Eclipse Theia takes aim at Visual Studio Code

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Eclipse Theia, an “IDE platform” for building multi-language desktop and web-based IDEs from the same codebase, has reached version 1.0 status.

The Eclipse Foundation describes Theia as a “true” open source answer to Microsoft’s popular Visual Studio Code editor. Theia even runs Visual Studio Code extensions for capabilities such as Python and Java language support. However, thus far Theia is intended to be fitted into third-party products. An end-user version is on the roadmap for release later this year. 

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7 tools and services for real-time collaborative coding

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Most of the time, collaborating on a software project means working with tools like Git—taking turns making modifications, then reconciling the final product into a single codebase.

But live collaboration on code—two or more people working on the same file in real time—has become far more viable in recent years. You’ll still want to have one person sign off on the final code, but being able to see other people’s edits as they happen is a great boon for distance learning, crunch-time work, and peer review.

Here are seven ways to do live collaboration with your teammates, whether through a web-based service or an add-on for your code editor.

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Spotify now works with Siri on the Apple Watch

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Apple Watch users can now ask Siri to play music through Spotify. With an update to Spotify’s app today, spotted by 9to5Mac, you can now ask Siri to play music through Spotify by ending a music request with “on Spotify.” The example Spotify gives is something as simple as “Hey Siri, play music on Spotify.”

It’s a small update, but it’s an overdue one for the Apple Watch. Apple only started allowing third-party music apps to integrate with Siri last year with the launch of iOS 13 and watchOS 6. Spotify immediately began supporting the feature on iPhones, but it’s taken until now to expand to the Apple Watch.

By default, Siri serves music requests through Apple Music. The integration has offered an advantage of Apple Music since it’s the…

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How to use Slack channels

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Slack, the instant messaging app of choice for many companies, has probably become an even bigger part of your life if you’re working from home. And while Slack is usually used for work, it’s also very useful for conversing with friends and family. Slack offers paid plans, but anyone can sign up for the free version and create a workspace, a virtual space where you can set up different conversations and projects.

Each of those conversations and projects on Slack are called channels. These channels function like chat rooms or group chats. While there isn’t a limit to the number of channels you can make or private messages you can send in Slack, the free version will only let you see the last 10,000 messages sent in your workspace.


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Dig this weirdo DEVO family group Visiting Kids

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In the late 1980s, Nancye Ferguson, then-wife of DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh along with Bob Mothersbaugh, his daughter Alex, and then-DEVO drummer David Kendrick, formed Visiting Kids. Mark Mothersbaugh wrote some of the tunes and he and Bob Casale (Bob 2) produced their self-titled sole LP. Above is Visiting Kids’ wonderfully weird music video for the track “Trilobites” and below is the band’s TV appearance on The Late Show.

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Intel’s 10th-gen H-series Laptop CPUs Reach 5.3GHz

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Just like Intel said at CES, it’s crossed the 5GHz barrier with its new H-series 10th generation notebook CPUs. And you won’t need to shell out for the top-of-the-line Core i9 to do it: The new six and eight-core i7 processors reach up to 5.1Ghz (boost speed) on a single core. From a report: But if you want to go all out, the octa-core i9-10980HK hits 5.3GHz — and it’s fully unlocked for overclocking, to boot. As usual, these H-series chips are meant for gaming and workhorse machines, not laptops where battery efficiency is key. You can expect around 44 percent better performance in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in 1080p with high settings, compared to the three-year-old Core i7-7700HQ.

