Dubbo Java RPC project graduates to Apache top level status

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The Apache Software Foundation has promoted its Java-based remote procedure call (RPC) framework, Apache Dubbo, from incubator to top-level project status. Dubbo includes interface-based remote call, fault tolerance, intelligent load balancing, and automatic service registration and discovery. 

Barnes and Noble announces new NOOK GlowLight Plus eReader

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Bookseller Barnes & Noble has announced that it is updating its Nook Glowlight Plus eReader. It will be available in stores starting on Monday, May 27, and online starting Wednesday, May 29, and will retail for $199.99.

The company says that this larger Nook will have a 7.8-inch eInk display, which should be an appealing upgrade for readers — the regular Nook Glowlight 3 comes with a 6-inch screen. It’s also a little bigger than the company’s 7-inch Nook Tablet (a separate line of Android devices), but smaller than the 10.1-inch Nook Tablet.

The device also comes with more space than the predecessor that the company debuted in 2015: this version has 8GB of storage. Like the regular Nook Glowlight line, it’s waterproof, and comes with a…

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A crazy multi-tool that fits in my glove box

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The Rose Kuli 7″ multi-tool looks like an Acme Product of cartoon provenance.

It’s a hammer! It’s got pliers! Is that an ax blade? Small size wrenches?! A nail file? This multi-tool even has a phillips head screwdriver.

What is a bung puller?

Made of stainless steel this awesome multi-tool weighs less than a pound and comes with a belt-attachable carrying case. I will put one in my camper’s glove box, currently a full-size multi-tool ax is sliding around the cargo bay.

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Playdate, a tiny game console with a big pedigree

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Playdate is a tiny yellow game console with a hand-crank (!) and a monochrome display. It’s being made by Panic and Teenage Engineering, with a launch roster full of game auteurs such as Keita Takahashi (Katamari Damacy) and Bennett Foddy (QWOP, Getting Over It). It’ll be $150 and it comes out next year.

Playdate isn’t just the hardware.

It’s twelve brand new video games, one each week.

What are these games? Here’s the thing: we’d like to keep them a secret until they appear on your Playdate. We want to surprise you.

Some are short, some long, some are experimental, some traditional. All are fun.

When your Playdate lights up with a brand new game delivery, we hope you can’t wait to unwrap your gift.

There’s a software development kit announced too: games are coded in Lua (as with the popular Löve and Pico-8 game engines) and C.

These are the folks behind some of the best MacOS apps going, working with top indie devs and the hardware people who created the legendary OP-1 synthesizer. I can’t wait to get one and will definitely be making some brutally difficult games for it.

I’m seeing a lot of comparisons to the Gameboy, but 400×240 at 2.5″ is about three times the pixel density — not quite what Apple would qualify as a retina display, but close. So games won’t have the retro blocky vibe some expect, unless a dev is intentionally pixel-doubling.

The first teaser screenshots remind me of the original mono Macs, in fact—no surprise given Panic’s history! Read the rest

Terminator: Dark Fate’s first trailer sees Linda Hamilton’s return as Sarah Connor

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Arnold Schwarzenegger said he’d be back in the first Terminator movie back in 1984 and 35 years later, that’s come true, again.

He’s returned a few times since, but the first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate reunites Schwarzenegger’s T-800 robot with Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor. The movie will introduce new characters to the franchise, including Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) as a new hybrid between terminator and human. Other actors, like Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), will play Dark Fate’s new homicidal robot.

Dark Fate also marks director James Cameron’s return to the Terminator franchise, reuniting all three for the first time in years. Cameron will produce the film, while Deadpool’s Tim Miller is behind the…

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Learn cloud computing for AWS, Microsoft Azure, & Google Cloud

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If you can build a cloud infrastructure, you can build a business. Companies are overwhelmingly turning to cloud computing to set up or bolster their network, and it’s easy to see why. It allows on-demand access to processing power, a la carte services, and nearly unlimited storage, all without adding extra systems and the maintenance that comes along with them.

