A 360-Degree View of the Bot Space From the API Evangelist Perspective

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I had a friend ask me for my thoughts on bots. It is a space I tend to rant about frequently, though it isn’t an area I’m moving forward in as far as meaningful research. But it does seem to keep coming up, refusing to ever go away. I think bots are a great example of yet another thing that us technologists get all worked up about and think is the future, but in reality, there will only be a handful of viable use cases, and bots will cause more harm than they ever will do any good, or they won’t fully enjoy a satisfactory mainstream adoption.

First, bots aren’t new. Second, bots are just automation. Sure, there will be some useful automation implementations, but more often than not, bots will wreak havoc and cause unnecessary noise. Conveniently, though, no matter what happens, there will be money to be made deploying and defending each wave of bot investment. Making bots is pretty representative of how technology is approached in today’s online environment — lots of tech, lots of investment, regular waves, and not a lot of good sense.

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Manual Code Review Anti-Patterns

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Editorial Note: I originally wrote this post for the SubMain blog. You can check out the original here, at their site. While you’re there, take a look around at some of the other posts and at their offerings.

Today, I’d like to offer a somewhat lighthearted treatment to a serious topic. I generally find that this tends to offer catharsis to the frustrated. And the topic of code review tends to lead to lots of frustration.

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Reuse Your Functional API Tests as Load API Tests in 7 Steps

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The technological age of agility has improved product quality, time to release and work processes. It has also created new positions in R&D like DevOps, and new working methodologies like Scrum. Developers now are completing end-to-end cycles by themselves in short sprints, and constantly releasing new fixes and features.

Therefore, one of the new key needs by developers is tools and methods to save them time. In testing, this need has created a movement from proprietary testing tools that require high expertise, to open-source. Instead of counting on a Center of Excellence to get test results, they are now counting on themselves and on the open-source community for that. (To learn how to convert your LoadRunner scripts to open-source, click here).

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Using Cockroach With Scala: An Introduction

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Today, we are going to discuss how to use Scala with CockroachDB, a distributed SQL database built on top of a transactional and consistent key-value store. Before starting the journey, you may want to check out this introduction to CockroachDB first.

Before getting started with the code, set up Cockroach DB on your local environment by following these steps.

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Some Image-Based Exploits With Their Prevention

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Images can be used to run malicious scripts over the browser and can also be used to download Trojans if not handled carefully by your website. Too much trust on user input can cause damage to your clients.

In this post, we will run malicious scripts using a simple image viewer functionality and lastly we will discuss how we can resolve this.

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German Automakers Formed a Secret Cartel In the ’90s To Collude On Diesel Emissions, Says Report

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Last week, Der Spiegel published an explosive report alleging that the major German automakers formed a secret cartel in the 1990s to collude on diesel emissions. These companies, including Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Porsche, and Daimler, met in secret working groups to discuss “the technology, costs, suppliers, and even the exhaust gas purification of its diesel vehicles,” the German weekly reported. The meetings were disclosed to German competition officials in letters from VW and Daimler and viewed by Der Spiegel. The secret meetings “laid the basis” for the 2015 diesel emission cheating scandal, in which VW was caught installing secret software in more than half a million vehicles sold in the US that it used to fool exhaust emissions tests. The admission of cheating ultimately cost the automaker tens of billions of dollars in fines and legal fees, making it one of the most expensive corporate scandals in history. Years earlier, VW participated in dozens of secret meetings with its competitors, involving over 200 employees in up to 60 working groups, on how to meet increasingly tough emissions criteria in diesel vehicles. The automakers may have colluded to fix prices of a diesel emission treatment called AdBlue through these working groups, Der Spiegel says. Specifically, VW (which owns Porsche and Audi), Daimler (which owns Mercedes-Benz and Smart), and BMW allegedly agreed to use AdBlue tanks that were too small. AdBlue is a liquid solution used to counteract a vehicle’s emissions.

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Friday the 13th fans furious as studio moves on to new game

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Friday the 13th: The Game developer Illfonic has been accused by fans of abandoning the title in favour of its new project Dead Alliance.

Illfonic quietly announced in May it was working on the new first-person zombie shooter, due for release 29th August, but the majority of Friday the 13th fans did not realise at the time.

The news has sparked fears Illfonic will neglect Friday the 13th meaning the bugs and issues the game has had since launch may not be fixed, despite the fact the developer assured it would continue to update and add content.

