Month: October 2020

The Backbone One is the best mobile gaming controller I’ve laid hands on

Mobile gaming has been one of the joys of modern smartphone development for years. And from the very beginning, it’s been bedeviled by the bug bear that phones themselves are rather uncomfortable to play games on. Many companies have tried to marry mobile gaming with the comfortable ergonomics of a game controller, with middling results. But a company called Backbone thinks it’s cracked the code — and having played with their gaming controller myself, I agree.

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The move to dynamic distributed cloud architectures

Edge computing is getting a great deal of attention now, and for good reason. Cloud architecture requires that some processing be placed closest to the point of data consumption. Think computing systems in your car, industrial robots, and now full-blown connected mini clouds such as Microsoft’s Stack and AWS’s Outpost, certainly all examples of edge computing.

The architectural approach to edge computing—and IoT (Internet of Things), for that matter—is the creation of edge computing replicants in the public clouds. You can think of these as clones of what exists on the edge computing device or platform, allowing you to sync

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How to make election maps in R

Hi. I’m Sharon Machlis at IDG Communications, here with Episode 53 of Do More With R: Make an election map showing winners, losers, and margins of victory.

If you’re mapping election results of, say, the US presidential election by state, it can make sense to just show one color of red for states won by Republicans, and one color of blue for states won by Democrats. That’s because it doesn’t matter whether a candidate wins by a thousand votes or 3 million: It’s “winner take all.”

But when I map results of a state election by county, or a city-wide

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Netflix just made its best two plans a bit more expensive

You’ll soon have to spend a few more Washingtons to watch your favorite Netflix content in the US.

The standard plan — HD resolution, with up to two simultaneous streams — is going up from $13 a month to $14 a month. If you’re fancy and use the premium 4K tier, you’ll now have to pay $18 instead of $16. The basic 480p tier’s pricing remains the same, at $9 a month.

The price hike is effective immediately for new signups in the US, while current subscribers should see the price reflected on their upcoming bills. People in other regions

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Microsoft brings .NET dev to Apache Spark

Microsoft and the .NET Foundation have released version 1.0 of .NET for Apache Spark, an open source package that brings .NET development to the Spark analytics engine for large-scale data processing.

Announced October 27, .NET for Apache Spark 1.0 has support for .NET applications targeting .NET Standard 2.0 or later. Users can access Spark DataFrame APIs, write Spark SQL, and create user-defined functions UDFs).

The .NET for Apache Spark framework is available on the .NET Foundation’s GitHub page or from NuGet. Other capabilities of .NET for Apache Spark 1.0 include:

  • An API extension framework to add support for
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Nvidia pushes into a wider application ecosystem

Nvidia is extending its solution footprint far beyond artificial intelligence (AI) and gaming, venturing broadly across the entire computing ecosystem into mobility and the next-generation cloud data center.

Nvidia’s ambitions in this regard are clear from its pending acquisition of Arm Technology and from CEO Jensen Huang’s positioning of the company as a “full-stack computing” provider. Demonstrating that he’s putting substantial R&D dollars behind this vision, at the virtual Nvidia GPU Technology Conference this month, Huang announced the rollout of the company’s new BlueField “data processing unit (DPU)” chip architecture.

Accelerating diverse workloads through programmable CPU offload

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