Repairs You Can Print: Broken Glue Gun Triggers Replacement

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Picture this: you need to buy a simple tool like a glue gun. There’s usually not a whole lot going on in that particular piece of technology, so you base your decision on the power rating and whether it looks like it will last. And it does last, at least for a few years—just long enough to grow attached to it and get upset when it breaks. Sound familiar?

[pixelk] bought a glue gun a few years ago for its power rating and its claims of strength. Lo and behold, the trigger mechanism has proven to be weak around the …read more

Listen to Asus describe why making a router with a hole in it was a bad idea

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When I saw Asus’ Blue Cave router, which was announced last May and is now going on sale, I assumed the unique carved-out shape must enable some innovative new way of amplifying Wi-Fi signals to better blanket a home.

But it turns out, it’s not for that at all. It’s just a hole in a square designed to look cool. And while I’m glad Asus went out on a limb and made a weird looking router, even Asus seems to acknowledge that it was a lot of work for nothing.

Just read this quote from Alsa Lo, networking product manager at Asus, describing the various hurdles engineers had to overcome just to put a purely aesthetic hole in a router:

Most high-performance routers use external antennas to get the best Wi-Fi performance. To achieve Blue Cave’s…

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Our favorite feature films from Sundance 2018

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Every January, cinema fans don their boots and heavy coats, gear up for extensive line-standing and bus-waiting, and flock to Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. Founded in 1978, Sundance has become America’s biggest independent film festival, and it’s often the launch point for films from around the world that were made outside the studio system, and are looking for recognition and distribution deals. Some years, Sundance has a bigger impact than other years. 2017’s lineup saw the premieres (and sales) of breakout hits like Call Me By Your Name and The Big Sick, in addition to gems like A Ghost Story, Brigsby Bear, and Ingrid Goes West. 2018 was a lower-key year, but it had its share of well-received hits and instant sales,…

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Imverse’s groundbreaking mixed reality renders you inside VR

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 What if you could look down and see your actual arms and legs inside VR, or look at other real-world people or objects as if you weren’t wearing a headset? Imverse’s team spent five years building this incredible technology at universities in Switzerland and Spain. “We were working on this before Oculus was even created” says co-founder Javier Bello Ruiz. Now its… Read More

Amazon is experimenting with its own QR code style “SmileCodes”

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 QR code style markers — those lil’ barcode-looking boxes you’ll see on ads from time to time, meant to be scanned with your phone to launch some website or app — have yet to really find their footing in the US. But that’s not going to keep Amazon from taking a stab at it. Amazon is rolling out its own take on the concept and calling them “SmileCodes”.… Read More

Corsair’s snack-proof keyboard gets upgraded with rainbow LEDs

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Corsair’s snack-proof gaming keyboard, the K68, was pretty great when it launched last year, demonstrating a remarkable resistance to soda and snacks. But it had one fatal flaw (okay, two, if you count pouring an entire bottle of Mountain Dew on it for science) — it only came with boring red LED lights.

Fortunately, Corsair has a new variant of the K68, the K68 RGB, which adds the whole spectrum of colors to your keys. Like Corsair’s other LED-equipped accessories, the K68 RGB is customizable through the company’s Cue software, allowing you to perfectly set your colors to match the rest of your gaming rig’s lighting.

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The K68 RGB is otherwise identical to the original K68, with the same IP32 rating…

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Instagram is finally adding a scheduling feature, sort of

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In a move that will bring unbridled joy to social media managers and influencers everywhere, Instagram is now allowing business profiles to schedule posts, the company announced on its Business blog today. Currently, the feature only works for photos, not videos, and it’s only available through third-party social management tools for now. This means that if you want to get your hands on scheduling features, you have to pay for subscription services like HootSuite, Sprout Social, or any one of the companies working as a Facebook Marketing Partner or Instagram Partner.

Post scheduling has never been available until now, despite third-party companies’ best efforts to advertise such features. The only tools around have been ones that let…

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You can now use Alexa to send SMS messages

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 Amazon announced today it’s launching a new messaging feature for Alexa devices in the U.S. that will allow you to send texts – yes, SMS messages – to your friends and other contacts using your voice. Customers can now ask Alexa to send a message to a specific contact, and Alexa will figure out how to route it appropriately – using either the previously launched… Read More

The coolest music gadgets at NAMM 2018

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Anaheim’s National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show featured plenty of traditional instruments, but as always, there was also a lot of cool music tech. From pro DJ hardware to gadgets that upgrade the instruments you already own to innovative music education tools and apps, NAMM showed that now, more than ever, the worlds of music and tech are intersecting in interesting ways.

Aside from checking out the newest pro-level gear in areas like DJing, speakers, and headphones, there were two categories that caught my attention at NAMM. They were products that tackled music education and gadgets that were third-party add-ons for instruments and hardware people already own.

