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When You Want Tech Bling on Your Fingers #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #tech #DIY #3Dprinting

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 04:00

Here’s some bling with tech appeal, especially for those that favor large rings. This beauty by Cabe Atwell gets attention with its 3D printed case and color coordinated OLED screen. His screen is rather unusual as it has three color bands permanently on the front, allowing for black text/graphics. His tutorial on Element 14 mentions getting an Adafruit OLED screen, as I imagine this vintage one is harder to find. There’s more Adafruit inside with a Trinket Pro 5V microcontroller powered by two coin cells. It’s definitely a small package.

Apparently Cabe imagined this ring for Geek Pride Day, but we all know that every day is filled with geek pride. Cabe’s Twitter feed revealed yet another image for the ring. Would that be a reference for studs keeping the case together? Speaking of case, if you don’t have a 3D printer, you can always get one printed at Shapeways.

So far the tutorial for the project covers the 3D printing, so you still have the installment of the circuit and code to look forward to. It’s a crazy piece of knuckle decoration that is sure to get some awe from friends. I’m leaving you with the Trinket Pro 5V microcontroller so you can get a jump on the project. Have fun designing a ring with messages that will evoke smiles, and don’t forget to send us a pic of what you make.

Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Microsoft's next big Windows update will use AI to fight malware

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 03:30
Windows Fall Creators Update will come with a hefty serving of security upgrades, made timely by the increasingly rampant cyberattacks targeting the platform these days. In a blog post, Microsoft has revealed how the upcoming major update will level...
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How to Build a Simple Gesture Control Glove #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #tech #DIY

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 02:00

This looks like an ordinary disposable glove, but thanks to some DIY magic it has become a gesture glove. It’s inspired by the gesture controlled interface in Ironman, which was created by John Underkoffler. A post on Hackaday explains this proof of concept by maker B. Aswinth Raj.

The project uses an Arduino on the glove and Processing on the PC. The PC has a webcam which tracks the hand motion and the glove has two Hall effect sensors to simulate mouse clicks. Bluetooth links the glove and the PC.

An interesting aspect of this project is having to isolate a color for the Processing to track, which in this case is the blue disk mounted on the palm of the glove. When everything is calibrated the wearer can click on screens and even do some simplistic drawing.

I have to admit that I had not heard of Hall Effect Sensors until finding this project. Apparently they react to a magnet, which in this case was mounted on the thumb of the glove. It just so happens we carry Hall Effect Sensors in our shop, so you can create your own gesture control accessory. What movement would you like to use to create magic on the screen?

Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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August Solar Eclipse Could Disrupt Roads and Cellular Networks

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 02:00
GeoGreg writes: On August 21, 2017, the contiguous United States will experience its first total solar eclipse since 1979. According to GreatAmericanEclipse.com's Michael Zeiler, approximately 200 million people live within one day's drive of the eclipse. Zeiler projects that between 1.85 to 7.4 million people will attempt to visit the path of totality. As the eclipse approaches, articles are appearing predicting the possibility of automobile traffic jamming rural roads. There is also concern about the ability of rural cellular networks to handle such a large influx. AT&T is bringing in Cell On Wheel (COW) systems to rural locations in Kentucky, Idaho, and Oregon, while Verizon is building a temporary tower in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The disruption could be frustrating to those trying to get to the eclipse or share their photos via social networking. If cellular networks can't handle the data, apps like Waze won't be much help in avoiding the traffic. If communication is essential near the eclipse path, Astronomy Magazine recommends renting a satellite phone.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Intel's SSD 545s has size and speed at an affordable price

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 00:49
It's not too hard to find inexpensive solid-state drives that offer either a lot of storage or brisk performance, but finding both? That's hard. Intel, however, thinks it has a chance. It's launching a budget 2.5-inch drive, the SSD 545s, that theore...
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E-Z UP Canopies (Your Choice)

