Simulating VR Obstacles with Wheelchair Brakes

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[Joey Campbell] is studying for his PhD at the Bristol Interaction and Graphics Lab, focusing on the interplay between real and virtual objects within the realm of exergaming–“gamercising” where physical motion and effort drives the game. The goal is to make the physical effort seem to correspond with what’s seen on the headset.

[Joey] set up a test rig where an exercise bike’s gears were adjusted based on the terrain encountered, seeking to find out if that realism inspired a greater feeling of immersion. He also provided some test subjects a HUD with their heart rate and other stats, to …read more

My Facebook holiday albums are dead, but what’s going to replace them?

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It used to be a rite of passage after every holiday: grab some photos from the trip, upload them to Facebook, and see what likes and comments they get. Even now, my account is home to a dozen-plus moth-balled albums of this kind. There’s “france 2008” — a failed attempt to hitch-hike around the country that saw a friend and I get less than 100 miles out of Calais; “nepal”, “nepal deux”, and “nepal finarly” — a gap-year trilogy of cliché that spans mountains, monks, and one misjudged mohawk; and “leeds fest ‘07” which is equal parts mud and obscenities.

But, on the way back from my most recent holiday (call it “Hurriedly Organized Week Away, Italy 2017”) it…

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Baidu teams up with Bosch and Continental on self-driving tech

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 Baido has two new German auto industry heavyweights on its side in the race to develop autonomous driving technology. Both Bosch and Continental are now partnered up with the Chinese internet giant to work together on not only automated driving, but also on connected cars in general and mobility services. Both Continental and Bosch are key auto industry suppliers, and this partnership is… Read More

Know who is coming with this WiFi surveillance camera

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The Sinji Panoramic Smart WiFi Camera offers 960p HD real-time streaming and supports up to 128GB of video recording space with a microSD card. Its 165-degree wide angle lens can see everything in a large room, and it will send a notification to your phone every time it picks up new motion. This camera also provides two-way audio communication, just in case you need to scold your dog for digging through the trash, or scare off any uninvited guests.

Multiple Sinji cameras can be viewed from the same app, so you can watch several areas at once for total home surveillance. The Sinji Panoramic Smart WiFi Camera is usually $139.99, but you can get one here for $59.99.

New toolkit makes it easy to drag and drop your own robot

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 The old song tells us that leg bone is connected to the hip bone how are we to know if the articulated cam can connect to the brushless motor? There are, sadly, no songs designed to tell us how to build robots. Luckily CMU’s Ruta Desai has us covered. His project, “Computational Abstractions for Interactive Design of Robotic Devices,” is essentially a robotics toolkit. You see… Read More

Democrats Ask FBI To Probe Reported FCC Cyberattack

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A group of Democratic senators is asking the FBI to investigate an alleged cyberattack on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website earlier this month. In a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe sent Wednesday, the senators asked the bureau to “investigate the source” of the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. “Any cyberattack on a federal network is very serious,” Democratic Sens. Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Al Franken (Minn.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Ed Markey (Mass.), and Ron Wyden (Ore.) wrote. “This particular attack may have denied the American people the opportunity to contribute to what is supposed to be a fair and transparent process, which in turn may call into question the integrity of the FCC’s rulemaking proceedings,” they wrote. In the Wednesday letter to McCabe, the senators asked to be briefed by the FBI on the matter by June 23. “We ask that the FBI prioritize this matter and investigate the source of this attack,” they wrote. On May 8, the FCC claimed that it was a victim of “multiple” DDoS attacks. The alleged attacks occurred after comedian John Oliver spurred millions of Americans to file comments with the FCC in favor of net neutrality. “Many had attributed the website’s slowdown to the volume of comments produced by Oliver’s segment, but the FCC instead blamed malicious actors days later,” reports The Hill.

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$10 off TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender Powerline Edition – Deal Alert

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The AC1200 is a wifi range extender that transmits its signal through your home wiring via your wall outlets, so walls and floors won’t slow it down. Game online and watch HD movies in any room. The powerline adapter is simple to use — it sets up in minutes, plugs into any power outlet, works with all routers, and up to 16 can be added to the same network, making it easy to expand your Wi-Fi across your home. Right now the price on this highly rated wifi extender will be reduced $10 to $99.99 in your shopping cart when you “clip” a special coupon.  See this deal now on Amazon.

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Apply right NOW for the TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off in Tel Aviv

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 TechCrunch is coming back to Israel with a Meetup + Pitch-off in Tel Aviv because everybody had a great time last year. The event will be on June 28 at Trask, between 6-10 p.m. If you want to introduce your startup to the world, compete in the Pitch-Off. It’s a great challenge and applications are open now! All applications must be in by June 6. That’s in five days, so hurry… Read More

WordPress Action Hooks and Filters

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Action hooks and filters are very useful in WordPress. They allow you to "hook" a custom function to an existing function and modify WordPress functionality without editing core files. Here are 10 practical examples of WordPress hooks and filters.

