Making an Arduino-based CNC plotter out of a DVD player is as easy as 1, 2, what’s Arduino again?

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ftr0vvqivo3s42b-medium Once, long ago when magazines still existed, I bought a copy of Popular Mechanics. Inside was a guide on how to build a robotic lawnmower. Now this was back in the 1980s so it wasn’t a very complex machine – it basically backed up when it hit stuff – but I was amazed. Being only ten at the time I was unable to build the thing and, now that I’m 40, I still… Read More

Amazon will truck your massive piles of data to the cloud with an 18-wheeler

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dsc06984 Meet AWS Snowmobile, a tractor-trailer for when your big data is just to damn big. The truck houses a container that can store 100 petabytes of data. Real-life data hoarders can contract Amazon to move exabytes of data to the cloud using the new tricked-out trucks. Amazon says that Snowmobile can attach directly with power and network fibre to a data center and move critical information to… Read More

Jerrick, the company that relaunched Omni, unveils a new community publishing platform

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Vocal Rick Schwartz has produced some great, successful movies, includingThe Departed, Black Swan and Gangs of New York. But with Jerrick Media Holdings (founded with former Wall Street executive Jeremy Frommer), he’s shifting his focus to the online world. Schwartz explained the move by saying he’d “noticed that it was harder and harder to get people to go into theaters… Read More

YouTube now supports 4K live-streaming for both 360-degree and standard video

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YouTube now supports 4K live-streaming, allowing content creators to broadcast using high-resolution video in both 360-degree and standard video formats at a rate of 60 frames per second, the company announced today.

The update comes just a few weeks after YouTube added 4K HDR support. Given that standard 4K content is still easier to film and is more accessible than 4K HDR content, it’s a great update for both YouTube creators and viewers. Creators can start live-streaming in 4K today, but if you’re on the viewer’s side and want to know what that’ll look like, YouTube’s partnering with The Game Awards to live stream the entire show under the new format on December 1st at 8:30PM ET.

As more devices with 4K live-streaming support come…

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Alto’s Adventure creator is publishing the beautiful new platformer, Distant

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Alto’s Adventure was one of 2015’s best video games, a meditative snow ride dressed as a snowboard stunt fest. Creators Built by Snowman didn’t release a new game in 2016, but they did announce their new project Where Cards Fall for 2017. And now, they’ve announced a second game for next year, Distant, which the studio will be supporting in a publisher capacity.

Created by Slingshot & Satchel — the game will be the two-person studio’s “maiden” release — Distant is a platformer focused, in the words of Built by Snowman’s Ryan Cash, “on the elegance of movement.”

Killscreen has a nice interview with Cash, announcing the game and explaining the general themes, while still being coy about how…

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Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in December

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The holiday season brings with it surprises and wonder, and that holds true even in the world of online streaming services. Case in point? On December 9th, Netflix will be debuting the second season of Fuller House, just 10 months after the first season was gifted to the universe. It’s a case of millions of fans, having spent 2016 hoping and praying, having their holiday wishes come true. (Or maybe Netflix just wants to distract everyone from the less-than-enthusiastic reception Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life has been receiving.)

But the Tanner family won’t be the only new thing showing up on Netflix. The build team from Mythbusters will be debuting their new show, White Rabbit Project, on the same day, and Netflix will be adding both…

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Using an app that remembers all my digital activity felt like putting my brain in a jar

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Atlas Recall, created by Napster co-founder Jordan Ritter, is what he calls a “juicy” idea.

It remembers everything you do on your computer — or on all of your computers, if that’s how you live your life — and automatically creates a searchable database that can peer into your browser history, your text messages and emails, and just about every major app you can think of, including the Microsoft suite, Slack, most Adobe, Google Docs and Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, and Twitter. The goal is to make it impossible to lose anything in your digital life, eliminating the questions “Where did I see that information?” or “What did I do with that file?” It’s like Finder or Spotlight or Hunchly, but for everything.

