Apple's iOS 12 is a modest update that doesn't feel much different from iOS 11
- On Monday, Apple released iOS 12, its newest mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads, just four days before the launch of the next-generation iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. But unlike previous years, the software update doesn't really feel much different than the previous software, iOS 11.
- In iOS 12, the biggest changes are grouped notifications, which stacks your notifications by app, and sometimes by person; the new ScreenTime and App Limits features, which let you see how much time you spend on your phone and control the amount of time you spend in apps; and Siri Shortcuts, which let you train Siri to perform an action based on a specific phrase you create.
- I'm in a similar boat, despite owning a newer iPhone model: In my first four days of owning iOS 12, I have noticed system animations are a bit faster, but the apps themselves don't load or perform any differently.
Maroon 5 will reportedly perform at the Super Bowl halftime show
- Maroon 5 has finally gotten the call to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
- According to reports in Us Weekly and Variety, the band was offered the gig and has accepted.
- Frontman Adam Levine has said in the past that the band has been on the shortlist to play the Super Bowl for years.
- Playing halftime at the Super Bowl is a prized honor in music.
- Everyone from Lady Gaga to Prince has performed at it.
- Last year, Justin Timberlake had the honor at Super Bowl LII.
- Maroon 5 is certainly a safe choice for the NFL, and it will likely lead to some groans on social media.
- Even before the reports of the band playing Super Bowl LIII (on February 3, 2019), 2014 performer Bruno Mars took to Twitter pleading with the league to choose a hip-hop artist for the halftime show.
Meet Bombas, the cult-favorite sock startup that has donated 8 million pairs to homeless shelters since launching in 2013
- Founded in 2013 by David Heath and Randy Goldberg, Bombas socks are meant to solve two issues simultaneously: consumers not having socks that bridge the gap between cheap multi-packs and high-end niche technicals, and homeless shelters having a shortage of sock donations.
- Though a pair of Bombas socks will set you back further than a cheap multi-pack at Target will (ankle socks go for about $12), they'll last you longer, feel better during that lifespan, and far exceed the rather dismal expectations you've set for socks up until now.
- Plus, it doesn't hurt that the company remains one of the best examples of a business with positive impact; you get the best socks you've ever worn for a price that won't break the bank, and your purchase helps improve the lives of someone else at the most basic and necessary level.
IBM announces cloud service to help businesses detect and mitigate AI bias
- In an effort to help enterprises address the problem, IBM today announced the launch of a cloud-based, fully automated service that “continually provides [insights]” into how AI systems are making their decisions.
- The service’s explanations show which factors influenced a given machine learning model’s decision, plus its overall accuracy, performance, fairness, and lineage.
- Alongside the announcement, IBM launched in open source a toolkit — the AI Fairness 360 toolkit — containing a library of algorithms, code, and tutorials that demonstrate ways to implement bias detection in models.
- More granular topics might include governance strategies used to track the AI service’s data workflow, the methodologies used in testing, and bias mitigations performed on the dataset.
- IBM’s not the only one developing platforms to mitigate algorithmic prejudice.
- At its F8 developer conference in May, Facebook announced Fairness Flow, an automated bias-catching service for data scientists.
NVIDIA RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: To 4K 60 FPS, and beyond
- NVIDIA's new RTX graphics cards are for the gamer that wants it all.
- While we were able to run both video cards through the usual benchmarks and games, we only got a few glimpses at how they'll handle ray tracing and other promising new technologies.
- The RTX 2080 Ti sports the new Turing TU102 GPU with 4,352 CUDA cores, which is what NVIDIA calls its parallel processing architecture.
- While games don't yet support NVIDIA's RTX Ray Tracing, I was able to run the Star Wars "Reflections" demo that the company has been using since it announced the technology.
- While many titles still don't benefit from NVIDIA's ray tracing tech, the RTX GPUs are a huge leap forward for gamers, especially if you've invested in new high refresh rate G-SYNC monitors.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 review: 4K gaming is here, at a price
- But along with discrete new features, these new graphics cards come with a lot of added horsepower, so we’ve been testing the RTX 2080 with 1440p and 4K G-Sync monitors to see if these new cards can deliver on Nvidia’s performance promises.
- To see how these new cards perform with a typical 2018 gaming setup, we’ve been testing both the Nvidia RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti with a 27-inch Asus ROG Swift PG279Q monitor and a slew of demanding AAA titles.
- While we aren’t yet able to test ray tracing (Shadow of the Tomb Raider is expected to be one of the first games updated with it), Epic Games has created an Infiltrator demo that tests the Unreal Engine 4’s rendering engine with Nvidia’s new DLSS capabilities.
Tracing vs. Partial Evaluation (2015)
- Based on RPython for tracing and Truffle for partial evaluation, we assess the two approaches by comparing the impact of various optimizations on the performance of an interpreter for SOM, an object-oriented dynamically-typed language.
- RPython [5, 6] and Truffle [27, 28] are platforms for implementing (dynamic) languages based on simple interpreters that can reach the performance of state-of-the-art VMs. RPython uses trace-based just-in-time (JIT) compilation [2, 14], while Truffle uses partial evaluation  to guide the JIT compilation.
- This is beneficial for the interpreter, because it can avoid unnecessarily generic runtime operations, and at the same time the control flow is simplified, which leads to better compilation results when partial-evaluation-based meta-compilation is used .
- The goal of this study is to compare tracing and partial evaluation as meta-compilation techniques with respect to the achievable performance as well as the required engineering effort for interpreters.
15 TV show theme songs that were performed by famous musicians
- Any later-'90s or 2000s kid will immediately recognize rock band Bowling for Soup as soon as some of their hit songs like "1985" or "High School Never Ends" begin to play, but the group wasn't only known for their hit singles and punk aesthetic.
- BFS is actually responsible for the theme song the classic Nickelodeon cartoon "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius," which may surprise some people since the track comes off a little more brooding than their normal work.
- It wouldn't be "That 70s Show" if the showrunners didn't employ some true 70s music for the title sequence, and for seven of the shows eight seasons, Cheap Trick took on the responsibility of bringing some authenticity to the series with the theme song, "In the Street," which was originally performed by the 1970s rock band Big Start.