17 UX Trends That Are Better Than the Rest

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Have you ever driven down a road that was incredibly uneven or bumpy? Did you ever get frustrated trying to install a piece of software on your computer? Have you ever eaten at a restaurant and had lousy food and even worse service? If you said yes, then you have been a victim of poor user experiences that you haven’t forgotten. While UX is a crucial element in both the digital and physical world, it is in the digital world where we see the value of UX skyrocket, and that is for one reason – choice.

People will often drive down a bumpy road because it is faster or will eat at a restaurant with bad service because it is the only one in town; however, they won’t settle for a subpar digital experience. Why? Simple – quick and easy access to your competition. The internet and technology have torn down limitations and empowered the user to find what they want. What does this mean? Well, if you cannot provide your user with the experience they are looking for, rest assured, somebody else can and will.

The worst thing about my Xbox One is its reliance on batteries

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Two Black Fridays ago, on the tail end of a holiday hangover, I succumbed to my consumer urges and bought an Xbox One. The bonus of this particular bundle was, in my bleary eyes, the console itself: a deep teal color with a slick controller to match. It arrived even more beautiful in person, with one catch: Its controller, by default, still required two AA batteries.

Microsoft’s competitors, Sony and Nintendo, sell consoles free of drugstore-shelf batteries. The Switch’s JoyCons fit snugly into the charging station powering the whole rig. Sony’s PlayStation controllers siphon power from a USB charge or the system itself. On the handheld front, both the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3DS rely on a plug-in charge. But even in 2018, not all Xbox…

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Asus’ new Zephyrus S gaming laptop is its thinnest yet, but the trackpad is still in the wrong place

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Today Asus is announcing the new Zephyrus S gaming laptop, and it comes as competitors like Razer and MSI are regularly putting out thinner laptops with even thinner bezels. That’s what the Zephyrus S is designed to take on; it’s the company’s thinnest gaming laptop to date and an alternative to other, beefier Asus gaming laptops.

There will be two Zephyrus S models available, with the first being sold exclusively at Amazon. The first SKU will retail for $2,199, is equipped with GTX 1070 Max Q graphics, an 8th-gen Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM, a 15.6-inch 144Hz full HD screen with 3ms response time, and finally, a 512GB NVMe solid state drive.

Asus is advertising this configuration of the Zephyrus S because it has the…

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Learn your next language faster with Mondly’s AI-powered lessons

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From self-driving cars to Siri, we’ve already gotten a taste of what AI can do, and now this groundbreaking technology is making its way to education and revolutionizing the way we learn new languages. Mondly uses state-of-the-art speech recognition to help you speak foreign languages like a true local. Lifetime subscriptions are on sale for $69.99 today.

Leveraging the power of AI, Mondly knows how to listen to your words and phrases and only gives positive feedback if you speak clearly and correctly. That way, you’ll sound much more convincing when you’re ordering paella in Madrid or asking for directions to the Louvre. You can choose 5 of 33 languages to learn in your own native tongue and break down Mondly’s curriculum into short, bite-sized lessons, so you can learn at your own pace.

A lifetime subscription to Mondly would normally retail for $1,199, but you can sign up in the Boing Boing store for $69.99, saving more than 90% off.

Welcome to the Internet of Swords

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As has been made abundantly clear by the advertising department of essentially every consumer electronics manufacturer on the planet: everything is improved by the addition of sensors and a smartphone companion app. Doesn’t matter if it’s your thermostat or your toilet, you absolutely must know at all times that it’s operating at peak efficiency. But why stop at household gadgets? What better to induct into the Internet of Things than 600 year old samurai weaponry?

Introducing the eKatana by [Carlos Justiniano]: by adding a microcontroller and accelerometer to the handle of a practice sword, it provides data on the motion …read more

The Corsair H150i Pro RGB AIO Cooler Review: The Quiet Giant

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In today’s review we are taking a look at the largest all-in-one liquid cooler Corsair is currently offering, the H150i Pro RGB. The H150i Pro RGB is largely based on previous products that the company introduced last year, with the palpable exception being the huge 360 mm radiator. Also, as its name suggests, the H150i Pro RGB features RGB lighting that is programmable via Corsair’s new iCUE software interface.

Behold, the pool float for pregnant women

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All the pregnant ladies, this one is for you.

This pink inflatable floatie has a hole for your baby bump which means, for once, you can lie on your front (if you’re in the water, that is). It’s like a massage table but instead of putting your head in the hole, you put in your swelled belly.

The bad news? You can’t buy it, not yet anyway. It’s a promotional item you can win from the folks at the Peanut motherhood app.

(Cool Mom Picks)

Theo Jansen Invents A Faster, Simpler, Wind-Powered Strandbeest

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[Theo Jansen] has come up with an intriguing wind-powered strandbeest which races along the beach with surprising speed and grace. According to [Jansen], it “doesn’t have hinging joints like the classical strandbeests, so they don’t get sand in their joints and you don’t have to lubricate them.” It’s called UMINAMI, which appropriately means “ocean wave” in Japanese.

