The latest Pixel 4 leak is an app that automatically transcribes your voice memos

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We already seem to know a lot about Google’s upcoming Pixel 4, including one of its new apps: “Recorder,” a new voice recorder app. In a recent 9to5Google hands-on, the app seemed pretty basic — hit a button to record, then share that audio file with other apps. Surprisingly, though, Google seems to have updated Recorder before it’s even been released, with one particularly handy feature: automatic audio transcription.

XDA Developers tested the new transcription feature, and it seems like it worked decently enough. The transcription of XDA Developers’ test recording messed up the name of the speaker (Mishaal Rahman) and added a few too many periods, but it’s still pretty readable:

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How to pair a PS4 or Xbox controller with your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Android device

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The DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers were originally made to work on their respective consoles, but thanks to Apple’s recent software updates, you can more easily pair them via Bluetooth with your iOS 13 device, iPadOS tablet, or your Apple TV via tvOS 13. Android 10 makes it super easy to pair either controller, too, and you can pair with previous versions of Android and iOS as well.

This is probably of particular interest If you subscribe to Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass, as you can play several of the games on offer from either service with a controller. Fortnite paved the way for expanding controller support when it arrived on select phones, but the PS4 and Xbox controllers (though not all Xbox controllers) work on mobile with…

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Intel’s Cascade Lake-X CPU for High-End Desktops: 18 cores for Under $1000

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With someone in the press having broken their embargo earlier today, Intel is lifting the lid earlier than planned on their upcoming Cascade Lake-X family of processors for the high-end desktop (HEDT) market. Similar to the way Intel’s Cascade Lake based Xeon Scalable processors are a further revision of their Skylake Xeons, offering clock speed increases and security fixes in hardware, the new HEDT processors will grant higher frequencies, more memory capacity, and better protection against side-channel attacks. The key numbers however are the big drop in Intel’s pricing: Intel will be releasing its 18-core part, the Core i9-10980XE, for under $1000.

Intel Cascade Lake-X
AnandTech Cores
Base All
TB2 TB3 TDP Price
Core i9-10980XE 18C / 36T 3.0 3.8 4.6 4.8 165 W $979
Core i9-10940X 14C / 28T 3.3 4.1 4.6 4.8 165 W $784
Core i9-10920X 12C / 24T 3.5 4.3 4.6 4.8 165 W $689
Core i9-10900X 10C / 20T 3.7 4.3 4.5 4.7 165 W $590

This pricing is a significant shift in Intel’s strategy, and a number of fingers will be pointed at AMD as having made this happen. Next month AMD is set to launch its 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X at $749, which will offer 16 PCIe 4.0 lanes and support for 128 GB of DRAM. So Intel needed something similarly speedy, but with more PCIe lanes and more memory support that they could offer for just a bit more, leading to the 10980XE for $979. Ultimately, the on-shelf price is often just slightly higher than tray price, so don’t be surprised if retail prices land at around $1000. 

All the CPUs will support 256 GB of quad-channel memory, and have 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes. Memory speed support is listed as DDR4-2933 for 1 DIMM per channel, and DDR4-2666 for 2 DIMMs per channel. All these CPUs have a TDP of 165 W, up from 140 W in the previous generation, which Intel states will help the CPUs to turbo longer under Intel’s recommended settings (as we know, consumer motherboard manufacturers like to ignore these anyway). All these CPUs are supported in X299 motherboards.

There is no 16-core in this stack, with Intel’s official reasoning being that they assess the market with each generation and they don’t believe there’s a suitable price point for such a part when the 14C and 18C parts are so close. Most people will point the finger and say that no-16 core Intel part means no direct comparison with the Ryzen 9 3950X, which is something to think about.

