LG’s 4K Blu-ray player supports Dolby Vision for better HDR

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LG has launched its UP970 Ultra HD Blu-ray Disk Player with HDR compatibility that was first previewed at CES earlier this year. The player supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 playback — both of which are the primary competing standards for HDR content. Of course, your TV will have to support Dolby Vision HDR to benefit, which LG and others will happily sell to you.

Dolby Vision claims to have greater brightness and contrast, and richer colors, while HDR10 content is the open standard and default for all 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray disks, as well as for content from Playstation 4 and Xbox One S. Netflix and YouTube can also be streamed via the player, though Dolby vision will only be available “later this year” after a software update.

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Discovery of Node.js by a Java Developer

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Hello everyone, first things first. My name is Dave Ranjan, I have been a Java Developer since the beginning of time (or so it seems). I always praised Java for how good it is.  I love how we can use Java in Android to make beautiful of apps, how it’s the first choice for enterprises, and I am fond of (mostly used to) the verbosity of Java. I have developed at least 15 projects using Java. And I am not afraid to say that Java puts food on my table.

Of course, I knew about other languages, I have done a few tasks here and there in Ruby and PHP. I had used JavaScript in my college days, and I was quite obsessed with document.getElementById(). Back then, Java was “the server side” language and JavaScript was used to manipulate stupid DOM elements. I was never a UI person, so I chose to stick with Java.

Finishing A Mini PS One: SLA vs Extruded

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One of the biggest lessons learned by first time 3D printer users is that not everything can be replicated and a printer is a machine and not a miracle worker. It has limitations in terms of what it can print as well as the quality of the output. For teeny tiny objects, the 0.8 mm nozzle will just not do and with resin printers on the rise, the question is, ‘are extruder printers obsolete?’

[Dorison Hugo] has made a mini version of the PS One using a Raspberry Pi which you can play games one. The kicker is that in …read more

Microsoft patents an augmented reality wand

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Microsoft has been working on its Windows Mixed Reality headsets for most of the year, but we haven’t heard much about the company’s plans with HoloLens. The software giant unveiled VR motion controllers earlier this year, for Mixed Reality headsets, and now it looks like Microsoft is working on a wand-like controller for augmented reality and HoloLens. A patent filing, spotted by WalkingCat, reveals an accessory that looks like wand and has buttons, a trigger, and a finger guard.

It looks similar to Google’s Draw accessory for Google Glass, and expands on the controls available with the HoloLens…

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Business messaging service Eko picks up $2M to fuel push into Japan, US and UK

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 Eko Communications, a U.S.-Thailand company that operates a messaging app targeted at businesses, has closed a strategic investment of $2 million to grow in Japan and expand into Europe and the U.S.. The funding was led by Japanese corporate Itochu, which provided $1 million and will partner to help expand sales. Existing backers of the company, which include Gobi Ventures, also took part.… Read More

Google is reportedly launching its next Pixel phones on October 5th

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On October 5th, 2017, a year and a day after the October 4th, 2016, unveiling of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google will take to the stage again to announce its Pixel 2 generation of devices. This is according to prolific leaker and spoiler of well-kept secrets Evan Blass, who has tweeted the date along with confirmation of the processor spec for these new phones:

Not only is Google repeating its original Pixel strategy with the date of the launch, it is also apparently taking the same approach with the SOC. The 2016 Pixels came with a Snapdragon 821 that was slightly revised from the 820…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys will arrive alongside an augmented reality scavenger hunt

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September 1st has already been pegged as the day that toys from Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be hitting store shelves, but today Disney is announcing that launch will also include an augmented reality component that will allow fans to unlock and collect different characters from the franchise. It’s all part of Force Friday II, the elaborate, weekend-long promotional event that will start with special store openings at 12:01AM on Friday the 1st, and run through Sunday, September 3rd.

The AR component, called Find the Force, will be tied to physical displays in various stores selling the new toys. (Disney says some 20,000 different retail locations will be taking part in the promotion across 30 different countries.) Depending on the size…

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Control The Air Conditioning With Slack

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[Raphael Baron] needed a better way to control his office’s air conditioning units. Sure, they have remotes, but that’s too easy. [Raphael] came up with a solution that uses an ESP8266, a computer, IR LEDs, and a bot that runs on Slack.

