Huawei overtakes Apple in global smartphone shipment

Huawei Blocked From Android – Ascendance Of A New OS?

Google, following the political line, has revoked Huawei’s Android licence. Given Huawei has plans to be the biggest phone maker in the world, what does this mean for the Android community? How serious this is for Huawei is a measure of how open, or rather not open, Android has become. Google has been slowly but surely making the whole Android experience increasingly tied to its proprietary services. While it isn’t clear exactly what Google will allow Huawei to access, it is likely that it will stop the use of Google’s official version of Android, block access to the Play Store, block all Google services and apps such as You Tube, Maps,…

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Science plus Python & WebAssembly Equals Pyodide

Science plus Python & WebAssembly Equals Pyodide

Based on Iodide, we now have Pyodide which allows a Python interpreter to run inside the browser and create living documents there, thus bringing data science to the browser. As we’ve seen in “Run VSCode in the browser“, portability is the new trend sought after. And with that we mean the ease of running everything inside the ubiquitous browser, be it an IDE, a game or an interpreter.  Pyodide is the Python offspring of Iodide, the attempt to bring Javascript and science to the browser. Iodide was already a success, but since Javascript had no well-defined scientific stack whereas Python does, the idea of replacing JavaScript with Python was suggested. And…

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Susan's letter to Creators: April 30, 2019

Susan’s letter to Creators: April 30, 2019

Addressing creator feedback and an update on my 2019 priorities Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Dear Creators and Artists, It’s hard to believe it’s only April given all that we’ve already witnessed this year. We’ve seen new creative peaks reached by our global creator community, showing even further that you are the heart of YouTube. But we’ve also faced incredible challenges. And given the scale and impact of YouTube, there’s nothing more important than managing our role as a platform responsibly. 1. Living up to our responsibility My top priority is responsibility. We’re always balancing maintaining an open platform with managing our community guidelines. But to combat a number of concerning incidents…

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EU ethics Guidelines For Trustworthy AI: Chapter 1

EU ethics Guidelines For Trustworthy AI: Chapter 1

European Commission has released a set of ongoing guidelines on how to build AIs that can be trusted by society. We present an annotated analysis. The EU Commission follows the trend in the technological advancements, setting up pilot groups to understand how these advancements can be used for its own prosperity. Examples of that are the EU Blockchain Observatory which we’ve looked into in this article “EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum Blockchain AMA” or the EU bug bounty initiative which is covered in “EU Bug Bounty – Software Security as a Civil Right”. The Commission’s instrument in this case is the High-Level Expert Group on AI (AI HLEG), an independent expert group…

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VSCode can now run in the Browser

VSCode can now run in the Browser

Coder.com has open sourced its cloud-server component which allows VSCode to run on a remote server fully accessible through the browser.   What is the advantage of that? Code on your Chromebook, tablet, and laptop with a consistent dev environment. Take advantage of large cloud servers to speed up tests, compilations, downloads, and more. Preserve battery life when you’re on the go as all intensive computation runs on your server, plus you’re no longer running excess instances of Chrome. Code-server is available as a single binary or Docker image and can be self hosted locally, which of course beats the purpose of portability, or on remote servers such as a VPSs’ on…

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Open Source Visual Studio Code Without Trackers now available

Open Source Visual Studio Code Without Trackers now available

An open source version of Visual Studio Code that doesn’t pass telemetry data back to Microsoft has been released. VSCodium aims to offer a more private development experience to Visual Studio developers.  What worries some developers about Visual Studio Code is that it passes telemetry and tracking information back to Microsoft. This can be turned off in the Visual Studio Preferences Settings menu, but some developers in the past have objected that even when they did this, they saw situations where the telemetry servers used by Microsoft were still being contacted. Microsoft’s response was that this was to send the information that telemetry was disabled, but this still annoyed developers. Now…

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