GraalVM upgrade improves Windows builds

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GraalVM, Oracle’s open source, polyglot virtual machine — supporting languages ranging from C and Java to JavaScript, Python, and Ruby — emphasizes continued experimental support for Windows builds with the just-released version 20 upgrade. JavaScript capabilities are highlighted, as well.

Considered a major release, GraalVM 20 improves on previously available builds for Windows platforms. Windows builds now include the gu utility for installing components and improved GraalVM Native Image support. GraalVM’s Node.js support for Windows is scheduled for the 20.1 release.

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Spotify is rolling out a new look for iOS that ditches word-based buttons

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Starting today, Spotify is rolling out a new look to its iPhone app. The changes prioritize universal icons and visual indicators over written words, which Spotify says makes the app a more accessible experience for users all over the world.

First, Spotify has ditched the word-based “shuffle play” button that appears on an artist or playlist page. Now, it’s a simplified green button that contains both the play and shuffle icons. Other familiar icons have stayed the same but appear in new locations. For premium users, the “like,” “play,” and “download” icons will now be grouped together in one row in the central part of the screen. There’s also a new icon for downloading for listening without Wi-Fi; it’s the same one Spotify already has…

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Your Engineering Simulation Might Win You $1000

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A new competition has popped up that is focusing on engineering simulation in academia. If you’re attending an ABET accredited school, and running simulations in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, multi-body dynamics, optimization, electromagnetics or bio-engineering is totally your jam, keep reading! and NAFEMS […]

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Help Wanted: Admiral for Disney’s Galactic Starcruiser

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Disney is seeking an Admiral for their Galactic Starcruiser, Halcyon. That means there’s an open position for general manager of the Star Wars theme hotel at Walt Disney World, Florida. From the Job Summary:

Are you ready to command a Galactic Starcruiser, the Halcyon, where you will take passengers on an adventure to a galaxy far, far, away? Be the first Admiral (GM) to manage this fully immersive, luxury resort, where guests and crew are part of a Star Wars story, including encounters between Resistance forces and the First Order.

We are seeking a seasoned hotelier with extensive senior leadership hospitality experience on land or at sea to serve as Resort Manager / Hotel Director. He/she will drive and execute a unique immersive “cruise-like experience” aligned with our Star Wars franchise. This experience will operate as a two-night journey and be the world’s first multi-day immersive adventure. The ideal candidate will have a passion for bringing ideas to life, creativity, value a non-traditional work environment, and balance a traditional hotel experience with immersive entertainment.

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Save on the OnePlus 7T, the 2019 iPad, and more

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There aren’t many spanking-new deals to share today, but a few that we’ve shared over the past week are still up for grabs. If you haven’t checked them out yet or they passed you by the first time, they’re worth considering.

The OnePlus 7T is $499, which is $100 less than this 2019 flagship phone usually costs. For your money, you’ll get a phone with a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, a big OLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of fast UFS 3.0 storage.

The seventh-generation iPad with 128GB of storage is $100 off at Amazon. This tablet usually costs $429, but you can get it today for $330 (the price that the 32GB version usually sells for). Amazon is the only retailer running this deal at the moment, and unless stock…

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The 11 best crossbody travel bags

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Whether you’re heading to Tokyo for two weeks or simply doing a few days in Montreal, a crossbody bag is a very practical thing to pack for a trip. Unlike a slippery tote, a crossbody will stay on your shoulder while you remove your shoes and simultaneously scramble for your boarding pass at security. And once you reach your destination, a crossbody feels like a slightly more secure way to carry around important items, like, say, your passport. While the words “crossbody travel bag” might bring to mind a stodgy nylon number with a few too many zippers, that doesn’t have to be the case. We talked to nine travel editors, trip planners, and a documentary photographer to hear about their go-to bags, including an ultra-secure, gorpcore-esque…

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Timex is releasing a GPS smartwatch with 25 days of battery life

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Timex, the company that made those plastic watches you probably wore when you were a kid, has announced a new addition to its lineup of Ironman GPS trackers.

The Timex Ironman R300 GPS is available now on Timex’s website for $120.

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Timex is touting the R300 as its first smartwatch, but it has sold fitness trackers with smart features — including a touchscreen, GPS, speed and distance tracking, phone calls, and the ability to upload workout data — in the past.

