A 100th Birthday Celebration for the Flip Flop

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It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of creation as we’re building our latest widget. By the same token, it’s sometimes difficult to fully appreciate just how old some of the circuits we use are. Even the simplest of projects might make use of elements that were once a mess on some physicist’s or engineer’s lab bench, with components screwed to literal breadboards and power supplied by banks of wet-cell batteries.

One such circuit turns 100 years old in June, which is surprising because it literally is the building block of every computer. It’s the flip-flop, and while …read more

A Canon Lens Adapter for the Game Boy Camera

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Released in 1998, the Game Boy camera was a bit ahead of its time. This specialized Game Boy cartridge featured a 128×128 pixel CMOS sensor and took 4-color greyscale photos. The camera even rotated, allowing for selfies years before that word existed.

The fixed lens on this camera meant no zoom was possible. [Bastiaan] decided to address this shortcoming by building a Canon EF Lens Mount. The resulting build looks hilarious, but actually takes some interesting photos.

[Bastiaan] designed the mount using Rhino 3D, and printed it out on a Monoprice 3D printer. After some light disassembly, the mount can …read more

Lecture videos from MIT’s “The Human Brain” undergrad course

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MIT 9.11, “The Human Brain,” is taught by Nancy Kanwisher, the Walther A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, MIT; Kanwisher is an engaging and lively science communicator and has posted videos of the complete course lecture series for your perusal; her own speciality is neuroimaging, and the introductory lecture is a fascinating (and, at times, terrifying) tale of her colleague’s neurological condition and what she learned from it. (via Four Short Links)

Asus’ new gaming mouse pad has LED lights and a Qi charger for your phone

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The ROG Balteus is Asus’ latest mousing surface. (Obviously, such a masterwork of technology can’t be labeled as a mere pedestrian “mouse pad.”) It’s designed for gamers, and it has the added bonus of an integrated Qi charger.

Aside from the added features, the ROG Balteus also ditches the regular landscape design for a taller portrait layout. Asus says that should help players use their mice more comfortably without having to shift around the mouse pad as much. I’m not entirely sure that’s true, but at 37 centimeters tall (over 14.5 inches) by 32 centimeters wide (around 12.5 inches), it certainly seems like there will be more usable space.

There are actually two versions of the ROG Balteus: a standard version that…

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Computex 2018: the biggest news from the biggest PC show

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Computex in Taipei is the annual gathering spot for the wider PC industry to show off its latest and best innovations. It’s the place to exchange and discuss ideas about the future of personal computing, often used as the launch platform for daring new concept designs and high-spec hype machines. Stay tuned here to be kept informed on all the latest from the 2018 edition of the show, highlighted by Asus’ gamer-centric ROG Phone and Nvidia’s new AI computer dedicated to robotics.

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Google Photos is the next big Google service to get a Progressive Web App

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Google Photos is the latest Google service to get a Progressive Web App version. It’s following in the footsteps of Google Maps Go, which got its own lightweight web app last December, via Android Police.

To set up the Photos Progressive Web App, go to the Google Photos site where you can now add it to your home screen on Android or desktop (assuming you’re using Chrome, of course).

Right now, there isn’t much new in the Progressive Web App version of Photos. There’s no support yet for notifications or offline support, so you’re mostly just getting a glorified link to the Google Photos site. But it’s still early days, and it’s easy to imagine that Google will update the Photos web app with more features that could make it a viable,…

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Rookout releases serverless debugging tool for AWS Lambda

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The beauty of serverless computing services like AWS Lambda is that they abstract away the server itself. That enables developers to create applications without worrying about the underlying infrastructure, but it also creates a set of new problems. Without a static server, how do you debug a program that’s running? It’s a challenge that Israeli […]

Teddy Ruxpin: Navigate to 143 Main Street

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In the United States, TV and radio stations have to give the opportunity of equal airtime to all candidates. In that spirit, we thought we should show you [Jayden17’s] hack that puts Google Assistant into a Teddy Ruxpin. You can see the hacked bear do its thing in the video below.

Teddy was the best-selling toy for 1985 and 1986, and is still available, so over 30 years there are a lot of these hanging around. If you never looked at how they work, the original ones were quite simple. A cassette player routed one stereo channel to a speaker …read more

How to watch today’s Apple WWDC keynote

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WWDC 2018 is finally here, and Apple will be taking the stage at the San Jose Convention Center later this morning to kick things off with its big keynote address, presumably to present updates on the future of iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and the rest of the software that drives all of Apple’s products.

If you’re a developer (or just interested in a deeper dive into the inner workings of the software behind your iPhone or Mac), the fun doesn’t stop with just the keynote presentation today. Apple will be hosting sessions the entire week on almost every aspect of building software for its products — including, no doubt, a closer look at the soon to be announced iOS 12 and macOS 10.14.