And the new top-of-the-line Core i9 is 54 percent faster in Red Dead Redemption 2, compared to the i7-7820HK (there weren’t any mobile Core i9 chips three years ago). Reaching beyond 5GHz is a notable achievement, and it’s a nice deflect away from Intel’s reliance on its 14nm “Comet Lake” architecture, just like its last batch of powerful ultraportable CPUs. Intel is competing directly with AMD’s new 4000 series Ryzen mobile processors, which also offer up to eight cores, but with a lower 4.4GHz maximum clock speed. AMD is using a refined 7nm architecture, which makes them more efficient power-wise. And AMD’s new chips also include up to 8 cores of Radeon Vega graphics, which can easily trounce Intel’s aging UHD graphics. But really, all of these processors are best suited for notebooks with dedicated GPUs, so it makes sense for Intel to skimp on that for now.

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Nikon is offering free online photography classes for all of April

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Nikon has made its entire curriculum of online photography classes free until the end of April.

Now through April 30th, all 10 classes available at the Nikon School can be streamed for free. The classes are normally priced anywhere between $15 to $50 each.

Each class is taught by a professional photographer and provides in-depth lessons to help you get better at taking photos. Some courses cover Nikon-specific products, but many of them teach you the fundamentals of photography, such as a course that teaches you how to photograph your children or pets or the basics of making a music video. So even if you don’t own a Nikon camera, many of these classes might still be worth a watch.

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Amazon’s new Blink Mini is a small indoor camera that allows for two-way audio

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The latest addition to Amazon’s Blink lineup of home security cams is the Blink Mini, a compact indoor camera that supports two-way audio. It’s available for preorder through Amazon now for $35 (two of them cost $65, saving you $5), and it will release in a few weeks. Considering the low cost, it seems to hit all of the fundamentals that you might expect from a home security camera, plus some.

The Mini can record in 1080p resolution, supports motion detection, and has a night vision capability via infrared light. The Blink Mini also allows for two-way audio, so you can chat through the speaker with a family member or friend who’s using the Blink app. It even includes a stand that you can use to angle the camera to your liking.


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Alastair Reynolds’ “Revenger”

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Revenger, a fast-paced space opera by Alastair Reynolds with strong women as protagonists and few surprises certainly took my mind off things for a bit.

Worldbuilding galore takes place in Revenger’s galaxy, a place littered with the detritus of humanity and other species. Kind of steam-punky and certainly the baubles offer a lot of ‘Roadside Picnic’-style Zones which I find ironic as I, and other Boing Boing editors, have been reading the Strugatsky Brothers this month.

Revenger is 400 pages of good solid sci-fi fun.

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1980’s 12-year-old post-punk sensation Chandra sings “Concentration”

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Chandra Oppenheim’s story is one of the most innocent but interesting stories to come out of post-punk NYC.

After glam moved into punk and punk moved into post-punk/new wave/no wave/noise/outsider disco/mutant disco/art punk/etc/etc, it was a musical free for all. So it makes sense that an unassuming 12-year-old from Brooklyn would enter the scene backed by a post-punk, outsider disco group under the name Chandra.

Chandra Oppenheim was just twelve years old when her debut album ‘Transportation’ was released. Musically encouraged by her father from a young age Chandra was writing songs by age nine.

Her father was conceptual artist, Dennis Oppenheim, who caroused with the artists and musicians of the late ’70s Lower East Side. Dennis was friends with Eugenie Diserio and Steven Alexander, who had been playing the NYC post-punk circuit with the Model Citizens.

The Model Citizens signed to John Cale’s Spy Label and then broke up to take things in another direction with their new band, The Dance, featuring drummer Fred Maher (who later joined Material)

Chandra Oppenheim had been writing music and performing for some time, often doing songs and performances at her father’s parties. Having met Chandra when she was 11, Diserio, Alexander and Maher formed a band with Chandra and started to rehearse in a studio in Hell’s Kitchen. The result of these rehearsals was their debut EP ‘Transportation’ on the band’s own record label GOGO/ON; a mix of dissonant weird disco, bass-heavy dance grooves and Chandra’s unmistakable chant-singing.

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Add Reactstrap Components In ReactJS

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Reactstrap is a component library for React. It provides inbuilt Bootstrap components that make it easy to create UI with self-contained components that provide flexibility and inbuilt validations. Reactstrap is easy to use and supports Bootstrap 4.


