Digital Trends
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Pixel and Pixel XL users have been reporting static at high volumes since late last year, and it seems Google will soon deliver a solution. The company responded to customers, saying it's a software issue. The post Google knows about the Pixel's audio bugs, and it is working on a fix appeared first on Digital Trends .
The Huffington Post
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I like Uber, but a lot of the code is a pricing black box designed to maximize the value of Uber, not a free auction market. There are still questions of fairness to e.g. the disabled , blacks . You can use big data to understand customers better and offer them more and better choices, or selectively charge people more . Build a true 2-way market where drivers can offer services and riders can bid for them transparently, maybe even based on a blockchain ledger, and that's a true libertarian solution. If you work on free software , you are a true libertarian and a scholar and I salute you. Until then, you're paying lip service to freedom while creating a new layer of code to regulate behavior, while maximizing your own rent-seeking. It can sometimes look like tech hubris, liberty for me, the nerd, and not for thee, the unwashed mashes. Since we've expanded the scope to theories of everything, what really separates left and right? Some interrelation between interests, learned values, psychological makeup: How you feel about people making good choices on their own; How you feel about authorities coming up with good policies and market designs, avoiding deadweight losses; How you feel about markets, whether they are generally fair or some participants accumulate one-sided market power; whether externalities and market failures are important and common, relative to deadweight losses from interventions that interfere with markets like taxes, regs; In particular whether labor market outcomes for individuals are fair; whether people generally get what they deserve in the market economy, or whether the distribution of wealth and income is unfair; whether people generally rise or fall to the level they deserve, or whether initial endowments of wealth, educational opportunity, ethnic biases are determining factors 6 ; How you feel about democracy and the likelihood of corruption and capture vs.
Core77
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Faucet Impressions proprietary software management solution allows ads to be controlled remotely and, unlike most other forms of advertising, can provide an accurate accounting of how many consumers see the ads. I've not seen one of these in the wild yet, but apparently they've been installed at the MGM Grand in Vegas as well as at certain Sheratons, Flanagans, Hooters and Buffalo Wild Wings branches. So, here's what you'll see when you go to wash your hands: I want to hack into the video feed and swap in the entire length of Lord of the Rings . I want to see how long people will stand there and watch it.
Hackaday
20 hours
[Niklas Roy] has always wanted to try out thermal imaging and saw his opportunity when he received one of those handheld IR thermometers as a gift. But not content with just pointing it at different spots and looking at the temperatures on the LCD display, he decided to use it as the basis for a scanning, thermal imaging system that would display a heat map of a chosen location on his laptop. DIY thermal imaging system He still wanted to to be able to use the IR thermometer as normal at a later date so cutting it open was not an option. Instead he firmly mounted a webcam to it pointing at the LCD display. He then wrote software on his laptop to process the resulting image and figure out what temperature was being displayed. Once he got that working, he next put the thermometer on a platform with servos connected to an Arduino for slowly rotating it in the horizontal and vertical directions, also under control of the software on his laptop.
Daily Mail - Science
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Made by LG, the Watch Sport and Watch Style are set to be revealed on February 9th, according to VentureBeat, and will run Android Wear 2.0, Google's new software.
Hackaday
a day
Of course, for round shapes it will probably be different but we only saw it in action in one demonstration video. There is also the plus side that, when a print finishes, it's finished. No x-acto knife to remove support, no sand paper, no time wasted. Having the software controlling the bed properly was more difficult than the assembly of the printer, they said. It is still under development as it cannot, for example, simultaneously move the print head and printing bed to produce a continuous print. It looks cool and we wonder... how much speed up can we get from such printers? How much will be the extra cost and will it be worth it? [via Heise.de ] Filed under: 3d Printer hacks
Ruptly TV
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The credibility of Former Volkswagen Group (VW AG) CEO Martin Winterkorn "has been shattered, at least for me," Herbert Behrens, the chairman of the parliamentary committee investigating the Volskwagen emission scandal, stated after the first session in Berlin on Thursday. In 2015, the VW Group admitted it had installed software in diesel vehicles, duping emission tests so the cars appear to be more eco-friendly than they actually were. In the parliamentary hearing, Winters, who resigned 5 days after the scandal broke out, claimed that he was only informed that a recall had taken place. SOT, Herbert Behrens, Committee chairman (German): "We were informed by Winterkorn, as the former chief executive, that he was only informed that a recall had taken place. I really have to say, I find this to be a completely inappropriate reaction. If a chief executive receives a message that 500,000 vehicles have to be recalled from the American market due to their emission and nitrogen levels, he has really fallen behind with his essential [tasks].
PC Pro
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It’s a really physical way of drawing so it presented a bridge between my existing computer work and my pencil drawings. The last couple of updates for Tilt Brush have suddenly made it a much more dynamic and less lumpen piece of software. Previously it seemed solely good at creating a dramatic visual demonstration of VR. The addition of the ability to shift your scale allowed me to use it to present an environment at the exhibition. In a lot of ways it was like exhibiting a huge Photoshop file for people to explore/take apart... I really like the simplicity with which you can now draw huge spaces very quickly using a basic intuitive interface, and the ability for Tilt Brush to now import pre-existing models also massively diversifies and expands what it can do. It allowed me to jump between Tilt Brush, Kodon and Blender and form a (reasonably!) smooth workflow.