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Chelsea and Manchester City could spend £500 million on players this summer

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Chelsea and Manchester City could spend a combined total of more than half a billion pounds in a single transfer window, according to a new report by The Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper reported that Chelsea’s spending is set to pass the £270 million mark with four new signings.

This, combined with reported spending by City in excess of £230 million, could lead to the enormous total from just two teams.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte welcomed AS Roma defender Antonio Rüdiger and AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko to Stamford Bridge earlier in the month as part of a £127 million splurge.

The club also broke its transfer fee record to land Real Madrid striker Álvaro Morata for a £58 million fee, topping the previous record of £50 million when Fernando Torres joined in 2011.

And now the club is set to splash even more cash on the four new players, potentially adding another £143 million to the bill, taking their grand total past £270 million.

If it comes to pass, the total would beat Manchester City’s mega-spend of £230 million on five footballers, and take the combined total beyond £500 million.

Chelsea will be aware of how well title rival City has done in its recruitment drive.

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Despite winning the 2016-2017 Premier League title with a seven point cushion, Chelsea is also looking to strengthen its squad ahead of a season that will see the club compete on four fronts, including the UEFA Champions League.

As such, Conte is reportedly determined to sign £60 million-rated Juventus full back Alex Sandro and £60 million-rated Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Additionally, Conte is seemingly after Inter Milan winger Antonio Candreva and Swansea City forward Fernando Llorente, who have a combined £23.5 million valuation according to football think tank CIES Football Observatory.

If Chelsea is successful in signing all four targets for £143.5 million, it would leapfrog City as the Premier League’s biggest spender this summer as it would take their shopping spree to £270.5 million.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has already announced deals for Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo, and Benjamin Mendy, among others, for £230 million.

Combined, the two sides could be responsible for bringing in half a billion pounds worth of talent to the Premier League nudging the division evercloser to a record-setting summer.

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‘Sessions has a choice to make’: Trump is backing his attorney general into a corner

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President Donald Trump continued his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday morning, tweeting that he has has taken “a VERY weak position” on Hillary Clinton’s “crimes” and “leaks” from the intelligence community.

“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – ‘quietly working to boost Clinton.’ So where is the investigation A.G. @seanhannity,” Trump tweeted early Tuesday. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”

Political analysts say Trump appears to be backing Sessions into a corner in the hopes that he will resign — a theory bolstered in recent days by reports that Trump is considering replacements like former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

According to Axios, Trump recently asked a longtime political associate what would happen if he fired Sessions, who he called beleaguered” in a tweet Monday.

Trump is reportedly still angry with Sessions for stepping down in March from the investigation into Russia’s election interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

“Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should’ve told me before he took the job so I could choose someone else,” Trump told the New York Times last week.

Responding to Trump’s comments last week, Sessions told reporters he planned to remain in his role “as long as that is appropriate.” 

But Matt Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman under President Barack Obama, thinks that Sessions can no longer afford to remain silent in the face of Trump’s public attacks.

“I think Sessions has a choice to make: he should either stand up and tell the president to butt out of DOJ’s independent investigative decisions, or he should resign,” Miller said in an email. “If he’s not willing to stand up for the department’s independence, than he should go, because he can’t lead the career men and women who expect more from their boss.”

What comes next?

Trump is also wary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s examination of his business dealings. He told the Times that it would cross a line if Mueller looked into his financial history, and has instructed his legal team to find ways to discredit Mueller and lay the groundwork for his dismissal, according to the Washington Post

If Sessions resigned, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would technically be next in line to serve as Acting Attorney General. But it is unclear whether Trump would let him — the president appeared to attack him on Twitter last month, raising questions about whether he would resign. 

According to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, the president “may direct anyone who holds a ‘PAS’ office—one requiring presidential appointment and Senate confirmation—to serve as Acting Attorney General for 210 days,” Steve Vladeck, a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law, wrote on Monday.

As such, even if Rosenstein did not resign, Trump could name Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand — who has already been confirmed — as the Acting Attorney General while his Attorney General nominee goes through the confirmation process. 

“If the individual President Trump desires to serve as Sessions’ successor is Senate confirmable, then nothing would stop President Trump from simply nominating the successor and naming someone else as the short-term Acting Attorney General under the Vacancies Reform Act,” Vladeck wrote. 

Miller said that while it is still too early to predict what will happen if Sessions resigns, if Trump wants to appoint someone else, “the Senate should give that nominee the proper scrutiny and extract promises that he or she won’t interfere with Mueller.”