Another point to note is that Intel has stopped this stack at the 10 core and no lower. This means that there will be no cross over between Intel’s consumer processor stack and the HEDT stack, with users needing to spend just a little bit more from the Core i9-9900K/KF to reach up to the Core i9-10900X. It will be interesting to see where Intel’s Core i9-9900KS fits in, although that still only has dual channel memory and 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

Intel lists Wi-Fi 6 and 2.5GbE support on these new processors – to clarify, Intel means external controllers here. For some odd reason when Intel says support, it could mean internal to the chipset or external via a controller; this is messaging I’ve rallied against for a while, as it ends up confusing for enthusiasts, especially when this is an enthusiast platform. It does mean however that we get official information about Intel’s 2.5GbE controllers, which we’ve been waiting on for a couple of years. Intel stated that these controllers will be ready at a later date, and more information to follow. (The controllers are currently listed on Intel’s ARK database, but as 1 GbE controllers for some reason.)

These CPUs will have the same security mitigations as the Cascade Lake Xeon processors, with updated hardware mitigations for a number of side channel attacks. We are waiting to hear from Intel if the firmware that supports these processors will also have additional fixes in for Zombieload by default.

One question about this launch is surrounding Intel’s 14nm capacity. Within the last week, there have been reports that despite Intel’s best efforts and promises to match demand, and that Q3 and upcoming for Q4 is going to be busier than expected. We reached out to Intel last week for clarification, and the company said that the bulk of its capacity is focusing on the high-end processors in the market: the Xeon Scalable, the Core i9, Core i7, and Core i5. It will be interesting to see if launching another family of products is going to put additional strain on Intel’s capacity and demand.

With AMD’s recent Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 series launch on 7nm earlier in the year, Threadripper 3 coming later this year, and Intel swinging another generation of 14++ into the high-end desktop market, Intel is going to have some tough times. Don’t get me wrong, this pricing update from Intel is a good thing for users, especially those looking at implementing things like DL Boost to their workflow, but this market is suddenly turning very aggressive, and it will be interesting to see if Intel can be agile enough to keep pace.

Intel’s Cascade Lake-X processors will be available in November. More details should be released nearer to launch.

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My favorite electric hair clipper

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I’ve been cutting my own hair for decades. I’ve used everything from blunt preschooler’s scissors on up, but the best clipper I’ve used is the one I have now. It has a ceramic blade that stays sharp, so it can easily lop off my unusually thick hair. And it’s cordless, which makes it easy to maneuver around my head. The price is more than agreeable, too: . Read the rest

Beastie Boys & Run DMC in ‘Together Forever,’ new Glen E. Friedman photo book

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’80s and ’90s rap and hardcore fans, this one’s for you.

Rizzoli, October 1, 2019

Longtime punk and hiphop photographer Glen E. Friedman has been capturing mosh pits, skate ramps, and rap royalty since the 1980s, and his work is legendary.

We’ve written about him a lot.

Glen has an amazing new book out that focuses on the rise to fame of Run-DMC and Beastie Boys, two iconic acts whose origins was around to witness — with his camera, of course.

From the foreword by CHRIS ROCK:

Rap was the opposite of Martin Luther King, it was not about integration, it’s really about our own thing, fuck what the world wanted from it, from us. We became our own. It’s parallels to punk rock’s destroying all that came before it while borrowing little bits to help you get there. bring it to a full circle and kind of help us understand how and why these two groups did what the did, and where Glen E. Friedman brings us into the picture deeper than anyone, and brings it all together forever, for us in photographs that excite and inspire to this day.


In ‘Together Forever,’ we see how Friedman’s lens captured images that define how we remember both groups, including the moment when both joined forces for the highly publicized 1987 joint concert tour, Raising Hell.

This book collects all of GEF’s most iconic RUN-DMC and Beastie Boys photographs in one gorgeous 224-page Rizzoli volume.

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Why the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t care about secret identities

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In August, Sony and Marvel announced that Spider-Man would no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, due to disagreements about the revenue split between Disney and Sony, and the involvement of MCU architect Kevin Feige. It appeared as if Sony would be taking its own tack on secret superhero Peter Parker, without needing to integrate him into the continuity of films that began with 2008’s Iron Man.

