Curious whether you should cancel your existing magazine subscription and just subscribe to Apple News+? Apple certainly seems to believe News+ is an outsized bargain for you. The company’s claim that it would cost users $8000 to get annual access to the publications they are giving readers for $9.99 per month suggests that they see […]
If you havent seen Jordan Peeles new horror movie Us, I apologize for spoiling one minor plot point: the film features a smart speaker. Were going to be discussing much bigger spoilers below, so you might want to avoid reading further.
If you have seen Us, you probably remember Ophelia, the Amazon Alexa-like voice assistant that plays a key role in one of the films most darkly funny scenes. Ophelia is good at playing music, but not great at interpreting commands which becomes a problem when a character frantically tells Ophelia to call the police, only to discover that Ophelia has misheard an order to play N.W.A.s Fuck Tha Police instead.
Welcome to this weeks transcribed edition of This is Your Life in Silicon Valley. Were running an experiment for Extra Crunch members that puts This is Your Life in Silicon Valley in words – so you can read from wherever you are. This is your Life in Silicon Valley was originally started by Sunil Rajaraman […]
I bought this Tacklife cordless driver/drill earlier this year and really like it a lot. The speed can be varied with the trigger button and it has adjustable torque. It comes with the battery pack and a charging station. Use code A5YBDAL5 to get it for a low price. Read the rest
After a few false starts and rumors, the classic 1996 teen witch film The Craft will be remade, according to a fresh listing in industry trade Production Weekly. Not a big shock as right now there’s a witchcraft resurgence afoot, especially among millennials. (In fact, the directors should hire badass witch Pam Grossman to help them make real magick!) Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Get Out, BlacKkKlansman) will produce the remake. Daniel Casey (Fast & Furious 9) and Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid) are writing it and Lister-Jones is directing. Here’s the synopsis:
A remake of the 1996 supernatural teen thriller. When starting at a new school, Hannah befriends Tabby, Lourdes, and Frankie & quickly becomes the fourth member of their Clique. Hannah soon learns that she somehow brings great power to the quartet.
The development of the Java programming language going forward will emphasize support for modern computing platforms including GPUs and containers, Oracle revealed in a presentation on March 21. Among other things, the companys plans call for ensuring that Java provides strong support for GPUs and hardware acceleration, which will be key to supporting machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads.
There once was a time when a starving PhD student could improvise a new programming language and within a few years the entire world was using it. That time is gone. Today, as evidenced by the rising popularity of languages like Kotlin and Go, seemingly the only way a new programming language hits the big time is with the generous backing of a megacorp.
These days, massively scalable pub/sub messaging is virtually synonymous with Apache Kafka. Apache Kafka continues to be the rock-solid, open-source, go-to choice for distributed streaming applications, whether youre adding something like Apache Storm or Apache Spark for processing or using the processing tools provided by Apache Kafka itself. But Kafka isnt the only game in town.
As near as we can tell, the popular WS2812 individually addressable RGB LED was released to the world sometime around the last half of 2013. This wasn’t long ago, or maybe it was an eternity; the ESP8266, the WiFi microcontroller we all know and love was only released a year …read more
When you hit the ground running at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 and you will be sure to save time for a Q&A session. Youre going to hear a bevy of world-class speakers discussing a range of thought-provoking topics on the Main Stage. A Q&A Session is the place where you can continue the […]
With the help of my public library, books magically appear on my eReader.
Libby is the app my local library uses to make it’s ebook and audiobooks collections easily available to the public. Discovering it has improved my life.
I have long since accepted that paper books are a quaint and funny affectation, like organized religious or dial-up modems, that will someday go away. I have a HUGE collection of physical books but try to limit purchases to books that truly benefit from being in physical form: magic and cooking.
Everything else takes up space.
The bulk of what I read is science fiction and other storytelling. I need a constant stream of stories, or I won’t be able to sleep. The Libby app is the first place I check to see if I new book I’ve heard of is available.
Libby indexes whatever my library, or libraries if you have cards at more than one participating organization, has to offer via the internets. Audiobooks, which are not really my bag, and ebooks are pretty easily searchable by the various criteria you’d expect. If what you desire is immediately available you can read or listen via the Libby app, or send the media to other players. I have Libby connected to my Kindle, and a simple click or two sends books directly to it.
The hold system is a huge surprise benefit, imho!
My library loans books for 21 days and if someone is waiting for the book I feel like a real heel holding on to it. Read the rest
Nicole Dieker (who has written for Boing Boing) is a journalist from Iowa who lived in Minneapolis, DC, Los Angeles, and Seattle before moving back to Iowa. In this story for Vox she explains why she moved (mainly, big cities are very expensive) and why she is happy in Cedar Rapids.
