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Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which raised €13M and expanded to Norway in February, raises €26M, says it has obtained a European banking license (Mary Loritz/EU-Startups) August 25, 2019

Mary Loritz / EU-Startups: Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which raised €13M and expanded to Norway in February, raises €26M, says it has obtained a European banking license  —  Copenhagen-based banking app Lunar Way has raised a €26 million round led by SEED Capital, while obtaining … Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which […]

Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which raised €13M and expanded to Norway in February, raises €26M, says it has obtained a European banking license (Mary Loritz/EU-Startups)


Mary Loritz / EU-Startups:

Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which raised €13M and expanded to Norway in February, raises €26M, says it has obtained a European banking license  —  Copenhagen-based banking app Lunar Way has raised a €26 million round led by SEED Capital, while obtaining …

Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which raised €13M and expanded to Norway in February, raises €26M, says it has obtained a European banking license (Mary Loritz/EU-Startups)
Source: Tech Meme

The best gaming laptop performers of 2019 – CNET

Alienware and Origin PC still dominate the top spots, with Acer’s Triton 900 with the Razor Blade Pro sliding into the top 3. The best gaming laptop performers of 2019 – CNET
Source: CNet

Hackaday Links: August 25, 2019

Doesn’t the Z-axis on 3D-printers seem a little – underused? I mean, all it does is creep up a fraction of a millimeter as the printer works through each slice. It would be nice if it could work with the other two axes and actually do something interesting. Which is exactly what’s happening in the nonplanar 3D-printing methods being explored at the University of Hamburg. Printing proceeds normally up until the end, when some modifications to Slic3r allow smooth toolpaths to fill in the stairsteps and produce a smooth(er) finish. It obviously won’t work for all prints or printers, but it’s nice to see the Z-axis finally pulling its weight.

If you want to know how something breaks, best to talk to someone who looks inside broken stuff for a living. [Roger Cicala] from LensRentals.com spends a lot of time doing just that, and he has come to some interesting conclusions about how electronics gear breaks. For his money, the prime culprit in camera and lens breakdowns is side-mounted buttons and jacks. The reason why is obvious once you think about it: components mounted perpendicular to the force needed to operate them are subject to a torque. That’s a problem when the only thing holding the component to the board is a few SMD solder pads. He covers some other interesting failure modes, too, and the whole article is worth a read to learn how not to design a robust product.

In the seemingly neverending quest to build the world’s worst Bitcoin mining rig, behold the 8BitCoin. It uses the 6502 processor in an Apple ][ to perform the necessary hashes, and it took a bit of doing to port the 32-bit SHA256 routines to an 8-bit platform. But therein lies the hack. But what about performance? Something something heat death of the universe…

Contributing Editor [Tom Nardi] dropped a tip about a new online magazine for people like us. Dubbed Paged Out!, the online monthly ‘zine is a collection of contributed stories from hackers, programmers, retrocomputing buffs, and pretty much anyone with something to say. Each article is one page and is formatted however the author wants to, which leads to some interesting layouts. You can check out the current issue here; they’re still looking for a bunch of articles for the next issue, so maybe consider writing up something for them – after you put it on Hackaday.io, of course.

Tipline stalwart [Qes] let us know about an interesting development in semiconductor manufacturing. Rather than concentrating on making transistors smaller, a team at Tufts University is making transistors from threads. Not threads of silicon, or quantum threads, or threads as a metaphor for something small and high-tech. Actual threads, like for sewing. Of course, there’s plenty more involved, like carbon nanotubes — hey, it was either that or graphene, right? — gold wires, and something called an ionogel that holds the whole thing together in a blob of electrolyte. The idea is to remove all rigid components and make truly flexible circuits. The possibilities for wearable sensors could be endless.