Brand, a conservative lawyer who served in President George W. Bush’s administration before taking a job in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, could fire Mueller if Trump instructed her to, since she is not recused from the Russia investigation. But it is unclear whether she would comply.

Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general under Obama who worked with Brand at the Chamber of Commerce, told The Washington Post in May that Brand is “a top-notch analytic lawyer and really good at figuring out what is the art of the possible.”

Still, she will face a tough task: Namely, insulating the investigation from White House influence. 

“Such insulation is needed for the integrity of the investigation, so that any decisions it may reach about prosecution or exoneration have credibility,” Jack Goldsmith, who worked in Bush’s Office of Legal Counsel, and Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow at Brookings and a close friend of Comey’s, wrote last month.

“This task will require backbone — and a willingness not to last long in the job.”

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McDonald’s beats on earnings after slashing prices on soda and coffee (MCD)

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McDonald’s on Tuesday reported second-quarter profits and sales that were stronger than analysts had forecast, sending its shares higher in premarket trading. 

The fast-food chain’s US sales were boosted by its offering of soft drinks for $1 and McCafe beverages for $2, as well as new sandwiches, according to the earnings statement.   

Sales at stores open for at least one year in the US rose 3.9%, topping the forecast for growth by 3.2% according to Bloomberg. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.70 versus $1.62 forecast. 

“We delivered our strongest global comparable sales and guest count results in more than five years,” said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s CEO.

McDonald’s shares rose by as much as 2% in premarket trading. They gained 25% this year through the market close on Monday.

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14 items people keep coming back to Walmart to buy

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Walmart has been tracking shoppers’ repeat purchases with a new tool called “easy reorder,” and it reveals a lot about which brands its customers love most.

The “easy reorder” tool tracks everything shoppers buy more than once in its stores and online, and logs those items in a list. 

The list, which customers can access from a computer or mobile device, is meant to make it easy for people to reorder past purchases. 

“I have over 150 items that are in my recorder list,” says Jordan Sweetnam, vice president of product and customer experience for Walmart e-commerce. “I think of it as time management in my household with two kids. Everything is two touches away.”

Walmart rolled out the tool in March, and since then, it has been tracking shoppers’ most reordered items from dish soap to diapers. 

Here’s a list of Walmart shoppers’ most reordered items:


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Most reordered baby wipes: Parent’s Choice Fragrance Free Baby Wipes

Most reordered cookie: OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

Most reordered cereal: Honey Nut Cheerios

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Even more ice is about to break off of Antarctica — and it’s what scientists feared most

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The giant crack that’s been racing across Antarctica Larsen C ice shelf finally met its breaking point between July 10 and 12. The result was an iceberg the size of Delaware and weighing a trillion metric tons. 

But that’s not the end of the story. In fact, it could be the beginning of a more important, more dangerous story. 

The iceberg that broke off — dubbed A68 — was just one piece of the much larger Larsen C ice shelf. Now, scientists want to know how stable is the ice shelf that has been left intact, connected to the Antarctic continent. 

Recent satellite images suggest that pieces of the remaining ice shelf are already preparing to break off, creating more, smaller icebergs that will join Iceberg A68.

Moreover, a new crack has formed close to where the old crack left off. And it’s headed for Bawden Ice Rise, which is a critical anchor point for the ice shelf. Scientists aren’t certain the crack will reach Bawden Ice Rise, but they are keeping a close eye on it, nevertheless. 

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Girl Scouts can earn a bunch of new badges by building and programming robots

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Pretty soon, the Girl Scouts may be as well known for prepping girls for careers in robotics and software coding as it is for its cookies. 

The American youth organization is expanding its STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — program. Soon the organization’s 1.8 million scouts will be able to earn badges in robotics, coding, engineering, and cybersecurity.

“We’ve seen girls being users of technology but not necessarily programmers, and robotics is a great way to learn how to code,” said Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of the Girl Scouts. “It lets girls have a fun experience with friends while learning a skill.”

The organization will unveil 23 new badges on Tuesday. They’ll range in scope and skill level, from the Daisy-level “What Robots Do” to the Junior-level “Programming Robots.” The Girl Scouts plans to unveil 18 more badges, all focused on cybersecurity, between now and 2019. 