Im paying $650 a month for a gorgeous studio with a view of the Cedar River and in-unit laundry. Im the first tenant to occupy this apartment (and the first tenant to use its brand new appliances). Considering that my first Seattle apartment was a converted hotel room with no kitchen and a landlord who advised me to wash my dishes in a bus tub and dump the dishwater into the toilet WHICH I DID, EVERY DAY living in this apartment feels like living in another world.
Also, theres actually a pretty decent bus system. (I know, right? Everyone is surprised.) That, combined with a bike and the occasional Uber, meant I would be able to move back to the Midwest without having to buy a car.
Im also not worried about money anymore. Part of that comes from having been able to take a well-paying freelance career by which I mean $67K gross business income, $40K adjusted gross income from a high-cost-of-living area to a lower-cost-of-living area, but the interesting thing is that my career has continued to grow, even after moving away from the contacts and clients Id built in Seattle. I used to teach in-person writing classes at Seattles Hugo House, for example; now I teach online classes for Hugo House and in-person classes at the Iowa Writers House.
For over 30 years, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) has been a mainstay of the technologist’s calendar and GDC 2019 did not disappoint. Google stole the show with the announcement of its much-anticipated gaming service: Stadia. While Google did provide many ambitious details about the new streaming service, there are some pieces of information, such as price and implementation specifics, that are making a few of the major voices in the gaming community hesitant.
In this two-part article, we will cover the details that we currently know about Google Stadia, including information from the Stadia keynote address at GDC 2019, the Digital Foundry hands-on look, and various interviews Google conducted with gaming news outlets immediately following its Tuesday GDC presentation. The first part of this article will focus on the vision and concept behind Stadia, as well as the specifications that we currently know about the service. The second part of this article will continue with the features of Stadia, the Stadia controller, and the author’s personal opinion of the viability and future direction of the service.
Huawei just announced its latest flagship, the P30 Pro, and more than ever, the company is emphasizing the camera as the major standout feature. Fortunately, its also brought a spec sheet to match, including a new four-camera array that packs basically every major smartphone camera trend into a single package. Heres everything Huawei says it has.
New sensor: Starting with the basics, Huawei has a new RYYB SuperSpectrum sensor for the main camera that replaces the usual RGB sensor found in most smartphones. By using yellow sub-pixels instead of green, Huawei promises that the new sensor will let in up to 40 percent more light than an RGB one.
Zoom to the Moon: The standout spec on the P30 Pro is the new periscope zoom lens. There…
Amazon is discounting PC gaming accessories as part of its Deal of the Day. There are a few gaming headsets, keyboards, mice, and other components in the roundup of products. This sale also includes our runner-up pick for the best gaming mouse: Razers DeathAdder Elite. It usually costs $69.99, but you can find it for $37.99 plus tax on Amazon.
Some other Razer gaming gear is discounted on Amazon, too, including its Razer Seiren X USB microphone, which is $74.99 instead of $99.99. The Razer Kiyo webcam has a built-in light to illuminate your face during a Twitch stream, and its $69.99 instead of its usual $99.99 price.
Huawei held a press conference today in Paris. And the company just unveiled its brand new flagship phone the P30 and the P30 Pro. In many ways, this years update is a continuation of the P20 series but everything has been upgraded. I played with both devices for a bit of time yesterday, […]
There are actually a lot more than five great reasons, but these five should be enough to make just about anyone eager to join TechCrunchs robotics and AI show April 18 at UC Berkeleys Zellerbach Hall. 1. Fireside & Panel Discussions TechCrunchs editors will have a busy day with more than 20 riveting sessions — […]
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Heres everything Apple announced at its Show Time event Let’s see if I can get this all into one blurb: There’s […]
If you have young children, it’s highly likely that at some point you will be sharing your home with lice. Best to know your enemy. From KQED:
Head lice can move only by crawling on hair. They glue their eggs to individual strands, nice and close to the scalp, where the heat helps them hatch. They feed on blood several times a day. And even though head lice can spread by laying their eggs in sports helmets and baseball caps, the main way they get around is by simply crawling from one head to another using scythe-shaped claws.
These claws, which are big relative to a louses body, work in unison with a small and spiky thumblike part called a spine. With the claw and spine at the end of each of its six legs, a louse grasps a hair strand to hold on tightly, or quickly crawl from hair to hair like a speedy acrobat.