Thanks, I hate it

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Welcome to Fav’d For Later, a Friday roundup of our favorite memes, trends, and all-around good internet content. This week, we will definitely not talk about dicks and other things we cannot unsee.

The internet was abuzz this week with Dong Talk™. If you missed the flurry around Donald Trump and Toad — yes, that one — then consider yourself lucky. (Everyone else, please know I, too, am on the market for brain bleach. I will report back ASAP.)

Not to be outdone by the rest of 2018’s baffling news cycle, DC jumped in with an unsolicited picture of Batman’s dick. The full-frontal comes to us courtesy of Batman: Damned #1, the first in a new limited series about the coc — *chokes* CAPED crusader.

No, I will not help you find pictures of…

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The Verge Guide to the iPhone

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The Verge Guide to the iPhone is a comprehensive page that will help you decide which iPhone to buy, learn how to use its best features, and educate you about iOS — arguably, the world’s best mobile operating system.

Our guide is organized by sections, including iPhone model recommendations, plenty of iOS how-tos, accessories for your Apple device you should keep an eye out for, unique things about the iOS platform, and of course, videos by The Verge staff on everything in between.

If you’re looking to buy your first iPhone (or replace your old one) iPhone, we recommend reading the reviews by The Verge staff on today’s flagship models, as well as our how-to for selling your older iPhone.


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Samsung gives Note 9 users an option to reduce accidental Bixby activations

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Samsung’s latest Note 9 update lets you active Bixby with a double tap of its dedicated button, reports Android Authority. Previously, you could only activate the divisive voice assistant with a single tap, which could lead to it being accidentally activated, especially when Samsung offers no option to disable it entirely.

Since its arrival, the Bixby button has become a controversial inclusion on Samsung’s handsets, mainly because it pales in comparison to Google Assistant, Alexa, and, yes, even Siri. Although you could initially remap the button on the S8 to open the camera or another app of your choice, Samsung has since done its best to block the process; on the Note 9, you can’t disable the assistant at all.

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It’s Amazon’s home, and we’re just living in it

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Yesterday’s “surprise” Amazon event was a stunning display of bravado from the so-called everything store. It gave us the clearest view yet of what Amazon’s home operating system will look like. The interface is your voice, and the hardware is everything you see around you. The peripherals are standard household items that are embedded with invisible microphones and integrated together through software and a vast array of interconnecting services.

Google and Apple have their own stories to tell, with smartphones and speakers playing central roles. But neither company has put the pieces together as cohesively as Amazon, whose story is told through a spate of Alexa products of good-enough quality that can be easily delivered to your…

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The i-Rocks Pilot K70E Capacitive Gaming Keyboard Review: Our First Capacitive Keyboard

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In today’s keyboard review we are taking a look at the first capacitive keyboard that found its way into our labs, the i-Rocks Pilot K70E. The Taiwanese company managed to design and market a capacitive keyboard while keeping the price tag relatively affordable. Today we’ll find out how this keyboard feels and if it is a threat to the already well-established mechanical keyboard market.

Build a career in IT with this MCSE certification training

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As more companies leverage cloud technology to unite and streamline their operations, the need for capable IT pros increases. But, as any IT guru will tell you, demand alone won’t get your foot in the door to this lucrative field. If you want to cash in on the demand and build a thriving IT career, you’ll need to prove you have what it takes by certifying your skills. To this end, the Ultimate MCSE Certification Training Bundle can get you started, and it’s on sale now for $49.

This 4-course collection covers the concepts and skills you’ll need to master in order to ace the MCSA: Window Server 2016 and MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification exams, major stepping stones to netting a high-level salary as a cloud professional. You’ll develop skills in networking, remote access technologies, securing servers, and more as you prep to ace the requisite exams on your first try.

The Ultimate MCSE Certification Training Bundle usually retails for $1,196, but you can get it on sale today for $49. Read the rest

The N64 Controller Gets Brass Gears Through 3D Printing

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The controller for the Nintendo 64 is a masterpiece of design, and despite being more than two decades old, people are still using this controller competitively. Smash Bros, you know. Those competitive gaming enthusiasts are hard on their controllers, and after decades and tournaments, the analog stick will wear out. Previously, this required a rebuild or simply replacing the entire controller. Now there’s another option: a completely re-engineered analog stick, all made possible thanks to 3D printing.

[Nam Le] is a student at Cal Poly, and as would be expected for a very specific subset engineering students, had to track …read more

Razer’s Ifrit headset is more concerned with streaming than gaming

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Razer’s Ifrit is a new headset from the gaming brand that ditches the standard over-ear headphones for a pair of earbuds, which it combines with an arm-mounted microphone. The result is a more lightweight device that shouldn’t obscure your face as you stream – even if the condenser mic is still pretty chunky.

The Ifrit is natively compatible with the Xbox One and PC via its 3.5mm jack. If you want to use the headset with a PS4, you’ll need to use the included Razer USB Audio Enhancer to connect it to a spare USB port. This USB converter can also be used with the PC, where it can be used to plug two headsets into one machine. Given Razer’s pitch about the Ifrit being ideal for mobile broadcasting, it’s a shame to not see a USB Type-C…

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Introducing Perl6::Math::Matrix (Part 1: Data)

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At TPC in Glasgow, I held two talks (slides and video stored or linked to my domain as linked on conference site) about my module, Perl6::Math::Matrix. To me, the most interesting parts of this talk were musings about how to write a good API in and for Perl 6. And since I already got a lot of good suggestions from the audience (which are all implemented by now [by the critic or me]), I will write here a series of posts about this topic and maybe get some more inspirations.

