All New York City police will have to wear body cameras by end of 2019

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New York City plans to invest heavily in body cameras over the next two years. Today, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with Commissioner James O’Neill, announced that the city’s entire police force will wear body cameras by the end of 2019. De Blasio tweeted that the city reached an agreement with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association that ultimately pushed this initiative forward. He says both taxpayers and officers are “making contributions,” but it’s unclear exactly what he means.

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Apple says Apple Watch broke records, but we still don’t know how many have sold

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Apple earlier today reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2017, which included the holiday season, and had good things to say about iPhone sales, Mac revenue, and, perhaps surprisingly, the Apple Watch.

Borrowing a page from Amazon, which famously boasts of increases in device sales without giving any kind of baseline, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said that the Apple Watch set records “both [in] units and revenue” without going into specific details.

“The holiday demand was so strong we couldn’t make enough,” Cook said, and added that in the wearables category, Apple Watch has the highest customer service satisfaction rating by a wide margin. “We couldn’t be more excited about Apple Watch,” he concluded.

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Dancing Winnie the Pooh is the perfect followup to dancing pokémon

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Remember that time the internet set a video of Dragonite and Charizard dancing to a bunch of pop songs? Yeah, that was last August! What a great time that was for everybody. Anyway, I want you to forget about what you saw, because dancing pokémon are over. Here is your new bust-a-move meme, Dancing Winnie The Pooh. I’ve capped his entire title here to emphasis how important this is.

The original video was published on YouTube January 25th, 2015, and features the honey-loving, bumbling bear breaking it down to a “Gangnam Style” remix. Since the video’s creation, Twitter has picked up the misshapen mustard ball and run with it. An account called @WinnieDancing remixes the video (and takes requests!!) to different songs.

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Apple Services have a huge quarter as App Store sees ‘record activity’

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apple-app-store-ios Apple just released its first quarterly earnings report of the new year, and the company was quick to share that it was a banner quarter for the company’s Services segment which topped $7.17 billion, growing 18 percent year-over-year from $6.05 billion in Q1 of 2016. “Revenue from Services grew strongly over last year, led by record customer activity on the App Store, and we… Read More

Korean fitness device inspired by riding a horse

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https://youtu.be/8MzzLsJEzR8?t=33s

Do you like the idea of riding horses? Do you want to get fit? If so, check out “Horse Riding Fitness Ace Power!,” a portable, flexible A-frame on wheels with a seat to allow the operator to sit on it like a horse—then perform squats, thrusts and pelvic oscillations, to whatever ends or purposes the operator intends. (more…)

KDE Plasma 5.9 Released

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KDE has announced the release and general availability of the KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems. While it only took a few months to develop and isn’t a long-term supported (LTS) version like KDE Plasma 5.8, the update does have several new features and improving Wayland support. Softpedia reports: Probably the most important one, which will make many KDE users upgrade from KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS or previous versions, is the return of Global Menus, a feature that was available in the KDE 4 series of the desktop environment. Only now, after numerous requests from users, did the KDE developers manage to implement Global Menus again in KDE Plasma 5.9. Quite a multitude of improvements have landed in the KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment for those who use the next-generation Wayland display server. These include the ability to take screenshots, support for using the color picker, implementation of borderless maximized windows for full-screen support, and support for dragging apps by clicking on an empty area of the user interface using the Breeze style. KDE Plasma Wayland support allows users to set color schemes for windows, which may come in handy for accessibility, implements auto-hide support for panels, and properly displays the window icon on the panel when using X11 apps. Moreover, there’s now a new settings tool for configuring touchpads, which you can see in action in the second video attached below. Wayland users can also set up gestures and relative motions. KDE Plasma 5.9 also adds several cool new tools that promise to enhance your productivity. For example, you’ll be able to drag a screenshot taken with the Spectacle utility from the notification pop-up straight into a web browser form, chat window, or email composer. There’s also a brand-new drag and drop functionality that lets you add widgets directly to the system tray area, and it’s now possible to add widgets directly from the full-screen Application Dashboard launcher. KRunner actions like “Open containing folder” and “Run in Terminal” are now displayed in the application launchers for search results powered by KRunner, of course, and there’s now a new applet that lets users group multiple widgets together in a single one. You can read the announcement and download KDE Plasma 5.9 via their website.

