we set to create our very first lambda function and call it through an open, public, unrestricted and unauthenticated endpoint.This time around we add security so that calling our lambdas will require the client to authenticate through an IAM Role and User name.



CSS For Programmers - Building a Custom CSS Button
David Conrad
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CSS - it's all about presentation and style, the sort of thing designers worry about, not programmers. In fact CSS is more important than HTML5. After all, it actually controls how the UI looks and even how it behaves. If you plan to build a custom control then it is CSS you need to learn.



Android Adventures - Static Fragments
Mike James
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It really does matter how you add a Fragment to a UI. Static and dynamic Fragments are not equal because the system treats them very differently. It is important to know how they differ and how to use Fragments in each mode. In this chapter of our intermediate-level book the focus is on static fragments.



What PHP Does
Alex Armstrong
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PHP is a language that creates web pages, but exactly how does it do this? If you know some HTML, you might be wondering what PHP have to do with it and how it integrates into a web page. In this article we look at the idea behind PHP. 



How to Authenticate a Device in the Industrial Internet of Things
Jayson DeLancey
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When it comes to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), device security offers a very distinctive set of challenges. This tutorial provides a hands-on guide to authenticating devices on the GE Predix platform.


 

Unhandled Exception!
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No it isn't!

It is only a stupid game in real life. In software it's just fun and 100% safe - more-or-less. This is the whole point of software.

  More cartoon fun at xkcd a webcomic of romance,sarcasm, math, and language

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Book Watch

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IOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide 6th Ed (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)
Thursday 19 Jan

This sixth edition of the Big Nerd Ranch guide to iOS programming has been updated for Xcode 8, Swift 3, and iOS 10. Aaron Hillegass takes you through the concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications, to give you the know-how and confidence you need to tackle iOS projects of your own.

<ASIN:0134682335>



Network Security Assessment, 3rd Ed (O'Reilly)
Wednesday 18 Jan

Subtitled "Know Your Network", the idea behind this book, now in its third edition, is to show you how to assess network security by attacking it yourself. Author Chris McNab shows you the tools and techniques that professional security analysts use to identify and assess risks in government, military, and commercial networks.

<ASIN:149191095X>



wxPython Cookbook (Leanpub)
Monday 16 Jan

wxPython is a GUI toolkit that can be used with Python 2 and 3. In this cookbook Michael Driscoll has over 50 tips, tricks and answers to questions for those who want to use it to create cross-platform desktop user interfaces. It is aimed at users of both Python 2 and 3 who also have a basic understanding of wxPython.

 <ASIN:B01MZ4NGHS>



Practical Data Science with Hadoop and Spark (Addison Wesley)
Thursday 12 Jan

This book shows how to solve real data science problems with Hadoop and Spark. Authors Ofer Mendelevitch, Casey Stella, and Douglas Eadline draw on their experience with Hadoop and big data to bring together everything you need: high-level concepts, deep-dive techniques, real-world use cases, practical applications, and hands-on tutorials.

<ASIN:0134024141>



C# 6 for Programmers (Prentice Hall)
Wednesday 11 Jan

In this book in the Deitel Developer series, Harvey Deitel teaches programming and explores Microsoft s C# 6 and .NET by presenting concepts in the context of 170+ fully coded and tested apps, complete with syntax shading, code highlighting, code walkthroughs, program outputs and software development tips.</p>

<ASIN:0134596323>



Laravel - Up and Running (O'Reilly)
Monday 09 Jan

The Laravel PHP web frameworks offers speed, simplicity, and a large ecosystem of tools that can be used to build new sites and applications with clean, readable code. In this practical guide, Matt Stauffer starts with a high-level overview and examples to help experienced PHP web developers get started with Laravel quickly.

<ASIN:1491936088>



CSS3 Pocket Primer (Mercury)
Thursday 05 Jan

If you're comfortable with HTML, CSS and JavaScript and you want to learn CSS, you're the ideal reader for this book by Oswald Campesato. The book is part of the Pocket Primer series, and is accompanied by a DVD with code, videos, and graphics included. This Pocket Primer serves as a starting point for deeper exploration of CSS3.

<ASIN:1938549686> 



Test-Driving JavaScript Applications (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Wednesday 04 Jan

The subtitle of this book is Rapid, Confident, Maintainable Code, and author Dr. Venkat Subramaniam shows that whether you use Node.js, Express, MongoDB, jQuery, AngularJS, or directly manipulate the DOM, you can test-drive JavaScript, repaying your investment in writing tests with code that's predictable and cost-effective to change.

<ASIN:1680501747>



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