Woot Blog - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 00:00

"Canopy" is the 13th most popular girl's name in the US right now

SOME CREATIVE WAYS YOU’LL USE YOUR NEW CANOPY IF THE LAWS OF PHYSICS DON’T APPLY TO YOU

- Teleportation device

- Sugarcube habitat

- Hamster Coachella

- Peanuts-style psychiatric booth

- Lousy haunted house

- Backyard brawl venue

- “Canopesia,” your own 12’ x 12’ sovereign country

- Festive atom smasher

- Penalty box

- Cigar booth at 5k races

- Funeral tailgating

- Literal tax shelter

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Will Kids Love These New Tech Skin Patches? #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #health #science #tech

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 00:00

Although cell phones are not the ideal accessory for the beach, La Roche-Posay has created new features for their scannable UV patches according to The Star. A new app builds on their original My UV Patch that was released last year. The hope is that kids will like the gaming aspect of checking in on their patches, especially since animated characters will reward them.

The game will feature two cartoon characters for kids to play with, with the character’s receiving points to unlock prizes each time children scan the wearable to check that they are sun safe. In addition, the app also allows you to track the UV levels of multiple people, meaning parents can now keep track of the whole family for a safer summer holiday.

The current color changing heart patch uses photo-oxidized dyes to relate UV protection. So, the wearer must apply sunscreen to the patch as well as their skin to get the most accurate reading; the app considers location and time of day. It’s fine for active sports like swimming and will last up to five days. You can check the company’s Anthelios sunscreen products for free samples of the patch. If you would rather keep things off your skin, you can always build a Sunscreen Reminder Hat following our learning guide. You just need to use a FLORA Arduino with its matching UV Index Sensor and a piezo. The musical tune will warn you before you are well done—have fun protecting your skin with DIY tech!

Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Interview with Kitty Yeung, Physicist and Wearable Tech Designer #WearableWednesday @hacksterio

AdaFruit - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 23:00

Hackster.io posted this interview with Kitty Yeung, Wearable Tech Designer and Physicist. Check out more of her work here.

Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Vegan Mayonnaise Company Starts Growing Its Own Meat In Labs, Says It Will Get To Stores First

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 22:30
Chase Purdy reports via Quartz: The maker of vegan mayonnaise has been working on getting lab-made meat onto dinner tables everywhere. It's just that nobody knew about it. Hampton Creek -- a company that built its name on plant-based condiments and vegan-friendly cookie doughs -- today revealed that, for the last year, it has been secretly developing the technology necessary for producing lab-made meat and seafood, or as the industry likes to call it, "clean meat." Perhaps even more surprising is that Hampton Creek expects to beat its closest competitor to market by more than two years. Since it was founded in 2015, Memphis Meats has raised at least $3 million from five investors for the development of its meat products, according to Crunchbase. By contrast, Hampton Creek -- just a 20-mile drive from its Silicon Valley rival -- has raised more than $120 million since 2011. It's one of Silicon Valley's unicorns -- a company that has a valuation that exceeds $1 billion.

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You won't need cable to watch the Premier League next season

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 22:29
Good news for football fans in the US who love the English Premier League: NBC Sports has announced a standalone streaming package that will include 130 games, both live and on-demand, from the upcoming 2017-2018 campaign. The Premier League Pass, wh...
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Dropbox collects privacy settings into a security checkup page

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:36
Giving apps and services direct access to your Dropbox account is easier than locally downloading files and re-uploading them. But can you name every one you've linked up? Today, Dropbox has reorganized the most important user security settings in on...
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World's First Floating Windfarm To Take Shape Off Coast of Scotland

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:05
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The world's first floating windfarm has taken to the seas in a sign that a technology once confined to research and development drawing boards is finally ready to unlock expanses of ocean for generating renewable power. After two turbines were floated this week, five now bob gently in the deep waters of a fjord on the western coast of Norway ready to be tugged across the North Sea to their final destination off north-east Scotland. The ~$256 million Hywind project is unusual not just because of the pioneering technology involved, which uses a 78-meter-tall underwater ballast and three mooring lines that will be attached to the seabed to keep the turbines upright. It is also notable because the developer is not a renewable energy firm but Norway's Statoil, which is looking to diversify away from carbon-based fuels.