Still, labels aside, it’s fair to say that this is Timex’s most advanced smartwatch to date. It provides guided workouts from “top athletes and coaches,” an always-on display, and sleep tracking. It also sports a whopping 25 days of battery life,…

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The AVYA steam inhaler combines old-school remedies with new school technology

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In our modern world, our usual first approach to combating an oncoming cold is to medicate it into oblivion. Sometimes, that carpet bombing pharmaceutical attack plan can knock out the congestion and discomfort of an illness before it settles in. But there’s always something to be said for trying to put down the effects of a cold or allergy irritation with a more natural, holistic method.

As opposed to drug remedies, steam inhalers go at sinus issues with good old fashioned water vapor. You can enjoy the benefits of this time-tested technique with the AVYA Portable Steam Inhaler, which is now over 30 percent off its regular price at just $129.99.

Boiled water or saline solution produces a heated steam aerosol that travels deep into the nasal passages, thanks to Avya’s patented technology. The vapors break up congestion, clear sinuses and relieve irritation or inflammation while draining mucus caused by colds, allergies, sinusitis or even the flu.

Even if you’re just suffering from nasal or throat discomfort due to cold weather conditions, the AVYA inhaler can help hydrate and moisturize those airways and soothe those sensitive areas with an ancient and safe remedy.

Battery-operated and weighing less than 8 ounces, you can use the AVYA anywhere to get breathing relief instantly. The AVYA was backed by a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $344,000 and with a 4.2 out of 5 star Amazon rating, the unit is definitely winning over converts with its simple approach to nasal relief.

Of course, the right saline solution can help make a real difference in achieving that relief, so you can also choose from standard AVYA Nasal Saline Solution ($8.99, Read the rest

How to protect your privacy on Instagram

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My Instagram profile probably reveals more personal details about me than any other social network page. As a result, I started to get creeped out after I realized just how many people were following me I didn’t actually know.

Locking down your privacy on Instagram can be as simple as setting your profile to “private.” But you can get a lot more granular than that, and there is a range of other protections you can put in place. You can keep your account public but make it a little more protected, or even add stricter protections than simply flipping the private profile switch gives you.

If you really want to keep your account safe, here’s what you can do.

Set your account to private

Setting your account to private is the simplest thing…

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How to make and receive calls on your PC with the Your Phone app

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Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Android can route photos, incoming notifications, and text messages to your Windows 10 PC. Its latest feature update added something even more useful: the ability to make and receive calls on your PC without reaching for your phone. The app can even let you seamlessly transfer calls between your PC and phone in case you need to go mobile.

Getting things set up isn’t difficult, although there are a few requirements to note before you dive into the steps below.

You’ll need a PC (any kind, desktop or laptop, x64 or ARM-based) running Windows 10 version 1803 or higher and any phone running Android version 7.0 or higher.

Download the Your Phone app on your phone and PC

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Samsung S20 camera issues, the coronavirus gets serious for tech and the US, and more

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Hello to everybody, but especially to new subscribers — one of whom pointed out that I had a typo in my introductory email. Mortifying, but also fitting for my personal brand. You’re reading Processor, a newsletter about computers, but “computers” defined very broadly and with a wink. I’m Dieter Bohn, noted typoist and reviewer of Samsung phones since 2006’s Samsung Blackjack Windows Mobile smartphone.

Today’s newsletter is fairly short because in a few hours I’ll be publishing my review of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, a massive phone that is just as interesting and noteworthy as any iPhone, if not moreso. Samsung is doing so many new things with this phone that even if you’re not interested in Samsung or Android, it’s worth paying…

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Building a movement? NationBuilder has all the right tools for you

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Whether you’re managing a political campaign or building a client base, there comes a time when you stop seeing people and start seeing numbers.

This doesn’t happen suddenly. You shake hands, make calls, and build relationships. And then those relationships disappear into a database of donors or customers as your organization grows. People get brought in to manage those databases, and those databases fragment off into countless little spreadsheets.

That’s how the people that were once your supporters end up with faceless emails, impersonal calls, and tedious forms that ask for information you already have. And that’s how they stop becoming your supporters.

That’s why services like the one that NationBuilder is providing are more crucial than ever. They allow you to manage your contacts in integrated databases that actually foster communication and allow for on the-fly-customization based on their interests and prior interactions.

In other words, it allows you to treat “your people” like people.

All of this is done on a website that you can build from the ground up in minutes with NationBuilder’s ready-made templates. Plus, NationBuilder sets you up with tools to help you inspire, capture, and seamlessly track actions across your page.

NationBuilder also empowers you to maintain real, meaningful connections with your supporters by way of personalized email and text to supporters based on their interests and history with you.

They’re currently doing a 14-day free trial of NationBuilder, but Boing Boing readers can get a free month after that trial ends. If you’re doing any kind of community engagement, it’s definitely worth a look. Read the rest

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