The new features in Java 16
Java Development Kit (JDK) 16 has reached its second rampdown phase, with the feature set frozen. The new features in JDK 16 range from a second preview of sealed classes to pattern matching to concurrent thread-stack processing for garbage collection. JDK 16 will be the reference implementation of the version of standard Java set to follow JDK 15 , which arrived September 15. An initial rampdown phase was reached last month. A proposed release schedule for JDK 16 calls for release candidates...
Seagrass 'Neptune Balls' Sieve Millions of Plastic Particles From Water, Study Finds
Underwater seagrass in coastal areas appear to trap plastic pollution in natural bundles of fiber known as "Neptune balls," researchers have found. The Guardian reports: With no help from humans, the swaying plants -- anchored to shallow seabeds -- may collect nearly 900 million plastic items in the Mediterranean alone every year, a study reported in the journal Scientific Reports said. "We show that plastic debris in the seafloor can be trapped in seagrass remains, eventually leaving the mar...
New Year, New Beginnings: Smashing Workshops & Audits
Catch up on what’s been cookin’ at Smashing and explore some of the most popular community resources featured in our newsletter over the past few weeks. Spoiler: there are also new workshops , front-end & UX audits and truly smashing podcast episodes .
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Unboxing and ears-on impressions
Samsung just unleashed its first premium pair of earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Pro, and they come brimming with features such as improved water resistance, spatial 3D audio, adjustable active noise cancellation, a four-step ambient noise mode, and the ability to dial down the ANC and up the ambient sound when you start talking. We’ll have a full review of the Galaxy Buds Pro once our review takes th...
The Right Chemistry: Claims about placenta extracts
Unfortunately, there is no evidence for placenta extracts having a cosmetic benefit. Still, there are many believers.
Can Cloud Revolutionize Business and Software Architecture?
Closing days of CES 2021 looked at the impact cloud may have on businesses going forward and the importance of cloud architecture.
Facebook banned Trump. Leaders who say worse often go unpunished
Activists see a double standard in social media companies' response to the Capitol attack and their tolerance for violent rhetoric abroad.
Intel expected to fully advance to 10nm in 2021
Intel is expected to see strong growths in sales and profits in 2021 thanks to the releases of new-generation 10nm CPUs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Biden picks geneticist as science adviser, puts in Cabinet
President-elect Joe Biden has chosen a pioneering geneticist to be his science adviser and is elevating the job to a Cabinet position
GPS art: the hybrid activity mixing creativity and fitness – video
GPS art or GPX is a combination of both fitness and artistic activity. Your movements, traced by GPS signals, become the paint on a city-sized canvas. You can run, ride or walk your artwork through popular fitness tracking apps such as Strava and the path of your choosing. Tackling the streets and cycleways of Sydney, Guardian Australia find out first hand the physical challenges and creative triumphs of the activity. Continue reading...
Intel s New CEO Focused on Creating New PCs to Beat Apple
Intel may also reportedly delay a decision on whether it'll outsource its chip production to a third-party foundry so its new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, can weigh in.
Apple Plans First iMac Desktop Redesign In Nearly a Decade
In addition to upgraded MacBook Pros, Bloomberg reports that Apple is also "planning the first redesign of its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since 2012," as it shifts away from Intel to its own silicon. From the report: The new models will slim down the thick black borders around the screen and do away with the sizable metal chin area in favor of a design similar to Apple's Pro Display XDR monitor. These iMacs will have a flat back, moving away from the curved rear of the current iMac. App...
Epic hints that Fortnite Crew plan will soon have more content
On Thursday, Epic Games detailed the status of its January 2021 Fortnite Crew plan, as well as its plans for the future. The company hasn’t yet revealed what subscribers can expect to get in February’s drop, but it has teased that future Crew bundles may include more content than players currently receive. Fortnite Crew is a monthly subscription plan that … Continue reading
Extra Crunch roundup: antitrust jitters, SPAC odyssey, white-hot IPOs, more
Some time ago, I gave up on the idea of identifying a thread that could connect each story in this weekly roundup. There are no unified theories for technology news.
Facebook blocks new events around DC and state capitols
As a precaution against coordinated violence as the U.S. approaches President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Facebook announced a few new measures it’s putting in place. In a blog post and tweets from Facebook Policy Communications Director Andy Stone, the company explained that it would block any events slated to happen near the White House, the U.S. […]
By clamping down on DC rioters, Airbnb is finally acting like it owns the place
The home-sharing platform took drastic measures to prevent violence in the capital — but at what cost?
10 Tech Companies Halting Political Contributions Following U.S. Capitol Riot
Here are 10 tech companies and telecom giants that are suspending or stopping their political spending as a result of last weeks' U.S. Capitol riot in Washington, D.C.
ET Deals: Save Up To $800 When You Pre-Order Samsung’s New Galaxy S21 5G Smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is Samsung's official new flagship smartphone with performance that rivals the best phones money can buy. This phone still won't launch for a couple more weeks but you can pre-order it now and save up to $800. Depending on the offer you take, you may even be able to receive up to a $200 gift card as well. The post ET Deals: Save Up To $800 When You Pre-Order Samsung’s ...
Looking into Linux user logins with lslogins
One convenient way to list details about user logins on a Linux system is to use the lslogins command. You'll get a very useful and nicely formatted display that includes quite a few important details. On my system and likely most others, user accounts will start with UID 1000. To list just these accounts rather than include all of the service accounts like daemon, mail and syslog, add the -u option as shown in the example below. $ sudo lslogins -u UID USER PROC PWD-LOCK PWD-DENY LAST-LOGIN G...
NASA’s Space Launch System Hot-Fire Test: When to Watch
Before NASA’s giant Space Launch System can go to the moon, it needs to ignite its engine in a “hot fire” stationary test.
Parler CEO John Matze, family forced into hiding over death threats, security breaches: court filing
Kimberley Strassel: Corporations new political role carries serious political and legal consequences
Live Updates: Leaked recording of Dorsey suggests Twitter policy enforcement actions will go beyond Trump ban