The Home of the Future will offer mesmerizing entertainment

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It’s hard not to be wowed by today’s 4K TVs, living room projectors, and multi-room sound systems. And between Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, HBO Now, Shudder, FilmStruck, and the myriad of internet TV services, it’s easy to bombard ourselves with entertainment options beyond the traditional walls of cable. But we’re still living in a fragmented world that requires hopping between apps, remembering what show is where, and keeping tabs on content that might suddenly disappear at the end of each passing month. Even Alexa is affected; you might be able to play Amazon Music on basically any Alexa-enabled device, but something as essential as Spotify support varies depending on the product.

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Pack more in less with this space-saving vacuum kit

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If you’ve ever taken an extended vacation, you know all too well the hassle that is packing clothes for a trip. In an effort to avoid steep baggage fees, we cram our luggage to the limit, not only making it a nightmare to pack our clothes back up for the return flight, but also burdening ourselves with awkward, bulky bags to carry. Capable of shrinking your clothes by up to 70%, the Dr. Save Vacuum Travel Kit makes packing for trips much easier, and it’s on sale for $39 today.

Designed to be compact, but powerful, the Dr. Save Vacuum Pump removes air and compresses items placed inside the provided reusable bags, making it significantly easier to pack for your travels. The kit is also great for long-term storage at home, as you can take your bulky winter clothes—or last season’s swimwear—and shrink them down for easier storage.

You can get your hands on your own Dr. Save Vacuum Travel Kit today, available in the Boing Boing store for $39, 44% off the usual price. Plus, plug in the code LABORDAY15 to save an additional 15% off!

Chaos Soup: Japanese tomato smoothie with cream cheese

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Kirin Sekai no Kitchen has recently started selling a product they call Melting Chaos Soup. It’s sold beside the bottled water and teas. Now, I’m not a fan of tomato soup or juice, but I liked the label so picked one up. I noticed the small pictures of tomatoes, cheese, and what I thought was basil running around the bottle. But it wasn’t until I got home and read it and then really looked that I noticed the basil wasn’t basil, it was mint, and there was one item I missed. Peaches.

Yes. Melting Chaos Soup boasts a brand new genre in drinks. It says it’s like a smoothie soup that changes flavor from moment to moment. Shake well, open and give it a sniff, then bottoms up. It’s a mix of tomato (55%) and peach juice (12%), cream cheese, and mint.

After opening and tentatively smelling, it actually took me a few minutes to get up the nerve to take the first swig. It really did smell exactly as promised, like tomato mixed with peach juice then throw in a hint of mint. I did finally take a sip, and then another. Another. I’m not sure if chaos would be how I’d describe the taste, although it did changed from moment to moment. The surprising thing was I didn’t hate it. I kind of liked it. If I could change one thing, though, it might be they add more cream cheese.

Photo: Thersa Matsuura

VoCore2, a PC the size of a postage stamp, runs DOOM

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VoCore2 is a one square inch-size computer with support for USB, Ethernet and video. It has a 580 MHz CPU, 128MB of RAM and built-in Wifi, yet remains smaller than just about anything you might use it as a brain for.

On the video below, you can see it running DOOM at the margins of playability with the VoCore2 Screen, one of several official add-ons.

Makes a great router, apparently! I imagine that the systems-on-a-chip inside WiFi SD cards are slightly smaller than this, but you sure as hell ain’t running DOOM on one of those.

Unleash Your Inner Starship Captain with this Immersive Simulator Console

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We like a good video game as much as the next person. Heck, a few hours wasted with “Team Fortress 2” on a couple of big monitors is a guilty pleasure we’ll never be ashamed of. But this starship bridge simulation console brings immersive gameplay to a new level, and we wholeheartedly endorse it even if we don’t quite get it.

The game in question is “Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator”, a game played by anywhere from 2 to 11 players, each of whom mans a different station on the bridge of a generic starship, from Engineering to Communications to the …read more

Sony boss dismisses Fortnite cross-play controversy: ‘PlayStation is the best place to play’

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Sony has been blocking cross-play and progression between Fortnite on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch / Xbox One. While there were some signs the company was listening to the feedback to its controversial decision, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has made the company’s stance clear. In an interview with The Independent at IFA last week, Yoshida claims the PlayStation 4 is the best experience to play Fortnite:

“On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief. But actually, we already opened some games as cross-platform with PC and some others, so we decide based on what is the best user…

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.NET Conf: Ways to Watch, Learn, and Win for Free

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.NET Conf, a FREE, three-day virtual developer event co-organized by the .NET community and Microsoft, kicks off on Wednesday, September 12. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned engineer, there is content for anyone interested in building for web, mobile, desktop, games, services, libraries, and more. They’ll have presentations on .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, C#, F#, Azure, Visual Studio, and Xamarin, to name a few.

Below are a few things to know to make the most out of your .NET Conf experience.

Arduino Powered Portable Function Generator

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It’s probably not much of a stretch to say that many of us have taken on a project or two that were little more than thinly veiled excuses to add a new tool or piece of gear to our arsenal. There’s something to be said for a bench full of button-festooned test equipment blinking away, it’s like bling for nerds. But just like getting your name written out in diamonds, it can get expensive quick.

Luckily, the hacker has enough technology at their disposal these days that DIY test equipment can help fill your bench without emptying your wallet. [Faransky] …read more

Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera leaks and could be coming this week

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You wait for years for a full-frame mirrorless camera to show up from the most dominant brands in photography, and then two show up at once. Right after Nikon announced its first serious step into high-end mirrorless with the Z7 and Z6, it looks like Canon’s own effort is imminent. Leaks from Japanese website Nokishita have revealed images of the camera, its spec sheet, and details on the initial lens lineup.

