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What’s new in Swift 4
by Vipul Shah: Swift 4 stable release is just around the corner and swift-4.0-branch is available to download at In this writeup I will take you through some of the features which are added in Swift 4.

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#ios11 #swift #CoreML #image #recognition
Introduction to Core ML: Building a Simple Image Recognition App
by Sai Kambampati: At WWDC 2017, Apple released a lot of exciting frameworks and APIs for us developer to use. Among all the new frameworks, one of the most popular is definitely Core ML. Core ML is a framework that can be harnessed to integrate machine learning models into your app. The best part about Core ML is that you don’t require extensive knowledge about neural networks or machine learning. Another bonus feature about Core ML is that you can use pre-trained data models as long as you convert it into a Core ML model. For demonstration purpose, we will be using a Core ML model that is available on Apple’s Developer Website. Without further ado, let’s start to learn Core ML.

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I admire Steve Wozniak. As for the other Steve, it is more of an acknowledgement that he had an eye for design and for recognising the potential in Pixar. When it comes to engineering, the only Steve that matters to me is the Woz. "In a set of three ten-minute videos Steve Wozniak reveals how he became interested in electronics at elementary school and that he designed and built the Apple II as a personal project.

We already have some videos featuring Woz on I Programmer, and plenty of biographical information about him, but these are special. While on a visit to Orlando he was asked by 14-year old Sarina Khemchandani to let her interview him for her website, ReachAStudent.
In the third and final video Woz answers questions about Steve Jobs and Apple with a unusual degree of frankness. 

He states: 

Steve Jobs played no role at all in any of my designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that I made to enhance the computers. He did not know technology. He’d never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he didn’t know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that’s what he wanted to do.

The Apple II computer, by the way, was the only successful product Apple had for its first 10 years, and it was all done, for my own reasons for myself, before Steve Jobs even knew it existed.

He does however point out that his partnership Jobs was important. A great product wouldn't do anyone any good unless it sells - and for that you need a company"

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What’s new in Swift 4
by Vipul Shah: Swift 4 stable release is just around the corner and swift-4.0-branch is available to download at In this writeup I will take you through some of the features which are added in Swift 4.

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Roses 🌱🌹🌱🌹🌱🌹 ..... 🌱🌹🌱.... 🌅🌞

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"""You can give yourself a world-class CS education without investing years and a small fortune in a degree program... You don’t need yet another “200+ Free Online Courses” listicle. You need answers to these questions:
- Which subjects should you learn, and why?
- What is the best book or video lecture series for each subject?
This guide is our attempt to definitively answer these questions.
From the discussion at
which has many additional recommendations, including London University's remote learning program, which offers a full degree in CS for just $7500 in fees.

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Soviet computing, a very interesting story. Seen here: independently invented, the MESM by Lebedev, the M-1 by Bruk, the 400 m² Strela (2000 operations per second, 2000 tubes, 150kW) then the second generation mainframe BESM-6 at 1 millions ops per second, shown with its developers, the transistor-based M-4, the Ural-14 by Rameev, the mass-produced Minsk-22 (734 produced), and finally the business machine Dnepr and the scientific machine Mir.
All photos lifted from Vladimir Kitov's PDF at
and this post inspired by +Jimmy Maher's latest instalment describing computing and software in the Soviet Union, from his ongoing wonderful history of computer games, at

Mentioned there: Lebedev's MESM "perhaps the most incredible aspect of the MESM was that it was successfully built at all. No electronic computer was ever built under more difficult conditions... At the time, the nuclear-weapons program was using what they referred to as calculator “brigades,” consisting of 100 or more mostly young girls, who worked eight-hour shifts with mechanical devices to crank out solutions to hugely complicated equations. Already by 1950, an internal report had revealed that the chief obstacle facing Soviet nuclear scientists wasn’t the theoretical physics involved but rather an inability to do the math necessary to bring theory to life fast enough."
Also Bruk's M-1 - a little more about that, and much more about him, here in the Russian Virtual Computer Museum:
And: "It was a high-stakes war that was fought in deadly earnest, and its fallout could be huge. When, for instance, the Strela people managed to buy up the country’s entire supply of cathode-ray tubes for use as memory, the BESM people were forced to use less efficient and reliable mercury delay lines instead."
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