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Kickstarter staff announce their intention to unionize, potentially becoming the first major US tech company with union representation (Bijan Stephen/The Verge) March 19, 2019

Bijan Stephen / The Verge: Kickstarter staff announce their intention to unionize, potentially becoming the first major US tech company with union representation  —  The company’s staff plans to unionize with the Office and Professional Employees International Union  —  The staff of Kickstarter announced plans to unionize today. Kickstarter staff announce their intention to unionize, […]

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2018 LA Auto Show wrap-up: Audi, Jeep, Kia, Porsche and Rivian brought the heat – Roadshow

The show was packed with debuts of production cars and concepts alike, including more than a few surprises. 2018 LA Auto Show wrap-up: Audi, Jeep, Kia, Porsche and Rivian brought the heat – Roadshow
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1,000 Watt Power Supply Tear Down And Repair

[TheSignalPath] wanted to repair a broken Instek PSW80-40.5 because it has a lot of output for a programmable power supply — 1,080 watts, to be exact. This isn’t a cheap supply — it looks like it costs about $2,200 new. The unit wasn’t working and when he took it apart, he found a nasty surprise. There is a base PCB and three identical power supply modules, and virtually no access without disconnecting the boards. He continued the teardown, and you can see the results in the video below.

Each of the power supply modules are two separate PCBs and the design has to account for the high currents required. The power supply is a switching design with some filtering on the motherboard. One of the boards of the power supply module rectifies the incoming line voltage to a high DC voltage (about 400 volts). The second board then does DC to DC conversion to the desired output.

Although it was hard to get to the boards in operation, the theory was that since the three modules were the same, it should be easy to figure out which module was bad, and even which of the two boards in the module. The modules are more or less self-sufficient although there is a controller that requires the center module to provide voltage.

First, he verified the voltages on the motherboard while using an isolation transformer to provide a much lower input voltage. He then tested each module individually using one slot of the motherboard.

The power supply module that had been in the middle would not start. There wasn’t anything obviously wrong with it. A bit of probing and comparison to one of the good modules, however, finally revealed a failed resistor in the soft start circuit.

He temporarily shunted the open resistor with a similar unit and that made the module start working. That wasn’t the end, though. One of the other modules had some burn marks on it. The area was near some very low-value resistors near a MOSFET. The circuit had a fuse that wasn’t bad, but it looks as though the resistors may have fused before the fuse when the FET shorted out.

We were glad to see someone else stacking SMD resistors to parallel them. We don’t feel quite as embarrassed now about doing that. We also enjoyed all the ad hoc circuit analysis, since there was no schematic available.

While the inside of the supply was compact, it didn’t have that certain glow we enjoy. It did look like better construction than the cheap power supply we tore down that was killing modules when it turned off.

1,000 Watt Power Supply Tear Down And Repair
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Best iPhone XS and XS Max cases – CNET

Need some protection for your new XS or XS Max? Here are bunch of top cases to check out, all of them compatible with wireless charging. Best iPhone XS and XS Max cases – CNET
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Sources: EU's antitrust regulators sent questionnaires to Google rivals last month, asking for details on Google's practices and impact on competing services (Foo Yun Chee/Reuters)


Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:

Sources: EU’s antitrust regulators sent questionnaires to Google rivals last month, asking for details on Google’s practices and impact on competing services  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators have asked Google’s rivals if the internet search giant unfairly demotes local search competitors …

Sources: EU's antitrust regulators sent questionnaires to Google rivals last month, asking for details on Google's practices and impact on competing services (Foo Yun Chee/Reuters)
Source: Tech Meme

Facebook to stream Buffy, Firefly and Angel so you'll watch with friends – CNET

Facebook is cashing in on your Joss Whedon ’90s nostalgia so you’ll try its Watch Party social video tools. Facebook to stream Buffy, Firefly and Angel so you'll watch with friends – CNET
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Batwoman clues? Ruby Rose shares candid photos from Arrowverse set – CNET

Get another glimpse of Rose as Batman in these candid photos Rose shared on her Instagram. Batwoman clues? Ruby Rose shares candid photos from Arrowverse set – CNET
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Senators call for data security law in wake of Marriott breach – CNET

