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The us-versus-them mentality between dev and ops is still alive and well, we see Reader survey  In an online survey, we asked Register readers for their thoughts on workplace automation and self-service within on-prem environments. That survey is still open, though we took a sneak peek at the data collected so far, and whoa, there are some strong feelings out there.…
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In May, a lengthy graphical showcase debuted how far developers can push the envelope with Unreal Engine 5.
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Asynchronous programming has been in use for quite some time now. In recent years, it has been made more powerful with the introduction of the async and await keywords. You can take advantage of asynchronous programming to increase your application’s responsiveness and throughput.The recommended return type of an asynchronous method in C# is Task. You should return Task if you would like to write an asynchronous method that returns a value. If you would like to write an event handler, you can return void instead. Until C# 7.0 an asynchronous method could return Task, Task, or void. Beginning with C# 7.0, an asynchronous method also can return ValueTask (available as part of the System.Threading.Tasks.Extensions package) or ValueTask. This article presents a discussion of how we can work with ValueTask in C#.To read this article in full, please click here
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While it can be a bit unnerving for pedestrians when a car whooshes by with little more noise than a passing breeze, the relative silence of electric cars is one of their best attributes.We’ve become so accustomed to the raucous clatter, sputter and grinding of combustion engines, we hardly even notice the sounds until they’re gone.To promote its newest 100% electrical model, the e-208, French automaker Peugeot plays up that silence in a fascinating way with a new outdoor board developed by agency BETC.The billboard uses thousands of acoustic sensors to harness the sound of urban noise pollution and turn it into energy, which can then be used to charge a car.It’s admittedly a prototype and comes with a major caveat: the noise doesn’t generate enough energy to power the car without being supplemented by the city grid.But it’s still a compelling and creative concept with a certain baked-in irony, given that the car’s design is aimed at helping eliminate the kinds of city sounds being harnessed here.
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Researchers with the University at Buffalo in the US state of New York are working on a conceptual design that would see a morphing aircraft explore the skies above Venus, including its elusive “dark side.”It’s called BREEZE, or Bio-inspired Ray for Extreme Environments and Zonal Explorations.Like a stingray propelling itself through water with its pectoral fins, this morphing probe would flap its wings during flight, keeping itself aloft at altitudes approaching 50 kilometres (31 miles).Equipped with an array of instruments and pushed along by the planet’s powerful winds, BREEZE would sniff out atmospheric gases, hunt for volcanic activity, and even investigate Venus’s so-called dark side, according to a press release from the university.BREEZE is currently one of 18 proposals being considered by NASA under its Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, of which six have graduated to phase II.NASA granted the CRASH lab a $125,000 (£97,217) phase I award earlier this year to further develop its idea.
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The subscription model is today sustaining a number of businesses, including artists, creators, news publishers, game developers, entertainment providers and more.Now, top publishing platform WordPress.com is making it easier for any creator or web publisher to add a subscription feature to their own website, so they can begin to generate repeat contributions from their supporters, readers, fans, or customers.Once enabled, WordPress.com website owners could charge for weekly newsletters, accept monthly donations, sell yearly access to exclusive content, or charge for anything else where they want to be able to bill their supporters on a set schedule.WordPress.com partnered with internet payment processor Stripe on the new feature, which means WordPress.com blog publishers will also need to set up a Stripe account of their own before using Recurring Payments.Then, they’ll head to the “Earn” page on WordPress.com and click on “Connect Stripe to Get Started” to be walked through the setup process.Users are able to create as many different payment plans as they like — including those that support different currencies, payment frequencies, and names — which enables them to offer different tiers or types of subscriptions to their customers, readers, or fans.
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Hyundai has a new entry-level SUV that is launching for car buyers shopping on a budget.The SUV is called the Hyundai Venue, and it starts at $17,250.At that price, the buyers get a 1.6-liter DPI 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission.Buyers who want that SUV with a 6-speed Smartstream IVT transmission will pay $18,450.Pricing doesn’t include the $1,095 destination charge.The most expensive Hyundai Venue model is the SEL IVT with convenience and Premium selling for $22,050.
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Xiaomi’s smart TV brand is doing quite well in the market.In fact, the company has a stronghold on the Chinese and Indian smart TV markets.In the recent Chinese 11.11 sales, the Xiaomi TV brand took only 13 minutes and 42 seconds to reach 100,000 units.However, unlike Xiaomi smartphones, Xiaomi TV is not widely available.Now, the latest report is that the Xiaomi TV brand is now officially in China.In a new Xiaomi poster, the company said “Hola, Spain!
