Tal Volk | Daily TrojanSecond time around · ASU is expected to dial up blitzes on redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold, who will make his home debut.Fresh off a difficult loss at Utah, the Trojans returned to Los Angeles with a 1-3 record and a fresh hunger to secure a victory at home this weekend. The mood at practice was less playful and more focused. Players shouted occasional suggestions or encouragement, but the tone was clearly set — it’s time to for the team to figure itself out.“They really got after it today,” head coach Clay Helton said. “They know that they’ve improved from week to week, from Alabama to Stanford, from Stanford to Utah. The last piece is knocking out the little things and to do that the attention to detail has to be done. I think they’re glued in right now.”Aggressive ASUDespite the loss, redshirt freshman Sam Darnold dazzled in his debut as the new starting quarterback for the Trojans, racking up 253 yards and completing 18 of his 26 passes. He rushed 41 yards and ran in a touchdown himself. It was the type of performance that solidified the team’s faith in Helton’s decision to move Darnold to the starting position.“When you have a versatile of a quarterback as Sam with the desire to step up, the desire to play, to want to win, to put out and show and play like he did — he did great,” offensive tackle Zach Banner said. “We as a unit have a lot to work on. We gotta take care of the ball. But I couldn’t be more proud of Sam.”Yet Darnold’s performance wasn’t enough to hold off a fourth-quarter comeback from Utah. After last weekend, Helton put most of his pressure on the offense, which allowed three turnovers and took far less snaps than Utah on Saturday.The upcoming set of teams that the Trojans are slated to play — Arizona State, Colorado, Arizona and California — are known for their up-tempo, aggressive style of play. This weekend, the Sun Devils are expected to blitz early and often, which will force Darnold to prove himself under pressure in the pocket.“Any time you play Coach Graham’s defense, get ready for pressure,” Helton said. “They’re going to blitz, you know it coming in. I would expect that with a young quarterback, he’s chomping on the bit, expecting to pressure.”Banner respondsFormer Trojan running back Lendale White sparred with Banner on Saturday, calling the offensive tackle out on Twitter for shaking opponents’ hands after the loss to Utah.White’s original tweet read, “#73 bra u need to get it together. Big ass teddy bear all u wanna do is shake hands.” The post sparked an argument that lasted through Sunday, with Banner calling White “irrelevant” and White responding with taunts of “teddy bear” and “fake a$& ‘Hollywood’ players” and shooting back an unflattering picture of Banner.After the altercation, Banner removed several of the posts from his Twitter, but not the most recent string, which ended by saying, “You know dam [sic] well that we played our asses off. Mistakes happen, and we can’t change the outcome afterwords [sic]. Grow up man!”White has posted negative tweets about the USC team, and about Banner in particular, several times throughout this season. At practice, Banner was apologetic for how he handled the issue on Twitter, but didn’t back down from defending his team.“I don’t feel dumb for sticking up for my team,” Banner said. “But I feel dumb for doing it on Twitter. I don’t take any words back that I said. That’s locker room talk and that should’ve been said in the locker room. I just don’t want past players shooting down our players.”
