How to add iPhone X gestures to your Android phone

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The best feature of Apple’s iPhone X isn’t its hardware or design; it’s the extremely fun, easy-to-use, and efficient gesture-based navigation system that replaces the old home button. Apple’s use of gestures in the iPhone X has spurred a renaissance in gesture UIs, and many companies are now developing their own takes on them. OnePlus has added a gesture-based control option to its popular enthusiast-focused phones, while Motorola and Huawei have developed systems that work with the fingerprint scanner on the front of their respective devices. Even Google will get into the game with its version of gesture controls when Android P officially launches in a few months.

While many phones are coming with their own gesture systems, if you want…

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Bucky Glow: Have a Ball While You Practice Coding

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About a year ago, [Jonathan Bumstead] built a giant, touch-sensitive, interactive RGB LED geodesic dome that somehow escaped our attention entirely. For this year’s Hackaday Prize, he’s designed a smaller version that’s just as awesome, but a lot faster and easier to build.

The Bucky Glow is great way for hackers of all ages to expand their coding and problem solving skills. This interactive dodecahedron consists of 11 RGB LEDs and a Nano inside 12-sided laser-cut MDF sculpture. The breakout header means you’re free to add interactive bits like a DIY capacitive touch keyboard, IR sensor/emitter pairs, motors, or whatever …read more

Wilson is like Longreads for podcasts

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Meet Wilson, a new iPhone app that plans to change the way you discover and listen to podcasts. The company describes the app as a podcast magazine. It has the same vibe as Longreads, the curated selection of longform articles. With its minimalistic design and opinionated typography, Wilson looks like no other podcasting app. On […]

Oscar and Lemonade founders will join us at Disrupt SF to strategize about the future of insurance innovation

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Insurance premiums total more than a trillion dollars in the U.S., and yet, where that money goes is something of a mystery. It certainly doesn’t seem to get invested in the consumer experience, where ancient incumbent companies still process paperwork as if it is the 1800s, and consumers are left wanting for new insurance options […]

Belgrade Badge Hacks

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We’re still coming off the Hackaday Belgrade conference right now. If you were there, you know it was the greatest hardware conference ever. If you weren’t there, you missed out. Sorry. (Make sure you get in on the Hackaday Superconference in November.)

One of the many highlights of the Belgrade conference was, of course, the badge. The 2018 Hackaday Belgrade Badge is a masterpiece of hardware with a 55-key keyboard, RGB TFT LED, speaker, and a BASIC interpreter.

This badge is a masterpiece of electronic design by Voja Antonic. Just to take one small example from the design, check out …read more

How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Google Home has recorded

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With an increasing number of households buying into virtual assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, it’s important to keep in mind that these devices are designed to listen. This includes recording and learning the tone of your voice and improving voice recognition and features for the virtual assistant. It’s supposed to be a feature and not a bug, but it’s landed Amazon’s Echo speakers in hot water after they spontaneously erupted in laughter.

Amazon claimed the affected Echo speakers were triggered by false positive commands. If you’re an Alexa user, it’s possible to delete all of your recorded queries. On the flip side, Google Home hasn’t yet had a similar crisis — at least not to public knowledge — but before it…

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The ASRock Z370 Taichi Motherboard Review: Competitive at $220, Aggressive at $190

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The Z370 Taichi, like the X299 Taichi and previous generations, comes fully featured and ready to rock out of the box. Not defined by a naming convention, the Taichi sets out to be a well-rounded board with a lot of features at its price point including three M.2 slots, eight SATA ports, SLI/Crossfire support, as well as dual NICs and Wi-Fi capabilities.

Google Translate’s deep dream: some translation requests yield weird religious prophesies

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Feed 19 repetitions of the word “dog” to Google Translate and ask it for a Maori conversion and you get this: “Doomsday Clock is three minutes at twelve. We are experiencing characters and a dramatic developments in the world, which indicate that we are increasingly approaching the end times and Jesus’ return.”

