Microsoft fuels low-code app development with Power Platform updates

Microsoft Corp. announced today at its Ignite 2020 virtual event a host of new capabilities in its Power Platform that are designed to help companies become more resilient and weather today’s coronavirus-related economic challenges.

Microsoft’s Power Platform is a suite of three products, namely Power BI, PowerApps and Power Automate. They can be used to create and deploy customized applications that run on desktop and mobile devices using a low-code interface.

Low-code software development is becoming increasingly popular because it enables people with only minimal coding skills to create lots of useful apps that can streamline their work processes. In a blog post, James Philllips, Microsoft’s president of business applications, said the company has worked hard over the past 18 months to make its low-code tools more useful by integrating them more closely with its Azure cloud platform and Visual Studio development tools.

As a result of that work, Power

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Nuclear power plants promising thousands of UK jobs will not go ahead



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Nuclear power plants promising thousands of UK jobs will not go ahead after Japanese giant Hitachi pulled out of the scheme.

The decision not to go ahead with building new power stations at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and at Oldbury on Severn, in South Gloucestershire, deals a huge blow to the nuclear industry and hopes of creating thousands of new jobs.

Hitachi announced it will end business operations on the nuclear power plant construction project at Wylfa, which was suspended in January 2019.

A statement said: ‘Hitachi made this decision given that 20 months have passed since the suspension, and the investment environment has become increasingly severe due to the impact of Covid-19.’



An artist's impression of the planned nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey in north Wales. Horizon said it will be ceasing its activities to develop two projects in the UK


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Teachers union sues Cuomo over school aid cuts, claim governor’s spending power is unconstitutional

ALBANY — The state’s largest teachers union is suing Gov. Cuomo over funds withheld from school districts across New York and claims his spending power is unconstitutional.



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New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a news conference on September 08, 2020 in New York City.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Albany Supreme Court, argues that the state is illegally withholding $5.2 billion in school aid and that the governor has no constitutional authority to cut the budget despite sweeping powers granted to him by the Legislature amid the pandemic.

“Time is up,” New York State United Teachers president Andy Pallotta said. “With the loss of state funding driving cuts at the local level in districts around the state, we can’t just keep waiting for action at the federal level to fund our schools.”

Lawmakers gave Cuomo broad power to amend and cut the budget as

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United States Air Force Partners with Pluralsight to Power Digital U Technology Skills Development Program

SILICON SLOPES, Utah, Aug. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pluralsight, Inc. (NASDAQ: PS), the enterprise technology skills platform, today announced that it is partnering with the United States Air Force to power its Digital U learning program. The Air Force’s Digital U program is designed to help Airmen across the service develop skills in core technology topics such as software development, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and cybersecurity. Airmen have access to more than 7,000 courses in a variety of technical areas.

“Tomorrow’s battlefield is increasingly dependent on technology, and the Air Force is focusing on investing in our digital Airmen to ensure that they have the ability to build the technical competence needed to complete our mission,” said Lt. Peyton Cleveland, United States Air Force.

With Pluralsight, Air Force Digital U participants have access to more than 7,000 technology courses taught by the top experts in fields such as machine learning

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