Acevedo, an engineer herself, said her experience building a rocket while in Girl Scouts inspired her to pursue a career in tech. She spent a long time in the industry, including stints at NASA, Apple, IBM, and Dell. 

Now, as CEO of the Girl Scouts, she gets to help design and choose programs she hopes will work in the same way, inspiring girls to choose STEM careers.

“[These girls] want to be hackers. They want to protect against cybersecurity and cyberterrorism. They want to do that kind of coding,” Acevedo said. “If you think about it, that’s solving a problem in their community — and that’s the core of what we do at Girl Scouts.” 

While technically you have to be a child to participate in the Girl Scouts, anyone can enjoy a slideshow. Here are some of the new badges in the collection and what scouts have to do to earn them. 

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What Robots Do

This Daisy-level badge helps kindergartners and first-graders understand a concept that most adults haven’t full grasped: what robots are and how they are used. 

The Daisies also learn about engineers and what jobs may lie in their futures.


How Robots Move

This badge is where the computer programming begins. The Daisies are taught about computational thinking and algorithms. They also learn a core concept about robots: they work by following instructions. 


Design a Robot

To earn this badge, Daisies must build a robot prototype. The goal is to design something that can fix an everyday problem, through a mix of gears, levels, and pulleys.

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‘Don’t you want to save that bullet for Mueller?’: Trump is reportedly asking associates if he should fire Sessions

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President Donald Trump asked a longtime associate whether he could dismiss Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Axios reported on Tuesday. 

In a phone call to his associate, Axios said, Trump asked, “What would happen if I fired Sessions?”

The associate reportedly replied: “If you’re going to fire people at Justice, don’t you want to save that bullet for Mueller?”

Trump’s associate was referring to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and whether it colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. 

Trump has ramped up his public attacks on both Mueller and Sessions in recent days out of frustration over the expanding FBI investigation, as well as two congressional intelligence committee investigations into his campaign. 

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.

“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – ‘quietly working to boost Clinton.’ So where is the investigation A.G. @seanhannity,” Trump tweeted earlier in the morning, apparently attributing the quote to Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Trump also kicked off the week on Monday by asking why the “beleaguered” Sessions wasn’t looking into what Trump alleged were Hillary Clinton’s “crimes and Russia relations.” 

Trump has soured on Mueller despite initially putting out a statement when Mueller was appointed saying he was “[looking] forward to this matter concluding quickly.”

Trump has since called the investigations into his campaign a “witch hunt” led by Democrats, who he says are upset about their election loss. He has also, in recent days, wondered aloud why a special counsel hadn’t been appointed to investigate what he called “illegal acts” by the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Trump also publicly warned Mueller last week against investigating the Trump family’s finances, saying that Mueller would be crossing a line if he did so.  

“Look, this is about Russia,” Trump said. “So I think if he wants to go, my finances are extremely good, my company is an unbelievably successful company.”

Trump’s comments came the day before a Bloomberg report that said Mueller had expanded his probe to look at Trump’s past business dealings.

Some have speculated that Trump’s public attacks on his Sessions, his own Cabinet member, may indicate he’s setting the stage to appoint someone who will fire Mueller. On Monday, Axios reported that Trump was weighing replacing Sessions with Rudy Giliani, an avid Trump supporter and early campaign surrogate.

Giuliani denied the report on Monday and said that Sessions made the right decision when he recused himself from any current or future investigations into the Trump campaign. 

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‘This is not a standard situation:’ Read the emails between Rio Tinto executives that sparked a corruption investigation

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LONDON – The UK’s Serious Fraud Office and the Australian Federal Police opened a corruption investigation into a multimillion dollar payment made by mining giant Rio Tinto to a private consultant.

The investigations follow the company voluntarily alerting the SFO, AFP and US Department of Justice to a payment of $10.5 million to François Polge de Combret, for his work on the Simandou project, a mining region in Guinea.

“The SFO is investigating suspected corruption in relation to the conduct of business in the Republic of Guinea by the Rio Tinto group, its employees and other associated with it,” the SFO said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Rio Tinto said “it will fully co-operate with the Serious Fraud Office and any other relevant authorities, as it has done since it self-reported in November 2016.”

Fueling the investigation is a series of leaked internal Rio Tinto emails from May 2011, which were written soon after the company had been granted permission to mine in the region. The leak, from 2016, shows top executives discussing the multimillion dollar fee, and how important de Combret — a former Lazard investment banker with close ties to the President of Guinea — had been in securing the deal in Simandou.

