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Woot Blog - 12 hours 35 min ago

The official flower of May is Lily Of The Valley. There. Now you can talk about something at your next cocktail party.

You are the deal hunter, hidden in your deal blind. These deals are the herd, galloping past you one at a time, all day. Consider, deal hunter. Find the most appealing deal you can call your prey, than pounce on it like a hungry kitty. But be warned! Like the kitty, you must time your leap correctly! Otherwise you'll miss out.

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Amazon Brings Its Physical Bookstore To New York

Slashdot - 12 hours 41 min ago
Amazon's first New York City bookstore, Amazon Books, will open to the general public on Thursday morning, marking Amazon's highest-profile move into bricks-and-mortar retail to date. Even as the book shop is a physical bookstore, some "Amazon" elements can be felt. From a report: While some may be excited that this is an "Amazon Store," similar to Apple and Microsoft's respective flagship stores located just blocks away, Amazon says its goal for the new store is the same as it was when the online retail giant first started two decades ago: To sell books. "We have this 20 years of information about books and ratings, and we have millions and millions of customers who are passionate," said Jennifer Cast, vice president of Amazon Books. "It really is a different way to surface great books." The 4,000 square-foot-store features roughly 3,000 books, all with their covers facing out in order to better to "communicate their own essence," Cast says. The company's recommendation system makes a physical appearance in the bookstore through an "if you like this" section, which combines the data Amazon gathers on the books listed with human curators to recommend new books. To someone who walks in to browse, it feels like a high-tech Barnes and Noble.

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'Battlefield 1' DLC adds a playable female soldier class

Engadget - 12 hours 43 min ago
By turning the clocks back to World War 1, DICE has created arguably one of the best games in the Battlefield series. Now, with Battlefield 1's latest DLC, the developer is using our tragic past to drag its franchise kicking and screaming into the 21...
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Hardware Hump Day: ITP 2017 Spring Show Recap

Sparkfun news - 12 hours 51 min ago

I was very fortunate to spend the past week in New York City. In addition to participating in Creative Tech Week, I also had the pleasure of visiting the ITP 2017 Spring Show.

ITP, or the Interactive Telecommunications Program, is a two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. It also happens to be my alma mater! ITP's mission is to explore the imaginative use of technologies — how they might augment, improve, and bring delight and art into people’s lives. Students leverage engineering and technology for creative pursuits.

At the end of each semester, ITP hosts a big showcase for the students to share their best work from the past four months with the public. It’s a major event with every inch of space covered in brilliant interactive projects and an overwhelming number of visitors coming to see the latest and greatest. I was absolutely blown away at the ingenuity, creativity and technical brilliance evident in so many of the projects that I saw this year, and I’m extremely excited to share some of them with you today!

K.W.E.E.N. by Jordan Frand

K.W.E.E.N. is a line of wearable technology accessories for drag queens and other performers of femininity. The pieces that comprise K.W.E.E.N. confer upon the wearer performative superpowers, giving her unparalleled control over her appearance and the very spaces she commands. Like magic, lighting and staging elements change at the whim of the performer, thanks to her conductive nails. A LightBlue Bean hidden in a bracelet on each hand communicates wirelessly with Max/MSP, giving the wearer control over characteristics of the DMX universe: on/off, strobe, color, brightness, fog machine, laser, etc. Each finger trigger can be programmed to alter various aspects of lighting and staging, giving the performer the power to sculpt in real time the spaces graced by her presence.

To learn more about K.W.E.E.N., check out this video of Jordan presenting his work, this video documenting the project, and the K.W.E.E.N. project page.

