Cellular Connectivity Comes to Microcontrollers With The Spark Electron

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The new Spark ElectronMeet Electron from Spark, the new board that puts GSM cellular connectivity directly on the microcontroller. With its onboard cellular antenna, this diminutive board will offer a huge range of deployment options and alleviate the hassle of using a custom cellular breakout board with your micro controller projects. They’re offering two […]

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The Verge Playlist: Victory for the internet

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It has been a glorious week for the internet. We were perplexed by the color of a (kind of tacky) dress, we got emotionally invested in a high-speed llama chase, a new season of House of Cards is on Netflix, and, most importantly, the FCC has officially voted in favor of Title II classification for the internet. Let’s raise our glasses to Tom Wheeler with this playlist of tracks by supporters of net neutrality and songs that capture the tenacious spirit of the open internet.

If you’re in a revolutionary mood, I suggest you start with “Try Out Your Voice” by Big D & the Kids Table. Revel along with Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It For the Boy,” which I can only imagine was intended to laud Chairman Wheeler. Or maybe just take a cue from…

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Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday

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tinder2014-10 Tinder Plus, the dating app’s first step into the wonderful world of freemium monetization, will launch on Monday for $9.99, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Tinder Plus includes at least one highly requested feature and a few others that are meant to add broader functionality to the service, which essentially boils down the usual online dating experience into a simple… Read More

Star Trek Online game developers are building a digital memorial to Leonard Nimoy

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Everyone’s finding a way to honor Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday at the age of 83. Star Trek Online developer Cryptic Studios has announced that it is building a permanent memorial to Nimoy — and Spock — in the world of the 2010 MMO. Nimoy’s connection to Star Trek Online goes deeper than the sci-fi franchise. The actor did voice work for the game, narrating brief introductions to the MMO’s locales.

Fans of the game will have to wait for regularly scheduled maintenance on March 5th before visiting the virtual memorial. In the meantime, players have found their own way to cope. Active players report that as many as a thousand active users traveled to Spock’s home planet of Vulcan after news of Nimoy’s death broke on…

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Seattle’s police department has a YouTube channel for its body camera footage

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At the end of last year, the Obama administration pledged $263 million dollars in federal funding for police training and body cameras. Since then, cities around the country, from New York to LA, have been testing body cameras in their police forces. But we’ve yet to see what any of that body camera footage actually looks like — until now.

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This could be the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet

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It looks like Huawei is taking smartwatches very seriously. And it must be said, the company has made a very attractive looking smartwatch. As spotted by Droid Life, Two official promo videos for the “Huawei Watch” have accidentally been set live on YouTube ahead of the device’s likely announcement tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Before the videos were released, the watch was pictured in an advertisement at Barcelona’s El Prat airport.

The metal watch has a circular face like the Moto 360. Unlike that device, however, it has an entirely circular display that measures 42mm in diameter. One of the promotional videos reveals that the device has a sapphire display and a stainless steel unibody casing. There is also a…

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TC Makers: We Sample The Goods At The Dogfish Head Brewery

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Dogfish Head Namaste w Ingredients Beer is my favorite food. That means I was especially excited to be able to visit the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE, a palace dedicated to the production of some of the nicest beers around.
Sam Calagione, founder of the company, wanted to make weird beers at his restaurant on the beach. As he got better – and bolder – he began experimenting with all sorts of amazing flavors… Read More

The Weekender: German absurdist art, David Cronenberg, and Pebble’s smartwarch

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Hello fellow weekend-goers, and welcome back to The Weekender. This week, Bill Gates predicts the eradication of certain diseases by 2030, David Cronenberg talks Fifty Shades of Grey, and we examine what’s behind Pebble’s new smartwatch design. We’ll also be setting you up for a stellar weekend back on this terrestrial plane. So sit back and take a journey with us.

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Huawei ad mistakenly reveals new Android Wear smartwatch

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It looks like Huawei has let the cat out of the bag with an advertisement placed at Barcelona’s El Prat airport. The ad, first spotted by Android Central, makes it all but certain that the Chinese phonemaker will announce an Android Wear-powered smartwatch at Mobile World Congress next week.

The device appears to be a slick, metal watch with a circular face like the Moto 360. It’s simply called the “Huawei Watch.” According to the ad, the watch has “classic design and impeccable craftsmanship.” There will be at least three different color and band options: silver with a matching silver metal bracelet, gold with a brown leather band, and a more casual black model.

We’ll likely hear much more about the Huawei Watch come tomorrow, March…

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Beware The Pretty People

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jude-law The tech industry used to be home to a disproportionate number of misfits and weirdos. Geeks. Nerds. People who needed to know how machines worked; needed to take them apart, make them better, and put them back together again. People who existed a little apart from society’s established hierarchy … and often saw that hierarchy as another machine to be deconstructed and improved. Read More

Ad-hoc museums of a failing utopia: the store windows of the last days of the USSR

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Photographer David Hlynsky — American born, Canadian residing, child of Eastern European emigres — took over 8,000 street photos of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, East Germany and Russia, documenting the last days of ideological anti-consumer shopping, now anthologized in an amazing book.
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Taco Bell and Cap’n Crunch are making horrifying milk-filled donuts together

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Taco Bell just announced its newest co-branded menu item, and the result is truly nuts. The fast food taco slinger and Cap’n Crunch are shoving their collective calorie-filled parts together and creating Cap’n Crunch Delights — colorful donut holes sprinkled with mashed bits of cereal.

That Taco Bell thought it was chill to replace sprinkles with cereal is bad enough, but the restaurant chain is also, astoundingly, calling the donut holes a “breakfast item.” The worst, worst part? The donuts are filled with MILK… or some kind of creamy milk product.

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Yet Another Complaint about Python in General, SciPy in Particular

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The context is an ongoing question about optimization — not my strong suit — and the SciPy algorithms for this. See Scipy.optimization.anneal Problems for some additional confusion over simple things.

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The context is an ongoing question about optimization — not my strong suit — and the SciPy…

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