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Single-repo OpenJDK projects would move from Mercurial to Git version control under a JDK Enhancement Proposal (JEP) being reviewed by Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java platform group at Oracle.A primary motivation behind the effort is reducing the size of version control metadata, which would preserve disk space and reduce clone size.The proposal notes that the .git directory of the jdk/jdk repo is approximately 300 MB with Git while the .hg directory is around 1.2 GB with Mercurial, depending on the version of Mercurial in use.Learn everything you need to know about what’s new in Java JDK 13.| Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]Also, the proposal cites that there are many more tools for interacting with Git than Mercurial, with all text editors and most IDEs integrating with Git and many desktop clients also supporting it.
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A UK-led consortium is to trial 5G-powered ‘infotainment’ services in Scotland and South Korea as part of the latest government-funded pilot of next-generation network applications.‘5G RailNext’, which includes Cisco, Soluis, Ampletime, the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow City Council will see how tourists and commuters can be provided with travel information, streaming and gaming services using Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) applications.Once testing has been complete, the group will expand to the Glasgow Subway and are hoping to work with the London Underground and the New York Subway in the future.Everything you need to knowThe British and Korean governments will each provide £1.2 million in funding, with the UK money coming from the £200m 5G Testbed and Trials Programme.Cisco has already been a beneficiary of the fund, working with the BBC and others as part of a 5G rural connectivity project in Orkney, Shropshire and Somerset.
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Amazon’s Prime Day — and the competing events at other retailers — is coming to a close, but you still have time to score a deal or two on new video games, consoles, and accessories.You’re not going to see sales this significant again before Black Friday, so if there’s a game you know you want to play, now is the time to buy it.Buy a Nintendo Switch, get a free game and accessory ($329)Available at Walmart rather than Amazon, this Nintendo Switch bundle has everything you need to get started with the system.It includes a standard Switch console, complete with the dock, Joy-Con grip, and Joy-Con controllers, plus it lets you choose between five games: Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.Alongside the console and game, you can also choose to add on either a charging dock and stand, or case and screen protector.
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As the masses descend on San Diego for the 50th Comic-Con this week, people will be talking about fallen Marvel superheroes and the ending of Game of Thrones.As we celebrate nearly a half century of the venerable convention that kicked off in a hotel basement and grew to be the world's largest culture convention, we're taking a look back at the zeitgeist of that inaugural year.In 1970, a first-class stamp cost 6 cents, a movie ticket $1.55, bell bottoms and ponchos were in fashion, and McDonald's had just introduced the Shamrock Shake.Both folk and motown dominated the radio waves.Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel topped Billboard's Top 100 songs of the year.Jimi Hendrix would die in September of that year.
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Ahead of its planned release in the Indian market, Chinese smartphone maker VIVO has now announced the VIVO S1 for the Indonesian market.Recall that VIVO had earlier this year announced the VIVO S1 and S1 Pro for its home market.The VIVO S1 so launched in Indonesia, however, differs slightly from the version in its home market.Notably, the VIVO S1 launched in Indonesia drops the pop-up selfie camera and the Helio P70 SoC for a water-drop notch, and one of Mediatek’s latest SoC.And unlike the Chinese variant with a rear fingerprint scanner, the Indonesian variant gets an in-screen fingerprint sensor.The device is already available for pre-order in the country in Cosmic Green and Skyline Blue color option.
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After a long period of uncertainties, Japan Display (JDI) has reached an agreement with Harvest Fund Management Group and Oasis Management Company on a $738 million bailout deal.Previously, JDI has been negotiating with Taiwanese display manufacturer TPK Holding.However, the latter abruptly pulled out the negotiation last month.Now JDI will breath fresh air since Harvest Group will increase its investment to $500 million.Furthermore, Oasis Management will contribute between $150 million and $180 million.This in addition to covering potential currency fluctuations.
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Illustration: Alex Castro / The VergeIn a widely anticipated move, Ford and Volkswagen announced Friday their plan to expand their seven-month-old alliance to include autonomous and electric vehicles.As part of the deal, VW will invest a whopping $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle startup based in Pittsburgh that practically no one had heard of until Ford’s own eye-popping $1 billion investment in 2017.VW will invest $1 billion in cash, as well as $1.6 billion in assets that include the auto giant’s Munich-based Autonomous Intelligent Driving team, which will be absorbed by Argo.The deal also gives Argo a global reach.The company, which was founded by former Uber engineers with ties to Carnegie Melon University’s famed robotics lab, has been testing its cars with Ford’s backing in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Miami, and Washington, DC.