They want federal legislation to protect consumers and hold companies accountable. Senators call for data security law in wake of Marriott breach – CNET
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Surprise Star Wars casting: Nick Nolte joins Disney's The Mandalorian – CNET

The Thin Red Line actor will reportedly join actors Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano in the cast. Surprise Star Wars casting: Nick Nolte joins Disney's The Mandalorian – CNET
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Professional Results From Cheap Air Compressors

The portable air compressors sold at big box hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot are perfectly suited for the jobs they’re advertised for: namely throwing some nails into the wall or filling tires. But if you try to respray your car with that $50 Black Friday pancake air compressor, you’re going to have a bad day. The relatively small amount of air they hold is almost guaranteed to be contaminated with oil and moisture, making it unsuitable for painting or even just blowing the dust out of electronics.

But all is not lost. [Stephen Saville] has done an excellent job documenting his work to turn these low cost homeowner-grade air compressors into something suitable for spraying auto body panels. But even if you aren’t looking to put a sick pearlescent finish on the family minivan, these tips are worth checking out. From increasing the usable volume of air in the system to separating out contaminants, these modifications can unlock a whole new world of pneumatic projects.

The big one (literally and figuratively) is the swirl tube [Stephen] builds out of an old CO2 cylinder. The idea is that this will centrifugally clean the air, not unlike a cyclonic dust separator. As the air enters the top of the cylinder and spins around, contact with the cold metal will cause any moisture to condense out and collect down at the bottom. Oil and other particles in the air should also get spun out, leaving a central column of cleaner air. The collected water and contaminants at the bottom can be occasionally purged out by way of the cylinder’s original valve.

With a source of clean and dry air sorted, [Stephen] next wanted a way to get it around his shop. Using scrap metal pipes he puts together a system that not only gives him air where he needs it, but also increases the volume of compressed air he has available. By using large smooth metal pipes rather than something like flexible rubber hose, the plumbing puts very little resistance on air flow. The pipes therefore can be considered something of an extension of the compressor’s primary tank.

In the video after the break, [Stephen] shows off his new air system by laying down a very nice looking coat of paint on a car hood, but he also goes through the hold build process if you want to see the nuts and bolts of his system. He gives some great tips on welding and working with dissimilar metals which are worth the price of admission alone.

Outfitting the workshop with an integrated compressed air system sounds like the perfect second project to tackle once you’ve got the built-in dust collection system up and running.

Professional Results From Cheap Air Compressors
Source: HackADay

Microsoft’s new Office logos are a beautiful glimpse of the future


Microsoft was one of the pioneers of the current trend of flat design, but recently the company has been evolving its aesthetic into something a bit more three-dimensional. Last year, it unveiled its new approach, called Fluent design, adding depth, lighting, motion, and more to its aesthetic. Fluent has slowly been making its way into Windows, and now it’s hitting Microsoft Office in a big way. Say hello to the new Office logos: If you ask me, that’s a big upgrade over the current suite: And I don’t think it’s just a matter of newness, given some of the questionable and…

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Microsoft’s new Office logos are a beautiful glimpse of the future
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WhatsApp faces misinformation problem in Nigeria, reports say – CNET

Fake news on the platform comes ahead of general elections early next year. WhatsApp faces misinformation problem in Nigeria, reports say – CNET
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Streamlabs CEO describes building monetization tools for Twitch & YouTube


As streamers have grown from being scrappy amateurs to professionals, the tools that facilitate their careers have undergone a similar evolution. While several of the tools are integrated into the streaming platforms themselves, successful streaming relies, to an almost astonishing degree, on third-party software. As Twitch, YouTube, and the like have risen to be entertainment powerhouses, the makers of this software have become more sophisticated to meet the needs of the streamers. One company in particular has fairly ubiquitous on several streaming platforms. If you’re a streamer, it’s a name you’ll probably recognize: Streamlabs. TNW spoke to CEO Ali Moiz,…

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Streamlabs CEO describes building monetization tools for Twitch & YouTube
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Source: Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020 (Stephen Hall/9to5Google)


Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:

Source: Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020  —  According to source familiar with the product’s internal roadmap, Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020.  That’s not entirely unsurprising since Google essentially ceased development on the app more than a year ago.

