Twitch unveils a suite of new tools to help creators grow their channels and make money

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 Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch today announced a number of new features for streamers aimed at helping their grow their online communities and generate revenue from their online channels. Notably, the company will soon debut several features that will allow video creators to better track their path towards achieving either Affiliate or Partner status – a designation… Read More

A motion detecting light for your mailbox

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Last year I bought this mailbox light. You stick it inside your mailbox (it’s got peel-off sticky tape). Two sensors – light and motion – sense what’s happening. If they sense darkness and no motion (door closed) nothing happens. If they sense light and motion (opening the box in the day) nothing happens. If they sense darkness and motion (opening the box at night) the light goes on for a couple of minutes, allowing you to see the mail.

It runs on 3 AAA batteries, which last months. When it is time to change the batteries, just pull on the case to release it from the magnetic back cover (which is attached to the mailbox with the sticky tape).

At 2 for $15 (give one to a friend or install in a cabinet) this is worthwhile convenience.

Hackaday Prize Entry: Two Leg Robot

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If you’re working on your own bipedal robot, you don’t have to start from the ground up anymore. [Ted Huntington]’s Two Leg Robot project aims to be an Open Source platform that’ll give any future humanoid-robot builders a leg up.

While we’ve seen quite a few small two-legged walkers, making a pair of legs for something human-sized is a totally different endeavor. [Ted]’s legs are chock-full of sensors, and there’s a lot of software that processes all of the data. That’s full kinematics and sensor info going back and forth from 3D model to hardware. Very cool. And to top …read more

Cable Bots, Arise! Domination of the Universe is at Hand

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Most CNC robots people see involve belts and rails, gantries, lead screws, linear bearings, and so forth. Those components need a rigid chassis to support them and to keep them from wobbling during fabrication and adding imperfections to the design. As a result, the scale is necessarily small — hobbyist bots max out at cabinet-sized, for the most part. Their rigid axes are often laid out at Cartesian right angles.

One of the exceptions to this common configuration is the delta robot. Deltas might be the flashiest of CNC robots, moving the end effector on three arms that move to …read more

YouTube Red greenlights a Tinder-themed romantic comedy series called Swipe Right

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YouTube Red just greenlit a scripted comedy series about Tinder, Deadline reports. Swipe Right, written by and starring Carly Craig (Role Models), is about a mother and her two daughters navigating app-based dating in different ways.

Swipe Right is inspired by Craig’s real life, according to Deadline. She plays a woman who, frustrated with still being single on her 35th birthday, decides to go on dates with all of her 252 Tinder matches. Her younger sister is bored of being married and wants to start looking for romantic alternatives, while her recently widowed mother also decides to try online dating.

YouTube Red has greenlit several other scripted series recently, including an e-sports comedy from Dan Harmon and a drama series…

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Sneaker and streetwear reseller Stadium Goods just launched their first app

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 Stadium Goods, the online (and brick and mortar) marketplace for highly sought after sneakers and streetwear, is launching its first app. Live today to coincide with the startup’s two year anniversary, the first iteration of the app is basically just a mobile marketplace. But Stadium Goods plans to eventually build out this functionality and take advantage of location services and… Read More

Analyzing Z370 for Intel’s 8th Generation Coffee Lake: A Quick Look at 50+ Motherboards

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The launch of Intel’s new 8th Generation ‘Coffee Lake’ processors for desktops is going to be an interesting one. On one side it redefines Intel’s main product stack and its terminology (in a good way), but the motherboard side is going to get somewhat confusing. The new CPUs are using the LGA1151 socket, as found on the previous generation, but it uses the socket differently, making the motherboards and CPUs incompatible with each other. To get around this issue previously, Intel introduces a new name to help with the separation, but no such luck here. The new platform and socket will be supported by the 300-series chipset, with Z370 being the first member of that product family. In this overview, we perform a visual inspection and analysis on 50+ motherboards from the main motherboards manufacturers.

