SiriusXM Radio gets CarPlay support in latest update

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SiriusXM Radio has updated its iOS app today, adding CarPlay support, 9to5Mac reports. Now, Apple’s CarPlay users can listen to the major streaming service while on the road, including all channels and on-demand episodes.

Only BMWs have wireless CarPlay support, however, and owners of any other car will need to use wired CarPlay receivers. To run CarPlay, users can retrofit their cars with aftermarket receivers like Alpine’s wireless receiver, the iLX-107. The receiver supports CarPlay through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and has a 7-inch touchscreen with access to all of Apple’s apps.

SiriusXM Radio users can also swipe to tune channels up and down as part of the update. The app is available for download from the App Store now.

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What Coco gets right about music and memory

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Warning: Spoilers ahead for the end of Pixar’s new film Coco.

Pixar’s new animated movie Coco follows a boy named Miguel on an accidental journey through the Land of the Dead. He befriends a dead man named Hector who desperately wants his living daughter Coco to remember him. But Coco is very old, and her memory is fading. She spends her scenes sitting still, lost in thought, unable to identify members of her own family.

When Miguel returns to the land of the living, he plays Coco a song her father wrote for her and sang to her often when she was a child. The music revives Coco, and she happily sings along with Miguel. She regains her ability to…

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Fire TV owners can now control Hulu, NBC, CBS and other video apps via their voice

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 Amazon Fire TV owners will now be able to control more video apps using Alexa and their voice, the company announced today. This feature lets you ask Alexa to “watch,” “play,” “pause,” “rewind,” “fast forward,” and more. It can also take you to an individual show, network, or specific genre of programming. Before, Alexa could… Read More

Do not let the cat into the library

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Max is the internet’s new hero, and, mercifully, not a duck. That’s not to say, though, that Max is not a problem for his humans.

This warning was spotted posted to a library window by by childrens’ book illustrator Erin McGuire

“This is basically halfway to being a children’s book,” wrote McGuire, who is working on a graphic novel about young Harper Lee titled “Alabama Spitfire.”

Retrotechtacular: Circuit Boards The Tektronix Way

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Printed circuit boards are a fundamental part of both of commercial electronic equipment and of the projects we feature here on Hackaday. Many of us have made our own, whether done so from first principles with a tank of etchant, or sent off as a set of Gerbers to a PCB fab house.

To say that the subject of today’s Retrotechtacular is the manufacture of printed circuit boards might seem odd, because there is nothing archaic about a PCB, they’re very much still with us. But the film below the break is a fascinating look at the process from two …read more

Google is making a computer vision kit for Raspberry Pi

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Google is offering a new way for Raspberry Pi tinkerers to use its AI tools. It just announced the AIY Vision Kit, which includes a new circuit board and computer vision software that buyers can pair with their own Raspberry Pi computer and camera. (There’s also a cute cardboard box included, along with some supplementary accessories.) The kit costs $44.99 and will ship through Micro Center on December 31st.

The AIY Vision Kit’s software includes three neural network models: one that recognizes a thousand common objects; one that recognizes faces and expressions; and a “a person, cat and dog detector.” Users can train their own models with Google’s TensorFlow machine learning software.

Google touts this as a cheap and simple computer…

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Facebook expands feature letting businesses build Messenger into their websites

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Facebook announced a wider availability of its new Customer Chat service today, which lets businesses talk with users both on their own websites and within Facebook Messenger. Customer Chat is essentially a website plugin that brings the Facebook Messenger experience to any retailer’s website, which lets the customer support representatives then converse with customers as if they were chatting with a friend on Facebook.

Customer Chat saves conversation histories, so a user can go from talking with a rep on a retailer’s website to conversing with them within the Messenger mobile app without restarting a new thread. The service first became available earlier this month when the Facebook Messenger team launched it in private beta. The…

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9 smart home gifts for a smarter smart home

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 Welcome to the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We check out a lot of really cool stuff here at TechCrunch, so we figured we ought to put that experience to good use and help you get your holiday shopping done quickly. Need help with some other ideas? Check out the full Gift Guide here!
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Google Assistant can now help you find a plumber and other local services

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 Google Assistant is about to get a bit more home-savvy. The voice assistant will be gaining local discovery skills that will help you locate home services nearby. The company specifically detailed that Assistant would be gaining insights to help users locate “nearby services like an electrician, plumber, house cleaner and more.” Saying something like, “Hey Google, I need… Read More

Next Week’s Bay Area Meetups

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Next week we’ll be at a few awesome hardware meetups around the Bay Area, and we want you to head out and join us.

The first meetup will be the Silicon Valley Hardware Meetup at the Evil Mad Scientist shop in Sunnyvale. It’s going down Wednesday, December 6th, from 6:30 until 9:30. At least some of the Hackaday/Tindie/Supplyframe crew will be there, and the night will be filled with lightning talks, demos, and the cool hardware people you know and love.

