Fortnite maker Epic Games beefs up its Unreal game engine in new update

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After a wildly successful last few months thanks to Fortnite, Epic Games is delivering some substantial new updates to its Unreal game engine which supports a variety of cross-platform titles and experiences. Some features like smoother compatibility on mobile and better support for Switch come directly from the fact that they’ve had to iterate so […]

Asity: Build Universally Reusable Web Fragments on the JVM

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Finally, we are pleased to announce that the 2.0.0 release of Asity is now generally available. Asity is a lightweight abstraction layer to build universally reusable web fragments on the JVM, and web fragment represents a component that receives HTTP request-response or WebSocket connection like a controller in MVC but is able to be compatible with any web framework in the Java ecosystem.

As a web fragment author, you can write a web fragment once and support almost all popular web frameworks in Java, and, as an end-user, you can choose any technology stack you wish and use web fragments without being frustrated by compatibility issues.

Dual Brushed Motor Controller Doesn’t Care How It Receives Commands

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The simple DC brushed motor is at the heart of many a robotics project. For making little toy bots that zip around the house, you can’t beat the price and simplicity of a pair of brushed motors. They’re also easy to control; you could roll your own H-bridge out of discrete transistors, or pick up one of the commonly used ICs like the L298N or L9110S.

But what if you want an all-in-one solution? Something that will deliver enough current for most applications, drive dual motors, and deal with a wide range of input voltages. Most importantly, something that will …read more

Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 6 will let your phone survive 15 drops

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Corning just announced the release of Gorilla Glass 6, emphasizing that it’s more durable than previous models. The company says that the glass will survive up to 15 drops from a one meter height and can be “up to two times better” than Gorilla Glass 5.

“Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops,” said Corning Gorilla Glass vice president and general manager John Bayne in a statement.

As phones get slimmer and have ever sleeker glass displays, reports have appeared that the slimness may actually cancel out the improvements in new iterations of Gorilla Glass, since thinner glass is weaker glass, even if it’s become…

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This 3D-printed origami trap captures delicate sea life without hurting them

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<em>The RAD device capturing a squid in the ocean.</em>

To call someone “spineless” is an insult on land, but in the ocean, it’s simply a sensible lifestyle choice. From jellyfish to octopuses, anemones to sea cucumbers, life under the waves teems with squishy invertebrates. But while these soft bodies are perfectly adapted to the crushing pressures of the ocean, they present a problem for scientists who are hoping to study them. How do you retrieve such delicate organisms without damage?

One answer might lie in the Japanese art of origami. Inspired by the traditional paper-folding techniques, engineers and marine biologists have designed a 3D-printed, 12-sided origami trap that can fold gently around unsuspecting sea creatures. The device (known as the rotary actuated dodecahedron, or RAD…

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Netflix’s Secret City shows how technology is changing spycraft

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In one scene in Secret City, the 2016 Australian series now playing on Netflix, a spy comes to a park with a bag of bread crumbs, feeding birds as a cover for picking up an encoded message. It’s a classic trope, but the twist here is that the spy is picking up a SIM card rather than a note or a whispered message.

The Cold War ostensibly ended with the fall of the Soviet Union, but a new one is heating up, pitting the United States against both China and Russia in an arms race that relies far more on computer programmers than on nukes. In its six-episode first season, Secret City taps into current geopolitical tensions by combining elements of a spy and techno-thriller, following political journalist Harriet Dunkley (Anna Torv of Fringe a…

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A giant, bare-chested Jeff Goldblum statue appears in London

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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park, a 25-foot-tall statue of Jeff Goldblum (as his character in the film, the sexy and shirtless Dr. Ian Malcolm) has been placed at the base of London’s Tower Bridge. The piece is called Jurassic Jeff and it will be on display through July 26.

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

ERRF 18: The Start of Something Great

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For years, the undisputed king of desktop 3D printing conferences has been the Midwest RepRap Festival (MRRF). Hosted in the tropical paradise that is Goshen, Indiana, MRRF has been running largely unopposed for the top spot since its inception. There are other conferences focused on the industrial and professional end of the 3D printing spectrum, and of course you’d find a Prusa or two popping up at more or less any hacker con; but MRRF is focused on exploring what the individual is capable of once they can manifest physical objects from molten plastic.