And finally, here’s a neat design for an ergonomic utility knife. It’s from our friend [Eric Strebel], an industrial designer who has been teaching us all a lot about his field through his YouTube channel. This knife is a minimalist affair, designed for those times when you need more than an X-Acto but a full utility knife is prohibitively bulky. [Eric’s] design is a simple 3D-printed clamshell that holds a standard utility knife blade firmly while providing good grip thanks to thoughtfully positioned finger depressions. We always get a kick out of watching [Eric] design little widgets like these; there’s a lot to learn from watching his design process.

Thanks to [JRD] and [mgsouth] for tips.

Hackaday Links: August 25, 2019
Source: HackADay

Ask About a Hotel or Airbnb's WiFi Before You Book

Last Christmas I decided to splurge on an Airbnb for a few days in my hometown rather than stay with friends and family for my entire trip. I loved the idea of being able to come and go as I wanted, as well as stay up as late as I wanted without bugging my hosts. As it turns out, my midnight west coast bedtime turns…

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Ask About a Hotel or Airbnb's WiFi Before You Book
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Interview with Tobi Lütke, CEO of Shopify, as its market cap has surpassed eBay, and it sets its sights on Amazon, building out its own fulfillment network (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)


Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:

Interview with Tobi Lütke, CEO of Shopify, as its market cap has surpassed eBay, and it sets its sights on Amazon, building out its own fulfillment network  —  Tobi Lütke, the Shopify chief executive, prefers his employees to refrain from checking the ecommerce company’s share price too often.

Interview with Tobi Lütke, CEO of Shopify, as its market cap has surpassed eBay, and it sets its sights on Amazon, building out its own fulfillment network (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)
Source: Tech Meme

Glia is Making Open Medical Devices, And You Can Help

The Glia project aims to create a suite of free and open-source medical equipment that can be assembled cheaply and easily when and where it’s needed. Even essential tools like stethoscopes and tourniquets can be difficult to acquire in certain parts of the world, especially during times of war or civil unrest. But armed with a 3D printer and the team’s open-source designs, an ad-hoc factory can start producing these lifesaving tools anywhere on the planet.

Glia member [Tarek Loubani] has recently written a blog post discussing the team’s latest release: an otoscope that can be built for as little as $5. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve almost certainly seen one of them in use. The otoscope is used to look inside the ear and can be invaluable in diagnosing illnesses, especially in children. Unfortunately, while this iconic piece of equipment is quite simple on a technical level, professional-quality versions can cost hundreds of dollars.

Now to be fair, you’ll need quite a bit more than just the 3D printed parts to assemble the device. The final product requires some electrical components such as a battery holder, rocker switch, and LED. It also requires a custom lens, though the Gila team has thought ahead here and provided the files for printable jigs that will allow you to cut a larger lens down to the size required by their otoscope. In a situation where you might have to improvise with what you have, that’s a very clever design element.

So far the team is very happy with how the otoscope performs, but they’ve run into a bit of a logistical snag. It turns out that early work on the project was done in the web-based TinkerCAD, which isn’t quite in line with the team’s goals of keeping everything free and open. They’d like some assistance in recreating the STLs in FreeCAD or OpenSCAD so they’re easier to modify down the road. So if you’re a FOSS CAD master and want to earn some positive karma, head over to the GitHub page for the project and put those skills to use.

We’ve previously covered Glia’s work with 3D printed tourniquets to treat gunshot wounds, a project that led to [Tarek] himself being shot by a sniper while attempting to field test the design in Gaza. If that’s not commitment to the principles of open-source hardware, we don’t know what is.

Glia is Making Open Medical Devices, And You Can Help
Source: HackADay

Note 10 Plus camera night mode helps Samsung catch up to rival phones – CNET

Commentary: Samsung its on its way to closing the low-light photo gap with the best camera phones. Note 10 Plus camera night mode helps Samsung catch up to rival phones – CNET
Source: CNet

Nathan Fillion may be joining James Gunn's The Suicide Squad – CNET

The actor and the director are good friends, but there’s no official confirmation. Yet. Nathan Fillion may be joining James Gunn's The Suicide Squad – CNET
Source: CNet