Speakers for this meetup will include [Mitch Altman], hacker extraordinaire and owner of far, far too many TV remotes. …read more

Philips’ first Roku TVs are here

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Phillips is releasing its first TVs with Roku built in, and they are updated versions of its entry-level 4000 series models. Previously, Philips used its own NetTV platform (as well as integrated Chromecast) in some of its TVs, but considering Roku’s years of experience with smart TV interfaces, it’s probably an upgrade.

The new models will be offered in three sizes: a $349 40-inch model that’s available now; a 50-inch size for $429 inches that will hit stores in January; and a middle-of-the-road $379 43-inch size. (Its availability is still to be determined.)

Other than the updated software, the TVs are virtually identical to Roku’s other 4000 series models. That means 1080p LED displays, three HDMI ports, and a 120Hz refresh rate…

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Amazon’s next job for Alexa is helping out in your office

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Amazon’s business subsidiary, Amazon Web Services, has announced a new initiative to get companies using Alexa in the office. The company imagines that the virtual assistant will help employees launch conference calls, organize room bookings, and even wrangle with their expenses.

With the new scheme, Alexa for Business, companies will be given the tools to manage a fleet of Alexa-enabled devices. Admins will be able to enroll users, enable and disable skills, and connect Alexa to their conferencing equipment. They’ll also be able to build their own apps for the assistant, with Amazon suggesting functions like helping with directions around the office, reporting problems with equipment, and ordering new supplies. Users will also be able…

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Google expands its 3D objects pipeline for AR/VR with the Poly API

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 Though Google’s early efforts in VR and AR may not have reached the average Android user, as the company scales its vision for what augmented and virtual reality mean to its overall business, it’s been devoting major attention as of late to the developers that have taken to building early experiences.
Today, the company announced an extension to their ever-expanding pipeline for… Read More

Microsoft’s Edge browser is now available for Android and iOS

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 Last month, Microsoft announced its intentions to bring its Edge Browser to iOS and Android, as it works to broaden its reach on third-party mobile devices. After being made available in preview form for roughly a month, the app officially hits iOS and Android’s respective app stores starting today. The followup to the once ubiquitous Internet Explorer has been blossoming on Windows… Read More

AT&T’s LTE-M Button is basically a programmable 4G Amazon Dash Button for businesses

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 Alexa’s not the only Amazon property that’s getting a workplace component at this week at AWS Re:Invent. The LTE-M Button isn’t branded as a Dash Button, but it works in much the same way. Basically it’s a hunk of plastic which, when pressed, will perform one specific task — namely buying stuff online. Unlike all of the pre-programmed Dash Buttons, this AT&T… Read More

The Mr. Robot Hack Report: Burning down the house

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Mr. Robot is back, and the C Y B E R is back, too. The show takes a special interest in showing off the details that usually get glossed over, often drawing on real hacks and real cybersecurity problems. So after every episode, I’ll be breaking down who got hacked, how, and with what. It turns out, there’s a lot more to each one than you can see on-screen.

This episode was a bit of a breather after last week’s doomfest. Elliot goes on a semi-suicidal trip to the ocean, meets a little kid, watches Back to the Future, and recovers his will to live. Along the way, we get a peek at the steady creep of martial law and general chaos on the Robot universe, with a general curfew and Children of Men-style checkpoints in the background. It’s…

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Refinishing A Vintage KitchenAid Mixer

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If you know anyone who is serious about baking, there’s a good chance you’ve seen one of these classic KitchenAid mixers. Built to last, they are often handed down generation to generation (or at least, when a newer model comes out), which is how [Kaitlin Flannery] received hers. While it didn’t look too bad considering its long life and the fact it’s been through a motor replacement already, she decided to spruce it up a bit by stripping it down and repainting the whole machine.

These KitchenAid mixers are solidly built and look highly serviceable, it’s refreshing to see a …read more

Nintendo adds Amiibo to breakfast with new Super Mario Cereal

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It’s been a busy year for Nintendo, with the release of the Switch, multiple blockbuster games, and even rumors of an animated movie. Now comes perhaps the biggest surprise of all: a breakfast cereal that doubles as an Amiibo figure.

Called simply Super Mario Cereal, it looks like a fairly standard sugary cereal, complete with marshmallows in the shape of iconic Super Mario items like a 1-up mushroom and newcomer Cappy. But the more interesting aspect is the box itself. It works as an Amiibo, Nintendo’s line of NFC-enabled toys that can interact with games by tapping them on a console. According to Nintendo, tapping the box on your Switch while playing Super Mario Odyssey will unlock extra coins or hearts in the game.

They’re not the…

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WeWork has big plans for Alexa for Business

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 Amazon is soon to announce Alexa for Business, and WeWork is one of the first partners to have hopped on the platform. WeWork’s vision is to use technology to help businesses make the most out of their physical space, all while customizing that space to each individual’s personal needs. The co-working giant has been on the Alexa for Business platform for about a month now, as part… Read More

LG shakes up its struggling mobile division with new top executives

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 If you’ve stopped paying attention to LG in the last couple of years, you’ll learn everything you need to know from the first paragraph of its latest press release that highlights a “sweeping realignment to better address the challenges ahead.” The company’s in a tough spot. It makes good and innovative phones, but just seem to make a dent in a crowded mobile… Read More

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