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Huawei didn’t need American customers to become a smartphone giant

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:01
On October 16th, Huawei announced its latest smartphone, the Mate 10, alongside a Porsche Design-ed version of the same device. In previous years, the phone might have been seen as little more than a me-too clone of Samsung's Galaxy Note. But these d...
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Targeted Fuzzing Is Improving Linux Security, Linus Torvalds Says

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:01
On the sidelines of announcing the fifth release candidate for the Linux kernel version 4.14, Linus Torvalds said fuzzing, which involves stress testing a system by generating random code to induce errors, is helping the community find and fix a range of security vulnerabilities. He wrote: The other thing perhaps worth mentioning is how much random fuzzing people are doing, and it's finding things. We've always done fuzzing (who remembers the old "crashme" program that just generated random code and jumped to it? We used to do that quite actively very early on), but people have been doing some nice targeted fuzzing of driver subsystems etc, and there's been various fixes (not just this last week either) coming out of those efforts. Very nice to see.

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Customizable Led/Neopixel Lamp #3DThursday #3DPrinting

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:00

This awesome lamp was shared by Niyada on Thingiverse:

Hey Guys,
this a very small, modern Led Lamp I designed in Fusion360.
The special thing is that there’s a thread modelled in to it so can change your ‘Tops’ to what ever you want!

One file is called ‘ThreadPreset.step’. You can download it an modify it to fit your design.

It’s designed to fit in

a 16xNeopixel ring from Adafruit (https://www.adafruit.com/product/1463)
an Arduino Nano (https://store.arduino.cc/arduino-nano)
Its powered by the Mini-USB-input from the arduino nano.

Download the files and learn more

Featured Adafruit Product!

NeoPixel Ring – 16 x 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers Round and round and round they go! 16 ultra bright smart LED NeoPixels are arranged in a circle with 1.75″ (44.5mm) outer diameter. The rings are ‘chainable’ – connect the output pin of one to the input pin of another. Use only one microcontroller pin to control as many as you can chain together!
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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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Google and Microsoft troll each other over software vulnerabilities

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:45
Google has a history of not playing nicely with Microsoft. The company has previously posted publicly about their competitor's software vulnerabilities, and understandably, Microsoft hasn't been very happy about it. But now, the company has turned th...
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Artist Chainsaws Tree Stump Into Bucket Pouring Water

GeekOlogy - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:30
This is the tree stump that 42-year old Romanian wood sculptor Gabi Rizea cleverly carved into a bucket pouring water. Or maybe it's pouring paint, I can't really tell. Apparently Gabi was given permission by the local authorities to transform any stumps in local parks into works of art and, amazingly, hasn't sculpted a single penis yet. *shivers* The willpower that must have taken. Keep going for a couple more shots of the process.
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What it takes to be a drone racer

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:30
One cold, dreary afternoon in 2014, Jordan Temkin took his drone to Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado. He put on a pair of goggles that filled his view with the live video feed from the drone's tiny camera. He'd built the drone frame from scratch...
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NEW PRODUCT – Small Alligator Clip to Male Jumper Wire Bundle – 6 Pieces

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:20

NEW PRODUCT – Small Alligator Clip to Male Jumper Wire Bundle – 6 Pieces

When working with unusual non-header-friendly surfaces, these handy cables will be your best friends! No longer will you have long, cumbersome strands of alligator clips. These compact jumper cables have a premium male header on one end and a grippy mini alligator clip on the other.

Grab onto your Flora, Circuit Playground, micro:bit, Gemma, or even a banana, and plug it into a breadboard for prototyping joy and ease!

  • 6 piece set, color-coded vinyl-covered 1″ alligator clips on one end and male jumper wires on the other end
  • Contains one of each: black, red, white, green, blue, and yellow
  • 26 AWG

 

In stock and shipping now!