It’s pretty much a given that Apple…

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Asus’ new ROG gaming laptops have MOBA and FPS keyboard layouts

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Asus has announced a pair of new ROG gaming laptops that are basically the same thing tweaked for players of two different genres. The Strix Scar II is aimed at FPS players, while the Strik Hero II targets MOBA fans; what this means in practice is that the former has white WASD keys, and the latter has white QWER keys, along with slightly different finishes on the casing. (The Scar II looks like Kevlar, because bullets.) Otherwise the two share the same RGB-clad chassis, housing a screen that takes the Dell XPS approach to shaving down bezels: three skinny sides with a chunky bottom chin and inconveniently placed webcam.

Both laptops have six-core Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H or Core i5-8300H processors, 15.6-inch 144Hz 1080p…

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Music startup Roli adds Sony as investor, eyes up expanded range of hardware and software

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When people think of music startups in the tech world, the focus is often on streaming, or figuring out how to better track and monetise those streams, or perhaps hardware to make those streams sound better.  But today comes news of funding for a startup that is tackling a different kind of challenge: tapping innovations […]

ASUS Gaming Smartphone: 11mm-style ROG Phone with Speed-Binned Snapdragon 845

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ASUS producing a gaming smartphone is one of the more esoteric news stories at the Computex 2018 trade show this year. To fire a shot right across the bow of Razer, ASUS is putting its ROG credentials on display: a speed-binned Snapdragon 845 running at a higher frequency than the standard S845 smartphones, a higher-than-standard 90 Hz refresh rate display with 1ms response time and 108% DCI-P3 gamut, programmable ultrasonic AirTrigger sensors, force feedback, and additional docks for purchase. One of the key elements is that ASUS built this phone with an 11mm thickness, well beyond the 7-8mm we see on flagship smartphones today. They have put that additional volume to incredible use for extra battery, more haptics, bigger speakers, more connectivity, and it’s a showcase of what we could see if other smartphone manufacturers offered a bit extra z-height.

The 6-inch 2160×1080 AMOLED display is paired with the high-performance Snapdragon 845 SoC, 8GB DRAM, 128GB and 512GB of UFS 2.1 storage, along with a 4000 mAh battery, 20W ASUS Hyper Charge, support for 24-bit audio, and Corning Gorilla glass. One of ASUS’s key marketing points is the use of ASUS Aura RGB lighting, with the company stating that this is one of the first phones (if not the first) to fully exploit RGB in this way.

Comparing the size of the LG V30 (left) and ROG phone (right). It’s big

For control, ASUS will be adding three ultrasonic air touch sensors – two shoulder triggers being the main ones. These are designed to be fully programmable and are more sensitive with haptic feedback.

With the AeroActive cooler, which is bundled with the phone, aside from an additional fan to help cool the phone and sweaty fingers, it provides an extra USB Type-C connector which is side mounted for direct charging, HDMI output, Gigabit Ethernet, and headphones.

Bundled AeroActive Cooler, attaches to side port

How the cooler is inserted

ASUS will be offering the ROG Phone with a series of accessories, including a TwinView Dock to convert the machine into a dual-screen hand-held console. The Dock also offers front-facing quad-speakers, two extra physical trigger buttons, better haptic feedback, an enhanced cooling system, and a 6000 mAh extended battery back. 

The Mobile Desktop Dock, another accessory, allows the phone to be connected to a 4K monitor, mouse, keyboard, and wired gigabit networking.

Desktop Dock, Rear

The Gamevice controller and the WiGig dock, also to be available, focuses on 802.11ad wireless display connections as well as a dual analog stick gaming – like a console


The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 47: Intel Goes Super Premium Optane

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Today at Intel’s Data Center Memory Summit, the new ‘Apache Pass’ Optane memory DIMMs were announced, with capacities from 128 GB to 512 GB. This new 3D XPoint type of memory is focused on allowing persistent memory support on servers and will be available with the next generation of Xeon Scalable processors (which Intel has not announced yet). Also on the docket from Intel was some information on their high-density QLC 3D NAND solid state drives, and we have details on when they should be coming to market. Samsung also announced 32 GB SO-DIMM modules for high-end gaming laptops.

The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 47:


Processor   World’s fastest, speed-binned 2.96Ghz octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 
Mobile Platform
GPU   Qualcomm® Adreno™ 630
UI   ROG Gaming UI
Display   6.0“ 18:9 (2160×1080) AMOLED 
90Hz refresh rate with 1ms pixel response time
108.6% DCI-P3 color gamut
10000:1 contrast ratio
Capacitive touchscreen with 10-point multi-touch (supports Glove Touch)
Discrete image processing chip support HDR display – gaming, video & images
Dimensions   158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm
Weight   200g
Battery   4,000mAh
Memory   LPDDR4 8GB RAM
Storage   UFS 2.1, 128GB / 512GB
Sensors   Accelerometer, e-compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient-light sensor, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, 2 x ultrasonic AirTrigger sensors

Ian Cutress, Host
Senior Editor, AT CPU Editor
Paul Alcorn
Toms Hardware CPU Editor

RSS – mp3m4a
Direct Links – mp3m4a

Total Time:  38 minutes 34 seconds

Outline mm:ss

00:00 Introduction
00:46 Intel Announce Optane DIMMs
24:00 Next Generation of QLC SSDs
32:57 Samsung 32 GB SO-DIMMs Announced
38:34 FIN

Edited by Gavin Bonshor

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