5 days left to save on early bird passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

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TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 kicks off in 37 days, but the countdown clock on early-bird pricing runs out in just five. Engage with the mobility community’s brightest minds, makers, visionaries and investors from around the globe on October 6-7. Buy your early-bird pass before the bird expires September 4 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT), and you’ll […]

Driving Fashion With Brain Waves: The Pangolin

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At ARS Electronica this past weekend, Anouk Wipprecht’s latest creation was announced. Project Pangolin is a creative approach to a brain computer interface or BCI. It uses this very interesting scale loooking sensor array to read 1,024 points of data -brain waves –  and convert them to lights and motion […]

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Man wins round of Scrabble-style gameshow with unusual word

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Countdown is a long-running UK gameshow featuring various alpha-numerical challenges. One round gives constestants 30 seconds to figure out the longest word from a series of random letters distributed between vowels and consonants. This result in annoyingly suggestive sets such as TINEYATPH, which seem to promise (but do not actually provide) full-length anagrams. The longest […]

Getting Started in Electronics (1983) is an incredibly hand-lettered curiosity

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In the latest issue of my newsletter, The Magnet, (subscribe here), I wrote about a book I bought in 1984 — Forrest Mims’ Getting Started in Electronics, which he hand-lettered. It remains one of my favorite books. The instructional content is excellent, but the main reason I like it is because of its stupendous design. […]

How to Build Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)

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If you’re in the software development world, I’m sure you’ve heard of progressive web apps, aka PWAs. That’s because PWAs are now too big to ignore, bringing numerous benefits when it comes to increasing user engagement and retention. One thing that you may not know is how easy it is to build progressive web apps, and that’s exactly what we’ll cover here.

In an era where customer experience is king, businesses need to find ways to go that extra mile to make their customers choose them over a competitor. And that’s where PWAs come in, as a new way of distributing apps, providing users with frictionless experiences. Let’s quickly recap what PWAs are all about before moving to how easily you can start building your own.

8BitDo made a mod-friendly, wireless arcade stick for the Nintendo Switch and PC

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8Bitdo Wireless arcade stick


If you’re serious about fighting games, 8BitDo has announced a mod-friendly, wireless arcade stick that may interest you. It’s designed to work with PC and Nintendo Switch, and you can easily toggle between two sets of controls depending on the platform you’re using. It costs $89.99 and ships October 20th, but preorders are open now from the company’s site and Amazon.

The wireless arcade stick supports Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless via a receiver hidden in its underside, though you can wire it directly with a USB-C cable (which you’ll need to do on occasion to recharge its 1,000mAh built-in battery). 8BitDo claims that it can last 40 hours per charge while using the 2.4GHz wireless receiver or up to 30 hours via Bluetooth. Wireless…

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Ikea turned a virtual influencer into a physical installation

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This past weekend, the Ikea Harajuku location in Tokyo was home to something unique: an installation starring a virtual person. The retail giant partnered with Imma, a virtual influencer, in order to explore the concept of “happiness at home.” Over three days, those passing by the first floor could peer into Imma’s living room, watching as she lounged on a couch, mindlessly browsing her phone. Meanwhile, a view into her bedroom was streamed on a screen on the second floor, viewable from Harajuku Station.

Of course, these weren’t real living spaces, since Imma is a CG model and not an actual human. But Ikea says that it created the installation using LED screens inside of the physical rooms, which were “curated” by Imma, to give the…

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The New Paper offers a ‘fact-first’ news digest in text message form

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Tired of signing up for email newsletters? Then maybe it’s time to try out The New Paper‘s news digest, which arrives in the form of a daily text message rounding up the biggest headlines. The Indianapolis-based startup is announcing that it’s leaving private beta testing. It raised $300,000 in pre-seed funding last year, including $80,000 from […]

Angular, Docker, and Spring Boot: A Match Made in Heaven

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Angular and Spring Boot are extremely popular, and used often while creating modern apps. When looking for popular search terms in Google’s Keyword Planner, these two together appear often. What comes out of this is a summary of monthly searches, which are unlimited by location, and averaged.

A series of tutorials on Angular and Spring Boot has led to this fourth and final tutorial. Throughout this series one is taught how to use Angular and Spring Boot + Kotlin in order to create a more secure notes app, how to add Bootstrap for CSS, as well as making it easy to interact with data tables. Second to last, the tutorials show how to deploy apps separately to  Heroku. In addition to this, the tutorial shows how to use the ng deploy to deploy AWS, Firebase, and Netlify. Tutorials are linked below. 

