Apple’s Xbox and PS4 controller support turns an iPad into a portable game console

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Apple is bringing Xbox and PlayStation 4 controller support to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV this fall. It’s a big change from the select MFi Bluetooth controllers that were supported before, and it means you can now easily connect any PS4 or Xbox One controller to your device to play games on the go.

I’ve been trying out an Xbox One S controller (with Bluetooth support) on my iPad Pro running the new public beta, and I’m convinced this is a big step toward using an iPad as a portable game console.

While all PS4 DualShock 4 controllers support Bluetooth and will work fully, over on the Xbox side, you’ll need to make sure your controller supports Bluetooth. If it has a headphone jack at the bottom, then you’re good to go.

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Angular 8: All You Need to Know

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Among the most sought after open-source web app frameworks in the world, Angular is leveraged by countless developers around the globe to develop top quality web applications. An evolution of AngularJS, Angular has continued to create waves in the developer ecosystem since Google first released Angular 2 back in 2016. This popular JavaScript framework has come a long way since then; its latest iteration, Angular 8, was launched with much fanfare earlier this year in May. Also, much like every other Angular iteration, Angular 8 heralds a new era of better resources and tools for developers.

Let’s delve into the specifics quickly — Angular 8 is a significant release that encompasses not merely a handful of aspects, but the complete platform instead. This means the update covers the framework as well as Angular Material and CLI with synced paramount editions. Long story short, Angular 8 enhances application startup time on modern web browsers, offers new APIs for leveraging Angular CLI, and just generally better lines up Angular with both an increased number of web standards and the ecosystem in general. All of this together means a lot of different things for the many parties involved in the process, but the biggest ones to benefit are the developers.

Yakuza spinoff Judgment might be the best detective game I’ve ever played

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Detective games are a great concept in theory. Imagine experiencing a Sherlock Holmes story, except you’re the one making all of the clever deductions. The problem, of course, is that you’re not Sherlock Holmes. So, in many games, the story’s momentum can come to a screeching halt because you missed an ever-important clue or misheard a witness statement. Judgment, an investigative spinoff of the long-running Yakuza series, gets around this by offering just enough detective work to feel satisfying, while relegating the big, profound revelations for cutscenes and in-game dialogue. It’s sort of like watching a particularly tense crime drama, but one where you get to help out along the way. The result might just be the best detective game…

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Cop starts yelling “Gun! Gun!” during a car stop, until he realizes he’s being filmed

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Sometimes with a cellphone arrest video, you’ll see cops behave bizarrely, shouting things like “stop resisting!” or “gun!” when it’s obvious the suspect is not resisting and is unarmed. The point of it is to establish, on less revealing recording devices such as bodycams and dashcams, that the officer has a reasonable fear for their lives. That fear is thought to legally justify anything bad that might then happen to the arrestee, even if it turns out to be mistaken. And so the weird yelling about guns and resisting becomes a ritual to that end.

Which is to say, if a cop starts shouting “gun!” during an interaction with you, that cop intends to kill you and you better get lucky fast. Read the rest

This AR gift set has the right stuff for any NASA fan

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So you’ve visited the Kennedy Space Center every year. You’ve watched “The Right Stuff” for the 95th time. There must be something to do while you’re waiting to join Space Force for the next manned mission to Mars or the moon.

Here’s a combo that should raise a salute from any fan of space or the American space program: The NASA AR Notebook & NASA Space Mug Bundle.

The notebook is a handy enough gift on its own, hardbound and emblazoned with the ever-popular NASA “worm” logo. But the mug is a real testament to the technology that drove us to the stars: Simply install a companion Augmented Reality app on your smartphone and point it at the bottom of the cup. Instantly, that mug becomes a space capsule, a tunnel you can peer through for an interactive astronaut’s eye view of the planet Earth.

