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Avengers: Endgame review — Marvel's ultimate love letter to fans tops Infinity War – CNET April 25, 2019

Spoiler free: The Russos’ wholly satisfying superhero epic, a sequel to every MCU movie ever, doesn’t waste a second. Avengers: Endgame review — Marvel's ultimate love letter to fans tops Infinity War – CNET Source: CNet

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Facebook finally explains how it organizes your news feed – CNET

The “Why am I seeing this post?” feature details how the company’s algorithm prioritizes certain posts on your feed. Facebook finally explains how it organizes your news feed – CNET
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DappRadar: only 28% of active dapp users were on Ethereum blockchain as of January, losing major ground to Tron and EOS, which now leads with 40% of dapp users (Olga Kharif/Bloomberg)


Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:

DappRadar: only 28% of active dapp users were on Ethereum blockchain as of January, losing major ground to Tron and EOS, which now leads with 40% of dapp users  —  – EOS, Tron surpass Ethereum in popularity with many developers  — Some startups are now issuing tokens on competing networks

DappRadar: only 28% of active dapp users were on Ethereum blockchain as of January, losing major ground to Tron and EOS, which now leads with 40% of dapp users (Olga Kharif/Bloomberg)
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Mark Zuckerberg’s Call to Regulate Facebook, Explained

Here’s why the Facebook chief executive invited Congress to regulate his company in a post on Saturday. Mark Zuckerberg’s Call to Regulate Facebook, Explained
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Facebook is finally explaining how it organizes your news feed – CNET

“Why am I seeing this post?” feature will explain how the company’s algorithm has prioritised certain posts on your feed. Facebook is finally explaining how it organizes your news feed – CNET
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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says Fortnite's Creative mode, where players build together instead of battling, has attracted 100M players since its December launch (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)


Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says Fortnite’s Creative mode, where players build together instead of battling, has attracted 100M players since its December launch  —  – Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says that the company has big plans for “Fortnite,” which it sees “evolving beyond being a game.”

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says Fortnite's Creative mode, where players build together instead of battling, has attracted 100M players since its December launch (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)
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A New Digital Mode For Radio Amateurs

There used to be a time when amateur radio was a fairly static pursuit. There was a lot of fascination to be had with building radios, but what you did with them remained constant year on year. Morse code was sent by hand with a key, voice was on FM or SSB with a few old-timers using AM, and you’d hear the warbling tones of RTTY traffic generated by mechanical teletypes.

By contrast the radio amateur of today lives in a fast-paced world of ever-evolving digital modes, in which much of the excitement comes in pushing the boundaries of what is possible when a radio is connected to a computer. A new contender in one part of the hobby has come our way from [Guillaume, F4HDK], in the form of his NPR, or New Packet Radio mode.

NPR is intended to bring high bandwidth IP networking to radio amateurs in the 70 cm band, and it does this rather cleverly with a modem that contains a single-chip FSK transceiver intended for use in licence-free ISM band applications. There is an Ethernet module and an Mbed microcontroller board on a custom PCB, which when assembled produces a few hundred milliwatts of RF that can be fed to an off-the-shelf DMR power amplifier.

Each network is configured around a master node intended to use an omnidirectional antenna, to which individual nodes connect. Time-division multiplexing is enforced by the master so there should be no collisions, and this coupled with the relatively wide radio bandwidth of the ISM transceiver gives the system a high usable data bandwidth.

Whether or not the mode is taken up and becomes a success depends upon the will of individual radio amateurs. But it does hold the interesting feature of relying upon relatively inexpensive parts, so the barrier to entry is lower than it might be otherwise. If you are wondering where you might have seen [F4HDK] before, we’ve previously brought you his FPGA computer.

A New Digital Mode For Radio Amateurs
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Wildlife gets wilder than ever in new National Geographic Hostile Planet series – CNET

See how animals adapt and survive in the world’s most extreme habitats, in a new National Geographic series hosted by Bear Grylls, airing on April 1. Wildlife gets wilder than ever in new National Geographic Hostile Planet series – CNET
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Google adds Snake game to Maps apps for April Fool's Day gag – CNET

The reimagined Snake game will be playable in Android and iOS Google Maps apps for around a week. Google adds Snake game to Maps apps for April Fool's Day gag – CNET
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Galaxy S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max: photo samples from our comparison – CNET

A side by side comparison of the pictures taken on Samsung’s new S10 Plus alongside Apple’s iPhone XS Max. Galaxy S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max: photo samples from our comparison – CNET
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Sega Genesis Mini: Release date and pricing announced – CNET

