Programming languages: Microsoft TypeScript leaps ahead of C#, PHP and C++ on GitHub

Microsoft’s superset of JavaScript, TypeScript, has shot up to become the fourth most popular programming language on code collaboration platform, GitHub. 

TypeScript’s ascent is tracked in Microsoft-owned GitHub’s 2020 State of the Octoverse report, which has just been published. Before 2016, TypeScript was not a top 10 language in GitHub’s rankings but it climbed to seventh position in 2018 and over the past year has shot up to fourth spot, eclipsing C#, PHP and C++. The top three languages are JavaScript, followed by Python and Java.

TypeScript is an effort from Microsoft to improve JavaScript by introducing a static type system that compiles into JavaScript. 

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That type system – which assigns type declarations and annotations to data that makes a program – offers developers a more efficient version of JavaScript that compiles into JavaScript without the type annotations, so that code runs in

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Top tips ahead of National Computer Security Day

The findings come ahead of National Computer Security Day, which is held each November 30 in the U.S. (the event has been running since 1988). In time for this event, the 2020 Unisys Security Index finds that 1 in 3 (31 percent) of U.S. citizens are concerned about their data security. Furthermore, almost two-thirds (63 percent) of those living in the U.S. are seriously concerned that their identity could be stolen and/or misused.

The survey also identified that upwards of 70 percent of those in the U.S. would agree that the growing amount of data, applications and devices means that it is opportune to create a new, more secure and controlled internet.

Ahead of the event, the Chief Information Security Officer at Unisys, Mat Newfield, has provided Digital Journal readers with some advice for keeping cyber-safe while using our computers.


Newfield advises people to:

Check their passwords.

To change

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MagSafe Duo Charger video shows off accessory ahead of release

A video has surfaced that allegedly shows a MagSafe Duo Charger being used, in what could be the first hands-on video for the accessory ahead of its official release.

On Friday, Apple updated its websitewith listings for a number of accessories, including the MagSafe Duo Charger. While shown in the store, the charger, which can be used to recharge the iPhone 12 as well as the Apple Watch, are listed as “coming soon” and lack an official release date.

A video published to YouTube on Friday titled “Apple Magsafe Duo Charger Hand On” appears to show the accessory being opened up and used by an unknown person. The account, “Daily Use OS,” has previously published unboxing videos and other MagSafe-connected items, but seems to be the only one to have done so for the MagSafe Duo Charger.

The video guides the viewer through the unfolding of the

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iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max start shipping ahead of November 13 release date

Some Apple customers who pre-ordered the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are finding their orders have updated with shipping information advising their iPhone is on the way, but it is unlikely that many of the deliveries will actually occur before November 13.

On Friday, Apple opened up pre-orders through the online Apple Store for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the last two models of the current iPhone generation to be released. The first customers to place orders can expect quicker deliveries to occur, with the earliest potentially taking place on November 13, Apple’s announced availability date for the models.

Not all customers will receive their orders on that date, as the delivery time estimates started to slip for both models shortly after it became available to purchase.

In a similar fashion to pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12

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Thousands of Facebook Groups buzzed with calls for violence ahead of U.S. election

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Before Facebook Inc shut down a rapidly growing “Stop the Steal” Facebook Group on Thursday, the forum featured calls for members to ready their weapons should President Donald Trump lose his bid to remain in the White House.

FILE PHOTO: 3D printed ballot boxes are seen in front of a displayed Facebook logo in this illustration taken November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

In disabling the group after coverage by Reuters and other news organizations, Facebook cited the forum’s efforts to delegitimize the election process and “worrying calls for violence from some members.”

Such rhetoric was not uncommon in the run-up to the election in Facebook Groups, a key booster of engagement for the world’s biggest social network, but it did not always get the same treatment.

A survey of U.S.-based Facebook Groups between September and October conducted by digital intelligence firm CounterAction at the request

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Apple Online Store Down Ahead of iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and HomePod mini Pre-Orders

Apple’s online store is down ahead of pre-orders for iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and the HomePod mini, which are set to begin at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time in the United States.