A Ritual That Lasts Forever by Fengyi Franklin Zhu

This project is an attempt to use technology to reinterpret the traditional dragon dance practice in the form of a kinetic sculpture. “A Ritual That Lasts Forever” is a metaphor in the form of a kinetic dragon sculpture, with allegorical power to tell the story of humanity’s relationship with traditional religious worship and technology, a story of the now and a prediction of the future. The piece features 11 robotic arms that control 10 segments of a long, acrylic dragon suspended below them, as well as a ball that the dragon is chasing. With a customized algorithm, the team of 11 robotic arms moves the dragon form suspended below to perform the dragon dance endlessly. In this way, the dragon is back again, aided by the very thing that has been taking the dragon away.

To learn more about “A Ritual That Lasts Forever,” check out this video of Franklin presenting his work, this video documenting the project, and the “A Ritual That Lasts Forever” project page.

Museum of Funny Ladies — A Museumette by Angela Perrone

The “Museum of Funny Ladies — A Museumette” is an interactive experience that brings to life a moment from the history of women in comedy, the 1970s, when pioneer lady comedy writers broke into an industry primarily dominated by men. This exhibit transports visitors back to the 1970s and places them in the seat of pioneer TV comedy writer Sybil Adelman, a trailblazer who helped change the landscape of writers' rooms forever. From a typewriter to scripts, a telephone to a television, visitors can interact with objects in the space that were part of a writer’s daily routine and experience what it was like to be the only woman in the room, through the eyes of Sybil.

This experience features three entry points and an interactive story arc that matches the writing process from start to airtime. The experience begins at the typewriter, the global interaction, where one magic touch of a key brings the scene to life with her narrative of how she became a writer. Visitors can call a variety of important names and contacts in her address book to hear anecdotes about her experiences with them. After learning about the key people and stories behind the scenes, the television offers visitors the chance to change channels to see her work and effort come to fruition.

To learn more about “Museum of Funny Ladies — A Museumette,” check out this video of Angela presenting her work, this video documenting the project, and the “Museum of Funny Ladies — A Museumette” project page.

Geode #1 (Fun House) by Jared Friedman

Geode #1 is a space for solitary contemplation of the body and the self — in the form of an inside-out disco ball. This geodesic sphere is 7 feet in diameter, mounted on a short wooden platform, with a small door in the side. The viewer enters the structure and sits down on a cushion on the floor, the door shuts, and everything is completely dark. After a short time, there is a flash of light, and all surfaces inside are revealed as mirrors. There is no fixed point, except for the viewer’s own body. Soon the lighting begins to change, both of its own accord and in response to the viewer's position and movements. The experience is by turns exploratory and meditative. It is embedded with sensors with which the user can interact in the space. Lights turn on and off based on the user’s actions.

To learn more about Geode #1 (Fun House), check out this video of Jared presenting his work, and the Geode #1 (Fun House) project page.

Thank You Lights by Aaron Parsekian

In this project, Aaron asks if something high-tech can be powered by trash. He successfully created a rechargeable battery using charcoal, steel and aluminum. This final version of the battery uses a standard USB charger for recharging. By charging three cells for 10 minutes with a USB charger, the battery will provide power to a 60 lumen LED for 10 hours. This final battery is made up of an aluminum electrode sandwiched between cardboard soaked in saltwater and charcoal and surrounded by a steel can. The battery cells are insulated from each other using fused plastic bags.

To learn more about Thank You Lights, check out this video of Aaron presenting his work, and the Thank You Lights project page.

Play:Connected by Jason Beck

For children with disabilities in medical facilities, the internet offers a connection to the lives of parents, siblings and friends. Though their bodies might not be able to inhabit the same place, they can still play through the networks that connect people with a wider world.

Play:Connected features an internet-controlled rover streaming video and audio to a child in a remote medical facility. Built from various microcontrollers, motors and electronic components, the rover senses and responds to play with other children. In its current iteration, the rover engages other children via a foam-dart turret mounted on the device that can be activated by the child remotely. Others can retaliate via a sensor embedded in another foam-dart gun. When fired at the rover, the sensor activates a turret in the remote child’s room, discharging foam darts at him or her.

To learn more about Play:Connected, check out this video of Jason presenting his work, this video documenting the project, and the Play:Connected project page.


