Samsung is selling some of its pretty Korean mobile accessories in the US

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Samsung is bringing six of its Korean mobile accessories to the rest of the world next month. Among the first products Samsung plans to sell will be a “Wireless Speaker Bottle.” The speaker looks sort of like a water canteen and is motion controlled. If someone puts it in a “pouring” position, the speaker’s lighting will change. If someone shakes it, it’ll change colors.

The company’s also going to sell a pretty cool wireless tray charger that can charge two devices at once, or three if a cable’s plugged in too. This is probably the most useful thing Samsung is selling because at least in photos, it looks discrete enough to put on a desk.

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Toyota invented a box that turns your smartphone into a car key

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Toyota is jumping into the increasingly crowded car-sharing market, and it’s doing it with a flair for innovation that helps explain why it’s the world’s biggest auto seller. The company invented a Bluetooth-enabled device called the Smart Key Box that allows users to unlock and start the engine of a car using just their smartphone.

Here’s how it will work: a vehicle owner who wants to make some money on the side lending their car to other people can install the Smart Key Box on their dashboard, no modification needed. The car-share customer is sent a code via an app to access the box. When the smartphone is brought near the vehicle, the codes are authenticated via Bluetooth — Toyota calls it a “handshake” — similar to regular smart…

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New leak reveals over 100 web addresses compromised by the NSA

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Sunday night, a group called the Shadow Brokers released a new cache of data purporting to be taken from the NSA in a Medium post titled “Trick or Treat.” Alongside other data, the new release reveals 108 IP addresses apparently compromised by the NSA as part of its operations. The majority of the nodes are located overseas, including compromises in China, Russia, India, or Pakistan, presumably to make it difficult for targets to attribute any attack launched through the network.

Most of the nodes themselves are several years old, but they could still be valuable to researchers looking to trace the NSA’s past activities. By running these IP addresses against server logs, possible targets could discover they had been targeted by the…

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Outlook’s mobile app gets a built-in meeting scheduler

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outlook2013 Microsoft Outlook users on mobile will now have an easier way to schedule meetings from their smartphone, with the launch of a new scheduling assistant that helps you find a time that works for everyone. The feature, which is rolling out today to the iOS version of Outlook’s mobile app, will show your coworkers’ availability so you can quickly pick a date and time when everyone… Read More

Volvo won’t mark its first self-driving cars to avoid trolling by humans

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Volvo XC90 Drive Me Volvo has little confidence that human drivers will be reliably kind and courteous to the first robot cars to hit the road: The carmaker plans to leave its first road-faring self-driving cars, a pilot group of 100 SUVs leased to users in London sometime in 2018, completely unmarked. Details of the plan come from Volvo senior technical lead Erik Coelingh, who shared the info with The… Read More

So long to Apple’s startup chime

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MacBook Pro Lost among all the talk streamlined ports, missing function keys and MagSafeless power, was mention of the fact that the company has also quietly ditched one of the more iconic pieces of the Apple ecosystem for the new MacBook Pro. The F-sharp chime that has greeted users on startup since 1998 is a casualty of the new laptop’s instant boot up. The change was spotted on an Apple FAQ… Read More

Get Your Hands On Boing Boing’s Best-Selling Deals of October

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#1. 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-Pack

With this deal, for the price of one Apple Lightning Cable, you get three ($21.99): now you can keep a cable at work, one in the car, and one at home, too. The cables are MFi certified, so they’re guaranteed to work perfectly with your Apple devices. And of course, their 10ft length means you won’t have to get out of bed or walk across the room to use your phone while it’s powering up. Finally—no more having to deal with a dead phone battery, no matter where you are.

#2. Ultra Soft 1800 Series Bamboo Bed Sheets: 4-Piece Set (White)

There are a lot of ways to unwind after a long day, but our personal favorite is settling down to sleep on these ultra-soft, ultra-luxurious bed sheets. Bamboo Bed Sheets ($32.98) are made with a combination of bamboo yarns and microfiber, and come specially treated and pre-shrunk—so not only are they ridiculously comfortable, they’re crazy durable, too. One set includes a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.

#3. Piper Computer Kit

The Piper Computer Kit ($279) gives you a real engineering blueprint that you can follow to assemble your own self-contained computer—which runs on the Raspberry Pi 2 Project Board. Once you’ve assembled your computer, you can access PiperUniverse, an educational Minecraft story mode that will deepen your understanding of computer engineering principles. The Piper Computer Kit makes the perfect present for kids and adults alike.

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Storm Sentinels

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On the evening of Saturday, August 27th, 2011, the volunteer fire department in Prattsville, New York held its annual clambake. The event has not historically been associated with temperance, but that year, the festivities broke up early. Prattsville is a sleepy town of fewer than 1,000 residents in the northern Catskill Mountains, about 100 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. It’s leaf-peeping country, not tropical storm country. But a hurricane was moving up the East Coast, and Sunday’s forecast called for rain. Meteorologists had predicted that the Catskills would get a peripheral spray, rather than the storm’s brunt, which was slated for New York City and Long Island. Still, Tom Olson, who was then fire chief, intended to be ready….

