The Eurasian Economic Commission approved two mysterious devices for Apple this week, which could be new, yet unseen iPads, as spotted by the French outlet Consomac. Its the first time the EEC, which executes business decisions for the Eurasian Union, has approved Apples devices, so its unclear what devices those model numbers indicate.
Apple is also going to bring several iPad and iPhone devices into Eastern European countries and Russia, with the legislators approval. These iPad and iPhone models have CC and AA prefixes in front of their numbers, which is unusual.
We know very little about the two mystery iPads and what we can piece together is just speculation. In January, a developer found references to an iPad_Modern in…
In my initial testing, the app does work as promised, though it is a little less contextual than Gmails version of the feature. When you set up the app, you can add different modes such as Vacation responder or Urgent sound so the app can detect tones from incoming messages and know how to respond to them. Based on your phone accelerometer, Reply can also tell if…
With so many Android devices out there to choose from, it’s not always easy to find one that’s enterprise-friendly. To help alleviate that problem, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program today. As the name implies, it’s designed to point enterprise IT departments at devices that Google has deemed to be enterprise-ready. Read More
If you own a car or home, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is finding the right insurance plan that’ll cover everything you need and save you some money — but those plans are always changing, and consumers are getting stuck footing a bill they don’t necessarily need, according to Hanno Fichter. That’s why he started Gabi, which gives car and home owners a… Read More
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) have increasingly become an important topic for web developers. If you’ve ever spent any time looking into the subject, it can be… a bit overwhelming. What I hope to do in this article, and the ones that follow is to gently, and slowly, introduce you to the basics of PWAs, what they mean to me, and give you practical advice on how you can start building PWAs today. In the final installment, I’ll share a simple but complete PWA that you can use as a starting off point for your own applications. I’ll also share plenty of resources along the way that can help you learn more.
PWAs are new to me as well, so please let me know in the comments if you think I’ve made a mistake, or perhaps when you simply have an alternative take on the subject matter. Remember that the end goal of all of this discussion is a "Better Web" for your users. A theme you will see me repeat throughout this series is to take baby steps. You don’t need to convert your site over to a "complete PWA" overnight. Every small step you make in improving your app is a good thing. Never forget that!
Ah, the autorouter. Inside every PCB design tool, there’s a function called the ‘autorouter’. This function, when used correctly, is able to automagically lay traces between pads, producing a perfect board in under a minute. The trouble is, no one uses it. We have been told not to trust the autorouters and we hear a lot of other dire warnings about it. The autorouter never works. The autorouter will put traces everywhere. The autorouter doesn’t consider floorplanning, and sometimes you’re going to get traces that go right through the edge of your board. Is avoiding the autorouter sound advice?
Smart home company Nest today announced that a promised Google Assistant update for its Cam IQ security camera has now arrived, which brings Googles voice-based artificial intelligence platform to the indoor version of the camera.