When it comes to cloud infrastructure, the usual tech giants have the lion’s share of the market. Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud all have their strengths, but they share key principles. Right now, one of the quickest ways to get a handle on all of them is the Cloud Computing Architect Certification Bundle.

In the introductory courses, you’ll learn the fundamentals before tackling the particulars of the Big Three providers. You’ll get a breakdown of the three main models: SAAS (Software as a Service), PAAS (Platform as a Service) and IAAS (Infrastructure as a Service), allowing you to better decide which platform is best for what model.

Later courses will zoom in on what makes each provider unique. By the time you’re done with the dedicated course on AWS, you’ll understand what makes it ideal for developing web applications and be able to navigate its messaging services.

In the Google Cloud courses, you’ll explore the platform’s many strengths as a foundation for data analytics and machine learning. That includes a mastery of key software like Hadoop and TensorFlow, along with a fundamental understanding of how neural networks operate. Read the rest

How software sterilized rock music

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It’s not just pitch correction: with modern music-making software, it’s as easy to snap analog recordings of instruments to a time signature as it is to program EDM. When everything is quantized, says Rick Beato, it loses its humanity—and becomes boring.

People actually do this. This is why everything sounds like it’s on a computer now. Because it is. … A live drummer turned into a drum machine

Beato’s a master of the software and he shows you how to do it, so his critique is technically instructive instead of just a YouTube rant about something he doesn’t like. The tracks he uses really do sound uncannily “off” after being quantized. But I can’t help but point out that now I want to get Beat Detective.

A good terrible project would be to quantize hits by The Beatles and other artists where isolated tracks are readily available, then reupload them to YouTube without disclosing what’s been done, and watching as the quantized versions displace the originals in online media embeds, and TV and radio play, because so many people just get everything from YouTube.

For years I subtly photoshopped famous photos and paintings, posted them at inflated dimensions to fool Google Images into thinking they were the highest-quality versions, and waited for them to turn up elsewhere. I’ve spotted “my” versions in news stories, TV segments, even a handful of books and magazines. I have no plans to disclose them, but if you ever see, say, Henry Kissinger with mouths for eyes in a school textbook, you know who to blame. Read the rest

Alexa is coming to LG’s 2019 TVs staring this month

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Later this month, LG’s 2019 range of TVs in North America will be updated to support Alexa voice commands. Europe and Asia will have to wait a little bit longer.

The addition of Amazon’s voice assistant feature was originally announced when the TVs were revealed back in January, and works via the Alexa app and the TV remote’s Amazon Prime Video button. You press the button, and then speak as you would to any other Alexa-equipped device. The TVs support Alexa skills and routines, and can be used to control other Alexa-compatible smart home devices.

This isn’t the first time LG TVs have supported Alexa in some form, but with last year’s models you needed an external Alexa smart speaker to use voice commands to control your TV. This year…

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View Component or Tag Helper?

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Suppose you are working on an ASP.NET Core web application. To avoid havingn the views and layouts grow massively, you plan to separate some parts of these to independent components. This way you don’t repeat code you wrote once. You find view components and tag helpers, but which one should you use?

The Difference Between View Components and Tag Helpers

It’s important to understand what is what before doing any work.

Join our mailing list and trim €200 off passes for Disrupt Berlin 2019

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Savvy early-stage startuppers of every stripe have their sights set on attending TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December. Why? This showcase event draws the most innovative startups, technologists, founders and investors across Europe and beyond. Registration doesn’t open until June, but we have a way for you to save big right now. All you […]

Revolut launches Group Vaults as an alternative to joint accounts

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Fintech startup Revolut is making vaults collaborative. You can now create a vault with someone else and use it like a normal vault. Originally, vaults were an alternative to savings accounts without any interest rate. You could create vault in any currency (including supported cryptocurrencies) and set some money aside. You can round up your […]

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