Optimizing Screen Time To Heart Beats

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Kids spend too much time in front of a screen these days. They also won’t get off my lawn, and music today is just a bunch of static. They don’t respect their elders, either. While kids today are terrible, we can fix that first problem — sitting in front of a screen all day. For his Hackaday Prize entry, [Donovan] has created a device that optimizes screen time to reduce sensory overload. It’s the Optimote, the combination of a remote control and biofeedback.

The idea behind the Optimote is to actually to reduce stimulation when watching something on a screen. …read more

Jabra’s excellent Elite 65t wireless earbuds are only $129 at Best Buy

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The Jabra Elite 65t are our favorite truly wireless earbuds, and you can get them for $40 off right now at Best Buy. Regularly priced at $170, both the copper black and titanium black color options are available for $129.

We found Jabra’s Elite 65t to be a good match for those who want more noise isolation than what the Apple AirPods provide. They rest deeper in the ear canal, and the swappable tips let you customize the fit. In terms of sound quality, you’ll get a more bass-heavy sound than Apple’s option. If getting fit is important to you, the more-expensive Jabra Elite Active 65ts feature a motion sensor that can track your workouts, though this option isn’t currently discounted.

What helps really set these apart is their durability….

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Thousands of fish dropped from the sky

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Since the 1950s, wildlife departments have airdropped fish from planes to repopulate remote lakes. Above is video shot by Kamas State Fish Hatchery.

“They kind of flutter down, so they don’t impact very hard,” said Kamas State Fish Hatchery supervisor Ted Hallows. “They flutter with the water and they do really well.”

From an article Hallows wrote in Wildlife Review (PDF):

Many of the lakes in Utah are excellent places to fish, but you can’t get to them with a truck or a car. The Uinta Mountains alone have more than 650 fishable lakes. The best way to stock many of these valuable fisheries—and sometimes the only way to stock them—is from the air…

What used to take the old-time biologists and their pack trains months to stock can now be stocked in a few hours with an airplane. And using an airplane stresses the fish less. That means more of them will survive their fall to the water.

More at The Kid Should See This: “Aerial stocking: Utah wildlife departments drop fish into lakes from airplanes

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Learn FPGA with this Persistence of Vision Hack

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Everybody wants to give FPGA development a try and here’s a great way to get into it. You can build your own Persistence of Vision display using a $30 dev board. It’s a fun project, and you’ll learn quite a bit about designing for an FPGA, as well as using the Quartus design software.

The inspiration for this article comes from [vpecanins] who did an example project where you wave the board back and forth and a message appears in mid air. This uses the MAX1000, a pretty powerful yet odd FPGA board for about $30. It contains an Intel …read more

Before Amazon’s Jack Ryan, Alec Baldwin played the definitive version of the character in Hunt for Red October

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There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch

The Hunt for Red October, the 1990 movie adaptation of Tom Clancy’s 1984 debut novel. Alec Baldwin stars as Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst whose extensive knowledge of military hardware and enemy personnel helps him discern that a rogue Soviet submarine captain (played by Sean Connery) is in the middle of a daring scheme to defect to the United…

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New Zealand town suggests banning cats to save native birds

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This week, the New Zealand town of Omaui suggested banning cats to save the native birds. Though cat-lovers are unhappy, the suggestion isn’t as ridiculous as it seems at first glance.

First, there are no plans to kill existing pets. Specifically, Omaui councilmembers want owners to neuter, register, and microchip their animals. Fair enough. Then, they’ll be allowed to live out their natural life. But then when they die, that’s it. Residents won’t be allowed to get a new cat to replace the old one, but Garfield is safe so long as he lives.

Second, there’s a good reason for this policy. Cats kill birds, and sometimes those birds are endangered. As John Collins, a member of the Omaui Landcare Charitable Trust who suggests the ban put it:…

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New Mooltipass Begins Development with Call for Collaborators

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One of the most interesting aspects of our modern world is the ability to work collaboratively despite the challenges of geography and time zones. Distributed engineering is a trend which we’ve watched pick up steam over the years. One such example is the Mooltipass offline password keeper which was built by a distributed engineering team from all over the world. The project is back, and this time the goal is to add BLE to the mini version of the hardware. The call for collaborators was just posted on the project page so head over and check out how the collaboration …read more

Windows 10’s next major update arrives in October

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Microsoft is officially unveiling the name for its next major Windows 10 update today. Previously codenamed Redstone 5, the “Windows 10 October 2018 Update” will arrive at some point in October. It will include a number of new features for devices, like a new cloud clipboard that syncs across machines, a dark File Explorer, an updated snipping tool, improvements to Microsoft Edge, and performance information in the Xbox Game Bar.

Microsoft’s naming follows the Windows 10 April 2018 Update that was released earlier this year. Microsoft is expected to conclude development of the October update by the end of September, and it should be available to Windows Insiders by early October followed by regular consumers.

