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.”
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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!

1986’s OutRun a maintenance hassle for arcade operators in 2018

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Running a retroarcade sounds like a lot of fun, and the same games that used to get the kids pumping quarters then are still the most popular. Which means that 32-year old OutRun cabinets tend to break down often.

Out Run is a favorite at the arcade to say the least. It is in almost constant use from our younger Players. One of the reasons of course is that Sega designed this particular model to basically make you feel you were in an actual vehicle. While not quite like the Ferrari Testarossa Spider you drive in the game itself, it’s a nice design. Furthermore there were four different versions of the arcade game produced. Two of them were upright models with two others being sit-down cabinets.

Great fun working around hot CRTs! You can whine about authentic monitors all ya like, if I were running an arcade, I would replace the innards on most of the machines with Raspberry Pis and 4k LCDs and put the original PCBs in a nice glass cases on the wall next to each, with art gallery-style cards.

Learn to Count in Seximal, a Position Above the Rest

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Believe it or not, counting is not special. Quite a few animals have figured it out over the years. Tiny honeybees compare what is less and what is more, and their brains are smaller than a pinky nail. They even understand the concept of zero, which — as anyone who has had to teach a toddler knows — is rather difficult to grasp. No, counting is not special, but how we count is.

I don’t mean to toot our own horn, but humans are remarkable for having created numerous numeral systems, each specialized in their own ways. Ask almost anyone …read more

Build A Boat With Your Buddies

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It’s probably a dream common to many groups of friends among the Hackaday readership: go away together to a sunny island some time in the summer, take a load of beer and maybe a BBQ, and build something. Some of us get close to it at hacker camps such as Toorcamp or EMF, but few do it as well as [KristianKalm] and his friends. Their time on an island resulted in a boat, and what a boat it is!

To be fair, this is not a craft you’d sail the high seas in, its unique hull design rendered in single-skin …read more

Editor’s Choice: LG G7 ThinQ

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My favorite phone released this year doesn’t have the fastest performance, doesn’t have the best camera, and has worse than average battery life. It also has a superfluous button for a virtual assistant that I can’t reprogram to something more useful and has the worst name for a phone I’ve seen in years. It’s not a phone that I recommend most people should buy. But LG’s G7 ThinQ (I told you it has the worst name) is my favorite phone right now because it meets my specific set of wants and needs better than anything else at the moment.

The primary reason why I like the G7 so much is that it’s the Android phone that best mimics the iPhone X’s ability to cram a large screen in a frame that can still be managed in one hand. I love the…

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Does Instagram reveal who’s stalking your feed?

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Instagram knows all of our secrets, particularly the people we love to stalk. Some people think the company outs our habits to other users in their story. These users believe that the people who populate at the top of your story viewers are the ones who stalk you the most. Maybe your crush is always at the top or maybe it’s your nemesis. It doesn’t matter who.

We visited Instagram to speak with Julian Gutman, product lead for Instagram Home, which includes Stories and the Feed to figure out whether there’s any truth to this idea. Also while we were there, Julian and I chatted about the algorithm and the company’s switch to the algorithmic feed. Watch the video above if you want to know how people end up at the top of your viewers list or…

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Vergecast: Roku CEO Anthony Wood, MacBook Pro benchmarks, and Google gets fined

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We’ve got a super stuffed episode of The Vergecast this week.

First, the biggest news in tech right now is the European Commission’s ruling that Google has been unfairly using Android to push Google search on users, giving it an unfair advantage. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul sit down and discuss the implications.

In the second half of the show, Dieter discusses some of the new MacBook Pro benchmarks that claim the processors may throttle performance due to cooling issues.

Nilay got an exclusive interview with Roku CEO Anthony Wood, so we’ve included that in this episode as well.

Also, our culture coverage continues this week with another roundup by Megan Farokhmanesh and Bijan Stephen.

There’s even a whole lot more in between that — like…

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