I've always wanted to make a persistence of vision device, but never got around to making the usual clock or desktop display. I decided to take it to the next level and install it on a Fidget Spinner. Why not right?I designed all aspects of the project. It is an Arduino using the SAMD21 MCu, a shift register controlling the LEDs, and some Hall Latches and magnets for encoding the spin. I wrote a simple program to have some fun with it, but I will continue to improve it.This project required knowledge in surface mount soldering, unless you somehow managed to get me to send you a completed board(Maybe!)You also need to know how to install a bootloader on the SAMD21(I have another instructable on this) and how to program the firmware using the Arduino IDE. Of course you can just write your own programs if you so choose!This project ...
Take part in Google's Eclipse Megamovie Project
Google is making a movie about the upcoming eclipse and you can help.
Calling all 'Time Ninjas': let's put a stop to ludicrous job titles
Silly labels for well-paid roles just add another layer of elitism.
Study & Commit New Knowledge to Memory More Effectively
MarginNote Pro for Mac: Study & Commit New Knowledge to Memory More Effectively
'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' is your brain on video games
The "Jumanji" remake no one asked for is here (no, not you "Zathura"). And this time, rolling a five or an eight isn't going to save you from the jungle.
A large satellite appears to be falling apart in geostationary orbit
It is not clear what might have caused the AMC-9 satellite to become unresponsive.
'War for the Planet of the Apes' is ape-solutely astonishing
It's gorilla warfare for Andy Serkis and friends in this jaw-dropping ape assault (no spoilers).
These wireless earphones aim to translate foreign languages in real time
These totally wireless earphones are billed as the world's first "wireless ear computer" and feature real-time language translation.
Microsoft wants to make Direct Reality VR’s answer to DirectX
Just ahead of Microsoft’s media event prior to E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show) last week the company filed a trademark for Direct Reality. Given the company’s penchant for relabelling virtual reality as mixed reality, we had hoped that would mean VR would make an appearance at its showcase. That wasn’t the case, but do now know what Direct Reality really is.
Fitbit Looks To Health Industry For Future Growth
After disappointing first quarter sales, Fitbit is making a move for the wearable health market. The company said it has a device in development that will be able to detect sleep apnea, a disorder that affects around 18 million American adults.
Apple is preparing for the death of the iPhone
"Apple will do 'heart transplants' and they've obviously done that before, and I think they are setting up for another heart transplant, and the magnitude of that will depend on ... what these Apple Glasses ultimately look like," Munster told Business Insider. "I think the speed of it is going to take longer than what you would think, but it is eventually going to replace the phone."
StarCraft: Remastered will let you fight the 4K swarm in August
The core gameplay remains the same, but the enhancements include better graphics, support for widescreen monitors and 4K resolution, along with improved music, sound and remastered dialogue to boot.
Robots to join Victorian schools under AU$1.6m grants program | ZDNet
With a AU$1.6 million kitty, the Digi-Tech Start-Up Grants initiative is aimed at pushing kids towards a career in technology, using emerging and fun devices to equip them for the jobs of the future and to tackle the skills shortage the IT sector is predicted to soon face.
Facebook can now help you find Wi-Fi anywhere
Facebook isn't your only option, as a number of apps and services can already help you hunt down Wi-Fi - the problem is getting the data on who offers it and who doesn't, so we'll see if Facebook's vast reach helps. Of course you can always just go inside a place and ask as well.
With a single warrant, US feds listened in on 3.3 million phone calls
The wiretap order authorized an unknown government agency to carry out real-time intercepts of 3.29 million cell phone conversations over a two-month period at some point during 2016, after the order was applied for in late 2015.
Kubernetes 1.7 released | ZDNet
Haven't heard of Kubernetes ? You will. Natasha Woods, a Linux Foundation senior PR manager, asked, "What do Wink, Ancestry.com, Box, Buffer, GolfNow, and Ticketmaster have in common? The way they run their infrastructure. Taking a page from giants like Google, these companies are tapping into container orchestration technology Kubernetes."