It’ll come with 40 games and most of your favourites are there. Sega Genesis Mini: Release date and pricing announced – CNET
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Poland fines digital marketing firm Bisnode ~€220K for GDPR violations; Bisnode argues it may cost €8M+ to reach people it can only contact via physical mail (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)


Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:

Poland fines digital marketing firm Bisnode ~€220K for GDPR violations; Bisnode argues it may cost €8M+ to reach people it can only contact via physical mail  —  An interesting decision came out of Poland’s data protection agency this week after the watchdog issued …

Poland fines digital marketing firm Bisnode ~€220K for GDPR violations; Bisnode argues it may cost €8M+ to reach people it can only contact via physical mail (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)
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Facebook announces "Why am I seeing this post?", a feature to help users better understand and control what is seen from friends, Pages, and Groups in News Feed (Ramya Sethuraman/Facebook)


Ramya Sethuraman / Facebook:

Facebook announces “Why am I seeing this post?”, a feature to help users better understand and control what is seen from friends, Pages, and Groups in News Feed  —  News Feed is always personalized to you — and starting today you’ll have even more information and control over your experience.

Facebook announces "Why am I seeing this post?", a feature to help users better understand and control what is seen from friends, Pages, and Groups in News Feed (Ramya Sethuraman/Facebook)
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Exclusive: Facebook to finally explain the decisions of its news feed algorithm (Laurence Dodds/Telegraph)


Laurence Dodds / Telegraph:

Exclusive: Facebook to finally explain the decisions of its news feed algorithm  —  Facebook will finally begin telling its users why posts appear in their news feeds as it seeks to assuage public concerns about the spread of fake news and its influence over billions of people’s reading habits.

Exclusive: Facebook to finally explain the decisions of its news feed algorithm (Laurence Dodds/Telegraph)
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A profile of payment card services startup Marqeta, which according to a source has doubled its revenue every year since 2016, reaching close to $150M in 2018 (Jeff Kauflin/Forbes)


Jeff Kauflin / Forbes:

A profile of payment card services startup Marqeta, which according to a source has doubled its revenue every year since 2016, reaching close to $150M in 2018  —  n the spring of 2015, Jason Gardner, the founder of Marqeta, a payments processor, left a grim board meeting and went for a walk …

A profile of payment card services startup Marqeta, which according to a source has doubled its revenue every year since 2016, reaching close to 0M in 2018 (Jeff Kauflin/Forbes)
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Hackaday Links: March 31, 2019

You can now make flexible circuit boards of unlimited length. Trackwise was contracted out for making a wiring harness for the wing of a UAV and managed to ship a 26 meter long flexible printed circuit board. This is an interesting application of the technology — UAVs are very weight sensitive and wiring harnesses are heavy. Wings are straight, but they flex, and you need wires going from tip to tip. Flex circuits do all of this well, but first you need a technology that allows you to manufacture circuits that are as long as a wing. This is apparently something called ‘reel-to-reel’ technology, or some variant of continuous production. Either way, it’s cool, and we’re wondering what else this kind of circuit enables.

You may have noticed a few odd-shaped buildings going up in the last few years. These are buildings designed for indoor skydiving. Two went up around DC in the last year or so. What if you didn’t need a building? What if you could make an outdoor, vertical wind tunnel? Here you go, it’s the Aerodium Peryton.

KiCon, the first and largest gathering of hardware developers using KiCad, is happening April 26th in Chicago.

If KiCad isn’t your thing, PyCon is in Cleveland May 1-9. It couldn’t come at a better time: after losing LeBron, the Cleveland economy has plummeted 90%. Cleveland needs an industry now, and tech conferences are where it’s at. Go Browns.

For one reason or another, a few tech blogs wrote about a product on Tindie last week. It’s the SnapOnAir Raspberry Pi Zero PCB. This turns a Raspberry Pi Zero into a tiny, battery-powered handheld computer with a keyboard and display. This is just a PCB, and you’ll need to bring your own switches, display, and other various modules, but it is a compact device and if you need a small, handheld Linux thing, this is a pretty good solution.

Oh noes April Fools is tomorrow, which means the Internet will be terrible. Tip ‘o the hat to Redbox, though: they were the only one that sent out a press release to their waste of electrons by last Friday.

