Kickstarting a gorgeous slipcased edition of Crime & Punishment, illustrated by Dave McKean

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The next tranche of Beehive Books’ Illuminated Editions are being crowdfunded now: three gorgeous, slipcased, deluxe illustrated hardcovers, including a new edition of Crime & Punishment, illustrated by Dave McKean, well-known for his work on Sandman (he also did the original cover for my novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town); the books are $100 each, and are superb. The other two titles are The Blazing World, illustrated by Margaret Cavendish; and Peter Pan, illustrated by Brecht Evans.

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Recover Data From Damaged Chips

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Not every computer is a performance gaming rig. Some of us need cheap laptops and tablets for simple Internet browsing or word processing, and we don’t need to shell out thousands of dollars just for that. With a cheaper price tag comes cheaper hardware, though, such as the eMMC standard which allows flash memory to be used in a more cost-advantageous way than SSDs. For a look at some the finer points of eMMC chips, we’ll turn to [Jason]’s latest project.

[Jason] had a few damaged eMMC storage chips and wanted to try to repair them. The most common failure …read more

Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot will premiere April 1st on CBS All Access

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CBS has set a premiere date for Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone: April 1st. The first two episodes will premiere on CBS All Access, with new episodes to follow each Thursday.

Peele will be one of the show’s executive producers, and he will also host and narrate the show. The timing is apt, as CBS All Access’s other big science fiction revival show, Star Trek: Discovery, should be wrapping up its second season in April, giving subscribers another reason to hang onto their subscription for a bit longer.

Created in 1959 by Rod Sterling, the original Twilight Zone has endured as a classic science fiction anthology series, with each science fiction, fantasy, or horror episode playing out a self-contained, moralistic story, often…

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3D Printed Wheels Get Some Much Needed Grip

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You’d be hard-pressed to find more ardent supporters of 3D printing then we here at Hackaday; the sound of NEMA 17 steppers pushing an i3 through its motions sounds like a choir of angels to our ears. But we have to admit that the hard plastic components produced by desktop 3D printers aren’t ideal for a number of applications. For example, the slick plastic is useless for all but the most rudimentary of wheels. Sure there are flexible filaments that can give a printed wheel a bit of grip, but they came with their own set of problems (not to …read more

Apple reportedly planning multiple new iPad models, including an updated iPad mini

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Apple could release at least two new iPads this year, including a cheaper version of the iPad mini, which hasn’t been updated since 2015, according to Bloomberg. The other upcoming iPad reportedly has a 10-inch screen with a faster processor and might be released as soon as this spring. That device would keep its Lightning port.

Bloomberg also reports that an upgraded iPad Pro is planned for spring 2020 and would introduce a laser-powered 3D camera to Apple devices. Apple also seems to be focusing on the iPad for the next version of iOS, iOS 13, which is reported to include iPad-specific updates, like a new home screen and tabbed apps, as well as improvements to file management.

Earlier this week, programmer Steven Troughton-Smith u…

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Fortnite’s next in-game event is a Marshmello concert

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The next major event in Fortnite will be an in-game concert. Electronic music DJ Marshmello will perform in Epic’s battle royale game, with a concert set to take place on Saturday at Pleasant Park, a sleepy Fortnite suburb that features a big football field that should be a good fit for a virtual concert. In fact, the stage is being assembled in the game right now. While the concert hasn’t officially been announced by Epic just yet, Marshmello currently lists Pleasant Park on his upcoming tour schedule. The DJ has some history with the game; last year, he teamed up with Twitch star Ninja to win a Fortnite celebrity tournament at E3.

This will be the first concert to take place in the world of Fortnite, but these kinds of…

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YouTube Music now works with Sonos speakers

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YouTube has announced that, starting today, YouTube Music is now available within the Sonos app and can be played on all Sonos speakers. Users with a YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium subscription will be able to stream albums, remixes, covers, playlists, and more to their Sonos speakers.

Some of the features included in YouTube Music on the Sonos app are recommendations based on a user’s listening history, mood-based playlists (like Energy Boosters and Throwback Jams), and Top 100 Songs charts, an app feature which received a lukewarm reception. There’s also a new releases section, personalized playlists, and your library, which keeps track of everything you’ve saved.

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Sonos already supports a…

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Cheap internet of things gadgets betray you even after you toss them in the trash

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You may think that the worst you’ll risk by buying a bargain-bin smart bulb or security camera will be a bit of extra trouble setting it up or a lack of settings. But it’s not just while they’re plugged in that these slapdash gadgets are a security risk — even from the garbage can, they can still compromise your network.

