If you’ve been into electronics for any length of time, you’ve almost certainly run across the practical bible in the field, The Art of Electronics, commonly abbreviated AoE. Any fan of the book will certainly want to consider obtaining the latest release, The Art of Electronics: The x-Chapters, …read more
Every year, Google launches a game or puzzle that people can play to eventually learn the dates for the companys annual I/O conference, and this years game is now live (via 9to5Google).
Its a space-themed game where users have to work collaboratively to restore an intergalactic satellite network. When you first visit the games site, youll see the map of the galaxy Ive included at the top of this post as well as a message about the mission and a few progress bars (which have been slowly rising as Ive been writing this story):
If you accept the mission, a command line box appears with this text:
The satellite cluster nearest your current location has been located. Determine its proper name, then…
Facebooks WhatsApp messaging service is incredibly easy to set up, but this easy setup process means that your account is open to abuse if youre not careful. Thankfully, its fairly simple to enable an extra layer of security on your account, which means that you wont lose it if your six-digit activation code gets compromised.
These security options unfortunately wont stop you from a serious hack such as the one that hit Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. What it will do is offer another layer of protection if someone manages to trick you into sharing your security code, which is a process known as social hacking.
If you need any convincing about why its a good idea to use this extra security, then allow me to share a friends recent…
I recently switched from controller to Keyboard + Mouse for my video gaming. This mouse is just great.
The shape of the mouse and the button placement just feels right in my hand. The adjustable weight system let me fine-tune the devices gravitas as I wing it around, trying to headshot some 13-year-old before they shoot me.
While the ‘Hero’ sensor reads upto 16000 dpi, I usually set it way down to 800 in Fortnite. This lets me turn in a more controlled manner and doesn’t have the mouse zipping all over the place.
I don’t really care much about the ever-changing colors that light the mouse up, but it seems all my PC gaming gear likes to do this rainbow display… and it is kinda pleasing.
I have no idea why this SPECIAL EDITION of the mouse is cheaper than the regular one, but it is and I like it!
I am gonna admit right now that moving back to KB+M over controller may screw my carpal tunnel right to hell, but I’ll be super sensitive to it, and try to stop before I feel any pain. I am already playing less, but enjoying the games I play more. Sacrifices we make, right?
A fair number of hackers reach that awkward age in their careers – too old for manual pick and place, but too young for a full-fledged PnP machine. The obvious solution is to build your own PnP, which can be as simple as putting a suction cup on the Z-axis …read more
Alienwares previous-generation m17 gaming laptop is usually $1,999.99, but its steeply discounted right now from Dell. This 17-inch model houses Intels 9th Gen i7 processor (the hexa-core 9750H with a base clock speed of 2.6GHz and a maximum clock speed of 4.5GHz) and Nvidias midrange RTX 2060 graphics chip. It also comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM installed and a fast 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD. One note about the RAM: you can add more if youd like, unlike the m17 R2 model released in May 2019 that has RAM soldered to the board.
There are a few more reasons to consider this model if youre looking for a gaming laptop. Its 17-inch QHD (1560 x 1440) display has a 120Hz refresh rate, which means the games that can run smoothly on this machine will…
Brooke Hammerling, the strategic communications veteran that brought us BrewPR, announced her new project today. Dubbed The New New Thing, Hammerling’s new communications advisory wants to help startups bring more authenticity to brand messaging and comms through high-level partnerships with CEOs, founders, and executive leadership teams. There are a few critical pieces to The New […]
Early Stage SF is sneaking up on us and there is plenty to be excited about. The one-day event, which brings together a wide variety of startup experts to host breakout sessions, is going down on April 28 and we have a handful of speakers to announce. So without any further ado: We’re thrilled to […]
Who are you and where are you located? My name is Courtney Reckord and I live in Burlington Vermont. What do you make? I make data driven jewelry using USGS data. Each piece is an accurate representation of a different landscape. How do you make them? I start with data […]
I have written about Magic here previously, but on the 5th of January we came out with a significant upgrade to the Magic wand the ability to automatically scaffold up an entire Angular frontend. This means that you can now start out with only a database, click one button, and Magic creates your entire backend. The result is that every single database table becomes wrapped inside of CRUD HTTP REST endpoints. Click another button, and Magic gives you a ZIP file that contains an entire Angular frontend, tailored specifically to your backend. See the process in the video below, or download Magic and try it out on your own database if you wish.
According to an article I read here at DZone, a highly skilled software developer can produce roughly 750 lines of code per month. When I tested Magic on a database with 122 tables, Magic produced almost 100,000 lines of code for me automatically. That becomes the equivalent of 8.8 years of software development for a human being, and my computer created this code in less than 60 seconds. Add to that the fact that human beings will write an occasional error into their code, and a computer will never create an error and you get the point.
Adobe is previewing a new feature for Premiere Pro called Productions thatll help teams work together on projects. Announced today at the Sundance Film Festival, the new panel was designed with filmmakers in mind, and was created with input from the production teams behind Terminator: Dark Fate and Dolemite is My Name. Adobe says a special build of the feature is also currently being used in editorial on David Finchers Mank.
Productions is essentially a new panel that acts as a shared folder system, like Google Drive, to make sharing assets between editors easier and more collaborative. On its blog, Adobe describes potential use cases like managing large projects by dividing them into smaller pieces organized around reels and scenes,…
Bad Boys For Life pulls off one of the most unlikely tricks in blockbuster moviemaking: Its the rare good third entry in a franchise, a successful soft reboot that introduces a small squad of new faces to carry the Bad Boys name into the future. It does all this while also coming nearly 20 years after the last film in the series and being the Hollywood debut of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, a Belgian directing duo known for gritty crime dramas on a much lower budget.
Over a phone call just after Bad Boys For Lifes opening weekend, Adil and Bilall spoke with The Verge about making that transition. The duo are as ebullient and energetic as brothers, frequently finishing each others thoughts and serving as the others hype man….
Apple is launching a partnership program for gyms today called Apple Watch Connected thats meant to highlight chains that integrate with its wearable and offer perks for owners. In some cases, perks include discounted membership fees and gift cards for people who regularly work out, according to CNBC.
For a gym to get the Apple Watch Connected branding, itll have to offer three things:
An app for iPhones and Apple Watches that offers information like class times
Support for Apple Pay to buy things at the gym
Some kind of perk for wearers, like membership discounts
One thing thats not required across the board: machines that support GymKit, Apples system for syncing an Apple Watch with fitness equipment like treadmills and…
If youre an iPhone user who is steadfast about retaining your privacy, youre probably not very happy about the recent news that Apple is retaining the ability to decrypt most of whats in an iCloud backup at the request of government entities, such as the FBI.
In that case, you may want to pay attention to the adage that sometimes the best ways are the old ways. While its more convenient to use iCloud to back up your phone, you can back up your iPhone to your Mac or Windows computer and retain full control of your data backups.
If youve always backed up via iCloud, or if you havent done a local backup in a while, you might be able to use a refresher course. Heres how you do it.
On the highly-recommended Brick Experiment Channel, “BEC” (the unidentified, silent LEGO engineer you never see or hear) tries his hand at building a quad drone using LEGO bricks and other LEGO components. The only non-LEGO parts he uses are the battery, the receiver, the flight controller, and a motor driver circuit.
Besides the cool LEGO drone he ends up with, I love watching his experimentation and iterative process. And like many fellow ‘tubers such as Jimmy DiResta and Primitive Technology, the un-narrated video is kind of mesmerizing to watch as you hear only the sounds of making. Read the rest