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Mozilla to use machine learning to find code bugs before they ship
In a bid to cut the number of coding errors made in its Firefox browser, Mozilla is deploying Clever-Commit, a machine-learning-driven coding assistant developed in conjunction with game developer Ubisoft. Clever-Commit analyzes code changes as developers commit them to the Firefox codebase. It compares them to all the code it has seen before to see if they look similar to…

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Activision-Blizzard lays off 775 people after “record results in 2018”
Game publisher Activision-Blizzard will lay off 8 percent of its work force, or around 775 people, CEO Bobby Kotick announced on the company's earnings call today. The move is being made in an effort at "de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations and reducing certain non-development and administrative-related costs across the business," Kotick explained.

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For Valentine’s Day, Ars writers describe the tech they cherish the most
Valentine's Day and consumer technology don't exactly go hand in hand. Every couple is different, but if you're getting a loved one a gift for the holiday, it should come from the heart. A new smartphone or portable hard drive is nice, but it doesn't always scream "romance."

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Video: To make 1997’s Blade Runner, Westwood first had to create the universe
Further ReadingVideo: scariest moment almost dragged down the entire projectAnd not just any adventure game—we were lucky enough to be able to sit down with Louis Castle, co-founder of legendary game developer Westwood Studios. Castle's hands were on some of the most famous titles of the 1990s, including , the series, and, most famously, the franchise.

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Since Trump tariffs, solar jobs have atrophied
This week, an advocacy group called The Solar Foundation released its ninth annual solar jobs report. In 2018 the industry contracted, shedding 8,000 solar jobs, or a loss of about 3.2 percent from 2017. The solar industry employed 242,343 people in 2018, the report said.

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Stranger Things franchise is getting spin-off prequel novel about Jim Hopper
mobile game. Or they might try one of the prequel novels published by Del Rey Books that delves into the pasts of some of the peripheral characters. , published earlier this month, tells the story of Eleven's mother Terry Ives and how she got involved with MKUltra. A second prequel novel, , will arrive June 4 and focus on police…

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Not even the bathtub is safe in new trailer for The Curse of La Llorona
As Anna delves deeper into Patricia's case, she notices similarities with odd occurrences in her own home, and she realizes the other woman was right: her children are being hunted by a ghost. She enlists the help of a priest and some local faith healers to drive the ghost away. The glimpses we get of are in keeping with the…

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Valve has some new thoughts on what’s “humanly possible” in SteamVR
Further ReadingArs Technica’s best games of 2018Over the years, Valve has made dozens of changes to the system-level software behind SteamVR. Most of them aren't inherently interesting if you're not a VR developer. Then there's the latest update, which Valve says was prompted by a change in the "limits of what we thought was humanly possible for controller motion.

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Hackers keep trying to get malicious Windows file onto MacOS
Malware pushers are experimenting with a novel way to infect Mac users that runs executable files that normally execute only on Windows computers. Researchers from antivirus provider Trend Micro made that discovery after analyzing an app available on a Torrent site that promised to install Little Snitch, a firewall application for macOS.