Nextcloud 16 Is Now Available, Facebook Open-Sources the C++ F14 Hash Table, the Prophet & The Warlock DLC for Total War: WARHAMMER II Is Here, Nintendo Announces Closed Beta of Mario Kart Tour for Android and Google Earth Timelapse Updates

News briefs for April 25, 2019

Nextcloud 16 was released today. From the press release: "Nextcloud 16 is smarter than ever, with machine learning to detect suspicious logins and offering clever recommendations. Group Folders now sport access control lists so system administrators can easily manage who has access to what in organization-wide shares. We also introduce Projects, a way to easily relate and find related information like files, chats or tasks." You can download it from here.

Facebook has open-sourced the C++ F14 hash table. According to ZDNet, "The F14 resolves collisions (multiple keys that map to the same array index) by double hashing. Up to 14 keys are stored in a chunk at a single hash table position. High-speed vector instruction sets -- x86_64 SSE2 and aarch64 NEON -- are used to filter within a chunk. By filtering on up to 14 keys at a time, the hash table can be operated at a high maximum load factor while still keeping probe chains very short."

The Prophet & The Warlock DLC, for the epic fantasy strategy game Total War: WARHAMMER II, is out today on and Linux and macOS. You can get it at the Feral Interactive store for $8.99. See the Total War Blog for more information.

Nintendo announced that a closed beta of Mario Kart Tour will be available as a sneak-preview for Android users between May 22nd and June 4th. Engadget reports that you can sign up via a QR code at the Mario Kart Tour site.

Google announces updates to its Google Earth Timelapse. Google Earth Timelapse is "a global, zoomable time-lapse video that lets anyone explore the last 35 years of our changing planet's surface—from the global scale to the local scale". The update adds two more years of imagery to the visualization, so it now spans from 1984–2018. In addition, Google Earth Timelapse has received mobile support and visual upgrades, making it more accessible and intuitive. Read more about it here.

Jill Franklin is an editorial professional with more than 17 years experience in technical and scientific publishing, both print and digital. As Executive Editor of Linux Journal, she wrangles writers, develops content, manages projects, meets deadlines and makes sentences sparkle. She also was Managing Editor for TUX and Embedded Linux Journal, and the book Linux in the Workplace. Before entering the Linux and open-source realm, she was Managing Editor of several scientific and scholarly journals, including Veterinary Pathology, The Journal of Mammalogy, Toxicologic Pathology and The Journal of Scientific Exploration. In a previous life, she taught English literature and composition, managed a bookstore and tended bar. When she’s not bugging writers about deadlines or editing copy, she throws pots, gardens and reads.

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