Mom, I’ll Be In My Attic Spaceship

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Most attics sit empty or serve as storage space to keep infrequently used items out of sight. Many of us keep boxes of half-completed abandoned projects there. But some people turn the attic itself into the project: this past Christmas some very lucky children received a spaceship playroom in the attic. [Titospot] shared his project via an Imgur album.

The cramped space lends itself to the theme as real-life spacecraft have never been known for interior spaciousness. The builders are skilled enough at standard home improvement tasks of building out and finishing a room, then they took their step into …read more

Sennheiser’s new HD 820 closed-back headphones will shake up the audiophile world

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When friends ask me about my endgame headphones — the ones that I would buy, love, and cherish above all others — my answer is usually the Sennheiser HD 800 S, a pair that I reviewed back in 2016. I’m not alone in my admiration for Sennheiser’s pricey flagship cans, and I suspect I won’t be alone in my profound excitement and curiosity about a new Sennheiser HD 820 that the German audio company just announced at CES.

The 820 is a closed-back variant of the 800 S, adding a measure of isolation between your music and the surrounding environment. The original 800 S is like a sieve when it comes to letting outside sound in, and it pushes almost as much volume out of the headphones’ sides as it does into your cranium. There’s good reason,…

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Sony is finally shipping a fingerprint sensor on a phone in the US

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Sony phones will finally come to the US with a fingerprint sensor on them. I know, that probably doesn’t sound very exciting because every phone ships with a fingerprint sensor on it. But for some reason, Sony has always disabled the fingerprint sensor on its phones in the US, which has made them really unappealing for the last several years. But this month, that starts to change.

The next three phones Sony ships — the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2 — will all include fingerprint sensors when they arrive in the US. Sony is also changing how it does fingerprint sensors: instead of building the sensor into the phone’s power button on the side, these phones all place them on the back. It’s a less elegant look, but it’s a convenient position…

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Anker is now selling its Android projector-Bluetooth speaker combo for $349

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Anker’s sub-brand Nebula, which is focused on home theater and launched its first projector product last year, is now bringing a miniaturized version to general availability after a successful Indiegogo campaign. First unveiled in September of last year, the Nebula Capsule is a soda can-sized, Android-based DLP projector that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. It takes all the learnings Anker gathered when developing its Nebula Mars DLP projector, which is a much larger portable unit, and shrinks it down into a package no different in design than a 12-ounce can. Anker announced today at CES that it’s selling the device now on Amazon for $349.99, while it was available at early bird pricing of $199 / $269 during the Indiegogo campaign.

The…

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Anker’s gigantic portable battery is now smaller, lighter, and almost half the price

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Anker today announced a second-generation version of its extra-large PowerHouse portable battery that is lighter and smaller than the original, with less than half the capacity but almost half the price. The device, unveiled at CES, will be available this summer for $299.99, or about $200 cheaper than the first-gen PowerHouse.

The gadget is pretty much the aesthetic equivalent of a car battery, but with an obviously sleeker interface designed to handle all manner of electronic gadget charging and household appliance power delivery. Anker markets the product as both an excessive charging solution for the gadget-obsessed camper — someone who can’t go even one day without a power outlet replacement — and a backup solution for outages and…

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Anker steps up its car game with the Alexa-enabled Roav Viva

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Amazon’s Alexa assistant has slowly been making its way into cars in recent years; BMW, Ford, and Nissan are among the automakers adding capabilities to remotely start or lock vehicles, for example. The level of integration with cars has been limited to those brands and only the newest models, however. That’s where Anker’s Roav Viva comes in.

China-based accessory maker Anker announced on Monday that it is venturing deeper into the automotive space with what it says is the first plug-in device intended to give a full complement of Alexa skills to drivers. In addition to weather and music, the Viva can control voice calls and navigation instructions through voice commands — something even the newest cars still struggle to do sometimes….

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MSI’s new RGB-lit gaming monitors alert you to Discord messages and ability cooldowns

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MSI has announced two new gaming monitors that are the first to work with Steelseries’ GameSense lighting system. What does that mean? It means a lot of colored LEDs on the bottom edge and rear. GameSense lets you program these RGB lights to flash in sync with in-game things like cooldown timers, or for notifications in apps like Discord.

