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Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' Courses Now Available in Braille
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Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' Courses Now Available in Braille

Apple has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People in the U.K. to expand its Everyone Can Code curriculum to visually impaired students.

Quantum Open Source Fund Launched
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Quantum Open Source Fund Launched

The newly-launched Unitary Fund is offering grants of $2,000 to projects developing open source quantum software for near-term, hybrid quantum-classical programming...

Coders and Librarians Team ­p to Save Scientific Data
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Coders and Librarians Team ­p to Save Scientific Data

Software programmers, librarians, and others are archiving scientific data from government websites.

­ts to Launch Programming Environment For the Quantum Era
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­ts to Launch Programming Environment For the Quantum Era

Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia say they will soon unveil a quantum-era programming environment at the UTS Center for Quantum Software...

After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players
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After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players

An artificial intelligence system called Libratus has gained the upper hand against human poker players in the first week of a 20-day tournament in Pittsburgh. ...

DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech
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DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is launching the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge project.

One-in-Three Developers Fear AI Will Replace Them
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One-in-Three Developers Fear AI Will Replace Them

A survey of developers found nearly a third identify the most worrisome part of their careers as the potential to be replaced by artificial intelligence.

9 Programming Languages and the Women Who Created Them
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9 Programming Languages and the Women Who Created Them

Women have made many important and lasting contributions to software development, including the development of programming languages. 

Electrical Engineering Employment Declines Nearly 10%, but Developers up 12%
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Electrical Engineering Employment Declines Nearly 10%, but Developers up 12%

The number of people working as electrical engineers declined by 29,000 last year, even as the number of software developers increased by 132,000.

Over-the-Air Software Coming Soon to Your Next Car
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Over-the-Air Software Coming Soon to Your Next Car

Car manufacturers soon hope to upgrade vehicles' software over-the-air, which they say will enhance customer satisfaction, boost safety, and curb costs. 

Santa (well, Santa Tracker) Helps Google Test Its Dev Tools
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Santa (well, Santa Tracker) Helps Google Test Its Dev Tools

Google again this year enabled kids of all ages to use its Santa Tracker website and app to follow St. Nick and his elves as they deliver presents around the world...

Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

U.S. House lawmakers go viral over information diffusion study funded by the feds.  

Topcoder Now Has 3,700 Swift Devs
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Topcoder Now Has 3,700 Swift Devs

Appirio, which owns and operates the TopCoder platform, says it has registered more than 3,700 Swift developers who are working on 2,000 projects in 110 countries...

Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is running two new IBM supercomputers, each 213 teraflops, that enable researchers to increase the resolution...

Nicta Pushes Sel4 Microkernel Beyond Drones
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Nicta Pushes Sel4 Microkernel Beyond Drones

Researchers hope the seL4 operating system, recently released as open source code, will be employed for medical devices, industrial automation, and other uses.

All Android Devices at Risk of Being Hacked When Installing Os System ­pdates
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All Android Devices at Risk of Being Hacked When Installing Os System ­pdates

Security researchers have uncovered a new class of vulnerabilities in the Android operating system. 

Newest Bug Bounty Touts $10K Rewards, Appeals for Help in Finding Flash Flaws
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Newest Bug Bounty Touts $10K Rewards, Appeals for Help in Finding Flash Flaws

The Internet Bug Bounty program recently paid $10,000 each to a pair of security researchers for vulnerabilities they found in Flash. 

Nasa 'codeathon' Seeks Apps That Address Coastal Flooding
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Nasa 'codeathon' Seeks Apps That Address Coastal Flooding

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's third global codeathon offers four climate-themed challenges. 

Gps Tech Built to Find Missing Aircraft Not Always Used
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Gps Tech Built to Find Missing Aircraft Not Always Used

Aviation experts have cited multiple possible reasons for the problems in the multi-country effort to locate the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that dropped off the...

Open Source Challenges a Proprietary Internet of Things
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Open Source Challenges a Proprietary Internet of Things

The Linux Foundation recently created the AllSeen Alliance, which combines the AllJoyn Framework with its open source network. 
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