These cool gadgets are all perfect Memorial Day presents to you

‘Phrenology’ has an old-fashioned ring to it. It sounds like it belongs in a history book, filed somewhere between bloodletting and velocipedes. We’d like to think that judging people’s worth based on the size and shape of their skull is a practice that’s well behind us. However, phrenology is once again rearing its lumpy head.

In recent years, machine-learning algorithms have promised governments and private companies the power to glean all sorts of information from people’s appearance. Several startups now claim to be able to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help employers detect the personality traits of job candidates based

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Microsoft: Power Platform is for real developers, too

‘Phrenology’ has an old-fashioned ring to it. It sounds like it belongs in a history book, filed somewhere between bloodletting and velocipedes. We’d like to think that judging people’s worth based on the size and shape of their skull is a practice that’s well behind us. However, phrenology is once again rearing its lumpy head.

In recent years, machine-learning algorithms have promised governments and private companies the power to glean all sorts of information from people’s appearance. Several startups now claim to be able to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help employers detect the personality traits of job candidates based

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Algorithms associating appearance with criminality have a dark past

‘Phrenology’ has an old-fashioned ring to it. It sounds like it belongs in a history book, filed somewhere between bloodletting and velocipedes. We’d like to think that judging people’s worth based on the size and shape of their skull is a practice that’s well behind us. However, phrenology is once again rearing its lumpy head.

In recent years, machine-learning algorithms have promised governments and private companies the power to glean all sorts of information from people’s appearance. Several startups now claim to be able to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help employers detect the personality traits of job candidates based

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These cool gadgets are all perfect Memorial Day presents to you

It’s a holiday. Summer is starting. You’ve suffered through a pandemic. Time to get yourself somethin’ nice.

Check out these sweet deals on gear and gadgets included as part of this Memorial Day sale, with savings of up to more than $100 off.

Mu6 Space 2 Smart Active Noise Cancelling Headphones ($136 with promo code: SUMMERSAVE20)

Built with a powerful 40mm dynamic driver and a cutting-edge polymer diaphragm for distortion-free bass and a balanced soundstage, the Space 2’s top-level active noise cancellation locks out 96 percent of all outside noise energy and plunges you into an immersive audio experience. And

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Microsoft: Power Platform is for real developers, too

The Microsoft Power Platform might be best known as a set of cloud services for business analysts and so-called “citizen developers,” but Microsoft believes that professional developers can take advantage of it, too. 

To this end, the company has introduced a T-SQL endpoint to its Common Data Service, a cloud-based storage service that is used by the Dynamics 365 business applications, allowing developers to build applications that query their company’s core business data just as if it were stored in a SQL Server database. 

The Power Platform, which has more than 3.5 million monthly active developers according to Microsoft,

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Algorithms associating appearance with criminality have a dark past

‘Phrenology’ has an old-fashioned ring to it. It sounds like it belongs in a history book, filed somewhere between bloodletting and velocipedes. We’d like to think that judging people’s worth based on the size and shape of their skull is a practice that’s well behind us. However, phrenology is once again rearing its lumpy head.

In recent years, machine-learning algorithms have promised governments and private companies the power to glean all sorts of information from people’s appearance. Several startups now claim to be able to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help employers detect the personality traits of job candidates based

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Here are 10 career skills you can start mastering this Memorial Day weekend

TLDR: Learning never takes a holiday — so dive into these 10 career-redefining skills that could jumpstart your professional pursuits.

With so much instability in the global job market, it’s no surprise that everyone is thinking about their career plans. No matter whether you feel fulfilled and secure in your current position or think you’re expecting new challenges soon, expanding your skillset is never a bad career move — and might actually make all the difference in landing a new opportunity or new employer.

As part of your Memorial Day plan to jumpstart your professional life, pick up training in

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Netflix will cancel your account if you haven’t used it in a while

Sometimes when you look at your credit card bill, you suddenly realize that you are subscribed to an app that you haven’t used in years. Netflix is taking some steps to help you save some money by canceling your account, if you haven’t used it in a long time.

Yesterday, the company said it’s sending emails to anyone who’s not watched anything in a year since joining or has stopped watching for more than two years:

So we’re asking everyone who has not watched anything on Netflix for a year since they joined to confirm they want to keep their

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The state of microservices and cloud computing

According to a recent O’Reilly radar survey on the growth of cloud computing, one of the more interesting metrics stated that 52 percent of the 1,283 responses say they use microservices concepts, tools, or methods for software development. Of these, a large minority (more than 28 percent) have used microservices for more than three years.

This was the second-largest cluster among users of microservices. The largest group, at more than 55 percent, has been using microservices between one and three years. Moreover, just 17 percent of users are new to microservices, with less than one year of adoption and use.

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