New gamblers who see a short video about slot-machine psychology don’t get tricked

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Video slot machines pull a lot of tricks to make it hard to tell how fair the game is; one of them is to ring up “wins” that are actually losses (you put in $1 and get $0.75 back, say), with a lot of fanfare and hoo-rah. These tricks are calculated to hook players into the game by stimulating their reward centers with intermittent stimulus, a powerfully addictive combination.
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One Video: Family Don’t Matter by Young Thug

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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: “Family Don’t Matter” by Young Thug ft. Millie Go Lightly

Lizzie: This week, like every week now, has lasted an entire calendar year, except with way fewer music videos than you might expect in that time frame. Taylor Swift dropped another lyric vid,…

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Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone

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 The market for totally wireless earbuds is really maturing fast, with many entries from both new and established companies. Jaybird recently joined the crowd, with its own Run earbuds. The Logitech-owned company has long been a really solid competitor when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, and its Freedom and X-line, and in fact made some of the very first wireless sport earbuds that proved… Read More

This emergency radio and flashlight combo makes a good addition to an emergency kit

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Keeping a stash of emergency supplies doesn’t make you a paranoid doomsday prepper. It makes you a responsible human being that doesn’t want to be totally SOL in a disaster situation. To help you prepare for the unpredictable, this Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight is now on offer in the Boing Boing Store.

This versatile device combines a powerful LED torch with a radio tuner that includes AM, FM, and WB bands for weather updates. Its handheld size won’t take up much space in your backpack or car, and you won’t need to bring extra batteries — this emergency radio comes with a lithium-ion power bank that’s rechargeable via solar panel or built-in hand crank.

Aside from providing power to its light and radio receiver, the battery pack can also be used to charge USB devices. When you’re off the grid, you’ll be able to keep your phone alive with just sunlight and elbow grease.

You can get this Emergency Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight for $18.99 here.

Nearly impossible to destroy large dog chew toy

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Nemo, my Great Pyr, tends to not like chewing on fake stuff. He’s loved this Galileo Nylabone for years, however.

Nylabones cover the spectrum of dog-chew toughness. Puppy softchews are like plastic gel caps to my big dog, This hard bone is barely scored by his massive teeth.

The flavoring seems to last a long time, or Nemo just got used to chewing this bad boy for comfort. Sometimes I’ll put a bit of peanut butter on it, if I just want him to settle down and leave me be.

Nemo is a 120lb chewing enthusiast. This bone, however, holds up.

Nylabone Galileo Original Flavored Dog Chew Toy via Amazon

Garfield cartoonist denies Jon drinks a cup of dog semen in comic strip

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Jim Davis, creator of the lasagna-living Garfield, has finally commented on his infamous May 30, 1990 comic strip in which Garfield’s owner, Jon, appears to guzzle a cup a dog semen at a veterinarian’s office.

From AV Club:

The “Jon drinks dog semen” theory has been floating around since May 30, 1990, ever since eagle-eyed fans noticed that—at the conclusion of a strip where Jon once again futilely flirts with Garfield’s veterinarian, Liz—Jon drinks dog semen. After all, it’s telegraphed right there in the punchline, where, after Jon helps himself to an ostensible cup of coffee, Liz drolly responds, “Congratulations, Mr. Arbuckle. You are going to give birth to a fine, healthy litter of puppies.”

Ignoring the fact that Liz has some pretty mixed-up ideas about the mechanics of animal husbandry for a licensed veterinarian, the intent here seems fairly obvious. What else could possibly be the joke, if not the idea that hundreds of tiny dog sperm are now worming their way through Jon’s digestive tract? Clearly, Liz had just finished jerking a dog off into a coffee cup, and consummate goofball Jon accidentally drank it.

