Industry News - Week of Nov. 4, 2019

IN THIS ISSUE: Google's Novice Coding Tool Goes Web; IBM, Google Battle or Quantum Supremacy; Tech Predictions for 2020; Report Card: 2019 Predictions; Python Creator Retires; Apple Emphasizes Swift Over Objective-C

 

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Grasshopper Web Edition Lets Novice Mobile Developers Spread Out
Google's popular Grasshopper development learning tool for targeting Android and iOS from Android and iOS now comes in a web edition, including a familiar three-panel interface showing instructions, code and preview panels. 

IBM, Google Battle for Quantum Supremacy
Is it possible to unseat Big Blue as (arguably) the world's leading high-tech innovator? Google seems to think so, claiming that its Sycamore quantum processor is 10,000 times more powerful than the fastest supercomputer.     

What to Expect from Tech in 2020
It's that time of year again, when industry researchers and analysts release their predictions about technology trends for the coming year. This one comes as a 10-part slideshow, some obvious, some insightful. 

Report Card: Performance of Predictions from 2019 
No one ever seems to check the accuracy of tech-sector predictions from the year before. We looked at one set of prognostications from BDO, and found opinions that were totally obvious, somewhat premature or just flat-out wrong. Read it and judge for yourself. 

Python Creator Guido van Rossum Retires
Create the world's most popular programming language, then walk away. That appears to be the strategy of Guido van Rossum, who 30 years ago unleashed what would by some accounts be used in more places than even Java. 

Apple Increases use of Swift, Lessens Objective-C
Cupertino has reportedly doubled its use of Swift, the compiled programming language and offspring of Objective-C, which remains the base of macOS but is used increasingly in Apple's mobile devices.