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Google Engineers Explore Ways To Stop In-Browser Cryptocurrency Miners in Chrome

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:20
An anonymous reader writes: Google Chrome engineers are considering adding a special browser permission that will thwart the rising trend of in-browser cryptocurrency miners. Discussions on the topic of in-browser miners have been going on the Chromium project's bug tracker since mid-September when Coinhive, the first such service, launched. "Here's my current thinking," Ojan Vafai, a Chrome engineering working on the Chromium project, wrote in one of the recent bug reports. "If a site is using more than XX% CPU for more than YY seconds, then we put the page into 'battery saver mode' where we aggressively throttle tasks and show a toast [notification popup] allowing the user to opt-out of battery saver mode. When a battery saver mode tab is backgrounded, we stop running tasks entirely. I think we'll want measurement to figure out what values to use for XX and YY, but we can start with really egregious things like 100% and 60 seconds. I'm effectively suggesting we add a permission here, but it would have unusual triggering conditions [...]. It only triggers when the page is doing a likely bad thing." An earlier suggestion had Google create a blacklist and block the mining code at the browser level. That suggestion was shut down as being too impractical and something better left to extensions.

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When VR meets human emotions (and sometimes, hallucinations)

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:15
By its very nature, virtual reality is an immersive medium. But for Rama Allen, that bar is higher. The interactive artist and Executive Creative Director at The Mill has made a name for himself leading inter-disciplinary teams of designers, filmmake...
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DecoTime angular timer #3DPrinting #3DThursday

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:00

coolate shared this project on Thingiverse!

DecoTime is my Art Deco styled timer. It is powered by an Arduino driving two x27 168 or switec X25 stepper motors moving the needles. It also uses a MCP23S17 to drive the LEDs and take input from the two rotary encoders. A solenoid rings the bell when finished and the top LED flashes. It can be run off batteries(alkaline or NiMh), or usb. It also has an expansion port to use I2C with power. You can find the knobs, battery pack, and needles in my other uploads on thingiverse.

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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!

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‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ turns the Empire into an unlikely protagonist

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:00
Star Wars: Battlefront did a lot of things right, but it was criticized for not having a lot of depth, primarily due to the utter lack of a story-driven single player campaign. That's a shame, because the Star Wars universe is rich enough that fans a...
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Gene therapy for advanced lymphoma gets FDA approval

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:46
People with advanced lymphoma now have another type of treatment to consider. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Yescarta, a cell-based gene therapy designed to treat large B-cell lymphoma created by Kite Pharma. It's the second time the F...
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EU: No Encryption Backdoors But, Let's Help Each Other Crack That Crypto

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:40
The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc. From a report: In an attempt to tackle the rise of citizens using encryption and its effects on solving crimes, the commission decided to sidestep the well-worn, and well-ridiculed, path of demanding decryption backdoors in the stuff we all use. Instead, the plans set out in its antiterrorism measures on Wednesday take a more collegiate approach -- by offering member states more support when they actually get their hands on an encrypted device. "The commission's position is very clear -- we are not in favour of so-called backdoors, the utilisation of systemic vulnerabilities, because it weakens the overall security of our cyberspace, which we rely upon," security commissioner Julian King told a press briefing. "We're trying to move beyond a sometimes sterile debate between backdoors or no backdoors, and address some of the concrete law enforcement challenges. For instance, when [a member state] gets a device, how do they get information that might be encrypted on the device." [...] Share the wealth. "Some member states are more equipped technically to do that [extract information from a seized device] than others," King said. "We want to make sure no member state is at a disadvantage, by sharing the tech expertise among the member states and reinforcing the support that Europol can offer."

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Alphabet invests $1 billion in Lyft

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:37
Last month, we reported on rumors that Alphabet, Google's parent company, was considering investing in Lyft. Now, Lyft has announced that CapitalG, which is Alphabet's growth investment fund, is leading a $1 billion financing round in the car-sharing...
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Special Edition 'Fahrenheit 451' Can Only Be Read After Heat Is Applied To The Pages