 

Hackaday Links: March 31, 2019
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Elon Musk drops an auto-tune rap about 2016 meme Harambe – CNET

You better lose yourself in the Musk tweets. Elon Musk drops an auto-tune rap about 2016 meme Harambe – CNET
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Proxy, a startup that is building a mobile identity layer on top of Bluetooth LE for keyless entry and more, raises $13.6M Series A led by Kleiner Perkins (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)


Josh Constine / TechCrunch:

Proxy, a startup that is building a mobile identity layer on top of Bluetooth LE for keyless entry and more, raises $13.6M Series A led by Kleiner Perkins  —  You know how kings used to have trumpeters heralding their arrival wherever they went?  Proxy wants to do that with Bluetooth.

Proxy, a startup that is building a mobile identity layer on top of Bluetooth LE for keyless entry and more, raises .6M Series A led by Kleiner Perkins (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
Source: Tech Meme

The Kardashians Tell All About Jordyn Woods, Fyre Festival and Being Billionaires

Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie are back, now with extra Kanye — because “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is back on TV tonight. The Kardashians Tell All About Jordyn Woods, Fyre Festival and Being Billionaires
Source: NY Times Tech

5 Galaxy S10 features you're going to love most – CNET

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 phones are tested and the verdicts are in. Here’s what they do best. 5 Galaxy S10 features you're going to love most – CNET
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These Silicon Valley Investors’ Bets May Pay Off

A herd of technology public offerings this year and next year is set to anoint venture capital winners. Here are some of them. These Silicon Valley Investors’ Bets May Pay Off
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Captain Marvel about to blast past $1 billion at box office – CNET

Live-action remake of Dumbo soared to the top of the weekend box office. Captain Marvel about to blast past billion at box office – CNET
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Build Your Own Metal Roller

Metal fabrication is a useful skill to have. There’s plenty you can achieve in your workshop at home, given the right tools. There’s lathes for turning, mills for milling, and bandsaws and dropsaws for chopping it all to pieces. But what do you do if you need to make hoops and bends and round sections? You build a metal roller, of course – and that’s precisely what [James Bruton] did.

The main body of the tool is built out of box section, chosen largely as it’s what [James] had lying around. Bearings are of the familiar pillow block variety, with 20 mm bright steel serving as the rollers due to its better tolerance than mild steel stock. Set screws hold the shafts in place to avoid everything sliding around the place. A 10-ton bottle jack then provides the force to gently bend the workpiece as it passes through the rollers.

Initial tests were positive, with the roller producing smooth curves in 4 mm thick steel bar. There were some issues with runout, which were easily fixed with some attention to the parallelism of the shafts. It’s a tidy build, and can serve as a basis for further upgrades in future if necessary.

We’ve seen DIY roll benders before, too. Video after the break.

 

Build Your Own Metal Roller
Source: HackADay

Apple AirPower's death could be the best thing for you and your iPhone – CNET

Commentary: I was crushed when Apple cancelled its smart wireless charging pad. Now it’s time to move on. Apple AirPower's death could be the best thing for you and your iPhone – CNET
Source: CNet

‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Returns With Its New Star … Kanye West?

As the KUWTK trailer promises, Mr. Kim Kardashian is ready to share his feelings with you. ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Returns With Its New Star … Kanye West?
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10 simple tricks to boosting MRR, the key to a SaaS business


Everybody knows the concept of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model by now. But what not many might realize is that SaaS business lives or dies by its Monthly Recurring Revenue. MRR is becoming the lifeblood of companies following this unique business model, one that’s only growing in popularity as of late. But why? The SaaS market is predicted to grow at a compound annual rate of 17 percent by 2023. Furthermore, the industry as a whole is estimated to grow over $60 million by next year. With such stability and development numbers, it isn’t surprising really that so many tech companies…

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10 simple tricks to boosting MRR, the key to a SaaS business
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Care.com, the largest site in the US for finding caregivers, scrubbed ~46,594 or ~72% of day-care centers claiming to have a state license, after a WSJ inquiry (Wall Street Journal)


Wall Street Journal:

Care.com, the largest site in the US for finding caregivers, scrubbed ~46,594 or ~72% of day-care centers claiming to have a state license, after a WSJ inquiry  —  Online child-care marketplace Care.com removed from its site tens of thousands of unverified day-care center listings just before a WSJ investigation was published.

