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Reverse Engineering An Old Bus Display December 12, 2019

When his makerspace was gifted a pair of Luminator LED signs of the sort you might see on the front of a bus, [PWalsh] decided to pull one apart to see what made it tick. Along the way, he managed to reverse engineer its control protocol and replace its original control board with a WiFi-connected […]

Elon Musk shares Tesla Solarglass pumpkin torture test for Halloween – CNET

Tesla’s Solar Roof can apparently survive pumpkin hail. Elon Musk shares Tesla Solarglass pumpkin torture test for Halloween – CNET
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China's three state-backed wireless carriers launch 5G in some cities, ahead of original 2020 date; China Mobile aims to bring 5G to 50+ cities by year's end (Washington Post)


Washington Post:

China’s three state-backed wireless carriers launch 5G in some cities, ahead of original 2020 date; China Mobile aims to bring 5G to 50+ cities by year’s end  —  BEIJING — Chinese cellphone carriers will begin offering super-fast, next-generation 5G service on a commercial basis Friday …

China's three state-backed wireless carriers launch 5G in some cities, ahead of original 2020 date; China Mobile aims to bring 5G to 50+ cities by year's end (Washington Post)
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Amazon says Alexa skill personalization, which allows developers to provide personalized experiences for different customers, is now generally available (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)


Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:

Amazon says Alexa skill personalization, which allows developers to provide personalized experiences for different customers, is now generally available  —  Future voice skills built for Alexa might respond uniquely to your voice.  That’s thanks to Alexa skill personalization …

Amazon says Alexa skill personalization, which allows developers to provide personalized experiences for different customers, is now generally available (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
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Stereolithography Goes Big

When it comes to hobby-level 3D printing, most of us use plastic filament deposited by a hot end. Nearly all the rest are using stereolithography — projecting light into a photosensitive resin. Filament printers have typical build volumes ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 cubic centimeters and even larger isn’t unusual. By contrast, SLA printers are often much smaller. A 1,200 CC SLA printer is typical and the cheaper printers are sometimes as little as 800 CCs. Perhaps that’s why [3D Printing Nerd] (otherwise known as [Joel]) was excited to get his hands on a Peopoly Phenom which has a build area of over 17,000 CCs. You can see the video review, below.

He claims that it is even bigger than a Formilab 3L, although by our math that has a build volume of around 20,000 CCs. On the other hand, the longest dimension on the Peopoly is 40 cm which is 6.5 cm longer than the 3L, so maybe that’s what he means. Either way, the printer is huge. That’s nearly 16 inches which is big even for a filament printer. Regardless of which one is bigger, the Peopoly is certainly much less expensive coming in at around $1,800 versus the 3L’s almost $10,000 price tag.

You can see on the video the machine is huge. It also wasn’t packed very well and took some cosmetic damage. It is also very loud thanks to a giant fan within. The prints did look good, though.

In particular, watching the huge djinn lamp grow out of the resin bath was pretty impressive. [Joel] found that some of his techniques used with smaller printers had to scale up when dealing with prints this large. With some finishing and painting, [Joel] wound up with an awesome lamp that wasn’t short on printed detail.

If you are wondering about the differences between printing with filament vs resin, we can help. If $1,800 is still too rich for you, you can get by with a few hundred, but with a 750 CC build volume.

Stereolithography Goes Big
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How Netflix is navigating strict, sometimes vague, censorship standards in countries like Turkey and India, while viewers decry the concessions to censorship (Alex Marshall/New York Times)


Alex Marshall / New York Times:

How Netflix is navigating strict, sometimes vague, censorship standards in countries like Turkey and India, while viewers decry the concessions to censorship  —  The streaming giant is having to navigate different political and moral landscapes, and calls for government oversight, as it seeks subscribers worldwide.

How Netflix is navigating strict, sometimes vague, censorship standards in countries like Turkey and India, while viewers decry the concessions to censorship (Alex Marshall/New York Times)
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Toronto’s City of Tomorrow Is Scaled Back Amid Privacy Concerns

The overhaul envisioned by a sibling company of Google has been lauded for its innovations. It’s also been called a “corporate surveillance state.” Toronto’s City of Tomorrow Is Scaled Back Amid Privacy Concerns
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YouTube stars Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star want to put a Conspiracy on your face – CNET

The pair’s much-anticipated makeup collection arrives Friday. Here’s how to get the two palettes, liquid lips, makeup bags and mirrors. YouTube stars Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star want to put a Conspiracy on your face – CNET
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Netflix plans to release its first scripted podcast

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Netflix is branching out beyond scripted video and nonfiction podcasts to create fictional podcasts. The company said today it’s planning to release a show called The Only Podcast Left as a fictional companion to its new apocalyptic zombie show Daybreak. The podcast takes place in Daybreak’s universe and tells the story of a group of teens who make a podcast during the apocalypse. It’ll exclusively be available through Spotify until December 12th, which is when it’ll be released on other platforms.

