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Admire its processor, but buy its predecessor
Ive been on enough video calls this week to know that everyone could use a little help looking their best. From virtual weddings to work meetings, we all suddenly have to be on camera in our homes, and as a Verge video director and host, Im no stranger to having to be camera-ready at all times and in imperfect spaces.
Over the past few weeks, Ive been optimizing my own video chat setup: from knowing where to sit to get the best light, to choosing the right microphone, to just staying comfortable. Here are my tips and tricks to becoming the video call MVP you were meant to be.
Its best to start with lighting because that will dictate where you are sitting. Open up your shades and let the natural light…
Samsung is refreshing its Galaxy A-series midrange phones for 2020. The lineup consists of a whopping six phones, all of which are aimed at people who want high-end features without paying an exorbitant amount of money. The most affordable option costs $110, while the highest-end A71 5G tops out at $600, and as you probably guessed from its name, it supports 5G connectivity. There will also be a slightly more affordable $500 model that is 5G-ready. The good news is that the entire lineup ships with Android 10 software with One UI 2.0, and features a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Im going to dive into each phones features below, starting with the two that will release first on April 9th. The rest will release in the summer. However, note that…
I’m not sure that we deserve a happy ending. But like the rest of you, right now, I’m hoping like hell for one. Read the rest
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With much of the world stuck inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are turning to Animal Crossing: New Horizons to recapture the feeling of interacting with the outside world by spending time on the games virtual islands and their anthropomorphic animal residents. But the games easy-to-use multiplayer that lets you host up to seven guests on an island has also become a popular way to throw real-world events like birthday parties and even weddings.
If you want to host your own party, weve put together a guide right here. Well offer some ideas on what you can do with your visitors to give you some inspiration and walk through some of the mechanics of hosting the party so that it runs smoothly.
Fintech is white hot these days, with major acquisitions and funding rounds galore. Its also a relatively new space, with startups only really breaching the thicket of regulations that defines the modern banking and finance world in the past few years. So it is fascinating to watch how Shamir Karkal, one of the original fintech […]
If you’ve ever wanted to catch a fish with a trap designed to catch other edible, living things, your time has arrived. I’m not sure if this is a technique that’s common knowledge in outdoor circles, but it’s frigging brilliant.
Also, what’s the deal with the guy in the top left corner of the video, two minutes, fifty-five seconds in? He just kind of melts into the tree. Creepy. Read the rest
Sometimes Muppet fans get really lucky. Not only are we getting a new book based on Jim Hensons classic film Labyrinth, but the whole thing is written and illustrated by one of the best artistic talents in the business.
Luke Flowers, who recently illustrated the gorgeous storybook adaptation of The Muppet Christmas Carol, will be releasing a brand new storybook recounting the story of Labyrinth in alphabetical order!
The book will be in stores and online on September 29th, retailing for $18.99.
CCMixter is a free music discovery service with more than 1M tracks, for use in your games, movies, even commercial projects. Tracks are licensed under the Creative Commons, there’s a wealth of filtering options to find exactly what you need, and I’m listening to the top instrumentals right now — good stuff! Read the rest
IMissTheOffice is a ambient noise generator specializing in recreating the pre-coronavirus audial world of flourescent lights, watercooler hubbub and beeping office electronics. You can click specific items to make them go, or just specify a number of colleagues and let it run. It’s by a creative agency called The Kids. Read the rest
If you’re reading Hackaday, you’ve almost certainly heard of JTAG. There’s an excellent chance you’ve even used it once or twice to reflash an unruly piece of hardware. But how well do you actually know JTAG? More specifically, do you know how useful it can be when reverse engineering hardware? …read more
Punk rock bard, Henry Rollins, and KCRW have launched The Cool Quarantine, a new online radio program where Henry goes through his record collection and shares stories. The idea is to recreate that vibe of hanging out with friends, spinning some sides, and talking about music, shows, and whatever else pops to mind.
