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Intel and Amazon partner on voice recognition tech

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:01
Intel and Amazon are partnering to combine the former's silicon and smarts with the latter's Alexa voice platform. The chipmaker has introduced the Intel Speech Enabling Developer Kit to provide a "complete audio front-end solution for far-field voic...
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Amazon Battles Google for Renewable Energy Crown

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:40
Readers share a report: Even in the age of coal enthusiast President Donald Trump, clean-energy developers are finding plenty of interest in wind and solar power from businesses with sustainability targets, especially technology companies. That was on display in a video tweeted Thursday by Amazon.com Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, as he christened the 253-megawatt Amazon Wind Farm Texas in Scurry County. Amazon has bought more than 1.22 gigawatts of output to date from U.S. clean-energy projects, second only to Alphabet's Google, with 1.85 gigawatts. Corporations have agreed to buy 1.9 gigawatts of clean power in the U.S. this year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and are on pace to match the 2.6 gigawatts signed last year.

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Marvel and Netflix's 'The Punisher' will debut November 17th

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:39
Marvel and its distinguished competitor will go head-to-head this fall. But rather than the brawl playing out at comic book shops, the venues will be your living room and local multiplex. Netflix has revealed that its latest Marvel superhero antihero...
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Guy Falls Off His ATV, It Takes The Opportunity To Throw Itself Off A Cliff

GeekOlogy - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:30
Similar but completely different than this ATV sacrifice, this is a video of a guy riding his ATV on a mountain trail when he loses control and falls off. His ride then takes the opportunity to throw itself off a cliff. No word if it actually made it all the way down to the ocean, but at least in my mind it's living the life it's always dreamed of being a merman now. You do you, ATV. Keep going for the video.
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Google considers 'fixing' the Pixel 2 XL's display colors

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:14
While Google's Pixel 2 XL has generally been well-received, there have been some complaints about its LG-made P-OLED screen. It's supposed to reflect "natural" colors, but many see it as downright dull after years of seeing extra-punchy OLED display...
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MAKERbuino Case Remix #3DThursday #3DPrinting

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:00

n602 shares this great design for a MAKERbuino!

download the files on: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2578156


Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

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Discovery of 50km Cave Raises Hopes For Human Colonisation of Moon

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:00
New submitter Zorro shares a report: Scientists have fantasised for centuries about humans colonising the moon. That day may have drawn a little closer after Japan's space agency said it had discovered an enormous cave beneath the lunar surface that could be turned into an exploration base for astronauts. The discovery, by Japan's Selenological and Engineering Explorer (Selene) probe, comes as several countries vie to follow the US in sending manned missions to the moon. Using a radar sounder system that can examine underground structures, the orbiter initially found an opening 50 metres wide and 50 metres deep, prompting speculation that there could be a larger hollow. This week scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) confirmed the presence of a cave after examining the hole using radio waves. The chasm, 50km (31 miles) long and 100 metres wide, appears to be structurally sound and its rocks may contain ice or water deposits that could be turned into fuel, according to data sent back by the orbiter, nicknamed Kaguya after the moon princess in a Japanese fairytale. Jaxa believes the cave, located from a few dozen metres to 200 metres beneath an area of volcanic domes known as the Marius Hills on the moon's near side, is a lava tube created during volcanic activity about 3.5bn years ago.

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51 percent of tech experts say fake news can't be fixed

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:53
With content peddlers Facebook and Google still struggling to combat fake news, especially during crises like the Las Vegas shooting, the proliferation of such false content might seem like an unstoppable flow. If that's your opinion, you're in the (...
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Oh Wow: Coins Cut Into Really Tiny Jigsaw Puzzles

GeekOlogy - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:30
These are the coin jigsaw puzzles carefully cut and crafted by the folks at Coin Cut Art from real coins. Those are some tiny puzzle pieces! Prices range from $15 - $225 depending on the coin used (you can even send your own), and, just like your ex-boyfriends penis, are probably best handled with tweezers. High-five! Keep going for several more examples.
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'Aztez': The bloody indie brawler that should've been big

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:30
Imagine: It's 2012 and Matthew Wegner is sitting at his desk in the back of a one-bedroom apartment in Tempe, Arizona, pounding away at a keyboard. It's night but thick black drapes are pulled over the window; the room is suffused with dim yellow lig...
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Japanese Metal Manufacturer Faked Specifications To Hundreds of Companies

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:20
schwit1 writes: Kobe Steel, a major Japanese supplier of steel and other metals worldwide, has admitted that it faked the specifications to metals shipped to hundreds of companies over the past decade.Last week, Kobe Steel admitted that staff fudged reports on the strength and durability of products requested by its clients -- including those from the airline industry, cars, space rockets, and Japan's bullet trains. The company estimated that four percent of aluminum and copper products shipped from September 2016 to August 2017 were falsely labelled, Automotive News reported. But on Friday, the company's CEO, Hiroya Kawasaki, revealed the scandal has impacted about 500 companies -- doubling the initial count -- and now includes steel products, too. The practice of falsely labeling data to meet customer's specifications could date back more than 10 years, according to the Financial Times.For rockets the concern is less serious as they generally are not built for a long lifespan, but for airplanes and cars this news could be devastating, requiring major rebuilds on many operating vehicles.