Fans of genre film have probably seen Joel Harlows work, even if they didnt realize it at the time. The longtime makeup designer and MorphologyFX founder got his start on horror films in the 1980s, including two of the Toxic Avenger films, and went on to multiple Oscar nominations (for The Lone Ranger and Star Trek Beyond) and one win (for 2009s Star Trek). Hes worked with Johnny Depp on films from the Pirates of the Caribbean series to Alice In Wonderland to Tusk, and on superhero movies from 2000s X-Men to Green Lantern to Logan. His work includes designing prosthetics and props as he explained to The Verge in a 2017 interview about his extensive work on Logan, Morphology FX is an all-in-one effects shop that operates onsite at…
After Google announced earlier this month that it was going to wrap Nest back into Google’s hardware operation, everyone figured we’d see a bit more overlap between the two. Sure enough, just two weeks later: the Nest Cam IQ Indoor is getting support for Google Assistant. Nest says the app update that lets users toggle Google Assistant functionality should hit sometime today. The… Read More
Just a quick bit of news for those with Nest cams around the house: a new, cheaper Nest Aware (read: the cloud recording service that also gives the camera a bit more smarts) plan is on the way. Nest has long offered two plans: a $10/month plan that lets you store the last 10 days of video history, and a $30/month plan that gave you 30 days of video history. This new plan will cost $5 per… Read More
Qualcomm is ready to show off more about what its Snapdragon 845 system architecture can do for the future of VR. Even as headsets based on the Snapdragon 835 reference design — like Lenovo’s positionally tracked Daydream headset — are just gearing up for their stateside release, we’re already looking to what the future of VR that isn’t tethered to something… Read More
Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest Universitys Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is developing techniques to 3D print human organs for transplant using an individual’s own cells as the “ink.” That way, the transplanted organ won’t trigger the patient’s immune system to reject it as a foreign body. From National Geographic:
(For example,) to create an ear, the printer lays down a pliable, porous scaffold made of hydrogel, a kind of polymer. The scaffold is covered with skin cells and cartilage cells, which grow and fill in the ear-shaped form. The hydrogel eventually biodegrades; after about six months the ear is composed entirely of human cells.
[Matt Obal] had a problem. The local skatepark was too far to skateboard, but close enough to bike. Carrying a skateboard on a bicycle is a rather awkward (and unsafe) maneuver. [Matt’s] answer to the problem is Truck Stop, a bicycle mounted skateboard carrier he developed and is manufacturing himself.
[Matt’s] work on Truck Stop began about a year ago, with his purchase of a 3D printer. He designed a seat back mounted device that secures the skateboard by wedging between the truck and the board itself. The design is printed in PLA and is hollow. Truck Stop’s strength comes …read more
Netflix has released the first look at its upcoming reboot of the classic science fiction TV series Lost in Space, which will debut on the service on April 13th.
The company announced the revival in 2016. The show will keep the premise of the original 1965 show: the Robinson family heads into space to establish a new colony but lands on a different world after an accident. The trailer suggests an updated but retro look for the tech and gear, as various members of the Robinson family board their ship in their space suits, accompanied by narration about the adaptability of humanity. The context suggests that Earth isnt a safe place to live anymore, prompting the efforts to establish a new colony.
With the NFL season now over, players finally have time to focus on their passions and side projects, which can be anything from an externship on Capital Hill to angel investing in startups. Some of these activities are facilitated through the NFL Player’s Association, which actually runs a tech accelerator designed to trade player licensing rights for equity. The accelerator is called… Read More
Comedian Jena Friedman killed it in her recent standup set on Conan. I somehow missed this a couple of weeks ago when it came out. Glad it landed in my feed today.
If you liked this, she’s got a new special on Adult Swim called “Soft Focus with Jena Friedman” that’s hilarious too. Her segment with Gilberto Valle (the “Cannibal Cop“) is simultaneously subversive and awkward. Win-win!
The lathe is known as the King of Machine Tools for a reason. There are very few things that you cant make with one. In fact, people love to utter the old saw that the lathe is the only machine tool that can make itself. While catchy, I think thats a bit disingenuous. Its more accurate to say that there are parts in all machine tools that (arguably) only a lathe can make. In that sense, the lathe is the most fundamental machine tool. Before you harbor dreams of self-replication, however, know that most of an early lathe would be …read more
Every millimeter of space matters when youre trying to build increasingly complex electronics into increasingly tiny packages, and the relatively spacious SIM card has long been an area of frustration for hardware manufacturers. Now, the chip design company ARM may have an answer: an integrated component called an iSIM thats built into the same chip as the processor.
ARM says the iSIM will take up a fraction of a millimeter squared, whereas the current SIM standard Nano SIMs are about 12.3 x 8.8mm in size, not including the hardware usually needed to house them. Not only will that save space, but ARM says itll more importantly save on costs, too: instead of paying tens of cents per card, manufacturers will be paying…