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The recent situation between Huawei and the US encouraged Huawei to double up the development of its own operating system.The Chinese manufacturer is seriously working on its HongMeng OS and invites have been sent to developers to join in.Well-known analyst firm Strategy Analytics believes that Huawei is will launch its HongMeng system at the end of this year.It also says that the company will start promoting this system outside China next year.As of now, the smartphone market basically has two systems, Android and iOS.However, the emergence of HongMeng OS will weaken Android’s market share, at least in China.
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The Trump administration has clarified how it plans to ease the restrictions on US companies trading with Huawei.Officials said that the Chinese tech giant would remain on the Entity List, but that licenses to trade with the company would be issued under certain circumstances.Huawei was placed on the Entity List back in May, which means US companies are unable to sell technology to the company without government approval.In a speech given yesterday reported by the New York Times, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that his department “will issue licences where there is no threat to US national security.” However, he clarified that “Huawei itself remains on the Entity List, and the announcement does not change the scope of items requiring licenses.”At a separate event the director of the White House National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, said the US had “opened the door — relaxed a bit, the licensing requirements from the Commerce Department.” He said that the US government will not purchase Huawei parts, but non security critical components would be allowed, according to Reuters.However, Kudlow also caveated that the intention was only to relax the requirements “for a limited time period” according to the Financial Times, creating the possibility that the restrictions could be re-imposed if trade talks falter.
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To marine biologists, they're fascinating life forms.To many others, they're appetizers.But we can all agree the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California knows how to make them sound utterly captivating.The aquarium took to Twitter on Monday to casually mention that squid have an ink sac and an internal shell called a "pen.""So we're living just a few short evolutionary steps away from calamarigraphy and honestly there goes the rest of today," the aquarium declared.The aquarium then shared a video of the removal of the pen, a long, thin translucent internal shell, from a market squid in the facility's food preparation room.
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Oral arguments on Tuesday in case that broke Section 230Two execs at defunct online classifed ads site Backpage will be heading to court on Tuesday, clinging to America's First Amendment in an effort to avoid jail time.Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin's lawyers will be in court in Pasadena, California, on Tuesday for oral arguments in their appeal against the government.Despite the company and its former CEO Carl Ferrer pleading guilty to money laundering and human trafficking, the two veterans have come out swinging.The two men ran notorious online ad site Backpage.com, a website that drew more and more of its revenue from sex ads and, government prosecutors claim, led the company to turn a blind eye to illegal sex trafficking of underage children.The men's representatives say the reality is different to how it has been portrayed however, and argue the US government's position is weak and unconstitutional.
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Today we’re taking a peek at the next major update to Pokemon GO, an event with no less than Team Rocket!We’ve been preparing for this event since before day one – go see!Pokemon GO user TeamRocketNorth is ready to take you on up in the Midwest Region!The next major Pokemon GO update will include “some mysterious characters” that’ve “shown up at PokeStops!”Users will find that “Grunts” will appear at PokeStops all over the world during the duration of this event.Grunts first appeared with Team Rocket as… you guessed it… “Team Rocket Grunts”, aka the lowest-level agents of the entire club.
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Instagram, which has been under fire for not doing enough to combat online bullying, said Monday it's rolling out and testing new tools to tackle the problem.The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app announced in April during Facebook's F8 developer conference it was experimenting with new features to combat bullying.Now Instagram is officially releasing an AI-powered feature that will let users know if they're about to post an offensive comment.When a user types out "You are so ugly and stupid," for example, a user will get a notification that states "Are you sure you want to post this?""We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying to stand up for themselves," said Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, in a blog post.Mosseri said it tested the new AI feature and it prompted some users to change offensive comments before they're posted.
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The Sony PlayStation Classic was arguably one of the top flops of 2018.On the outside, pure adorableness: A shrunken version of the beloved console, complete with two controllers and 20 built-in games.But many fans found the game selection middling at best, and a technical issue rendered nearly half of them problematic to play on US televisions.Add to that an initial $100 price tag and it's no surprise you'll see some scathing reviews online.Of course, as I've noted before, a good deal helps make flaws more forgivable.So chew on this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Sony PlayStation Classic for $24.99 shipped.
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What direction is the campsite anyway?Download one of these trail-mapping apps to make sure you can always find your way, whether you have cell service or not.The app catalogs over 75,000 trails across the United States and Canada, with handy filters to search trails by skill level, accessibility, or dog-friendliness.And if you get really lost, the app's Lifeline feature sends a status update to your designated safety contact with your location after a certain amount of time.Whether you're on a day hike, a mountain biking trip, a hunting excursion, or deep in the backcountry, the app is built to get you where you're going safely and with as much information as possible.There is a free version, but it’s well worth it to get the premium membership ($40 for a year, iOS and Android), which lets you download maps and offers NOAA weather forecasts and layers to designate private land, public land, and recent wildfires.