The Wonderful Wide World of webpack: Unpacking Awesomeness

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In the past couple of years, webpack has come a long way. It continues to rapidly evolve and revolutionize the way we bundle JavaScript and more. For some of us that have been doing development for more than a few years, seeing an amazing tool like webpack and all of its abilities is mind-blowing. If only it had come into existence a bit sooner…

If you’re like me, you may have stumbled across webpack, hearing about its gazillion configuration options, along with a bunch of plugins, numerous ways to optimize your bundle, and more. So much that it all makes your head spin and you begin to feel overwhelmed as you attempt to make sense of it. That’s honestly how my journey began with Webpack.

Hackaday Passes 100,000 Subscribers on YouTube

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Check it out, the Hackaday YouTube channel just passed 100,000 Subscribers! Thank you to everyone who has been following the great stream of videos on our channel. If you’re not yet following us, now’s the time!

We’ve upped our video content game over the last couple of years and the steady stream of awesome is the reason so many people are subscribing. With this milestone reached, it’s a great time to look at the different styles of content Hackaday focuses on, and to get some feedback about what you would like to see on our channel!

Anyone following along with

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Delusion: Lies Within mixes movies and immersive theater to create a creepy, campy VR adventure

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Immersive entertainment is a wide-ranging term that can encompass everything from virtual reality and theme parks to haunted houses and interactive theater. But no matter the flavor, one thing all immersive media share is that they’re in a constant state of exploration and evolution. Unlike film and TV, which both have a framework of generally accepted conventions and tropes, most immersive work is still trying to figure out what audiences respond to. Creators keep inching toward the mainstream with every new brand activation, escape room, and Westworld-inspired creation.

It’s fairly common to see one discipline looking to another one’s successes and failures for inspiration, and that’s precisely what Robert Kirkman’s Skybound…

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Wynonna Earp is back, and there’s still time to catch up on Netflix

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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

“Purgatory,” the first episode of the horror / Western series Wynonna Earp. Set in the present (or at least a fantastical facsimile), the show stars Melanie Scrofano as the title character, the great-great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp. At the start of the story, Wynonna has just turned 27 and has returned to her old hometown of Purgatory, in…

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Neopets is making a mobile game that combines Scrabble and Neopets lore

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At a party at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, Neopets announced that it is developing a mobile game called Legends and Letters. The company also announced that a mobile site and app are on the way, which will allow users to play dozens of the excellent mini-games available on the browser site.

The new game is noteworthy for being one of the company’s first ventures into mobile territory, especially by a website that’s been around since 1999. CEO David Lord described Legends and Letters as a combination of “Neopets lore, a puzzle game mechanic, and battles.” It follows the format of puzzle fighting games like Puzzle & Dragons, pitting the user’s Neopets against enemies. The game is separate from your browser account, though, so,…

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The black mystery sarcophagus was opened, and now people want to drink its ‘bone juice’

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There was a lot of fierce debate about whether we should open the massive and ancient black sarcophagus that was unearthed in Alexandria, Egypt, a few weeks back. For many, including this reporter, the damn thing needed to remain closed, lest we all be subjected to some kind of horrifying, world-ending torment.

Nobody listened to reason, however, and yesterday, the sarcophagus was opened. What was revealed was not buried treasure or some massive curse (yet) but three average skeletons, possibly soldiers, baking in a lot of red liquid. And because the internet is the home for forbidden snackers of all types, some people wanted to drink that sweet, sweet mummy broth.

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Waitress swiftly and gloriously takes down a dude who groped her

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A server served up some quick justice to a customer who groped her.

Ryan Cherwinski of Palm Bay, Florida is having a bad week for some bad behavior. The 31-year-old married father of two casually grabbed a server inappropriately at Vinnie Van GoGo’s pizza restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. As you’ll see in the video, the server, 21-year-old college student Emelia Holden, wasted no time taking him down for the offense. She slammed him against the wall and then reprimanded him.

Police were called and they arrested Cherwinski, in front of his wife and kids, after reviewing the security footage showing the incident. He spent two days in jail.

Holden wants to put the incident behind her, writing on Facebook, “I appreciate all of the kind words from everyone but I’d also appreciate it if people would stop tagging me in the video. I know what happened, I was there. Also I am NOT I repeat NOT interested in doing interviews on the matter. What’s done is done, he got what he deserved and I’m just trying to live my life.”

Thanks, Dixie!

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