Milspec Teardown: AH-64A Apache Data Entry Panel

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It’s time once again to see how those tax dollars are spent, this time in the form of a “Data Entry Keyboard” manufactured by Hughes Helicopters. This device was built circa 1986 or so, and was used in the AH-64A Apache. Specifically, this panel would have been located by the gunner’s left knee, and served as a general purpose input device for the Apache’s Fire Control System. Eventually the Apache was upgraded with a so-called “glass cockpit”; consolidating various vehicle functions into a handful of multi-purpose digital displays. As such, this particular device became obsolete and was pulled from the …read more

Graduation Gift Guide 2018

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Graduation season is a time to celebrate those graduating high school and college, but it’s also when people start thinking about what’s next. This is especially true if you are gripped with indecision about what to get as a gift for graduation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any special occasion in between.

Whether they’re transitioning into the workforce or heading back to school, we’ve consulted experts here at The Verge for some great gift ideas that they’ll not only like but will serve them well in the next stage of their life.

At the very least, we hope these recommendations spark an idea for what you might give a loved one.

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Editorial lead: Michael Moore
Art direction: James Bareham
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Emoji is the latest book from the Standards Manual design duo

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Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, the design duo behind the republished MTA, NASA, and EPA standards manuals, are back with a new book: Emoji, a collection of the original 176 emoji characters.

The original emoji were designed by Shigetaka Kurita for Japanese telecommunications company DoCoMo in 1999 to use on pages in Japan. Those small, pixelated 12-by-12 grid images only bear a passing resemblance to today’s far more detailed emoji, but there’s a clear line that can be drawn between Kurita’s early work and the thousands of emoji characters on our phones. Kurita has been involved in the project; Reed and Smyth flew out to Tokyo to interview him for additional context on the original designs, and he’ll also be contributing an introduction…

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update: the 10 best new features

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Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 update is arriving for PCs and tablets today. Like the previous Fall Creators Update, it’s full of small features that improve Windows 10 without dramatically changing the platform. Microsoft is only adding one major feature with this update, and it’s the Timeline feature that lets you resume where you left off across multiple Windows 10 machines.

Elsewhere there’s easy sharing, quick Bluetooth pairing, a dictation feature, and the ability to mute tabs in Microsoft Edge. Microsoft is also continuing to tweak and improve the Fluent Design system it introduced with the Fall Creators Update. You’ll notice more hover effects when you’re using your mouse in the Start menu or notification center, and there’s a…

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The Simpsons overtakes Gunsmoke as America’s longest-running scripted TV show

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With episode 636 on Sunday, The Simpsons finally outran Gunsmoke as America’s longest-running TV show, as counted by scripted episodes. It overtook it about a decade ago in terms of how many seasons it’s been on TV. That said…

“Gunsmoke,” however, was an hourlong program for about half its run, while “The Simpsons” is half-hour, and so the former retains the record for most hours of television. As well, the Western series had begun on radio in 1952.

The closest other scripted prime-time series, the family drama “Lassie,” about an ingenious collie, ran on network and then in first-run syndication from 1954 to 1974, for 591 episodes.

In a welcome coda to the Apu imbroglio, Hank Azaria (who also voices other characters on the show) is planning to let a South Asian actor take over the role and help transition the character to a less stereotypical portrayal.

The Quest For The Reuleaux Triangle Bearing

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[Angus Deveson] published a video on “solids of constant width” nearly a year ago. Following the release of the video, he had a deluge of requests asking if he could make a bearing from them. Since then, he’s tried a number of different approaches – none of which have worked. Until now…

What is a solid of constant width? A shape whose diameter is the same in all orientations, despite the fact that they aren’t circular. In particular, the Reuleaux Triangle is of interest; if you’ve heard of square drill bits, a Reuleaux Triangle is probably at play. Constructed from …read more

Westworld’s latest episode reveals what the park was really built for

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HBO’s science fiction drama Westworld isn’t just known for its talented cast and philosophical musings about the nature of reality. It’s also become famous for its reveals, from mind-bending bombshells that link two characters to simple pieces of backstory that bring new insight to a storyline. Watching Westworld is like peeling an onion one layer at a time.

That’s why for the show’s second season, I’ll be diving into one particular spoilery revelation from each episode to figure out what it means, how we got here, and where things might go in the episodes to come. Some weeks, it might be a huge plot twist; other weeks, it might be something subtle. Either way, we’re going to spoil the hell out of it. Welcome to the Westworld Spoilers…

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TCL’s new budget-friendly 6-Series 4K HDR TVs start from $650

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If you’re looking for a 4K TV on the cheap, TCL has been a good bet for a few years. The company’s P-Series had some of the best budget sets for 2017, and for 2018, TCL is updating this range with a new line that it’s calling the 6-Series. These were first announced earlier this year, and now we know the prices: the 55-inch model is $649.99 (model 55R617), while the 65-inch model (model 65R617) is $999.99. If they’re as good as their predecessors, these will be some very desirable TVs.