Right now, you can pick up the NASA AR Notebook & NASA Space Mug Bundle for $54.99, an 8% discount off the original price of $59.98. Read the rest

Here’s how mouse support could change the way you use your iPad

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When Apple announced iPadOS earlier this month, no-one from the company made mention of a major new feature: mouse support. Apple no doubt has good reasons for wanting to keep people focused on the touch interface, but the ability to use a mouse has the potential to completely change how people get things done on the iPad Pro. Here’s how it works, and here’s how to get started.

First of all, you’ll need to be running the iPadOS 13 public beta, which is now available for anyone to install. (This also technically works on iOS 13, in case you really want to use a mouse on your iPhone.) The usual caveats about beta software apply: it’s super buggy right now, so don’t try this out on a primary machine unless you have a good reason to, and…

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Develop a REST API in PHP

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REST APIs are the definition of modern web development. While they are easy to build in just about any modern framework, most PHP developers choose to use Lumen/Laravel or Symfony. These frameworks make it easy to handle complex issues like authentication/authorization, request validation, data transformation, filters, rate throttling, complex endpoints with sub-resources, and API documentation.

A complex framework isn’t necessarily needed to build a secure API. In this post, you’ll build a simple REST API in PHP from scratch. You’ll secure your API with Okta by implementing the Client Credentials Flow.

Original USB plug wasn’t reversible because being cheap was more important

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The Universal Serial Bus standard came into being more than 20 years ago, ushering in the USB era, which has been defined by two things: a common, ubiquitous standard for connecting peripherals to PCs, and the daily annoyance of trying to plug things in the right way. USB co-inventor Ajay Bhatt has talked to NPR recently, as spotted by Boing Boing, and given some background on why the plug took the form that it did and what its creation was intended to achieve.

Leading Intel’s team as part of a multi-company effort, Bhatt was seeking to address the rather gruesome mess of device-specific cables, plugs, and connectors that people had to deal with back in the ‘90s. As he’d previously mentioned in an interview with PCWorld, his interest was…

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Learn ‘How-To’ at the Extra Crunch Stage at Disrupt Berlin 2019

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Technology never stops evolving and neither do we. That’s why we’re excited to tell you about the new Extra Crunch Stage at Disrupt Berlin 2019. Our premiere tech conference dedicated to early-stage startups takes place 11-12 December. Now’s the time to book your super early-bird ticket, because the earlier you buy, the more you save. Okay, […]

Amazon Prime Day 2019 sales start on July 15th

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Amazon Prime Day is back on July 15th for the biggest sale event in Amazon’s annual tradition of deals and discounts. And this year, Amazon is stretching the definition of Prime “Day” even further: the deals will last a full 48 hours, beginning on Monday July 15th at 12AM PT / 3AM ET, and running through 11:59PM PT / 2:59AM ET on Tuesday, July 16th.

If you’re new to the deal-hunting game, Prime Day is Amazon’s big summer deal event, where the online retailer cuts the prices on tons of products. It’s Christmas in July! Or more accurately, Black Friday in July — complete with thousands of deals to sift through. The deals are open to Prime members in the US and beyond, including the UK, Spain, Singapore, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg,…

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Parameterized Test Example in .NET Core Using NUnit

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A lot of times when writing unit tests we end up with a lot test methods that look the same and actually do the same thing. Also, there are special cases where we want to have high test coverage and in-depth test access for our crucial and very important core functionality methods.

For example, when creating a framework or a library, usually we want to write many tests and cover all possible aspects and outcomes, which may lead to a large amount of certain behavior test methods.

Good deal on a padded picnic blanket

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We went to the LA Zoo yesterday and had a picnic lunch near the kids’ playground. It was in the grass under a shady tree. We brought along this 80″ x 60″ picnic blanket ( on Amazon). It folds up into a small package and comes with a handle for easy carrying. The underside is made of a tough material to resist scratching, and the top is softer and easy to wipe down. It has a thin layer of foam to provide a bit of a cushion. We’ve used it a bunch of times and it holds up well. Read the rest

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