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NASA’s Commercial Crew Development programme hit a key milestone today following a mostly successful abort test of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, in which the module reached 650 miles per hour (1,046 km/h) in just 5 seconds.The jettisoned spacecraft reached a height of 4,500 feet, followed by the deployment of two of its three parachutes and a safe landing on the desert floor.Boeing will now carefully inspect the crew module and review all the data, but the “initial indication is that we’ve had a successful test,” said a Boeing spokesperson during the live webcast.Once Starliner’s engines fired, the spacecraft got up to 650 miles per hour (1,046 km per hour) in about five seconds, proving this system can get crew away from a dangerous situation fast.The CST-100 Starliner is Boeing’s contribution to NASA’s Commercial Crew Development programme, which aims to restore America’s ability to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station – something the space agency hasn’t been able to do independently since the retirement of the shuttle programme in 2011.The Starliner programme is years behind schedule, so today’s test should induce some intense sighs of relief, both at Boeing and NASA.
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Did you know that you can turn on a gesture in the Reddit application that allows you to swipe to collapse comments?By default, you need to tap and hold on a comment thread to collapse it.Our guide will show you how to turn on the “swipe to collapse” gesture.Note: These screenshots were captured in the Reddit app on iOS.Step 1: Tap your profile picture in the top-left corner of the screen.Step 3: Under “Advanced,” tap the toggle to the right of “Swipe to collapse comments” to turn this gesture on.
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We're not exactly Mothercare demographic here so you're forgiven for thinking that the chain went out of business in the same financial shock that took out Woolworths and that first wave of over-leveraged high street businesses more than a decade ago, but no – Mothercare still exists and employs 2,500 people.At time of writing at least.The business has sadly confirmed reports that it's asking the administrators to step in this week, as Mothercare UK and its 79 remaining stores that have weathered a decade of constant restructuring and downsizing heads to the bankers for the last time, for a sale, closure, or all of the above.The mess really kicked off last year when the chain initiated a Company Voluntary Arrangement process that saw it bin off around 50 of the biggest loss-making branches, but the reduction in (loveable baby) footprint and (fluffy little) headcount has not been enough to return the UK operation to anything like a sustainable position.A spokesperson for the chain said: "...it has become clear that the UK Retail operations of the group, which today includes 79 stores, are not capable of returning to a level of structural profitability and returns that are sustainable for the group as it currently stands and/or attractive enough for a third party partner to operate on an arm's length basis."The shop will continue to trade as normal for now if you need some, I don't know, wet wipes or something, until a buyer's found at whatever massive discount the administrator can negotiate for the sounder chunks of the business.
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Microsoft has revealed that its new Edge Chromium browser is set to launch on January 15th.The upgraded browser will be available on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, and macOS in 90 languagesFor those looking to get an early taste, a beta version that Microsoft is calling a "release candidate" is also available to download today.Microsoft Edge comes with a dark modeMicrosoft released an initial beta version of the new Edge back in August, promising a host of new tools and updates for users as it looks to claw back market share from Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.The company debuted a new logo for Edge a few days ago as a teaser for the release, with the image hidden behind a series of puzzles and clues posted to the web by Microsoft employees.
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Blizzard Entertainment kicked off its annual BlizzCon fan expo today with a direct apology from president J. Allen Brack regarding the explosive Hong Kong controversy that’s engulfed the company for the past month.“Blizzard had the opportunity to bring the world together in a tough Hearthstone e-sports moment about a month ago.We moved too quickly in our decision-making and then to make matters worse, we were too slow to talk to all of you,” Brack said onstage during the beginning of the BlizzCon opening ceremony.“When I think about how most unhappy I am, I think about two things.We didn’t live up to the higher standards we set for ourselves.Second, we failed in our purpose.
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Somewhere between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, just a bit before Rogue One, Darth Vader lurks on Mustafar.The three-part VR experience Vader Immortal, which launched on Oculus Quest and Rift earlier this year and its second episode just a month ago, is wrapping up with a final installment on Nov. 21.If you can't get enough Star Wars between The Mandalorian on Nov. 12 and Rise of Skywalker on Dec. 20, here's your perfect virtual midnight snack.I've played the first two episodes, which feel like well produced immersive theater, or even a home version of a theme park experience.The story takes place on the volcanic planet Mustafar, where Darth Vader intercepts your character and sends him on a mission to a hidden temple."There's already been a bit of crossover with some of the comics series," he says, "where they've taken some of the designs we have for characters, and backstory of Mustafar we've created, and integrated those into some of the comic storylines."
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the AirPods Pro has been placed on the market, and our copy has finally walked out of the office.iFixit has also gotten their hands on a pair, and, of course, had picked them apart.It is noted that they are very difficult to repair, but some of the parts would be to fix them.However, Apple is saying that they are not going to repair it, and it's not economically viable to do so, so they get a zero rating.
