These 11 programming languages now work with Kite’s AI code-completion tool

Kite, the maker of an AI-powered tool that automatically completes lines of code, has added support for 11 new languages beyond Python and JavaScript. 

The newly supported languages consist of Java, C, C++, C#, TypeScript, Kotlin, Objective C, Scala, Go, HTML/CSS, and Less. With the 11 new languages, Kite now supports 13 languages. They’re almost all among RedMonk’s list of the top 20 most popular programming languages. 

Kite CEO Adam Smith tells ZDNet it will also roll out support for PHP, Ruby and Shell in the next few weeks.  

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Kite promises to adapt to a developer’s style of coding on the fly and suggest multiple tokens – the equivalent of words – without developers first having to manually define the structure of a ‘sentence’.

However, Kite initially only supported Python completions because its former approach required it to build a dedicated semantic engine

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Amazon extends work from home option till June

By Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) – Inc <AMZN.O> on Tuesday told employees whose work can be done from home that they can do so until June, extending the timeline on a return to office due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until June 30, 2021”, an Amazon spokeswoman said in an emailed statement on Tuesday, adding the guidance is applicable globally.

Amazon had earlier allowed that option until January.

The development comes less than three weeks after the world’s largest online retailer said more than 19,000 of its U.S. frontline workers contracted the coronavirus this year.

Some staff, elected officials and unions in recent months have said that Amazon put employees’ health at risk by keeping warehouses open during the pandemic.

“We have invested significant funds and resources to keep those who choose to

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Logitech Q2 earnings: Sales skyrocket to over $1bn as remote work becomes the new normal

Many businesses are suffering due to COVID-19, but Logitech is enjoying rapid growth and an explosion in sales.

The company manufactures PC accessories and peripherals including mice, keyboards, headsets, cameras, and video equipment — all of which have been in constant demand since the coronavirus pandemic shocked the global economy and forced businesses to ask employees to work from home. 

During the first surge and the initial scramble to set up home offices, shelves — online or otherwise — were stripped of equipment. As we head toward the next wave, it appears sales are still going strong. 

Late on Monday, Logitech reported second-quarter results (statement), ended Sept 30, 2020, including non-GAAP sales of $1.26 billion and earnings per share of $1.87. The company says this is the first time that quarterly sales have bypassed the billion-dollar mark, having grown over the quarter by 73%. 

Q2 non-GAPP operating income increased by

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Indian-American teen wins $25,000 for work on potential COVID-19 treatment

A 14-year-old Indian-American girl has won a USD 25,000 young scientist challenge for a discovery that could provide a potential treatment for COVID-19.

Anika Chebrolu, an eighth grader from Frisco in Texas, won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, regarded as the US’ premier middle school science competition, for her work using in-silico methodology for drug discovery to find a molecule that can selectively bind to the Spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 virus in an attempt to find a cure for the coronavirus pandemic, according to the 3M Challenge website.

3M is an American manufacturing company based in Minnesota.


Chebrolu decided to take part in the Young Scientist Challenge after she battled a severe influenza infection last year. She wanted to find a cure for influenza. However, that all changed after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the website said.

“I was drawn towards finding effective cures for influenza disease after a severe

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Dekko pushes secure digital tools for remote work world

For the Australian collaboration technology company Dekko, having clients that work in many of the most sensitive and secure fields of law enforcement and the judicial system has meant being secure by design is a guiding principle.

According to Dekko’s chief executive officer, Jacqui Nelson, this has provided her company with the opportunity to build browser-based communications and collaboration tools that feature military-grade security and deliver an exceptional user experience in order to address her client’s specific needs.

 “Employing the technology that we do in the web browser allows these organisations to be able to engage with our technology very easily and ensure that sharing takes place securely and with a really comprehensive audit trail,” Nelson said.

This approach is exemplified by DekkoVault, which incorporates a document sharing, storage, management system and messaging features to facilitate collaboration and productivity that are all contained within a highly secure web-based repository.


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How Apple’s new snap-on magnets work

Apple’s four new iPhone 12 models — two of which are now available to preorder — come with 5G, better cameras and the return of a beloved feature Apple long used on MacBooks: the MagSafe charger. MagSafe for iPhone 12 uses a magnetic connection to attach a wireless charger and a potentially endless supply of magnetic accessories you can snap onto the back of the phone, such as cases, docks, mounts and even a wallet.

MagSafe centers a compatible charger on new iPhones using an array of magnets. Apple

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MagSafe centers a compatible charger on new iPhones using an array of magnets. Apple

icon: Apple revived the MagSafe brand to introduce magnetically-attached accessories, such as cases and chargers.


Apple revived the MagSafe brand to introduce magnetically-attached accessories, such as cases and chargers.

By embracing a snap-on ethos that has failed other phone makers (more on that below), the iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max represent a bold new direction for Apple and a new way for iPhone

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Wisconsin suspends coronavirus totals during computer work

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has suspended the reporting of new COVID-19 totals until early next week while its computer system undergoes an upgrade.

The Journal Sentinel reports the department announced Friday that it is upgrading its Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System in an effort to improve its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The system is used to collect and monitor data on testing, contact tracing and other metrics.

The reporting outage is expected to last until Tuesday, one day after the system goes live with the new updates.

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Internet connectivity is oxygen for research and development work


IMAGE: Emmanuel Togo, IT architect for the University of Ghana, gave a tour of the university’s campus network operations center during an ICT Health CheckUp conducted by Paul Hixson, University of…
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Credit: College of ACES, University of Illinois.

URBANA, Ill. – Fast and reliable internet access is fundamental for research and development activity around the world. Seamless connectivity is a privilege we often take for granted. But in developing nations, technological limitations can become stumbling blocks to efficient communication and cause significant disadvantages.

Pete Goldsmith, director of the Soybean Innovation Lab at University of Illinois, works closely with partner organizations in several African countries. He noticed that his African colleagues were often dealing with technological problems that made communication very challenging. For example, sometimes they had to rely on their cell phones because their institution’s internet access was unreliable.

Goldsmith teamed up with two IT experts at U

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Elon Musk: Yes, SpaceX’s Starlink internet will even work on high-speed transportation

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed one more scenario where Starlink could be used to deliver its satellite broadband other than homes: on high-speed trains across the globe.

Sweden-based data scientist Anton Kanerva asked Musk via Twitter whether Starlink satellite dishes could be fitted to high-speed trains to deliver reliable broadband in remote areas. 

It’s a relevant question for Sweden, which has train connections between most major cities but vast tracts between them where mobile coverage is spotty. Indeed, it’s a relevant question for many of Europe’s intercity rail networks and rail networks across North America. 

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“Will Starlink dishes be deployable on high-speed moving objects like trains?” Kanerva asked Musk on Twitter. “It would be incredible if trains moving through the middle of nowhere finally could have stable high-speed internet connections.”

Starlink for rail networks would be no problem, according to Musk. “Yes.

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How Does Antivirus Software Work?

If you want to make sure that you’re protected from viruses, you should get some antivirus software. This software can offer peace of mind, even for experienced computer users who would be unlikely to open a simple virus.

Antivirus software works in two ways. Firstly, it has a big ‘dictionary’ of viruses, allowing it to scan files and flag any that are known to be viral. Secondly, the software monitors the system for any suspicious activity. One method involves creating decoy files that are hidden from the user and monitoring them to see if they are altered – if they are, then it was almost certainly a virus.

The two giants of the antivirus industry are McAfee and Norton. They are both commercial software based on yearly subscriptions, and at this point there’s little to choose between them – some people swear by one, but just as many will swear … Read More