TiddlyBot, a Kickstarter robot project teaching programming and robotics
TiddlyBot, a programmable robot built on Raspberry Pi, allows kids to program and control while learning coding and problem solving skills.

Developed by U.K. startup Agilic, TiddlyBot has already exceeded its Kickstarter project goal and is now funding stretch goals of creating an illustrated beginner’s guide to robotics and developing interactive games for TiddlyBot. The modular design allows children to construct their own custom TiddlyBot and program it using a Blockly, Python or JavaScript API.

The robot is then controlled via a Web interface from a smart device or PC. TiddlyBot costs US$48, and the kit includes the interface board, SD Card, illustrated instructions and a learner guide. – Rob Marvin

Microsoft announces new TypeScript compiler, move to GitHub
Microsoft is building a complete standalone compiler for TypeScript, its superset JavaScript programming language, and hosting it in TypeScript’s new GitHub repository.

In response to developer feedback, the entire TypeScript codebase has been moved into a GitHub repository along with a new issue tracker and the TypeScript documentation. As for the new compiler, TypeScript program manager Jonathan Turner said it compiles code 5x faster than the current compiler in TypeScript 1.0. Microsoft is still working on developing several features:

• Parser – Strict mode, incremental parsing for the language service (if necessary)
• Type checking – Get type checker to parity with 1.0 in terms of error coverage. This is nearing completion
• Compiler options – Support for –propagateEnumConstants, –watch, –locale, –logFile and –version
• Language service – Adapt the language service to work with new compiler
• Emitter – .d.ts output and comment preservation

Read more about the new TypeScript compiler and GitHub repository in Turner’s blog post. – Rob Marvin

Microsoft’s Stephen Elop on layoffs, Windows Phone and Nokia X plans
Stephen Elop, Microsoft’s executive VP of devices and services (and former Nokia CEO), followed up Satya Nadella’s employee memo with an e-mail of his own indicating there would be 12,500 layoffs and revealing plans for Windows Phone and the Nokia X Android phone.