It’s easy to set up — you don’t…

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YouTube adds support for 4K live streaming

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A picture shows a You Tube logo on December 4, 2012 during LeWeb Paris 2012 in Saint-Denis near Paris. Le Web is Europe's largest tech conference, bringing together the entrepreneurs, leaders and influencers who shape the future of the internet.        (Photo: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images) YouTube enabled support for 4K video on its site back in 2010, and today it’s bringing that same capability to live streaming. Both standard videos and 360 videos will be able to be live streamed in 4K, the company announced this morning. One of the first live streams to feature the new 4K support is the Game Awards, which kicks off tomorrow at 6 PM Eastern on YouTube.
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Amazon launches Amazon AI to bring its machine learning smarts to developers

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aws-logo Amazon today announced the launch of its new Amazon AI platform at its re:Invent developer event in Las Vegas. This new service brings many of the machine learning smarts Amazon has developed in-house over the years to devs outside the company. For now, the service only makes three different tools available, but the plan is to add more over time. Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy… Read More

Twitter now lets mobile users make their own Moments

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screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-12-32-10-pm Earlier this fall, Twitter opened up access to its storytelling feature “Moments” to all Twitter users, allowing anyone to create their own stories using tweets and photos uploaded to the service. At the time, Moment creation was only available on the web, but the company promised that mobile support would arrive soon. Today, it has – Twitter has announced that the ability… Read More

Zero is a mobile automation app for email addicts

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img_0305 Email apps are a dime a dozen. There are the regular emails apps that come with our phones, there’s Gmail and Spark and there’s 50 others that all offer just about the same thing. Zero is trying something different. Think of Zero as an AI-enabled email system. It reads your messages as they come in and allows you to do all the regular stuff – move emails into trash, snooze… Read More

Google’s original OnHub routers are now 40 percent off

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We’re about a week away from the release of Google’s new Wifi mesh router system. And while the spotlight may be on Wifi as the new toy in town, that doesn’t mean Google has forgotten about its first router experiment, OnHub, which is now available on Amazon for a substantial discount.

The original TP-Link OnHub router is available for $117.49, over 40 percent off its usual $200 price tag (although it’s currently sold out), while the ASUS model is even cheaper, at $105.99. Both of those prices are well below the new Wifi routers, which starts at $129.99 for a single unit, and $299.99 for a pack of three.

Also, Google is updating the OnHub models with support for Wifi’s mesh networking, so if you’re planning on building out a multi-router…

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Gilmore Girls’ depressing, regressive ending: was it fine?

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Netflix’s six-hour Gilmore Girls revival A Year In The Life has been out for five days, and everyone who cared enough to watch it is currently brimming with opinions. The newly produced episodes continued a story that went off the air back in 2007, when President Obama was still Senator Obama, and our favorite fictional reporter, Rory Gilmore, was headed out on his campaign bus. We lived without Rory and her mom, Lorelai Gilmore, for nearly 10 years, and suddenly they were back. Now the series has ended again, possibly for good, and we all have to sort through that as best as we can. So how do we feel about the drive-by that was Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Dazed? Confused? Happy? Drunk? All of it?

Kaitlyn Tiffany: The last words…

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AWS announces FPGA instances for its EC2 cloud computing service

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img_20161130_083641 Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service today announced that it is launching a new instance type with field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The promise of FPGAs is that they are essentially chips that you can reprogram on the fly and tune them for your specific applications, making them faster than traditional CPU/GPU combinations. These new instances will be available in preview today… Read More

Amazon Web Services is rolling out a way to use to use just the GPU power you need

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amazon elastic GPU Amazon is rolling out a new tool for users of its Amazon Web Services that will allow them to essentially use just as much GPU power as necessary without using up a full cluster on Amazon’s EC2 instance types. That means companies can tap into just a sliver of GPU power, or a larger amount, on demand as they need it and pay for that amount. GPUs can run a ton of tasks in parallel and have… Read More

This week in the bloids

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We may be living in a “post-truth” culture where feelings trump facts (and Trump ignores facts) but the tabloids have been living there for years, and this week’s tabloid flights of fantasy are no different.

“Drugs tearing Keith & Nicole Apart,” claims the ‘National Enquirer’ in an exposé about Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban – except the story is about an alleged former drug dealer’s “fears” that Urban is “teetering on the brink of a devastating relapse.” In other words Kieth is still straight and sober as far as the Enquirer knows, and a dubious source who admits not seeing Urban for 15 years is worried. Post-truthism at its finest.