The split came at a particularly relevant time, since the latest Sony / Marvel co-op project, Spider-Man: Far From Home, had just taken a radical step with the character. In a mid-credits scene in the film, antagonist Mysterio brings down Spider-Man’s world by revealing Peter’s secret identity. It was a major change for a series that…

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Apple Arcade is a home for premium games that lost their place on mobile

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For more than six years, designer Zach Gage has been toying with an idea for a game where players explore dangerous dungeons, but did so through various cards stacked in a grid, rifling through piles to heal or fight a monster. It’s an idea he played with endlessly, until around two years ago when he turned it into a functioning prototype that he’d show only trusted friends.

But Gage wanted to do something bigger than he was used to. He made a name for himself with twists on existing games like Sage Solitaire and Really Bad Chess, but he also typically developed games solo. His new idea, he thought, would be perfect for a bigger production, with lots of great art to showcase monster designs and spell cards. The problem was that the state…

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Great deal on 36 pack of Crayola colored pencils

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I keep a pack of Crayola colored pencils in my bag.

This is a good deal the 36 pack for about the price of the 10. I keep a pack in my travel carry-on, incase I am overcome by the urge to sketch something.

My ability to draw anything is very limited, but not by the pencils.

I also love the watercolor colored pencils.

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Developing Ballerina project with Ballerina CLI tool

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Ballerina is a general-purpose programming language particularly intended for the implementation of distributed network applications. Ballerina has built-in modules to build a distributed web application with only a few lines of code. Ballerina provides a CLI tool for the maintenance of your Ballerina project. This article is a brief introduction to the Ballerina CLI tool and how it was used.

You can download Ballerina distribution from the official Ballerina website. You can begin writing a Ballerina program once you download and install it. You can check the version of the ballerina installation by executing the following command.

10 software development cults to join

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Every programmer knows the feeling. You’ve written a few lines, tested them, and checked them into some repository. Now is the time to stop, take a breather, maybe reflect upon the majesty of it all, and then get back to obsessing about your latest programmer cult.

It doesn’t matter if you started your first programming class this fall or if you’ve been writing bit-banging code since it had to be toggled into the front panel of an Altair. There’s only so much fun to be had talking about mundane things like correctness or accuracy. Only the client prattles on about whether the code meets the specs.

Sun Microsystems founders celebrate legacy

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More than 1,000 former employees of Sun Microsystems gathered near San Francisco International Airport recently to reminisce about the glory days. In attendance were all four founders of the company—Andreas Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy, and Bill Joy—who offered their perspectives on the technology business, past and present.

Sun Microsystems was one of the highest flying technology companies at the turn of the 21st century, challenging rivals like IBM and HP in enterprise data centers and producing a range of open source software technologies still popular today, including the Java programming language and the Jenkins CI/CD platform (originally called Hudson). Sun fell on hard times a decade ago and ended up being bought by Oracle, with the sale completed in early 2010.

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Transparent’s musical finale lays out the series’ intent and its legacy

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About halfway through Transparent’s movie-length series finale, which hit Amazon on September 27th, the feisty Shelly Pfefferman (played by Judith Light) sings a song to her judgmental middle-aged children called “Your Boundary Is My Trigger,” where she uses the kids’ own language against them. She says that every time they block her from commenting on or meddling in their lives, she considers it a personal assault because it’s like they’re convicting her of bad parenting without letting her mount a defense. The moment is classic Transparent, playfully interrogating modern therapy-speak, while also understanding that when troubled people finally own their feelings, the process can hurt others.

The scene is also, frankly, kind of hard to…

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The iPhone 11’s Deep Fusion camera is now in the iOS 13 developer beta

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Apple’s Deep Fusion photography system has arrived in the latest developer betas of iOS 13, hopefully hinting that it will ship for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro soon.

To refresh your memory, Deep Fusion is a new image processing pipeline for medium-light images, which Apple senior VP Phil Schiller called “computational photography mad science” when he introduced it onstage. But like much of iOS 13, Deep Fusion wasn’t ready when the phones arrived two weeks ago. And although the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro have extremely impressive cameras, Deep Fusion’s is meant to offer a massive step forward in indoor and medium-lighting situations. And since so many photos are taken indoors and in medium light, we’re looking forward to testing it. Here’s a…

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