Saturday, 1 August 2015

10 Years of Intel Processors Compared



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Hairdo

Hairdo designed by Avihai Shurin, a clever cookie cutter design for baking character-shaped treats that kids can nibble at to create a hairstyle.(Read...)



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Redis open source DBMS overview

Redis runs on Linux. Although the Redis project doesn't directly support Windows, Microsoft Open Technologies develops and maintains a Windows port targeting Win64.

The Redis open source DBMS is available as a BSD license. The Redis community offers support through the official mailing list as well as #redis on Freenode. Commercial support is available through Pivotal, the official sponsor of Redis. Pivotal offers two levels of professional support.

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Exoplanet Names 2

I'm going to drive this Netherlands joke so far into the ground they'll have to build levees around it to keep the sea out.

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Nokia unveils OZO: 360 degree VR camera

Nokia’s event in Los Angeles wasn’t a smartphone, but instead a 360-degree film camera for virtual reality projects. Named OZO, it is intended for Hollywood and other video makers who intend to use virtual reality in the future. The eight sensors that cover the spherical camera will collect film in 360-degrees, with playback stitched together within minutes. Nokia claims this is the first of its kind, with playback through VR normally taking hours in post production. This near real-time software is a big enhancement for directors, who want to check a scene for mistakes before moving on. The software stitching… [Continue Reading]

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The 2015 MOTO X

Motorola' latest flagship smartphone, the  new Moto X. Features include  a Qualcomm 808 hexa-core processor, Adreno 418 graphics, 3GB of RAM, 16-64GB of storage, a 5.7" Quad HD 1440p display, water-repellent nano coating, 4G LTE, and a 21-megapixel camera. And you can also customize  wooden backs, metallic colors, and even Saffiano leather options from famed American tannery, Horween.(Read...)



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What developers should learn (and steal) from Rocket League



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How To Do A Clean Install Of Windows 10

It sure seems like doing a clean install gets more complicated with each new version of Windows. Windows 10 is an unusual release for Microsoft: if you have a licensed version of Windows 7 or 8/8.1, it will very easily upgrade to Windows 10—you don't even need to enter a licence key. Clean installations, however, are a bit trickier: you do need to enter a licence key, and your Windows 7/8 key probably won't work. Comments

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F1 | Vettel cancella Alonso dal cuore dei ferraristi

[L'erede di Michael] 1 agosto 2015 – Il Gran Premio d’Ungheria ha segnato un colpo importante: quello fatto da Sebastian Vettel nel cuore dei tifosi ferraristi.

Il pilota tedesco non era stato accolto, all’inizio, con il favore, il tripudio e …



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Friday, 31 July 2015

F1 fan crowdsourcing winners re-imagine what telemetry might look like

The winners have been announced of the first challenge of the F1′s crowdsourcing challenge the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, which asked contestants to get involved in something that goes right to the heart of how an F1 team operates at the race track. They were asked to design a new approach for displaying critical race […]

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

A non-coder CAN contribute to open source

Non programmers can write docs. They can design logos. They can help with user interface design. They can test fixes or new features. They can triage bugs by verifying that the submitted report can be recreated and adding additional details, logs, or config files. Larger projects need some infrastructure support that is more administration and security compliance than Java programmer. Many people who consider themselves non-programmers do have some pretty good scripting skills and can assist with packaging for distributions.

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IBM Promises Apache Spark for Linux on Z Systems

Expanding the z Systems ecosystem means data scientists can use Apache Spark’s common programming framework and get the full use of the mainframe’s advanced analytics capabilities - without having to get sidelined by any specific format for data.

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How Developers Can Fight Creeping Mediocrity



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How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10

Windows 10 is finally here, and your computer will automatically prompt you to upgrade. But if you’d rather start fresh, you can do a clean install—you just need to follow a few steps in the right order.http://ift.tt/1KKprPt...

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GeForce GTX 980 Ti Cards Compared

The Tech Report has rounded up a handful of GeForce GTX 980 Ti video cards and put them to the test. This comparison review features cards from the Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and more. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is arguably the best video card you can buy right now, by most standards. AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X has arrived and shown itself to be competitive but not quite dominant. In most games, the 980 Ti is faster. The custom GTX 980 Ti cards we've assembled all cost about 10 to 20 bucks more than the reference version, and they all aim to improve upon the vanilla card in multiple ways. Comments

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

You’ll Never Want to Get Up With This Baymax Bed

This Baymax bed is the coolest thing we’ve seen online today. Big Hero 6 was a huge hit, not in the least because of Baymax, the irresistible robotic superhero created by a young engineering student. He’s your personal healthcare companion. He’ll give you a fist bump when no one else will (with accompanying sound). He’ll […]

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Nokia's virtual reality camera is designed for filmmakers

Nokia has just revealed a new camera for filmmakers called OZO that can capture virtual reality videos. But unlike similar devices from GoPro and Samsung unveiled in the past months, it's not a flattened circle with cameras but a spherical ball-like ...

