Google Dex language simplifies array math for machine learning

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Engineers at Google have unveiled Dex, a prototype functional language designed for array processing. Array processing is a cornerstone of the math used in machine learning applications and other computationally intensive work.

The chief goal for the Dex language, according to a paper released by Google researchers, is to allow programmers to work efficiently and concisely with arrays using a compact, functional syntax.

Google App Engine adds support for Java 11

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Google’s App Engine cloud has added official support for Java 11, the latest long-term support (LTS) version of the Java language platform, as a production release. 

The App Engine Standard Environment Java 11 runtime is generally available for running any Java 11 application, web framework, or service in a managed serverless environment. Java 11 had been offered on App Engine in a beta release since June.

New trailer for Netflix’s Witcher confirms December 20th release date

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Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher, based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s adored novels, will be available to stream on December 20th, according to a new trailer.

This is the second trailer for Netflix’s highly anticipated series, following a brief look at the show this past summer at San Diego Comic-Con. It mostly highlights Geralt’s relationship with other characters in the show, but shows some new and intense action scenes.

The series takes all of its inspiration from Sapkowski’s series instead of the incredibly popular RPG series from CD Projekt Red. Although Henry Cavill’s Geralt does show up in a bathtub, paying homage to a moment in The Witcher 3 that spawned a popular meme.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who is overseeing the…

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The Loupedeck Creative Tool is a physical control deck for creative apps

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Loupedeck has announced a new editing console for creative work called the Loupedeck Creative Tool. It’s designed to help bridge the gap between the infinite toolbars and toggles of apps like Photoshop, Lightroom, or Final Cut to the real world through an array of customizable buttons and dials.

It’s a similar concept to the company’s original Loupedeck and Loupedeck+ consoles, but the Creative Tool takes things a bit further by having a far more customizable user interface. Where the original Loupedecks offered a mix of pre-labeled dials for things like contrast and exposure alongside unlabeled user-customizable dials, the Creative Tool uses miniature screens to assign whatever tools or functions you’d like to the buttons and dials…

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Scariest Halloween decoration ever: measles viruses

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Toronto’s Andrea Addario lives next to one of the world’s greatest Halloween haunters. As she tweeted, he exhibits “extreme genius” every year, and this year is no exception: he’s studded his tree with giant measles viruses made out of pumpkins and carrots, along with a coffin-shaped sign reading “VACCINATE YOUR KIDS.” (Thanks, Allen!)

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Listen: “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” vs Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

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In 2004, Howard Hallis celebrated the devilishly wonderful crossover of Disney and Goth culture with the now-classic “Haunted Bela,” a mash-up of Bauhaus’s “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” with the spooky narration heard in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion dark ride. Listen below! Howard also created the delightful artwork above, titled “Goth Princesses.”

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Here are the best deals from Sam’s Club’s upcoming one-day sale

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Sam’s Club, like every other major retailer, will be taking part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019. But unlike most others (except for Walmart), Sam’s Club is gearing up to unleash some seasonal deals very soon. It’ll host a day-long sale on Saturday, November 9th, and you’ll need a Sam’s Club membership to take part in the savings. The deals will start online at 12AM ET on November 9th or 7AM ET at your local Sam’s Club store.

The retailer has shared a preview of what to expect from the one-day sales event, and from that list, we’ve chosen the essential products that you might be searching for over the holidays. It’s possible that we’ll see better deals as we get closer to Black Friday, which kicks off on Friday, November 29th. But…

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Best price I’ve seen on the LEGO Saturn V rocket

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The 1969 piece LEGO Apollo Saturn V rocket may be my favorite BIG set of all time.

Build the entire three-stage rocket, the command module and the lunar lander! Amazon has a it for 25% off, get your holiday shopping done early!

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309 Outer Space Model Rocket for Kids and Adults, Science Building Kit (1900 pieces) via Amazon

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Motorola’s foldable RAZR phone appears in leaked image

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Motorola is planning to unveil its foldable RAZR phone next month, but a new leak has given us an early look at the handset. Evan Blass (evleaks) shared an image of the foldable RAZR on his Twitter account today, and it looks a lot like the classic RAZR V3 from 2004. Motorola has already teased a new hinge for this foldable RAZR, and this leaked image shows the displays will flip into the place.

The image doesn’t really reveal much more. There’s what appears to be a button or perhaps even a fingerprint reader at the base of the device. It could even be a home button, or used to flip the display out.

Previous leaks and patent filings have suggested there will be a single display that folds vertically and flips out into place. A Wall…

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Do Apple TV Plus shows have to be good to succeed?

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Apple TV Plus wants potential subscribers to be excited about streaming. It’s launching with four big-budget shows featuring household names. But early reviews tell a different story, one where Apple’s presence in an oversaturated streaming space doesn’t seem necessary. Negative reviews right out of the gate aren’t improving Apple’s chances, but that doesn’t mean the streaming platform’s future is doomed.

At $4.99 a month, Apple TV Plus is one of the cheapest streaming services entering the “streaming wars” space. It’s not a Netflix killer or even a Netflix competitor. This isn’t the streaming service you’ll cancel Hulu for. Apple knows this. That’s why the company is giving anyone who purchases an Apple product, new or refurbished, a…

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The Intel Core i9-9900KS Review: The 5 GHz Consumer Special

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Intel likes 5.0 GHz processors. The one area where it claims a clear advantage over AMD is in its ability to drive the frequency of its popular 14nm process. Earlier this week, we reviewed the Core i9-9990XE, which is a rare auction only CPU but with 14 cores at 5.0 GHz, built for the high-end desktop and high frequency trading market. Today we are looking at its smaller sibling, the Core i9-9900KS, built in numbers for the consumer market: eight cores at 5.0 GHz. But you’ll have to be quick, as Intel isn’t keeping this one around forever. Read on for the full review.

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