Cloudflare is protecting the internet using groovy lava lamps

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Cloudflare has a unique way of protecting a huge portion of the world’s internet. They call it their Wall of Entropy; a wall lined with lava lamps that are being filmed with a camera. That data is then converted to numbers jumbled up with a couple other sources of randomness in other parts of the world, like a Geiger counter and a chaotic pendulum, and is then fed into an algorithm with… Read More

Original Content podcast: We welcome the reign of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

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 Marvel’s Black Panther officially opens today, but TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha have seen it already. Darrell and Anthony are both comic book nerds, and the latest episode of the Original Content podcast includes plenty of discussion about how the latest movie fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But Black Panther isn’t just for hardcore comic geeks, so… Read More

Repairs You Can Print: Better Cable Splicing With 3D Printed Parts

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A while back, [Marius] was faced with a problem. A friend of his lives in the middle of a rainforest, and a microphone was attacked by a dirty, greasy rat. The cable was gnawed in half, and with it went a vital means of communication with the outside world. The usual way of fixing a five- or six-conductor cable is with heat shrink, lineman’s splices, insulating tape, and luck. [Marius] needed something better than that, so he turned to his 3D printer and crafted his own wire splice enclosure.

The microphone in question is a fancy Jenal jobbie with a …read more

Apple resumes sales of Belkin’s $40 iPhone X screen protector after recall

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Apple has once again started selling Belkin’s $40 “InvisiGlass Ultra” iPhone X tempered glass screen protector in its stores and online after customer complaints prompted a recall in late December. The thin sheet of glass was found to crack far too easily during regular daily use of the iPhone, which led to an avalanche of angry customers. Paying 40 bucks for a screen protector is a questionable choice even in cases where it lasts; plenty of companies on Amazon are selling these things for under $10 — and often give you several of them in the package.

As MacRumors notes, there’s now a revised Belkin model that’s slightly thicker (0.29mm as opposed to 0.21mm). Will that make the difference? Who knows. Belkin’s version of the InvisiGlass…

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Retrotechtacular: AM Radios, Core Memory, And Color TV, What Was Hot In Chips In ’73

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As part of writing tech stories such as those we feature here at Hackaday, there is a huge amount of research to be done.  We trawl through pages and pages of obscure blogs, videos, and data sheets. Sometimes we turn up resources interesting enough that we file them away, convinced that they contain the nucleus of another story at some point in the future.

Today’s topic of entertainment is just such a resource, courtesy of the Internet Archive. It’s not a video as we’d often provide you in a Retrotechtacular piece, instead it’s the February 1973 edition of the Fairchild …read more

This Stranger Things-style adventure game is an overwhelming blast of nostalgia

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There’s a certain breed of entertainment that manages to be nostalgic for a particular era, while still transcending that allure to become a wonderful spectacle on its own. For all of the Ghostbusters and Clash references in Stranger Things, it’s still a tense sci-fi thriller unto itself. The same goes for the excellent comic series Paper Girls, or the Black Mirror episode “San Junipero,” both of which use the time period as a jumping-off point to explore larger themes about technological advancement.

Crossing Souls is a new 2D action / adventure game that launched this week on PC and PS4, after being in development for several years. It doesn’t quite reach those lofty heights: take away its synth-heavy soundtrack and copious ‘80s…

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Essential made an Amazon-exclusive version of its phone with Alexa preinstalled

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Yesterday, Essential revealed three limited-edition colors of the Essential Phone — Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black. And today the company has announced one final new version of its first smartphone: an Amazon-exclusive “Halo Gray” color that comes with the Alexa app preinstalled.

The Halo Gray model is pretty similar to the Stellar Gray version announced yesterday, with the same exact matte black ceramic but…

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Ikea shares early look at its portable party collection with Teenage Engineering

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Last year, Ikea announced it was collaborating with Teenage Engineering to create a line of products called FREKVENS (which translates to “frequency”) “in order to throw a really good music party wherever you are.” Now, Ikea has just shared the first look on Instagram of some final prototypes for the collection, which is set to come out early next year.