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Target is testing its own Prime Pantry-like delivery service

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:49
Target is taking on Amazon's Prime Pantry with its own version called "Restock." The company announced a trial run of its new service today, which it tested with employees earlier this year. Like Prime Pantry, with Restock, customers can fill a box w...
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Comcast and Charter In Talks With Sprint To Offer Wireless Service

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:25
According to The Wall Street Journal, Sprint's merger talks with T-Mobile are temporarily on hold while the carrier mulls over a number of potential deals with the United States' two biggest cable companies, Comcast and Charter. While Comcast is already using Verizon's wireless service under their own name, the company may want to use Sprint's network as well. Charter doesn't have a wireless phone offering yet, but the company's CEO indicated last year that it has every intention of launching one. The Verge reports: Such a deal would likely involve the two cable companies making an investment in Sprint, which the carrier would then use to build out its network, generally known to be the worst of the four major phone service providers. The Journal also reports that Comcast and Charter could make a bid to acquire Sprint outright, but it said the outcome was seen as less likely. Though they're usually an unlikely pairing, Comcast and Charter agreed in May to team up when making deals around wireless coverage for a full year. For the most part, both companies have been slowly losing TV subscribers year after year as customers shift over to online services. They see phone service as a new offering that could help to restore growth and lock in subscribers.

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Google News redesigned with a cleaner look

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:58
If it's been a while since you've visited Google News, now may be the best time to take a peek. Google has given its News website's looks a thorough cleanup, retaining key elements and giving you more control while getting rid of anything that adds c...
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Britain's Newest Warship Runs Windows XP, Raising Cyber Attack Fears

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:45
Chrisq shares a report from The Telegraph: Fears have been raised that Britain's largest ever warship could be vulnerable to cyber attacks after it emerged it appears to be running the outdated Microsoft Windows XP. A defense source told The telegraph that some of the on-boar hardware and software "would have been good in 2004" when the carrier was designed, "but now seems rather antiquated." However, he added that HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to be given a computer refit within a decade. And senior officers said they will have cyber specialists on board to defend the carrier from such attacks.

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Lawmakers Want To Move Fast On Self-Driving Car Legislation

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:05
An anonymous reader shares a report: Members of Congress said Tuesday that they hope to move forward with a package of self-driving car legislation by the end of July. "We've got to keep moving, because again, this technology is moving away from us, you might say," said Republican Bob Latta, who is helping to lead the effort. That would move the bills out of the relevant committee -- but not out of the House entirely.

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Dish knows hotel TV sucks and it wants to help

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:33
Checking into a hotel can be like moving back in time, at least when it comes to media. We're all used to using our own devices to watch television and movies, stream music and play games, but many hotels still cling to their cable-style in-room TV s...
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Petya Ransomware Outbreak Originated In Ukraine Via Tainted Accounting Software

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:20
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Today's massive ransomware outbreak was caused by a malicious software update for M.E.Doc, a popular accounting software used by Ukrainian companies. According to several researchers, such as Cisco Talos, ESET, MalwareHunter, Kaspersky Lab, and others, an unknown attacker was able to compromise the software update mechanism for M.E.Doc's servers, and deliver a malicious update to customers. When the update reached M.E.Doc's customers, the tainted software packaged delivered the Petya ransomware -- also referenced online as NotPetya, or Petna. The Ukrainian software vendor appears to have inadvertently confirmed that something was wrong when, this morning, issued a security advisory. Hours later, as the ransomware outbreak spread all over Ukraine and other countries across the globe causing huge damages, M.E.Doc denied on Facebook its servers ever served any malware. According to security researcher MalwareHunter, this is not the first time M.E.Doc has carried a malicious software update that delivered ransomware. Back in May, the company's software update mechanism also helped spread the XData ransomware.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Greenpeace and iFixit slam smartphone companies over e-waste

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:03
Greenpeace likes to keep tabs on tech companies, highlighting where they're going wrong when it comes to clean technology and how they can improve. Earlier this year, the organization released its report on how the IT sector consumes energy and they...
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