8-Channel ADC For the Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi is a powerful embedded computing platform. However, for all its Linux-based muscle, it lacks one thing that even the simplest 8-bit microcontrollers usually have – analog-to-digital conversion. There are a great many ways to rectify this shortcoming, and [Chris Burgess] has brought us another – with an 8-channel ADC for the Raspberry Pi.

For the ADC, [Chris] chose the MCP3008, for its low cost and availability. In this configuration it offers 10-bit resolution and a maximum sampling rate of 200 kilosamples per second. Adafruit has a great guide on working with the MCP3008, too. With such a …read more

Essential Phone now available unlocked at Best Buy for $700

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Shortly after launching at Sprint, the Essential Phone has made its way to Best Buy — both online and in stores. A quick check of stock around New York City shows that the unlocked, black Essential Phone is already available at many locations, though supply might vary depending on where you are. The Android smartphone costs $699.99 and is compatible with all major US carriers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Essential has been working to improve the device through software updates over the last several weeks; reports indicate that the phone’s software is running much smoother now. But the camera (and the camera app itself) remain weak points that still haven’t been fixed. Plus, the black model is a terrible fingerprint…

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cameras get top marks from testing outfit DxOMark

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 If our review didn’t convince you that the cameras in the latest iPhones are something special, perhaps DxOMark’s lab-heavy evaluation process will do the trick. The camera testing site unequivocally states that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the best smartphone cameras it’s ever tested — though they aren’t without their flaws. Read More

Amazon may soon deliver Shake Shack to your house

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Amazon may soon be able to deliver Shake Shack to your house. The e-commerce giant has partnered with Olo, an online restaurant ordering platform with corporate customers including Shake Shack, Chipotle, Five Guys, and Wingstop, to offer easy integration into Amazon Restaurants.

To be clear, none of those corporations have taken advantage of Amazon’s offer yet — Buca Di Beppo, a company that operates 90 Italian restaurants, is the first and only signee so far — but the opportunity for them to do so is now available.

So far, Amazon Restaurants — which allows users to order food and have it delivered in under an hour — hasn’t attracted major chain restaurants. Right now, the service is available in about 20 cities in the US including New…

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Apple now gives you 48 hours to watch a rented movie after starting it

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Apple has extended the period of time that customers have to finish (or rewatch) a rented movie to 48 hours. That’s up from the previous limit of 24 hours, as MacRumors noted earlier today. The clock starts when you begin watching rented content; you still have 30 days to hit the play button. Movies can be rewatched as many times as you’d like — or can fit in — during the 48-hour window.

The extension comes just as Apple launches the Apple TV 4K set-top box, which is capable of playing 4K HDR films from the iTunes Store and other providers. However, when rented from Apple, 4K titles can only be streamed and not downloaded locally; 1080p movies can be downloaded, and Apple says that some “HDR and Dolby Vision versions” of movies might be…

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Making a Gun Without a 3D Printer

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Around four years ago the world was up in arms over the first gun to be 3D printed. The hype was largely due to the fact that most people don’t understand how easy it is to build a gun without a 3D printer. To that end, you don’t even need access to metal stock, as [FarmCraft101] shows us with this gun made out of melted aluminum cans.

The build starts off by melting over 200 cans down into metal ingots, and then constructing a mold for the gun’s lower. This is the part that is legally regulated (at least in …read more

Google launches crowdsourced TV show and movie reviews, but only in India

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 Google has added a new feature that allows web users to contribute their own movie and television reviews right within Google search results – a step towards the possible implementation of Google’s own Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB-like reviews service. But before you get too excited about this, be aware that the feature is currently only available in India. The addition was first spotted… Read More

Hackaday Prize Entry: HaptiVision Creates a Net of Vibration Motors

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HaptiVision is a haptic feedback system for the blind that builds on a wide array of vibration belts and haptic vests. It’s a smart concept, giving the wearer a warning when an obstruction comes into sensor view.

The earliest research into haptic feedback wearables used ultrasonic sensors, and more recent developments used a Kinect. The project team for HaptiVision chose the Intel RealSense camera because of its svelte form factor. Part of the goal was to make the HaptiVision as discreet as possible, so fitting the whole rig under a shirt was part of the plan.

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One Video: Wreath by Perfume Genius

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Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video — maybe you have a deadline, a hungry pet, or other grown-up concerns. In consideration of your schedule, Lizzie and Kaitlyn bring you a series called One Video. Each week we’ll tell you “one video” you need to watch, why, and for how long.

This week’s video: “Wreath” by Perfume Genius

Kaitlyn: Sometimes you have to look around you and admit that the pickings are slim: a video where Fergie is singing in a weird new whispery Britney voice and Kendall Jenner appears to be starring in a TJ Maxx ad. An entry…

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Martin Scorsese is MasterClass’ newest online instructor for aspiring filmmakers

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MasterClass, a startup that offers specialized instruction from celebrities in various industries, has now added Martin Scorsese to its roster.

For $90 you can take a general filmmaking class with one of the most critically and commercially successful directors of the last 40 years. Or, as MasterClass CEO David Rogier boasts in a press release, “Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers of all-time… This is a once in a generation opportunity.” That’s some pitch.

Scorsese isn’t the first high-profile filmmaker to teach a course on MasterClass. Werner Herzog taught a “principles of filmmaking class,” Aaron Sorkin led a screenwriting class, and Hans Zimmer put together a course on scoring films. Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, and…

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iTunes finally offers 48-hour rentals in the US

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 Praise the Apple gods. If you rent a movie on iTunes in the U.S., you now have 48 hours to start watching and finishing it. And you can watch the movie as much as you want during that 48-hour window. As always, you have 30 days to start watching the movie. iTunes has previously offered 48-hour rentals elsewhere throughout the world, but the rules were different in the U.S. Up until now, you had… Read More

TC’s Original Content podcast watches the Emmys and goes to Disrupt

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 This week, we’re mixing up the format on TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast. Your hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha were both at the Disrupt SF conference this week, which meant that they were able to record the news recap in person. We discussed Hulu’s big victories at the Emmy Awards, other Emmy wins for Netflix and Hulu and CBS’ new Star Trek series,… Read More

Hardware and craft cabinet – great for makers

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My daughter and I have a nice little home makerspace going, but we have been storing all of our components (resistors, capacitors, solder, arduinos, raspberry pis, etc) in plastic boxes stacked into a larger box, which makes it hard to find what we need. It was time to get a cabinet, and this one is perfect, with 44 clear sliding drawers. It’s only about 6-inches deep, which is a good thing because it doesn’t take up a lot of room on our worktable. I bought it through Amazon’s Warehouse for $23. An unopened box version is $28.

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