Source: Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020 (Stephen Hall/9to5Google)
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Google Hangouts gets hung out to dry in 2020, report says – CNET

The chat app has been overshadowed by Google’s newer communication platforms. Google Hangouts gets hung out to dry in 2020, report says – CNET
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Fallout 76 would have been marginally less disastrous on Steam


Bethesda has been widely lambasted for its latest game, open-world MMO Fallout 76 — both for releasing the game when it was nigh-unplayable, and for allegedly refusing to issue some gamers refunds. This tidal wave of censure begs the question: would the company still be having this problem if it’d released its game on Steam rather than its own platform? It’s all over but the crying If you’re even passingly familiar with gaming media and news, you’ve probably heard some scuttlebutt about just how bad Fallout 76 turned out to be. The past week in particular has been nothing but a litany…

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Fallout 76 would have been marginally less disastrous on Steam
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DHS proposes H-1B visa rule changes that would prioritize workers with US advanced degrees and make it harder for outsourcers to hire cheaper staff from abroad (Melia Russell/San Francisco Chronicle)


Melia Russell / San Francisco Chronicle:

DHS proposes H-1B visa rule changes that would prioritize workers with US advanced degrees and make it harder for outsourcers to hire cheaper staff from abroad  —  Stacked shipments of H-1B visa petitions outside a government processing center in Laguna Niguel, Calif., April 3, 2017.

DHS proposes H-1B visa rule changes that would prioritize workers with US advanced degrees and make it harder for outsourcers to hire cheaper staff from abroad (Melia Russell/San Francisco Chronicle)
Source: Tech Meme

Air Bubble Characters Float Along This Unique Scrolling Display

We’ve seen a lot of unique large-format scrolling message boards on these pages, but most of them use some sort of established technology – LEDs, electromechanical flip-dots, and the like – in new and unusual ways. We’re pretty sure this air-bubble dot matrix display is a first, though.

While it may not be destined for the front of a bus or a train station arrivals and departures board, [jellmeister]’s bubble display shows some pretty creative thinking. It started with a scrap of multiwall polycarbonate roofing – Corotherm is the brand name – of the type to glaze greenhouses and other structures. The parallel tubes are perfect for the display, although individual tubes could certainly be substituted. A plastic end cap was fabricated; air nozzles in each channel were plumbed to an air supply through solenoid valves. An Arduino with a couple of motor driver hats allows pulses of air into each channel to create reasonably legible characters that float up the tube. The video below shows it in use at a Maker Faire, where visitors could bubble up their own messages.

It took some tweaking to get it looking as good as it does, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. We wonder whether colored liquid might help, or perhaps adding a Neopixel or even a laser to each channel to add some contrast. Maybe something to cloud the water slightly would help; increasing the surface tension with a salt solution might make the bubbles more distinct. We doubt it’ll ever have the contrast ratio of a flip-dot display, but it certainly has a charm all its own.

Air Bubble Characters Float Along This Unique Scrolling Display
Source: HackADay

Faraday Future's fight against investor Evergrande not going well, report says – Roadshow

The struggling EV company lost an appeal to its arbitrator to loosen Evergrande’s hold on its intellectual property. Faraday Future's fight against investor Evergrande not going well, report says – Roadshow
Source: CNet

The 'Not Pink' Pixel 3 under a macro lens – CNET

The understated pale pink Pixel 3 (the XL in this case) looks great up close under a macro lens. The 'Not Pink' Pixel 3 under a macro lens – CNET
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Scientists work to accurately model human pain in robot brains


It’s almost certain, based on current research trends, that an artificial brain will replicate the organic pain experience in its entirety one day. So here’s a thought experiment: if a tree falls in the forest, and it lands on a robot with an artificial nervous system connected to an artificial brain running an optimized pain recognition algorithm, is the tree guilty of assault or vandalism? A team of scientists from Cornell University recently published research indicating they’d successfully replicated proprioception in a soft robot. Today, this means they’ve taught a piece of wriggly foam how to understand the position of…

