ASP.NET Core and Its Effectiveness in Building Web Applications

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Is ASP.NET Core right for your development needs?

Earlier, businesses didn’t have multiple options to develop customized web applications with unique features using cutting-edge programming languages. To offer the optimal user experience, they had to invest more in infrastructure. Today, digitization has revolutionized the software industry. When it comes to building a web application, there are multiple technologies to pick from, and ASP.NET Core is prime amongst them.

ASP.NET core is an open-source web framework from Microsoft. Released in 2016, this web framework is one of the best alternatives to Windows-hosted ASP.NET applications.

New animated YouTube series for kids: Think Like a Coder

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TED-Ed just released the first episode of a 10-part series called “Think Like a Coder.” It’s an animated adventure starring a teenager named Ethic who wakes up with amnesia in a prison cell and befriends a hovering robot named Hedge, who will do anything she tells it to do in the form of pseudocode instructions. In this first episode we learn about for, next, and while loops, which Ethic uses to get Hedge to pick some locks. Read the rest

The ASUS ROG Phone II Review: Mobile Gaming First, Phone Second

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The concept of mobile gaming is still a relatively new phenomenon. The idea that a user can have a smartphone dedicated to gaming that isn’t in of itself a console or handheld platform from Nintendo seems very odd – here’s a device that does everything a phone can do, as well as play the same games, so what makes it a “Gaming Phone”, especially if it has almost the same hardware inside? ASUS’s new ROG Phone II, designed under its Republic of Gamers brand, is ultimately a product designed to showcase that there are things you can do with a phone to make it more gaming focused. We take the device (and some of its accessories) for a spin.

The iPhone X’s power button reflects the evolution of the smartphone

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In today’s digital age, it sometimes feels like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives our devices. Button of the Month is a monthly look at what some of those buttons and switches are like on devices old and new, and it aims to appreciate how we interact with our devices on a physical, tactile level.

I think a lot about power buttons these days. With modern devices — especially smartphones — we don’t really use them as power buttons, because our phones are never really off. But that’s a double-edged sword, because while they don’t actually “power” on our phones, we press them more than ever: my iPhone X’s “power” button probably gets pressed dozens of times every day now.

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HP’s Spectre x360 13 seems like an improvement in almost every way

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HP’s Spectre x360 13 has undergone a fairly drastic makeover for 2019. It’s still very much a Spectre: the premium 2-in-1 has glossy edges, a cleverly placed power button, and one USB-C port embedded into its two diagonally cut corners. But HP has cut away a lot of the excess from the old design, making its latest version smaller. Still, somehow, it feels bigger when you use it.

That effect is achieved in part by its significantly trimmed-down top and bottom bezels, giving it a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. The top bezel is 5.8mm thick, seemingly too thin to fit a webcam. But HP has engineered the world’s smallest Windows Hello-enabled IR webcam for that bezel. It’s 2.2mm thick, and while that’s impressive, I’m skeptical that such a…

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HyperX’s first wireless charging devices are now on sale

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HyperX’s first wireless gaming mouse, the PulseFire Dart, is now available to buy. As well as supporting charging via a USB cable, the mouse can also be wirelessly charged via the Qi wireless standard. HyperX is also shipping its Qi wireless charging pad, the ChargePlay Base, which is able to charge up to two devices simultaneously at 10W.

The advantage of using the the common Qi standard is that you can charge the PulseFire Dart using any existing Qi chargers you might own, and you’ll also be able to use HyperX’s charging pad with your phone if it supports the standard. However, the charging pad is small, so unlike some wirelessly charging mouse pads, you won’t be able to use your mouse as it charges. HyperX says you should get 50…

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Xiaomi’s Mi 9T Pro is one of this year’s best phone bargains

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With the barely believable Mi Mix Alpha and its wraparound display dominating attention last week, you could have been forgiven for not noticing the other phone Xiaomi announced at its event, the Mi 9 Pro 5G. Xiaomi has released a lot of phones that look and feel very similar this year, and frankly it’s getting hard to keep up.