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You should definitely read this magical Twitter story about typewriters and travel

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More often than we like to admit, I think, vacations are frustrating affairs: full of missed opportunities, nagging worries, and sunburn. Occasionally, though, the gods of travel smile upon us, and some serendipitous and magical event take places that reaffirms the need to leave your home and country and go a’roaming. Just such an event happened to Marcin Wichary (lead designer and typographer at Medium), who, while looking for the Dali Museum on holiday in Spain, stumbled across a magical, little-known shrine to the typewriter.

What happened next is described in a series of tweets (a truncated version of which we’ve embedded below), but to understand the impact of Wichary’s story you should understand that this is a man who loves…

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Vine founders’ Hype app blends live video into a rich multimedia mix

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Hype app Does the world need another live video app? Meerkat’s demise might suggest not, but that hasn’t stopped Vine’s co-founders from screwing their courage to the sticking place and stepping into a highly contested space with the launch of an iOS app called Hype — days after Twitter announced it would be shuttering their looping video app, apparently without even doing them… Read More

Here are all the apps that work with the Surface Dial

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Microsoft’s Surface Dial was the surprise announcement at the company’s hardware event last week. It’s designed as another input device to compliment the mouse / keyboard, touch, and stylus. In drawing apps like Sketchable or Sketchpad you’ll be able to use it to generate a radial menu that lets you quickly change color or brush options, but Windows itself will mostly support basic zooming and volume controls at launch.

Not every app will have a rich amount of Surface Dial support when the device is launched on November 10th for $99, but Microsoft has provided a list of apps with some support for the device. On existing PCs and laptops you’ll be able to use the Dial on a desk to adjust options, and the Surface Studio will support…

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Microsoft to detail its VR headsets for Windows 10 in December

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Microsoft’s unveiling of VR headsets for Windows 10 got overshadowed by the company’s Surface Studio hardware last week, but new details are set to be announced soon. In an interview with Polygon, HoloLens chief Alex Kipman revealed that Microsoft will detail its VR headsets at an event in December. Microsoft is planning to hold two WinHEC events in December, one on December 8th-9th, and another on December 14th-15th.

Microsoft will detail hardware plans for its VR headsets at both events, and they’re both designed primarily for hardware makers to better understand the software plans for Windows Holographic. Microsoft has partnered with HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, and Asus to produce VR headsets that plug into Windows 10 PCs and provide the…

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e-ink keyboard changes for every purpose

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I’ve been into old-fashioned mechanical keyboards lately; Sonder’s e-ink model promises to bring the fetish into the 21st century. Each key is both mechanical and a tiny e-Ink display that can change on a per-application basis.

The Sonder Keyboard combines a sleek new design with a built-in rechargeable battery and enhanced key features. With an improved mechanical mechanism beneath each key for increased stability, as well as optimized key travel and a lower profile, the Sonder Keyboard provides a remarkably comfortable and precise typing experience. It pairs automatically with your Mac, so you can get to work right away. And the battery is incredibly long-lasting — it will power your keyboard for about a month or more between charges.

The styling is minimal and Apple-oriented. Sonder’s keyboard uses Bluetooth, but comes with USB and a lightning port too. It’s $200, which seems reasonable for such a specialized device: compare to Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis color LED model, still a pricey curiosity at $1500.

Early-bird ticket sales to Disrupt London end November 4

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TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media Planning on attending the best startup show in Europe? Disrupt London 2016 is just over a month away, but an important Disrupt deadline is later this week. You have just five more days to get discounted early bird tickets to Disrupt London for just £950, a full £250 less than they’ll be if you wait until Saturday, November 5. You can get your early-bird tickets here. That ticket… Read More

AppSettings in ASP.NET Core

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Most parts of elmah.io consist of small services. While they may not be microservices, they are in fact small and each do one thing. We recently started experimenting with ASP.NET Core (or just Core for short) for some internal services and are planning a number of blog posts about the experiences we have made while developing these services. This is the first part in a series about the configuration system available in Core.

Core doesn’t have the concept of appSettings, connectionStrings and other known features from ASP.NET. In fact, configuration isn’t even located in web.config. Let’s create a new Core website in Visual Studio, to have a website to play with throughout the series:

Creating Graphs With Python and GooPyCharts

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Over the summer, I came across an interesting plotting library called GooPyCharts which is a Python wrapper for the Google Charts API. In this article, we will spend a few minutes learning how to use this interesting package. GooPyCharts follows syntax that is similar to MATLAB and is actually meant to be an alternative to matplotlib.

To install GooPyCharts, all you need to do is use pip like this:

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