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ET deals: Save big on the ultimate learn to code course bundle

Whether you want to strike out on your own on the app store or start a career in software engineering, you’re going to need to learn to code. Today, SkillWise is offering up ten beefy courses that will help you navigate the fundamentals of modern programming. • Ultimate learn to code course bundle for $ 49 (List price: $ 1186) With your purchase, you’ll get the following ten courses: • The professional Ruby on Rails developer with Rails 5 (a $ 200 value)• Javascript specialist designation (a $ 199 value)• ...

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Someone Turned the Lights On in Pripyat, 31 Years After Chernobyl

Pripyat is a radioactive ghost town just outside Chernobyl, the site of the infamous nuclear disaster on this day in 1986. Deep within the Exclusion Zone, the city has been permanently evacuated. Because of the contamination, officially you can’t live there, although 200 or so defiant oldster locals still do. They just kept on going back to their houses until the officials gave up. Chernobyl seems like exactly the kind of place to not go. But there’s a booming local tourism industry that has — dare I say it? — ...

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Why Smartphone Speed Tests Don’t Tell You What You Think They Do

Every time a hot new phone comes out, you will inevitably run across videos seeking to show that it’s faster or slower than some other phone. Sometimes these videos get a lot of views, and are held up by fanboys of all stripes as proof positive that their preferred phone is better than the other. These arguments aren’t going to stop happening, but the new phenomenon of speed test videos isn’t adding much to the conversation for several reasons. The latest example of this trend is seen with the release of Samsung’s ...

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Intel Optane Review Roundup: Next-Generation Memory Standard Earns Lukewarm Reception

After years of teasing and a major enterprise launch, Intel’s Optane memory is finally available for PCs and enthusiast systems. While it’s limited to Kaby Lake processors and 200-series motherboards, this launch of a fundamentally new type of memory should offer significant performance improvements in at least some workloads. Early reviews, however, don’t entirely bear that out. Intel isn’t offering Optane as a full SSD option yet, but you can order 16GB or 32GB drives for $ 44 or $ 77 (MSRP). Intel supports these drives as cache options via ...

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Google Unveils Stunning 17-Camera VR Video Rig

Virtual reality is more accessible than ever with devices like Gear VR and Daydream that can plug into your smartphone. However, there’s dearth of worthwhile VR video content out there. Google is trying to fix that with its Jump video platform. Today, the company has announced a new and improved VR video rig called the Yi Halo. It can film multiple 4K video streams simultaneously, then feed it all into Google’s special video processor to create a VR experience. Google announced Jump in 2015 along with a virtual reality camera ...

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Facebook’s First VR World Is a Hideous Bride-of-Frankenstein Creation

The concept of VR worlds has been a mainstay of science fiction for decades, and has had a long time to accrue expectations as a result. Even without contending with such hurdles, Facebook’s recently revealed VR world must be reckoned a sad and lackluster opening salvo. With that out in the open, let’s see if it’s still worth poking around inside Facebook Spaces, if for no other reason than to demonstrate there’s still plenty of room for newcomers in what remains a hot area of development. The guts of the Facebook Spaces is the ...

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Meet Hajime, the IoT Botnet Built to Vaccinate Your Devices Against Mirai

Viruses remain fascinating. We don’t know whether they predate more complex forms of life, like bacteria, or descended from them. Viruses have complex relationships with bacteria, one infectious agent preying on or competing with another. The Russians used phage therapy for years, injecting their soldiers with highly specialized viruses called “bacteriophages” that only prey on the bacteria causing an infection. In the same fashion there’s coevolution in computer systems, with software springing up just to deal with problems in one program, or add functionality to another, like lateral gene transfer. You ...

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Which Xbox One Games Deserve a Scorpio Upgrade?

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Halo 5: Forge came to Windows 10, we got a small taste of what Halo can look like on more powerful hardware. Unfortunately, the majority of Halo 5 is still exclusive to the underpowered Xbox One. The game does run at 60fps, but the resolution is lacking, textures can get pretty blurry, and some elements actually display at half the normal frame rate. Even if a Scorpio patch simply locked the resolution at a solid 1080p, that’d be a nice gesture for Halo fans. ” alt=”Halo 5″ class=”slider-242763 slide-242764″ /> ...

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ESA: Time to Get Serious About Removing Space Junk

Humanity has been shooting things into space for a few decades now, and we’ve gotten pretty good at it. What we haven’t gotten so good at is bringing things back down. Scientists have been sounding the alarm about the buildup of space junk for years, a point that was reinforced at the recent European Conference on Space Debris. The message was clear: we need to stop talking about doing something and actually do it before space gets too crowded. We’ve launched some 7,000 spacecraft as a species since 1957 when ...

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This Week in Space: Metal on Mars, Hydrogen Inside Enceladus, and a Meteoric Near-Miss

We didn’t get pasted by that asteroid that sailed through Wednesday, which is arguably a good thing. Discovered in 2014, it was due to pass by Earth at a close but safe distance, which it won’t do again for another 500 years. Scientists all over the world took the opportunity to make a number of radar and other observations of the asteroid, so soon we’ll have some data on its structure and properties. While we’re talking about icy rocks from the outer Solar System, it would be a shame not ...

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