Another Xiaomi phone that I’ve been using in recent weeks, the Mi 9T Pro, very much falls into that category. Nothing about its spec sheet particularly stands out even within Xiaomi’s lineup, let alone the Chinese smartphone landscape at large. That I’m only getting around to writing about it this week is down to quirks of Xiaomi’s convoluted naming schemes and global release schedules. But I still think it’s one…

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Nintendo is bringing Brain Age back on the Switch

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Nintendo has announced a new Brain Age game, bringing the brain-training series to the Switch for the first time. The phenomenally popular Brain Age games for Nintendo DS starred Japanese neuroscientist Dr. Ryuta Kawashima and featured various simple puzzles designed to help keep your brain active. Also sudoku.

The latest entry has only been confirmed in Japan so far, where it’s called “Train Your Brain: Nintendo Switch Training for Adults,” which is the same title as the original DS game only with the platform swapped out. The original DS game was called Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! in the US and Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? in PAL regions.

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Kickstarter darling EcoFlow Delta battery generator is not what it seems

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The Delta EcoFlow is a new battery generator available on Kickstarter with incredible claimed features. Most are true, some are not. Device like the Delta offer incredible battery storage capacity. Designed for more than just recharging phones and tablets, these can run refrigerators, pumps, power tools and medical equipment. They’re great for emergencies, camping and […]

Carla Sinclair talks about some of her favorite tools on the Cool Tools podcast

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In this week’s Cool Tools Podcast episode, Kevin Kelly and I talked to Boing Boing co-founder Carla Sinclair. Carla is an author, freelance writer and editor. She’s written 5 books, including Girl Genius, which will be released in November.

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BYU Online Japanese course
I take a course through Brigham Young University. It’s their online independent study. They teach tons of foreign languages. I’ve been studying Japanese. I’m on my second year. They’re really supposed to be semester classes, but luckily they give you a year, and I take it every day of that year. And then I also pay for a three-month extension, so it takes me about 15 months. But you can take either university or high-school-level classes, and if you are in high school, you can get credit for them and the same with the university classes. I don’t do it for the credit. The reason I chose BYU is because our daughter, Jane, who’s 16, wanted to study Japanese for her high school credits, and her school doesn’t offer it. So we did a lot of research, and BYU is one of the only universities we could find online classes that offers credited high school classes. After I took the first semester, we went to Japan, and I was able to converse. I could order in restaurants, and I could go to a shop and ask how much something is, although I tend to forget almost everything as soon as I start speaking to someone. Read the rest

Mutazione is a game about the importance of tending to gardens and people

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It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play, we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend.

For a game that’s a little experimental or offers a particularly unique take, it is often easiest to explain it by finding something to compare it to. That way, in a few words, you can roughly understand what sort of game it is. A Short Hike is like Animal Crossing plus The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Pear Quest is like an adventure game crossed with a Where’s Waldo? book. But for Mutazione, it’s difficult to find that comparison point.

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Jonathan Lethem on Edward Snowden’s “Permanent Record”

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Science fiction writer, essayist, and Macarthur “genius” Jonathan Lethem (previously) has excellent bona fides to write about Edward Snowden: not only has he helped make a short film about the Snowden leaks, he’s also spent years on the right side of the fights over surveillance and free expression (and it doesn’t hurt that he’s an outstanding essayist).

In a long, beautifully written and insightful piece in the New York Review of Books, Lethem reviews Edward Snowden’s memoir, Permanent Record. As with my review, Lethem focuses on the ways that Snowden’s early life and his experiences with official corruption and a culture of impunity transformed him from an apolitical, hyper-patriotic, gung-ho military kid to this century’s most consequential whistleblower.

Lethem’s expansive piece delves into the personal blind-spots revealed by Snowden’s tale (his valorizing of the early, anonymous years of the internet is contrasted with Jia Tollentino’s experience of gender-based harassment) and also the blind spots that Snowden revealed in the world around him by coming forward — particularly Malcolm Gladwell’s hilariously obtuse attempt to use Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg as a standard that Snowden doesn’t live up to.

Lethem is one of my favorite writers, and Snowden is one of the most interesting subjects in the mix today: Lethem’s essay is a perfect Sunday read.

In Robert Sheckley’s 1978 short story “Is That What People Do?,” a man named Eddie Quintero buys himself a pair of binoculars from an army and navy surplus outlet, “because with them he hoped to see some things that he otherwise would never see.

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