306 Hollywood feels like a whole new way of tackling documentaries

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Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

When filmmakers turn their cameras on themselves and their families, the results are rarely as fascinating to the viewers as they are to the participants. Family documentaries come with a lot of emotional baggage that the audience doesn’t get to share, and while it’s possible to get a broad overview of a family’s dynamics, the full background and context is always going to elude outsiders. There are exceptions to the rule, like Sarah Polley’s unfolding-mystery doc Stories We Tell, or Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s animated personal history Persepolis….

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Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience store

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 By now many have heard of Amazon’s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects. My intention going in was to try to shoplift something and catch these complacent Amazon types napping. But it became clear… Read More

ESP8266 Beacon Announces Your Arrival

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It used to be people were happy enough to just have to push a button in their car and have the garage door open. But pushing a button means you have to use your hands, like it’s a baby toy or something. We’re living in the 21st century, surely there must be a better way! Well, if you’ve got a home automation system setup and a spare ESP8266 laying around, [aderusha] may have your solution with MQTTCarPresence.

The theory of operation here is very clever. The ESP8266 is powered via the in-dash USB port, which turns on and off with …read more

Doesn’t awards season make you want to make a movie?

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Whether you aspire to be a filmmaker, YouTube sensation, or some other media professional, understanding videography inside and out is a must, but it can be challenging for the uninitiated. Thankfully, the web is a big place, and it’s filled with a host of online tutorials for just about everything, including videography. Take the aptly-named Videography Bootcamp for example. Loaded with more than 30 hours of training, this 8-course collection can walk you through creating stunning content from start to finish, and it’s on sale for $39.

This bootcamp covers videography in several mediums, including DSLR video production, drone cinematography, and editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and green screens. Regardless of what you plan to produce, this collection will give you a strong foundation in all things videography as you dive into filmmaking hacks, create online content, and learn techniques from experts who have worked on big-name films like Jurassic World and Avatar.

You can catalyze your journey into the world of videography with the Videography Bootcamp, now on sale for $39.

The SD-11 Sphericular Display: Pixels that Aren’t Pixels

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Ever heard of a sphericular display? [AnubisTTP] laid hands on a (damaged) Burroughs SD-11 Sphericular Display and tore down the unusual device to see what was inside. It’s a type of projection display with an array of bulbs at the back and a slab of plastic at the front, and the rest is empty space. The usual expected lenses and slides are missing… or are they? It turns out that the thin display surface at the front of the unit is packed with a two- dimensional 30 x 30 array of small lenses, a shadow mask, and what can be …read more

Build a Basic CRUD App With Angular 5.0 and Spring Boot 2.0

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Technology moves fast these days. It can be challenging to keep up with the latest trends as well as new releases of your favorite projects. I’m here to help! Spring Boot and Angular are two of my favorite projects, so I figured I’d write y’all a guide to show you how to build and secure a basic app using their latest and greatest releases.

In Spring Boot, the most significant change in 2.0 is its new web framework: Spring WebFlux. In Angular 5.0, we get a new HttpClient on the table. This class replaces Http, and is a bit easier to use, with less boilerplate code. Today, I’m not going to explore Spring WebFlux, because we still have some work to do before we can support in with the Okta Spring Boot Starter.

Trio of Tips for a Cetus Printer

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Thanks to the holiday gifting cycle, many homes are newly adorned with 3D printers. Some noobs are clearly in the “plug and play” camp, looking for a user experience no more complicated than installing a new 2D printer. But most of us quickly learn that adding a dimension increases the level of difficulty substantially, and tinkering ensues.

One such tinkerer, [Marco Reps], has been taking his new Cetus 3D printer to new places, and his latest video offers a trio of tips to enhance the user experience of this bare-bones but capable printer. First tip: adding a heated bed. While …read more

Color Organ Dress, A Wearable With Audio Feedback

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There is a huge amount of interest among our community in wearable electronics, but it is fair to say that it is a technology that has a way to go at our level in terms of its application. Some twinkly LEDs are all very well, but unless you have the arrived-on-a-spaceship-from-the-future aesthetic of someone like [Naomi Wu] to carry them off they get old rather quickly.

What the sew-on LED sector of wearable electronics is waiting for are some applications, wearable lights that do something rather than just look pretty. And [Moko] has a project that takes them in that …read more

Tomu: A Microcontroller for Your USB Port

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Looking for a ultra tiny development board? Tomu is an ARM Cortex M0+ device that fits inside your USB port. We’ve seen these in person, and they’re tiny.

There’s a few commercial devices in this form factor on the market. For example, the Yubikey Nano emulates a keyboard to provide codes for two-factor authentication. The Yubikey’s tiny hardware does this job well, but the closed-source device isn’t something you can modify.

Tomu is a new device for your USB port. It sports a Silicon Labs EFM32 microcontroller, two buttons, and two LEDs. This particular microcontroller is well suited to …read more

The Chinese think Palo Alto is dumpy

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 Good news! The great Raw Water Story of 2017 is finally over. Google tells me that searches went up ten-fold over the raw water craze, but thankfully, humans seem to have filtered out any more stories or follow ups. Silicon Valley can rest easy. But wait! There is another crisis brewing, and it isn’t the animal fecal matter in your algae water. Over the past few days, we’ve seen… Read More

Vacuum Tubes: Shipping Through EBay Now Challenging?

