Google Releases New Open-Source JPEG Encoder

Google has announced the release of Guetzli, a new image compression algorithm that creates high quality JPEG images that are up to 35% smaller than other algorithms. Smaller image file sizes allow your webpages to be downloaded faster, improving user experience. The JPEG images that are produced are compatible with existing browsers, image processing tools, […]

Google Makes Search Improvements for Programmers

Google has announced improvements that they made to their search that can help programmers. Technical queries that contain sequences of 2 to 3 special characters will now include better contextual results where those characters have meaning in programming languages. Some examples include “== vs ===”, “c++17”, “+=”, and “||”. In addition, queries with organization and […]

Visual Studio 2017 Coming March 7th!

Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio 2017 will be officially released on March 7th, 2017. There will be a two day online launch event that you’ll be able to view at https://launch.visualstudio.com. The event will begin at 8:00am PT / 11:00am ET on March 7th with a keynote featuring Julia Liuson, Brian Harry, Miguel de […]

GitHub Releases New “Topics” Feature

GitHub added a new feature, Topics, which allows repo admins to tag their repositories. Topics can be things such as the purpose, language, platform, subject area, or anything else that you think might be useful as a classification. Topics appear right below the repo’s description on the repository’s main page. Topics allow users to more […]

PowerShell Replaces Command Prompt in Latest Windows 10 Insider Build

The future direction that Microsoft is taking with the Windows Command Prompt and PowerShell became evident in the latest Windows 10 insider build (14971). PowerShell is now the command shell from File Explorer, replacing the Command Prompt (cmd.exe). When users click the “WIN + X” menu, right-click the Start button, select off the “File” menu […]