Low-code could replace “traditional” coding within months

The rise of low-code could soon see it topple more “traditional” forms of operations, new research has claimed. Mendix’s 2022 State of Low-Code found a rise in low-code adoption from 77% in 2021 to 94% this year, with four in 10 businesses now using low-code for mission-critical solutions in their business operations.  The report cites a Gartner projection which places low-code or no-code applications at 70% by 2025, up from 25% in 2020. Should I use low-code? Mendix outlined several benefits of low-code, many of which were most notable at…

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Brave is about to solve one of the most frustrating problems with browsing the web

The developers behind Brave Browser have announced that it will begin to block cookie consent notice popups that negatively impact browsing experience for many users. In an update, the anonymous browser’s Privacy Updates blog called cookie consent an “infamous and near-constant annoyance”, while citing an academic study that found many browser popups track users across the internet regardless of their choice. Users of the latest Nightly branch (and version 1.45 when it releases in October) will only have to click “yes” on a dialog box on start-up to block all…

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Microsoft Teams just fixed one of its most annoying call problems

Microsoft Teams says it will end communication issues caused by sudden and momentary drops in internet connection with a new artificial intelligence-based solution for its video conferencing software. In a demonstration on the Microsoft Teams blog, Microsoft said that its new machine learning model is built on an existing technique it calls “Packet Loss Concealment” (PLC),  which looks to “make assumptions about the missing content” when a connection drops and a call participant is speaking. It also claimed that the AI model can predict “up to 80 consecutive milliseconds of…

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Google’s Python-writing code system is going pay-as-you-go

Google is changing the payment model for Colaboratory, its Python-writing code system. Informally known as Colab, the platform is designed for users to write and execute Python code from within your browser, and is marketed to all types of users including students, data scientists, and AI researchers.  The company boasts that zero configuration is needed and that, most importantly, users are granted free access to GPUs. Google Colab PAYG In a release on the TensorFlow blog, Colab product lead Chris Perry says that Colab’s free-of-charge tier “stays in its current…

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Twitter’s edit button is finally here – but not for everyone

Twitter has finally begun rolling out its long-awaited edit button after months of beta testing. The new feature, which gives users the ability to edit their own published tweets within a 30-minute window, is limited to Twitter Blue subscribers for now.  Twitter’s premium subscription service is currently only available in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – at a monthly cost of $4.99 / AU$4.49 – but is expected to launch in more countries in the near future.  Although the new edit button gives Twitter Blue users the option…

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Windows 11 update gives users more control over what’s using a file

While File Explorer will finally be gaining tabs in the next update to Windows 11, now that the first major 2022 update for it is available, PowerToys is also bringing in a useful update to see what’s using your files as it’s slowing down your PC. PowerToys is an app that has a collection of tools to help improve your PC or laptop, from putting a spotlight on your mouse to easily find it, or adding some additional tools to File Explorer, which is where this latest update comes in.…

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Zoom is about to get a lot more useful and powerful

A tsunami of new features is slated to crash onto Zoom, which will expand certain services and make some existing ones easier to use in order to, ideally, foster better communication. Two weeks prior to this announcement, Zoom implemented a new suite of features for the Team Chat tool while hinting at more. We thought the second round would’ve been revealed at the Zoomtopia event on November 8, but it looks like the company decided to do it now. Given the sheer number of features in this update, it’ll be…

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Why NetSuite isn’t bothered about chasing Salesforce or any other competitor

Oracle NetSuite is unconcerned about chasing the leaders of the pack in sub-markets like CRM, despite its stake in these areas, the firm’s GVP of Strategy has said. In conversation with TechRadar Pro at SuiteWorld 2022, Jason Cowan answered questions around the company’s ability to compete with Salesforce in the CRM market, as well as single-product vendors in other segments covered by its platform. “At the end of the day, the core to Salesforce is CRM and the core to NetSuite is the ERP financials,” he told us. “I don’t…

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Google Chrome ad blockers live on after API changes postponed

Google Chrome extensions are set to see another year of support for enterprise use following the company’s decision to postpone their deletion from the Chrome Web Store until January 2024. The announcement on the Google Chrome Developers blog offers a stay of execution for sweeping changes to the Chromium engine that privacy advocates say will neuter web browser extensions designed to block advertisements. But no such reprieve is being offered to personal Chrome users, who Google say will be subject to extensions built on the existing Manifest V2 (MV2) API…

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New AMD Pro Edition driver promises ‘giant leap’ in performance

The new AMD Software: PRO Edition 22.Q3 Driver has arrived – and AMD claims it delivers the “most significant performance advancements to date in all OpenGL applications”.  According to the CPU manufacturer, users can expect up to 72% performance uplifts compared to previous versions. The team has also ensured support for the Windows 11 2022 OS update.  The redesigned OpenGL Driver follows a number of high-profile releases from the company, notably the AMD 7000 Series processors, including the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X and the powerful AMD Ryzen 9 7950X. Comparing…

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