“When we work on these side projects, [Garage advisors] come up with feedback, they give us points of contact we can connect with to help us with UI design and roadblocks,” said Milind Solage, developer at Microsoft who developed DevSpace along with developer Soniya Khoja. “Soniya and I both work on this outside of office hours, but it’s because we’re both passionate about this idea. It’s a good way to learn new technologies, as well as convert ideas into actual projects.”

The new apps include:

  • Developer assistant
  • DevSpace
  • Join Conference
  • Keyboard for Excel
  • Mouse Without Borders
  • Picturesque Lock Screen
  • SquadWatch
  • Your Weather

More information is available here.

Google researchers create AI to play video games
Big steps in artificial intelligence are being taken. Google researchers just recently published a report detailing a new machine that learns, plays and wins video games.

The researchers used deep neural networks to develop the AI, and tested it against classic Atari 2600 games. According to the researchers, the machine acted as a professional human game tester across 49 games, receiving only pixels and the game score as inputs.

“This work bridges the divide between high-dimensional sensory inputs and actions, resulting in the first artificial agent that is capable of learning to excel at a diverse array of challenging tasks,” the researchers wrote in their research paper.

The full report can be found here.