Otherwise, the Optic MPG27CQ and MPG27CQ are pretty standard gaming monitors. Both are curved 27-inch VA panels with a 144Hz refresh rate, and the only difference is that the former is 1080p and the latter is 1440p. Pricing and release info isn’t yet available.

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Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs

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Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant is seemingly everywhere these days, and now it’s arriving on Windows 10 PCs to challenge Microsoft’s built-in Cortana assistant. HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer all plan to integrate Alexa into a range of Windows 10 laptops and desktops being released this year. It’s the next logical step that will see Alexa appear on thousands of machines.

The integration requires a special Alexa app for Windows that will be available in the spring, and most PC makers appear to be integrating Alexa on devices that are capable of far-field voice recognition to ensure there’s a good experience for the assistant. HP is bringing Alexa to its Pavillion Wave PC, a sleek desktop PC that looks more like a speaker than a computer….

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HP’s updated Spectre x360 15 is one of the first laptops to get Intel’s new AMD-powered chips

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HP has a pair of new laptops at CES 2018 this year, although the word new is kind of a stretch. That’s because, like many other laptop companies at the show this year, what HP means by “new” is “updated versions of our models from last year”, because truly there is nothing new under the sun.

So, there’s a “new” version of the HP Spectre x360 15, which is one of the first laptops to offer Intel’s new 8th generation Core processors with Radeon RX Vega M GPUs that the company announced yesterday, and adds a full number pad to the right of the keyboard, but otherwise is pretty reminiscent of last year’s model. Prices for the updated computer will start at $1,369.99 when it ships on March 18th.

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HP Envy x2

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Anker puts Alexa in the car with the Roav Viva, but it’s not worth your time

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 Anker’s mobile division Roav is today announcing an in-vehicle Alexa device. Called Viva, the device plugs into a 12-volt cigarette lighter outlet and turns Alexa into a co-pilot of sorts. After using it on a 4 hour road trip, though, I found the device adequate but left much to be desired. For one, it doesn’t support Spotify and occasionally it requires the user to interact with… Read More

How I Created an AngularJS/MySQL TODO App in 0.649 Seconds

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In the next release of Hyper IDE, there will be an ORM library for MySQL called Hyper Core. This library is built upon HTTP REST services, returning JSON to the client, allowing you to do stuff like the following:

/hyper-core/mysql/database/table/select?[limit]=25

The above will select the first 25 records, from your "database" database, and its "table" table. You can also further refine your query, with any criteria you wish to decorate your SQL with, using additional HTTP query parameters. Hyper Core also contains REST endpoints for "insert," "update," and "delete" – and, hence, becomes a complete ORM library for front-end clients. Since each database, table, and operation gets its own unique URL, this allows you to easily grant or deny access to tables and operations, according to the URL for the [database]/[table]/[operation].

Nvidia reveals new AI platforms for smart assistants and AR in the car

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 Nvidia revealed a lot of news about its Xavier autonomous machine intelligence processors at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas. The first production samples of the Xavier are now shipping out to customers, after being unveiled last year, and Nvidia also announced three new variants of its DRIVE AI platform, which are based around Xavier SoCs. The new DRIVE AI offerings include one focused… Read More

AMD Tech Day at CES: 2018 Roadmap Revealed, with Ryzen APUs, Zen+ on 12nm, Vega on 7nm

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To mark the start of the annual CES trade show, AMD invited the press in early to sample the latest technologies coming to its portfolio in 2018. What was quite surprising is how much AMD exposed about their plans for 2018, detailing several product lines and launch times well in advance, with some blanks to be filled in later. The highlights include Ryzen APUs, the second generation of Ryzen built on 12nm using the ‘Zen+’ microarchitecture, and proliferating Vega into as many segments as possible, including a new Vega Mobile GPU range, as well as Vega coming to GlobalFoundries’ 7nm process.