Here’s Jim Davis’ explanation:

“On the farm, we used to give first-calf heifers a high protein supplement to help them deliver healthier calves. The supplement was provided by our vet… I assumed that there would be a similar supplement for dogs. So Jon is drinking a protein-enriched drink formulated for a pregnant dog.

There you have it!”

Supercon Badge Hacking Quick-Start

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The hardware badge Mike Harrison designed for this year’s Hackaday Superconference is begging to be hacked. Today, I wanted to help get you up and running quickly.

The Hacker Village atmosphere of Supercon is starting up a day early this year. On Friday, November 10th badge pick-up starts at noon and badge hacking continues throughout the afternoon, followed by a party at Supplyframe HQ that evening. Plan to get to town on Friday and join in the fun. Of course, you need to grab a Supercon ticket if you haven’t already.

Check out the 2017 Superconference Badge project page for …read more

Nintendo quietly added wireless USB headphone support in the last Switch update

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Along with the ability to transfer save files and capture video, the Nintendo Switch’s 4.0 firmware update seems to have come with a hidden bonus: support for USB-based wireless headphones, via Engadget.

To take advantage of the new feature, simply plug in your headphone’s USB adapter to the USB port on the Switch’s dock, and you’ll be good to go. Enterprising Reddit users are also reporting that the feature works with the Switch undocked, assuming you’ve got a USB Type-A to USB-C adapter to plug your headphone’s dongle into the Switch console itself.

Sadly, the update only adds support for wireless headphones that function over USB; there’s still no support for Bluetooth headphones. Still, it’s better than nothing.

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Pixel 2 review, Vergecast edition

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The reviews are in and everybody just loves the quality OLED component Google picked for the Pixel 2 XL. They really just can’t stop talking about it. And talking? That’s what The Vergecast is for. On this week’s episode, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss the reviews of Google’s new phones. Then The Verge‘s security expert Russell Brandom drops by to explain Krack and four-way handshakes. It’s all the grit and off-axis color shifting of a Pentile display, in podcast form.

02:33 – Pixel 2 review

26:12 – Russell explains Wi-Fi’s Krack vulnerability

39:40 – Paul’s weekly segment “Smells like a competitive foothold in the machine learning market

46:48 – Surface Book 2

52:14 – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Once you’ve had enough OLED talk,…

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Billboard just gave Spotify and Apple Music an advantage in chart counts

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Billboard just announced that it will change the way it counts streams on its charts beginning in 2018. Next year, streams from paid subscription services like Apple Music and “hybrid paid/ad-supported platforms” like Spotify will be given more weight on the charts than streams from purely ad-based platforms like YouTube. Currently, Billboard weighs all of these streams equally, under the umbrella of “on-demand” streams.

The Billboard Hot 100, which charts singles, will continue to take several metrics into account, including subscription streams, ad-supported streams, and “programmed streams” from platforms like Pandora, plus radio play, video streams, and digital sales. The Billboard 200, which tracks albums, will also divide…

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Is Star Trek: Discovery about to copy the twist from The Trouble with Tribbles?

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At first glance, the classic Star Trek: The Original Series episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” and the new series Star Trek: Discovery don’t have a lot in common. One is a lighthearted romp with some critters that are basically designed to be as adorable as possible, and the other is a fairly dark, serious take on Trek in a wartime setting.

But there is one similarity: both shows feature a basic plot of “the Klingons are in conflict with the Federation.” But it’s possible that the two shows may share more in common than just that, if this theory from the AV Club is right.

Spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery and a 50yearold episode of Star Trek below

In Discovery, the primary Klingon antagonist is a Klingon named Voq, played by an…

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Spotify launches a RISE, a new emerging artist program

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 Spotify already has a reputation of being a hitmaker for new artists and other up-and-comers, but now the company is turning its prowess into a product. Today, Spotify announced the launch of RISE, a new program designed to “identify and break the next wave of music superstars,” the company says. The idea here is that Spotify will leverage its platform and its sizable reach… Read More

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