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There is a growing disparity in the US between the demand for STEM-related employment and the education and training students receive in preparation for those jobs.  According to the iDTech’s report of 2018 STEM statistics, only 36% of high school graduates are ready for college-level science and “US universities are expected to produce only 29% of the required number of grads” to fill the 1.4 million computer specialist job openings reported by the Department of Labor. Based on most statistics, the issue in a lack of a prominent STEM-educated workforce is the shortcoming of nurturing early interest to which young girls and women becoming rounding errors when all is said and done. Despite 74% of middle school girls expressing some level of interest in math, science, and engineering only 0.3% decided to make a go at in college and of the ones who do seek STEM-related fields in college, they make up 18% of the total computer science undergrad population. The matters are further compounded when breaking down racial segmentation, where the National Science Foundation reported that while math and science scores for 8th graders were increasing ‘modestly’ overtime across the board, “by 2013, the average score of blacks was just above the basic level, whereas whites and Asians/Pacific Islanders had scores near and above the proficient level, respectively.” In an attempt to address the issue of generating and nurturing interest in one of the most underserved communities in young African American women, Microsoft and Black Girls CODE have teamed up to open up a Seattle Chapter of the Oakland based community project dedicated to educating girls of color between the ages of 7 and 17 about computer programming and technology. Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

Google has released Chrome 74 to the Stable desktop channel, which makes it available now for everyone to download. This version fixes numerous security vulnerabilities and adds new features such as support for reduced motion preferences and feature policy updates. Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop users can update to Chrome 74.0.3729.108  by going to Settings -> Help -> About Google Chrome and the browser will automatically check for the new update and install it if and when available. With Chrome 74 now being promoted to the Stable channel, Chrome 75 is now the Beta version and Chrome 76 is the Canary version. A full list of all changes in this release is available in the Chrome 74 changelog and further details regarding development features can be found on the Google Chrome Developers platform. As spotted by Techdows.com, this feature is being rolled out gradually to all Chrome 74 users. According to Craig, a Chrome community manager, only a small number of users have this feature currently enabled. Feature policies allow web sites to specify what APIs should be available on a web site. For example, a site can specify that it does not want the "geolocation" API to be used on a site or its iframes by specifying a Feature-Policy: header or through attributes on an iframe. Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

Bodybuilding.com fitness and bodybuilding fan website notified its customers of a security breach detected during February 2019 which was the direct result of a phishing email received back in July 2018. As detailed in the data incident notification published on the company's help center, the security breach might "have affected certain customer information in our possession" and, as concluded after investigating the incident with the help of "external forensic consultants that specialize in cyber-attacks," Bodybuilding.com says that it "could not rule out that personal information may have been accessed." The company also stated that there were no full debit or credit card numbers impacted in the security breach because it only stores only the last four digits and only for customers who opted to have their cards stored with their account information. While there is no conclusive evidence that customers' personal information has been accessed by the attackers in the security breach, in the eventuality that it did happen a potential data breach would include customers' "name, email address, billing/shipping addresses, phone number, order history, any communications with Bodybuilding.com, birthdate, and any information included in your BodySpace profile." Follow this on OUR FORUM.

Intel has released a new version of its DCH graphics driver for Windows 10, bringing the version number up to 26.20.100.6709. The biggest highlight of the new release is initial support for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, which is scheduled to be released to the general public next month. This means the driver is now compliant with the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.6, and it supports the DirectX 12 Shader Model 6.4 compiler on seventh-generation Intel Core processors or newer, or those with Intel HD Graphics 610 or higher. The driver also comes with the new Intel Graphics Command Center, the completely redesigned management app that Intel introduced a few weeks ago. This is still in early access, but it has seemingly replaced the old Graphics Control Panel nonetheless. The new app follows some of the design guidelines of Windows 10, and it aims to generally simplify the experience for those trying to change visual settings on their computer. Aside from that, there's not a ton that's new in this update, though it should bring some power savings improvements to integrated displays. In addition to the WDDM compliance and improved DirectX 12 support, developers can look forward to PSO cache for Compute Shaders support and improved performance for Direct3D 12 MetaCommands in DirectML. We have more plus the download link posted on OUR FORUM.

Sets were going to bring tabs to File Explorer and other Windows applications. An early version of Sets once appeared in Windows Insider builds, but Microsoft pulled it. Now, according to Microsoft’s Rich Turner on Twitter, Sets is “no more.” We were really looking forward to Sets, as we’ve always wanted tabs in the File Explorer as well as console windows like the Command Prompt, PowerShell, and even Linux Bash shells on Windows. Tabs in other applications like Notepad would be really cool, too. Sets offered native tabs any application could use. Here’s how Sets worked when it was available in Windows Insider builds for a short time a year ago. Back in June 2018, Microsoft removed Sets tabs from the Windows Insider build and thanked users for their “valuable feedback… as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it’s ready for release.” Microsoft has been pretty quiet about Sets ever since. In December 2018, Windows Central’s Zac Bowden claimed Sets wasn’t “canceled” according to his sources at Microsoft. But, five months later, Sets is looking pretty canceled. In response to a question about when a tabbed console environment would arrive, Microsoft’s Rich Turner said: “the Shell-provided tab experience is no more”—he’s referring to Sets. Turner also said, “adding tabs [to the console] is high on our to-do list.” Surely Microsoft wouldn’t be working on adding tabs to the console if those native operating system tabs were still their way any time soon. Get caught up on OUR FORUM.

After seven years of development, Super Mario Bros. has been ported from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to the Commodore 64. According to developer ZeroPaige, they have been working on this implementation for seven years and have been able to create an almost perfect C64 port Super Mario Bros. as it appeared for the NES in 1985. "This is a Commodore 64 port of the 1985 game SUPER MARIO BROS. for the Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System,' stated in a post to the Lemon64 forum. "It contains the original version that was released in Japan and United States, as well as the European version. It also detects and supports a handful of turbo functionalities, and has 2 SID support." ZeroPaige has released the port as a C64 disk image file that can be used directly on the Commodore 64 console or through C64 emulators.  Below is a picture of the Super Mario Bros. port being played using the VICE C64 emulator. While most users have stated that the game is an almost perfect reproduction, some issues have been reported such as minor lag at times, music running a faster than the game, fireballs not traversing screens, or jumping suddenly no longer working. ZeroPaige explains what causes each of these bugs and that some of them may be tied to the emulator or joystick being used. BleepingComputer has reached out to ZeroPaige to find out if they have been contacted by Nintendo regarding this release, but we have not had a reply at the time of this publication. Follow this and more on OUR FORUM.

 

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