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You see, there are only a few working days left before WIRED25, our two-day live event that, in many ways, brings to life the November issue of WIRED, titled Have a Nice Future: Stories of 25 People Racing to Save Us.A few months back, as we began planning the November issue, we started to feel that national malaise, the distress that surrounded the environment, health, cybersecurity, politics.So join us in San Francisco on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, for two days of WIRED events.Friday will be a day of conversations with some of the biggest names in tech; Saturday will be a day of culture and films that includes stars like Chris Evans, Rob McElhenney, and N. K. Jemisin.On Friday at the Commonwealth Club on the San Francisco waterfront you’ll hear from:Anne Neuberger, the director of the NSA’s newly formed Cybersecurity Directorate, who will decrypt the NSA (well, sort of) with WIRED’s own Garrett Graff.
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As video games give players more freedom to explore complex digital worlds, it becomes more challenging for a CG character to naturally move and interact with everything in it.So to prevent those awkward transitions between pre-programmed movements, researchers have turned to AI and deep learning to make video game characters move almost as realistically as real humans do.To help make video game characters walk, run, jump, and perform other movements as realistically as possible, video game developers will often rely on human performances that are captured and translated to digital characters.It produces results that are faster and better looking than animating video game characters by hand, but it’s impossible to plan for every possible way a character will interact with a digital world, according to the researchers.Game developers try to plan for as many possibilities as they can, but they ultimately have to rely on software to transition between animations of a character walking up to a chair, and then sitting down on it, and more often than not, those segues feel stilted, unnatural, and can diminish a player’s experience.Computer scientists from the University of Edinburgh and Adobe Research have come up with a novel solution they’ll be presenting at the ACM Siggraph Asia conference being held in Brisbane, Australia, next month.
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The Xiaomi Mi Watch isn’t a secret anymore, the company’s brand new wearable is set to be released in the next week.We already have a clear picture of the smartwatch, thanks to a render that came from no one else than the company’s CEO, Lei Jun.Now, we have a new render to look at, this time it comes directly from Mijia.The render reveals the Xiaomi Mi Watch in the two colors it will be available in – Elegant Black and Plated Silver.Furthermore, it gives us a clear picture of the crown, the power button, the microphones, and the slit for the speaker.Besides that, the render make us believe that the smartwatch is made with an aluminum finish.
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The first amazing images from a dark energy-hunting telescope have been revealed.The first image, released by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching, Germany, combined X-ray images of a neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, along with a pair of interacting clusters of galaxies at a distance of about 800 million light-years.“These first images from our telescope show the true beauty of the hidden universe,” said Peter Predehl, principal investigator of eROSITA, in a statement.“To meet our science goals we needed enough sensitivity to detect the most distant clusters of galaxies in the universe over the whole sky, and resolve them spatially.These first light images show that we can do exactly that, but we can go a lot further.”(Image: F. Haberl, M. Freyberg and C. Maitra; MPE/IKI)
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The Redmi K20 Pro is one of many Xiaomi devices that is currently receiving the MIUI 11 update.This smartphone is currently at Jingdong Mall and it is 400 yuan ($56) cheaper.You can purchase this smartphone for 2199 yuan ($311).Recall that the launch price of this device is 2599 yuan ($367).This is the best time to watch out for price cuts on major Chinese stores.Last week, this smartphone was on the shelves for 1999 yuan ($282).
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What would a re-conceptualisation of environmental justice that centred indigenous perspectives look like?Her focus is on the US specifically, but the underlying principles apply to many parts of the world.In an interview with us, Gilio-Whitaker discusses the significance of indigenous sovereignty to environmental justice and how protecting indigenous land rights could transform the climate movement.Dina Gilio-Whitaker: The way sovereignty is understood, to whatever degree it’s understood in the popular discourse, is about governance, self-determination.The problem is those land boundaries have been altered dramatically over centuries.But environmental justice is about way more than the distribution of environmental risk.
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As promised, today The Pokemon Company revealed new information about Pokemon Sword and Shield, and it did so with a new trailer.The Pokemon that are getting these Gigantamax forms are all classic monsters from the franchise’s early days, so anyone who has a soft spot for Pokemon Red and Blue will want to check the trailer out.The first Gigantamax form previewed in this trailer belongs to Pikachu.Given Pikachu’s status as the mascot of the Pokemon series, we probably should have expected that it would get a Gigantamax form.When Pikachu grows to its Gigantamax size, it acquires a new ability called G-Max Volt Crash, which paralyzes all of the opposing Pokemon on the field.Then we have Gigantamax Eevee, which can use a move called G-Max Cuddle.
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If you buy the premise that developers live in a cloud-native microservices world, then you also understand that most applications are distributed and elastic.Yet the dark secret of microservices is complexity — the management of resources, costs, performance and latency remain a challenge.TCP was born in 1974 and is called a “chatty protocol” — it has to go back and forth many times just to do some basic stuff.We are still using two cans and a piece of string to communicate, when we should use the next iPhone.For one, there is no flow control — “which means that data flows from a fire hose,” says Robert Roeser, co-founder of Netifi.Stuff like circuit breakers, retry logic, thundering herd (where a large number of processes wake up, but only one wins, often leading to freezing up) needs to be managed effectively.