Huawei’s Honor 7X and View 10 are coming to the US

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Huawei offshoot Honor is one of the few phone brands that makes a point of showing up at CES these days, and this year’s no different. The company is confirming US releases for a couple of phones that look to be pretty impressive for the price.

First up is the $199 7X, following the 5X and 6X from the last couple of CES shows. The 7X is notable because it brings the oh-so-2017 18:9 aspect ratio and skinny bezels to a low price point. It’s also notable, according to Honor, because it comes in red and phones that come in red tend to cost more than $199. I guess?

Color aside, the 7X is a really solid offering. It has a metal build, a fingerprint sensor on the back, a 3340mAh battery, dual cameras, a headphone jack, and…

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L’Oreal’s UV sensor sticks to your fingernail

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L’Oreal introduced a new wearable UV sensor today that you can stick on your nail. It’s truly just a sensor; it doesn’t pair over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to your phone. Instead, it’s NFC-enabled so you can scan it with your phone to retrieve the UV data it’s collected. It should work with both Android and iOS. The UV Sense, as the company calls it, is meant to help people track how much time they spend in the sun without being overbearing. The nail sticker is a statement, but not a massive one.

The UV Sense will determine long you’ve been outside, and once synced with your app, provides a score that says whether you’re spending too much time in the sun. The amount of sun everyone can handle varies, L’Oreal tells me, so it’ll ask you some…

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Nvidia is creating 65-inch 4K HDR gaming displays with 120Hz G-Sync

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Nvidia is unveiling what it calls Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGDs) at CES today. The displays are 65 inches, and PC makers like Acer, Asus, and HP will be manufacturing them as 4K HDR displays. Essentially they’re giant gaming monitors with G-Sync, perfect for a high-end gaming PC. The displays will also have Nvidia’s Shield integrated into them, so there will be plenty of streaming apps and support for the Google Assistant.

The addition of G-Sync in such a big display is a surprise, alongside support for 120Hz refresh rates with a 4K resolution. Acer announced a 27-inch 4K HDR monitor with G-Sync at 144Hz last year, but the monitor still hasn’t been released. Acer never even priced that particular monitor, and Nvidia isn’t revealing…

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Hands on with Samsung’s refreshed Notebook 9 and Notebook 7 Spin

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 Samsung’s big press conference is still a day away, but the company’s already pulled the curtain back on what looks to be two of its biggest CES announcements. Like last year, the company seems to be saving its big mobile and wearable news for the coming months, instead focusing on its PC offerings. For the most part the Notebook 9 and Notebook 7 Spin fill similar needs. Both… Read More

Nvidia teams up with Acer, Asus and HP to launch 65-inch gaming displays

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If you are tired of that puny 27-inch gaming screen on your desk and you want a more immersive gaming experience on a really big screen — say 65-inches — then Nvidia has something new for you. The company today announced a new hardware initiative with partners Acer, Asus and HP: big format gaming displays (BFGD). The idea here is to take a 65-inch 4K screen with 120Hz HDR support… Read More

Retro Rear-Projection Numeric Display Gets A Teardown

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We recently featured an entertaining project here, a digital clock with a variety of different retro display technologies forming its numerals. Among those was an extremely unusual device, a rear-projection display with an array of bulbs each able to shine through a different letter or numeral slide. There was such interest in this device that its owner [Suedbunker] subjected one to a teardown for all to see.

The displays came from an organ which he suggests may have been manufactured around 1900. We suspect that may be a rather early estimate due to its use of a printed circuit board, …read more

Samsung just announced a 146-inch modular TV

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Samsung has come to CES 2018 with an enormous TV it’s calling The Wall — and it’s also claiming The Wall to be “the world’s first modular TV.” The Wall measures 146 inches and uses MicroLED technology to produce its picture.

MicroLED shares many benefits with OLED; each microscopic LED can emit its own light — no backlight is required — and that creates the deep blacks and lush colors normally reserved for OLED sets. It also gets incredibly bright.

The wall has a bezel-less design that Samsung describes as “module-based.” Samsung says this approach will ultimately allow customers to create a TV sized just for their needs. The company isn’t yet revealing many specifics on how that will work, however, only saying ”the…

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