Driving the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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bolt-ev147a0384 The Bolt is designed to be approachable and at least a little familiar at first, even though it’s actually a very different kind of car under the hood, thanks to its 60 kWh battery and electric motor. Chevrolet knows that a lot of its owners will be first-time EV buyers, and that there’s a learning curve when you’re coming from a long history of driving gas-powered cars. Bolt… Read More

Bench Power Supply Uses Server Voltage Regulator

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If you stuff a computer into a rack with a bunch of other machines, you’d better make it a tough machine. Server-grade means something, so using server parts in a project, like this high-wattage power supply using server voltage regulators, can take it to the next level of robustness.

But before [Andy Brown] could build this power supply, he had to reverse-engineer the modules. Based on what he learned, and armed with a data sheet for the modules, he designed a controller to take advantage of all the capabilities of them and ended up with a full-featured power supply. The …read more

This year’s Google I/O is happening May 17th–19th

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This year’s Google I/O will take place from May 17th through the 19th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, Google revealed today through an elaborate puzzle. The company tweeted a cryptic link, as first spotted by 9to5 Google, on its developer Twitter account. That tweet linked back to a save the date page, which then redirected users to a GitHub page. The GitHub repository contained five puzzles that, when solved, confirmed the details.

According to Android Police, the puzzle, which involved…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will reportedly have both a headphone jack and a desktop dock

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Information about the upcoming Galaxy S8 keeps leaking out at a steady pace, and now The Guardian has published a considerable amount of info on the phone gleaned from unnamed sources. First off, the phone is supposed to be announced in late March, and then will ship in April, which matches other rumors we’d heard that the phone won’t show up at MWC this year.

More controversially, The Guardian claims the S8 will have a headphone jack, citing “several sources,” which contradicts a report from December that it would not. The new report does agree with the rumors about the “all-screen” design reported by Bloomberg last year.

Other information, like the probable Snapdragon 835, microSD card support, USB-C, and a new version of the Gear VR…

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Google I/O 2017 will be back at the Shoreline Amphitheater from May 17 to 19

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O92A5852 Google hasn’t quite made this official yet, but after its Firebase and Google Developers Twitter accounts posted a link to a few puzzles earlier today, the boffins over at Hacker News quickly figured out when and where Google’s 2017 I/O developer conference will take place. Just like last year, the Shoreline Amphitheater — and a bunch of big tents around it — will… Read More

Livestream now supports simultaneous live broadcasts on YouTube, Periscope and Twitch

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livestream 2 Livestream is getting closer to allowing live video created on its platform to get broadcast anywhere online. Specifically, the company announced that premium and enterprise customers will be able to simulcast to non-Livestream video services that support RTMP. That means a publisher could simultaneously show a live video on YouTube, Periscope, Twitch and elsewhere. CEO Jesse Hertzberg… Read More

Amazon will now send your kids tech and science toys for $20 a month

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Amazon is launching a new STEM Club subscription service for monthly, STEM-related toys. For $19.99 a month (plus tax), Amazon will deliver a “hand selected” educational toy that will theoretically both entertain and educate a child in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

The subscription is split up into three different versions: one for children aged 3–4 years old, one for those aged 5–7 years old, and one for 8–13 year olds. Once signed up, the toys — which TechCrunch notes will come from recently launched or Amazon exclusive products — will arrive each month as an automatically renewing monthly subscription, similar to Amazon’s automatic Subscribe & Save service.

It’s a savvy move for Amazon which has had a S…

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Bryan Singer is making an untitled X-Men TV series pilot for Fox

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Fox has officially ordered a pilot for its untitled X-Men series. According to Variety, the new series will involve Burn Notice creator Matt Nix as showrunner, and X-Men series director Bryan Singer is on board as executive producer.

Word that 20th Century Fox was developing a series in the X-Men universe first got out last summer, and little has changed about what we know about the series since then. The show will reportedly follow a couple who discover that their children are mutants and must go underground to keep them safe. Fox is working with Marvel Studios on the effort, and the show is expected to exist within the X-Men movie universe.

This is only the second show Fox is working on that tells X-Men stories on…

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Apple Watch is getting a Theater Mode in next update

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Apple is planning on adding a new Theater Mode to the Apple Watch in the upcoming watchOS 3.2 update. According to Apple’s developer guide, Theater Mode easily allows users to mute sound and disable waking the screen when raising your wrist, making it ideal for those looking to avoid interrupting fellow theatergoers at a movie or play. Notifications will still arrive on the Watch with haptic feedback, which can be viewed by pressing the digital crown or tapping the screen when they arrive.

Also being added in watchOS 3.2 is SiriKit, which will work similarly to how it already does on the iPhone. Developers will be able to make services in their applications accessible through Siri — for example, hailing an Uber or sending a WhatsApp…

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Mark Zuckerberg shoots down speculation about presidential run

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There’s been speculation for weeks that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is been preparing for a political run, perhaps even with eyes on the presidency in 2020. But today Zuckerberg said that isn’t the case, telling BuzzFeed News that, “No,” he has no plans to run for the United States’ top office.

Instead, Zuckerberg told BuzzFeed that he was “focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.” The interview appears to have been conducted over email, and BuzzFeed didn’t hear back when pressing Zuckerberg further on whether he’d entirely ruled out a presidential run.

Speculation around Zuckerberg’s political aspirations was largely sparked by court filings, revealed by Bloomberg, showing that…

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Internet provider Cox has expanded its home broadband data caps and overage fees

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Internet service provider Cox Communications has rolled out its 1TB home internet data cap to five new locations around the US, the company confirmed to The Verge. While a trial began last year in Cleveland, Ohio before moving on to Florida and Georgia, the data cap policy has expanded to all customers in Connecticut, Arkansas, and Kansas, as well select regions in and around Sun Valley, Idaho and Omaha, Nebraska. A Connecticut customer, who told The Verge he just began receiving data usage alerts from Cox, provided a link to the company’s support page, which was updated just yesterday with the new regions.