Inside PlusToken, a Ponzi scheme that collected ~$3B worth of cryptocurrencies from investors in China and SE Asia this year, and the efforts to trace the funds (Colin Harper/Bitcoin Magazine)

Colin Harper / Bitcoin Magazine:

Inside PlusToken, a Ponzi scheme that collected ~$3B worth of cryptocurrencies from investors in China and SE Asia this year, and the efforts to trace the funds  —  On June 27, 2019, a handful of leaders for a wildly popular ponzi scheme that spread across Asia were arrested by Chinese authorities …

Inside PlusToken, a Ponzi scheme that collected ~B worth of cryptocurrencies from investors in China and SE Asia this year, and the efforts to trace the funds (Colin Harper/Bitcoin Magazine)
Source: Tech Meme

How to Enable Chrome's New Extension Menu

If you read through my Lifehacker posts, you can figure out pretty quickly that I’m a fan of browser extensions. I have extensions for adding a dark mode to my browser, one of showing previews of sites so I don’t have to open a tab, and even a browser extension for helping me manage all those tabs that I do open.

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How to Enable Chrome's New Extension Menu
Source: Life Hacker

FireEye: China-linked hacking groups are increasingly targeting healthcare systems to obtain medical research data and the IP for medical devices (Matt Burgess/WIRED UK)


Matt Burgess / WIRED UK:

FireEye: China-linked hacking groups are increasingly targeting healthcare systems to obtain medical research data and the IP for medical devices  —  New research shows cyber espionage groups linked to China are targetting medical research data and the intellectual property for medical devices

FireEye: China-linked hacking groups are increasingly targeting healthcare systems to obtain medical research data and the IP for medical devices (Matt Burgess/WIRED UK)
Source: Tech Meme

Keep Your Space Clean With Regular "Purge" Days

I am admittedly a pretty messy person. I persistently have stacks of items around my office, and sometimes my home that I plan to get to “later;” however, as my boyfriend can tell you, that later more often than not never comes. Which is why I recommend scheduling it.

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Keep Your Space Clean With Regular "Purge" Days
Source: Life Hacker

Lead Former Makes LED Cubes a Little Easier to Build

There’s no doubting the allure of a nicely crafted LED cube; likewise, there’s no doubting that they can be a tremendous pain to build. After all, the amount of work scales as the cube of the number of LEDs you want each side to have, and let’s face it – with LED cubes, the bigger, the better. What to do about all that tedious lead forming?

[TylerTimoJ]’s solution is a custom-designed lead-forming tool, and we have to say we’re mighty impressed by it. His LED cubes use discrete RGB LEDs, the kind with four leads, each suspended in space by soldering them to wires. For the neat appearance needed to make such a circuit sculpture work, the leads must be trimmed and bent at just the right angles, a tedious job indeed when done by hand. His tool has servo-controlled jaws that grip the leads, with solenoid-actuated lead formers coming in from below to bend each lead just the right amount. The lead former, along with its companion trimmer, obviously went through a lot of iterations before [TylerTimoJ] got everything right, but we’d say being able to process thousands of LEDs without all the tedium is probably worth the effort.

We’re looking forward to the huge LED cubes this tool will enable. Perhaps this CNC wire bender and an automated wire cutter would come in handy for the supporting wires?

[james] sent us this tip. Thanks!

Lead Former Makes LED Cubes a Little Easier to Build
Source: HackADay

Plant cells signal between each other to agree on what time it is


Anyone who has travelled across multiple time zones and suffered jet lag will understand just how powerful our biological clocks are. In fact, every cell in the human body has its own molecular clock, which is capable of generating a daily rise and fall in the number of many proteins the body produces over a 24-hour cycle. The brain contains a master clock that keeps the rest of the body in sync, using light signals from the eyes to keep in time with environment. Plants have similar circadian rhythms that help them tell the time of day, preparing plants for…

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Plant cells signal between each other to agree on what time it is
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FTC, AT&T settle 2014 data-throttling lawsuit – CNET