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Scientists work to accurately model human pain in robot brains
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Mazda studying a rotary with Skyactiv-X technology – Roadshow

Could Mazda3 tech help pave the way to a new RX sports car? Mazda studying a rotary with Skyactiv-X technology – Roadshow
Source: CNet

‘Quantum healing’ is the new snake oil


Holistic healers are increasingly embracing “quantum physics” as the new age answer to all ailments. Because, of course, nobody understands the nuances of advanced physics like someone who eschews a medical education in favor of ancient mysticism from the Kindle province of Amazon. A little over a decade ago, Deepak Chopra – a person who’s made a living convincing people that he’s helped them by telling them that’s what he’s done – published a self-help book called “Quantum Healing.” The book, best as I can tell, teaches people that quantum mechanics will let them change their reality if they ……

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‘Quantum healing’ is the new snake oil
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Care by Volvo subscription service getting an update in February – Roadshow

In addition to improving the user experience, these updates will allow Care by Volvo to offer more of the company’s products. Care by Volvo subscription service getting an update in February – Roadshow
Source: CNet

ISS robot accuses crew of being mean – CNET

International Space Station bot CIMON likes Kraftwerk and astronauts who are nice. ISS robot accuses crew of being mean – CNET
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Venafi, which protects machine identities like cryptographic keys and digital certificates to minimize harm after a network is breached, raises $100M (Martin Coulter/Financial Times)


Martin Coulter / Financial Times:

Venafi, which protects machine identities like cryptographic keys and digital certificates to minimize harm after a network is breached, raises $100M  —  A start-up specialising in “machine identity protection” has secured $100m in its latest round of financing, led by Silicon Valley-based …

Venafi, which protects machine identities like cryptographic keys and digital certificates to minimize harm after a network is breached, raises 0M (Martin Coulter/Financial Times)
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Retrotechtacular: Some Of The Last CRTs From The Factory Floor

It seems crazy having to explain what a piece of technology was like to someone who is barely fifteen years your junior, but yet we have reached that point when it comes to CRTs. There may still be remnants of CRT televisions and monitors left out in the wild, however, the chances that a kid preparing to enter high school has encountered one is slim. While there may be no substitute for the real thing, there is this raw video from [Glenn] who shared his tour of the Sony Trinitron assembly line in the early 2000s. Sony Trinitron Television

Sony Electronics’ cathode ray tube manufacturing facility was located alongside headquarters in Rancho Bernado, CA. The facility was shuttered in 2006 when Sony transitioned wholly onto digital displays like the flat-panel LCD line of Bravia televisions. [Glenn]’s video shows that the manufacturing process was almost entirely automated from end to end. A point that was made even more clear with the distinct lack of human beings in the video.

The Trinitron line of televisions first appeared in 1968. At a time where most manufacturer’s were offering black and white picture tubes, Sony’s Trinitron line was in color. That name carried through until the end when it was retired alongside tube televisions themselves. Sony’s focus on technological innovation (and proprietary media formats) made them a giant in the world of consumer electronics for over forty years in the United States, but in the transition to a digital world saw them seeding market share to their competitors.

A quick word of warning as the video below was shot directly on Sony’s factory floor so the machinery is quite loud. Viewers may want to reduce the volume prior to pressing play.

Because they don’t build them like they used to, there’s also this Retrotechtacular feature on the manufacturing of CRT televisions in the 1950s.

Retrotechtacular: Some Of The Last CRTs From The Factory Floor
Source: HackADay

Facebook used people’s data as a bargaining chip, emails and court filings suggest

Newly unredacted court records suggest that Facebook used people’s profiles as leverage to expand its mobile-ad business. Facebook used people’s data as a bargaining chip, emails and court filings suggest
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Apple approves Indian telecom regulator's "TRAI DND – Do Not Disturb" app that lets users block unwanted phone calls and text messages, avoiding iPhone ban (Jeremy Horwitz/VentureBeat)


Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:

Apple approves Indian telecom regulator’s “TRAI DND – Do Not Disturb” app that lets users block unwanted phone calls and text messages, avoiding iPhone ban  —  Fed up with years of waiting for Apple to implement anti-spam measures for iPhones, India’s telecom regulator TRAI threatened …

