Here’s why developers are in love with functional programming

Functional programming has been around for the last 60 years, but so far it’s always been a niche phenomenon. Although game-changers like Google rely on its key concepts, the average programmer of today knows little to nothing about it.

That’s about to change. Not only are languages like Java or Python adopting more and more concepts from functional programming. Newer languages like Haskell are going completely functional.

In simple terms, functional programming is all about building functions for immutable variables. In contrast, object-oriented programming is about having a relatively fixed set of functions, and you’re primarily modifying or adding new variables.

Because of its nature, functional programming is great for in-demand tasks such as data analysis and machine learning. This doesn’t mean that you should say goodbye to object-oriented programming and go completely functional instead. It is useful, however, to know about the basic principles so you can use them

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The Starlink internet beta has begun: Here’s what to expect

Numerous early Starlink testers have been notified that they’ll soon be linking up to the Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) internet in the “Better Than Nothing Beta” test.

Better than nothing actually sounds pretty darn good. In this early stage, Starlink tells its early users to “Expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system. There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all.”

Is that as good as you can get from your cable provider? No, but your cable ISP will never spend the cash needed to bring broadband to rural users. If you live in the country, you need to look elsewhere for broadband internet.  

SpaceX has applied for the Federal Communication Commission’s up-to $16 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). This is a plan to bring broadband — with

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Yes, you’re seeing more robot cars in San Francisco. Here’s why self-driving is picking up speed

This was meant to be the year that robot cars went mainstream.

The self-driving car industry, largely based in Silicon Valley, brimmed with confident predictions that autonomous taxis would be commonplace by 2020, ushering in a golden age that would improve transportation, end traffic deaths and reduce congestion and carbon emissions.

Chalk up another way that 2020 dashed hopes.

“Machine learning did not advance as rapidly as (proponents) thought it would,” said Jesse Halfon, a Michigan automotive attorney. “It seems like industry-wide there is a consensus that (mass deployment) will take longer than thought.”

There are some scattered robot taxi pilot programs. In Arizona, Waymo has been giving paid rides in autonomous vehicles with backup drivers to a select group of civilians since December 2018. This year, it’s been removing safety drivers from some cars and will offer a truly driverless experience to the broad public by year end. In

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Here’s our first look at Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro

Huawei announced the Mate 40 Pro yesterday, and now we have one in hand. It might not be easy to recommend Huawei phones outside of China, since the Trump administration’s targeted sanctions have prevented it working with US companies like Google, but devices like the P40 Pro Plus and last year’s Mate 30 Pro have had hardware as impressive as anything else on the global smartphone market.

The situation shouldn’t be any different with the new Mate 40 Pro. It’s likely to be Huawei’s most advanced device yet — even if there are still questions over the extent to which the company is actually able to manufacture it.

I thought the Mate 30 Pro was the best-looking phone released in 2019, and the Mate 40 Pro builds on that design. The unit I have is in the “Mystic Silver” colorway, which Huawei is promoting the most heavily. It’s a lot

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Here’s Hunter Biden Computer Receipt…That’s How Much It Took to Cause Joe All of This 2020 Heartburn

Okay, so Hunter Biden is a disgraced screw-up who got rich off his daddy’s name and would be a dead broke loser if it weren’t for his father. I mean, I guess you could argue that he still a total loser, albeit one with money. Whatever the key fact here is that his laptop has unearthed the dirty deeds. You all know the story here, folks. There’s a reason Joe Biden got all huffy when asked about Hunter. One, he knew his son is a screw-up. Second, his son is a screw-up who knows where all the bodies are buried. Not good for someone who is snorting cocaine like it’s going out of style. The security of the family secrets was very tenuous, and this “laptop from hell” development is evidence of that. Joe Biden’s 2020 ambitions got stained because his son forgot to pay the $85 fee for the

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Here’s why Netflix shares are off after reporting earnings

Shares of consumer video service Netflix are down sharply after the bell today, following the company’s Q3 earnings report.

Why is Netflix suddenly worth about 5% less than before? A mixed earnings report, a disappointing new paying customer number, and slightly slack guidance appear to be the answer.

The numbers

Heading into the third quarter, Netflix told investors that they should expect it to generate revenues of $6.33 billion, operating income of $1.25 billion, and net income of around $954 million, worth about $2.09 in earnings per share.

Today, Netflix reported $6.44 billion in revenue, operating income of $1.32 billion, along with $1.74 in per-share profit off of net income of $790 million.

Netflix bested its revenue goals, but fell short on profitability.

The company also managed to best analyst revenue expectations of $6.38 billion, while missing out on analyst per-share profit expectations of $2.13.

Adding to the pain, Netflix

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Great iPhone and iPad news: You can now change two default apps in iOS 14, iPadOS 14. Here’s how


We’ll show you how to set default apps on your iPhone or iPad. 

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You can almost feel Apple loosening its steel grip over the iPhone and iPad with the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. iPhone and iPad owners now have the option to alter how their home screen looks, including the ability to put widgets on the iPhone’s home screen. But also noteworthy is the ability to now set the default email and browser apps on the iPhone or iPad. 

That means you can use Gmail or Google Chrome — or any other app of your choice — and finally leave Safari and Apple Mail behind. It’s a big step for iPhone ($699 at Amazon) and iPad ($239 at Back Market) users, and one that was sorely overdue. 

The process to change over your default mail and browser app is really simple, but also

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Apple’s HomePod Mini bursts with new features. Here’s how you’ll use them

When Apple unveiled the new HomePod Mini last week, it introduced a litany of next-level features aimed at competing with Google Home/Nest Audio and Amazon’s family of Echo speakers. 

a close up of a computer: Apple's new HomePod Mini is about half the size of the original HomePod, but brings new Siri features. Screenshot/Apple

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Apple’s new HomePod Mini is about half the size of the original HomePod, but brings new Siri features. Screenshot/Apple

a close up of a computer: Apple's new HomePod Mini is about half the size of the original HomePod, but brings new Siri features.

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Apple’s new HomePod Mini is about half the size of the original HomePod, but brings new Siri features.

Not only does the compact HomePod Mini’s $99 price tag make the Siri-powered smart speaker more affordable than the HomePod ($299), it also includes an array of new features that even the full-size HomePod and rival speakers lack,, like automatically pairing two HomePod Minis in the same room.

We haven’t gotten our hands on a HomePod Mini just yet, and it won’t be available for preorder until Nov. 6 (devices ship and go on sale Nov. 16),

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Microsoft Edge Confirms Controversial Chrome Change, Here’s What It Means

Microsoft’s Edge browser has confirmed it will bring in a controversial change already being implemented in Google Chrome that could cause some ad blockers to break.

The change, dubbed “Manifest V3” is intended to improve security and privacy by protecting users of the Chromium browser engine that both Edge and Chrome are based on from malicious extensions. It does this through a revamp to the permissions system involving the webRequest API.

But it also means some privacy focused extensions such as ad blockers that use the webRequest API may not work. For this reason Manifest V3 has not been popular, and after Google faced criticism from privacy advocates for the change, other Chromium based browsers such as 

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