Suit accused the carrier of deceiving unlimited-data customers when it slowed their connection speeds. FTC, AT&T settle 2014 data-throttling lawsuit – CNET
Source: CNet

Google’s betting on SMS 2.0 to get its messaging groove back


Google’s gotten a lot of grief for its messaging strategy, and rightly so. While Facebook and Apple have seen their messaging platforms become indispensable to users and businesses alike, Google has launched a litany of apps whose pithy names (Buzz, Wave, Allo, Hangouts, and the list goes on) couldn’t save them from the dustbin of chat history.  But lately it seems like the search giant has got its messaging groove back.  Getting to RC-yes  By now you’re probably familiar with RCS, the new telecom standard that’s supposed to rescue old fashioned text messaging from the flip-phone era. RCS stands for…

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Google’s betting on SMS 2.0 to get its messaging groove back
Source: The Next Web

10 new trailers you should watch this week

Photo: Warner Bros.

I was excited to watch Cold War, the new film from Ida director Paweł Pawlikowski, now that it’s streaming on Amazon. Like Ida, Cold War is shot in gorgeous black and white and has a zoomed-in focus on the oppression felt by an individual during war.

Cold War jumps forward again and again so we can see the isolating effects over time, which is a really neat way to structure a movie that’s trying to show the impact of a seemingly endless standoff. It effectively turns into a series of connected shorts, showing various blips in a couple’s life.

What I found even more confusing was the relationship that it depicted. It’s torn apart and trampled again and again by war, then brought together again by a passion that’s never clearly developed….

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10 new trailers you should watch this week
Source: New feed

Apple needs to fix the iPhone 11's buttons so accidental screenshots go away – CNET

Commentary: There are a handful of features I hope Apple improves to make owning the next iPhone a better experience. Apple needs to fix the iPhone 11's buttons so accidental screenshots go away – CNET
Source: CNet

What the hell does the telephoto lens on your phone do?


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. The days when your phone had a single camera on it are gone. Nowadays, it’s common to have several of them on the rear of a device, or, if you’re Nokia, many, many more. Thing is… why? What are they all there for? What do they do? Well, we’re here to answer that question. We’ve already looked at a time-of-flight (ToF) camera, but today we’re pondering something else commonly found on the back of your phone:…

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What the hell does the telephoto lens on your phone do?
Source: The Next Web

A new Apple Watch is coming, but it may not be what we were expecting – CNET

Instead of a brand new Series 5, Apple could launch a new version of an old Apple Watch at its September launch event. A new Apple Watch is coming, but it may not be what we were expecting – CNET
Source: CNet

AirPods 2 vs. Sony WF-1000XM3: The best wireless earbuds are… – CNET

Sony’s new earbuds have great sound quality and noise cancellation, but they’re $70 more expensive than the AirPods. Are they worth the splurge? AirPods 2 vs. Sony WF-1000XM3: The best wireless earbuds are… – CNET
Source: CNet

Sunday's Best Deals: The Frame TVs, 20% Off Amazon Warehouse, Kindle Nonfiction, And More

A big Kindle nonfiction sale, an extra 20% off Amazon Warehouse items, and Samsung’s Frame TVs lead off Sunday’s best deals from around the web. 

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Sunday's Best Deals: The Frame TVs, 20% Off Amazon Warehouse, Kindle Nonfiction, And More
Source: Life Hacker

Tech Nation report: investments in UK tech startups hit a record $6.7B in the seven months of 2019, exceeding the total amount of investment in all of 2018 (Liam Tung/ZDNet)


Liam Tung / ZDNet:

Tech Nation report: investments in UK tech startups hit a record $6.7B in the seven months of 2019, exceeding the total amount of investment in all of 2018  —  Foreign investment in UK tech startups booms but tech job openings take a dive.  —  The UK’s tech sector has attracted $6.7bn …

Tech Nation report: investments in UK tech startups hit a record .7B in the seven months of 2019, exceeding the total amount of investment in all of 2018 (Liam Tung/ZDNet)
Source: Tech Meme

The Tens of Millions of Faces Training Facial Recognition; You’ll Soon Be Able to Search for Yourself

In a stiflingly hot lecture tent at CCCamp on Friday, Adam Harvey took to the stage to discuss the huge data sets being used by groups around the world to train facial recognition software. These faces come from a variety of sources and soon Adam and his research collaborator Jules LaPlace will release a tool that makes these dataset searchable allowing you to figure out if your face is among the horde.