Inspired by the idea of having everything at your fingertips to spontaneously throw a party, Ikea says that when FREKVENS is released, it should include an electronic choir, turntable, party lighting and more. “When you are younger, you usually come up with the idea of a party the same day,” says Jesper Kouthoofd, head of design and CEO at Teenage Engineering. “For us, it is about finding…

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Essential Phone’s new ‘Halo Gray’ color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

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 The Essential Phone is currently in the midst of being rolled out in a range of new colors, including three that will be released excessively on Essential’s own website, with a staged release schedule that began Thursday. On Friday, however, Essential revealed a surprise fourth new color, “Halo Gray,” which will be exclusive to Amazon and which is now available to… Read More is an insurance aggregator without all the clutter

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 French startup lets you find and compare all sorts of insurance products without having to enter all your personal information. While insurance aggregators are nothing new, they usually ask you for your email address, phone number and more. And chances are those companies are going to spam you with offers.
But has a different approach as you don’t have to enter any… Read More

The ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe Motherboard Review: Onboard OLED and WiGig

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Sitting at the top of ASUS’ consumer-focused motherboard line for X299 is the ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe. In the past, ASUS’ ‘Deluxe’ line-up has attempted to emulate the status of the Mercedes S-Class but in motherboard form: showcasing new technology that may eventually filter down into where the bulk of the market sits over the next 3-5 years. The newest X299-Deluxe thus comes with a few of those technological features, such as WiGig and an informational OLED display, but also comes with onboard U.2 and a bundled Thunderbolt 3 add-in card. The Prime X299-Deluxe is the most expensive X299 motherboard we have tested to date.

My interview with Nelson Dellis, USA Memory Champion

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My guest this week on the Cool Tools Show is Nelson Dellis. Nelson is one of the leading memory experts in the world, traveling around the world as a Memory Consultant and Keynote Speaker. A four-time USA Memory Champion, mountaineer, and Alzheimer’s disease activist, he preaches a lifestyle that combines fitness, both mental and physical, with proper diet and social involvement.

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Show notes:

Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer Jacket

“I like to climb, I’m a big climber, and through my charity I do a bunch of big expeditions. So I’ve been up Everest a few times … where you’re dealing with the elements, trying to stay warm and not get cold in different circumstances. You’re trying to find the perfect gear that’s not too heavy and gets the job done. So I’ve experimented with a bunch of stuff, and in 2016 I was on Everest, and I was introduced to this jacket … and I haven’t stopped using it since. It’s just this really lightweight kind of down jacket that folds up super small, it’s super light, and it just has so many different uses. I wear it kind of in between layers, on top of layers, it just stops the wind and just keeps you toasty.”

Peak Design Anchor Links for Camera Straps

“I love taking video of when I travel, when I climb, even for some of my memory videos, I’m shooting them on the go, interviewing people or trying to get a shot while I explain something and sometimes, I like to go really hand-held to get these angles or to just be run and gunning. Other times, I just have to have it’s strapped around my neck and I’m doing something else, holding something else. So, I kind of go in-between those things and I’ve always hated Canon straps that have these double loops that take like, 10 minutes to sit down and fish them through the little loop and all that stuff and I think the Sony’s DSLRs, which I’ve played with too, have these really annoying kind of clips that make noise if you keep them on, so people take them off … this little kind of contraption is basically getting rid of you ever having to do that again … they don’t bother the camera at all, but you can just latch on when you need the strap or not and it’s awesome for dealing with that kind of stuff.”

The Memory Palace Technique

“This technique supposedly was invented by the Greeks thousands of years ago and has been used to memorize massive poems and legions of armies’ fighters names and it’s something people had to use back in the day to store information … The technique works around something that our brains are really good at, which is one, thinking in pictures. … The second step is to take advantage of what our brains are also good at, and that is spatial information. We’re very spatially aware. Our brain is very good at kind of scanning areas and keeping that information within our heads without really trying. And so, if you think about your house for example, close your eyes and picture yourself standing at your front door. I guarantee you, 99.9% of people listening could close their eyes and walk through their whole house without even trouble, right? … So, if you can take those two things, thinking in pictures and using your house or some place familiar, the spatial information that’s already memorized in your mind, you can actually memorize really large amounts of things, and this is the memory palace … Let’s say you’re memorizing all 45 presidents … You would come with a picture for each of the Presidents’ names. So, like, Taft could be a raft, because you’d actually picture a raft, right? Wilson could be a tennis ball, right? Because you think of Wilson tennis, right? Trump’s face is actually memorable, or you could think of an orange … So, you have a picture for each of those things and then what you do is you place the pictures in order, because you want to know the presidents in order, around a path through the place that you’re using as your palace. … So, maybe your picture for Washington is a washing machine filled with a ton of clothes and you picture that washing machine kind of pushed up against the front door and maybe it’s rattling because there’s a ton of stuff in there, it’s really over-loaded and it’s just shaking, making a lot of scary noises and kind of banging up against the door so much so that maybe even the wooden door is splintering and kind of shattering. So you kind of combine the images and have them interact with the space.”

