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What happens when you put iPhone chips in Macs?

Ten years after the first Apple-designed chip, the A4 System on a Chip, debuted in the iPad and the iPhone 4, Apple introduced its M1 SoC for personal computers. Launched in November 2020, the ARM-based processor uses the same basic architecture as the A-series chips and powers a range of Apple PCs including the MacBook …

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Resistant AI scores $16.6M for its anti-fraud fintech tools

Resistant AI, which uses artificial intelligence to help financial services companies combat fraud and financial crime — selling tools to protect credit risk scoring models, payment systems, customer onboarding and more — has closed $16.6 million in Series A funding. GV (formerly Google Ventures) led the round, with participation from existing investors Index Ventures (led …

Software

Deno 1.15 improves Node.js compatibility

Deno 1.15, the latest release of the JavaScript runtime positioned as a secure alternative to Node.js, features a new flag that makes it easier to run Node.js programs in Deno. Deno 1.15 was published October 12. When the –compat flag is present, Deno will automatically set up Node global variables, such as process, and provide …

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The best open source software of 2021

Presto is an open source, distributed SQL engine for online analytical processing that runs in clusters. Presto can query a wide variety of data sources, from files to databases, and return results to many BI and analysis environments. What’s more, Presto allows querying data where it lives, including Hive, Cassandra, relational databases, and proprietary data …

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Python stands to lose its GIL, and gain a lot of speed

One of Python’s long-standing weaknesses, its inability to scale well in multithreaded environments, is the target of a new proposal among the core developers of the popular programming language. Developer Sam Gross has proposed a major change to the Global Interpreter Lock, or GIL—a key component in CPython, the reference implementation of Python. [ Also on InfoWorld: …

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Make your own promotional videos the easy way

Smart phones, webcams, and YouTube have made it simple for anyone to record and share video. But adapting your visual creations for business purposes isn’t so easy. If you want to overlay text, add background music, splice in B-roll, or add slide shows to your message, you’ll need to load your recording into a desktop …

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Does the NFT craze actually matter?

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, we talked about Apple’s subscription addiction. This week, I’m diving deep into whether there’s actually any meaning to pull out of the NFT mania of 2021. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox from the newsletter …