Ars Technica
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Enlarge / There. All better, Nintendo Switch. (credit: Sam Machkovech) With the Nintendo Switch's newness starting to fade, interest in the new console has begun to shift toward its upcoming wave of "bigger" games. These include a gussied-up Mario Kart 8 , the brand-new fighting series Arms , and a new Splatoon game that is finally looking more like a sequel than a last-gen port. But something interesting is quietly bubbling within the world of Switch games—though, sadly, I don't mean Nintendo's catalog of classic Virtual Console games. What's bubbling up is just about as good, however: frequently updated games. And in one case, those updates have transformed at least one major Switch game from "maybe try" to "must buy." Patchwork Nintendo spoke at length at a late-February event about how its Nintendo Switch platform will make certain development tasks easier for game makers.
Hackaday
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Of course, you can entirely sidestep the 3D-printed parts and just fix a bunch of servos together and call it a robot . It's harder to make building a four-legger any easier than these two projects. What are you waiting for? Filed under: robots hacks
Ruptly TV
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Russian hairdresser Daniil Istomin offers risky haircuts by chopping clients' hair with an axe, as demonstrated in Novosibirsk on Friday. According to Istomin, the idea came to him as he was trying "to come up with something interesting with my profession, come up with some tricks," adding that "It all started with a banal 'let's try being blindfolded', then 'try with two hands'. Eventually it came to the axe." Speaking about the unusual way of doing his work, the hairstylist contended that it was "easier to give a haircut with an axe then with scissors." The unusual barber explained his approach: "I just took some basics of geometry, combined it with my profession and shifted the angles into slightly different variations." Istomin became popular after a video of him cutting the hair of a 19-year-old woman at an entertainment show in a restaurant was shown by the American television program 'Right This Minute.
Ruptly TV
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Eight of South Urals' strongest men participated in a strongmen tournament in Chelyabinsk on Friday. Dmitri Stroganov finished as the competition's overall winner after being more successful than his opponents in the yoke-pushing category and lifting a car of 1,300 kilogrammes (2,866 pounds) category. Stroganov said that the yoke-pushing was the most difficult contest of the lot. SOT, Dmitri Stroganov, Winner of the car lifting contest (Russian): "Today there was a yoke, it's not comfortable and unusual, all the athletes had to adapt to it, since it's hard to cope with it from the first time. Nobody knows the technique, so we've done it as we could. So, some quite strong guys turned out to be in the last places." SOT, Dmitri Stroganov, Winner of the car lifting contest (Russian): "Actually, for me it was a bit easier since I’m smaller and my amplitude is smaller than that of tall athlete’s.
YourNewsWire
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Syria's President Bashar Assad has said that the Syrian Army will expel Turks from Northern Syria. He said that Syria won't negotiate' with occupiers. Assad added that the US and its allies will be easier [...]
Men's Fitness
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I’ve done a little bit of road riding but it hasnt got the same appeal to me, it’s a bit clean-cut. Going off-road is also more unpredictable. On roads it’s mostly the same conditions, the same surface. Off-road there’s a lot of different factors the come into it – rocks and roots and mud and rain – that I think makes it more exciting. What the best way for a beginner to get into MTB? Just get a helmet on and go and try it. Do some research to find some easy routes – there’s one at Swinley Forest in Bracknell which is a really good place to start if you’re in the London area. There’s lots of places popping up and everywhere has easier routes – that’s a brilliant place to start. Dont push yourself too hard too early, but get out there. Get it done! Where are your favourite places to ride near London? My favourite place is in the Surrey Hills – at Peaslake.
Expert Reviews
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Not only is Battle Mode back to its glory days after Mario Kart 8 ’s opted to ditch traditional arena battles for track-based ones, but Nintendo has gone all-out and transformed it into its own competitive multiplayer mode. Balloon Battle is back – albeit this time with a time limit, five balloons and no game-over deathsalongside four other truly brilliant multiplayer skirmishes. Shine Thief is all-out chaos and sees players fighting to obtain and hold a Super Mario Sunshine shinesprite until your timer reaches zero; Renegade Roundup is a cops-and-robbers team-based skirmish that’s unbelieveable amounts of fun; Coin Runners tasks you with hoarding as many coins as you can with the catch that the more coins you obtain the slower you move, thus making you an easier target; and Bob-omb Blast is Balloon Battle where war is waged with nothing but Bob-ombs.