[Raphael] built a prototype of the ESP8266 hardware on protoboard and used it to read and record the IR signals from the remote. Once he’d figured out the issues he was having with the IR library he was using, he could use it to send the IR commands to the AC unit. Since their office has two AC …read more

PHP: How to Add Expire Headers for External Scripts

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Every website is using external JavaScript files. They are required, for example, when using Google Analytics, or an ad provider like BuySellAds. In order to leverage browser caching and optimize your website speed, it is recommended that you add expire headers to your script, which you can’t do on external files. In this article, I’ll show you how to dynamically import external JavaScript files into your own website for better performance.


The Problem With External Scripts

When using an external service as such as Google Analytics, you are often required to include external JavaScript files into your own website.

How to preorder the Galaxy Note 8

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Yesterday, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship, and now you can officially put in a preorder for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. In a limited promotional offer, the company is offering bundle deals for preorders that’ll include either its Gear 360 camera or a wireless charging pad and memory card, but you have to put in an order before September 24th.

Before you speed off to get the new phone, know that carriers and retailers aren’t all offering up preorders at the same time. Here are the ones that are available as of 12 AM today and otherwise. We’ll update this article as more information comes in.

Direct from Samsung, unlocked

You can get the Note 8 directly from Samsung, unlocked. That’s kind of a big deal, as most Galaxy devices are…

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Nikon’s new D850 has 45.7 megapixels and enough features to tempt Canon shooters

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Nikon has a new full-frame DSLR: the D850. Announced today, the D850 is a monster of a camera in terms of specs, and it’s one that will cost accordingly — the retail price is $3,299 for just the body when it goes on sale in September. The pro-level D5 may still be the king of Nikon’s current DSLR offerings, but at first glance it’s the D850 that will likely be the Nikon full-frame camera that gets the most use by pros, semi-pros, and amateurs with deep pockets. For all intents and purposes, this is Nikon’s flagship camera going forward.

So what does a 2017 flagship camera look like in Nikon’s eyes? Well, this camera has just about everything you could want from a full-frame DSLR these days. It’s built around a hefty 45.7-megapixel CMOS…

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DIY Electric Beach Luge is a Thrill

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[John Dingley] describes his Electric Beach Luge Project as an exciting mashup between “a downhill luge board, a kite surf buggy, a go-kart, and a Star Wars Land Speeder” and it’s fresh from a successful test run. What’s not to like? The DIY experimental vehicle was made to run on long, flat, firm stretches of sand while keeping the rider as close to the ground as possible. The Beach Luge is mainly intended to be ridden while lying on one’s back, luge-style, but it’s also possible to lay prone in the “Superman” position.

The whole unit was built from the …read more

In swiftly-deleted posting, GOP links Legend of Zelda to progressive taxation

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Sadly, the Republican Party has already deleted its article titled What Do The Legend of Zelda and the American Tax Code Have In Common? and any corresponding twetes. But it lives on at Google Cache, at least for now.

Tragically, having equated the adventures of a mute yet heroic elf with the clawing economic deprivations of progressive taxation, the article barely touches upon why beyond simply noting a few coincidental dates. Sad!

Louise Linton’s fashion tips for poors

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Here’s McSweeney’s Ziyad Gower, cannily stealing the voice of Scottish actress Louise Linton, the wife of Trump treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and mocker of the poor.

Greetings #peasants, it’s me, Louise Linton, in a beautiful #hermesscarf and #tomford sunnies. You may know my husband, Steve Mnuchin, America’s Secretary of Treasure. Or you may be familiar with my work as a film star, from my turn as Samantha in Crew 2 Crew to 2013’s The Power of Few, where I played the role of “Cory’s Mother” #crew2crew #corysmom. I am also #rich, and probably paid more taxes on my #farragamo pants than you have in your entire worthless life.

It’s funny, but this scathing aristocratic exaggeration is only a short hop from the real Linton. Crazy times.

This algorithm cleverly recreates 3D objects from tiny 2D images

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 With a lifetime of observing the world informing our perceptions, we’re all pretty good at inferring the overall shape of something we only see from the side, or for a brief moment. Computers, however, are just plain bad at it. Fortunately, a clever shortcut created by a Berkeley AI researcher may seriously improve their performance. Read More

After Magic Leap acquisition, Dacuda founder forms PXL Vision

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 Swiss startup Dacuda’s 3D scanning division was acquired by Magic Leap in February, but it seems the company’s founder, Michael Born, is just getting started with computer vision. He and three others who didn’t go over to the much-hyped and intensely secretive AR company have formed a new one: PXL Vision AG, focused on real-time image classification and Read More

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