Care.com, the largest site in the US for finding caregivers, scrubbed ~46,594 or ~72% of day-care centers claiming to have a state license, after a WSJ inquiry (Wall Street Journal)
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A comprehensive (and honest) list of UX clichés


“You are not your user” A reminder that you are not designing the product for people like yourself. Often used as a way to encourage more user research in a project. “If Henry Ford had asked people what they wanted, they would have told him faster horses”Used as a counter-argument to the previous statement, when you start to realize you won’t have time or money to do enough user research. “We are testing the design, not your skills”Disclaimer given to users at the start of a user testing session to make them feel better about being a little stupid. “Designers…

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A comprehensive (and honest) list of UX clichés
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Facebook’s Zuckerberg wants laws to combat harmful content, protect privacy – CNET

As the social network is called out for its own practices, Zuck says the internet needs guidance and standard rules. Facebook’s Zuckerberg wants laws to combat harmful content, protect privacy – CNET
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Ripped-Off Riffs? Rise in Plagiarism Claims Unnerves Pop Songwriters

“I shouldn’t be thinking about legal precedent when I am trying to write a chorus,” a Beyoncé songwriter says, long after “Blurred Lines” changed the rules. Ripped-Off Riffs? Rise in Plagiarism Claims Unnerves Pop Songwriters
Source: NY Times Tech

Zuckerberg's op-ed on regulations rings somewhat hollow because Facebook can already make plenty of improvements in the areas mentioned without government help (TechCrunch)


TechCrunch:

Zuckerberg’s op-ed on regulations rings somewhat hollow because Facebook can already make plenty of improvements in the areas mentioned without government help  —  It’s been a busy day for Facebook exec op-eds.  Earlier this morning, Sheryl Sandberg broke the site’s silence around the Christchurch massacre …

Zuckerberg's op-ed on regulations rings somewhat hollow because Facebook can already make plenty of improvements in the areas mentioned without government help (TechCrunch)
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A Weather Station Fit For A PDP-11

The Digital Equipment Corp. PDP-11/70 is a masterpiece of Cold War-era industrial design. This microcomputer was the size of one or two modern server racks depending on configuration, and the front panel, loaded up with blinkenlights, was clad in a beautiful rose and magenta color scheme. The switches — the ones you used to toggle bits in memory — were actually custom designed covers made to match the shape of the completely unnecessary bezel. The aesthetic of the 11/70 is the intersection of baroque and modernism on the design Venn diagram.

[Oscar Vermeulen] built a miniature version of the PDP-11/70 that houses a Raspberry Pi, and [rricharz] has been hard at work bringing an original copy of BSD to this system. The first great project to come out of this effort? It’s a weather station, and it’s exactly as cool as you think it is.

A bit of ground work went into this build, including getting a historical Unix system up and running, in this case 2.11 BSD. Armed with a Pi and the PiDP-11/70 front panel, [rricharz] had a complete BSD system up and running, and with cool-retro-term, the interface looked the part. Doing something useful was another question entirely, but the Pi in the PiDP had some GPIOs free, so this ancient machine got an I2C temperature and pressure sensor.

The completed build is basically just a breadboard, a tiny diagnostic OLED, and a python script that grabs the data and sends it over to the sim. This is pressure and temperature data shoved into an emulation of a Tektronix 4010 terminal. It’s marginally useful work done by an ancient BSD system wrapped in an emulation on a Raspberry Pi. It doesn’t get better than that.

A Weather Station Fit For A PDP-11
Source: HackADay

Rakuten's stake in Lyft is now worth $2.46B, GM's $1.46B, Fidelity's $1.45B, a16z's $1.18B, Alphabet's $924M, Logan Green's $655M, and John Zimmer's $452M (Alison Griswold/Quartz)


Alison Griswold / Quartz:

Rakuten’s stake in Lyft is now worth $2.46B, GM’s $1.46B, Fidelity’s $1.45B, a16z’s $1.18B, Alphabet’s $924M, Logan Green’s $655M, and John Zimmer’s $452M  —  Lyft might not be making any money, but its investors and executives certainly are.  —  Shares of Lyft Inc. gained 8.7% on their first-ever …

Rakuten's stake in Lyft is now worth .46B, GM's .46B, Fidelity's .45B, a16z's .18B, Alphabet's 4M, Logan Green's 5M, and John Zimmer's 2M (Alison Griswold/Quartz)
Source: Tech Meme

Vivaldi mobile browser due in 2019 — but no ad blocking – CNET

CEO Jon Von Tetzchner also calls for privacy regulation to block companies from tracking us online. Also coming soon: Vivaldi’s email software. Vivaldi mobile browser due in 2019 — but no ad blocking – CNET
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How Instagram became the default way some connect with new friends: it's more casual than LinkedIn, while offering more info and less risk than phone numbers (Taylor Lorenz/The Atlantic)


Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:

How Instagram became the default way some connect with new friends: it’s more casual than LinkedIn, while offering more info and less risk than phone numbers  —  The app has become the default way to connect with new friends, dates, or business contacts.  —  When Chris Rackliffe …

How Instagram became the default way some connect with new friends: it's more casual than LinkedIn, while offering more info and less risk than phone numbers (Taylor Lorenz/The Atlantic)
Source: Tech Meme

The death of Apple's AirPower' may be the best thing for you and your iPhone – CNET

Commentary: I was crushed when Apple cancelled its smart wireless charging pad. Now it’s time to move on. The death of Apple's AirPower' may be the best thing for you and your iPhone – CNET
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Squeezebox Comes To The ESP

Streaming music may now come from somewhere in the cloud to an app on your phone and be sent to the client built in to almost every entertainment device you own, but there was a time when the bleeding edge lay in dedicated streaming device that connected to your existing set-up. One of the players in this market was Logitech with their Squeezebox line of products, and while the original hardware may have been discontinued it remains very much alive among its dedicated userbase due to the free nature of the Logitech Media Server software and implementations of the slimproto streaming protocol in players. Now you can create a network player on about as cheap hardware as it is possible to find, because [Bgiraut] has produced a client for the ESP32 and ESP8266.

The software can be found on GitHub, and comes with the warning that it’s an early proof-of-concept rather than a polished release. It has two options for playback that both require a little bit of extra hardware, an I2S DAC for uncompressed streams or a VS1053 codec module for compressed ones, but neither of those need be expensive.

You can find Logitech Media Server from its download page, and give this device a try. Meanwhile we’ve covered many Squeezebox implementations, including ones on the Raspberry Pi, and the PogoPlug.

Thanks [joyofdivisions] for the tip.

Squeezebox Comes To The ESP
Source: HackADay

Cyber insurance for companies is overhyped — even though it may be necessary


For those following the information security space, it can feel as if the past year was just a series of announcements with one corporate security breach after another. Breaches like Equifax, Marriot, and many more have entered the general consciousness after the personal details of hundreds of millions of customers have fallen into the hands of hackers. Fear of being the next target has led many companies to seek out guarantees that will limit their losses if they are breached, leading to a new market of cyber insurance policies. Given the hype around the threat of hacks, fueled by more…

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Cyber insurance for companies is overhyped — even though it may be necessary
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You can learn how to work with AI tech in this $25 course bundle


It isn’t magic. It’s just smart coding. The training in The Complete Machine Learning A to Z Bundle ($25, over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals) will introduce you to the basics of deep learning and give you practical hands-on experience working with some of the most critical tools in creating self-learning systems.

You can learn how to work with AI tech in this course bundle
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Gmail gave Google the confidence to take over the world – CNET

Fifteen years ago, the new email service showed everyone Google was more than just a search company. Gmail gave Google the confidence to take over the world – CNET
Source: CNet

Worst geek movies of the decade – CNET

These are the lowest-rated geek films since 2010. Worst geek movies of the decade – CNET
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Get a 4-pack of Tile Mate 2018 trackers for $40 – CNET

That’s tied with one of the best deals to date on these new-and-improved finder gadgets. Get a 4-pack of Tile Mate 2018 trackers for – CNET
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A behind-the-scenes account of how a member of TripAdvisor's anti-fraud team helped the FCC track down a Florida man accused of making 96M+ illegal robocalls (Alex W. Palmer/Wired)


Alex W. Palmer / Wired:

A behind-the-scenes account of how a member of TripAdvisor’s anti-fraud team helped the FCC track down a Florida man accused of making 96M+ illegal robocalls  —  BRAD YOUNG, A lawyer at TripAdvisor, arrived at the company’s offices in Needham, Massachusetts, on October 12, 2015 …

A behind-the-scenes account of how a member of TripAdvisor's anti-fraud team helped the FCC track down a Florida man accused of making 96M+ illegal robocalls (Alex W. Palmer/Wired)
Source: Tech Meme

Best seat in the house: Exploring the incredible Walt Disney Concert Hall – CNET

One of the most beautiful modern concert halls in the world, the home of the LA Philharmonic, is a sight to behold. Take the full tour. Best seat in the house: Exploring the incredible Walt Disney Concert Hall – CNET
Source: CNet

Pixel 3 vs. OnePlus 6T: Which Android should you buy? – CNET

It’s a battle between an exceptional camera and a great budget price. Pixel 3 vs. OnePlus 6T: Which Android should you buy? – CNET
Source: CNet

ROS Gets Quick Sensor Debugging In The Terminal

Sensors are critical in robotics. A robot relies on its sensor package to perform its programmed duties. If sensors are damaged or non-functional, the robot can perform unpredictably, or even fail entirely. [Dheera Venkatraman] has been working to make debugging sensor issues easier with the rosshow package for Robot Operating System.