The 6-Series sets feature Dolby Vision HDR and contrast control zones, which optimize the contrast of the image (in up to 120 different zones in the 65-inch and 96 zones in the 55-inch). As with last year’s P-Series, these 6-Series sets also come with…

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With these smartphone ‘swinging cradles,’ people are cheating to get to 10K steps

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Apparently in China people can get discounts on their health insurance (and avoid punishment) if their phone hits 10K steps a day. That’s nearly five miles of exercise they’re expected to get every day.

Well, if there’s a way to cheat something, someone will figure it out. And someone did.

Canadian-born Mark Rowswell, aka Chinese comedian Dashan, tweeted that a restaurant in China is offering a “swinging cradle” for its patrons to hit their daily steps quota while dining, drinking, and smoking.

I dug around a bit. It seems these clever devices (called “???“) have been around since at least 2016, as evidenced by this video:

Previously: Is China’s social credit system becoming a Black Mirror episode?

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Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan joins the speakers at TechCrunch’s first blockchain event

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Boom, boom, boom! We’re announcing another big name for our upcoming blockchain event in Zug, Switzerland, on July 6 after Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan joined the line-up. The event — TC: Sessions Blockchain — will be TechCrunch’s first show dedicated to blockchain, it takes place in the world’s “Crypto Valley” and we’ll be joined by a host […]

Python Frameworks Used for Application-Oriented Fields

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Python is an open-source object-oriented programming language. Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world. It has a well-organized source code, and it is used for web applications and numerous other things.

Python is also easy to interface with frameworks. There are several frameworks that allow for easier customization and less coding. They help developers get the job done faster. With these frameworks, games, apps, educational programs, and other software can be built faster and better.

Papercraft-Inspired Snake-bot Slithers like a Real One

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Blend the Japanese folding technique of Kirigami with an elastomer actuator, and what have you got? A locomoting snake robot that can huff around its own girth with no strings attached! That’s exactly what researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard School of Applied Sciences did to build their Kirigami Crawler.

Expanding and contracting propel this crawler forward. As the actuator expands, the hatched pattern on the plastic skin flares out; and when it contracts, the skin retracts to a smoother form. The flared hatch pattern acts like a cluster of little hooks, snagging multiple contact points into the ground. …read more

Shure makes its superb electrostatic earphones a touch more affordable at $1,999

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<em>Shure KSE1200.</em>

A year ago, I reviewed the $2,999 Shure KSE1500 earphones and declared them an outstanding technological feat with a sound that’s basically impossible to obtain anywhere else. Well, there’s now a more attainable version of the same, with Shure announcing the $1,999 KSE1200, which eschew the digital signal processor (DSP) and ship only with an accompanying amplifier. That allows the company to slice a third off the original audiophile earphones’ price while still retaining the claim to best-in-class fame.

The truth is that Shure’s electrostatic earphones win the prize of best in their class by default: no one else is doing anything as ambitious as this. The KSE1500s were an entire personal music listening system — one where you plugged in…

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Hackaday Belgrade Schedule Announced

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Hackaday Belgrade preparations have now passed the flash point and the hacker village that is set to descend on Serbia in a few weeks grows larger and more awesome by the day. Prepare for a massive data dump on what is in store. But before you go any further, make sure you have a ticket.

What is Hackaday Belgrade and What Comes with a Ticket?

Hackaday Belgrade is the best conference focused on hardware creation that you can find anywhere in Europe. Taking place in Belgrade, Serbia on May 26th, the schedule is packed with talks, workshops, and a hacker …read more

An Angular Autocomplete From UI to DB

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The MovieManager project is used to manage my collection of movies and uses Angular and Spring Boot with PostgreSQL to do it.

The project is used to show how to build the autocomplete search box for the movie titles. The autocomplete box uses Bootstrap 4 for styling and Angular on the front-end and Spring Boot with PostgreSQL on the backend. The focus is on how to use native Angular/RxJS together with Spring Boot and a relational database.

Hard Drive Gives Its Life to Cool 3D Prints

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[Mark Rehorst] has been on the hunt for the perfect 3D printer cooling fan and his latest take is a really interesting design. He’s printed an impeller and housing, completing the fan using a hard drive motor to make it spin.

We should take a step back to see where this all began. Many 3D printers us a cooling fan right at the tip of the extruder because the faster you faster you cool the extruded filament, the fewer problems you’ll have with drooping and warping. Often this is done with a small brushless fan mounted right on the print …read more

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