GeekOlogy - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:30
Seen here demonstrating how to burn your finger with a lighter, this a video of a prototype for a special edition of Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' (about a dystopian future where books are outlawed and 'firemen' burn any discovered) that has entirely black pages until heat is applied, at which point it becomes readable. In this case, heat is applied using a lighter, but I assume you might be able to use a blow dryer instead for a more convenient reading experience. For an even MORE convenient experience? Just read a traditional copy. For the MOST convenient experience? Listen to it book-on-tape style -- you don't even have to open your eyes. Still, this version does seem practical for anyone planning on spending eternal damnation in hell, where it'll always be hot enough to read. Plus you can use the glowing red-hot coal the devil makes you keep in your anus as a book light. Keep going for the video demonstration.
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Verizon aims for spring 2018 to debut its streaming TV service

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:21
We first heard that Verizon was interested in launching a streaming TV service back in March, but getting it off the ground has been a real struggle. It was originally scheduled to debut this past summer, though rumors had it slipping to the fall. No...
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3D Hangouts – Skulls, MusicMaker and Qi Charging #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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

Hang out with Noe & Pedro Ruiz and discover 3D printing! Get your 3D news, projects, design tutorials and more each week on Google+ Hangouts On Air.

Subscribe to the Adafruit and follow us on Google+ to catch future broadcasts. We’re warming up our printers, come hang out with us this Wednesday!

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Skull Mister Project
https://learn.adafruit.com/glowing-smokey-skull/overview

New Cases for Circuit Playground
https://learn.adafruit.com/case-for-circuit-playground/3d-printing

DIY Slide Switch Guide
https://learn.adafruit.com/on-slash-off-switches/overview

Life Size Lego Batmobile
http://www.instructables.com/id/Life-Size-LEGO-Batman-Movie-Batmobile/

Halloween Animated Candy Bowl
https://www.target.com/p/halloween-animated-crystal-ball-candy-bowl-hyde-and-eek-boutique-153/-/A-52281499#lnk=newtab

DIY Pocket Operator Arcade Button Mod
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwAL8b7giOk

Layered Acrylic + Wood LED Sign
https://vimeo.com/237170768

Subscribe to Blitz City DIY
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbAUKL7V6OOGumQEeDMYQvQ

Wearable 3D Printer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srVHzKsBguM

OLED Spooky Eyes for Pumpkins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKdTrnGsCt0

Fancy Skull on Thingiverse
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2562664

Qi Wireless Charging Module for microUSB
https://www.adafruit.com/product/2115

Qi Wireless Charging – Universal Receiver
https://www.adafruit.com/product/1901

Qi Wireless Charging Transmitter
https://www.adafruit.com/product/2162

Adafruit Discount for Educators
https://www.adafruit.com/educators

3D Printing Projects Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjF7R1fz_OOWD2dJNRIN46uhMCWvNOlbG

3D Hangout Show Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjF7R1fz_OOVgpmWevin2slopw_A3-A8Y

Layer by Layer CAD Tutorials Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjF7R1fz_OOVsMp6nKnpjsXSQ45nxfORb

Timelapse Tuesday Playlist:
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The best phones under $250

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
The iPhone X: $999. The Galaxy Note 8: $930. Even the more affordable Google Pixel 2 commands a significant investment of $650. Today's flagship phones are expensive enough that spending a significant chunk of your rent on a handset is seemingly the...
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Adobe's 'Cloak' experiment is a content-aware eraser for video

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Glamorous show-reels from shows like Game of Thrones get all the fame, but a lot of VFX work is mundane stuff like removing cars, power lines and people from shots. Adobe's research team is working on making all of that easier for anyone, regardless...
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New Law Bans California Employers From Asking Applicants Their Prior Salary

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
An anonymous reader shares a report: California employers can no longer ask job applicants about their prior salary and -- if applicants ask -- must give them a pay range for the job they are seeking, under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1. AB168, signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, applies to all public- and private-sector California employers of any size. The goal is to narrow the gender wage gap. If a woman is paid less than a man doing the same job and a new employer bases her pay on her prior salary, gender discrimination can be perpetuated, the bill's backers say. Last year, the state passed a weaker law that said prior compensation, by itself, cannot justify any disparity in compensation. The new bill goes further by prohibiting employers, "orally or in writing, personally or through an agent," from asking about an applicant's previous pay. However, if the applicant "voluntarily and without prompting" provides this information, the employer may use it "in determining the salary for that applicant."

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