How a Startup Can Thrive in the Digital Age
Technology is reshaping the digital economy, and MIT's Andrew McAfee tells Bloomberg that if today's entrepreneurs don't embrace machines, platforms, and crowds, they will be left behind by the ones who do. (Video by Michael Byhoff & Sylvia Yang) (Source: Bloomberg)
It's Chris-mas in July. Here's how to celebrate
In finding the exact date of Chris-mas, or the days when the Chrises all align and bestow the universe with hitherto unforeseen powers, we did some digging. July 1 is an ideal day for Chris-mas, as it falls on what I have just now named the Summer Sols-chris; a date nicely in between their birthdays. Evans was the first on June 13, followed by Pratt on June 21; Hemsworth is next on August 11 and Pine rounds out the quartet on August 26.
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12 Awesome Games You Might Have Missed This Month - June 2017 - IGN
This one actually came out last year, but it hit Steam just this month. You could call that cheating, but the chance to sneak Magic Wand into this list was too good to pass up. Like most experiences from thecatamites, Magic Wand is a charming, weird, and surprising adventure with an art style like no other. It describes itself as a “JRPG,” and with its overworld-style exploration and colorful characters, it’s not far from the truth. But like Goblet Grotto and Space Funeral, two of thecatamites’ most well-known games, Magic Wand is really just about existing in its world and seeing what sorts of secrets and surprises you find there.
iOS 11 hands-on: Improved multitasking, drag-and-drop support on the iPad Pro | ZDNet
Two of the most notable features, multitasking, and drag-and-drop, are sure to transform how the iPad is used on a daily basis. Both features are aimed at making it easier to be productive on an iPad. Even though iOS 11 is still a couple of months away, it's clear to me both features are poised to deliver on that promise.
The U.S. government is removing scientific data from the internet
Lindsey told us how EDGI got started in November 2016, within days of the presidential election. Its founders are scientists and academics whose main goal was to make sure that researchers and citizens would continue to have access to data about the environment. They organized data rescue events around the country, where volunteers identified vulnerable climate information on websites for several government agencies, including the EPA, DOE, and even NASA. The Internet Archive helped by creating digital records of all the at-risk pages.
Oppo's UBD-203 4K player is for serious videophiles only
Oppo concentrates on the media you keep in your house -- whether this is silver-disc-based, on a USB key or even a local network drive. As a 4K disc player the Oppo has support for most of the standards you would expect: High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut, plus an HDR converter for standard televisions. You get allowances for color spaces such as BT.2020 as well as standards such as HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. Almost the only thing that isn't supported yet is Hybrid-Log Gamma (HLG) and Samsung's HDR10+ , but there's no need to worry about those right now.
Palmer Luckey pledges $2K/month to project that makes Oculus exclusives playable on HTC Vive
Palmer Luckey pledges $2,000 per month to a crowdfunding campaign for software that makes Oculus exclusives playable on HTC Vive
This bodacious Brooklyn sound system will blow you away
This is Brian -- his installment of Show Us Yours comes to us courtesy of Steve Guttenberg, who writes CNET's Audiophiliac column . He became acquainted with fellow Brooklynite Brian through a mutual friend and was promptly blown away by Brian's setup -- "It's one of the more outrageous audio systems I've seen in a long time," Guttenberg reports.
Huawei's new MateBooks coming to the US in July, starting at $699.99 | ZDNet
We don't often get Huawei products in the US, but the MateBook line is coming to online retailers starting next week, and at lower prices than in Europe.
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Everything we know about 'Star Trek: Discovery' so far
The new Federation uniforms sport clean lines and metallic accents that hint at some of the details of the very first "Trek" uniforms, but feature a much more refined, futuristic design than those sported by Captain Kirk, Spock and Doctor McCoy. These outfits make sense as an evolution of the uniforms seen in the "Enterprise" prequel show.
Ransomware attack is cover for something far more destructive
Using ransomware as a cover for national attacks has serious implications not just for governments. Innocent people end up in the crossfire of these massive cyberattacks. Whether it's hospitals, universities, supermarkets, airports or even a chocolate factory in the firing line, the mess eventually trickles down to you. It could mean not being able to get your medicine because Merck's data is compromised or having flights grounded at a hacked airport.
