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Looking For Reasonably Priced Software Stocks? Try Workiva, Alarm.com & RealPage

Software stocks have rallied sharply this year as investors bet on asset-light, high-growth companies that will see demand hold up through the current pandemic. However, valuations in the sector appear quite rich, even after the recent corrections. In our indicative theme of High Growth Software Stocks At A Fair Price we’ve picked a theme of software stocks that have seen good historical growth and yet are trading at relatively attractive valuations. The theme has returned about 19% year-to-date, versus 3.4% for the S&P 500. It remains up 65% Since 12/31/2017 vs. 25% for the S&P. Alarm.com Holdings (NASDAQ: ALRM) up 30% year-to-date has been the biggest driver of the theme’s returns. On the other side, RealPage’s (NASDAQ: RP) performance has been more muted, with the stock gaining about 4% this year. Below is a bit more about the companies in our theme.

Alarm.com Holdings provides cloud-based services for remote control,

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C++ programming language: Microsoft’s VS Code extension is out with these new features

Microsoft has published a stable version of the C++ extension for its popular open-source cross-platform code editor, Visual Studio Code, with support for Arm-based computers and new productivity features.   

The new C++ extension from Microsoft comes as C++, a 35-year-old language, grows in popularity among programmers. The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) C++ group, Working Group 21 (WG21), this month finalized C++ version 20. The group is headed up by software engineers from Microsoft and Google.

C++ 20 is the first major update to C++ since C++17 was released in 2017 and contains the biggest improvements since C++11 from 2011, according to Microsoft’s Herb Sutter.  

This month C++ became the fastest-growing programming language in the world, according to Tiobe, which publishes a monthly index of the most popular programming languages. C++ is currently the fourth most popular language behind C, Java and Python. 

The C++ extension for Visual Studio Code

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Elon Musk’s brain-computer startup is getting ready to blow your mind

Elon Musk couldn’t resist a small joke when he gave the world a first look at Neuralink, the brain-computer interface (BCI) project that he’s been working on for the past two years. “I think it’s going to blow your minds,” he said.

The aim of his startup is to develop technology to tackle neurological problems, from damage caused by brain or spine trauma to the type of memory problems that can become more common in people as they age. The idea is to solve these problems with an implantable digital device that can interpret, and possibly alter, the electrical signals made by neurons in the brain.

“If you can correct these signals you can solve everything from memory loss, hearing loss, blindness, paralysis depression, insomnia, extreme pain, seizures, anxiety, addiction, strokes, brain damage; these can all be solved with an implantable neural link,” Musk said at the demonstration of the

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Hackers is 25: How Hollywood got into the internet

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Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller hack the planet in 1995’s Hackers.


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This story is part of CNET at 25, celebrating a quarter century of industry tech and our role in telling you its story.

In 1995, the year CNET was born and Microsoft launched Internet Explorer, Bill Gates decreed the internet “a tidal wave.” That same year, Hollywood unleashed its own tidal wave of movies tackling cyberspace and the dawning information age — including Hackers, released 25 years ago today.

This cinematic cyber-trip began in May 1995 with the release of Johnny Mnemonic, a delirious sci-fi action dystopia matching Keanu Reeves with seminal cyberpunk author William Gibson. In July, Sandra Bullock had her identity erased in conspiracy thriller The Net. In August, Denzel Washington pursued Russell Crowe’s computer-generated serial killer in Virtuosity, and in September Angelina Jolie found her breakthrough role in the

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