Teen Makes His Own AirPods For $4

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samleecole writes: Apple’s AirPods are a tragedy. Ecologically, socially, economically — they’re a capitalist disaster. The opposite of AirPods, then, is this extremely punk pair of DIY wireless earbuds that someone on Reddit hacked together using an old pair of wired Apple headphones and some hot glue. “I started this project roughly two months ago when my friend got a new pair of AirPods for his birthday and I thought to myself, ‘that’s quite a lot of money for something I can make at home,'” Sam Cashbook, who is 15, told Motherboard in a Reddit message.

Cashook started watching videos of people making their own AirPods, but mostly found people chopping the wires off of Apple headphones as a joke. He decided to take his own approach. He bought a hands-free bone conduction headset from eBay, and took apart the casing to reveal the electronics. Then, he desoldered the wires from the original speaker in the headset, and connected his old Apple earbud speaker to the headset’s printed circuit board. Maybe a little uglier, but the headphones work well, he said. The set has buttons for power, pausing music, volume controls and skipping tracks, and the battery is rechargeable.

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Roky Erickson, psychedelic music pioneer, RIP

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Roky Erickson, the pioneering psychedelic musician behind the 13th Floor Elevators, has died at age 71. A brilliant legend of Texas garage rock who struggled with schizophrenia and drug abuse, Erickson’s far out lyrics, songs, and life had a tremendous influence on countless punk, psych, experimental, and avant-garde bands. Erickson moved culture. In 1966, Erickson unleashed the quintessential psych classic “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” He was right. RIP, Roky.

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David Silverberg’s “Terms and Conditionals”: the things you just agreed to

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[David Silverberg’s As Close to the Edge Without Going Over is a new book of genre poetry from Canadian speciality press ChiZine (previously). I was tickled by his poem “Terms and Conditionals” (for reasons that will be immediately obvious) and I asked him if we could reprint it here — he graciously assented. -Cory]

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.NET 5 Is the Future of .NET: What Every .Net Developer Must Know

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Microsoft announced the new .NET 5 (future of .NET) at the Build 2019 conference. .NET 5 will be the single unified platform for building applications that runs on all platforms(Windows, Linux) and devices (IoT, Mobile).

If you are .NET developer currently supporting enterprise applications developed in .NET framework, you need to know how the .NET 5 is going to affect your current enterprise application in the long run. .Net 5 is based on .Net Standard which means not every .Net framework features will be available in .Net 5. Also, there are some technology stacks like web forms, WCF and WWF is not porting into .Net 5. We will look into the details of what is not covered in .Net 5 and what are the alternatives.

Hackaday Podcast Ep21: Chasing Rockets, Tripping on Vintage Synthesizers, a Spectacular IoT Security Fail, and Early Alzheimer’s Detection via VR

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Mike Szczys is on a well-deserved vacation this week, so staff writer Dan Maloney joins managing editor Elliot Williams for a look at all the great hacks of the week. On this episode we’re talking about licensing fees for MIDI 2.0, a two-way fail while snooping on employees, and the …read more

A dog collar with owls on it

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I put a collar emblazoned with owls on my Cavalier King Charles spaniel, thus combining two things I love.

I can’t get a good shot of said owl collar on Zuul, cause she is too fuzzy. They come in sizes for many, if not all, dogs.

The Pyrenees got some gingham bs my kid choose, but it looks good on him.

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Vergecast: the weird laptops of Computex, new Intel and AMD chips, and a WWDC preview

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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller discuss all the new laptops revealed at Computex 2019, the new processor chips from Intel and AMD, and what we’re expecting at Apple’s WWDC next week.

In between all of that, we give you updates on the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, 5G connectivity, and Paul’s weekly segment “ATX? more like late-TX,” so keep listening to stay informed.

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Driving Formula E’s game-changing electric racecar

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Nearly five years after all-electric racing series Formula E made a thrilling debut, the book is about to close on its fifth season. Crucially, this was also the first season with Formula E’s game-changing second-generation electric racecar, which is faster, lasts longer, and could help propel the series into more legitimate motorsport territory.

In April, I drove one on a racetrack.

I actually drove the series’s first-generation car back in 2017, but I’ve had the urge to try the new one ever since it was announced in 2018. Not only does it look totally bonkers, but it’s a significant upgrade in just about every way. The old car had a max power output of 200kW or about 268 horsepower. The second-generation car (or “Gen2 car,” as…

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This weekend, compare the TV and film versions of DC Comics’ Swamp Thing

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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.

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Swamp Thing, Wes Craven’s 1982 movie about DC’s Swamp Thing, a comic book character created in 1971 by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson. The film stars Ray Wise as Alec Holland, a scientist whose covert, government-funded work on the untapped potential of plant life — as both a food source and a bioweapon — draws the attention of a…

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Footage of Chernobyl liquidators

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Chernobyl, the five-part HBO/Sky dramatization of the 1986 nuclear disaster, is filled with more dread, tension and horror than any Hollywood movie I’ve seen in years. The most unsettling part of it is knowing that it adheres closely to the truth, right down to the details. Yet I’m still startled to see just how exacting the production design is, as demonstrated by this footage from one of the plant roofs where “liquidators” struggled to remove irradiated debris by hurling it back into the open core of the reactor. Jump to about 7:45 for the roof work.

Compare to the “roof” scene from the show, which integrates the true footage so cleverly you wouldn’t know it if you hadn’t seen it for yourself:

If you still need convincing that you should check out this amazing show, here’s the scene from Ep. 1 where three young plant workers inspect the reactor hall after the explosion. They know what they’re afraid of finding, but they don’t know that it’s going to be… well, you watch it and see for yourself.

Embedded below, a hapless engineer is ordered onto the roof so that managers can debunk claims that the reactor is exposed to the open air. He knows he’s dead as soon as he sees the satanic cloud of smoke billowing from the ruin. He knows the guard escorting him up there is dead, too—and that guy doesn’t even have to go up to the edge and look down into it. The guard doesn’t have to go back to the managers and get yelled at again, either. Read the rest

To reduce plastic packaging, ship products in solid form

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There’s no one way to solve the plastic waste problem, but in the packaged goods sector, an enormous amount of plastic is used in order to surround and protect simple solutions of some agent dissolved in water, from toothpaste to window cleaner to shampoo.

Treehugger’s Katherine Martinko surveys a slate of companies that are shipping dehydrated, solid products that outperform their pre-mixed cousins, while costing less and using far less plastic, like Blueland, whose Windex-beating window cleaner ships as a $2 tablet that you add to a spray-bottle (the bottle comes in a starter kit and you only have to buy one).

Obviously, this won’t solve the problem, but it represents a substantial advance on the status quo.

When you stop to think about it, much of what we’re shipping around the world is water. Whether it’s cleaning products or personal care products, these are mostly made up of water, with ingredients mixed in to clean, moisturize, color, or do whatever task you need.

Now imagine if we could remove the water and only ship the additive. It could come in dry tablet or bar form and, depending on its use, could be dissolved in water to create a product just as strong as anything you’d buy at the store, or used in bar form directly on your body. This would save money, hassle (who loves lugging heavy jugs of detergent home from the store?), and environmental impact (think of the carbon emissions required to get that jug from its manufacturer to your home).

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