“You’re… early,” reads the Apple Store message when attempting to visit the U.S. website. “Pre-order begins at 5:00 a.m. PDT. Enjoy the extra sleep.” Apple used to do new device pre-orders at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time, but since last year, has been holding iPhone pre-orders at 5:00 a.m.

The ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ mini and 12 Pro Max are launching in more than 30 countries and regions around the world, and a full list of launch times can be found in our time zone guide.

Apple’s ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ mini and 12 Pro Max models represent the most radical new form factors in Apple’s flagship smartphone lineup, and feature a full redesign with a flat-edged look that similar to

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The best tech of 2020 is ahead of its time: iPhone 12, PlayStation 5

  • Some of the year’s major new tech products, from the 5G iPhone 12 to foldable phones and new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, are based on technologies that aren’t quite useful yet — but will be in a few years.
  • Today’s widely delayed 5G networks, for example, aren’t much faster than 4G LTE networks. 
  • 5G was positioned as being the biggest upgrade in Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup.
  • Foldable phones like the Microsoft Surface Duo and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 are still likely too expensive to justify the benefits they offer for most people.
  • And next-generation gaming consoles rely on technology that most TVs don’t support right now.
  • Taken together, these technologies are more significant for the foundation they lay for the years to come rather than their immediate usefulness. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The technology industry is synonymous with change and forward-looking products. But in 2020,

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Should You Buy TakeTwo Interactive Software (TTWO) Ahead of Earnings?

Investors are always looking for stocks that are poised to beat at earnings season and TakeTwo Interactive Software, Inc. TTWO may be one such company. The firm has earnings coming up pretty soon, and events are shaping up quite nicely for their report.

That is because TakeTwo Interactive Software is seeing favorable earnings estimate revision activity as of late, which is generally a precursor to an earnings beat. After all, analysts raising estimates right before earnings — with the most up-to-date information possible — is a pretty good indicator of some favorable trends underneath the surface for TTWO in this report.

In fact, the Most Accurate Estimate for the current quarter is currently at $1.56 per share for TTWO, compared to a broader Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.45 per share. This suggests that analysts have very recently bumped up their estimates for TTWO, giving the stock a Zacks Earnings

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Programming language Python’s popularity: Ahead of Java for first time but still trailing C

For the first time in Tiobe’s long-running index, 35-year-old Python has overtaken Java to become the second-most popular programming language. 

Python, a top choice for data-science and machine-learning projects, is now in second spot behind C in Tiobe’s latest index, knocking Java down into third place.  

It’s the first time in the Tiobe index’s nearly 20-year history that Java and C aren’t the two top languages. Third is also the lowest position Java has ever held in the Tiobe index, which uses queries on several search engines to come up with its ratings.

Python shows a 2.27% rise over its position a year ago, which contrasts with a decline of -4.47% for Java over the same period. 

Python also snatched second place from Java in developer analyst RedMonk’s programming-language popularity rankings in July. However, RedMonk ranks JavaScript as the top language. It was the first time the RedMonk’s top two

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OnePlus Nord N100 gets first Oxygen OS update ahead of the Nord N10

OnePlus Nord N10 and N100

Welcome to the OnePlus Nord N10 and OnePlus Nord N100 update hub. Here you’ll find all the latest information about new and historical software updates for the budget Nord duo. We’ll list the current software version for the phones and regularly update the hub as and when new updates roll out.

Like other OnePlus phones, the Nord N10 and Nord N100 run on Oxygen OS, the company’s home-baked Android skin. Oxygen OS is known for fast updates that come for a very long time, so be sure to bookmark this page and drop by often.

OnePlus Nord N10 and N100 updates

  • Current stable version: Android 10

The OnePlus Nord N10 and OnePlus Nord N100 were announced on October 26, 2020, with Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10. We expect these devices to receive at least two years of major updates with three years of security updates — Android

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