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By Josh Baez, Engagement Manager at Heinz MarketingToday’s marketing success relies heavily on deep analytics—analytics that allow marketers to act smarter, faster, and with more thoughtfulness than ever before—to not only gain the attention of today’s savvy B2B buyer, but to engage, nurture, and enable that buyer through the end of their decision-making process.Marketers crave access to revenue-level insights so they can make better business decisions.Yet while marketers have continued to move further and further away from vanity and campaign-level metrics, these once-cutting-edge solutions have failed to keep pace with marketing’s growing needs.With the capabilities MAPs currently provide, marketers are falling short—unable to report on influenced revenue, new pipeline created, and sales velocity metrics.In 2018, our research identified a high level of dissatisfaction with many of the major marketing automation platforms.
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New advances in genetic mapping and manipulation hold the promise of reshaping medical treatments in the 21st century, but thanks to a lack of sufficient infrastructure and apparent scientific disregard, an entire continent is at risk of being left out.Only 2% of genetic material used for pharmaceutical research comes from the African continent, while genetic data on caucasians makes up 90% of the data and samples available.At the beginning of the last century the American sociologist and scholar W. E. B. Dubois wrote, “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”, and as the twenty first century dawns, Abasi Ene-Obong, the founder of 54gene, is trying to make sure that the color line doesn’t circumscribe the ability of Africa to participate in science’s next great era of discovery.Named for the 54 countries that make up the African continent, Ene-Obong has set himself no less ambitious a goal than building the first and largest biobank of African DNA for the entire continent.Born in Calabar, Nigeria (the first capital of Nigeria and a port for the nation’s slave trade in its colonial past) to parents who were both researchers and academics, Ene-Obong is uniquely qualified for the job.He has doctorate in Cancer Biology from the University of London, a Masters in Business Administration from Claremont College in California, and a Masters degree in Human Molecular Genetics from the Imperial College of London.
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While the movie answered some major MCU questions and was solid entertainment, it also ended with an unclear path forward.In some ways, Endgame seemed to set up crazy possibilities for Marvel films to come.But I'm here to tell you that, for now, those filmmakers are barreling ahead with exactly the business-as-usual fare you'd expect (or fear) from a multi-corporation entertainment franchise.That fact lands with a thud in the form of Spider-Man: Far from Home, which plops into theaters on Tuesday, July 2.The film's opening scene tidily spoils every single Endgame plot point, then clarifies one logical question about the "snappening" before taking us right back to where the last Spider-Man live-action jaunt left off: a goofy high school.The gang's getting ready to go on a class trip to Europe, while mild-mannered Peter Parker (Tom Holland) begins rejecting his superhero gifts.
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City College of New York-led researchers have published a breakthrough in understanding previously unknown inner workings related to the lateralization of speech processing in the brain.Their study, headed by biologist Hysell V. Oviedo of CCNY's Division of Science and published in the journal "Nature Communications," could shine a light on miswiring of brain circuits in neurodevelopmental communication disorders."The lateralization of language processing in the auditory cortical areas of the brain has been known for more than 150 years, but the function, neural mechanisms, and development of this hemispheric specialization is still unknown," said Oviedo, who's also affiliated with the Graduate Center, CUNY.Lateralization is referred to as the specialization of functions in the brain, commonly attributed to its left hemisphere and right hemisphere."This division of labor between the left and right auditory cortices in processing social communication is not unique to humans but is widespread in many species including mice.Using the mouse as an animal model, our study is the first to show that there are significant differences in the wiring diagram of the language centers in the brain that could underlie their distinct speech processing capabilities," added Oviedo.
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What's not to love about the Game Of Thrones star's dog in a tuxedo on her big day?HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Tesla owners will be better able to express themselves artistically using their in-vehicle infotainment touchscreen with the next update of their vehicle’s in-car software.Tesla revealed via Twitter today that the forthcoming software update will bring improved Sketchpad features, providing essential upgrades to an Easter Egg it first debuted over two years ago that lets Tesla owners doodle in their cars.In response to a request from a fan asking for Tesla’s in-car drawing software (this is a weird phrase to be writing) to add a color picker, saturation controls and an undo history, Tesla noted that new features are coming in the next big update planned for Tesla vehicle software.It sounds like all of those could be on the menu, based on this tweet, and that might not be the end of the improvements in store.New Sketchpad features are rolling out in our next software update.— Tesla (@Tesla) June 28, 2019
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Wireless charging is an awesome feature for any smartphone to have.However, for it to work, you still need to put the phone on some sort of pad or dock to initiate a charge.In the future, this might not be necessary (via CNET).Today, a company called Ossia earned FCC approval for its technology which allows for wireless charging over radio waves from up to one meter away.That means you could simply stand near a wireless charger and your phone would get some more juice.Ossia’s wireless charging device is called Cota and it uses the same 2.4GHz radio frequency used by your Wi-Fi router.