There are only videos of it in action to go on so far, but a lot can be gleaned from them. To make it easier to keep track of just a single leg, we’ve slowed things down and reddened one of them in …read more

Zener Diode Tutorial

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We always enjoy [w2aew’s] videos, and his latest on zener diodes is no exception. In it, he asserts that all Zener diodes are not created equal. Why? You’ll have to watch the video below to find out.

Zener diodes are one of those strange items that have several uses but are not as popular as they once were. There was a time when the Zener was a reasonable way to regulate a voltage inexpensively and easily. Unfortunately the regulation characteristics were not very good, and the power lost was very high. But that was sometimes a reasonable trade, compared to …read more

Single Page Application Using Server-Side Blazor

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Introduction

In this article, we will create a Single Page Application (SPA) using the server-side Blazor concepts with the help of Entity Framework Core database first approach. Single-Page Applications are web applications that load a single HTML page and dynamically update that page as the user interacts with the app.

We will be creating a sample Employee Record Management System and perform CRUD operations on it. A modal popup will display the form to handle the use inputs and also give the form a dropdown list, which will bind to a database table. We will also provide a filter option to the user to filter the employee records based on employee name.

Tweetbot loses several key features ahead of Twitter’s API change

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Twitter’s API changes won’t come out until tomorrow, but its ramifications are already being felt. Tapbots released an update today to Tweetbot for iOS that loses many of the Twitter client’s most popular or essential features. It also removed its Apple Watch app. In Tweetbot’s App Store release notes, Tapbots explained “on August 16th Twitter […]

Patrick Stewart signs on to narrate upcoming video game My Memory of Us

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Scheduled for release on October 9th, My Memory of Us is a game that tackles a game that tackles a difficult subject: the lives of Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War. Engadget recently spoke with Miko?aj Paw?owski, the CEO of Juggler Games, about how a video game with such a dark backdrop will be presented in a way that respects the grim period of human history in which it’s set, while still making it something that folks might actually want to play.

From Engadget:

The story tells of a friendship between and boy and a girl in a Jewish ghetto in Poland, made during some of history’s darkest days. You venture outside, exploring what you can of your world now full of walls, decrees and exclusion, completing logic puzzles and looking for small pleasures along the way. The animation, reminiscent of old Disney cartoons, gives the gameplay even greater poignancy. “The story of My Memory of Us is a personal one to us, as our grandparents faced similar oppression World War 2. This game is our ode to them and the millions of others who lived and died during this time,” says Paw?owski.

To add to the gravitas surrounding the project, Juggler’s recruited one of the best-known voice talents on the planet, Patrick Stewart, to narrate the game.

Given Stewart’s involvement in a number of worthwhile humanitarian causes, including Amnesty International, I can only assume that the game will treat the delicate subject of the horrors and humiliations that Jews were forced to live in Nazi Germany’s ghettos with the utmost care and respect.

Every Shop Needs A Giant Wooden Utility Knife

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Generally speaking, we don’t cover that many woodworking projects here at Hackaday. What’s the point? It’s bad enough that wood reminds us of the outside world, but it hardly ever blinks, and forget about connecting it to Wi-Fi. This doesn’t seem to bother you fine readers, so we have to assume most of you feel the same way. But while we might not always “get” large woodworking projects around these parts, we’re quite familiar with the obsession dedication required to work on a project for no other reason than to say you managed to pull it off.

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Don’t Forget Your Mints When Using This Synthesizer

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While synthesizers in the music world are incredibly common, they’re not all keyboard-based instruments as you might be imagining. Especially if you’re trying to get a specific feel or sound from a synthesizer in order to mimic a real instrument, there might be a better style synth that you can use. One of these types is the breath controller, a synthesizer specifically built to mimic the sound of wind instruments using the actual breath from a physical person. Available breath controllers can be pricey, though, so [Andrey] built his own.

To build the synthesizer, [Andrey] used a melodica hose and …read more

Diablo III leaks for the Switch, out later this year

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The leaked Ganondorf armor for Diablo III

It looks like Diablo III is coming to the Switch, according to a since-deleted post from Forbes that was spotted by Reddit user Riomegon.

The Switch port of the game is apparently going to be released as the Diablo III: Eternal Collection, a $59.99 bundle that will include both the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansions, along with the other content and updates that Blizzard has released over the years. There are also apparently some Nintendo exclusive in-game items: a Ganondorf-styled cosmetic armor set, a Tri-Force portrait frame, a Cucco pet, and more.

Diablo III has been rumored to be coming to Nintendo’s latest console since February, when Blizzard first…

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Motorola’s latest phone looks exactly like an iPhone X with a Huawei paint job

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Motorola has made a new iPhone X clone called the P30 that comes in an iridescent twilight color reminiscent of Huawei’s P20, as spotted by PhoneArena. When we say clone, the rear of the phone looks nearly identical to the iPhone X, except that Apple’s logo has been replaced with Motorola’s and it doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

Huawei’s P20 comes in twilight, which is a deep purple that can turn into blue, depending on what lighting it’s under. Motorola is calling its similar shade “Aurora.” By taking some of the iPhone X’s looks and the Huawei P20’s most memorable color, the Motorola P30 combines the best of both worlds, even if some might call it derivative. It will come to China before it sees greater availability around the world.

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