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Realme Mobiles has taken wraps off of its first flagship smartphone, the Realme X2 Pro, in China.And like all the recent flagship phones, this one too is powered by Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, which makes it the most powerful offering by the Oppo spin-off yet.Alongside, the company also announced the Realme X2 Pro Master Edition, which has been designed by Naoto Fukasawa and features a distinct design inspired by cement mix and red bricks.The X2 Pro will be making its way to India sometime in December this year, as stated by CEO Madhav Sheth.Realme X2 Pro features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution Super AMOLED display, which has been sourced from Samsung.The screen has a 90Hz refresh rate and supports 100% of DCI-P3 color gamut.
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Microsoft is currently experiencing a massive Xbox outage that is impacting the platform’s core services, as well as hit game Fortnite.The outage impacts Xbox Live, which is currently preventing some users from signing into their accounts on Xbox One consoles.Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and is working on it, but there’s no word on when users can expect things to be fixed.Many Xbox Live subscribers have taken to Reddit and Twitter over the last hour to complain about an inability to sign into their accounts.The issue is reflected on DownDetector, which currently shows a massives spike in user reports, the majority of them centered in the Eastern half of the United States.Other reports have rolled in from Northern Europe, the US West Coast, part of Brazil and Australia, and more.
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In November 2017, aCommerce closed its US$65 million series B round led by Emerald Media-KKR – an important milestone for the company.Since this financing, however, the Thailand-based startup has had to go through a painful shakeup.“We discovered the brands’ need for an end-to-end service when they were asking us for help on driving demand generation such as marketing, social commerce, web development, store operations, and data and analytics,” co-founder and CEO Paul Srivorakul tells Tech in Asia.This transition has meant the winding down of what was a core part of its business: providing single services such as fulfillment and delivery to clients – an area that the company had invested in for a number of years.Hence the company has been executing a restructuring plan it dubbed “aCommerce 2.0” in a recent blog post.This plan involves several key pillars but is centered around the company sharpening its focus to only target enterprise brands.
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SAP's chief executive Bill McDermott will not renew his employment contract at the German database software maker.The exec has confirmed that after nearly a decade at the top of the company, he will remain on board in an advisory capacity until the close of 2019, when he finally relinquishes all control."Every CEO dreams of being able to transition a company to its next generation from a position of significant strength," said McDermott in a prepared remark.Jennifer Morgan, who was president of the SAP’s cloud business - succeeding Robert Enslin - and oversaw Qualtrics, SuccessFactors and Concur, among other things, takes one half.Morgan, who rocked up at SAP in 2004, has obviously had a close on eye on SAP's cloud sales, considered to be SAP’s future.Klein, who joined as a student two decades ago also ran SAP s/4HANA, the flagship ERP product that is famous for being a complex and pricey piece of integration work.
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One of the advantages that Chromebooks — well, most Chromebooks — offer is the ability to run many of your favorite Android apps alongside Chrome OS windows.Google has a long list of the Chromebooks that can run Android apps, but it’s not difficult to check to see if yours is one of them by doing the following:In the main window, look for “Google Play Store.” (It should be near the top.)If it’s there and it invites you to “Install apps and games from Google Play on your Chromebook,” then you’re ready to go.It is possible that your Chromebook is capable of running Android apps, but the feature has not yet been enabled.Not a problem — it’s very simple to fix.
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I almost can’t believe I’m writing this, but the quasi-mythical Surface Phone – now known as the Surface Duo – is real.Microsoft had its busiest Surface event ever today, announcing a total of eight or nine new products, depending on how you’re counting.Despite many of those leaking in the days leading up to the event, Microsoft managed to keep a couple of products, like the Surface Duo and Earbuds, a secret.We’ve written about all of Microsoft‘s announcements in separate posts, but we know you’re lazy, so we’ve collected all the biggest details here.This model uses an AMD Ryzen processor that excels at multi-thread workloads and provides stronger integrated graphics (the smaller one uses 10th-Gen Intel chips).Price: $999+ (13.5-inch), $1,199+ (15-inch)
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A quick look through Arlo’s product offerings reveals something a bit unusual: The Arlo Audio Doorbell.It’s a smart doorbell that is, well, just a doorbell.If linked to a broader system, the audio doorbell can trigger recording from a secondary device.It’s an interesting smart device, but until recently, has been considered a bit of a curiosity.Recent reports from zatznotfunny, a technology and media news site, suggest that Arlo might have a doorbell on the way that can rival even the Nest Hello.The image itself looks to be a marketing image, and there are claims that it will have a 2-megapixel camera and two-way audio.
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