HubSpot Marketing Blog
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These projects are still works in progress, but the announcements remind all of us that AI isn't right around the corner -- it's now. Read more about how AI could change your job in a recent HubSpot Research report. Messenger Over 1.2 billion people use Facebook Messenger, but the platform isn't just for humans. There are over 100,000 monthly active Messenger bots, and they're changing the way businesses communicate with prospects and customers. Facebook reported at F8 that 2 billion messages are sent between people and businesses each month. To that end, it's created new tools and features to make it easier for Messenger users and businesses to get in touch on the platform. 8) New Facebook Messenger Features Below are some of the biggest Messenger announcements marketers should take note of. You'll notice that most of these changes are designed around getting users to spend more time in Messenger: A Discover tab on the Messenger home screen so users can easily search for bots that will point them in the right direction Messenger Codes, which users can scan with the Messenger Camera to easily connect with businesses Messenger's AI assistant, M, can suggest ordering food from delivery.
Hackaday
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E-ink displays are awesome. Humans spent centuries reading non-backlit devices, and frankly it's a lot easier on the eyes. But have you looked into driving one of these critters yourself? It's a nightmare. So chapeau! to [Julien] for his FPGA-based implementation that not only uses our favorite open-source FPGA toolchain , and serves as an open reference implementation for anyone else who's interested. Getting just black and white on an E-ink display is relatively easy just hit the ink pixels with the same signal over and over until they give up. Greyscale is made by applying much more nuanced voltages because the pixels are somewhat state-dependent. If the desired endpoint is a 50% grey, for instance, you'd hit it with a different pulse train if the pixel were now white versus if it were now black. (Ever notice that your e-book screen periodically does a white-black flash? It's resetting all the pixels to a known state.
South China Morning Post
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The future is always flying cars. And at this weeks Top Marques Monaco, the worlds most exclusive supercar show (which runs from April 20-23), the covers come off the latest version of the AeroMobil Flying Car. Its simultaneously a four-wheeled road vehicle and a light aircraft, and is say the Slovakian makers designed to overcome traffic jams, allow faster travel over medium distances, and make travel easier in areas with few roads. Its on pre-order...
RT
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Core77
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To monitor their glucose, diabetics must regularly prick their finger, then insert test strips into devices that look like Nokia designed them in the '90s: Then they've got to log the figures. It's a decidedly clinical experience performed with undesirable devices. Brooklyn-based design firm Pensa is addressing this problem with design. If a diabetic must live with this ritual, oughtn't the objects used be beautiful, and the process of logging made easier? To this end, they've designed the chrome-and-leather, Marc-Jacobs-inspired One Drop system: Introducing One Drop | Chrome: Different. By Design. from One Drop on Vimeo. The flat device that you see is the meter, which both reads the test strip and transmits the data to the app on your phone. The narrow cylindrical device is the lancer, and the wider cylindrical container holds the test strips.
Fox News
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Futurity
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This bird’s flight through lasers could improve drones Current techniques for recording animals in motion often rely on tracking markers attached to the animal or features of the animal like stripes or spots, an approach that can't directly or automatically reconstruct an entire wing surface at high resolution. Other methods, which use patterned light, are easier to automate but are too slow to record bird flight. As reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology , the new method builds on previous structured-light techniques, but automatically resolves body shape changes at high speed and in high resolution. The great thing about this system is it's the first fully automated, high-speed reconstruction of birds in the world, says Marc Deetjen, a graduate student in the Lentink lab and senior author of the paper. The group's setup consists of a video camera synced with a projector that projects two overlapping patterns of light.
Hackaday
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Where this game of cat and mouse will end is anyone's guess. This event marks the second time in only a few months that a broadcast has caused a voice-activated device to go rogue. Back in January a disk jockey reporting a story about Amazon's Echo managed to order doll houses for many residents of San Diego . With devices like Alexa and Google home always ready to accept a command, stories like this are going to become the new normal. The only way to avoid it completely is to not allow it in your home. For those who do have a voice-activated device, be very careful what devices and services you connect it to. Internet of things smart door locks are already providing ways to unlock one's door with a voice command. Burglarizing a home or apartment couldn't be easier if you just have to ask Siri to unlock the door for you . And while some complained about the lack of security in the Zelda hack , we'd rate that as a thousand times more secure than a voice recognition system with no password.