Art of Memory

“This is something I actually helped create with a few other memory friends and it’s basically a place to train your memory. I use it to practice, of course. Teach others as well, these techniques. Play memory games online against other memory enthusiasts and you can actually create your memory palaces through our software online … So, it’s just a great kind of tool. All memory training related. Great resource for learning techniques, practicing them and developing your systems.”

Also mentioned:

Climb For Memory

3D-Printed Punch and Die Stand up to Steel

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When you think of machine tooling, what comes to mind might be an endmill made of tungsten carbide or a punch and die made of high-speed steel. But surely there’s no room in the machine tool world for 3D-printed plastic tools, especially for the demanding needs of punching parts from sheet metal.

As it turns out, it is possible to make a 3D-printed punch and die set that will stand up to repeated use in a press brake. [Phil Vickery] decided to push the tooling envelope to test this, and came away pleasantly surprised by the results. In fairness, the …read more

Phantom Thread’s Oscar-nominated costume designer on how to tell stories with couture

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There’s a common theme among the films nominated for Best Costume Design at this year’s Academy Awards. You won’t find any superhero costumes or exotic space opera designs. Instead, movies like Beauty and the Beast, The Darkest Hour, and The Shape of Water focus on traditional period designs, using the art of costuming to establish their highly specific worlds and offer insight into their characters.

In the case of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, which is nominated for six Oscars overall, it goes a step further. The story of the strange relationship between couture designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his latest young muse Alma (Vicky Krieps), Phantom Thread is set in the world of 1950s London fashion itself, with the…

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Vergecast: Waymo v. Uber, all software is broken, and the web still lives

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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul welcome senior writer Sarah Jeong to the show for the first time. Sarah was at the federal court in San Francisco for Waymo v. Uber trial and has been reporting on it for The Verge, so she lends us her expertise to explain what was going on between the two companies.

Also, Dieter explains why so much software is broken and also checks the pulse of the open web with this week’s tech headlines.

There’s a whole lot more in between that — like the segment Paul does every week “Fingers are round if you think about it” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

01:06 – HomePods are staining wooden tables with a white ring

06:28 – A ride in a Tesla Model 3

07:34 – The Uber-Waymo trial…

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Barnes & Noble is killing itself

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 I’ve been chronicling the slow demise of B&N for years now, watching the company bleed out, drop by drop, until it has become a shell of its former value. B&N was a cultural center in places without cultural centers. It was a stopover on rainy days in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland and it was a place you could go to get your kids’ first books. That’s mostly over now.… Read More

How Arch Hosting helps you bypass steep web hosting fees

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For many startups and fledgling businesses, web hosting — and the fees associated with it — can take a sizeable chunk out of the company budget and limit growth down the road. But, that’s not to say there aren’t hosts out there who can get your site online while staying within your budget. Arch Hosting is a performance-oriented host that lets you utilize multi-core processors, a lightning fast network, and powerful hardware, and it’s offering lifetime subscriptions plus a one-year domain starting at $24.99.

With Arch Hosting, you’ll receive 2GB of SSD storage space and 500GB of bandwidth for one domain, plus free SSL certificates for all other domains and subdomains. What’s more, Arch Hosting boasts a host of intuitive features, like a drag-and-drop website builder and a Softaculous Script Installer, which allows you to deploy your WordPress, forum, or e-commerce application with a single click. It even keeps your site secure with automated backups.

A lifetime subscription to Arch Hosting and a one-year domain is available today for $24.99. Additionally, Arch Hosting’s business plan nets you 10GB of SSD storage space and 1TB of bandwidth for three domains, all for $44.99.

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