As is the ‘Enquirer’ exclusive proclaiming: “Prince Harry Cross-Dressing Disaster!” Has Britain’s most politically incorrect Royal taken to fishnets and stilettos? No such luck. Though the ‘Enquirer’ claims that Harry is “caught in a shocking cross-dressing scandal,” actually it’s his girlfriend, American actress Meghan Markle, whose “brother” is revealed in photos wearing a dress and fake breasts. Actually it’s Markle’s mustachioed half-brother, and the photo clearly shows he’s wearing the dress for a lark, not as some lifestyle statement. There’s no scandal, and no way that Prince Harry is somehow entangled in it.

“Drugs Driving Kanye Insane!” screams another ‘Enquirer’ headline, claiming that the singer’s hospitalization for “exhaustion” was sparked when “sky-high on booze and a cocktail of drugs.” Based on what? A source claims: “He’s got big problems!” True, but that doesn’t necessarily make his breakdown drug-related. Where are the facts?
Post-truthism has been prevalent in recent political coverage, and this week’s tabloids continue that laissez-faire approach. “Hillary, Bill & Chelsea Indicted!” screams the front page of the ‘Globe.’ What? Did you miss that story in the New York Times or Washington Post? That’s because the Clintons haven’t been indicted. Period. “Clinton Clan’s Going to Prison!” reads the headline above the story claiming the former First Family face “federal fraud and bribery charges” for allegedly using Clinton Foundation funds to finance their own lavish lifestyles. There are certainly serious questions for the Clintons to answer, but predicting the future because of an editorial political stance should hardly be a reporter’s guiding star.

“Muslim Spies in Obama’s CIA!” proclaims the ‘Enquirer’ cover, alleging that 55 “double agents” have been found within the spy agency. Setting aside for a moment the accuracy of this claim, the ‘Enquirer’ seems to have forgotten that these alleged traitors have been uncovered on President Obama’s watch, and that our current president may be happy knowing that he can feed these spies misinformation and keep them isolated. Instead, the ‘Enquirer’ seems to think that this is president-elect Donald Trump’s triumph, and reports: “He’s ready to crush them!” CIA officials allegedly gave Trump a report code-named “Deep Cleanse” designed to flush out double-agents, and a source explains: “They’ve been working on it for months.” In other words, Obama’s administration has been working on it for months. But the Trump-loving ‘Enquirer’ could never praise Obama, so their headline proclaims: “Trump’s Islamic Spy Attack Plan Is A Go!” It’s revisionist history before it even happens – quite a neat trick.

Convicted killer and legendary “wall of sound” record producer Phil Spector “has only six weeks to live” claims the ‘Enquirer.’ Let the countdown begin! Meanwhile, the last time I looked Nick Nolte was still alive, even though the ‘Enquirer’ gave him four weeks to live way back in July. What’s taking him so long?

Among other fact-challenged reports, the ‘Enquirer’ claims that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s adopted sons Maddox and Pax may have to be returned to their biological parents after the celebrity couple’s split, Barack and Michelle Obama are divorcing, and Melissa McCarthy’s marriage is on the rocks because her husband Ben was seen talking with Jennifer Aniston, while the ‘Globe’ claims that Caitlyn Jenner is drowning “in a sea of booze.” Intriguing stories, lacking any evidence, but doubtless written because they just feel right, and that’s what’s important in modern journalism.

Fortunately we have the crack investigative team at ‘Us’ magazine to tell us that Busy Philipps wore it best, Katheryn Winnick (Who she, Ed?) carries mascara, fluffy socks and a Costco card in her Cambridge Satchel Company tote, that Elizabeth Hurley “used to want to be a nun,” and that the stars are just like us: they shop, play soccer, eat nachos and snap selfies. Revelatory, as usual.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are “under pressure,” claims ‘Us’ mag’s cover, stating the obvious, while ‘People’ magazine brings us “Kennedy Secrets” and “What Jackie Really Knew,” revealing nothing that we didn’t know before.

As ever, the ‘National Examiner’ brings us word that alien life is trying to contact Earth, under the headline: “Scientists See the Light, And It’s Coming From E.T.!” It goes on to explain that “mysterious signals from the stars may prove aliens are trying to contact us!” Indeed, light pulses have been detected in the distant universe, which the ‘Examiner’ reports “looks like signals from extraterrestrial intelligence.” Or perhaps they’re not signaling Earth at all? Maybe it’s just a galactic-scale disco strobe light, or the finale of a Hotblack Desiato-fronted Disaster Area concert?

Onwards and downwards . . .

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