Pen Plotter From Salvaged Printer Parts

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Like many of us, [Benjamin Poilve] was fascinated when he took apart a broken printer. He kept the parts, but unlike most of us, he did something with them, building a neat little plotter called the Liplo. Most pen plotters work by moving the pen on two axes, but [Benjamin] took a different approach, using the friction drive bars from the printer to move the paper on one axis, and a servo to move the pen on the other. He’s refined the design from its initial rough state to create a very refined final product that uses a combination of …read more

Reversible Micro USB cables back in stock

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In early December Tod Kurt of ThingM recommended these reversible Micro USB cables. I bought a 3-pack on Amazon. They really work and have held up for the nearly two months I’ve had them. Both the USB male plug and the micro plug can be inserted without regard to the orientation, like a USB C plug. There is no “right side up.” They were out of stock on Amazon for a while, but they’re available again. Read the rest

How AI is solving one of music’s most expensive problems

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Making music is one of the most human things we do, but in recent years, AI has stepped in to lend a helping hand. Algorithms have been infiltrating nearly every part of music making, from generating original drum loops to writing melodies, producing parts that are increasingly hard to distinguish from human players. Now, AI is reaching the mastering process, raising hard questions about the need for human experts in the most specialized areas of music production.

Mastering is the final step in audio post production, and balances out all of a song’s elements so it will sound consistent no matter how you’re listening to it — on Spotify, in iTunes, or on a CD. The goal of mastering is to make the listening experience balanced and cohesive…

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The next generation of wall chargers is getting smaller and better

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The tech world is probably sitting on the edge of a charger revolution, and most of us just haven’t realized it yet. No, I’m not talking about USB-C (sadly); I’m talking about GaN (gallium nitride) chargers, a material that’s started to replace silicon in chargers. I’ve had the chance to try out two of the first GaN chargers — RavPower’s 45W slimline design model and Anker’s PowerPort Atom PD 1 — and it’s not just marketing hype: the new chargers really do make a huge leap forward for shrinking down power bricks in a way that’s really exciting to see.

In both cases, simply holding the charger in your hand is enough to make you skeptical. The 30W Anker just flat out seems too small to drive anything bigger than a phone, and the 45W…

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In space no one can hear you snore: Alien facehugger CPAP mask

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Author and science fiction fan Jared Gray needed a CPAP machine to treat his sleep apnea so he decided to have some maker fun with the machine. So he carved out a foam replica Aliens Facehugger to integrate his CPAP mask.

“I’m happy with it as a prototype, but I think it would need additional refinement before I started making these things for other people,” Gray says.”Other than making it even less comfortable to lay on my side, it’s not all that much worse than just wearing the CPAP mask on its own. I could probably sleep with this thing on, at least for a couple hours. If nothing else, it helps keep the light out of my eyes.”

CPAP Facehugger (via Laughing Squid)

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Getting Cozy With WebViews, Part 2

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Welcome back! If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here

Ideal Apps for WebViews

WebViews are not perfect for all app types. If you are building the Facebook app with 18000 classes even native might not be good enough. But there is a huge class of applications where web-based views are the best choice. If your app fits into these categories, definitely go for WebViews:

Supportless Overhangs: Just Reorient Gravity by 90 Degrees

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The 3D print by [critsrandom] in the image above may not look like much at first glance, until one realizes that the 90 degree overhang has no supports whatsoever. Never mind the messy bottom surface, and never mind that the part shown might avoid the problem entirely with some simple supports or a different print orientation; the fact that it printed at all is incredible.

[critsrandom] shared the method in a post on Reddit, and it consists simply of laying the 3D printer on its side. When the print head reaches the overhang, the fact that it is printing sideways …read more

The AI video game character that influenced an industry

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The current wave of virtual assistants owes a lot to a sidekick from one of the most popular video games of all time. The release of Halo: Combat Evolved in 2001 introduced Master Chief’s AI partner Cortana, popularizing a lot of the common characteristics that are now shared by real-world AI helpers. Cortana was a friendly, helpful female voice in your ear, one who blurred the line between companion and digital tool. She sounded an awful lot like Siri — and she did it a decade before virtual assistants became indispensable features of our smartphones and homes.

Halo didn’t invent the concept of an AI helper. It’s been a staple of science fiction for years, with the likes of the shipboard computer in Star Trek: The Next Generation and…

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Amazon imagines Alexa in hot tubs and toothbrushes in its Super Bowl ad

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Maybe it’s because CES only happened a few weeks ago, but Amazon’s Super Bowl ad is giving me flashbacks to rows of gadgets touting Alexa in places where it didn’t belong. Amazon’s ad acknowledges that the company itself has been putting Alexa in a lot of stuff, too, including a voice-activated microwave, and that some combinations haven’t always been so successful.

The commercial imagines a bunch of celebrities using Alexa with gadgets that ultimately didn’t make the cut: Forest Whitaker using an Alexa toothbrush to play podcasts that get muddled by his mouth; Harrison Ford’s dog abusing his “Alexa dog collar for dogs” and using it to order sausages and gravy; and Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer getting shot out of an…

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