Facial recognition is the new hotness, recently bubbling up to the consciousness of the general public. In fact, when boarding a flight from Detroit to Amsterdam earlier this week I was required to board the plane not by showing a passport or boarding pass, but by pausing in front of a facial recognition camera which subsequently printed out a piece of paper with my name and seat number on it (although it appears I could have opted out, that was not disclosed by Delta Airlines staff the time). Anecdotally this gives passengers the feeling that facial recognition is robust and mature, but Adam mentions that this not the case and that removed from highly controlled environments the accuracy of recognition is closer to an abysmal 2%.

Images are only effective in these datasets when the interocular distance (the distance between the pupils of your eyes) is a minimum of 40 pixels. But over the years this minimum resolution has been moving higher and higher, with the current standard trending toward 300 pixels. The increase is not surprising as it follows a similar curve to the resolution available from digital cameras. The number of faces available in data sets has also increased along a similar curve over the years.

Adam’s talk recounted the availability of face and person recognition datasets and it was a wild ride. Of note are data sets by the names of Brainwash Cafe, Duke MTMC (multi-tracking-multi-camera),  Microsoft Celeb, Oxford Town Centre, and the Unconstrained College Students data set. Faces in these databases were harvested without consent and that has led to four of them being removed, but of course, they’re still available as what is once on the Internet may never die.

The Microsoft Celeb set is particularly egregious as it used the Bing search engine to harvest faces (oh my!) and has associated names with them. Lest you think you’re not a celeb and therefore safe, in this case celeb means anyone who has an internet presence. That’s about 10 million faces. Adam used two examples of past CCCamp talk videos that were used as a source for adding the speakers’ faces to the dataset. It’s possible that this is in violation of GDPR so we can expect to see legal action in the not too distant future.

Your face might be in a dataset, so what? In their research, Adam and Jules tracked geographic locations and other data to establish who has downloaded and is likely using these sets to train facial recognition AI. It’s no surprise that the National University of Defense Technology in China is among the downloaders. In the case of US intelligence organizations, it’s easier much easier to know they’re using some of the sets because they funded some of the research through organizations like the IARPA. These sets are being used to train up military-grade face recognition.

What are we to do about this? Unfortunately what’s done is done, but we do have options moving forward. Be careful of how you license images you upload — substantial data was harvested through loopholes in licenses on platforms like Flickr, or by agreeing to use through EULAs on platforms like Facebook. Adam’s advice is to stop populating the internet with faces, which is why I’ve covered his with the Jolly Wrencher above. Alternatively, you can limit image resolution so interocular distance is below the forty-pixel threshold. He also advocates for changes to Creative Commons that let you choose to grant or withhold use of your images in train sets like these.

Adam’s talk, MegaPixels: Face Recognition Training Datasets, will be available to view online by the time this article is published.

The Tens of Millions of Faces Training Facial Recognition; You’ll Soon Be Able to Search for Yourself
Source: HackADay

CHEAP: AirPods for $145? HOOK THEM UP TO MY VEINS


Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! What? Huh? You don’t have a pair of true wireless earbuds? And… what’s that? You own an iPhone too? Damn. Well, you’re in luck, because the latest AirPods are currently on offer. Indeed, rather than paying $160 — like they are on Apple’s own site — you can now get them for a more reasonable $145. Generally, Apple doesn’t reduce even its old products by much, so if you’ve been on a hunt for a pair of the newest AirPods, this is a pretty good deal.…

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CHEAP: AirPods for 5? HOOK THEM UP TO MY VEINS
Source: The Next Web