HubSpot Marketing Blog
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Naturally, more people will want to click on something that makes them feel good. In our data, we found that the library of emojis that marketers can use has increased in size by 108%. This makes sense, considering hundreds of new emojis were added just last year. Now, it’s easier than ever to find an emoji that relates to you, and even looks like you . The list of new emojis includes some of our all-time favorites, like the rainbow flag ️‍ , a David Bowie tribute‍ , and new options for genders, races, and diverse family representation . With this in mind, emoji use has increased dramatically across most communication channels, including advertising, social media, email, and mobile push notifications. Let’s take a look. How Emojis Have Evolved on Each Channel Emojis in Advertising There’s absolutely no shortage of advertising that contains emojis.
Mashable
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Sometimes, you need to learn things the hard way. A curious leopard found itself on the wrong end of two porcupines recently at Kruger National Park in South Africa. Donovan Piketh was following the leopard when he spotted the porcupines. He quickly switched his camera to video mode, knowing something was about to go down. "We were following the leopard as it was just walking along when my friend spotted the two porcupines walking towards the leopard," Piketh told Latest Sightings . "As soon as the leopard saw them it changed into stalking mode and we knew something was going to happen." After trying to attack both porcupines and getting a fair amount of quills stuck in its legs and chest, the leopard decided to find an easier meal and retreated back into the woods. The porcupines were able to get away without much harm. Read more... More about Viral Videos , Animals , Nature , Watercooler , and Watercooler
WinBeta
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Today, an update is rolling out for the LinkedIn desktop experience to make communicating easier across the network.
TYT YouTube
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Mashable
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What's more annoying than a selfie stick? Selfie drones, which are rapidly becoming more affordable, lighter, and easier to useand, as of April 12, available in Apple stores around the country. SEE ALSO: Drone crashes through woman's apartment window Why would this method of self-documentation be more irksome than oblivious tourists flailing about with selfie sticks ? One word: noise. Yes, in malls across America, Apple will be conducting in-store demos to promote the Hover Camera Passport Drone , which buzzes much more loudly than a selfie stick As the name implies, selfie drones are a class of aerial products designed to hover near the owner while filming and taking still photos. The Hover , pictured above, is a relatively slick entrant to the field. It can lock on a specific person's face and follow that individual for up to 10 minutes. Read more... More about Apple Stores , Selfie Drone , Selfie Stick , Selfie , and Drones
Hackaday
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Since this add-on cartridge is effectively a computer itself, the Vectrex32 can operate as a BASIC interpreter for the Vectrex. That's something the original hardware couldn't have done, and makes homebrew development much easier. You can check out a few videos describing the functionality of the Vectrex32 below, along with a few gameplay videos of new homebrew games written specifically for the Vectrex. Filed under: classic hacks
Ruptly TV
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' And that debt and the feat they carried out. Today we say thank you." SOT, Boris Zemtsov, Russian volunteer in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Russian): "I was not here alone. My Russian brothers were here with me. There could be more brothers if they didnt have several problems with their passports. As for the money for a trip that was much easier. But those who were here acted with dignity." Video ID: 20170412 036 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly
Mashable
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Your doodles are about to get a whole lot better. Part of Google's new A.I. Experiments collection, AutoDraw is like an AI-powered Microsoft Paint. The app combines conventional doodling with art from professionals to enhance your doodles and help create better art. SEE ALSO: Google's new drawing game is fun even if you can't draw The app works by trying to guess what you're drawing and then offering alternatives for you to build on. Image: google Google calls AutoDraw a drawing tool for the rest of us;" that is, people who aren't professional designers. What it really does is recognize what you're trying to draw and replace that with a version drawn by an artist. The tool turned my terrible doodle of a cake that really could have been anything, and offered me this great cake instead. Read more... More about Drawing , Artificial Intelligence , Google , and Tech
Techradar - Reviews
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Funnily enough, the Apple Watch 2 takes a much safer approach to pricing. It starts at $269 and works its way up to $1,049. All you could want to know about the Apple Watch The Watch also really needs to be paired with the iPhone 6 or later for the best experience, with the GPS added into the mix when running, as it's not present on the wrist-dweller. The Apple Watch isn't an essential accessory, but if you're desperate for a smartwatch it shouldn't disappoint. It's stylish, and it gives you easier access to your notifications if you're a compulsive smartphone-checker it could help rid you of your addiction. The M7 co-processor didn't really seem to do a lot in the iPhone 5S , but in the iPhone 6 things seem to be stepped up somewhat. Developers have started making better use of the functionality this low-power sensor-watcher brings. Nike, for instance, uses it to generate its Fuel Points now that its own Fuelband wearable is dead).