8 Ways To Make a Great First Impression During A Job Interview
During the interview, ask exactly what the hiring manager is looking for, says Binke. “Most candidates will talk about what they have done,” he says. “The prepared candidate can be very specific. They can discuss how they have been highly successful in the past, and how their former company has benefited. For example, ‘We were able to save the company $600,000,’ or ‘First year turnover was reduced by 55%.'”
The 9 best VR apps for iPhone
Orbulus is all about 360-degree photo spheres, in this case a collection of user-supplied destinations enhanced with sound or music. To choose a sphere from the gallery, you simply focus on it for a few seconds. Once you're "inside," you can zoom in or out by tilting your head right or left. It's an interesting way to travel the globe, with destinations ranging from Hong Kong to San Francisco.
Because No iPhone User Can Have Enough Lightning Cables
You can never have enough Lightning cables to keep all of your Apple devices charged, and with these 10-ft, MFi-certified monster cables, you'll have more flexibility than ever. Keep a cable at your office, in your bag, by your bed, or anywhere you might need to grab a quick charge. When it says MFi-certified, you know these cables are guaranteed to work perfectly with your Apple devices.
Gain a ton of flexibility w/ 10-ft Lightning cables
Sync & charge your devices without jumping out of bed or your office chair
Ensure your connected devices stay safe thanks to MFi-certification
Enjoy optimal convenience with the unique reversible design
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Facebook rules protects white men, not black kids, from hate
A ProPublica report says leaked documents show the social network follows complex standards on who is, and isn't, protected from abuse.
The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians
Although it wasn’t initially clear to me how independent Smith’s operation was from Flynn or the Trump campaign, it was immediately apparent that Smith was both well connected within the top echelons of the campaign and he seemed to know both Lt. Gen. Flynn and his son well. Smith routinely talked about the goings on at the top of the Trump team, offering deep insights into the bizarre world at the top of the Trump campaign. Smith told of Flynn’s deep dislike of DNI Clapper, whom Flynn blamed for his dismissal by President Obama. Smith told of Flynn’s moves to position himself to become CIA Director under Trump, but also that Flynn had been persuaded that the Senate confirmation process would be prohibitively difficult. He would instead therefore become National Security Advisor should Trump win the election, Smith said. He also told of a deep sense of angst even among Trump loyalists in the campaign, saying “Trump often just repeats whatever he’s heard from the last person who spoke to him,” and expressing the view that this was especially dangerous when Trump was away.
Here are the iOS 11 features Apple didn't tell you about
Sure, there are plenty of iOS 11 features getting all the attention. But there's far more to the update than Apple let on.
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Nest Cam IQ full review: the best smart home security camera system yet?
A walk around Station F with Emmanuel Macron
“We called this building Station F, like Station France, Station Femmes [ed. note: women in French], Station Founders or Station Freyssinet because Freyssinet was a great architect and a great entrepreneur,” French billionaire and Iliad founder Xavier Niel told Macron.
The best fitness gadgets
Fitbit Blaze This "smart fitness watch" records all the standard parameters, including steps, heart rate, sleep and floors climbed. It also has a multi-sport function designed to track specifics related to types of workout, a range of 7 to 10 minute workouts, and it automatically recognises when you're exercising versus just walking.
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How to Install iOS 11 Public Beta on Your iPhone and iPad
iOS 11 is a really exciting update for the decade-old platform, especially if you’re an iPad user. But you can’t get your hands on it until the official release in Fall. But there’s a workaround. If you’re the adventurous type, you can enroll into Apple’s Public Beta and take the iOS 11 Public Beta for a spin.
Founder of disastrous Fyre Festival arrested and charged with fraud
Billy McFarland was arrested Friday in New York and accused of making “false representations to investors” in his company, Fyre Media LLC, and in a “luxury” music festival that had been set to take place in the Bahamas over two weekends in April and May.
Apple Seeds iOS 11 Public Beta 1 to Public Testers
Today, Apple has followed through with its plans to seed the first public beta of iOS 11. The new software, which is meant for the public beta testers, is the same as the second developer beta, which means it’s the most updated version of the pre-release software up to this point.
The evolution of Apple iOS
The eighth major version of iOS kept the flat look of iOS 7 while adding useful new features. The iPhone got cross-platform continuity with Mac and iPad (Handoff), QuickType predictions, family sharing, Wi-Fi calling, time-lapse photos, Notification Center widgets and this handy Battery Usage feature that shows you what's draining your battery.