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51 Blender Shortcuts you need to know

Thibault Houdon shows you 51 Blender shortcuts that will speed up your workflow. Blender has always been for me the best software in terms of speed and ease of use and that’s mostly true thanks to its incredible number of shortcuts. But that’s also something new user find quite difficult to learn. That’s why I [...]

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$185K Suspended Racing Simulator From Hammacher Schlemmer

This is The Most Realistic Racing Simulator (that's what they named it) available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $185,000. I'm going to be honest -- if you have $185,000 laying around to spend on a racing simulator, you've probably got the money to buy an actual race car and not NEED a simulator. "This is the simulator that provides riders with the most realistic car racing experience available. Selected by Ford Motor Company to demonstrate ride experiences, the simulator uses linear servo actuators that cause its suspended, monocoque fiberglass chassis to roll, pitch, and rotate 360° at up to 0.5G acceleration. Faithfully reproducing actual racing conditions such as entering a turn at 200 MPH or moving up a bank in the slipstream of an opponent, the chassis' front dips when braking at hairpins, pushes forward when accelerating during passes, and rumbles when driving on an apron, all while a driver up to 300 lbs. is secured by an actual racing seat, seatbelt, and "doors". Its two paddle gear shifters, steering wheel, accelerator, brake, and clutch--all from real race cars and modified for simulator use--provide rapid gear changes and provide adjustable travel for optimal realism. The force-feedback steering system generates 10x the forces of lesser simulators. Providing 12 race cars that include stock, GT, F1, and F3 models, the simulator replicates precisely modeled signage and backgrounds for 16 short, tri-oval, or road courses, ranging from Joesville Speedway to Nuerburg on a 108"-wide, triple HD monitor display with a 500-watt audio system."(Read...)



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Motorola Announces the New Moto G

Today, Motorola announced the successor to their Moto G, which has been their most successful phone in recent memory. It’s still called the Moto G, but this is the 2015 model which brings some long-needed updates to keep the Moto G fresh. These changes are far-reaching, and range from the SoC to the camera and design. In order to understand the new Moto G at a high level I’ve attached the specs below for those interested.

  Moto G (2014) Moto G (2015)
SoC Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHZ A7 Snapdragon 410 1.4 GHz A53
RAM 1GB 1/2GB
NAND 8GB NAND + microSD 8/16GB NAND + microSD
Display 5” 720p
IPS
5” 720p
IPS
Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE) 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE)
Dimensions 141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm, 149g 142.1 x 72.4 x 6.1-11.6mm, 155g
Camera 8MP Rear Facing (Sony IMX179)   f/2.4, 1.4 micron 1/3.06" sensor 13MP Rear Facing (Sony IMX214)   f/2.0, 1.1 micron 1/3.06" sensor
2MP Front Facing 5MP Front Facing
Battery 2070 mAh (7.87 Whr) 2470 mAh (9.39 Whr)
OS Android 4.4 (At Launch) Android 5.1 (At Launch)
Connectivity 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n +
BT 4.0,
USB2.0, GPS/GNSS
2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n +
BT 4.0,
USB2.0, GPS/GNSS
SIM MicroSIM MicroSIM
Launch Price $179 (1GB/8GB) $179 (1GB/8GB)
$219 (2GB/16GB)

Although specs are important, one of the most immediate changes to the Moto G this year is the new design. Instead of the all-plastic design that we were accustomed to with the previous two Moto Gs, the new Moto G has a metal frame with a new, grippier plastic back cover. The generally refreshed design helps a lot with distinguishing this model from previous years, and generally helps to increase the value proposition associated with the smartphone. Outside of design, there are a few key changes at a high level such as the camera, SoC, more RAM on the 16GB SKU, and water resistance. The battery is also bigger, at 2470 mAh compared to 2070 mAh of the last generation.

When it comes to the camera, it seems that this unit is directly shared with the Nexus 6’s camera, although it doesn’t seem to have the more expensive voice coil motor that is needed to enable OIS. There’s also a 5MP FFC, which should is a big step up from the 2MP FFC of the previous generation. The SoC moves from the Snapdragon 400 of previous generations to the Snapdragon 410, which means a move to the Cortex A53 on the CPU side. Given just how much higher the IPC is for the Cortex A53, general computing performance should improve here much like we saw with the Moto E moving to A53. The move from 1GB to 2GB of RAM is also a huge boon for multitasking performance, although this is only available on the more expensive 16GB variant. The 8GB variant will remain with 1 GB of RAM. The addition of IPx7 water resistance should also help greatly against water damage, as this means that the Moto G 2015 should be able to spend 30 minutes under a meter of still water without damage, although I still wouldn’t recommend trying to test that functionality.

The new Moto G is available online today from Motorola, Best Buy, and Amazon. The 8GB variant will start at 179.99 USD, and the 16GB variant will be available from Motorola’s website. The new Moto G will also support Motomaker, which allows for extensive color and material customization of a new smartphone.



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