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A Primer For Unity Developers: What The Heck Is Mono?

So you’ve started playing around with Unity and discovered this “Mono” thing. Well, Mono things. MonoDevelop, the Mono Runtime, the Mono compiler. Mono, Mono, Mono. If you’re completely in the dark as to the differences between these elements, well, it’s time to learn.


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Oracle Loses Java 'Fair Use' Case Against Google, Again

The software development community can breathe a small sigh of relief; the legal stoush between Oracle and Google over the Android operating system’s use of Java application programming interfaces (APIs) is pretty much over after the US courts sided with Google, yet again. The ruling is a huge step in confirming that APIs are protected by “fair use” under the copyright law. Here’s some more background and details on the latest court decision.


Less Is More When It Comes To Adding Features To Apps

One of the cardinal sins of software development is bloating an app with too many features. It’s tempting to add a whole bunch of customer-facing features in to address the needs of everybody. But we humans are easily overwhelmed by too many choices, which is why it’s important to keep apps lean. If you’ve built an app that is bursting from the seams with features, IT analyst firm Gartner has a few tips on how to put it on a diet.


The Best Hacks From Netflix's Developer Hackathon

Content delivery giant Netflix has been hosting Hack Day events for some time, giving its product development staff a break from their daily routine to experiment with new technologies and get creative. Design and engineering staff get together to find alternative ways to do things better at Netflix. From a retro VR viewing experience to a 3D software debugging solution, here are some of the creations that came out of Netflix’s most recent Hackathon.


Lifehacker 101: Neural Networks And AI Explained

If you use Google’s Photos app, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Skype’s translation function, you’re using a form of artificial intelligence (AI) on a daily basis. AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work.


Artificial Intelligence Still Sucks At Poetry

Artificial intelligence has bested humanity in almost every intellectual pursuit going. They’ve trounced us at chess, murdered us on the TV show Jeopardy! and been crowned world champion at the ancient board game Go. But when it comes to poetry, computers are worse than that beret-wearing kid from high school who always rhymed “love” with “above”. A poetic Turing test was recently held at Dartmouth College and the results were pretty messy.


Meet Viv: The Future Of Chatbots And Artificial Intelligence

Very soon – by the end of the year, probably – you won’t need to be on Facebook in order to talk to your friends on Facebook. Your Facebook avatar will dutifully wish people happy birthday, congratulate them on the new job, accept invitations and send them jolly texts punctuated by your favourite emojis – all while you’re asleep, or shopping, or undergoing major surgery.


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Google Chrome To Block Flash By Default

It has been a slow and agonising death for Adobe’s Flash plugin on the web. Riddled with issues including some major security flaws in the past, it has rapidly lost favour with websites, web browsers and technology vendors. Now Google has unveiled a detailed plan on how it will be phasing out Flash on its popular Chrome browser.


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