  • We should have a basic knowledge of HTML and JavaScript.
  • Visual Studio Code should be installed.
  • Node and NPM installed.

First of all, let’s check that Node is installed in your system. If not, check out this link: 

Epic mostly wins Fortnite saxophone lawsuit, but judge lets one claim go forward

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Epic Games has mostly prevailed in a lawsuit over its “Phone It In” Fortnite emote, although saxophonist Leo Pellegrino can continue with a claim of false endorsement. A Pennsylvania judge ruled on the case earlier this week, offering a rare legal exploration of whether you can own a signature dance move — and the results look good for Epic.

Pellegrino sued Epic last year for allegedly misappropriating his likeness with the Fortnite dance. He argued that the “Phone It In” dance was inextricably linked to his musical performances, and Epic was copying it to profit off his fame. District court judge John Padova wasn’t convinced. He dismissed seven of Pellegrino’s eight claims and denied a request to amend and resubmit them, concluding that…

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Several Sonos smart Wi-Fi speakers are cheaper than usual today

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The Sonos Beam soundbar is $50 off at Amazon and includes a free $20 gift certificate that you can use for future purchases. This model is Wi-Fi-ready, so if you have other Sonos speakers, those can be connected for multiroom audio. It also supports Alexa voice commands. The Verge’s Nilay Patel reviewed it, and he found that it’s easy to set up, and it provides a big boost in sound performance over what your TV speakers can likely produce.

The Beam typically drops in price by $100 around big shopping holidays like Black Friday, though this $50 price cut and a $20 gift card combo comes close to that. In the event that the soundbar that includes the gift card sells out, select “Beam Only” on the Amazon product page, and at least you’ll be…

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Peloton adds an Android TV app for streaming workouts at home

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Riding on the uptick of people seeking home workout solutions during the pandemic, Peloton has launched an app for Android TV so you no longer have to stream from a mobile app to a Chromecast if you’ve got a TV that runs on the platform. The app is available today on your Android TV’s Google Play Store for access to the company’s live and on-demand fitness classes.

The launch follows a few other updates Peloton’s made for off-bike and off-treadmill streaming. Recently, it added apps for the Apple Watch, Fire TV, and Chromecast support for the iOS app. Peloton also extended its digital membership to a free 90-day trial for access to its yoga, meditation, HIIT, and weight training workouts, along with the standard cycling, walking, and…

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Past meets present in the retro-inspired Rymek keyboard that pairs with tablets, phones, and monitors

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There are few things more satisfying than the clickety-clack of an old keyboard. So old, in fact, that it’s really more of a typewriter sound and feel than that of a keyboard. But if you want to enjoy the benefits of both, check out this Rymek Retro Bluetooth 3.0 Mechanical Keyboard.

Bringing you an impressive mix of the aesthetics of both a vintage typewriter and a modern high-tech keyboard, this wireless version that raised over $300K on Indiegogo is now available for almost 30% off.

Treating yourself to the micro-USB rechargeable Rymek keyboard will offer you a better, faster, more beautiful typing experience, whether you need those words to show up on a smartphone screen, tablet screen, or monitor screen. Compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android, the keyboard connects wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0 or through a USB cable and features a secure stainless steel stent that supports your tablet or phone, so you’ll be set for use with almost any device. Plus, you can connect to up to 3 of those devices at the same time, making it easy to swap between them throughout the day (or days—there’s up to 50 hours of battery life!) with built-in shortcuts.

The LED backlight on the keys is a familiar and welcome feature that’ll help you type in the dark, of course, but it will also bring a bit of whimsy to gaming or just everyday life thanks to the 7 dynamic lighting effects. Saddle-shaped keycaps and responsive mechanical switches under the keys add to the tactile appeal of the Rymek—so much so, it’s borderline soothing. Read the rest

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