“Closeness to the President”

On the 10th May 2011, Alan Davies, the then head of energy and minerals and senior executive in charge of the project, emailed Sam Walsh, the then the head of iron ore. He said de Combret had requested $10.5 million for “services on securing [Simandou blocks] three and four,” although did not explain the exact nature of these services.

The fee, he said, is “clearly stated as his bottom line, and a reduction from his request of $15 million.”

Davies acknowledged this was “a lot of money,” but said the “result we achieved was significantly improved by François’ contribution and his very unique and unreplaceable services and closeness to the President.” François, said Davies, had “vouched for our integrity when it was needed and helped bring us together when things were looking extremely difficult.”

François, Davies said, had “helped me on a number of communication issues with the President and the Minister of Mines.” The consultant was “extremely valuable insurance that things do go smoothly as we bed down the arrangements”.

Davies also said he was “extremely worried” about the prospect of losing the “direct connection to the President,” and moving forward, said he was “extremely pessimistic” about the chances of securing “a useful position in relation to [Simandou blocks] one and two” without François’ “invaluable” services.

“This is not a standard situation,” he said, and asked Walsh to approve the $10.5 million fee.

“Sizeable risk”

In another email sent to CEO Tom Albanese, entitled “Confidential: François de Combret,” Walsh said Davies had “attempted to settle with Françoisat $7.5 million, but he is holding out for $10.5 million.”

There is “no question,” he said, that François “delivered sizeable value,” but he noted there was “also no question that there is still sizeable risk going forward.”

Walsh then suggested that the $10.5 million be put aside for François, but that this payment be contingent “on the first shipment.”

Davies and another top executive, Debra Valentine, were fired last year for their dealings with François. A statement from Rio Tinto said they had “failed to maintain the standards expected of them under our global code of conduct.” Meanwhile, Walsh had his bonus suspended in March, pending the investigation’s results. Depending on what the authorities turn up, the company could also face heavy fines.

In 2014, US authorities jailed a representative of another mining company, BSG Resources, for accepting bribery in the region.

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This case is a printer that turns your iPhone into a Polaroid camera

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This phone case from Prynt allows you to instantly print photos like a Polaroid camera.

The Prynt Pocket can be used to take photos straight away or you can even print old photos already saved to your phone. Photos are printed on inkless ‘sticker paper’ so they can be easily scrapbooked.

The case even lets you shoot video directly onto your photos which can be viewed through your phone using augmented reality. 

Prices start from around £75 and can be bought from their website.

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Jelly Deals: Up to 90% off some great indie games at Humble

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A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Over at the Humble Store this week, you can find the Indie Mega Week sale which features a whole host of discounts on some of the more recent indie game gems. Specifically, the range features up to 90% off titles such as Darkest Dungeon, Dead Cells, Rocket League and everybody’s favourite – American Truck Simulator.

Now, anyone who knows me may think I’m going to take this time to tell you, once again, that Dead Cells is a startlingly good game – and they would be right. In this writer’s opinion, it’s a startlingly good game. For those who haven’t seen it yet, Dead Cells is a run-based dungeon crawler roguelike thing in the vein of Spelunky or Rogue Legacy. The gameplay is punchy and feels fantastic and the animation is, frankly, gorgeous. It’s currently down to £11.89 / $14.44 / €14.44 and is absolutely worth it.

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‘Repeal or Repeal & Replace!’: Trump tells GOP senators ‘I have pen in hand’ before healthcare vote

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The Senate is voting Tuesday whether or not to move forward with a debate to repeal Obamacare and President Donald Trump has indicted he’s ready to sign anything.

“ObamaCare is torturing the American People. The Democrats have fooled the people long enough. Repeal or Repeal & Replace! I have pen in hand,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump said we’re about to see if the GOP is “willing to step up to the plate.”

“Big day for HealthCare. After 7 years of talking, we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate!,” Trump tweeted.

It is still unclear what exactly a GOP healthcare bill from the Senate would look like.

The Senate vote received a burst of drama Monday night when Senator John McCain announced his return to Washington on Tuesday, nearly a week after his office announced he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

With McCain voting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford two Republican “no” votes and still move forward with debate.

Trump welcomed McCain back to Washington Tuesday morning with a tweet.

“So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero! Thank you John,” Trump tweeted.

