Using Gmail with OAUTH2 in Linux and on an ESP8266

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One of the tasks I dread is configuring a web server to send email correctly via Gmail. The simplest way of sending emails is SMTP, and there are a number of scripts out there that provide a simple method to send mail that way with a minimum of configuration. There’s even PHP mail(), although it’s less than reliable.

Out of the box, Gmail requires OAUTH2 for authentication and to share user data, which has the major advantage of not requiring that you store your username and password in the application that requires access to your account. While they have …read more

The music videos from 2017 that we most need you to watch

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Welcome to a very special installment of the beloved Verge column One Video, with Kaitlyn and Lizzie. Every week of 2017 — or, technically, since February 3rd, when we had the idea — we’ve been sifting through the slew of music videos that hits the web and selecting the one (or occasionally two, or occasionally zero) that we absolutely need you to watch. Now the year is over, so we’re looking back at dozens of weeks of our own picks, and scraping the sides of the pan for whatever we may have missed along the way. It’s the season of reflection, so we’re complimenting ourselves on a sifting job well done, and we’re making plans to get better in the New Year.

As you know, here at One Video, we’ve never cared much about “good,” best, or…

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Friday Hack Chat: Eagle One Year Later

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Way back in June of 2016, Autodesk acquired Cadsoft, and with it EagleCAD, the popular PCB design software. There were plans for some features that should have been in Eagle two decades ago, and right now Autodesk is rolling out an impressive list of features that include UX improvements, integration with MCAD and Fusion360, and push and shove routing.

Six months into the new age of Eagle, Autodesk announced they would be changing their licensing models to a subscription service. Where you could pay less than $100 once and hold onto version 6.0 forever, now you’re required to pay $15 …read more

Google now offers discounted tours and activities for bundling vacation packages

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Google’s updating its flight and hotel booking feature with suggestions on whether itineraries are a deal. The company says it will start using machine learning to evaluate flight and hotel prices compared to past bookings to let consumers know if it’s best to book now or wait. Sites like Kayak or Skyscanner currently offer similar features.

New to Google Trips is also the ability to track hotel prices by email. Previously, Google only allowed you to opt into tracking flight prices. The service will also begin selling tour and activity tickets to round out a trip package, offering discounts for bundling flights, hotels, and activities together in one booking. To book, however, you’ll be taken to a third-party vendor like Expedia or…

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Google adds price tracking and deals to Google Flights, Google Trips and hotel search

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 Google today is expanding its booking features for travelers using Google services including Trips, Flights and hotel search, with a focus on helping people find better rates. For example, Google can now tell you the best time to buy an airline ticket or see when room rates are higher, among other things. These price-tracking features are similar to those that some other travel services,… Read More

Assembla’s new iOS app lets developers manage their repos on the go

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 Software development isn’t exactly something that naturally lends itself to mobile. Who, after all, wants to code on a virtual keyboard and a small screen. But you don’t need to be bound to a desktop or laptop to manage your code or to compare the latest revisions of a file while you’re on the go. It’s maybe no surprise then that Assembla, a cloud-based enterprise… Read More

A new version of Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch rival, hits iOS and Android

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 Microsoft today is officially launching a new version of its Mixer mobile gameplay streaming app, its Twitch rival. The app, which is initially available on Android with iOS arriving soon, was first introduced into beta testing this fall, with a focus on improvements to its overall user experience, content discovery, performance and personalization features. For example, the beta build… Read More

Snap releases Lens Studio, a tool for creating your own AR effects

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Snap’s second official app is a tool that lets you design and build augmented reality lenses for Snapchat. The company today announced Lens Studio, a design app for Mac and Windows desktop computers. The app, which resembles the internal tools Snap uses to build lenses in Snapchat, can be downloaded here. (The link was not immediately live this morning.) A flood of new AR objects inside Snapchat could be a creative boon for the app, where 70 million users a day interact with lenses.

“This has been an amazing year for AR as a technology,” says Eitan Pilipski, who leads Snap’s camera platform team. “We’re really excited to take this tool, and make it as simple as possible for any creator out there to have a presence on Snapchat.”

The move…

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Canary’s home cameras can now detect people and send more useful notifications

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Both the Canary and Canary Flex home security cameras are being updated with a new, AI-driven feature today: person detection. Now, users will receive notifications that specify when a person has been seen by either of the devices. That’s certainly more useful than the standard “activity detected” alert, which can be triggered by pets or other movements in the home.

Person detection is available to both free and subscription customers, and Canary claims that none of its major competitors include this feature for free. (That bit of generosity can also be read as another attempt by Canary to charm its free-tier users after the company had to back away from planned changes that angered them.)