But on June 23rd, 2018, MRRF …read more

18 PHP Tools for Developers of All Levels

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PHP is a fast scripting language that is ubiquitous with web development. WordPress uses the language as it’s core interface for developers to enhance the platform. It’s relatively easy to learn and is well supported by the development community.

While PHP helps developers create web applications quickly, there is no development environment associated with the language. By contrast, a development environment such as Visual Studio from Microsoft comes with many features available from installation. Visual Studio has features for coding, debugging, and deploying available to developers straight out of the box.

How ‘Mission Impossible’ Made the Leap To 4K and HDR

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In the run up to the release of Fallout, the new movie in the Mission Impossible franchise, Paramount studio re-released the entire Mission Impossible series on 4K Blu-ray last month. The new discs aren’t only a huge upgrade for cinephiles — they’re also a fascinating glimpse at how studios can revive older films for the 4K/HDR era. Engadget: “In terms of any re-transfers or remastering that we are doing for our HDR releases, we will go back to the highest resolution source available,” Kirsten Pielstick, manager of Paramount’s digital mastering group, said in an interview. In the case of Mission Impossible 1 and 2, that involved scanning the original 35mm negatives in 4K/16-bit. As you’d expect, the studio tries to get the original artists involved with any remasters, especially with something like HDR, which allows for higher brightness and more nuanced black levels. Pielstick worked with the director of photography (DP) for the first Mission Impossible film, Stephen H. Burum, to make sure its noir-like palette stayed intact. […] “Our mastering philosophy here is always to work directly with the talent whenever possible, and use the new technology to enhance the movie, but always stay true to the intent of the movie,” Pielstick said. “You’re not going to want to make things brighter just because you can, if it’s not the intent of how you were supposed to see things.” […] “You also have to remember that we’re not putting in anything that didn’t exist on the film [for HD remasters],” Pielstick added. “It was always there we just didn’t have the ability to see it. So we’re not adding anything new, we’re not doing anything to increase those, we’re just able to look at the negative in a much clearer way than we ever could before.”

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Hot Camera Contest: Build A Battery Powered Thermal Camera

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Here’s a challenge for all you hardware hackers out there. Peter Jansen has opened up the Hot Camera Contest on Hackaday.io to use a thermal imaging camera in a battery-powered project.

The challenge here is simple. Use a Flir Lepton thermal imaging camera module in a battery-powered configuration. There’s a catch, though: this is a project to use the Lepton in radiometric mode, where the camera spits out an actual temperature value for each pixel. Yes, this is a documented feature in the Flir Lepton module, but so far very few people are using it, and no one has done …read more

Modded, post-apocalyptic Hot Wheels cars

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Back when I was a teen Car Wars player, one of my great pleasures was kit-bashing toy cars together with arms and armor from tank models to make Mad Max-ish battlewagons to use in our autoduels (a friend with family in the USA used to help us blow up our cars with smuggled in firecrackers to make “battle-damaged” models — pretty much the perfect dangerous, stupid teen boy activity) (sorry, Mom).
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Transforming A Bookshelf Speaker Into A Portable Boombox

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There’s a lot of fun to be had in modernizing an old boombox but what about turning one of those ubiquitous shelf speakers into a portable boombox, complete with a handle for carrying? That’s what [GreatScott] did when a friend gave him a just such a shelf speaker.

These days you’d very likely use your phone as the audio source so he included a 20 watt stereo class D amplifier which could be disconnected at the throw of a switch if not needed. To power the amplifier he used 16 18650 lithium-ion batteries which were leftover from previous projects. He …read more

Chrome OS isn’t ready for tablets yet

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I’ve been banging on for a while now that Android tablets are done for and will be replaced — someday — by Chrome OS tablets. Over the past couple of years, it’s gone from a weird theory that enraged Android partisans to conventional wisdom. This is despite some fairly decent, yet ultimately not very popular, Android tablet offerings from Huawei and Samsung.

That’s all fine in theory — in fact, it’s great, in theory. Chrome OS has the advantage of running a full, true desktop-class browser that is much more capable than Safari on an iPad (or even Edge on a Surface). Combining that power with Android applications and other conventional Android subsystem bits seems like it should be easy. And if you add in the fact that Chrome OS is…

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