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There is disquiet in the world of vacuum electronics, that something as simple as shipping a vacuum tube could now be very difficult to achieve. It’s a concern expressed among other places in a video by [Guitologist] that we’ve included below, and includes tales of vacuum tubes being impounded as either dangerous to ship, or not allowed to be shipped across international borders.

Upon investigation it appears that the common thread in all the stories lies with eBay’s Global Shipping Program, the centralised shipping service operated by the online auction giant. We reached out to eBay’s press office on the …read more

The New York Times is selling a unique Star Wars book

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There are a ton of Star Wars books out there, ranging from novels to official reference books to unofficial histories and biographies. The New York Times has recently released a Star Wars book of its own: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, which compiles most of the publications’ coverage on the franchise.

The coffee table book begins its coverage in 1973 with a feature about George Lucas, which revealed that he was working on a space opera film. The Times describes the book as the “ultimate anthology” of its coverage of the franchise, containing its articles, reviews, obituaries, photographs, and more, from the beginning of the franchise all the way up to the recently released Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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The disturbing single-location thriller The Guilty explores the problem with good intentions

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Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

The unspoken hope of attending a film festival like Sundance is that you could just stumble upon some small, incredibly effective film that might otherwise have never crossed your radar. That’s precisely the case with The Guilty, an engrossing Danish thriller from first-time feature director Gustav Möller that’s playing in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category.

The story of an emergency dispatcher who’s suddenly caught up in trying to solve a kidnapping from behind his desk, the movie takes place entirely in real time, and is set in just two tiny…

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This rare Yu-Gi-Oh! card is on sale in Tokyo for over $400,000

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Specialty Yu-Gi-Oh! cards can be expensive and run in the thousands of dollars, like Doomcaliber Knight, worth about $700, and the first Japanese promo version of Dark Magician Girl, which could set you back about $1,100, but they don’t come close to the price of one particular card currently on the market. Card Shop Spiral specialty store of Tokyo is selling a card called Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon for a whopping 45 million yen ($406,800).

The card is a one of a kind, which is why it’s being offered up at such a staggering price. It was a prize for an Asian Championship Series, and also comes with a signboard that has a signature from Kazuki Takahashi, the original creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! As pointed out on Reddit, exclusive cards as prizes…

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The (Unnecessary?) Art of Connector Crimping

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The “Completion Backwards Principle” is a method of reasoning through a problem by visualizing the end result and then working your way backwards from that point. The blog post that [Alan Hawse] has recently written about the intricacies of crimping wires for plug connectors is a perfect example of this principle. The end result of his work is the realization that you probably shouldn’t bother crimping your own connectors, but watching him work backwards from that point is still fascinating. It’s also the name of a rock album from the 80’s by The Tubes, but this is not a …read more

New trailers: Tomb Raider, The Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta, and more

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The Sundance Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, so this week has been absolutely packed with trailers as distributors try to hype movies headed to the festival that they’ve already scooped up in pre-show negotiations. I’ve included a few of the bigger films and more striking trailers here, but I’d encourage you to check out The Film Stage’s roundup if you want to see a lot more. Most of these films won’t be playing widely for some time though, so consider it a very early preview of what’s to come.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to The Verge this week as Sundance really gets rolling: we’ll have our reviews and reports coming in from the festival throughout the show. Lately, Sundance hasn’t just been a film festival either — it’s also…

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Super Bowl discounts are bringing down prices on 4K TVs, Smart TVs, and other home theatre products

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Super Bowl 52 is coming up in a few weeks and if you’re hosting a party for it, I have good news for you. Right now, there are great deals going on for everything you’d need for your viewing party: A TV, some speakers, food, and a little help with the clean-up.

Retailers are marking down TVs of all sorts, including 4K Ultra HD TVs and Roku Smart TVs, so you can see every blade of grass that’ll be trampled underfoot. For the audio, brands like Bose are marking down home theatre speakers. There’s also an Alexa-enabled smart speaker on sale at Amazon that you could use to order pizza for the game and you can pick up a discounted Eufy RoboVac while you’re there to clean up the crumbs. Every step of the party is taken care of at a great…

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This Android app will turn your wallpaper into a live map of your location

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There’s a new Android app called Skyline that will turn your current location into your wallpaper, as first spotted by Lifehacker. Skyline uses 3D terrain data from Mapbox to show either your current location or specific coordinates to create wallpapers in full detail.

The app can shift the image when you unlock your phone or swipe through your launcher pages, and it features a parallax effect that’s visible when you tilt your phone.

You can toggle the depth effects in settings and choose the right framing for your map / wallpaper. Skyline will cost you $1.99 in the Google Play Store, which isn’t bad for a pretty inventive wallpaper app.

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A bunch of 11-year-olds designed the cars of the future, and the results are utterly delightful

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Every year we get served up a heaping portion of concept cars from automakers at CES and Detroit. Weird headlights, huge screens, and a bevy of doors that can’t be bothered to open in a traditional manner. But lately there’s a sense that car companies are just going through the motions. They give us playful ideas like augmented reality and a koi fish that’s your virtual personal assistant, but in the end they dump all their money into more trucks and SUVs. Which is why I’ll take these automotive designs from a group of 11-year-olds any day of the week.

GoCompare, a Wales-based car insurance comparison company, asked a handful of London school children to design the automobile of the future, and then had an illustrator bring their…

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