Scan Your Film The 3D Printed Way

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Everyone has a box or two at home somewhere full of family photographs and slides from decades past. That holiday with Uncle Joe in Florida perhaps, or an unwelcome reminder of 1987’s Christmas jumper. It’s fair to say that some memories deserve to be left to gather dust, but what about the others in a world of digital images?

You could of course buy a film scanner to digitize Uncle Joe on the beach, but aside from the dubious quality of so many of them where’s the fun in that? Instead, how about 3D printing one? That’s what [Alexander Gee] …read more

Chrome 64 Now Trims Messy Links When You Share Them

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Google’s latest consumer version of Chrome, version number 64, just started cleaning up messy referral links for you. From a report: Now, when you go to share an item, you’ll no longer see a long tracking string after a link, just the primary link itself. This feature now happens automatically when sharing links in Chrome, either by the Share menu or by copying the link and pasting it elsewhere. Even though it slices off the extra bit of the URL, this doesn’t affect referral information. If you choose, you can copy and paste directly from the URL bar to grab the link in entirety.

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Hackers have turned the Nintendo Switch into a functional Linux tablet

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There are two major reasons I can think of to hack a game console. The first one is obvious: so you can play cracked copies of games. That’s why modern consoles are so difficult to hack, because millions of dollars are on the line.

But some people just want to run any software they choose on the hardware they own. And for those people, Linux on the Switch is a huge achievement.

A couple of weeks ago, the fail0verflow hacking collective showed a still image on Twitter of a Nintendo Switch booting Linux. They’re one of a small handful of hacker teams who are teasing exploits of the Nvidia Tegra hardware inside the Switch.

But now fail0verflow has video of a full-on Linux distro running on the hacked Switch, complete with touchscreen…

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Tiny Guitar Amp Rebuilt with Tiny Tubes

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[Blackcorvo] wrote in to tell us how he took a cheap “retro” guitar amplifier and rebuilt it with sub-miniature vacuum tubes. The end result is a tiny portable amplifier that not only looks the part, but sounds it to. He’s helpfully provided wiring schematics, build images, and even a video of the amplifier doing it’s thing.

The original Honeytone amplifier goes for about $26, and while it certainly looks old-school, the internals are anything but. [Blackcorvo] is too much of a gentleman to provide “before” pictures of the internals, but we looked it up and let’s just say it doesn’t …read more

The $20 Wyze security camera gets a sequel with improved intelligence and Amazon Echo support

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 The team behind WyzeCam is full of surprises. First they introduced a $20 plug and play security camera in October of last year, and now they’re already back with the sequel. The simply titled WyzeCam v2 is here, less than half a year later, bringing with it some pretty welcome updates. The first version of the camera actually scored some pretty decent reviews for all it was able to… Read More

The WyzeCam is a $20 security camera, and it just got better

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I’ve never owned a security camera, so don’t quote me as an expert, but I’ve been reading some WyzeCam reviews this afternoon and they’re a little astonishing: a good, functional, easy-to-use, and feature-rich streaming security camera for $20.

Well, now there’s a sequel.

The WyzeCam v2 still costs $20, but now it has a better camera sensor for improved day and night vision, better audio quality (WyzeCam supports two-way audio), and motion-tagging tech to detect and outline motion in its footage.

The basics of the camera are unchanged, including 1080p recording, a free 14 days of rolling cloud storage, continuous microSD recording (you supply the microSD card), time lapse, and, of course, an app.

According to Engadget, a…

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Combining augmented reality, 3D printing and a robotic arm to prototype in real time

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 Robotic Modeling Assistant (RoMA) is a joint project out of MIT and Cornell that brings together a variety of different emerging technologies in an attempt to build a better prototyping machine. Using an augmented reality headset and two controllers, the designer builds a 3D model using a CAD (computer-aided design) program. A robotic arm then goes to work constructing a skeletal model using… Read More

Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9

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We’re only a few days away from Samsung’s official announcement of the Galaxy S9 on February 25th, but as has been the case for the past few years, it seems like most of the information about the upcoming flagship device has made its way online a little earlier than Samsung would have liked.