As part of the data cap, customers of any Cox internet plan will be…

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Here’s how Chevrolet built a practical electric vehicle with the 2017 Bolt EV

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bolt-ev147a0360 Chevrolet said it was going to bring an affordable, long-range electric vehicle to market – and it did, with the 2017 Bolt EV. I visited Palo Alto to find out more about the Bolt EV, and the tech behind it, speaking to the car’s lead engineers and designers.
The Bolt itself was present, too, of course, an impressive car currently shipping to customers that offers an equally… Read More

Amazon launches a subscription service for STEM toys

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1023078_us_toys_stem-club-detail_hqp2_190x131-_cb536050653_ Amazon today unveiled a new subscription program aimed at parents called STEM Club, which delivers educational toys to your home for $19.99 per month. The retailer says it will hand-pick which toys are shipped, and will ensure the items are age-appropriate. And by “STEM,” of course, Amazon means the toys will be focused on the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.… Read More

Apple Is Releasing a Find My AirPods Feature

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For those of you worried about losing an AirPod or two, you may soon be able to find some peace of mind. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is adding AirPods support to the Find My iPhone app with the release of iOS 10.3, which will be released in the coming weeks. The Verge reports: Inside the app, AirPods owners will be able to see either the current or last known location of their headphones (although it seems like Apple will determine that based on where the case was last seen, not the actual earbuds). That location data is going to be pretty broad, so it’ll really only be good for confirming whether your AirPods are at home or got left behind at work or a coffee shop — it’s not granular enough to say where within your home they might be. To help out with the trickier issue of locating missing headphones that have been separated from their case, Apple is able to blast sound out of each earbud (so long as it has some remaining power). That’s by no means an assurance that you’ll find a lost earbud, especially if you drop it outside, but it could be pretty helpful if one goes missing around the house.

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Milliohm Meter Version 1.5

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A milliohm meter is a very handy piece of test equipment. Most hand-held multimeters cannot measure low resistances and bench meters that can, are usually quite expensive. [barbouri] has shared details of his milliohm meter build on his blog post, and it looks pretty nice.

When using a single pair of leads to measure very low ohms, the resistance of the measuring wires and voltage drops across the various joints become substantial enough to invalidate your measurement. The solution is to use the “Kelvin method” or 4-wire measurement. This involves passing a highly stable current derived from a temperature compensated …read more

Apple will soon let app makers publicly respond to reviews

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Reviews on Apple’s iOS and Mac app stores are about to get more conversational. Apple has informed developers that beginning with iOS 10.3, they’ll be able to reply to reviews and have those responses stay publicly visible to other users. If you’ve seen companies reply underneath reviews on Amazon, for instance, this is a similar concept. The same will be true of the Mac App Store. Currently, developers have no way of directly responding to reviews on the app stores and instead must communicate with customers via email, social media, and other means.

Apple is also trying to streamline the…

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Why Amazon beating Netflix to a Best Picture Oscar nomination matters

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Amazon and Netflix are not only rivals when it comes to original streaming projects: now more than ever, the platforms are at loggerheads during awards season. That rivalry reached a new pitch today: Manchester by the Sea, a critical darling with numerous accolades to its name, is now a Best Picture nominee at the 89th annual Academy Awards. The distinction puts it a notch above Netflix when it comes to a certain kind of Hollywood prestige, and will likely have real ramifications as competition continues to heat up in years ahead.

Manchester by the Sea getting a Best Picture nod was considered a foregone conclusion before the nominations were even announced. The film was…

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Watch the first teaser for The Leftovers’ final season

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The Leftovers is coming up on its last season, and HBO has just released a very small glimpse of what’s ahead. The final eight episodes will see Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) leave Texas and head to Australia in search of his father, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The series, which is set in the years following a vaguely spiritual mass disappearance called the Sudden Departure, has always explored existential themes surrounding the mystery of being alive. Last season, Kevin ended up in a hotel of the undead before reemerging in the realm of the living.

The series will return on April 16th.

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10 new AWS cloud services you never expected

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In the beginning, life in the cloud was simple. Type in your credit card number and—voilà—you had root on a machine you didn’t have to unpack, plug in, or bolt into a rack.

That has changed drastically. The cloud has grown so complex and multifunctional that it’s hard to jam all the activity into one word, even a word as protean and unstructured as “cloud.” There are still root logins on machines to rent, but there are also services for slicing, dicing, and storing your data. Programmers don’t need to write and install as much as subscribe and configure.

Here, Amazon has led the way. That’s not to say there isn’t competition. Microsoft, Google, IBM, Rackspace, and Joyent are all churning out brilliant solutions and clever software packages for the cloud, but no company has done more to create feature-rich bundles of services for the cloud than Amazon. Now Amazon Web Services is zooming ahead with a collection of new products that blow apart the idea of the cloud as a blank slate. With the latest round of tools for AWS, the cloud is that much closer to becoming a concierge waiting for you to wave your hand and give it simple instructions.

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Why Google’s Sergey Brin changed his tune on AI

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledges that he was caught off-guard by the phenomenon of artificial intelligence, which he notes now permeates key Google properties.

Speaking at the recent World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, Brin, a trained computer scientist, said he didn’t pay attention to AI in the 1990s because “everyone knew [AI] didn’t work,” he said.

Brin was head of the Google X research group, which featured Google Brain, a project centered on machine intelligence, he recalled. “Fast-forward a few years, and now Brain probably touches every single one of our main projects, ranging from search to photos to ads to everything we do.”

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