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You've probably seen the Watson commercials, where what looks like a sentient box interacts with celebrities like Bob Dylan, Carrie Fisher, and Serena Williams; or doctors; or a young cancer survivor. Maybe you caught the IBM artificial intelligence technology's appearance in H&R Block's Super Bowl commercial starring Jon Hamm. "It is one of the most powerful tools our species has created. It helps doctors fight disease," Hamm says. "It can predict global weather patterns. It improves education for children everywhere. And now we unleash it on your taxes."

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It started back in 1998 as an April Fool's Day gag. Written up by Larry Masinter of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), error code 418 — "I'm a teapot" — was nothing more than a poke at the "many bad HTTP extensions that had been proposed". Despite its existence as a joke, a number of major software projects, including Node.js, ASP.NET and Google's Go language, implemented it as an Easter egg.

A recent attempt to excise the fictitious code from these projects ended up doing the opposite, cementing it as a "reserved" error by the IETF.

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Heavy sleepers might need a little something stronger than your standard alarm clock. Some ask you to throw them against a wall, while others roll around the floor wailing, but none of them take direct action to wake you up. Furniture maker and Instructables user 1UpLiving decided to make his alarm clock a little more functional, adding the delightful feature of literally pulling the sheets off of his sleeping body in the morning.

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Famed white hat hacker Marcus Hutchins — better known as "MalwareTech" — was arrested by the FBI yesterday while trying to fly home to the United Kingdom from Las Vegas. The 22-year-old security researcher gained mainstream fame earlier this year as the guy who stopped the destructive WannaCry ransomware from spreading, and had been partying with friends near the Black Hat and Defcon hacker conferences before his arrest. Now, he faces serious federal charges for allegedly creating the Kronos banking trojan. But he's supposed to be the good guy!

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Kids have a way of picking up information quickly (sometimes more quickly than we'd like...), but when explaining more abstract concepts like coding or computer programming, you might need something more than a lecture or some quick YouTube explainer. That's what programmer Tomek Kaczanowski learned as he explained the skill to a group of 6-year-old children, among them his own daughter.

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Hackathons are all the rage. Lots of companies run them as a way of engaging staff, kickstarting innovation and breaking the monotony of every day routines. Seek has now run a number of internal hackathons, scheduling one every six months as a way of kickstarting innovation in system design, business process improvement and finding new ways to work with customers.

I spoke with Seek's managing director Michael Ilczynski and Glen Cameron, the company's head of delivery about business hackathones. Here are some of his tips.

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Developers with an MSDN subscription can now download Windows 10 S and start testing apps on the newest member of the Windows 10 family. Windows 10 S, which only runs apps that are distributed through the Microsoft Store, is going to be pitched at markets where low-cost hardware and simplified system maintenance is important. That's why this initial release is pitched at schools.

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Artificial intelligence is infiltrating our daily lives, with applications that curate your phone pics, manage your email, and translate text from any language into another. Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft are all heavily researching how to integrate AI into their major services. Soon you'll likely interact with an AI (or its output) every time you pick up your phone. Should you trust it? Not always.

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As your programming skills increase, it becomes more important that you maintain a consistent coding style. When it comes to curly bracket placement, capitalisation and variable naming, it's best if you and your fellow developers are all on the same page.

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Video: Laika animator Kevin Parry's "100 Walks" is a reference video for animators that's pretty fun for the rest of us, too. If you really want to use these walks as a reference, there's a straightforward version on YouTube, but this Twitter version moves faster and has a snappy soundtrack. Our favourites are "flower child" and "hot tea".

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According to an article published by Fast Company, Apple is in a "panic" with software issues plaguing the new iPhone 8 (which, by my count is the 11th iPhone released by Apple). And, because this is Apple and few people have a real sense of perspective when it comes to Jobs and Wozniak's Cupertino love child, it has people wondering all sorts of the things. But I think there's a bigger question; when should a product ship and in what state?

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As we move away from the era of deploying servers - physical or virtual - in order to run applications, developers need to move towards building applications in different ways. AWS has published a guide on building server less web apps that guides you through the process. Of course, it's all very AWS-centric but it looks like a good place to begin a journey down the road of developing server less apps.