PC Pro
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It’s a really physical way of drawing so it presented a bridge between my existing computer work and my pencil drawings. The last couple of updates for Tilt Brush have suddenly made it a much more dynamic and less lumpen piece of software. Previously it seemed solely good at creating a dramatic visual demonstration of VR. The addition of the ability to shift your scale allowed me to use it to present an environment at the exhibition. In a lot of ways it was like exhibiting a huge Photoshop file for people to explore/take apart... I really like the simplicity with which you can now draw huge spaces very quickly using a basic intuitive interface, and the ability for Tilt Brush to now import pre-existing models also massively diversifies and expands what it can do. It allowed me to jump between Tilt Brush, Kodon and Blender and form a (reasonably!) smooth workflow.
Ruptly TV
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Mashable
2 days
Nintendo revealed its next mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes in a Nintendo Direct livestream today, bringing the classic fantasy action RPG to smartphones for the first time. Heroes looks similar to other entries in the Fire Emblem series, tasking players with commanding a battalion against enemy forces, but this time you get to summon classic heroes from throughout the series' 27-year history. Players can send in famous heroes like Marth, Tiki and Chrom on smartphone-sized battlefields that play just like past entries in the series. Heroes has a main quest as well as other modes like the Training Tower, all of which allow you to earn experience on your heroes to level up, acquire new skills and boost ratings. Read more... More about Apps And Software , Gaming , Nintendo , Fire Emblem , and Entertainment
Design Milk - Tech
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Like its body-less Siri/Alexa counterparts, Kuri's help can be activated by voice command via microphone array or be prompted by touch at the tap of its head. Through this combination of software, hardware, and mobile app, Mayfield Robotics has given a physical manifestation to the primarily body-less smart home experience today. A built-in HD camera so you can check in on the house or pets while you’re away. A drive system powered by small electric motors designed to wheel Kuri across a wide range of flooring and carpets, and even thresholds. A four-microphone array, powerful dual speakers, and Wi-Fi + Bluetooth connectivity, so it can react to voice commands or noises, play music, read the kids a bedtime story, or follow you around playing podcasts while you’re getting ready for work; Easily programmable tasks and IFTTT capabilities to connect within modern smart homes.
BoingBoing
2 days
Since the coded pilot whale sounds were synthesized, and therefore identical, receiving and decoding them was merely a matter of recognizing a particular pattern as it came through the machine. A real whale’s call, with its unique combinations of pitch and timbre, would produce a slightly different readout, and could be weeded out as noise with the help of recognition software. “It was never successful,” writes Dr. Christopher Willes Clark, founder of the Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program, in an email. “The process of projecting codedwhalesounds out to functional distances is not viable.” Despite the promise of those initial tests, the technological barriers proved too large to overcome, and subsequent attempts in future years also failed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI2VqZYsW_k Obligatory reference to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDTCXy6VQ_c
NASA JPL
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Techradar - Reviews
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Now, that's not to say the original was perfect. It was laboriously slow, taking what felt like hours to fully populate the user interface. And, for the first year, you couldn't even plug it into the back of most HDTVs only ones with a special, MHL-compatible HDMI port. The latter was fixed quickly, but the processing problems would persist for years. A fix for that dilemma wouldn't come until this year, when Roku announced a new, even smaller version of the Roku Streaming Stick that packs in a quad-core processor for about eight times the performance of the original. The latest iteration of the Roku Streaming Stick is everything the company set out to design all those years ago. The difference now is that it's faster and smarter, thanks to software updates to Roku OS, but also more versatile, too. It leverages most of what makes the Roku 4 such a phenomenal streaming video player into a device that's a quarter of the size and a third of the cost.
MacRumors
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Earlier this month, Swift creator Chris Lattner announced he will be stepping down as director of Apple's Development Tools department to lead Tesla's Autopilot engineering team as VP of Autopilot Software. Lattner did not explain the reason for the move, but he later denied a report claiming he "felt constrained" due to Apple's culture of secrecy. So, we decided to reach out to him to learn about his true motivations. As it turns out, Lattner told MacRumors the answer is actually very simple: he is ready to move on to something new. I've been writing code for more than 30 years, and 16 of those years have been in the developer tools space. I love it, but I am ready to move on to something else. Autopilot is clearly incredibly important to the world because of its ability to save people's lives (and increase convenience). It is also a very, very hard technology problem and my experience building large scale software and team building is useful.
CNET Crave
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Hackaday
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[Chris Mitchell] was going to make his own plotter for doing cursive writing for cards but realized he might be able to use his 3D printer to do the writing instead. But then he couldn't find any suitable software so he did what you're supposed to do in this situation, he wrote his own called 3DWriter. He even 3D printed a holder so he could attach a pen to the side of the extruder. When not in use as a plotter he simply retracts the pen tip. The software is written in C# for Windows and is available on GitHub along with a detailed write-up. He clearly put a lot of thought into what features the software offers. After selecting the font, you type in whatever you want printed and then preview it to make sure it looks good. There's also a bunch of G-Code settings you can fill in such as bed size, the horizontal and vertical offsets of the pen tip from the extruder tip, drawing speed and so on.
AFP News Agency
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Digital Trends
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Daily Mail - Science
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Daily Mail - Science
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Make:
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Techradar - Reviews
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But that's never really been the point of a Nintendo console, with the company far more concerned with innovative gameplay forms than photo-real visuals. Under the hood of its core tablet unit youll find a custom Nvidia Tegra processor, broadly comparable to the Tegra X1 found in an Nvidia Shield TV . 32GB of storage space is onboard too (some of which is dedicated to the system software), along with 802.11.ac Wi-Fi. The screen itself is, of course, a critical part of the equation especially given how disappointing the Wii Us comparable Gamepad proved to be. The Switch screen measures out at 6.2 inches, with a resolution of 720p. It proves itself to be a very enjoyable screen to view. It has vibrant colors, a relatively sharp resolution, and is able to keep up with the breakneck nature of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which we had hands-on time with.