Microsoft is now focusing…

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Apple releases new iOS 12 beta, putting a stop to infuriating update notification

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“A new iOS update is now available. Please update from the iOS 12 beta.” If you’ve been running the latest version of Apple’s beta software for OS 12, you’ve likely been pestered by this notification a whole lot over the last 24 hours. Dozens of times? Potentially hundreds? Yesterday, it started showing up every time an iOS device was unlocked — or even if you just pulled down the notification tray a little bit.

Thankfully, just as we enter Labor Day weekend, Apple has shipped another iOS 12 update to restore sanity. If you open up your iPhone’s settings, iOS 12 public beta 10 (developer beta 12) is now available to download. Once you do, the obnoxious, constant…

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Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” suit reissued by Hugo Boss

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In 1982, Michael Jackson wore a snazzy white suit by Hugo Boss on the cover of Thriller. Now, Hugo Boss has reissued the iconic suit in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

The contemporary design references the original suit’s silhouette, fabric and details throughout and is entirely designed and made in Germany. Crafted from lightweight twill, the jacket is detailed with an 80s-style three-button cuff, slim notch lapels and iconic internal workmanship. The trousers feature double pleats at the front, also in homage to the original design. Elegant mother-of-pearl buttons complete the suit.

It’s $1200 and unfortunately does not include that sharp leopard pocket square.

The Thriller: Boss x Michael Jackson (via Uncrate)

Make Your Python Prettier With Decorators

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Many Pythonistas are familiar with using decorators, but far fewer understand what’s happening under the hood and can write their own. It takes a little effort to learn their subtleties but, once grasped, they’re a great tool for writing concise, elegant Python.

This post will briefly introduce the concept, start with a basic decorator implementation, then walk through a few more involved examples one by one.

What is a decorator

Decorators are most commonly used with the @decorator syntax. You may have seen Python that looks something like these examples.

To understand what a decorator does, we first have to …read more

The best Labor Day deals include 4K HDR TVs, laptops, and smart home tech

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TCL’s 6-series 4K HDR TV

Labor Day is Monday, September 3rd, but you don’t have to wait until then to score some good deals. Major retailers have already started marking down prices on a variety of tech products, and the sales are set to pick up even more this weekend.

We’ve listed the best promotions below, and we’ll add more as they surface.

Best Buy

eBay

eBay is once again…

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The best note-taking apps for class, work, and life

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You might want a note-taking app as an artist, to take notes during a meeting to remember important feedback, or to jot down insights from a meaningful panel. Maybe you’re a celebrity who needs to publish a public apology to social media, and you need more space than a typical post affords. Often, we don’t give much thought to which app we’re using. It’s either the first app that’s available or the one everyone says is good.

Still, there’s a small quality-of-life improvement to enjoy when you switch from a mediocre, passable note-taking app to the best one you can find. And wouldn’t it be nice to have one app that fulfills your note-taking needs so that all your notes are in one place? That’s why we looked for the simplest,…

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

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Summer is over, which means it’s that special time of year when streaming services start loading up on scary movies because Halloween is coming. (To be clear, I mean the holiday, not the David Gordon Green-helmed sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic horror flick — though that’s going to premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, so we can get excited for that as well.)

Netflix starts things strong, adding Robert Eggers terrifying feature debut The Witch, alongside more pulpy fare like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and The Most Assassinated Woman in the World. Hold the Dark, the new Jeffrey Wright thriller from Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier will be coming to the service in September, but…

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Vergecast: IFA 2018, iPhone leaks, and Sonos Amp

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This week, The Verge has been at IFA 2018, Europe’s big tech event. There are a lot of new gadgets, so Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through their favorites on The Vergecast.

Also, Apple announced its September event this week, and immediately following the announcement, iPhone and Apple Watch leaks surfaced. The crew discusses.

And, of course, we have our fan-favorite segments: Liz’s “This week in Elon Musk” and Paul’s “Keyboard-in-the-front club: population 2”

There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Sonos announcing a geeky new amp — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

01:04 – The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong

02:08 – Apple’s next iPhone event is September 12th

03:24 – Purported iPhone XS image shows gold color…

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The Motorola One is a slick budget iPhone X clone

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Motorola has officially announced the Motorola One and Motorola One Power, the company’s pair of midrange Android phones with distinctly iPhone X-style notches.

The Motorola One is the smaller of the pair. It has a 5.9-inch HD display, Gorilla Glass 2.5 on the front and back, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, and a smaller 3,000mAh battery. It’s set to be widely available for €299 (roughly $350 USD) in Europe, Latin America, and Asia starting in October.

The Motorola One Power, on the other hand, features a metal back and bumps things up to a 6.2-inch screen at a higher Full HD+ resolution, a more powerful Snapdragon 636 chip, and a massive 5,000mAh battery that the company says should be good for up to two days of…

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