Normally, if you want to be certain a camera feed is working on a robot, normally you’d have to connect a monitor and other peripherals, check manually, then put everything away again when you’re finished. [Dheera] considered this was altogether too much of a pain for basic sensor checks.

Instead, rosshow uses the power of SSH to speed things along. Log in to the robot, fire off a few command line instructions, and rosshow will start displaying sensor data in the terminal on your remote machine. It’s achieved through the use of Unicode Braille art in the terminal.  Sure, you won’t get a full-resolution feed from your high-definition camera, and the display from the laser scanner isn’t exactly perfect. But it’s enough to provide an instant verification that sensors are connected and working, and will speed up those routine is-it-connected checks by an order of magnitude.

Robot Operating System is a particularly useful platform if you’re thinking about the software platform for your next build. If you do put something together, be sure to let us know.

ROS Gets Quick Sensor Debugging In The Terminal
Source: HackADay

How We Hang Out at Work Together Online Now

Instagram is for vacations. Facebook is for families. But TikTok takes us into the classrooms, airplanes, firehouses and fast-food franchises of our real lives. How We Hang Out at Work Together Online Now
Source: NY Times Tech

Gravity influences decision-making more than we can understand


Returning to Earth from the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield remarked how making the right decision is vital in high pressure environments, saying: Most of the time, you only really get one try to do most of the critical stuff and the consequences are life or death. Mankind is preparing for a new space age: manned missions to Mars are no longer a distant dream and commercial ventures may open up the prospect for non astronauts to visit other planets. Understanding how gravity impacts the way in which we make decisions has never been more pressing. All living…

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Gravity influences decision-making more than we can understand
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Ikea Furniture Hacks Make Accessibility More Accessible

The ThisAbles project is a series of 3D-printed IKEA furniture hacks making life easier for those without full use of their bodies. Since IKEA furniture is affordable and available across most of the planet, it’s the ideal target for a project that aims to make 3D-printed improvements accessible to everyone.

These hacks fit all meanings of the word “accessible”: Available worldwide, affordable, and helping people overcome physical barriers of everyday living. ThisAbles has support of multiple organizations including IKEA Israel. In their short introductory video (embedded below the break) they explained their process to find ways to make big impacts with simple 3D-printed modifications. From bumpers protecting furniture against wheelchair damage, to handles that allow drawers to be opened without fine fingertip control. Each of these designs also fit the well-known IKEA aesthetic, including their IKEA style illustrated manuals.

The site launched with thirteen downloadable solutions, but they have ambitions for more with user feedback. There’s a form where people can submit problems they would like to see solved, or alternatively, people can submit solutions they’ve already created and wish to share with the world. Making small changes to commodity IKEA furniture, these 3D printed accessories will have far more impact on people’s lives than the average figurine trinket on Thingiverse. It’s just the latest way we can apply hacker ingenuity to help others to do everything from simple daily tasks to video gaming.

[via Washington Post]

Ikea Furniture Hacks Make Accessibility More Accessible
Source: HackADay

News Analysis: Countries Want to Ban ‘Weaponized’ Social Media. What Would That Look Like?

No established democracies have ever come as close to applying such sweeping restrictions as Australia and New Zealand are considering in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings. News Analysis: Countries Want to Ban ‘Weaponized’ Social Media. What Would That Look Like?
Source: NY Times Tech

How AI will save us from the mess of big data


We are drowning in data that’s supposed to help us. The big data revolution has come from inexpensive data storage and automated data collection, giving organizations exponentially more data than they had in the past. From business logic data like computer log files to detailed weather patterns, purchasing data to TV viewing, we have access to so much data on how the world works and about the lives and habits of individuals. A lot of this data is just sitting in warehouses, either real or virtual, being ignored or occasionally examined for trends. It’s just too much for people to…

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How AI will save us from the mess of big data
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