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Cheap DIY FPV Micro-Drone

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FPV drones are a fun but often costly hobby for beginners. Opting for a smaller drone will reduce the chance of damaging the drone when one invariably crashes and the smaller props are also a lot safer if there are any innocent bystanders. YouTuber and Instructables user [Constructed] wanted a cheap FPV capable drone that they could comfortably fly in-and-out of doors, so of course they built their own.

Once the drone’s frame was 3D printed, the most complex part about soldering four small-yet-powerful 8.5 mm motors to the Micro Scisky control board is ensuring that you attach …read more

Apple’s services are buoying its return to growth as its iPhone engine stalls

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tim cook It looks like Apple’s big bet on building an array of services like iCloud, Apple Music and the App Store is starting to be the big business the company hoped it would be. Wall Street and Apple had expected to return to growth this quarter following the holiday season, though it was supposed to be largely incremental. And while it wasn’t exactly a blowout, Apple still… Read More

Social video app Beme shuts down today

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Casey Neistat When CNN picked up Casey Neistat’s Beme back in November of last year, it announced that the social video sharing app would go the way of the dodo by the end of January 2017. Now here we sit, mere hours away from the second month of the year, and lo and behold, the app is shutting down today. Those who got in on the action during Beme’s relatively short run as a standalone will… Read More

Apple breaks iPhone sales record with 78.3 million units sold in the holiday quarter

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iPhone 7 With another big holiday quarter behind it, Apple saw revenues from its flagship iPhone product rise to $54.4 billion, up from $51.6 billion a year earlier. That revenue growth came as Apple reported units sold rose 5 percent to 78.3 million in its fiscal first quarter of 2017. That was a record for sales, and also beat analysts expectations by a couple million. Wall street forecast… Read More

Roku Owners: Comcast Is About To Sell You Cable TV Without the Cable Box

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Comcast is making its Xfinity TV service available to subscribers with Roku set-top players via a new app, paving the way for customers of the nation’s largest cable provider to watch live programming without the cost or hassle of a cable box. Roku is the first set-stop box to offer the Xfinity TV service, Comcast said in a statement Tuesday. During a test period, subscribers will have to hang on to their cable devices. When the app formally rolls out later this year, they’ll be able sign up without renting a cable box. While Comcast expects the majority of its customers to opt for the typical setup, traditional pay-TV providers are trying to be more flexible about where and how people can watch TV given the popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon and the boxes that offer them. Customers with Roku players will be able to watch live TV, browse on-demand libraries and record shows, just as they can with Comcast’s boxes. Those who use the Roku as their primary device instead of Comcast’s X1 device will receive a $2.50 monthly credit, the company said.

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DIY Roll Bender Keeps it Simple and Sturdy

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If you’ve ever tried to bend a metal pipe or bar over your knee, you’ll know that even lightweight stock requires quite a bit of force. And the force needs to be properly directed, lest the smooth bend you seek become a kink or a crease. When your hands and knees no longer fill the bill, try [MakeItExtreme]’s sturdy and simple roll bender.

As we watched the video below, we had a little déjà vu — hadn’t the [MakeItExtreme] crew built a roll bender for their shop before? Turns out they had, but in reviewing that video, we can see …read more

Your Arm Is The Ideal Controller

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With interest and accessibility to both wearable tech and virtual reality approaching an all-time high, three students from Cornell University — [Daryl Sew, Emma Wang, and Zachary Zimmerman] — seek to turn your body into the perfect controller.

That is the end goal, at least. Their prototype consists of three Kionix tri-axis accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer sensors (at the hand, elbow, and shoulder) to trace the arm’s movement. Relying on a PC to do most of the computational heavy lifting, a PIC32 in a t-shirt canister — hey, it’s a prototype! — receives data from the three joint positions, transmitting …read more

Get to Know 3½ Digit ADCs with the ICL71xx

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Riffling through my box of old projects, I came upon a project that I had built in the 80’s — an Automotive Multimeter which was published in the Dutch/British Elektor magazine. It could measure low voltage DC, high current DC, resistance, dwell angle, and engine RPM and ran off a single 9V battery. Besides a 555 IC for the dwell and RPM measurement and a couple of CMOS gate chips, the rest of the board is populated by a smattering of passives and a big, 40 pin DIP IC under the 3½ digit LCD display. I dug some more in …read more

ENIAC: The Way We Were

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When I first got interested in computers, it was all but impossible for an individual to own a computer outright. Even a “small” machine cost a fortune not to mention requiring specialized power, cooling, and maintenance. Then there started to be some rumblings of home computers (like the Mark 8 we recently saw a replica of) and the Altair 8800 burst on the scene. By today’s standards, these are hardly computers. Even an 8-bit Arduino can outperform these old machines.