Apple approves Indian telecom regulator's "TRAI DND – Do Not Disturb" app that lets users block unwanted phone calls and text messages, avoiding iPhone ban (Jeremy Horwitz/VentureBeat)
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Indian telecom regulator’s DND app finally lands on the App Store


A do-not-disturb app from India’s telecom regulator has finally made it to Apple’s App Store. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has been fighting with the Cupertino-based company over the app for months. The app currently lets customers register their number for do-not-disturb (DND) service to avoid getting calls from telemarketers. The app description says that it may take up to seven days for getting a number registered for the DND service. Users can also report spam numbers and messages through the app. Back in June, during the company’s developer conference, Apple silently announced support for reporting spam calls…

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Indian telecom regulator’s DND app finally lands on the App Store
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AT&T plans another, 3-tiered streaming service for Q4 2019 with a movie-focused entry level, a premium level with original programming, and a WarnerMedia bundle (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)


Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:

AT&T plans another, 3-tiered streaming service for Q4 2019 with a movie-focused entry level, a premium level with original programming, and a WarnerMedia bundle  —  AT&T may be ready to sell its stake in Hulu, the company revealed in an analyst presentation on Thursday.

AT&T plans another, 3-tiered streaming service for Q4 2019 with a movie-focused entry level, a premium level with original programming, and a WarnerMedia bundle (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
Source: Tech Meme

The American Citizen’s Guide to Clean Air

Unsure if the government is looking out for them, a guerrilla network of “breathers” has turned to personal pollution monitors. The American Citizen’s Guide to Clean Air
Source: NY Times Tech

Building Portable Linux Devices: Never Been Easier, But Still Hard

We live in a Golden Age of single-board computers. There was a time when a portable computer that was any good was a relatively rare and expensive device, certainly not something you could expect to replicate for yourself. A Psion, or later a Palm or perhaps a WinCE device would have been a lot more than an impulse purchase, and could not easily have been replicated using the components then available to the experimenter.

Thanks to spin-offs from technology developed for set-top boxes and mobile phones we can now buy any one of a pile of different boards that have almost equivalent power to a desktop computer. The experimenter can leverage that computing power to create their own small portables. Zerophone creator Arsenijs Picugins spoke about the tricky parts of designing a LInux portable at the recent Hackaday Superconference. You’ll find his talk below the break, which makes for a fascinating primer for those tempted to walk in his footsteps.

Zerophone – a Raspberry Pi Smartphone

Minor Details of Portables are the Majority of the Build

In theory, it’s pretty easy to use one of these boards to make a portable computer. Take one of the smaller members of the Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone families, add a battery and a display, and away you go. But as always the devil is in the detail, and for a truly successful build there are a wealth of variables to attend to.

In his talk, Arsenijs takes us through the challenges of power supplies, connectors, and interfaces. In particular there is considerable challenge to running an SBC from a battery small enough to be portable, as efficiency concerns and the ability to easily recharge make for a critical set of choices. Then we learn of another pitfall, that of using USB as a default interface. Power loss in converting 5V to 3.3V that is inconsequential for a desktop computer is a battery-killer in a small device, so we’re pointed at the array of alternatives.

Zerophone screen menu [via @ZeroPhoneOSHW]

Screen Size is a Tricky Spec to Settle

If you’ve been tempted by one of those cheap Raspberry Pi touch screens, you’ll certainly understand that while a full desktop on a screen the size of a playing card looks cool, the reality is almost unusable. Your device will require a user interface that fits its form factor, which from his experience, Arsenijs suggests is best achieved through the medium of buttons rather than a touchscreen on smaller screens. There are a variety of UI and display libraries he introduces us to which make the whole process significantly easier.

Arsenijs’ Zerophone Raspberry Pi smartphone was a finalist in the 2017 Hackaday Prize, and remains an exemplary portable project from which many others can gain inspiration. We are privileged that he was able to bring his experience to speak at the Superconference, and his talk makes for a fascinating watch.