The camera is apparently called the EOS R, and looks a lot like a slimmed-down full-frame DSLR. The controls appear to be tweaked somewhat, with unmarked dials (not PASM) and a curious left-right switch on the back. The screen is fully articulated, and there’s a secondary information display on the top. The full-frame sensor is…

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15 Useful Features of JavaScript Schedulers

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Nowadays, developers of JavaScript schedulers provide users with dozens of features. Some of them can be considered as an integral part of every web-based scheduler. For example, it’s hard to imagine a scheduling app that doesn’t allow users to switch between the Day, Week, Month, and Year views. At the same time, there are some not so obvious yet useful features about which not all users can know. In this article, we’ll consider 15 useful features implemented by three different developers of JavaScript schedulers.

Kendo UI jQuery Scheduler

Kendo UI Scheduler is a part of the Kendo UI library that provides dozens of full-featured widgets. Kendo UI supports major modern JavaScript libraries and can work with jQuery, Angular, React, and Vue.

The E-Waste Apocalypse Looms

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What does post-apocalyptic technology look like? Well, that kind of depends on the apocalypse. Regardless of the cause, we’ll need to be clever and resourceful and re-learn ancient crafts like weaving and pottery-making. After all, the only real apocalyptic constants are the needs of the survivors. Humans need clothing and other textiles. Fortunately, weaving doesn’t require electricity—just simple mechanics, patience, and craftsmanship.

If it turns out the apocalypse is scheduled for tomorrow, we’ll have piles and piles of e-waste as fodder for new-old looms. This adorable loom is a mashup of old and new technologies that [Kati Hyyppä] built at …read more

Original Content podcast: Going on a true crime spree with Netflix’s ‘Evil Genius’

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“Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist” is a tough title to live up to, but the Netflix docuseries pulls it off. That’s because the story that “Evil Genius” retells is full of impossible-seeming details — it starts out with a botched bank robbery committed by a man with a bomb […]

Hackaday Links: September 2, 2018

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It’s (was, is?) the end of August, and that means the entire dreadlocked population of San Francisco is out in the middle of the Nevada Desert for a week. Yes, it’s Burning Man, and as always we have a host of builds that make you ask, ‘how did they do that, and how did they get that here’.

For the last few years, the greatest logistical feat of art cars is the 747. Yes, it’s the fuselage of a 747, turned into an art car. The top deck is a convertible. The biggest question surrounding this 747 is how do …read more

You Have To Have A Very High IQ To Understand This Rick And Morty Portal Gun Replica

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It’s barely September, but that still means you’ve got to start working on your Halloween costume. If last year is any indication, the most popular costume this year will be, by far, Rick from Rick and Morty. There’s a lot to be said about this, but let me simplify it: if you dress up as Rick from Rick and Morty, you are not a Rick. You’re a Morty.

Nevertheless, Halloween is an awesome opportunity for some cosplay and prop-making action, and [Daren] has this year all wrapped up. He’s building the portal gun from Rick and Morty, …read more

I went to Burning Man in 1996

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When we ran out of bullets the noise from “Rave Camp” became intolerable.

After eating all my mushrooms I watched some dudes burn a poorly built mannequin thing.

A half-naked woman,

    out of her head on MDMA,

    whom I’d never met before and never will again,

    snuggled up and fell asleep in my lap.

I drank a huge rum and coke. There was no ice.

A woman was carrying a live goldfish in a cup.

The van I borrowed from motorcycle.com mysteriously acquired bullet holes.

There were dogs.

…Burning Man, 1996.

Image via Ryan Powers

Scratch-Built 3D-Printer Goes Back to the Roots of the Hobby

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It’s so easy and so cheap to order things like CNC routers and 3D-printers off the shelf that we can be forgiven for forgetting what was once involved in owning machines such as these. It used to be that you had no choice but to build your machine from the ground up. While that’s less true today, it’s still the case if you want to push the limits of what’s commercially available, and this huge scratch-built 3D-printer is a good example of that.

It’s not exactly a fresh build – [Thomas Workshop] posted this last year – but it escaped …read more

iPhone 8 users may be entitled to a free logicboard repair

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Do you own an iPhone 8? Is it borked? Like REALLY, unusably borked? Good news: There might be a free fix in the cards for you!

From The Verge:

Apple quietly announced the launch of a free repair program for the iPhone 8 this afternoon, revealing that a “very small percentage” of units need replacement logic boards due to a manufacturing defect. The logic board is essentially the main printed circuit board of a computing device, containing the CPU, device memory, and other integral components. Apple says its faulty logic boards may have been causing random restarts, screen freezes, and defective startup initiations that prevent the iPhone 8 from turning on properly.

Apparently, the only phone from Apple’s 2017 iteration of their handsets that are screwed is the iPhone 8. If you own a wonky iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus, you’ll have to see if your handset’s woes can be cured under warranty or on your own dime.

So, if you bought your handset in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan or Macau, head on over to Apple’s repair page. By entering your iPhone’s serial number (look for it in the About section, under Settings/General Settings) you’ll be able to quickly discover if your pocket computer can be repaired on Apple’s dim or not.

If you’re not covered by AppleCare or Apple’s repair program, maybe hold off on buying a new handset for a few weeks. With Apple set to announce their new iPhones in a couple of weeks, you’ll likely be able to get a screaming deal on a new iPhone 8 from your carrier before the end of the month. Alternatively, consider investing in an older handset, like the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. Word around the campfire is that iOS 12 will speed up older hardware and provide for more efficient battery usage. I’m still rocking my iPhone 7 Plus, on iOS 11, and am pretty satisfied with the user experience. Maybe you’ll be as well.

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