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Amazon’s largest wind farm yet is up and running in Texas

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:18
Greenpeace slammed Amazon earlier this week for its environmental practices -- namely, the fact that it doesn't disclose much about its energy use or materials. But today, the company announced that its largest wind farm yet is up and running. The Am...
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Lego Batmobile #3DThursday #3DPrinting

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:00

The Bat Symbol on the wheels are the icing on the cake! Shared by Canino on Thingiverse:

No supports required. You could rotate the body and point front up or down, to get a smoother finish on the curvy lines. But that way supports are probably required.

I used 15% infill for wheels and shaft, which could probably be lower.
For the body i used 20%, but i think 30% would be better. I already have a slight crack in one of the wings (son crashed it into original lego batpod).

Sand the ends of the shaft before attaching the wheels. I made a left and right wheel because of the tire profiles (yes…OCD).

I eventually used an extra piece of lego as a seat for the minifig, as this made attaching and detaching it easier (couldnt find a black piece)

Edit: if your wheels dont spin freely use one of the “rear fix”spacers

Depending on orientation or printer settings your batmobiles wheels could spin a bit jaggy (as they did on mine). The original shaft runs completely through the body and print residue could make it spin jaggy.
I am new to making “functional” designs and will edit my future designs a bit with this in mind.
Rear fix2 should be a bit narrower fit. Try one of them, clip them a little bit and glue on.

Download the files and learn more


Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

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Facebook’s news subscription service will debut on Android, not iOS

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:58
Back in June, we reported that Facebook was working on a subscription deal with The Wall Street Journal. Then in July, we learned that the social platform was launching a news subscription service which would layer a paywall above Instant Articles. N...
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Congress seeks transparent online political spending with Honest Ads Act

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:47
Following revelations that Kremlin-backed online actors bought and ran divisive social media advertising during the 2016 presidential election, three Senators introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at regulating online ad buys. If passed, it would requir...
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Turning the Optical Fiber Network Into a Giant Earthquake Sensor

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:40
Tekla Perry writes: Researchers at Stanford have demonstrated that they can use ordinary, underground fiber optic cables to monitor for earthquakes, by using innate impurities in the fiber as virtual sensors. "People didn't believe this would work," said one of the researchers. "They always assumed that an uncoupled optical fiber would generate too much signal noise to be useful." They plan a larger test installation in 2018. Their biggest challenge, they say, will not be perfecting the algorithms but rather convincing telcos to allow the technology to piggyback on existing telecommunications lines. Meanwhile, the same data is being used for an art project that visualizes the activity of pedestrians, bicycles, cars, and fountains on the surface above the cables.

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One Developer’s ‘Favorite Commands from a Year of Vim’ | #vim #opensource #texteditor

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:37

We’re fans of vim, the Esc key, and keyboard controls in general. Atomic Object’s Jarek Wojciechowski wrote up his favorite commands after a year of dedicated use of vim, along with some good tips on copy/paste and other functions.

I’ve been using Vim as as my primary text editor for a little over a year now, and I’d like to share some of my favorite commands that I’ve discovered during that time. I’ll focus on sharing commands over configuration, so they can be used in any Vim environment.

Read more.

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Smart lock company August home purchased by actual lock company Yale

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:33
Smart-lock outfit Yale's parent company is buying August Home, in a move that may consolidate some of the smart lock market. Sweden-based Assa Abloy will pick up August Home for a cool $60 million, and the regulatory bodies involved are expected to a...
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So, We've Come To This: A $290 Toilet Plunger

GeekOlogy - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:30
This is the $290 (marked down from $350) American Master Plunger designed and crafted by the Re Made Company of New York City. It unclogs toilets after you try to flush too much toilet paper at once because suicide hot wings. Alternatively, use a regular $4 plunger. The plunger I use I actually bought from the 99¢ store and it works fine. That reminds me -- a friend of mine used to live in a house that had carpet in the downstairs bathroom and one time the toilet backed up and soaked the carpet with shit water and he called me to come over and help remedy the situation, which I did with a gallon of gasoline and a lighter. Keep going for one more shot and a weird video while I speculate why anybody with the money to spend on a $290 plunger would ever plunge their own toilet anyways.
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NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit INA219 FeatherWing

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:15

NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit INA219 FeatherWing

The INA219 FeatherWing makes power-monitoring problems a thing of the past. Instead of struggling with two multimeters, you can just use the handy INA219B chip on this breakout to both measure both the high side voltage and DC current draw over I2C with 1% precision. Works with any and all Feathers! Communicates over I2C so its super-simple to use, you can even change the I2C address to have up to 4 of these Wings on one Feather.



Many current-measuring devices are only good for low side measuring. That means that unless you want to get a battery involved, you have to stick the measurement resistor between the target ground and true ground. This can cause problems with circuits since electronics tend to not like it when the ground references change and move with varying current draw. This chip is much smarter – it can handle high side current measuring, up to +26VDC, even though it is powered with 3.3V. It will also report back that high side voltage, which is great for tracking battery life or solar panels.


A precision amplifier measures the voltage across the 0.1 ohm, 1% sense resistor. Since the amplifier maximum input difference is ±320mV this means it can measure up to ±3.2 Amps. With the internal 12 bit ADC, the resolution at ±3.2A range is 0.8mA. With the internal gain set at the minimum of div-8, the max current is ±400mA and the resolution is 0.1mA. Advanced hackers can remove the 0.1 ohm current sense resistor and replace it with their own to change the range (say a 0.01 ohm to measure up 32 Amps with a resolution of 8mA)

 

In stock and shipping now!

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