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Google always uses its annual I/O developer conference as a place to trot out some of its biggest and most exciting product updates. You'd be forgiven for feeling like this year was kind of a dud. There were no new gadgets, no new moonshot projects, and not even cool new swag like Google Cardboard headsets. The keynote was essentially just a boring two-hour lecture about small, incremental updates to existing products.

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Trying to develop a cross-platform app with a decent UI in any .NET language is hard. There's never been an optimal way to deploy everywhere and while attempts have been made to provide usable libraries, they're all works in progress. Even Microsoft's Xamarin.Forms is mobile-only. That, however, will change with version 3.0, with Microsoft promising support for Windows, macOS and Linux.

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Google I/O is the search and advertising giant's annual shindig for developers. This year, you could tick a few items off your buzzword bingo cards as they made a number of big announcements about mobile, security, AI - even Gmail received some love. Here are a few of the key announcements.

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Microsoft's annual Build Tour will be making its last stop of the year in Sydney on June 29 and 30. The Microsoft Build Tour is for developers using Microsoft platform and tools. The event will topics across Windows, Cloud, AI and cross-platform development. It will also deliver the latest news around .NET, web apps, the Universal Windows Platform, Win32 apps, Mixed Reality, Visual Studio, Xamarin, Microsoft Azure, Cognitive services and more.

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With the release of the new Surface Laptop came the announcement that meet another edition of Windows was upon us. Windows 10 S heralds, in my view, a potential point of confusion for consumers. But there is a big benefit with Windows 10 S. It may take some effort from developers but we are at the cusp of a major pivot in the development of Windows software that will be of substantial benefit.

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Humanitarian agency World Vision is looking for the next generation of innovators with the launch of a $20,000 Optus Future Makers World Vision Challenge. The aim is to make a dent in the problem of youth unemployment by encouraging and supporting young people to be job ready for the future.

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The Nvidia Deep Learning Institute (DLI) has dramatically expanded its course offerings with the aim of up-skilling 100,000 developers in deep learning by 2018. The initiative will include instructor-led workshops and on-demand access to online courses - with prices ranging from free to $30. In other words, you can now get trained up in AI applications for next to nothing. Here are the details.

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It's no secret that mastering a coding language or two can put you at the top of the job market. In the past, you'd have to sink a few years and a few grand in tuition to become a true coder, but thanks to the tech boom and the power of the web, you can elevate your programming skills straight from your computer.

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The future of Windows computers could soon be worn on your face. Recently at a special media event in New York City, we got our hands on the first Windows 10 "mixed reality headset" from Acer. The device is only a developer kit for now, but it's expected to be commercially available before Christmas this year.

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Google has announced the schedule for its next I/O event, which will be held between May 17-19 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in California. The developer-focused event will cover everything from Android and Chrome, through to Google Cloud and machine learning.