Building Portable Linux Devices: Never Been Easier, But Still Hard
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Abzû on the Switch: Stunning in the hands, hell for thalassophobia


The Nintendo Switch added another indie feather to its cap this week with the release of Abzû, an underwater adventure game from Giant Squid Studios. The game‘s beauty translates exceptionally well to the Switch’s handheld screen — and if you have any fear of the ocean blue, it’s almost too good. In Abzû, you play a small, featureless being with flippers, exploring the ocean and activating beacons to cleanse polluted sections. I couldn’t tell you why — in that classic short indie game fashion, the game doesn’t deliver its story directly, opting to use environmental cues and visual markers in order…

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Abzû on the Switch: Stunning in the hands, hell for thalassophobia
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200 people remade Shrek and now it's totally hallucinogenic – CNET

Shrek gets a patchwork live-action and animated retelling that feels like a fever dream. 200 people remade Shrek and now it's totally hallucinogenic – CNET
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Nissan's new Leaf Nismo RC is a meaner green machine – Roadshow

More power and all-wheel drive kick the Leaf race car up a couple of notches. Nissan's new Leaf Nismo RC is a meaner green machine – Roadshow
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Wave Computing, an AI startup making specialized hardware and software for datacenters and on-premise environments for large datasets, raises $86M Series E (David Manners/Electronics Weekly)


David Manners / Electronics Weekly:

Wave Computing, an AI startup making specialized hardware and software for datacenters and on-premise environments for large datasets, raises $86M Series E  —  Wave Computing, the edge computing start-up, has taken its VC funding tally to $117.3 million with its latest Series E round of $86 million which was, says Wave, oversubscribed.

Wave Computing, an AI startup making specialized hardware and software for datacenters and on-premise environments for large datasets, raises M Series E (David Manners/Electronics Weekly)
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E Ink’s new digital paper lets you draw with almost no lag


The hypothetical pinnacle of digital paper is when it becomes indistinguishable from the real article, both in terms of reading and writing. Today, at the Connected Ink conference in Tokyo, E Ink Holdings took us a little bit closer with its new JustWrite technology. JustWrite is designed to feel as close as possible to writing on a sheet of standard A4, without the inclusion of a bulky TFT backplane. It requires very little electricity to run, and boasts very low latency, in order to offer a natural-feeling writing experience. So, how does this work in practice? You can see an…

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E Ink’s new digital paper lets you draw with almost no lag
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Top 5 cars for teens (November 2018) – Roadshow

The safest, cheapest things on four wheels. Top 5 cars for teens (November 2018) – Roadshow
Source: CNet

Virgin Galactic will take people to space by Christmas, says Richard Branson – CNET

That gives Virgin Galactic less than a month to start firing people into space. Virgin Galactic will take people to space by Christmas, says Richard Branson – CNET
Source: CNet

Apple Music arrives on Amazon Echo next month


In something of a surprise announcement today, Amazon revealed that Apple Music would soon be available on its Echo devices. The feature arrives on December 17, joining existing services like Spotify, Pandora, and, of course, Amazon Music. Users simply need to enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app and link their accounts. I say ‘surprise’ because it’s somewhat unusual for Apple to share its services on other hardware, especially considering the HomePod is still pretty new. Then again, Apple Music is available on Android, because no matter how much Apple likes its walled garden, it would be silly to…

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Apple Music arrives on Amazon Echo next month
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What you should do after the Marriott data breach

How to reach Marriott’s call center and FAQ page and enroll in a free fraud monitoring service. What you should do after the Marriott data breach
Source: Washington Post Tech

European Central Bank launches TARGET Instant Payment Settlement system, making it easier for EU banks to compete with PayPal and other global tech giants (Stefano Bernabei/Reuters)


Stefano Bernabei / Reuters:

European Central Bank launches TARGET Instant Payment Settlement system, making it easier for EU banks to compete with PayPal and other global tech giants  —  FRASCATI, Italy (Reuters) – The European Central Bank launched on Friday a new system aimed at letting banks settle payments instantly across Europe …

European Central Bank launches TARGET Instant Payment Settlement system, making it easier for EU banks to compete with PayPal and other global tech giants (Stefano Bernabei/Reuters)
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Starwood hacked with over 500 million customer details accessed


