Sat.Oct 24, 2020

How Counterplay Games approached Godfall for PS5 and PC

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Keith Lee, CEO of Counterplay Games, described the journey from small indie game company to making a PlayStation 5 launch title, Godfall. Read More.

UW researcher put tiny tracking technology on giant hornets to help state deal with murderous pest


Dental floss is used to tie a small radio tracker to an Asian giant hornet near Blaine, Wash. WSDA Photo). A researcher from the University of Washington, using tiny technology, has been playing a big role in helping state entomologists tackle a giant problem. Giant hornets, in fact.

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Researchers design virtual environment to spur development of helpful home robots

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Researchers developed an environment to test embodied AI agents on their ability to understand goals and help accomplish them. Read More.

Resting places for Boeing’s moon rovers win Washington state landmark status


Apollo 17’s lunar rover sits at its resting place at the Taurus-Littrow landing site in 1972. NASA Photo). Three spots on the moon are now official Washington state historic landmarks, thanks to a unanimous vote by a state commission.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Language learning game Drops hits 25 million users

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Drops made a game out of learning a language, and it's paying off. The company said it has hit 25 million users. Read More. Business Games category-/Games category-/Reference/Language Resources/Foreign Language Resources Daniel Farkas Drops language game language learning

Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78

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Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images. Samsung Electronics has announced the death of its chairman, Lee Kun-hee. The company says he died on October 25th with family including his son, vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong, at his side. He was 78.

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The Strangest Amber Fossils Ever Discovered

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Amber fossils are like a time capsule, preserving the three-dimensional structure of animals, plants, and other prehistoric items of interest. Every once in a while, however, paleontologists stumble upon some particularly bizarre specimens and scenes. Read more.


Our PlayStation 5 is coming, Hideo Kojima’s new game, and more | GamesBeat Decides 169

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GamesBeat Decides episode 169 is here and so is the PlayStation 5. and some other stuff. Please skip that part of the podcast. Read More.

Epic says Apple ‘has no rights to the fruits of Epic’s labor’ in latest filing

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Epic Games fired back against Apple yet again in a new court filing , saying the iPhone maker “has no rights to the fruits of Epic’s labor,” the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between the two companies.

Can the Department of Justice teach Google how to share?

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The DoJ filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google this past week. But it won't be an easy fight for DoJ attorneys. Read More. Big Data Business Commerce category-/Business & Industrial category-/Internet & Telecom/Web Services

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

Smoke Exposure or Covid-19? Colorado Governor Says Wildfires Could Mask the Spread of the Virus

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Asking whether you could be suffering from smoke exposure or covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, sounds like a horrible joke. However, it is an unfortunate reality in Colorado and other states that are experiencing wildfire hell right now.


Developer survey finds JavaScript remains the most popular programming language


The information comes from analyst firm SlashData's latest developer survey. JavaScript came in first-place once again, and boasts an ever-increasing 12.4 million active software developers—a gain of some 5 million since mid-2017.

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The Meg 2 Is Coming to Shark Up the Silver Screen With a New Director

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The Meg , an action vehicle for both Jason Statham and prehistoric sharks , is getting a sequel. But someone else will be stepping up to the director’s chair. Read more. the meg the meg 2 jason statham ben wheatley ruby rose


Are we living in a computer simulation? I don’t know. Probably.


Javier Zarracina/Vox. Why this computer scientist thinks reality might be a video game. Are we living in a computer simulation? The question seems absurd. Yet there are plenty of smart people who are convinced that this is not only possible but perhaps likely.

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How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Google Removes 3 Children’s Apps From Play Store for Purportedly Violating Its Data Collection Policies

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Just because a children’s app looks innocuous doesn’t mean it’s not doing some shady stuff in the background.

See inside the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in iFixit’s latest teardown video

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Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge. In its latest teardown video, iFixit took apart an iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and found that the devices look pretty similar to each other on the inside. The displays are interchangeable, iFixit found, and so are the 10.78 Wh batteries. iFixit.

