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The App Economy Will Be Worth $6 Trillion in Five Years

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:00
An anonymous reader shares a report: In five years, the app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a report released today by app measurement company App Annie. What explains the growth? More people are spending more time and -- crucially -- more money in apps. While on average people aren't downloading many more apps, App Annie expects global app usership to nearly double to 6.3 billion people in the next five years while the time spent in apps will more than double. And, it expects the average app spend -- including app-store purchases, advertising spend and, most importantly, commerce -- to increase from $379 per person to $1,008 in 2021. The 800-pound -- or $6 trillion -- gorilla in the room is mobile commerce.

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What Sorcery Is This?: Video Demonstration And Explanation Of Hydrodynamic Levitation

GeekOlogy - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:30
This is a video of a ball (and an even more impressive disk at the end) levitating in a vertical stream of water thanks to hydrodynamic levitation. What the hell is hydrodynamic levitation? MAGIC. Of course this video would have you believe it's actually science, which I'm fairly certain it is not. I wish I could levitate. *focusing really hard* Am I doing it?! "You're standing on your tippy toes." And you're not impressed? This is as close as you can get to levitating before you're actually doing it. Keep going for the video.
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NYU lands New York City's ambitious VR/AR hub

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:30
New York City is diving into VR in a big way with the launch of a virtual/alternate reality hub at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. It'll serve to nurture companies and projects relying on the new technologies, with the hopes of cementing NYC as a...
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Heritage Valley Health System Target Of Cyber Attack

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:20
The Heritage Valley Health System says it has been hit with a cyber attack. From a report: A spokeswoman confirmed the attack Tuesday morning. "Heritage Valley Health System has been affected by a cyber security incident. The incident is widespread and is affecting the entire health system including satellite and community locations. We have implemented downtime procedures and made operational adjustments to ensure safe patient care continues un-impeded." Heritage Valley is a $480 million network that provides care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; parts of eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. Also read: Ukrainian Banks, Electricity Firm Hit by Fresh Cyber Attack; Reports Claim the Ransomware Is Quickly Spreading Across the World.

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Samsung will reportedly release Note 7 ‘fandom’ edition soon

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:10
Samsung continues to deal with the fallout from its exploding Note 7 devices. The company has been sued for the problem, and has issued short-term fixes, apologies and a hurried recall to try and contain the damage to its brand. Apparently it's worki...
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Twitch rolls out subscriptions for Affiliate streamers

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:03
Twitch Partners get a lot of perks, including extra emotes, 60 days of past broadcast storage, financial support and the ability for fans to subscribe to their channels for $5, $10 or $25 per month. Starting this week, Twitch Affiliates -- streamers...
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NeoPixel Thermometer

AdaFruit - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:00

From fmattiussi on Hackster.io:

My project is very simple and easy to accomplish. I chose this project to monitor the temperature of my room because having a guinea pig I should know the temperature because too low or too high could die U_U.

My NeoPixel has 12 LEDs, the base temperature is 11 ° C and the maximum is 30 ° C, each LED has a temperature range of 1.5 (ie the first LED will light if it is at a temperature Between 11 and 12.5 degrees). To understand the temperature I printed on a sheet of temperature and then after bending I put it in the NeoPixel.

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Featured Adafruit Product!


NeoPixel Ring – 12 x 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers: Round and round and round they go! 12 ultra bright smart LED NeoPixels are arranged in a circle with 1.5″ (37mm) 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! Each LED is addressable as the driver chip is inside the LED. Each one has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and no external choke resistors are required making the design slim. Power the whole thing with 5VDC and you’re ready to rock. (read more)

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London is the second city to get free gigabit WiFi kiosks

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:54
London's countless telephone boxes become more redundant with every new mobile contract signed and throwaway tourist SIM purchased. Having a mind to update these payphones for the modern age, BT -- which owns the majority of them -- announced last ye...
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Facebook Crosses 2 Billion Monthly Users

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:40
Facebook has announced that it now has over 2 billion monthly active users. From a report: That's up from the 1.94 billion total that the company cited as part of its most recent earnings report in May. Mark Zuckerberg shared the news directly, and Fast Company has a story on Facebook's constant efforts to keep pushing growth upward. "It's an honor to be on this journey with you," Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook's other apps are faring well, too: Messenger has over 1.2 billion monthly users and Facebook-owned WhatsApp tallies a similar figure. Twitter, by comparison, has 328 million monthly active users. Instagram has over 700 million.