Recursive Angular Rendering of a Deeply Nested Travel Gallery

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Suppose you like to travel and have collected a large photo gallery. The photos are stored in a tree folder structure, where locations are structured according to the geography and administrative division of a country:

The actual photos of particular places are stored in the corresponding leafs of the tree. Different branches of the tree may have different height. You want to show these photos in your portfolio website that is made on Angular. Also, the gallery should be easily extendible with new locations and photos.

Lenovo Yoga 9i Gets Rid of a Traditional Touchpad and Slaps Leather on Its Lid

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Lenovo announced the new premium Yoga 7i and Yoga 6 two-in-ones earlier in the month and now it’s pulled the wraps off the top-of-the-line Yoga 9i. The Yoga 9i two-in-one and Yoga 9i Slim laptop (called the IdeaPad 9i Slim in North America) replace the Yoga C940 and Yoga S940 (IdeaPad S940). From a report: Being the most premium of the premium Yoga lineup, the Yoga 9i — available in 14- and 15.6-inch versions — gets all the fun extras and is made from the nicest materials. For 2020’s 14-inch model that includes an optional lid upgrade with black leather bonded to its aluminum chassis. It “begs to be touched,” Lenovo panted. It’ll also have an edge-to-edge glass palm rest with an encased touchpad that uses haptic feedback, allowing for a much larger touchpad area. There’s also a new ultrasonic fingerprint reader that’ll work even if your finger is slightly wet, such as after you wash your hands — which we’re all doing a lot more of these days, right?

The Yoga 9i will also have a new keyboard with “soft-landing dome-design keypads” that promises a more comfortable, bouncier typing experience, which is saying something since the C940’s keyboard was already more comfortable than most. Its updated soundbar hinge will have improved audio, which, like the keyboard, was already pretty great. You can also expect enhancements to everything from screen options to ports (Thunderbolt 4!) to improved cooling to the tip of its included active pen for a better feel when writing on the screen. Most of these features, including the leather cover, carry over to the Lenovo IdeaPad 9i Slim laptop. The IdeaPad also gets a sensor that automatically adjusts its keyboard’s backlight for your room’s lighting conditions as well as a kill switch for its webcam. (The Yoga 9i has a physical privacy shutter for its webcam.) […] The 14-inch Yoga 9i with the metal lid will start at $1,399 or $1,699 for the leather lid. The 15-inch Yoga 9i will start at $1,799. All three are expected in October. The IdeaPad 9i Slim is expected in November starting at $1,599.

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New GoPro Hero 9 leaks show off a full-color, front-facing display

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GoPro may be adding one of its most useful new features to its main camera line with the upcoming Hero 9: a front-facing color screen. The feature, revealed in leaked renders obtained by WinFuture, wouldn’t be a first for GoPro; the company added such a screen to last year’s GoPro Max camera. But that device is a 360 camera costing $500, so adding one to the presumably cheaper Hero 9 — so filmmakers (and especially vloggers) can see in full color what the shot looks like as they record — is a nice touch.

The leaks indicate the new front-facing screen would remain the same size as the current monochrome status display, which sits on the front next to the lens. That screen typically displays information like frame rate, resolution, and…

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Asus’ new ZenBook S has a pixel-packed 3:2 aspect ratio display

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Asus has taken the wraps off its new ZenBook S, a slim ultrabook that can be equipped with up to Intel’s Core i7-1065G7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of fast PCIe-based storage. Asus gave its flagship laptop a glow-up in the screen department, going from a 16:9 aspect ratio in last year’s model to a taller 3:2 aspect ratio for this year’s 3300 x 2200 touchscreen. What’s more, the bezels surrounding it are thin, and the display is Pantone-validated with 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

The ZenBook S has plenty of other traits that might make it a worthy contender for your next laptop. It features two Thunderbolt 3 ports that can be used for fast data transfer, connecting to an external monitor, or charging its battery….

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Lenovo’s Smart Clock Essential is less smart by design

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The Smart Clock Essential really blurs smart display lines. Aesthetics aside, Lenovo’s news device probably has more in common with the Echo Dot with Clock than it does the company’s first generation Smart Clock. In fact, at $50, it’s actually $10 less expensive than Amazon’s offering. Lenovo Smart Clock review Essentially the Essential is a […]

Google launches Google Kids Space, a ‘kids mode’ feature for Android, initially on Lenovo tablets

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Streaming services have built-in kids’ profiles, so why not devices? Google today is responding to parents’ demand for a better way for their children to interact with technology with the launch of the new “Google Kids Space,” a dedicated kids mode on Android tablets which will aggregate apps, books, and videos for kids to enjoy […]

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