On the education side, Blipblox was one of the more…

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What’s new in Google’s Go language

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The team behind Google’s Go language, aka Golang, has released the release candidate of Go 1.10, the next version of the popular open source language

The new features in Google Go 1.10 beta

The upgrade offers compiler tool chain and performance improvements but no substantive language changes.

Expected to be available in a production version in February 2018, Go 1.10 now provides these key features in its release candidate:

  • Improved performance of code generated by the compiler, spread across supported architectures.
  • Programs should run a bit faster due to speedups in garbage collection, better code generation, and core library optimizations.
  • Dwarf debug information in binaries has been improved, with constant values now recorded. Also, line-number information is more accurate.
  • The linux/ppc64le port now needs external linking with any programs using the cgo command.
  • The go build command detects out-of-date packages based on the content of source files, specified build flags, and metadata in stored packages. Modification times are no longer relevant.
  • The go install command now only installs packages and commands listed on the command line. To force installation of dependencies, developers should use the go install –i flag
  • An update to the grammar for method expressions relaxes the syntax so any type expression is allowed as a receiver, thus matching how compilers already operated.
  • Test results are now cached via go test.
  • The Unicode package has been upgraded from Unicode 9.0 to version 10.0, adding 8,518 characters, including a bitcoin currency symbol and 56 emojis.

Where to download the Go 1.10 beta

You can download the release candidate of Go 1.10 from the Go project site.

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Jill Tarter: Searching for E.T.

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What must it be like to devote your life to answering a single simple but monumental question: Are we alone? Astronomer Jill Tarter would know better than most what it’s like, and knows that the answer will remain firmly stuck on “Yes” until she and others in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence project (SETI) prove it otherwise. But the path she chose to get there was an unconventional as it was difficult, and holds lessons in the power of keeping you head down and plowing ahead, no matter what.

Endless Hurdles

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It’s 2018, so where are the self-driving cars?

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Autonomous cars are supposed to be just around the corner, right? Well, not exactly. Every year, car companies flock to CES and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to show off their cool self-driving car concepts. This year was no different, with a plethora of weird wheels from Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan, and others making their debut. And while cars are undoubtedly getting smarter and the technology is getting better and better, the day that you’ll be able to buy a self-driving car, or even ride in one, is a lot further away than you probably think.

It’s 2018. Where are we in the world of autonomous vehicles? The big takeaway from CES and Detroit this year is that…

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OnePlus adds iPhone X-style gesture controls in latest Oreo beta

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Gesture controls without clear navigation bars aren’t just for the iPhone X. Some Android smartphones let users save screen real estate by using home button gestures, and now OnePlus’ newest Oreo beta build for the OnePlus 5T includes a feature that disables the navigation bar and instead prioritizes gestures. We haven’t had a chance to test this yet, but Reddit user MisterMrMister uploaded a video of the gesture controls in action.

You can see that the phone’s navigation bar is missing, but the user is still able to pull up different pages, toggle between windows, and exit apps.

MisterMrMister says, “The gesture for going home is pretty smooth and responsive, including going to the recent app overview.” The user continues to note that…

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This app raised $13 million the same day it released a sexist nightmare of a short film

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One of the more fun results of the age of infinite apps is serialized fiction, presented in installments so tiny that calling them “digestible” is sort of like calling a single almond “dinner.” There are good chat fiction apps that use texting as the medium for compelling stories. There are bad romance novels that are more fun to read with GIFs.

There’s also Yarn, a chat fiction app owned by Mammoth Media. Mammoth raised $13 million in a Series A round of funding today, as reported by Variety, and the release of a new horror series Hack’d (!!!) was timed to the announcement. Hack’d stars influencer Kristen Hancher, and was directed by Chris Le, whose biggest credit is a robot drug cartel movie called Juarez 2045.

I love horror…

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Google says it removed 700K apps from the Play Store in 2017, up 70% from 2016

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 The relatively open nature of Android has made it a target for malware authors and other bad actors of all stripes who often try to get their wares onto your phone through both the official Google Play Store, third-party app stores and any other way they can think of. For most users, though, the main Android app store is Google’s own Play Store and as the company announced today, the… Read More

Elon Musk has now sold 15K flamethrowers, earning $7.5M for boring

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 The Boring Company is getting decently well-capitalized on the back of sales of its flamethrower (yes, flamethrower). The no-doubt overpriced piece of knack, which can be make yourself at home using likely around $30 in parts, is selling for $500 and has already netted Elon Musk’s digging venture $7.5 million. That’s after just over a day of being on sale, and not counting the… Read More

The ingenious design of the drinking bird (and what it is hiding under its hat)

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Bill the Engineer Guy made this interesting video about the design of the drinking bird toy. I didn’t know Albert Einstein spent 3.5 months studying it.

Bill reveals the operation and engineering design underlying the famous drinking bird toy. In this video he explores the role played by the water the bird “drinks,” shows what is under the bird’s hat and demonstrates that it can operate using heat from a light bulb or by “drinking” whiskey.

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