So, if you can’t wait for the actual event on February 25th, here’s everything we think we know about the Galaxy S9 so far:

What it looks like:

As is practically tradition at this point, numerous official renderings of the S9 have leaked out (mostly from VentureBeat’s Evan Blass). As expected, it looks like Samsung is by and large keeping the same design as the Galaxy S8. The same edge-to-edge “Infinity Display” is here, as are the oblong bezels on…

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Sony releases mysterious teaser for its next phone

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Sony is apparently going to introduce something at Mobile World Congress next week, going off the fact that its Xperia account tweeted a teaser video for the annual phone event this morning. The video shows a hand and a bunch of ripples cascading down onto it from above. It also says whatever this video is hinting at will be announced on February 26th.

You can see the tweet below:

I don’t totally get what it’s alluding to. Something you’ll feel? From the sky? A tangible notification? Haptic feedback? Uh, a ripple… of air? I don’t know! It’s not easy to make sense of a purposely cryptic video. But presumably the teaser has something…

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Chrome 64 now trims messy links when you share them

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Google’s latest consumer version of Chrome, version number 64, just started cleaning up messy referral links for you. Now, when you go to share an item, you’ll no longer see a long tracking string after a link, just the primary link itself, as spotted by Android Police.

This feature now happens automatically when sharing links in Chrome, either by the Share menu or by copying the link and pasting it elsewhere. Even though it slices off the extra bit of the URL, this doesn’t affect referral information. If you choose, you can copy and paste directly from the URL bar to grab the link in entirety.

Image: Android Police

As Android Police points out, while this is a useful feature, it does have a couple downsides, albeit…

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Mario may finally be getting his own encyclopedia in English this October

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Mario may finally be getting his own English-language encyclopedia on October 23rd, a tome that tracks the three decades of his existence in Nintendo games, as spotted by Kotaku.

The original book came out in Japan in 2015, and an English translation was reportedly set to be released on June 15th last year, according to Amazon preorders, but those listings were taken down without an explanation. Nintendo and the publisher, Dark Horse Comics, kept silent. But now the Super Mario Encyclopedia has appeared on Amazon with a new release date. It’s available for preorder now for $39.99, listed as being sold by Nintendo, but the listing doesn’t have an image. German and Spanish versions of the encyclopedia were made available last October. Dark…

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You All Know Reginald Fessenden. Who?

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Quick, name someone influential in the history of radio. Who do did you think of? Marconi? Tesla? Armstrong? Hertz? Perhaps Sarnoff? We bet only a handful would have said Reginald Fessenden. That’s a shame because he was the first to do something that most of us do every day.

Few know this Canadian inventor’s name even though he developed quite a few innovations. Unlike Colpitts and Hartley we don’t have anything named after him. However, Fessenden was the first man to make a two-way transatlantic radio contact (Marconi’s was one way) and he was a pioneer in using voice over …read more

NASA’s Opportunity rover surpasses 5,000 Martian days on the Red Planet

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On Saturday, NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated a monumental anniversary all by itself on the surface of the Red Planet: surviving 5,000 Martian days. It’s an incredibly significant milestone for the little-wheeled robot, given the fact that it was only expected to last just 90 days. Opportunity is just one of two rovers currently functioning on the Red Planet, along with NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Opportunity launched on top of a Delta II on July 7th, 2003, along with a twin rover called Spirit. The pair then landed on Mars three weeks apart in January 2004, both going to opposite sides of the planet. The day of Opportunity’s landing, January 25th, was considered Sol 1 — or the first Martian day for the rover. The term “sol” is used to…

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Question Club: The best and worst parts of Black Panther

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Over the weekend, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest installment, Black Panther, opened to record box office. It’s something new for Marvel: a movie with a largely black cast, helmed by a black director, and set in a fictional African country, where the vivid art, costume, and makeup designs were all inspired by real-world African tribal traditions. Critical and fan response has been almost universally positive and enthusiastic.

