Wireless Headphone Hack Dangles Batteries Like Earrings

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Koss Porta Pro headphones are something of a rarity in the world of audio gear: they’re widely regarded as sounding great, but don’t cost an exorbitant amount of money. Since the line was introduced in 1984, they’ve been the go-to headphones for those who don’t subscribe to the idea that you should have to take out a loan from the bank just to enjoy your music.

[Jake Bickhard] is a confirmed Porta Pro disciple, owning enough pairs of them that he’s cagey about confirming how many are actually kicking around his home. The only thing he doesn’t like about them …read more

LG’s Q7 phones are an upgrade to its midrange Android offerings

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LG has been making a midrange Android phone lineup for some time now, but now it’s being refreshed with today’s announcement of the Q7 series.

There are a few additions to the Q7 phones that are not only noteworthy but unusual on anything but a flagship phone, like its 5.5-inch FHD+ full-screen display with an 18:9 aspect ratio (2160 x 1080 / 442ppi).

The Q7 family consists of the Q7a, Q7, and Q7+, with a 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage standard on the first two. The latter is upgraded to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Chipsets range from a 1.5 GHz octa-core on the first two models to a 1.8GHz octa-core on the Q7+. Both standard Q7 and the Q7a have rear-facing 13-megapixel cameras, and the Q7+ gets a 16MP sensor. For selfies, the Q7+ and…

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Amazon’s Alexa will be preloaded on Acer’s new laptops

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Hopefully you’re a fan of Alexa because Acer is planning to roll out Amazon’s virtual assistant across its PC lineup. The first systems with built-in Alexa include the Aspire 5, Nitro 5 Spin, Spin 5 (both 13-inch and 15-inch versions), Spin 3, and the Switch 7 “Black Edition.”

With this first group of systems, Acer is essentially blanketing the feature across the types of PCs it makes, including gaming, tablet convertibles, ultrabooks, and thin-and-light models.

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Alexa on Windows laptops will work the same as any other Alexa-compatible hardware. You can ask about the weather, handling your schedule, managing smart home devices, and more. I’d take Alexa over Cortana any day, but Acer and other PC…

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The ASUS Z370-I Gaming Review: Mini-Me Mega Motherboard

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The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming is one of the major Mini-ITX options for Intel’s latest Coffee Lake processors. ASUS has a good history of building substantial Mini-ITX offerings, particularly with the ROG Impact line, however it is the Z-series mainstream Mini-ITX models that are the more cost effective option. For this generation, ASUS is combining dual M.2 slots, USB 3.1, EMI shielded audio and Wi-Fi on this small square platform. In this review we put it through its paces.


Start building apps with this 30-hour Python training

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Few programming languages boast the versatility and user-friendliness of Python, which is why it’s the first language of choice for many aspiring programmers. Regardless of your experience level, you can take the first step to becoming Python-savvy with the Python 3 Bootcamp Bundle, available in the Boing Boing Store for $35 this week.

Featuring more than 30 hours of content spread across nine courses, this collection is designed to teach you the fundamentals of working with Python, as well as some of its most important tools, such as Scrapy, Spicy, and Numpy. You’ll explore core concepts, like branching, loops, functions, and exception handling, and refine your knowledge as you learn how to write programs using real applications.

The Python 3 Bootcamp Bundle was on sale for $41, but it’s available in the Boing Boing Store this week for $35.

Huawei’s Matebook X Pro is now available in the US, starting at $1,200

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Huawei’s Matebook Pro X is finally bringing its tiny bezels and wild, pop-up keyboard webcam to the US today, for either $1,199.99 for the base model or $1,499.99 for the more powerful configuration.

On paper, those are some seriously good prices for the hardware Huawei is offering in the Matebook Pro X. Both models offer the same 13.9-inch, 3000 x 2000 touchscreen display that Huawei claims offers a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. Port-wise, there’s a USB-C port, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and a legacy USB-A port, along with a headphone jack, and of course, the much-discussed pop-up camera disguised as a key on the keyboard.

As for internal specifications, the $1,199.99…

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LG’s G7 ThinQ will cost more than a Galaxy S9 on T-Mobile

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LG’s latest flagship, the G7 ThinQ, will be available for preorder at T-Mobile starting this Friday at 8AM ET. T-Mobile is also offering the phone in an exclusive raspberry rose color.

The G7 ThinQ will cost $750, or $30 down and $30 a month on an installment plan. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S9 only costs $720 at T-Mobile. The phone is coming to all brick-and-mortar T-Mobile stores on June 1st.

Sprint and Verizon don’t have pricing information available yet, and AT&T will not be carrying the G7 ThinQ since it’s going to launch another LG device exclusively this summer.

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Foley artists share how they make sex noises

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A nasty comedy short depicting a foley artist fisting a jar of mayo to make sex noises for the movies was not far off the truth. Sometimes. Rebecca Pahle:

“Stay away from gooey, wet sounds, because it usually doesn’t contribute to the scene and make it romantic,” cautions Goro Koyama, whose Foley credits include Blade Runner 2049 and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. “Unless they’re trying to make it sound gross” — in which case a wetter, more gooey sound, like the Foley artist manipulating half a grapefruit with their hands, may be called for.

CSS: :before and :after

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The CSS :before and :after properties are what are also known as pseudo elements. They are used to add something before or after the content of an element. There are a lot of great uses for these pseudo elements, and we are here to explore some of them.

The Syntax

If we have an element like this one:

The best Abba album tracks

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There’s no point buying Abba albums instead of the Greatest Hits, the conventional wisdom goes, because the albums were just commercial vehicles for the blockbuster singles. Not so, declares The Quietus, which presents fifteen “phenomenal album tracks that prove the superlative Swedes were much, much more than a singles band.

Embedded above is “Arrival”, from the album by the same name, a glimpse into a world where Abba was Sweden’s Mike Oldfield.

Ditch The Tapes, Put An Android In Your Deck

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While we here at Hackaday never question why an individual took on a particular project, it surely doesn’t stop our beloved readers from grabbing their pitchforks and demanding such answers in the comments. Perhaps no posts generate more of this sort of furore than the ones which feature old audio gear infused with modern hardware. In almost every case the answer is the same: the person liked the look and feel of vintage hardware, but didn’t want to be limited to antiquated media.

That sentiment is perhaps perfectly personified by the TapeLess Deck Project, created by [Artur M?ynarz]. His creations …read more

Samsung’s Galaxy S Light Luxury is a budget S8 for China

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A lite version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been rumored for some time now, and the new device has officially been launched in China, as spotted by SamMobile. Instead of being known simply as the Galaxy S8 Lite, Samsung has opted for a mouthful of “Galaxy S Light Luxury.” The new phone is a trimmed down version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8 device specs wise, but still retains the same design, physical Bixby button, and awkwardly positioned fingerprint scanner.

The 5.8-inch “infinity” display has a 18.5:9 aspect ratio and FHD+ resolution, and inside there’s a Snapdragon 660 chip (the S8 has a Snapdragon 835 chip), 4GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. The front camera and rear cameras boast 8 megapixels and 16 megapixels respectively, and…

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Launch with TechCrunch in the Startup Battlefield competition at Disrupt SF 2018

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Hey, this message goes out to all you early-stage startup founders with the drive and determination to take your company all the way to the land of the unicorns. Now’s the time to apply to TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield competition — the world’s best start-up pitch competition going down at Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7. If you require […]

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