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Apple is bringing a feature to the iPhone that will stop it connecting to poor quality WiFi connections (AAPL)

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A new iOS 11 feature that showed up in the software’s latest beta release will prevent the iPhone from connecting to spotty WiFi connections, The Verge reports.

The idea is that, particularly in public and crowded places (like a cafe), the iPhone will be able to automatically detect poor WiFi connections and delete them from the list of available ones.

iOS already had a similar feature, WiFi Assist, which was introduced with iOS 9 two years ago; but WiFi Assist was meant to switch users off a bad network after they had connected to it, while iOS 11 seeks to remove potentially bad networks altogether from the start.

If you have the “Ask to join network” option enabled, you won’t get the annoying pop up notifications that show up every time you walk by a public space with open WiFi.

iOS 11 also introduced a handy auto-join button, on the other hand, which may come in handy to select certain WiFi networks a user trusts and might want to automatically join all the time.

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GOLDMAN SACHS: Bitcoin may need ‘another few swings’ before making a run at record highs

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FILE PHOTO - A Bitcoin sign is seen in a window in Toronto, May 8, 2014.   REUTERS/Mark Blinch/File Photo is is trading down 4.7% at $2,623 a coin. Tuesday’s selling comes after a strong day of gains on Monday as traders continue to jockey for position ahead of the August 1 decision on whether or not bitcoin will be split in two.

According to Sheba Jafari, the head of technical strategy at Goldman Sachs, bitcoin “may need another few swings” before the trend continues.

The cryprocurrency’s inability to breakout above its June 13 high of $3,000 suggests it is forming a triangle pattern that could see as many as five swings, and a low of $1,786, Jafari writes.  

But fear not, says Jafari, because a run at record highs is in the cards as bitcoin remains in the fourth wave of a five wave series. “Anything above 3,000 (Jun. 13th high) will suggest potential to have already started wave V, which again has a minimum target at 2,988 and scope to reach 3,691 (the latter being a preferred target as this assumes a new high.),” Jafari wrote in a note to clients sent out on Monday.

So far Jafari has been spot on in her analysis. In early July, Jafari suggested bitcoin wouldn’t fall too far below $1,857. It fell to somewhere between $1,758 or $1,852 (depending on which data you use). A few weeks earlier, Jafari predicted a big drop was coming after bitcoin hit $3,000.

Bitcoin is up 166% so far in 2017. 



SEE ALSO: An investing legend is making a killing after putting 1% of his net worth in bitcoin

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PHOTOS: Deliveroo has moved into a swanky new London office with a ‘centre court’

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Food delivery firm Deliveroo has moved into a new global headquarters in London as it transitions from being a small startup into a more serious corporation.

The 55,000 square foot office on Cannon Street in the City of London — a part of the city jammed with banks and law firms — is currently home to around 600 Deliveroo employees. However, there’s space for Deliveroo to accommodate the 300 additional engineers that it plans to hire before the end of the year. 

The office — which is partly funded with $475 million (£364 million) from investors — comes complete with an on-site gym, 27 meeting rooms named after the company’s favourite foods, and a shared rooftop overlooking the River Thames.    

Dan Warne, Deliveroo’s UK and Ireland managing director, told Business Insider: “At our new office we’re creating one of London’s biggest tech hubs, which will continue to support and grow the British technology industry.” 

The entrance to office, which is based in a property known as ‘The River Building’.

The airy office occupies one single floor and comes with a glass roof.

There are 27 meeting rooms and a number of “quiet zones.”

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Real Madrid to obliterate the transfer world record with £161 million deal for 18-year-old Kylian Mbappé

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Real Madrid and AS Monaco have “an agreement” in place over the transfer of 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappé, according to Spanish publication MARCA.

Mbappé burst onto the football scene with a series of blistering performances in the French division last year. He began the 2016-2017 season as a substitute but quickly developed into a regular first team player.

Now, the French superstar is on the cusp of an extraordinary £161 million transfer.

More to follow…

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From Times Square to the Las Vegas Strip, this is what it costs to light 7 of the brightest landmarks in the world for a year

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The lights of Times Square are certainly something to see if you find yourself in New York City — but have you ever thought about what it costs to keep the popular tourist location lit all year?

Lighting specialists Festive Lights investigated the most brightly lit landmarks in the world to estimate how much it costs — and how much energy is used — to light them.

While some manage to keep their costs surprisingly low, the most expensive landmark to run costs a whopping £960,000 per day.