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Alcatel's Idol 5S is a bargain if you can stomach Amazon ads

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:36
Alcatel's Idol 4S phone was a good value at $350, but its emphasis on virtual reality support (such as a box that doubled as a headset) may have held it back. Unless you're a big VR fan, wouldn't you rather spend less on a no-frills device? You're...
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Oscar Meyer Expands Wiener Vehicle Fleet With Weinermini, Weinerrover, Weinercycle And Weinerdrone

GeekOlogy - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:30
To celebrate a change to producing all their hotdogs with a new, artificial preservative-free recipe (oh God what have I been eating?), Oscar Meyer is adding four new vehicles to it's Wienermobile fleet to help get the word out and deliver dogs. The new additions include the Weinermini, a Weinermobile built on a Mini Cooper, the Weinerrover, a smaller R/C Weinermobile, the Wienercycle, a motorcycle with sidecar, and the Wienerdrone, a flying wiener delivery vehicle. Obviously, I plan on having my photo taken in front of all of them, with the caption "#1 Wiener Lover". If anyone deserves the title, it's me -- I used to eat two cold dogs straight from the package for breakfast every morning. Then the rest of the package for lunch, followed by beans and weenies for dinner. At least until my doctor told me they were going to kill me. "When was that?" He hasn't yet, I've been avoiding him. Keep going for a video of the new Wiener vehicles in action.
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Twitter can detect crime up to an hour faster than police

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:13
Twitter has repeatedly proven itself as an invaluable platform for information sharing during social crises. Now new research has shown its ability to detect serious incidents much faster than police reports -- up to an hour faster, in fact. By anal...
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Second wave of invasion by Invader in Versailles, France #ArtTuesday

AdaFruit - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:00

Invader strikes again! Via StreetArtNews.

After leaving his mark on the ocean floor as well as in outer space, thousands of mosaics and over 70 invaded cities later, Invader’s work is being shown in museums worldwide and is worshipped by fans and high-end art collectors. As usual with the French artist, this new invasion showcase his adorable creatures and designs taking a Royal twist to celebrate the city of Versailles.

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Every Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!
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Volvo's Driverless Cars 'Confused' by Kangaroos

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:00
An anonymous reader shares a report: Volvo's self-driving technology is struggling to identify kangaroos in the road. The Swedish car-maker's 2017 S90 and XC90 models use its Large Animal Detection system to monitor the road for deer, elk and caribou. But the way kangaroos move confuses it. "We've noticed with the kangaroo being in mid-flight when it's in the air, it actually looks like it's further away, then it lands and it looks closer," its Australia technical manager said. But the problem would not delay the rollout of driverless cars in the country, David Pickett added.

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Pinterest enables two-factor authentication for all users

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:52
It seems as though online security is at the top of everyone's priority list these days, and now Pinterest is stepping up to the plate. The social network is introducing a slate of new features aimed at protecting users' accounts.
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Facebook has 2 billion monthly users

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:32
Every month, 2 billion users post messages, share photos, disseminate links and argue with estranged family members on Facebook. Founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone today in a quick post (on Facebook, of course) saying, "We're making prog...
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Programmer Writes Script To Call IRS Phone Scammers 28 Times/Sec To Tie Up Their Lines

GeekOlogy - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:30
Note: Colorful language. This is a video from a computer programmer who was targeted by fake IRS phone scammers in an attempt to collect money from him ("or you'll never be able to use money again"). He decided to get revenge by writing a script that calls the scammers back 28 times a second, which causes a denial of phone service and prevents them from trying to call anybody else. I wish I was that smart. Whenever these people get me on the line I panic and give them all my bank account info, then tell them if there's anything left over maybe they could put me in touch with some Nigerian princes who could use my help too. Keep going for the video.
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China's All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens' Faces

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:20
China's government is using facial-recognition technology to help promote good behavior and catch lawbreakers, reports the WSJ. From the article: Facial-recognition technology, once a specter of dystopian science fiction, is becoming a feature of daily life in China, where authorities are using it on streets, in subway stations, at airports and at border crossings in a vast experiment in social engineering (alternative source). Their goal: to influence behavior and identify lawbreakers. Ms. Gan, 31 years old, had been caught on camera crossing illegally here once before, allowing the system to match her two images. Text displayed on the crosswalk screens identified her as a repeat offender. "I won't ever run a red light again," she said. China is rushing to deploy new technologies to monitor its people in ways that would spook many in the U.S. and the West. Unfettered by privacy concerns or public debate, Beijing's authoritarian leaders are installing iris scanners at security checkpoints in troubled regions and using sophisticated software to monitor ramblings on social media. By 2020, the government hopes to implement a national "social credit" system that would assign every citizen a rating based on how they behave at work, in public venues and in their financial dealings.

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Aston Martin's all-electric supercar launches in 2019

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:10
Aston Martin is going it alone on its first all-electric vehicle, the all-wheel drive RapidE, following a false start that caused it to curtail its production plans, courtesy of the departure of its financial partner LeEco.
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'Tinder for friends' uses AI to block flirty messages

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:53
Making new friends as an adult is hard, and it's easy to find yourself relying on old college pals and work colleagues to bolster your social life, even if the former live on the other side of the country and the latter are, well, your work colleague...
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