MakerBot Moves Away From Makers with New Printer

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If you’ve been following the desktop 3D printing market for the last couple years, you’re probably aware of the major players right now. Chinese companies like Creality are dominating the entry level market with machines that are priced low enough to border on impulse buys, Prusa Research is iterating on their i3 design and bringing many exciting new features to the mid-range price point, and Ultimaker remains a solid choice for a high-end workhorse if you’ve got the cash. But one name that is conspicuously absent from a “Who’s Who” of 3D printing manufacturers is MakerBot; despite effectively creating the …read more

Skullcandy launches its first truly wireless earbuds

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Skullcandy announced the launch of its first truly wireless earbuds today, called the Skullcandy Push. The earbuds feature a large button on the side, which can be used to answer calls, switch audio tracks, and control the volume, in addition to activating your phone’s voice assistant to perform tasks like sending a message or setting reminders by triple-tapping that button.

The Skullcandy Push offers six hours of listening time, and placing the earbuds into a fully charged case can offer an additional six hours. That’s slightly longer than the Apple AirPods’ 5 hours of listening time, but the AirPods charging case boasts multiple charges that add up to 24 hours.


The earbuds only come in one color,…

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Open Hardware Board For Robust USB Power Monitoring

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We’ve all seen the little USB power meters that have become popular since nearly every portable device has adopted some variation of USB for charging. Placed between the power source and the device under test, they allow you to see voltage and current in real time. Perfect for determining how long you’ll be able to run a USB powered device on batteries, or finding out if a USB power supply has enough current to do the business.

[Jonas Persson] liked the idea of these cheap little gadgets, but wanted something a bit more scientific. His design, which he refers to …read more

How to set up eSIM on the Apple iPhone XR and XS

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Sometimes a single phone number isn’t enough — if you need to go abroad, for example, or need separate business and personal numbers, two is definitely better than one. Until recently, unless your phone could accommodate two SIMs, you were out of luck. However, Apple has now made it possible for owners of an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max to add a second line of service by using an eSIM (or digital SIM), bypassing the need for a physical SIM card.

This will let you easily add a local carrier if you travel internationally. You can even have two different plans on the same phone — say, one for voice and messages and one for data. Although currently your choice of carriers in the US is a little limited: only Verizon and AT&T offer…

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Lift Aircraft’s Hexa may be your first multirotor drone ride

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We were promised jetpacks, but let’s be honest, they’re just plain unsafe. So a nice drone ride is probably all we should reasonably expect. Lift Aircraft is the latest to make a play for the passenger multirotor market, theoretical as it is, and its craft is a sleek little thing with some interesting design choices to make it suitable for laypeople to “pilot.”

Modified F Clamp is Wheely Good

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Sometimes, a job is heavy, messy, or unwieldy, and having an extra pair of hands to help out makes the job more than twice as easy. However, help isn’t always easy to find. Faced with this problem, [create] came up with an ingenious solution to help move long and heavy objects without outside assistance.

The build starts with a regular F-clamp  – a familiar tool to the home woodworker. The clamp is old and worn, making it the perfect candidate for some experimentation. First off, the handle is given a good sanding to avoid the likelihood of painful splinters. Then, …read more

Firefox 64 brings better browser tab management and smart recommendations

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The newest version of Firefox for desktop and Android, version 64, is out today and it comes with a few nifty features for more intensive tab and extension use. Mozilla says you’ll now “see suggestions in regular browsing mode for new and relevant Firefox features, services, and extensions based on how you use the web,” a feature that won’t work while in private browsing mode and is not based on your browser history. One such example is Firefox recommending To Google Translate if it sees you’re constantly using Google’s natural language tool.

Another new feature in version 64 is something Mozilla is calling “enhanced tab management.” That means you’ll now be able to select multiple tabs in your tab bar and group them together to move,…

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Woman who hasn’t had a haircut in 28 years occasionally trips over her 6-foot-long tresses

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A 33-year-old woman in Ukraine hasn’t cut her hair in 28 years, and says she doesn’t think she ever will. Alena Kravchenko, from Ukraine, says her hair is part of her identity – which, at least in the looks department, she compares to Rapunzel – and she doesn’t have any plans on cutting it.

But her long mane does have it drawbacks. Over 6 feet long, it’s a chore to wash, which she does only once every three weeks. She also occasionally trips on it. And then there’s her kids, who love to play in it, causing her to keep it up in a bun most of the time. According to Oddity Central:

By the time she had reached her teens, Alena Kravchenko’s hair had already reached halfway down her back, and by her early 20s, it reached her waist, then her knees, and in her early 30s, it started touching the floor. That’s when she began tripping on it, and as her two children got older, it became even more problematic as they loved to play with it, so Alena started tying it up in a bun, only letting it down on weekends and for special occasions.

Check out Kravchenko’s Instagram photos. Pretty impressive hair indeed!

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20 Go language projects for mastering microservices

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When a team of Google coders looked out across the collection of computer languages in 2007, they saw hundreds of perfectly good tools for writing software but none that offered the right features for Google. That is, a language that supported building the Google vision of a galaxy of software packages working together in Google’s vast collection of servers.

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