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Counter-Terrorism Program That Partners With Facebook to Refocus Its Efforts Only on Islam

Gizmodo - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 21:35

The latest development in Donald Trump’s controversial treatment of the Muslim community is a new plan to rename the “Countering Violent Extremism” program to “Countering Islamic Extremism.” The plan calls for the program to no longer focus on all terrorist groups—like white supremacists—and solely target potential…

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Biohacking Tool: CheckMe O2 a Blood Oxygen Sensor from Viatom

AdaFruit - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 21:30

Instagrammer Chris Ralph @chrisralphyq has posted up a snapshot of the new CheckMe O2 from Viatoma SpO2 monitor. This device can continuously monitor blood oxygen level and includes a BLE connection to sync the data through their iOS /  Android apps.  While there are many sub $20 SpO2 testers on Amazon the main benefits of continuous SpO2 would be for tracking sleep apnea, exercise performance/recovery and acclimatizing to a higher altitude.

 

 

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Apple Developing Custom ARM-Based Mac Chip That Would Lessen Intel Role

Slashdot - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 21:30
According to Bloomberg, Apple is designing a new chip for future Mac laptops that would take on more of the functionality currently handled by Intel processors. The chip is a variant of the T1 SoC Apple used in the latest MacBook Pro to power the keyboard's Touch Bar feature. The updated part, internally codenamed T310, is built using ARM technology and would reportedly handle some of the computer's low-power mode functionality. From the report: The development of a more advanced Apple-designed chipset for use within Mac laptops is another step in the company's long-term exploration of becoming independent of Intel for its Mac processors. Apple has used its own A-Series processors inside iPhones and iPads since 2010, and its chip business has become one of the Cupertino, California-based company's most critical long-term investments. Apple engineers are planning to offload the Mac's low-power mode, a feature marketed as "Power Nap," to the next-generation ARM-based chip. This function allows Mac laptops to retrieve e-mails, install software updates, and synchronize calendar appointments with the display shut and not in use. The feature currently uses little battery life while run on the Intel chip, but the move to ARM would conserve even more power, according to one of the people. The current ARM-based chip for Macs is independent from the computer's other components, focusing on the Touch Bar's functionality itself. The new version in development would go further by connecting to other parts of a Mac's system, including storage and wireless components, in order to take on the additional responsibilities. Given that a low-power mode already exists, Apple may choose to not highlight the advancement, much like it has not marketed the significance of its current Mac chip, one of the people said. Building its own chips allows Apple to more tightly integrate its hardware and software functions. It also, crucially, allows it more of a say in the cost of components for its devices. However, Apple has no near-term plans to completely abandon Intel chips for use in its laptops and desktops, the people said.

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ASK AN ENGINEER – LIVE electronics video show! 2/1/17 @adafruit #adafruit (video)

AdaFruit - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 19:00

ASK AN ENGINEER – LIVE electronics video show! 2/1/17 (video). What is “Ask an engineer”? From the electronics enthusiast to the professional community – “Ask an Engineer” has a little bit of everything for everyone. If you’re a beginner, or a seasoned engineer – stop in and see what we’re up to! We have demos of projects and products we’re working on, we answer your engineering and electronics questions and we have a trivia question + give away each week.

http://www.adafruit.com/ask

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NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit 9-DOF Accel/Mag/Gyro+Temp Breakout Board – LSM9DS1

AdaFruit - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 16:50

NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit 9-DOF Accel/Mag/Gyro+Temp Breakout Board – LSM9DS1

Add motion, direction and orientation sensing to your Arduino project with this all-in-one 9-DOF sensor. Inside the chip are three sensors, one is a classic 3-axis accelerometer, which can tell you which direction is down towards the Earth (by measuring gravity) or how fast the board is accelerating in 3D space. The other is a 3-axis magnetometer that can sense where the strongest magnetic force is coming from, generally used to detect magnetic north. The third is a 3-axis gyroscope that can measure spin and twist. By combining this data you can REALLY orient yourself.

We’ve carried the LSM9DS0 from ST for a while, and the LSM9DS1 is their latest offering. We thought this could really make for a great breakout, at a very nice price! Design your own activity or motion tracker with all the data… We spun up a breakout board that has all the extra circuitry you’ll want, for use with an Arduino (or other microcontroller).

The LSM9DS1 is not the same set of sensors as the LSM9DS0. Here are some of the differences:

  • LSM9DS0 accelerometer has ±2/±4/±6/±8/±16 g ranges. The LSM9DS1 has ±2/±4/±8/±16 g (no ±6 g range).
  • LSM9DS0 magnetometer has ±2/±4/±8/±12 gauss ranges. The LSM9DS1 has ±4/±8/±12/±16 gauss ranges. So the LSM9DS0 has ±2 gauss low range where-as the LSM9DS1 has ±16 gauss high range.
  • LSM9DS0 and LSM9DS1 gyros both have the same ±245/±500/±2000 dps ranges.

There are other differences, for example we noticed the LSM9DS1 has slightly worse accuracy. The gyro angular zero-rate (±25 for the LSM9DS0 and ±30 for the LSM9DS1 at the highest sensing range). The accelerometer offset accuracy is ±90 mg for the LSM9DS1 and ±60 mg for the LSM9DS0.

However, these offsets may not matter for most projects and the pricing of the LSM9DS1 is lower than the LSM9DS0.

The breakout board version of this sensor has both I2C and SPI interfaces. Attaching it to the Arduino is simple, power Vin and GND with 3-5VDC, and wire up I2C data on SCL and SDA, and you’re ready to go! More advanced users can use SPI, our library has support for both. The breakout comes fully assembled and tested, with some extra header so you can use it on a breadboard. Four mounting holes make for a secure connection, and we put the popular power+data pins on one side, and the interrupt pins on the other side for a nice & compact breakout.

Our tutorial will get you started with wiring diagrams, pinouts, assembly instructions and library code with examples!

In stock and shipping now!

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This Hyrule Warriors Ganondorf Cosplay Isn’t Villainous

AdaFruit - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 16:00

Cosplayer KataMarija Creations took on her biggest project yet when she decided to make a Hyrule Warriors Ganondorf costume. The self-taught costume and prop maker’s take on the character is striking. She started like most cosplayers start with armor builds by using card stock and construction paper to make the patterns for the armor pieces. When every piece was right, she turned to foam to make the base of the armor. Then, she covered the foam with Worbla. She folded the Worbla over edges rather than using the sandwich method because it uses less material. She says:

Just use your handy heat gun and start melting and forming, and burning your fingers, and sculpting your details! Not shown here, but I like to use scissor edges or clay sculpting tools to push the worbla as close as possible to the foam edging!

Read about the build in its entirety at Tumblr.

Top photo by Vontography

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