Basic Properties

As said during the talk, the basic design decisions were to see the Matrix as an array of arrays and a read-only data object. This allows me to cache all lazy evaluated, computation-heavy properties and not worry about them changing. It also forces me to create new Matrix objects when computing derivative matrices.

555 Timer Robots Will Rule The World

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A running joke we see in the comments by Hackaday readers whenever a project includes an Arduino or Raspberry Pi that seems like overkill is to proclaim that “I could have done it with a 555 timer!” That’s especially the case if the project amounts to a blinking light or anything which oscillates. Well [Volos Projects] has made a whole robot out of a 555 timer circuit.

Okay, it’s really a dead bug circuit in the shape of a robot but it does have blinking lights. We also like how the base is the battery, though some unevenness under it …read more

Skype calling is coming to Amazon’s Alexa devices

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Microsoft and Amazon are continuing their close partnership by bringing Skype calling to Alexa. Devices like Amazon’s Echo range will be able to access Skype’s basic calling, and Alexa-powered hardware like the Echo Show will also include video calling support. You’ll also be able to use Skype to call mobile and landlines using SkypeOut, and simply say “Alexa, call Bob on Skype” to activate a call.

Skype calling on Alexa will be available “later this year,” says Microsoft, and it follows a preview of Alexa and Cortana integration that’s available across Echo devices, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft and Amazon first partnered together for Alexa and Cortana last year, and it’s clear from this Skype calling effort that both…

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New Part Day: Put An Alexa In Everything

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The last great hope for electronics manufactures is smart home assistants. The Alexas and Siris and OK Googles are taking over homes across the country. At its best, it’s HAL 9000, only slightly less homicidal. It will entertain your children, and you can order cat litter just by saying you want cat litter. This is the future, whether we like it or not.

In an attempt to capture the market, Amazon has released the Alexa Connect Kit. This is an Amazon-Echo-On-a-Chip — a piece of hardware that adds Alexa to microwaves, blenders, and whatever other bit of home electronics you …read more

Customizing ASP.NET Core, Part 1: Logging

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In this first part of the new blog series about customizing ASP.NET Core, I will show you how to customize logging. The default logging only writes to the console or to the debug window. This is quite good for most cases, but you may need to log to a sink, like a file or a database. Maybe you want to extend the logger with additional information. In those cases, you need to know how to change the default logging.

The Series Topics

  • Customizing ASP.NET Core Part 01: Logging
  • Customizing ASP.NET Core Part 02: Configuration
  • Customizing ASP.NET Core Part 03: Dependency Injection
  • Customizing ASP.NET Core Part 04: HTTPS
  • Customizing ASP.NET Core Part 05: Hosted Services
  • Customizing ASP.NET Core Part 06: MiddleWares
  • Customizing ASP.NET Core Part 07: OutputFormatter
  • Customizing ASP.NET Core Part 08: ModelBinder
  • Customizing ASP.NET Core Part 09: ActionFilter
  • Customizing ASP.NET Core Part 10: TagHelpers

Configure Logging

In previous versions of ASP.NET Core (pre-2.0) the logging was configured in the Startup.cs. Since 2.0 the Startup.cs was simplified and a lot of configurations where moved to a default WebHostBuilder, which is called in the Program.cs. Also, the logging was moved to the default WebHostBuilder:

A banjo cover of the ‘Knight Rider’ theme song

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Remember when times were simpler? When a pre-Baywatch David Hasselhoff fought crime in a souped-up talking Firebird named KITT?

Youtuber Banjo Guy Ollie remembers. Now’s he’s covering that “high-tech” Knight Rider theme with his banjo (and his accordion and some other instruments). He reports that he’ll soon cover other eighties TV themes like Magnum P.I., Airwolf, and The A-Team.

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Fixing An IBM 1401 Computer To Get It Printing Again

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The IBM 1401 is a classic computer which IBM marketed throughout the 1960s, late enough for it to have used transistors rather than vacuum tubes, which is probably a good thing for this story. For small businesses, it was often used as their main data processing machine along with the 1403 printer. For larger businesses with mainframes, the 1401 was used to handle the slower peripherals such as that 1403 printer as well as card readers.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA has two working 1401s as well as at least one 1403 printer, and recently whenever the …read more

Now you can listen to Audible on your Apple Watch

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The latest Audible update brings the app to your Apple Watch, so you can listen to your audiobooks and podcasts without an iPhone. The new feature takes advantage of watchOS 5, which just rolled out this week to allow third-party apps like Audible to play background audio from the watch. Just make sure you sync the book from your iPhone or iPad before heading out, as the Apple Watch doesn’t support streaming from third-party apps yet.

The Audible app description mentions you can sync audiobooks to your Apple Watch via Bluetooth, but if you’re transferring over a big novel, it’ll probably take a while. But once you do, you’re free to listen to your audiobook or podcast at the gym, or anywhere you take your Apple Watch. The Audible app…

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Amazon’s Echo event seems to have lost an iPhone X notch

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Amazon hit the tech world with a veritable firehose of new products at its Echo hardware event today, but one device seemingly slipped in under the radar — a new version of Apple’s iPhone X that seems to have ditched the notch for a completely bezel-less display.

Now, obviously this isn’t really a new iPhone — Amazon has just Photoshopped out the notch here, either to better show off the video capabilities of its Fire TV Recast service, or to make it a little less obvious that the device in question is actually an iPhone X. After all, why give a competitor free advertising when you don’t have to?

Still, it does speak…

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