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The Surface Book 2's secret weapon is ceramic, says Panos Panay

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:45
With the Surface Book, Microsoft delivered yet another way to rethink traditional computers. It resembled a laptop more than the earlier Surface devices, which were basically tablets with keyboard covers. But it also packed in one new trick: A large...
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GoPro Hero 6 review: Slow-mo, stabilization and subtle refinements

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:30
If you look at the GoPro Hero 6, it's nearly impossible to tell it apart from the Hero 5, even on close inspection. The older, silver GoPros used to have the model number marked in black text on the front. The only way to tell the most recent cameras...
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Toy Story’s RC As a Costume

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:19

The bright remote control car in Toy Story is known as RC Car or RC. He appears in all the films as a friendly, dog-like toy. I’m reminding you of who the character is because Redditor goshwinkle recently turned their daughter into RC. It’s the time of year when parents are sharing pictures of the costumes they’ve made for their kids for Halloween, and RC was made for a school assembly. Goshwinkle says:

We built it together out of insulation foam. The eyes light up and the wheels all spin. I made a little dash from an old galaxy note phone with various funny horn sounds.

via Reddit

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Slashdot's 20th Anniversary: History of Slashdot

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:02
Slashdot turned 20 this month, which is ancient in internet years. How far have we come? Also, we've set up a page to coordinate user meet-ups around the world to celebrate. Read on for the full 20-year history of Slashdot.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Fancy Skull – Time-lapse #3DThursday #3DPrinting

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:00

Every week we’ll 3D print designs from the community and showcase slicer settings, use cases and of course, Time-lapses!

This week:
Fancy Skull
Kimbolt
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2562664/
BCN3D Sigma R17
Glow in the Dark PLA
12hrs 24min
X:148 Y:208 Z:158mm
.3mm layer / .4mm nozzle
30% Infill / 4.5mm retract
235C / 0C
305G
80mm/s


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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Octopus-like rubber skin could lead to shape-shifting robots

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:00
Octopuses are awe-inspiring creatures. They're smart, and they can camouflage themselves by changing colors and changing the texture of their skin to mimic the environment's. A group of scientists from Cornell University in New York and the Marine Bi...
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Chelsea Handler's Netflix talk show will end after two seasons

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:41
More than three years after Chelsea Handler and Netflix teamed up to "revolutionize the talk show" their quest is coming to an end. Handler tweeted that she has decided not to return after the second season of Chelsea wraps up (later this year), inst...
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Scoot is adding battery-swapping cars to its San Francisco lineup

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:20
If you spend any time in San Francisco you'll see them. The red electric scooters with a white lighting bolt and the word "Scoot" plastered on the side of the cargo box. Scoot, the company behind these ubiquitous two-wheeled vehicles has been able to...
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Twitter took a year to close a fake GOP account run by Russians

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:01
The Russian troll farm that bought ads pointing to fake news sites on Facebook also ran a fake Twitter account impersonating the Tennessee Republican Party. While it has now been permanently suspended, Buzzfeed says the platform refused to take the a...
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Samsung To Let Proper Linux Distros Run on Galaxy Smartphones

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:00
An anonymous reader shares a report: Samsung has announced it will soon become possible to run actual proper Linux on its Note8, Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones -- and even Linux desktops. Yeah, yeah, we know Android is built on Linux, but you know what we mean. Samsung said it's working on an app called "Linux on Galaxy" that will let users "run their preferred Linux distribution on their smartphones utilizing the same Linux kernel that powers the Android OS." "Whenever they need to use a function that is not available on the smartphone OS, users can simply switch to the app and run any program they need to in a Linux OS environment," Samsung says. The app also allows multiple OSes to run on a device. Linux desktops will become available if users plug their phones into the DeX Station, the device that lets a Galaxy 8 run a Samsung-created desktop-like environment when connected to the DeX and an external monitor.

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Google's AlphaGo AI no longer requires human input to master Go

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:29
Google's AlphaGo already beat us puny humans to become the best at the Chinese board game of Go. Now, it's done with humans altogether. DeepMind, the Alphabet subsidiary behind the artificial intelligence, just announced AlphaGo Zero. The latest iter...
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The way scientific units are calculated is changing

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:03
Scientific units are set to receive their biggest shake-up since the inception of the modern metric system in 1960. The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) -- one of three committees that oversees this type of stuff -- is presently lo...
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The BBC is turning to AI to improve its programming

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:12
The BBC wants to leverage machine learning to improve its online services and the programmes it commissions every year. Today, the broadcaster announced a five-year research partnership with eight universities from across the UK. Data scientists will...
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Moon Lamp #3DThursday #3DPrinting

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:00

Fun moon lamp shared by MalNivek on Thingiverse:

This is a hollow moon with a base that holds a IKEA LEDBERG LED spotlight.

Moon is generated using the program “globe” by DJ Moews available at:
http://djm.cc/dmoews.html, with data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), following the instruction by pmoews in https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:755855

Extraordinary if printed in glowfill. I painted the base with acrylic paint.

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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Google honors the man who discovered the fate of dead stars

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:46
There's a constant battle between gravity and nuclear physics going on inside a star that's only resolved when it dies. American, Indian-born scientist Subrahmanyan "Chandra" Chandrasekhar figured out how that would end -- supernova and black hole or...
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Giant Walking Machine #3DPrinting #3DThursday

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:00

danowall shared this incredible project on Thingiverse!

Some big files here. Parts fit very tight, may need some sanding. Surprisingly strong once assembled.

See 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!

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The Morning After: Thursday, October 19th 2017

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:00
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Are you ready for the WWE of giant robot fighting? Don't worry, we weren't either. Anyway, it's Thursday, which means it's time to make a plan for cleaning up dead satellites.
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Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark Released

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 04:43
Canonical has made available the download links for Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark". It comes with a range of new features, changes, and improvements including GNOME as the default desktop, Wayland display server by default, Optional X.org server session, Mesa 17.2 or Mesa 17.3, Linux kernel 4.13 or kernel 4.14, new Subiquity server installer, improved hardware support, new Ubuntu Server installer, switch to libinput, an always visible dock using Dash to Dock GNOME Shell extension, and Bluetooth improvements with a new BlueZ among others.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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UK government could force petrol stations to install EV chargers

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 04:30
The UK's network of motorway services and petrol stations will be required to install chargers for electric cars, under plans announced by Transport Minister John Hayes. The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which was first announced during the Q...
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Baroque Echo Dot Wall Mount #3DThursday #3DPrinting

AdaFruit - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 04:00

Add some gilded flair to your Amazon Echo Dot. Shared by mtmanty on Thingiverse:

Baroque version of Echo Dot wall mount.

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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