Netflix already produces companion podcasts for some of its content, including a behind-the-scenes show about Stranger Things, and another called You Can’t Make This Up about how Netflix filmmakers create their true crime dramas. Other video…

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Netflix plans to release its first scripted podcast
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Giuliani seemingly likens forgetting iPhone passcode to FBI asking Apple to crack open shooter's phone – CNET

He reportedly needed an Apple Genius to get into his phone. Giuliani seemingly likens forgetting iPhone passcode to FBI asking Apple to crack open shooter's phone – CNET
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Trump abandons plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards of cars

President Trump Awards Medal Of Honor To U.S. Army Master Sgt Matthew Williams

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The White House appears to be abandoning its plan to freeze the fuel efficiency standards of cars at 2020 levels, reversing a cornerstone policy of Trump’s campaign, reports The Wall Street Journal. The administration is now considering a 1.5 percent annual increase instead.

The move could leave General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler in a lurch. The companies sided with the president in a legal battle over whether California could set its own fuel economy standards. From the outside, it seemed they capitulated to his demands, rather than the overwhelming evidence that vehicle emissions need to be cut in order to protect against climate change. Now, they may have squandered a lot of goodwill and damaged their reputations without getting…

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Trump abandons plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards of cars
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Google turns to court to protest ties to rivals in antitrust probe – CNET

The search giant objects to consultants involved with the investigation, who used to work for NewsCorp and Microsoft. Google turns to court to protest ties to rivals in antitrust probe – CNET
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Google Wants Safeguards for Information in Antitrust Fight

The Silicon Valley company filed a court petition asking for limits on what is shared with consultants working with the attorney general of Texas. Google Wants Safeguards for Information in Antitrust Fight
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Fresh-Squeezed OJ Served In Orange Peel-Ay

Though it’s really more apple cider weather here at Hackaday HQ, freshly-squeezed OJ is a treat that knows no season. Sure generates a lot of peel, though. Not something you think about when you’re used to buying it in jugs at the grocery store. What a waste, huh?

Italian design firm [Carlo Rotti] teamed up with global energy company [Eni] to develop “Feel the Peel”, a 10-foot-tall real-time juice bar that celebrates the orange by using the entire thing. Fifteen hundred juicy orbs move single-file down the circular track toward their total destruction. One at a time, they are severed in half and wrung out by the machine, and their peels are dropped into a clear bin for all to see. Once the peels dry out, they are shredded, mixed with PLA, and fed into a delta printer that prints juice cups right there on site.

This live process of reuse is pretty interesting to watch — check it out after the break. [Eni] touts this as completely circular, but that really depends on what happens to the cups. If they collect the empties and compost them, great. Anyway, it seems way more sustainable than the Juicero.

Thanks for the tip, [Qes].

Fresh-Squeezed OJ Served In Orange Peel-Ay
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iPhone will be interest-free if you buy it with the Apple Card – CNET

Apple CEO Tim Cook makes the announcement as Apple reports its third-quarter earnings. iPhone will be interest-free if you buy it with the Apple Card – CNET
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Review: The Juiced CrossCurrent X is a 28+mph e-bike with fantastic range


I am convinced personal electric vehicles like e-bikes and e-scooters are the best way to get around a crowded metropolis like New York City. No vehicle has convinced me more than the Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent X. This $2,500 e-bike is a standout commuter vehicle, checking off a formidable list of features at a price that won’t break the bank – at least relative to other e-bikes with similar features, which can easily venture past four grand. 28+ mph adjustable top speed? Check. Real-world range of 70 miles for an average rider? Check. Ultra-durable tires? Check. Both smooth pedal assist and throttle…

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Review: The Juiced CrossCurrent X is a 28+mph e-bike with fantastic range
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Facebook and Google's self-imposed ban on political ads in Washington state, which led to uneven enforcement and confusing rules, is a cautionary tale for 2020 (Makena Kelly/The Verge)


Makena Kelly / The Verge:

