Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Keyboard Mash


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Microsoft Partners With 18 More Vendors To Pre-Install Apps On Android Tablets

Today Microsoft announced partnerships with 18 device manufacturers to pre-install apps such as Office, OneDrive, and Skype on future Android tablets. Microsoft already has existing deals in place with companies like Dell, Samsung, and Pegatron, and we've seen the results of those agreements on devices like the Venue 8 7840 and the Galaxy S6. Today's announcement focuses more on tablets, which is a natural area of focus for Microsoft as their suite of Office applications are made for Android tablets.

Microsoft's list of partnered companies mostly consists of regional manufacturers that serve a specific country. However, both LG and Sony appear on the list, which means that Microsoft's apps will be shipping on future devices to countries all over the world. The press release specifically states that Sony's Xperia Z4 tablet will begin shipping with the apps within 90 days, and states that a future tablet from LG will include them as well.

Microsoft's partnerships represent a new direction for a company that once used their suite of Office apps as a way to lead users to Windows devices. You can view the entire list of new partner companies in the source below.

Source: Microsoft via The Verge

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Open Source Distributed Decentralized Social Networks - Hak5

Open Source Distributed Decentralized Social Networks, aka the Facebook alternative. Plus, the future of authentication, identity and encryption with our friends from Yubico. All that and more, this time on Hak5.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Researcher who exploits bug in Starbucks gift cards gets rebuke, not love

Plenty of poor manners to go around in fraudulent $1.70 purchase.

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NASA patched Curiosity rover's autofocus problem over the air

Pardon me while I say something that might not be entirely popular: Software updates are pretty awesome. Maybe not so much for game consoles, but, I digress because the Curiosity rover recently received a patch that improved the autofocus of its "Che...

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Need Timing Diagrams? Try Wavedrom

When working with anything digital, you’re going to end up reading or writing a timing diagram before long. For us, that’s meant keeping (text) notes, drawing something on a napkin, or using a tool like Inkscape. None of these are ideal.

An afternoon’s search for a better tool ended up with Wavedrom.

Just so you know where we’re coming from, here’s our list of desiderata for a timing diagram drawing solution:

  • Diagrams have a text-based representation, so their generation can be easily scripted and the results versioned and tracked throughout project development
  • Command-line rendering of images, because we like to

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Finally, VR For Four Eyes

In the next few years, VR headsets will be everywhere, and everyone will slowly recede into their own little reality that is presented on high-resolution displays right in front of their eyes. One specific group will be left out: eyeglass wearers. VR just doesn’t work with eyeglasses, and a few people in Germany are fixing this problem. They’re creating custom prescription lenses for Google Cardboard, giving anyone with glasses the opportunity to look just a little more hipster.

The folks behind this Indiegogo already run a specialty optics shop in Germany. They have the tools to make custom lenses for  …read more

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Friday, 22 May 2015

The Solus Project: “There’s no way we could have done it without UE4″

Unreal Engine evangelist Sjoerd De Jong talked about his upcoming game The Solus Project and the advantages of Unreal Engine 4 tools.

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Tessel 2, A $35 Linux Computer That’s Truly Open Source

We’ve seen the first version of the Tessel a few years ago, and it’s still an interesting board: an ARM Cortex-M3 running at 180MHz, WiFi, 32 Megs of both Flash and RAM, and something that can be programmed entirely in JavaScript or Node.js. Since then, the company behind Tessel, Technical Machines, has started work on the Tessel 2, a board that’s continuing in the long tradition of taking chips from WiFi routers and making a dev board out of them. The Tessel 2 features a MediaTek MT7620 running Linux built on OpenWRT, Ethernet, 802.11bgn WiFi, an Atmel SAMD21 serving as …read more

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Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

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Microsoft tests cloud-based clipboard app that syncs across platforms

This turned out to be quite the week for unannounced Microsoft apps. News of a "light-weight" email solution broke cover a few days ago, and today another pair of productivity apps were tipped. Thanks to @h0x0d on Twitter -- the source of the Flow em...

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Data-Driven Interactive Quadrangulation (SIGGRAPH 2015)

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Algorithm removes reflections from photos

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Post Time: 05-12-2015 at 03:17 AM

"At the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in June, MIT researchers will present a new algorithm that, in a broad range of cases, can automatically remove reflections from digital photos. The algorithm exploits the fact that photos taken through windows often feature two nearly identical reflections, slightly offset from each other."

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Google Tracker 2015 (I/O edition): Android M, Chromecast 2, and lots more

SPOILER ALERT! We recap upcoming Google projects that could launch at I/O 2015.

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Fastest in-memory database now available to all with Community Edition

The growth in use of big data is putting increased pressure on databases to aggregate and report on information in real time. In response real-time database specialist MemSQL is launching a new release -- MemSQL 4 -- which further extends the company's mission of providing enterprises with a real-time database solution that reacts fast, improving business performance in areas such as the Internet of Things, financial services and mobile applications. In addition a new Community Edition makes the world's most sophisticated in-memory database freely available to global users. MemSQL Community Edition provides unlimited capacity and scale and full transactional and… [Continue Reading]

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Google developing “Brillo” Internet of Things OS based on Android

The Information is back with more Google news before I/O. The outlet claims that Google is developing another operating system, this time for low-power "Internet of Things" (IoT) devices. The OS is codenamed "Brillo," and the publication claims Google "is likely to release the software under the Android brand, as the group developing the software is linked to the company’s Android unit." We're going to take that to mean "it's based on Android."

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Google brings open source gaming to Cardboard

Virtual reality is definitely a popular thing nowadays. Unfortunately, the hardware can be rather expensive. Not to worry though, it doesn't have to be pricey. Last year, Google released its Cardboard project, bringing virtual reality to anyone with a compatible Android phone and some cardboard (plus rubber bands and lenses, etc.). Today, the company announces it is bringing its open source Android game, Pie Noon, to Cardboard. Are you ready to play a game with your smartphone strapped to your face? "Fun Propulsion Labs at Google is back with an exciting new release for game developers. We've updated Pie Noon… [Continue Reading]

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Build Apps Inside Gmail with InboxSDK

The InboxSDK is a high level Javascript library used to easily build browser extensions that interact with both Gmail and Inbox by Google. It provides all of the necessary APIs to create full-fledged applications directly inside Gmail and Inbox. Because the SDK is fully maintained and evergreen, you’ll never be forced to maintain your app. […]

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

The official trailer for Mark Burton & Richard Starzak's Shaun the Sheep Movie ( Video )

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix-up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City, and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.(Read...)

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