The GitHub Student Developer Pack
GitHub has partnered with a host of commercial and open-source platforms to release the GitHub Student Developer Pack. The developer pack provides students with free access to developer tools.

“There’s no substitute for hands-on experience, but for most students, real world tools can be cost prohibitive,” John Britton, education liaison at GitHub, wrote on the organization’s blog. “With the GitHub Student Developer Pack, students now have free access to an entire suite of useful developer tools.”

To get the developer pack, students must be at least 13 years old, be enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study, have a school-issued email address, a valid student ID card and other official proof of enrollment. The pack contains both open-source and commercial developer tools, including Atom, Bitnami, Crowdflower, DigitalOcean, DNSimple, GitHub, HackHands, Namecheap, Orchestrate, Screenhero, SendGrid, Stripe, Travis CI and Unreal Engine.

IBM releases Watson APIs
IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud team has released the first batch of APIs for its cognitive technology platform, in order to gain developer feedback.

Available through IBM’s BlueMix cloud platform, the set of APIs includes documentation and code for Watson services such as concept expansion, language identification, machine translation, and question and answer.

“We have many more APIs in the pipeline but we decided to come out quickly with a small set to start with,” IBM Watson Developer Cloud software engineer Patrick Senti wrote on Hacker News. “We are trying get some early feedback from the developer community on what they find useful, what they’d like to see, how the APIs are designed, the quality of the documentation and example code, etc. Comments and questions are very welcome!”

The IBM Watson APIs, documentation and example code can be found here.

Google updates cross-platform Android developer tools in Google Play Games Services
Google is bolstering its game developer tools for Android, adding Material Design refresh across Android, cross-platform C++ and iOS SDKs.