Facebook and Google’s self-imposed ban on political ads in Washington state, which led to uneven enforcement and confusing rules, is a cautionary tale for 2020  —  A troubling omen for Twitter’s global ban  —  On Wednesday, Twitter announced that it will ban all forms of political advertising starting …

Facebook and Google's self-imposed ban on political ads in Washington state, which led to uneven enforcement and confusing rules, is a cautionary tale for 2020 (Makena Kelly/The Verge)
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Huawei’s next tablet might look like an iPad Pro

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Huawei is apparently working on a new tablet, and it looks pretty darn similar to an iPad Pro, according to leaked renders posted by 91Mobiles (via Android Central). The biggest difference seems to be its cameras — Huawei’s tablet appears to have a dual-lens back camera and a hole punch display housing a front-facing camera. It’s actually the second Chinese-made gadget we’ve covered today that cribs heavily from Apple — Xiaomi’s new smartwatch has a strong resemblance to an Apple Watch.

Huawei’s new tablet might even adopt Apple’s “Pro” nomenclature — serial leaker Evan Blass said it will be called the Huawei MatePad Pro.

Image: 91Mobiles

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Huawei’s next tablet might look like an iPad Pro
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Motorola Razr: Leaked images offer first look at upcoming foldable phone – CNET

The foldable Razr is coming. Motorola Razr: Leaked images offer first look at upcoming foldable phone – CNET
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‘America isn’t easy’: Facebook CEO mocks ‘Social Network’ writer

Zuckerberg waded into a war of words Thursday with Aaron Sorkin, who wrote an op-ed criticizing Facebook’s political ad policy. ‘America isn’t easy’: Facebook CEO mocks ‘Social Network’ writer
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The PS4 just became the second best-selling console of all time


Sony today revealed the PlayStation 4 has surpassed two other consoles in sales figures — namely, the Wii and the original PlayStation. It’s now the second-best-selling console of all time. Sony released its quarterly financial report this week, detailing, among other things, its hardware sales. We know the total number of PS4s sold as of the last report was 100 million, and the company sold an additional 2.8 million units this quarter. That brings the total up to 102.8 million PS4s sold over its six-year lifespan. For reference, the Wii sold 101.6 million units, while the PS1 sold 102.5. So…

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The PS4 just became the second best-selling console of all time
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House of the Dragon: Everything we know about the Game of Thrones prequel – CNET

The incestuous, dragon-riding Targaryens are the focus of the upcoming HBO show. House of the Dragon: Everything we know about the Game of Thrones prequel – CNET
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CUNY Programs to Grow Student Industry Pipeline with Digital Skills

Over the next year, City University of New York plans to unveil several programs designed to help students develop their “technological fluency” and competencies in preparation for taking jobs requiring digital skills. CUNY Programs to Grow Student Industry Pipeline with Digital Skills
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A scam spanning eight US cities and nearly 100 listings shows how easy it is to exploit Airbnb's poorly written rules through phony listings and fake reviews (Allie Conti/VICE)


Allie Conti / VICE:

A scam spanning eight US cities and nearly 100 listings shows how easy it is to exploit Airbnb’s poorly written rules through phony listings and fake reviews  —  While searching for the person who grifted me in Chicago, I discovered just how easy it is for users of the short-term rental platform to get exploited.

A scam spanning eight US cities and nearly 100 listings shows how easy it is to exploit Airbnb's poorly written rules through phony listings and fake reviews (Allie Conti/VICE)
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Twitter’s political ad ban raises one big issue: what exactly is an ‘issue’?

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitter is finally doing something popular: banning political ads. Yesterday, CEO Jack Dorsey announced that his company will no longer allow sponsored tweets promoting political campaigns. It will also prohibit the much broader category of “issues” ads, with a few exceptions. “This isn’t about free expression. This is about paying for reach,” said Dorsey. “Paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle.”

The decision was widely supported, according to a survey from consumer polling group CivicScience. But it also sparked immediate debate, confusion, and uncertainty — because Twitter is trying to draw hard policy lines around the nebulous…

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Twitter’s political ad ban raises one big issue: what exactly is an ‘issue’?
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Microsoft Azure customers reporting hitting virtual machine limits in U.S. East regions

Microsoft is at capacity with some of its Azure resources in the East US2 region, users are reporting, and Microsoft acknowledges it is placing restrictions on additional quota on some customers there. Microsoft Azure customers reporting hitting virtual machine limits in U.S. East regions
Source: ZDNet Microsoft