New York is making it official.The Rangers on Thursday announced they have agreed to terms with forward Kaapo Kakko on his entry-level contract. Kakko, a Finland native, was selected second overall in last month’s draft behind Jack Hughes, who went to the Devils at No. 1. Terms of the deal were not revealed. Related News Hurricanes match Canadiens’ offer sheet to Sebastian Aho OFFICIAL: #NYR have agreed to terms with forward Kaapo Kakko on an entry-level contract. pic.twitter.com/gX1JkpWk8k— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 11, 2019Kakko, 18, had 22 goals and 38 points in 45 games with TPS in Finland’s Liiga last season. He totaled the third-best scoring season by an under-18 player in Liiga history.He also added six goals and one assist in 10 games as he helped Finland take home gold at the world hockey championship earlier this year. Longtime NHL star Matt Cullen announces retirement Former Predators captain Greg Johnson dies at 48
For now, the existing GitHub clients for Mac and Windows will remain available, but the idea is to eventually replace them with the new redesign. GitHub will also be gathering feedback from developers on how they can help make the transition as easy as possible. “The design is different, but not so different that people should be lost. If you used the old one, this should just feel like a new version of the app you have been using,” said Haack. In addition, GitHub is announcing new Git and GitHub integration for its hackable text editor Atom. According to Haack, developers don’t typically like to leave the editor they are working in. To make developer life easier and more productive when working in Atom, the new integration allows developers to use Git operations they know and love right within the text editor. The package provides support for the most common Git functionality such stage files, commit code, switch branches, and the ability to resolve merge conflicts within Atom. The Atom package will also be released into open source. “Since its 1.0 release in 2015, Atom has grown to 2.1 million active users. Integrating Git brings together two essential parts of many developers’ workflows, reducing the need to drop to the command line or another GUI application and helping them stay in the flow longer,” Haack wrote in a post. GitHub is turning to web technologies in its latest announcement of the GitHub Desktop Beta. The release offers a complete redesign of the company’s desktop client built on Electron, a cross-platform development solution for desktop applications. GitHub’s previous desktop solution provided two clients: GitHub for Mac and GitHub for Windows. The solutions had similar feature sets, but two separate codebases. After seeing the industry’s momentum with web technologies — such as Google’s investment with Chromium, and Slack, Facebook and Microsoft’s development with Electron — the company decided to reboot its desktop client, and “start with a brand new single codebase that would work for both Mac and Windows,” said Phil Haack, director of client apps for GitHub.According to Haack, GitHub hopes having one codebase will make it easier for the company to add new features and be more responsive to its customers. “In the past, it would have been very difficult if someone said ‘This is really hard, we wish you would make this better,’ because we would have to go and implement that twice,” he said. The redesign of GitHub Desktop will be released into open source for the community to provide feedback and to gain Electron desktop app examples. “We had a lot of people ask us to open source our old client, but we just weren’t in a position to do that at the time. With this, we are giving people not only something people can look at, but something they can learn from when building their own Electron application,” Haack said.
DimensionalMechanics has announced a new programming language for artificial intelligence and deep learning development. Its NeoPulse Framework 2.0, called NML 2.0, is designed to make AI more accessible to developers, programmers and data scientists. “With NeoPulse, our AI builds your AI,” said Rajeev Dutt, CEO of DimensionalMechanics. “We’ve created a platform for AI development that lets developers of all skill levels rapidly answer data-driven questions using a cost-effective and repeatable approach. Our NML language is purpose-built for deep learning, yet easy enough to learn in just days. Developers can now create AI models in a fraction of the time and cost than was ever possible before.”According to DimensionalMechanics, organizations lack the skills and specialized knowledge necessary to build deep learning software solutions. This results in the inability to convert structured and unstructured data into intelligent assets. “CIOs will have to overcome challenges. Many are dealing with data of poor or uncertain quality. Their organizations often have minimal AI skills. Some CIOs are struggling to understand the capabilities of new AI techniques, and how to identify use cases to which AI may be applied productively,” according to a recent Gartner survey on how CIOs are making progress with AI initiatives in 2018. NML 2.0 enables organizations to build AI solutions based on a variety of data types including video, numerical text, images and audio. The framework features the NeoPulse Modeling Language 2.0, NeoPulse AI Studio 2.0, Portable Inference Models (PIMs) and NeoPulse Query Runtime 2.0. The modeling language is a domain specific language designed to automate the creation of AI models and tackle machine learning problems like classification and regression. The AI Studio is an “AI that builds AI.” The AI-as-a-Service capability automates creating custom AI models. The PIMs are portable AI models that can be deployed across different environments. Lastly, the runtime enables any app to access the PIMs with REST APIs. In addition, the company announced an A-2 round of funding of US$1.2 million, bringing the company’s total amount raised to $7.9 million. “Our versatile platform and software tools can be used across any industry and any data types, and provides CIOs with a common AI platform for use throughout their organizations. We’re confident that our next-gen NeoPulse can help accelerate the adoption of machine learning for organizations of all sizes and technical capabilities,” said Dutt.