16 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to read this July
It’s July. I’m a little stunned at how fast 2017 has been passing us by. Half the year is gone already! A ton of really fantastic books have come out in those first six months, and if you’ve got vacation planned for this summer, it’ll be a good time to catch up before the back half of the year.
Video: The history of iPhone innovation, model by model - TechRepublic
TechRepublic breaks down the top features that headlined each new launch of an Apple iPhone.
The Future Of Money | Reuters
For mainland Chinese, a visit to Hong Kong feels like a voyage back in time. At home they spend weeks without a visiting an ATM or a bank. They use mobile wallets to pay for meals, bills and cabs, or even donate to beggars; they invest their unused balance in money-market funds, still using their smartphone. But when they cross the border into the special administrative region, they leave such conveniences behind.
TCL P series Roku TV 2017
TCL goes for enhanced image quality, adding local dimming and Dolby Vision HDR to the awesomeness of Roku smart TV.
Despite hacking charges, U.S. tech industry fought to keep ties to Russia spy service
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW As U.S. officials investigated in January the FSB's alleged role in election cyber attacks, U.S. technology firms were quietly lobbying the government to soften a ban on dealing with the Russian spy agency, people with direct knowledge of the effort told Reuters.
Video: Why machine learning for defensive cybersecurity is a good idea - TechRepublic
Mathematician Miranda Mowbray explains how machine learning - the application of statistics to decision problems - can help organizations defend against large scale threats.
This Travel-Ready Drone Records In 720p HD Picture
Take a hike and then take flight with this compact, foldable drone! Easy to pack up and carry, you can just as easily fold out this drone and take off with one touch of the controller. With a 720p WiFi wide-angle Gimbal still and video camera onboard you'll be able to record flights. Anyone from beginners to experts can have a blast flying this handy little drone.
Hovering mode allows for more stable photos
Foldaway design makes it easy to pack up & take on the move
Fly w/ enhanced control thanks to trajectory flight mode, a 6-axis gyro, & headless mode
Control w/ RC controller or completely in app
Can't tell your FANG from your FAAMG? And should you be worried? | ZDNet
As a technologist, you may have wondered about the technological insight behind suddenly popular acronyms such as FANG, FAANG, and FAAMG. At the moment, there isn't one: they are just shorthand terms being used by stock traders. However, maybe we should be worried about GAFAM, which controls so much of the technology business.
Cisco Live 2017: How apps can make or break digital transformation in the enterprise - TechRepublic
Matt Chotin, senior director of AppDynamics, talks about how having the right app is essential to digital transformation. A new study shows that 60% of consumers have deleted an app or abandoned a website after just one attempt, if there are problems with performance, particularly when it's a banking app.
Windows 10 setup and configuration secrets for experts | ZDNet
After your clean install is complete, you can reinstall any custom drivers by using the Update Driver option from Device Manager and specifying the backed-up copy of the FileRepository folder as the location where you want Windows to look for new driver files.
We held the Super Nintendo Classic, ever so briefly
Fantastic -- on paper. The collection of 21 games, while nine fewer than the NES Classic, are generally higher quality. Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Earthbound are some of the best games Nintendo has. A second controller is a nice touch, given the presence of such two-player titans as Street Fighter II, Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Country. The price works out well, too: at the $8-a-game price of Super NES games on Nintendo's Virtual Console, this collection would cost $168 a la carte.
4K games go cheap in Sony's midyear PSN sale
PlayStation 4 Pro owners with 4K TVs can pick up some PS4 Pro-enhanced games at deep discounts during Sony's big summer sale.
Elon Musk's Boring Company begins to dig tunnels beneath LA
The man behind SpaceX and Tesla tweeted this week that the machine has started to create underground tunnels.
The head of one of San Francisco's most famous startup farms is no longer running his firm after being accused of sexual harassment
The founding partner of 500 Startups, Dave McClure, is no longer
in charge of the startup incubator's day-to-day operations, after
being accused of "inappropriate behavior with
New York Times reported .
Nintendo's new Super NES Classic looks like our childhood
The Super NES Classic is Nintendo's newest childhood-in-a-box retro game console package. And we got to hold it.