DC Universe’s Swamp Thing will premiere on May 31st

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At WonderCon in Anaheim, California, DC Comics announced that Swamp Thing, its third live-action series its streaming service DC Universe, will premiere on May 31st. The company also provided a first look at its fourth upcoming series, Stargirl, and says that the company’s entire digital comics library will be added to the service for users in April.

The streaming service is a one-stop-shop for almost all of DC’s content, and includes access to existing DC film and TV adaptations, comic books, and original live action and animated shows. The first such offering was a gritty version of the Teen Titans, Titans, which premiered in October, while its second, Doom Patrol, came out in February. Its first animated offering, a third season of Y…

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7 new trailers you should watch this week

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Apple kicked off this week with its big services event, which included the announcement of Apple TV Plus, its streaming movie and TV service. It’s going to be a huge deal, eventually, once it actually launches. But for now, I’m more interested in another thing Apple announced: an update to the Apple TV “TV” app.

With this app, Apple’s goal is to put all your streaming subscriptions in one place — one app to browse and stream everything available to you. That’s the dream, at least, making it so that people don’t have to hop between apps. But for now, not every video provider is on board. And for those that are on board, you’ll have to subscribe to them directly through Apple in order to get all the benefits; otherwise, you’ll still have…

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Apple’s HomePod is $70 off, and the LG G8 ThinQ is cheaper at B&H Photo

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This week brought a lot of good deals that have come and gone, but a few remain if you’re on the hunt for some savings.

The Apple HomePod smart speaker is down to $279.99 at Best Buy this weekend. It’s no stranger to this price point, but it has been about a month since we’ve seen it for this low. The speaker is usually $349.99, and the lowest price recorded for Apple’s HomePod is $249.99.

The LG G8 ThinQ will hit shelves on April 11th. Most places are taking preorders for the upcoming Android phone starting at $819.99, but B&H Photo has the best deal on the unlocked version — by far. For a limited time, it’s $699.99 for the phone in gray or black.

Apple cancelled its AirPower wireless charging mat on Friday, and fortunately, there are…

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Come see me this weekend at Anaheim’s Wondercon!

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This weekend, I’m wrapping up the tour for my new book Radicalized at Anaheim’s Wondercon, where I’m giving a keynote appearance on Saturday at 4PM (Even if You’re Paying for the Product, You’re Still the Product, room 211), followed by a panel on Sunday at 11AM (Technology Is Cold; People Are Warm, Room 300B), followed by a signing from 1215PM-1PM (in the Author Signing Area). I hope you can make it! (Image: Brandon Locke)

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How to choose between iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro

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Whether you’re shopping for your first iPad, or upgrading from a previous generation, figuring out which Apple-made tablet is best for you can be confusing. That there are a bunch of models out there make it hard. That most of them look similar makes it even more difficult to shop with confidence.

Let’s break it down.

Currently, Apple sells five different models. In order of most affordable to most expensive, there’s the 9.7-inch iPad, the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, the new 10.5-inch iPad Air, the 11-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Thankfully, your odds at picking a good tablet are greater than 1 in 5. Each of them is a really good tablet in its own way, but it’s important to find the right tablet for you.

What does the “right”…

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Client-Side vs. Cloud-Side Execution for Mobile Test Automation

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One of the requirements of using Appium for mobile test automation is to start the Appium server in the background so that it can listen to the requests from the mobile app under test. And there are multiple ways that we can install and start the Appium server in the background.

While running Appium tests from a local machine, we have to launch the Appium server on a specific port and update the desired capabilities to point to the server running locally. But there should be a better way to handle these and avoid extra work on desired capabilities. Fortunately, cloud-based app testing platforms like Bitbar provide the ways to run Appium client-side as well as cloud-side. In this post, we will compare the client-side and cloud-side Appium and see both sides of the coin.

Pure Components in React

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Pure components were introduced in React 15.3. React.Component and React.PureComponent differ in implementing the shouldComponentUpdate() lifecycle method. The shouldComponentUpdate() method decides the re-rendering of the component by returning a boolean. In React.Component, it returns true by default. But in pure components, shouldComponentUpdate() compares if there are any changes in state or props to re-render the component.

Here I am sharing my observations about how unnecessary renders are reduced by the pure component.

Second try with my neglected sourdough starter

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Sourdough is not the complicated, finicky bread baking technique some folks might like you to believe. Sourdough baking takes very little effort and is mostly an art of patience.

This loaf is an example of what you can achieve by barely paying attention to your starter. I left mine in the fridge for months, and then forgot it on the kitchen counter.

Here is the dough after its first rise, and before I spread it out for folding.

Here is the loaf in its proofing basket. It was VERY wet and took a lot of the flour of the basket.

Here is the finished second loaf baked from a starter that had been left on my kitchen counter, unfed, for over a week. Previous to ignoring the starter on my counter, I had left it in my fridge for well over 6 months.

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Seven new anime series to watch this spring

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As we start April so does a new season of anime begin, with this one slated to have over 40 shows airing in Japan. So to help cut through the information overload, we’ve culled the new season down to seven series that should appeal both to anime fans and to newcomers. Most of these shows are available for viewing internationally a day after they air in Japan, thanks to streaming services like Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix, and Amazon.


If you like superhero action and satire

One-Punch Man (Season 2)

Saitama is the most powerful superhero in the world, able to defeat anything or anyone with a single punch, but nobody knows who he is. When he’s not being a superhero for fun, he spends most days alone in his apartment, planning for the…

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Apple sells wireless charging AirPods, cancels charger days later

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“Works with AirPower mat”. Apparently not. Looks like Apple doesn’t treat customers with the same “high standard” of care it apparently reserves for its hardware quality. 9 days after launching its $199 wireless charging AirPods headphones touting compatibility with the forthcoming Apple AirPower inductive charger mat, Apple has just scrapped AirPower entirely. It’s an uncharacteristically […]

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