As much disparity as there is between an Altair 8800 and a modern personal computer, looking even further back is …read more

Awesome Prank or Circuit-Breaker Tester?

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Many tools can be used either for good or for evil — it just depends on the person flipping the switch. (And their current level of mischievousness.) We’re giving [Callan] the benefit of the doubt here and assuming that he built his remote-controlled Residual Current Device (RDC) tripper for the purpose of testing the safety of the wiring in his own home. On the other hand, he does mention using it to shut off all the power in his house during an “unrelated countdown at a party”. See? Good and evil.

An RCD (or GFCI in the States) is a …read more

Cheap DIY FPV Micro-Drone

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FPV drones are a fun but often costly hobby for beginners. Opting for a smaller drone will reduce the chance of damaging the drone when one invariably crashes and the smaller props are also a lot safer if there are any innocent bystanders. YouTuber and Instructables user [Constructed] wanted a cheap FPV capable drone that they could comfortably fly in-and-out of doors, so of course they built their own.

Once the drone’s frame was 3D printed, the most complex part about soldering four small-yet-powerful 8.5 mm motors to the Micro Scisky control board is ensuring that you attach …read more

Coin will shut down its product services at the end of February

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coin This was all inevitable, of course. Fitbit has made its plans for Coin clear since it bought the mobile payment company back in May of last year. At the time, the wearable maker announced that it was shutting down the Coin Developer Program, though cards would remain active until their batteries finally gave up the ghost. The company has since announced via its blog that product services will… Read More

Comcast launches its Xfinity TV app into beta on Roku

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xfinity-roku-beta-featured-menu-change Comcast’s Xfinity TV application launched into beta today on Roku, offering both live and on-demand programming, including local broadcast stations as well as public access and government channels. It also lets customers watch their cloud DVR recordings. But make no mistake: this isn’t really an app for cord cutters for the time being. To use the app, most Comcast customers… Read More

The heartbreaking story of a Cleveland Clinic doctor expelled from the U.S. minutes before the temporary deportation stay

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ProPublica puts a heartbreaking, human face on this weekend’s immigration ban with the story of Dr. Suha Abushamma. The 26-year-old is in her first year of an Internal Medicine residency program at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and she had been visiting family in Saudi Arabia this week. When she heard rumblings of Donald Trump’s Muslim immigrant ban, she rushed to return to the United States. Although Saudi Arabia is not on Trump’s list of seven banned countries, Abushamma’s passport is from Sudan, which is.

Abushamma landed in New York at 11 a.m. on Saturday, where she was directed into a holding area. ProPublica writes:

[Abushamma] said she knew she was in trouble when a representative for Saudi Airlines approached her and told her she would have to book a flight home. Then an officer, whose name she wrote down as T. Lam, told her her choices: ”Either to withdraw my visa … so it wouldn’t leave a negative mark on my profile … or the second option was to refuse to withdraw” and be banned from the U.S. for five years. “I told them at that point I already had lawyers working on my case. I just need a few more hours … They absolutely refused. I even talked to the supervisor.”

According to FlightAware, a flight tracking website, the plane pushed back from the gate at 8:29 p.m. and took off at 8:53 p.m. The earliest reports of the judge’s stay of deportations under the executive order came at around 9 p.m.

ProPublica quotes Abushamma as saying, “I’m happy for the people that are held. I met a really bright young female from Iran who’s studying at NYU. Her flight was at 11. I’m happy for her that she at least gets to go in. I’m frustrated, but it’s the way it is.” Although Abushamma is trying to get a waiver for the 90-day ban, immigration lawyer David Leopold notes, “She’s not going to be able to get a visa for at least 90 days. She’s already been removed, so I think it’s over. This is heartbreaking.”

You can read the full story on ProPublica.

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