Prevent Automatic Image Compression

By default, WordPress compresses jpg images when you upload them onto your blog. This is useful because it saves bandwidth and loading time, but sometimes you may prefer to have full quality images (for example, if you’re a photographer using WordPress to showcase your work).

Microsoft is now paying people to use Bing in the UK with its Rewards scheme

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Microsoft’s Rewards program is launching in the UK today. Originally only available in the US, Microsoft is now letting British users accrue points for using its Bing search engine. The points can then be transferred to a number of different rewards, including Xbox digital gift cards, Groove Music passes, and Skype credit. Microsoft is also partnering with a number of UK charities so you can donate points to these organizations instead.

Microsoft Rewards works almost identically in the UK as it does in the US. You’ll get 3 points per Bing search, and this is doubled (until August 15th) if you’re using Microsoft Edge. You can obtain a maximum of 30 points per day (60 points using Edge) through searches, or participate in quizzes to gain…

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Former Mozilla CEO raises $35M in under 30 seconds for his browser startup Brave

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 There’s been a whole lot of talk about initial coin offerings (ICO), company fundraising events based around the sale of cryptocurrencies, but not much in the way of action until yesterday. That’s when web browser maker Brave, founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, raised $35 million from its ICO — and it did it in less than 30 seconds, too.
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Current Sink Keeps The Smoke In

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One of the most versatile tools on anyone’s work bench, at least as far as electrical projects are concerned, is a power supply. Often we build our own, but after we’ve cobbled together some banana jacks with a computer’s PSU or dead-bug soldered a LM317 voltage regulator to a wall wart, how will that power supply perform? Since it’s not desirable to use a power supply that’ll let the smoke out of everything it powers (or itself, for that matter) a constant current sink, or load, can help determine the operating limits of the power supply.

[electrobob] built this particular …read more

Logitech’s best mice get better with the MX Master 2S and MX Anywhere 2S

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Logitech’s MX Master and MX Anywhere are considered by many to be some of the best mice for professional work on the market. Today, Logitech announced updated versions of both models in the MX line: the MX Master 2S and MX Anywhere 2S.

Both mice feature improved hardware over their predecessors. The sensor has been upgraded from 1,000 DPI to 4,000, resulting in a faster and smoother tracking experience, and battery life has been nearly doubled from 40 days up to 70. The two mice are otherwise largely similar to the previous version, with the same design, excellent mechanical scroll wheels, and button layouts (although the new black-and-gray color is certainly preferable to the odd black/bronze model from the last generation.)

But the…

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Oregon Man Fined For Writing ‘I Am An Engineer’ Temporarily Wins Right To Call Himself An ‘Engineer’

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Mats Jarlstrom, an electrical engineer fined by the Oregon engineering board for calling himself an “engineer” and talking about traffic lights, has been granted the temporary right by a judge to both publicly call himself an “engineer” and talk about traffic lights. Jason Koebler reports via Motherboard: Last month, Jarlstrom sued the engineering board for violating his First Amendment rights, and Tuesday a federal judge gave Jarlstrom the temporary right to call himself an engineer, pending the results of his case. “Plaintiff Jarlstrom may study, communicate publicly about, and communicate privately his theories relating to traffic lights throughout the pendency of this litigation as long as [his] communications occur outside the context of a paid employment or contractual relationship,” Anna Brown, a federal district court judge for the district of Oregon, ordered. He “may describe himself publicly and privately using the word ‘engineer’ throughout the pendency of this litigation.” Jarlstrom’s attorneys say this is a promising sign and a “critical first step in protecting Oregonians’ First Amendment rights.”

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Walmart is bringing VR instruction to all of its U.S. training centers

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 Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, will soon be using virtual reality to help train its employees on topics like management and customer service. VR instruction will be used at each of the retailer’s 200 “Walmart Academy” training centers in the U.S. by the end of the year, helping educate the estimated 150,000 employees that will go through the program each year.… Read More

Julie Desk, an ‘AI virtual assistant’ that helps you schedule meetings and more, scores €2.5M funding

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 Julie Desk, a French startup that’s developed an AI-driven “virtual assistant” to automate the scheduling of meetings, appointments, and more, has picked up €2.5 million in new funding — money it plans to use to further develop the technology. Backing the company this time around are previous investor SIDE Capital, Entrepreneur Venture, and SAAS Lab. Read More

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