The Next Star Trek: Picard Novel Fills in More of Riker's Post-Enterprise History

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Riker’s appearance. as Jean-Luc’s faithful friend and former subordinate was a highlight of the first season of Picard. Dude just has great vibes. There’s a reason, after all, that he’s such a popular character, beyond his chronic inability to sit in chairs correctly.

Microsoft gave Snoop Dogg an Xbox Series X refrigerator for his birthday


Almost immediately after Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series X, the refrigerator memes started rolling in. Although it was surely unintentional, the XBSX really does resemble a tiny refrigerator, and Microsoft took the kidding about it in stride, even posting a meme of its own to Twitter

Building Like Amazon

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon's journey to its current modern architecture and processes provides insights for all software development leaders. To get there, Amazon focused on decomposing for agility, making critical cultural and operational changes, and creating tools for software delivery. The result was enabling developers to rapidly release and iterate software while maintaining industry-leading standards on security, reliability, and performance. Whether you're developing for a small startup or a large corporation, learning the tools for CI/CD will make your good DevOps team great. We are excited to be joined by Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

Facebook Could Soon Be the Latest Big Tech Company Hit With Antitrust Charges

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State and federal investigators are planning to slap Facebook with antitrust charges as soon as November, four people familiar with the matter told the Washington Post.

Netflix’s Rebecca flattens a classic

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Kerry Brown / Netflix. In 1939, Alfred Hitchcock came to Hollywood. The English master of suspense would ply his trade in sunny California, and Rebecca , his first American film, would win him his first and only Oscar.

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Why the Hell Doesn't the PS5's Media Remote Have the DualSense's D-Pad?

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Recently I was going through what should have been a rather straightforward announcement from Sony detailing which streaming services the PS5 will support at launch.

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Italian authorities are investigating deepfake bots on Telegram

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. The Italian Data Protection Authority has started an investigation into the widespread use of bots that generate fake nude images on messaging app Telegram.

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

Some of Nickelodeon's Nostalgic Best Are Working on a New Sitcom Pilot

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According to Deadline , Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, executive producers of All That, creators for Cousins for Life , and writers on Kenan & Kel , are developing a pilot called Warped! for Nickelodeon. Read more.

Intel Xe DG1 GPU is shipping and will release this year


After a 20 year hiatus, Intel is returning to the discrete graphics card market. They've divided their GPUs, collectively marketed as Xe, into four categories: low-power (LP), high-performance gaming (HPG), high-performance (HP), and high-performance compute (HPC

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White supremacists responsible for the majority of 2020 domestic terror attacks

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The numbers are in. White supremacists are responsible for the majority of terrorist plots and attacks that occurred during the first eight months of 2020, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

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Patreon Becomes the Latest Online Platform to Boot Off QAnon Stans

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Patreon has become the latest online platform to give QAnon conspiracy theorists the boot. Please excuse me while I play the world’s smallest violin. Read more. sucks to suck i guess qanon youtube facebook patreon


Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.

NASA collected dust from asteroid Bennu. But now the material is leaking into space.

Mashable VR

In case you missed the news, NASA pulled off a pretty complicated maneuver: It collected dust from the asteroid Bennu, a rock speeding through space some 200 million miles from Earth.


Save on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and more this weekend

The Verge

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge. Welcome to the weekend. In tech deals world, this week consisted mostly of a few notable Prime Day 2020 leftovers that hung around after Amazon’s big shopping event.


Trevor Noah reacts viscerally to Black Lives Matter co-founder's home visit from the FBI

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On Friday afternoon the FBI visited Alicia Garza , one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, because a man who was associated with white nationalist groups had her name on a list, along with other activists' names. The man was recently arrested on a weapons charge.

Expedia Group’s CEO on the future of travel, and why big cities will someday ‘come roaring back’


Peter Kern has been the CEO of Expedia Group since April. Expedia Photo). The day there’s a vaccine announced, that people really believe in, will be our highest booking day in history.”.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!