Scroll down to see what is costs to light seven of the most spectularly lit landmarks in the world for an entire year, ranked in ascending order by cost.

Christmas Light Display at Petrie Plaza Mall, Canberra — £3,325.

The largest Christmas light display in the world, which last year ran for 35 days, uses 1.2 million LEDs and 75 miles of cable, costing around £95 for 0.78 megawatts per day.

Blackpool Illuminations — £50,028.

The illuminations only shine for 66 nights of the year — this year from September 1 to November 5 — using around 15 megawatts of electricity and costing £758 to run per day.

Spectra Light & Water Show, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore — £107,100.

Running nearly every night of the year (with the exceptions of a few public holidays), Spectra at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is one of the most impressive light shows in the world. It uses energy efficient bulbs, therefore using only 2.5 megawatts, costing £300 per day to run.

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Watch a mini rocket engine burn underwater and break this glass tank in slow-motion

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Warped Perception YouTube channel set up a test to see if a model rocket engine would burn underwater and the resulting slow-motion video is stunning.

The rocket was ignited using electrical wires and it was held in place there with a wire bracket.

Watch the video to see what happened.

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Updates to My Deep Learning Library Project

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted something on this, especially since I had a one-month vacation. This year, I’ve been able to integrate a great number of changes into my Deep Learning Library (DLL) project. It has seen a lot of refactorings and a lot of new features, making it look like a real neural network library now. In this post, I’ll try to outline the latest new features and changes to the library.

For those who don’t know, DLL is a library for neural network training, written in C++ and for C++. You can train fully connected neural networks and convolutional neural networks. The focus of the framework is on speed and ease of use in C++.

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10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, GOOGL, MOH, KORS, CHOO)

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Here is what you need to know.

Republican Senators are voting on healthcare. “Big day for HealthCare. After 7 years of talking, we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate!” President Donald Trump tweeted.

The Fed kicks off a 2-day meetingThe market sees a 0% chance of a rate hike, according to World Interest Rate Probability data provided by Bloomberg, meaning traders will be on the lookout for any hints about the Fed’s plan to unwind its massive balance sheet.

German businesses are “euphoric.” Germany’s Ifo Business Climate survey hit a record high gor a third straight month, climbing to 116.0 in July.

Copper hits a 5-month highThe metal hit $6,180 a tonne in London, its best level since the middle of February, buoyed by a pickup in the Chinese economy and a weaker US dollar.

Michael Kors is buying Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billionThe deal represents an 18% premium to Monday’s closing price. 

Alphabet crushes earnings, but its stock is slidingThe company beat on both the top and bottom lines, but shares are down more than 2% ahead of the opening bell. “I think people were hoping for a bigger beat on the top line, and we didn’t get that,” Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie told Business Insider.

A health insurer that specializes in Obamacare is eliminating 1,400 jobsThe cuts represent about 10% of Molina Healthcare’s 6,400 corporate employees and 10 percent of its 7,700 health plan jobs, Reuters reports. 

Stock markets around the world are higherAustralia’s ASX (+0.52%) led the overnight gains and Britain’s FTSE (+0.88%) is out front in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open higher by 0.19% near 2,475.

Earnings reporting is heavy3M, Caterpillar, Domino’s Pizza, General Motors, JetBlue, and McDonald’s are among the names reporting ahead of the opening bell while AMD, AT&T, and Chipotle are set to release their quarterly results after markets close.  

US economic data flows. FHFA home prices and Case-Schiller home prices will both be released at 9 a.m. ET and consumer confidence crosses the wires at 10 a.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is up 2 basis points at 2.27%.

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Minecraft on Nintendo Switch is getting an update to boost its resolution

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Minecraft for Nintendo Switch is getting a new update which bumps its resolution when docked to your TV up to 1080p.

Previously the Switch game ran at 720p while on the go and while docked.

It sometimes struggled at 720p – so it’s unclear how Minecraft’s Switch edition code has been adjusted to get it running at a higher resolution. Digital Foundry’s previous investigation went into detail on the choices made to limit the Switch version’s world size and rendering distance.

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Akka Clustering and Remoting

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At its core, Akka is often used for at least one of three reasons. First, Akka provides a powerful yet simple solution for handling concurrency with actors. Second, Akka Streams is a popular and relatively new feature that provides a functional stream-based form of pipeline processing with backpressure. A third reason for using Akka is that with Akka it is possible to create systems that span multiple JVMs running across a distributed network. In effect, with Akka, you can create clustered virtual machines. You are no longer constrained to run on a single system in a single JVM.

