OBD-Sniffing A Caddy PHEV

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The Cadillac ELR is a plug-in hybrid car with a bit of class, it has the beating heart of a Chevy Volt in a nice coupé body with some up-market styling and a nice interior. Since it wasn’t on the market for long and some consumers are still wary of cars with electric motors, it also represents something of a sweet spot: according to [Andrew Rossignol] you can pick them up for less outlay than you might imagine. He bought one, and being an inquisitive soul decided to probe its secrets through its OBD-II ports.

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There’s a rugged Land Rover phone hidden beneath this man’s beard

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Let’s face it, sometimes you just want to look like you’re the outdoorsy type. That’s why auto companies sell a shit-ton of SUVs to people that never leave the asphalt, and why a middle-aged pop star was recently spotted in a kerchief. So why not get a Land Rover Explore phone to complete the ensemble?

Built by the Bullitt Group, the so-called “Outdoor Phone” with Land Rover branding features giant truck-like bezels, a mighty 4,000mAh battery, durable IP68 rating that makes it resistant to salt water, and the ability to survive drops from about six feet.

Photo: Land Rover and Bullitt Group

Land Rover Explore with swappable packs.

Most notably, perhaps, are the hardware packs that can be swapped into place a la…

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Pop star turned entrepreneur Starshell raises $1 million for her Birthday Girl World

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 For the singer-songwriter Starshell, a one-time protege of Mary J. Blige, success comes in many guises — and the latest is startup entrepreneur.
Her song “Birthday Girl“, resonated so strongly with fans, says the singer born LaNeah Menzies, that it became something of an anthem. And Menzies has turned that anthem into a business.
Her site, Birthday Girl World, saw 208,740… Read More

Kathy Bates lip-syncing Bruno Mars

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At nearly 70 years old, Kathy Bates got up on the Lip Sync Battle stage to perform Bruno Mars’ Grammy-winning “That’s What I Like.” Donning a leopard-print pajama top and gold medallions, watch the award-winning actress show off her smooth moves in this preview clip. She’ll face off against comedian Tone Bell in this week’s challenge which airs Thursday at 10/9c on Paramount Network.

Lip Sync Battle is back for another season of epic performances from the hottest stars on the planet! Each week, A-list celebrities go toe to toe, syncing contemporary hits and classic tracks, all for the ultimate bragging rights: the title of Lip Sync Battle Champion. Hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen.

Startups! Come to the TechCrunch Barcelona ‘Meet & Greet’ during MWC

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 Come and “Meet and greet” with TechCrunch Editorial staff while they are in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress! The event will be on Mon 26 February 2018m 19:30 – 22:30, at Cloud Coworking. It is necessary to get a free ticket here. Senior journalists will be there to make contacts with you and your startup. Drinks will be sponsored by Aptoide. Venue kindly provided by… Read More

At 71,572 KM, You Won’t Beat This LoRa Record

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A distance record for LoRa transmission has been set that you probably won’t be able to beat. Pack up your gear and go home, nothing more to achieve here. At a superficial reading having a figure of 71,572 km (44,473 miles) seems an impossible figure for one of the little LoRa radio modules many of us have hooked up to our microcontrollers, but the story isn’t quite what you’d expect and contains within it some extremely interesting use of technology.

So the folks at Outernet have sent data over LoRa for that incredible distance, but they did so not through …read more

Relive Radio Shack’s Glory Days by Getting Goofy

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The Golden Age of Radio Shack was probably sometime in the mid-1970s, a time when you could just pop into the local store and pay 49 cents for the resistors you needed to complete a project. Radio Shack was the place to go for everything from hi-fi systems to CB radios, and for many of us, being inside one was very much a kid in a candy store scenario.

That’s not to say that Radio Shack was perfect, but one thing it did very well was the education and grooming of the next generation of electronics hobbyists, primarily through their …read more

Advanced Server-Side Rendering With Laravel and Vue: Multi-Page App

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A few weeks ago I wrote a tutorial on the new Vue server-side rendering capabilities for Laravel. That tutorial mostly focused on the set up of SSR in a Laravel environment and so I only had time to demonstrate a simple "Hello World" app with no significant features.

Now I want to build on that previous tutorial and demonstrate how to server render a Vue app that includes multiple pages with Vue Router since most of your Laravel projects will have more than one page.

Walmart launches a new home shopping site for furniture and home décor

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 Following a slowdown in e-commerce sales over the holidays, Walmart today is readying a new strategy to attract online shoppers with an increased focus on home goods. The retailer is now launching a redesigned Home shopping experience on the web which will better highlight home products, like furniture, accessories, and other decorative items. The new site’s home page will feature… Read More

Retrocomputing for the Forgotten

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The world runs on marketing hype. Remember the public relations swirl around the Segway? Before it rolled out we were led to believe it was going to be remembered as fire, the wheel, and Segway. Didn’t really happen. Microsoft and IBM had done something similar with OS/2, which you may not even remember as the once heir-apparent to MS-DOS. OS/2 was to be the operating system that would cure all the problems with MS-DOS just as IBM’s new Microchannel Architecture would cure all the problems surrounding the ISA bus (primarily that they couldn’t stop people from cloning it). What happened? …read more

Linux Adds CH341 GPIO

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There was a time when USB to serial hardware meant one company: FTDI. But today there are quite a few to choose from and one of the most common ones is the WCH CH341. There’s been support for these chips in Linux for a while, but only for use as a communication port. The device actually has RS232, I2C, SPI, and 8 general purpose I/O (GPIO) pins. [ZooBaB] took an out-of-tree driver that exposes the GPIO, and got it working with some frightening-looking CH341 boards.