These six projects are just a taste of the incredible work that I witnessed last week. I wish I could share them all. To check out all of the 2017 ITP Thesis projects, visit the ITP Thesis 2017 page and browse around. You can also learn more about the projects that were featured in the ITP 2017 spring show on the Spring Show webpage!

Congratulations to the students at ITP on a spectacular set of work! I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!

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Xbox's Game Pass offers 100 titles starting June 1st

Engadget - 13 hours 3 min ago
Remember when we told you that Microsoft was launching its own Netflix-style subscription service for games? Well, thanks to Danny Mcbride, we now know that it's coming to an Xbox One near you on June 1st. As we reported previously, Xbox Game Pass wi...
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Sphero's latest app-controlled toy is a 'Cars 3' tie-in

Engadget - 13 hours 21 min ago
Sphero's made a name for itself with connected, rolling toys like the Ollie, SPRK and, perhaps most famously, the Star Wars-inspired BB-8. Of course, the company couldn't have brought its replica of the Force Awakens character to market without Disne...
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Malicious Subtitles Threaten VLC, Kodi and Popcorn Time Users, Researchers Warn

Slashdot - 13 hours 21 min ago
Millions of people risk having their devices and systems compromised by malicious subtitles, according to a new research published by security firm Check Point. The threat comes from a previously undocumented vulnerability which affects users of popular streaming software, including Kodi, Popcorn-Time, and VLC. Developers of the applications have already applied fixes and in some cases, working on it. From a report: While most subtitle makers do no harm, it appears that those with malicious intent can exploit these popular streaming applications to penetrate the devices and systems of these users. Researchers from Check Point, who uncovered the problem, describe the subtitle 'attack vector' as the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability that has been reported in recent years. "By conducting attacks through subtitles, hackers can take complete control over any device running them. From this point on, the attacker can do whatever he wants with the victim's machine, whether it is a PC, a smart TV, or a mobile device," they write.

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Get a lifetime of Zoolz 1TB of cloud storage for $30

Engadget - 13 hours 26 min ago
If you've ever been on the wrong side of a hard drive crash, you know the stress and frustration that goes along with losing your valuable data. There's no shortage of cloud backup services out there, but the cost can be hard to justify, especially w...
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Apple launches free courses for the next generation of app coders

Engadget - 13 hours 36 min ago
Apple has unveiled a free curriculum designed to teach high school and community college students app coding schools. The Swift language course has already been adopted by six US community college systems that will distribute it to half a million stu...
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38" 5.1 SmartCast Sound Bar w/Subwoofer

Woot Blog - 13 hours 46 min ago

The official flower of May is Lily Of The Valley. There. Now you can talk about something at your next cocktail party.

You are the deal hunter, hidden in your deal blind. These deals are the herd, galloping past you one at a time, all day. Consider, deal hunter. Find the most appealing deal you can call your prey, than pounce on it like a hungry kitty. But be warned! Like the kitty, you must time your leap correctly! Otherwise you'll miss out.

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The Long Now: Planning for a future 10,000 years away

Engadget - 13 hours 51 min ago
In an age of self-driving cars, virtual reality worlds and artificial intelligence, some would say the future is already here. Technology moves at such breakneck speeds that companies in Silicon Valley often have product roadmaps that stretch five to...
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Woot Travel Mug 16 oz

Woot Blog - 14 hours 7 min ago

The official flower of May is Lily Of The Valley. There. Now you can talk about something at your next cocktail party.

You are the deal hunter, hidden in your deal blind. These deals are the herd, galloping past you one at a time, all day. Consider, deal hunter. Find the most appealing deal you can call your prey, than pounce on it like a hungry kitty. But be warned! Like the kitty, you must time your leap correctly! Otherwise you'll miss out.

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Woot Blog - 14 hours 9 min ago

The official flower of May is Lily Of The Valley. There. Now you can talk about something at your next cocktail party.