Of course, concurrency, streams, and clustering are not the only reasons for using Akka. Akka is a toolkit, not a framework, and for a good reason. The Akka toolkit also provides many other capabilities, such as Event Sourcing and CQRS with Persistence, Persistence Query, and Cluster Sharding; Akka HTTP, Distributed Data, Alpakka, Configuration Checker and Diagnostics Recorder, Split Brain Resolver, and Akka Monitoring and Telemetry to name a few.

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Protecting the Ocean with Big Data: Humans of the Year
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Douglas McCauley is a Santa Barbara-based marine scientist who is looking to technology for new ways to take on some of the ocean’s biggest challenges. Along with his colleagues at the Benioff Ocean Initiative (BOI)—a UCSB-based collaboration between marine biologists, … Read More

The Pinball Doctors: The Last Arcade Technicians in NYC
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Pinball was once an American obsession. Now, the arcade classic is making a comeback, but the repair technicians skilled enough to repair these complex machines are limited. In this episode of State of Repair, Motherboard talks to two remaining pinball … Read More

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Jeff Raymond, Farming For Mars’ (And Humanity’s) Future: Humans Of The Year
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The Virus That Kills Drug-Resistant Superbugs
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The Two-Legged Robots Walking Into the Future
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Creating a walking robot is no easy task. But despite numerous efforts throughout the years, people are still trying to create robots that can truly walk around our environments like we do. Motherboard met with Agility Robotics, a small start … Read More

How to Turn a Router Into Part of a Botnet (Livestream)
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Meet the People Building Their Own Internet in Detroit
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When it comes to the Internet, our connections are generally controlled by telecom companies. But a group of people in Detroit is trying to change that. Motherboard met with the members of the Equitable Internet Initiative (EII), a group that … Read More

Motherboard Hacking Livestream: Hacking Routers And Monitoring Traffic
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Today we’re going to hack a router with client-side authentication using http traffic inspector (e.g. BURP Suite) and a browser. Many commercially available small-office and home routers perform authentication on the client-browser, which is weak and may be breached easily. This can … Read More

Motherboard Hacking Livestream: Cracking MMORPGs
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Building a DIY Laptop Battery Powerwall To Go Off the Grid
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The rechargeable batteries in your laptop, your cell phone, your headphones: all of these can be used to power your life and take you off the grid. DIY Powerwalls – rechargeable lithium-ion battery installations, made from recycled batteries – are … Read More

Nuclear Fusion Energy: The Race to Create a Star on Earth
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If the processes powering the fusion reactor at the Sun’s core could be recreated on Earth, it would be one of the most important events in the history of our species. Nuclear fusion power plants could end our dependency on … Read More

Can a Normal Person Upgrade the RAM in the 2017 21.5″ iMac?
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Motherboard EIC Jason Koebler tests whether he — as a novice — is able to replace the RAM in his brand new, 21.5 inch iMac. Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARD Follow MOTHERBOARD Facebook: http://ift.tt/110J9Nz Twitter: http://twitter.com/motherboard Tumblr: http://ift.tt/ZPHrSg Instagram: http://ift.tt/1paT9zP More … Read More

Clues To Life on Mars May Live in the Mine-Dwelling Devil Worm
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A mile under the Earth’s crust, inside the gold mines of South Africa, lie the deepest living animals on the planet. These creatures are called nematodes and they’re the tiniest multicellular worms on Earth. The discovery of these worms thriving … Read More

Dear Future (Trailer)
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Drag Racing With DIY Drone Engineer Zoe Stumbaugh
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A Counterfeit iPhone 8 That Doesn’t Turn On and Does Nothing: The Motherboard Review
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As we near the release of the iPhone 8, Motherboard editor-in-chief, Jason Koebler, wanted to get a sneak peak so he ordered a dummy model from China. READ MORE: http://bit.ly/2wYlX8W Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARD Follow MOTHERBOARD Facebook: http://ift.tt/110J9Nz Twitter: http://twitter.com/motherboard … Read More

Miami’s Most Powerful Speedboats
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In this episode of Speed Daemons, we explore how Miami’s natural environment and complex history led to its love affair with speedboats. We met with the racers, manufactures, and stuntmen who are the center of Miami’s speedboat obsession. Our host … Read More