He had to make a slight mod to the driver to get six GPIOs in …read more

Moog is bringing back a modular synth from 1969 for $35,000

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Moog announced last week that it is bringing back one of its iconic synthesizers — the IIIp — for a limited reissue for $35,000. The company says only 40 units will be handcrafted, and each one will feature the original’s documentation, art, and circuit board files. In total, each IIIp will have 37 modules including ten 901-Series audio oscillators, the 984 4-channel Matrix Mixer, and the 905 Spring Reverb.

Originally released in the late 1960s, the Moog Synthesizer IIIp was the company’s first portable system, coming in roadworthy flight cases, and was used by artists like Isao Tomita and George Harrison. They were discontinued in 1973 but are still coveted, not only because of their limitless ability to be reconfigured, but for the…

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Vintage Sewing Machine to Computerized Embroidery Machine

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It is February of 2018. Do you remember what you were doing in December of 2012? If you’re [juppiter], you were starting your CNC Embroidery Machine which would not be completed for more than half of a decade. Results speak for themselves, but this may be the last time we see a first-generation Raspberry Pi without calling it retro.

The heart of the build is a vintage Borletti sewing machine, and if you like machinery porn, you’re going to enjoy the video after the break. The brains of the machine are an Arduino UNO filled with GRBL goodness and the …read more

The new Blu Vivo X has four cameras and costs $249 for a limited time

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Today, budget Android phone maker Blu announced its latest flagship handset, the Blu Vivo X. The device’s standout feature is that it has not two or even three, but four cameras. The Blu Vivo X continues the trend of lower-end phones featuring four cameras, with a dual front-facing one for taking selfies and a more powerful dual rear-facing system for standard mobile photography. Blu explains the logic in the press release: “When it comes to cameras, two is better than one, and four is better than two.”

The phone has a six-inch screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 1440 x 720 resolution. The front of the phone is made of curved Gorilla Glass, with a 20-megapixel camera and a 8-megapixel camera to help create a bokeh, or blurred…

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Tap is the wearable keyboard nobody asked for

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A couple years ago, I got to test out the (potential) future of text input. It was called the “Tap Strap,” and it was a weird foam prototype that slid up over my fingers and allowed me to painstakingly input text through taps and combo taps.

Well, now it’s shipping. It’s just called Tap now, and it looks a bit more comfortable: a series of loosely connected rings, instead of a foam block. It’s $149.99, it connects to your phone or computer over Bluetooth, it has eight hours of battery life, and it also works as a mouse now.

But what the hell is it?

Tap has sensors for each of your five fingers. When you tap them on a relatively solid surface (I used a table, but in the launch video people are typing on the chest of a significant other,…

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Bill Gates attempts to guess the prices of everyday grocery items

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates admittedly hasn’t been in a supermarket in a long time, so when Ellen put him up to estimating the prices of some pretty typical grocery store items, he was hilariously lost. Particularly watch the look of pity Ellen gives at the 1:12 mark when the billionaire guesses that a container of Tide Pods is only four dollars.

With a lot of help from the audience, Bill was able to get the price right (within a dollar) of three items. Because of his “win,” that audience will return for Ellen’s popular “12 Days of Giveaways” segment.


Black Panther’s Killmonger is the MCU’s Magneto

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Bryan Singer’s 2000 X-Men movie marks the beginning of the modern era of superhero blockbusters. But the film doesn’t open with the titular team. The first scene depicts a young Erik Lehnsherr losing his parents at Auschwitz, showing the pain and firsthand experience with the very worst of humanity that led him to become Magneto, the supervillain who has most shaped the X-Men universe. Other villains come and go, but Magneto helped found the X-Men, and as he alternately works alongside or against them, his presence and his decisions are key to defining who they are and what they fight for.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had some worthy villains, like Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) and Vulture (Michael Keaton), but until now, it…

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Twitch will reward Overwatch League viewers with exclusive in-game items

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Just ahead of the Overwatch League’s debut season, Blizzard and Twitch announced a multiyear deal that would see every match of e-sports league broadcast on the streaming service. Now, the two companies are revealing a series of features designed to further enhance the viewing experience and offer bonuses to those who watch on Twitch.

For fans who “cheer” in Twitch chat (cheering involves using animated chat emotes purchased with real money) during matches, they’ll have a chance to earn in-game items like rare character skins and exclusive new emotes. Viewers will also have a chance to earn “league tokens” — a form of virtual currency in Overwatch exclusively used to buy in-game league jerseys — simply by watching matches through to the…

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