If you’ve stayed at a Starwood hotel in the past few years, it’s time to buy some credit monitoring. The Marriott International-owned hotel brand has reported a massive hack that saw the details of over 500 million customers accessed by an unauthorized party. The hotel chain says that the attackers have been able to access the company’s internal network — including the guest reservation database — since 2014. For 327 million unlucky customers, the data accessed includes sensitive personal information like address details and passport numbers. Marriott International, which acquired Starwood in 2016, says the information also contains payment card…

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Starwood hacked with over 500 million customer details accessed
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Extreme Pi Overclocking With Mineral Oil

Liquid cooling is a popular way to get a bit of extra performance out of your computer. Usually this is done in desktops, where a special heat sink with copper tubing is glued to the CPU, and the copper tubes are plumbed to a radiator. If you want dive deeper into the world of liquid cooling, you can alternatively submerge your entire computer in a bath of mineral oil like [Timm] has done.

The computer in question here is a Raspberry Pi, and it’s being housed in a purpose-built laser cut acrylic case full of mineral oil. As a SoC, it’s easier to submerge the entire computer than it is to get a tiny liquid-cooled heat sink for the processor. While we’ve seen other builds like this before, [Timm] has taken a different approach to accessing the GPIO, USB, and other connectors through the oil bath. The ports are desoldered from the board and a purpose-built header is soldered on. From there, the wires can be routed out of the liquid and sealed off.

One other detail used here that  we haven’t seen in builds like this before was the practice of “rounding” the flat ribbon cable typically used for GPIO. Back in the days of IDE cables, it was common to cut the individual wires apart and re-bundle them into a cylindrical shape. Now that SATA is more popular this practice has been largely forgotten, but in this build [Timm] uses it to improve the mineral oil circulation and make the build easier to manage.

Extreme Pi Overclocking With Mineral Oil
Source: HackADay

Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests

Personal details including names, dates of birth, passport numbers and payment numbers could be at risk, the hotel chain said. Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests
Source: NY Times Tech

How to get a job working with artificial intelligence/machine learning


Artificial intelligence is one of the most exciting and attractive fields to get into. The global machine learning (ML) market is estimated to grow from $1.4 billion in 2017 to $8.8 billion by 2022. AI is projected to create 2.3 million related jobs by 2020, according to Gartner. The average salary of a machine learning engineer is between $125,000 and $175,000. At the top ten highest paying companies for AI talent, the average salary easily surpasses $200,000. Clearly, there are a lot of reasons to join this booming industry. In this article, I’m going to break down exactly what artificial intelligence…

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How to get a job working with artificial intelligence/machine learning
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Amazon Alexa and Apple Music will soon play nice – CNET

The new skill comes to Amazon Echo smart speakers on Dec. 17 and is slated to roll out to other Alexa-enabled devices soon after. Amazon Alexa and Apple Music will soon play nice – CNET
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People with paralysis control robot waiters in Tokyo cafe – CNET

Robots in this anime-inspired, pop-up cafe are allowing people with ALS and spinal-cord injuries to work short-term. People with paralysis control robot waiters in Tokyo cafe – CNET
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Arlo, Netgear's security camera spinoff, announces its first 4K camera, Arlo Ultra, with HDR and a built-in spotlight, available in Q1 2019 for $399.99 (Jon Porter/The Verge)


Jon Porter / The Verge:

Arlo, Netgear’s security camera spinoff, announces its first 4K camera, Arlo Ultra, with HDR and a built-in spotlight, available in Q1 2019 for $399.99  —  Smart person detection and 911 calling are available at launch  —  Arlo, the security camera company launched by Netgear …

Arlo, Netgear's security camera spinoff, announces its first 4K camera, Arlo Ultra, with HDR and a built-in spotlight, available in Q1 2019 for 9.99 (Jon Porter/The Verge)
Source: Tech Meme

Marriott data breach hits 500 million Starwood hotel guests – CNET

Hackers stole personal information and some payment card data. Marriott data breach hits 500 million Starwood hotel guests – CNET
Source: CNet