You are the deal hunter, hidden in your deal blind. These deals are the herd, galloping past you one at a time, all day. Consider, deal hunter. Find the most appealing deal you can call your prey, than pounce on it like a hungry kitty. But be warned! Like the kitty, you must time your leap correctly! Otherwise you'll miss out.

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Samsung's cheaper, cuter Gear 360 cam arrives May 25th

Engadget - 14 hours 21 min ago
Samsung's updated Gear 360 is almost here -- you'll only have to wait one more day to be able to get it in the US. The 360-degree camera will be available tomorrow, May 25th, in store and online from Best Buy and its website, Amazon, AT&T, Sprint...
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The new Nokia 3310 is too basic for 2017

Engadget - 14 hours 21 min ago
Nostalgia's a funny thing. It makes us leave the house in the dead of night to imprison a wild Clefairy and scramble over each other to buy an NES Classic Edition decades after we sold our original consoles for a pittance at yard sales. Companies are...
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Wikimedia Is Clear To Sue the NSA Over Its Use of Warrantless Surveillance Tools

Slashdot - 14 hours 21 min ago
The Wikimedia Foundation has the right to sue the National Security Agency over its use of warrantless surveillance tools, a federal appeals court ruled. "A district judge shot down Wikimedia's case in 2015, saying the group hadn't proved the NSA was actually illegally spying on its communications," reports Engadget. "In this case, proof was a tall order, considering information about the targeted surveillance system, Upstream, remains classified." From the report: The appeals court today ruled Wikimedia presented sufficient evidence that the NSA was in fact monitoring its communications, even if inadvertently. The Upstream system regularly tracks the physical backbone of the internet -- the cables and routers that actually transmit our emoji. With the help of telecom providers, the NSA then intercepts specific messages that contain "selectors," email addresses or other contact information for international targets under U.S. surveillance. "To put it simply, Wikimedia has plausibly alleged that its communications travel all of the roads that a communication can take, and that the NSA seizes all of the communications along at least one of those roads," the appeals court writes. "Thus, at least at this stage of the litigation, Wikimedia has standing to sue for a violation of the Fourth Amendment. And, because Wikimedia has self-censored its speech and sometimes forgone electronic communications in response to Upstream surveillance, it also has standing to sue for a violation of the First Amendment."

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Nintendo's Switch has a retro gamepad option thanks to 8Bitdo

Engadget - 14 hours 50 min ago
If you've got a Nintendo Switch and an 8Bitdo gamepad lying around, there's good news: the two can now play together. 8Bitdo has released a firmware update that will let its entire controller family connect to Nintendo's hot new console. That include...
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Sony Wireless RF Headphones (2017 Model)

Woot Blog - 14 hours 54 min ago

The official flower of May is Lily Of The Valley. There. Now you can talk about something at your next cocktail party.

You are the deal hunter, hidden in your deal blind. These deals are the herd, galloping past you one at a time, all day. Consider, deal hunter. Find the most appealing deal you can call your prey, than pounce on it like a hungry kitty. But be warned! Like the kitty, you must time your leap correctly! Otherwise you'll miss out.

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Comcast tries to shut down pro-net neutrality site

Engadget - 15 hours 19 min ago
Internet advocacy group, Fight for the Future, says Comcast sent it a cease-and-desist order demanding the group take down Comcastroturf.com on the grounds that it violates the company's "valuable intellectual property." The site appeals for help ide...
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Louvered Panel and 16 Plastic Bin Set

Woot Blog - 15 hours 55 min ago

The official flower of May is Lily Of The Valley. There. Now you can talk about something at your next cocktail party.

You are the deal hunter, hidden in your deal blind. These deals are the herd, galloping past you one at a time, all day. Consider, deal hunter. Find the most appealing deal you can call your prey, than pounce on it like a hungry kitty. But be warned! Like the kitty, you must time your leap correctly! Otherwise you'll miss out.

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