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Google announced on Thursday that it is introducing new transit crowdedness predictions in its Maps app.Now, you can see how crowded your bus, train, or tube is likely to be before heading out on your commute.Google is basing these details on past rides.After completing their trips, riders were given four options: many empty seats, few empty seats, standing room only, or cramped standing room only.Now, the company has collected enough data that it can begin offering predictions to customers who use Google Maps to plan their daily commute.The new feature is available starting today in 200 cities around the globe.
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They were called the “dusty dozen” for good reason.The 12 Apollo astronauts who walked on the lunar surface between 1969 and 1972 kicked up so much moondust that the powdery sediment got lodged in every nook and cranny of their space suits.Caked in the stuff, the astronauts inadvertently tracked the toxic dust into their spacecraft and even back down to Earth upon landing.“I think we can overcome other physiological or physical or mechanical problems, except dust.”Billowing clouds of dust particles—jagged and abrasive for want of weathering and atmospheric reactions—are hardly the only health hazards posed by a lunar mission, though.Yet solid evidence on the health consequences of lunar living is extremely limited.
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If you’re going to release a complete box set for the entire series of Game of Thrones, that shit better be epic.And “epic” is exactly the word to describe “Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection,” a massive 33-disc set coming this December.Of course, from there, there’s a massive list of special features, which you can read in full a little further down.But the highlight is a never-before-seen reunion shot live in Belfast, hosted by Conan O’Brien.Sean Bean, Jason Momoa, and other actors from past GOT seasons returned to join the festivities.So, what’s this bad boy going to cost?
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SEV code cracked to leak secret keysMicrochip slinger AMD has issued a firmware patch to fix the encryption in its Secure Encrypted Virtualization technology (SEV), used to defend the memory of Linux KVM virtual machines running on its Epyc processors.SEV isolates guest VMs from one another and the hypervisor using encryption keys, which are managed by the AMD Secure Processor.Each guest VM has its own cryptographic key, which is used directly with the underlying hardware and Secure Processor to transparently and automatically encrypt and decrypt sections of RAM on the fly as it is accessed.The goal is to securely shield software and data held in memory from the prying eyes and meddling fingers of the host server's administrators, hypervisor, and guests sharing the same box.When a VM is launched, it generates a key by multiplying points on a curve against the Platform Diffie-Hellman (PDH) key.
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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station caught the spectacular eruption of the Raikoke volcano off of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula over the weekend.It’s a pretty amazing view.The image shows the classic shape of a volcanic plume rising, and then ash spreading at the top.It’s surrounded by a ring of white clouds, likely either water vapour condensing out of the air or steam from magma entering the water, Simon Carn, a volcanologist at Michigan Tech, said in a NASA Earth Observatory post.Aircraft and satellite data show that the ash could have reached altitudes of 8 to 10 miles.Volcanic plumes that are tall enough to reach the stratosphere are of special interest to volcanologists, since they impact climate and aviation the most, according to the NASA release.
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Supermarkets and fast food chains may be focusing their efforts on cutting down on packaging that the vast majority of their foodstuffs are wrapped in, but two kids want to refocus that energy on free plastic toys.McDonald's and Burger King are the target of yet another petition lambasting fast food restaurants for serving plastic toys in their kids meals, but this particular example seems to have garnered media attention over the others floating around out there because two tiny children are the face of it.Started by their mother Rachael because Change.Org stipulates that the platform is for 16 years and over, but does allow for younger users to get someone else to set up a petition for them, Ella (9) and Caitlin (7) McEwan started their petition eight months ago."After we learned about the environment and pollution in school we wanted to do everything we could to help," it reads."It’s not enough to make recyclable plastic toys - big, rich companies shouldn’t be making toys out of plastic at all."The wide-eyed innocence and lack of fiscal knowledge has bolstered the coverage of their endeavour, and currently, the petition is sitting at over 189,000 signatures.
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Apple’s most intriguing laptop in years could arrive this fall, according to analyst predictions, with the 16-inch MacBook Pro tipped to launch at the same event as the new 2019 iPhone.The much-rumored notebook would have the largest display available on a current MacBook Pro, slotting in above the 15-inch version as Apple’s flagship.The largest laptop was quietly removed from Apple’s stores, leaving only 13- and 15-inch versions, both with then-new Retina display screen technology.At the time, the argument was that a 15-inch Retina display MacBook Pro offered all the screen resolution a pro-user might require, while still being sufficiently portable.For desktop use, meanwhile, the Cupertino company insisted an external display would suffice.However there have long been those users who wish that Apple would add a bigger notebook to the line-up.
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