But person detection isn’t (yet) smart enough…

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Snapchat launches augmented reality developer platform Lens Studio

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 Snapchat is finally opening up so outside developers can help it offer infinite augmented reality experiences beyond those it designs in-house. Today Snap launches the Lens Studio AR developer tool for desktops so anyone can create World Lenses that place interactive, imaginary 3D objects in your photos and videos. But brands, news publishers, and developers will have to promote their own… Read More

Instacart promotes Sarah Mastrorocco to new position of VP of Business Development

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 Instacart is going through some growing pains right now, with Amazon buying Whole Foods this summer and target picking up Alabama-based Shipt in the last week. But growing pains come for a reason — the on-demand grocery delivery platform is getting bigger, just recently signing a deal with the third-largest grocery retailer in North America, Albertsons. Primary credit for that goes to… Read More

CamSoda rolls our WebRTC for truly portable cam activities

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 They say the adult industry usually leads the way with new technology and CamSoda [NSFW LINK], a NSFW cam site, is no exception. The site, which connects models in various states of undress with viewers in similar states of undress, is now supporting WebRTC transmission thereby allowing cammers and viewers alike to stream via mobile phone. The mission is simple: CamSoda wants to let… Read More

Truly Terrible Dimensioned Drawings

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I’m in the planning stages of a side project for Hackaday right now. It’s nothing too impressive, but this is a project that will involve a lot of electromechanical parts. This project is going to need a lot of panel mount 1/8″ jacks and sockets, vertical mount DIN 5 connectors, pots, switches, and other carefully crafted bits of metal. Mouser and Digikey are great for nearly every other type of electrical component, but when it comes to these sorts of electromechanical components, your best move is usually to look at AliExpress or DealExtreme, finding something close to what you need, …read more

The Zombie Rises Again: Drone Registration Is Back

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It’s a trope of horror movies that demonic foes always return. No sooner has the bad guy been dissolved in a withering hail of holy water in the denoeument of the first movie, than some foolish child in a white dress at the start of the next is queuing up to re-animate it with a careless drop of blood or something. If parents in later installments of popular movie franchises would only keep an eye on their darn kids, it would save everybody a whole lot of time!

The relevant passage can be found in section 1092(d) of the National …read more

90 Seconds on The Verge: The End

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“I hope they are watching. They’ll see. This is my gift. My curse. And for a moment, I thought we were in trouble. I do wish we could chat longer, but… I’m having an old friend for dinner. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Now we are free. I will see you again, but not yet. Not yet. And like that… poof… they’re gone. Good night, and good luck.” (Final production notes)

Redbox launches a new on-demand streaming service

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Redbox has launched a new on-demand streaming service, which will allow users to buy and rent digital movies and TV shows. Redbox is best known for physical DVD and Blu-ray rentals found at its bright red kiosks. On Demand is now in public beta and will offer many of the same new-release movies and shows that are available at kiosks, the company says. The new service isn’t like Netflix or HBO: there are no subscription fees, and customers just pay for each movie or show they rent or buy. It’s basically a competitor to iTunes and Google Play.

“We know consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to subscription streaming services, but no other brand is as closely associated with new-release movies as Redbox,” said Galen Smith, CEO of…

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Pandora’s free users can now listen to music on demand after they watch an ad

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Pandora will now let its ad-supported and Plus users listen to music on demand, after watching a 15-second pre-roll ad. The move, which is a major change for the company’s 72 million users who don’t pay $10 a month for Pandora Premium, gets Pandora’s newest service in the hands of every user, and could help shift a large portion of that user base into paid users, much like Spotify’s free tier has done. Previously, Pandora’s ad-supported and Plus users could only listen to radio stations based on artists or songs they liked.

When users search for a specific album, artist, or song, they will be given an option to view a 15-second video ad to unlock a free Pandora Premium session, allowing them to listen to anything they choose on the…

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This soothing, intricate puzzle game will make you feel like a genius

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The first time Gorogoa truly clicks is revelatory. The puzzle game is simple at a glance: you’re presented with a grid of four squares, and you can move cards around on those squares. Each card depicts a scene or an object, with hand-drawn art of everything from sunlit parks to elaborate stained glass windows. In some instances, you can manipulate these cards by zooming in or panning the image around.

But the real magic happens when the cards interact with each other. The big moment for me came when I shifted three cards around, placed in just the right spots and set on just the right image, to create an interconnected scene. When it locked in, a bird on one card flew past a tree branch on another and knocked an apple into a bowl. I felt…

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Why Horizon Zero Dawn is my game of the year

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It’s been a shockingly packed year for great new video games. Over the course of the last 12 months, it seemed like there was never really a pause, or a moment when there wasn’t something interesting to play. To celebrate, this week Verge staff will be publishing essays on their favorite releases of the year, the games that spoke to us personally. Expect to see a new one each morning, culminating in a list of our collective 15 favorite games of 2017 on Friday. You can keep up with it all right here.

Playing Horizon Zero Dawn for the first time was a good reminder that I’m an idiot.

It had been less than two years since I watched Guerilla Games unveil its latest project at an E3 2015 press conference. Watching that first six-minute video…

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