The film is part of a necessary retrenching for Marvel movies. The all-hero battles of Captain America: Civil War, and the galactic adventures of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor: Ragnorak, are leading up to the Infinity War saga, but for Marvel to keep putting out two or three superhero movies a year, some…

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Look out for the flying ‘Jurassic World’ Pteranodon drone

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You probably know there’s a new Jurassic World coming out this year, and there’s lots of branded merchandise coming along with it. At the Toy Fair this weekend, Mattel introduced a bunch of Jurassic products, including the “Pterano-Drone,” a quadcopter with a dinosaur on top.

It works just like any other drone with a hand-held remote control, although it includes additional kid-friendly features like self-landing and auto-circling. It also automatically shuts off if kids try to grab the motors by squeezing its plastic case. The drone should last 15 to 20 minutes in the air and charges through Micro USB. It doesn’t pair with any companion app.

The Pterano-Drone will cost $119.99 when it’s released this spring, closer to the new movie’s…

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The Google app has a screenshot editing feature in beta

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The Google app is now rolling out a built-in screenshot editor with beta version 7.21, starting last Friday, which will give users better sharing and editing tools, as spotted by 9to5Google. The screenshot editor also works in Chrome custom tabs. You can enroll in the beta through the Google Play Store.

The editor can be toggled on by heading into the Google app settings, under Accounts & Privacy and finding the “Edit and share screenshots” toggle at the bottom of the list. Then every time you take a screenshot in the Google app or a Chrome custom tab, a panel will slide up, letting you preview, edit, or share the image to other apps. You can also crop the screenshot and draw on it.

Stock Android and Pixel phone users are likely to…

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Fun With React: A Quick Overview

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React in the Real World

Created by Facebook, React was initially released in 2013. React continued to gain momentum until it looked like it was going to hit a snag in 2017 over licensing. The BSD+Patents license that Facebook was insisting on created potential Intellectual Property issues for developers. Fortunately, in September of 2017 Facebook backed down and re-licensed React under the more acceptable MIT license. The current release is 16.2.

Like the other popular frameworks, React is a free, unlicensed library so there are no perfect usage statistics, but there are several places we can look to for a good idea of overall adoption. It has over 88K stars on GitHub, and over 7 million npm downloads per month. Some of this traffic might, of course, be from development machines or mirrors, but these are good quick stats to get an idea of just how popular the library is.

Dancing dinosaurs will teach your kid to code

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Maybe robot dinosaurs will encourage your kids to code. Mattel showed off a Jurassic World coding toy this weekend, the newest entry in its Kamigami line of educational robots, at the New York City Toy Fair. The robots are essentially the same as the original Kamigami, except the plastic covers you put over the robotic core builds out a dinosaur instead of a bug. You’ve likely seen similar concepts before.

The dinosaurs pair over Bluetooth to a new Jurassic World companion iOS / Android app, and kids can drag and drop code to make them do things. The robots can move, light up, make noise, or engage in different interactions. I particularly loved their dancing mode.

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Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky has joined Y Combinator as a partner

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 If you follow the startup industry, you likely know the story of smartwatch maker Pebble, including that famous Kickstarter campaign in 2012 that sought $100,000 but wound up raising more than $10 million instead. You might also remember thinking that Pebble’s fate was sealed once Apple launched its own now-ubiquitous smartwatch in 2014. You were right if so. By late 2016, Pebble was… Read More

Molly wants to use your online presence to create an automated knowledge base

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 Isn’t it frustrating when you ask a friend a question – like what’s your favorite restaurant in New York or what trips have you been on this year – knowing that these specific answers are certainly already accessible on social media? The problem is no one wants to spend an hour combing through their friends social media pages (or worse, monitoring them 24/7), so we just… Read More

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