One of my favorite things about music is that often, theres a good story about any one album or song. I specifically put tracks into this show so I could tell you the story before we play the song. A couple of examples from this show would include a live Cramps track from 1979 that was recorded by Ian MacKaye and also, the first cassette I ever copied. Another would be a live Led Zeppelin track from the time Ian and I saw them play.
We will be playing different songs from different bands of course but well also be listening to entire albums, EPs, and singles. At four hours, this is lonnnnnnnnng-form programming!
Cool out here.
We all think we could use a third arm from time to time, but when we actually play this thought experiment out in our heads we’ll eventually come to the same hurdle [caltadaniel] found, which is a lack of a controller. His third arm isn’t just an idea, though. It’s …read more
Can you remember everything you’ve touched in a given day? If you’re being honest, the answer is, “Probably not.” We humans are a tactile species, with an outsized proportion of both our motor and sensory nerves sent directly to our hands. We interact with the world through our hands, and …read more
Lockdown has disrupted everyones lives to varying degrees, and wedding photographers are some of the unluckier ones in terms of the impact on their careers there arent any weddings happening, and even if there were itd be unwise or impractical to attend. Yorkshire-based photographer Tim Dunk, however, has found a way to keep on taking portraits in self-isolation: FaceTime.
Writing in PetaPixel, Dunk describes the process, which involves making use of the Live Photo button that lets you snap an image during the call. Dunk works with the subjects to find or create good light within their homes, then edits the resulting shots in Lightroom. The image quality is not going to be great, he says. Embrace it!
Dunk says hes done more…
Learning a new skill is fun, especially one that could land you a new job. We don’t think you’ll find too much demand for PDP-11 assembly language programmers, but if it still interests you, check out [ChibiAkumas’s] video that starts a series on that subject for “absolute beginners.”
The PDP-11 …read more
While all the downsides of stay-at-home orders and social distancing are evident, there are at least a few small silver linings to come out of all this. For many, this time spent indoors has meant a happy reintroduction to your very own kitchen.
You know your kitchen. Its usually the place that holds all your leftovers. And its where the oven lives, the appliance that handles all your one-step frozen dinner heat-ups.
Of course, thats not really cooking, is it? But for as long as were sticking close to home, its a great opportunity to try some culinary explorations we may never have attempted overwise. Cooking for real means ingredients and measurements and likely a cascade of spoons and measuring cups to get it right.
However, reinvigorated cooks can now ditch all of those extra utensils and containers for simplified ease of The Kitchen Cube All-in-One Measuring Device.
At first glance, it almost looks like a basic toddler toy, just a 3.5-inch plastic block. But this single instrument is actually an all-purpose gadget to handle up to 19 different US and metric measurements in seconds. From cups to tablespoons to milliliters of virtually all cooking sizes, the Kitchen Cubes got you covered.
Just flip the cube to your preferred measurement, pour in your ingredient to the fill point, and dump. Its stunningly simple, yet this basic cube just eliminated the need for all those other measuring spoons and cups that clutter your drawers and countertops and seem to end up everywhere while youre trying to cook. Read the rest
As a songwriter, Prine was admired by Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and others, known for his ability to mine seemingly ordinary experiences he wrote many of his classics as a mailman in Maywood, Illinois for revelatory songs that covered the full spectrum of the human experience. Theres Hello in There, about the devastating loneliness of an elderly couple; Sam Stone, a portrait of a drug-addicted Vietnam soldier suffering from PTSD; and Paradise, an ode to his parents strip-mined hometown of Paradise, Kentucky, which became an environmental anthem. Prine tackled these subjects with empathy and humor, with an eye for the in-between spaces, the moments people dont talk about, he told Rolling Stone in 2017. Prines stuff is pure Proustian existentialism, Dylan said in 2009. Midwestern mind-trips to the nth degree.
We say goodbye to this great American songwriter with this performance of “Angel from Montgomery,” recorded for Austin City Limits, in 2018.
Fly, Mr. Prine. Fly.
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When needing a custom PCB, most of us will whip up design files and send them off to a board house. Prices are low and turnaround times are bearable, with quality that’s difficult to replicate at home. The old methods still have some value however, as [Bantam Tools] demonstrate with …read more