Tuesday 29 April 2014

Google reportedly to replace Nexus program with 'Android Silver'

The Verge (I'd quote the original source but it's stuck behind a paywall): The Android Silver project, which was rumored earlier this month, has today been corroborated by four fresh sources, all of whom point to a major shift in Google's mobile strategy. The Information reports that the current scheme of offering Nexus-branded handsets with Google's unadulterated vision of the best Android user experience will be scrapped, to be replaced by a set of high-end Silver phones that will closely adhere to it. The change is both expansive and expensive, as Google is said to be planning to spend heavily on promoting these devices in wireless carriers' stores and through advertising, essentially subsidizing the development and marketing costs for its hardware partners. In exchange for this new contribution, Google will gain tighter control over the software shipping on the selected phones. The promise is that the company will clean up third-party bloatware, ensure prompt and reliable software updates, and introduce a real standard and consistency to the user experience across Android Silver devices. LG and Motorola are identified as the likeliest candidates for taking part, with the first phones anticipated as soon as next year, while Samsung, HTC, and Sony might need a bit more convincing. Then again, all three of the latter companies already offer Google Play Editions of their leading phones, which might be the closest analog we have at the moment for what an Android Silver device will look and act like. Music to my ears. This is exactly what Google needs to do in order to clean up the Android ecosystem and make a clear distinction between crap (TouchWiz, Sense, and so forth) and Android-proper. Hopefully, with Google pushing these devices in traditional venues (carriers), they'll see more widespread success than the Nexus program. And please sell them worldwide. Please.

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Think OS: a brief introduction to operating systems

Think OS is an introduction to Operating Systems for programmers. In many computer science programs, Operating Systems is an advanced topic. By the time students take it, they usually know how to program in C, and they have probably taken a class in Computer Architecture. Usually the goal of the class is to expose students to the design and implementation of operating systems, with the implied assumption that some of them will do research in this area, or write part of an OS. This book is intended for a different audience, and it has different goals. I developed it for a class at Olin College called Software Systems.

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Oddworld's Abe arrives in LittleBigPlanet April 30

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Four short links: 29 April 2014

Bionic Legs Let Patients Walk Again — The Ekso costs about $100,000 and was purchased with a grant from Baptist Health Foundation. Chara Rodriguez, a physical therapist and neurologic clinical specialist at University Health System, called the machine “the Maserati …

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Monday 28 April 2014

Oculus Rift experiment lets users experience lag in real life

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60 Minutes shocked to find 8-inch floppies drive nuclear deterrent

Air Force says archaic systems aid cyber security of Minuteman missiles.

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64-bit MenuetOS M64 0.99.57 Released

The Menuet operating system that's lightweight, cleanly written in Assembly x86, and not based upon another OS platform, had a new version release last week of its 64-bit "M64" platform...

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350+ Fun Vector Icons Free for Download

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Unreal Engine update 4.1 adds Linux-Steam OS support

The first major update for the Unreal Engine 4 has arrived hot on the heels of its debut at GDC2014, a little over a month ago. Unreal Engine version 4.1 is now available for subscribers to download and now fully supports several new game platforms including Linux-SteamOS, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The UE4.1 update will make it easier for new developers to secure a license as Epic is offering UE4′s complete source code, at […]

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Google Announcement

The less popular is slated for discontinuation.

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Sunday 27 April 2014

F1 | Il caso Senna

27 aprile 2014 – 1° maggio 1994: sono nella mia casa di Torino davanti alla TV in attesa del GP, mia moglie decide di andare dalla sorella da sola perché sa che non mi muovo per nulla al mondo, nell’uscire

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Watch this: Sony demos two new augmented reality tricks

No, Sony's not coming out with a new augmented-reality toy just yet, but that doesn't mean it isn't working behind the scenes to make its graphics look a little more... believable. The company just posted two videos out of its PlayStation lab in...

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Saturday 26 April 2014

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will be a cross-buy title with cross-save capabilities

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Four short links: 25 April 2014

UX of the Internet of Things — a Pinterest board of IoT designs and experience. parallax.js — Javascript library for tilt, shake, etc. interactivity on iPad. NICE demo. Gov.UK Local Government Dashboard Prototype is Live — not glorious, but making …

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A H-Bridge Motor Controller Tutorial Makes it Simple to Understand

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[Afroninja] is back with another great tutorial on basic electronics. This time around he’s explaining H-Bridge motor controllers and how they work!

Even if you don’t have much (or any) experience with basic electrical circuits, [Afroninja] explains the concept of an H-Bridge motor controller in a clear, concise and easy way to understand. So what’s an H-Bridge anyway? For any project using DC motors, if you want to be able to spin up the motor in either direction, you’re going to need a method to power the motor in two different configurations, i.e. you’re going to have to swap the … Read the rest

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Danish government releases geographic data by way of 1:1 Minecraft map

Release of the nation's full topographical map to be mineable until Oct. 23.

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Friday 25 April 2014

Jolt Awards 2014: The Best Programmer Libraries

Astonishing collections of software bundled with superb design and coding tools

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Minicron – Manage and Monitor Cron Jobs

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Minicron aims to complement cron by making it easier to manage and monitor cron jobs, it can largely be thought of as two components that interact together, the CLI and the Hub. The CLI is what is installed on your server(s) and executes your cron command and reports the status back to the Hub. The [...]


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Old Files

Wow, ANIMORPHS-NOVEL.RTF? Just gonna, uh, go through and delete that from all my archives real quick.

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Thursday 24 April 2014

Unreal Engine 4 updated with PS4, Xbox One, Linux and SteamOS support

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Google Glass now available to anyone, may be prepping for public launch

Google offered Glass to the public as part of a one day sale not long ago. Now it seems that anyone can order one again without an invite. There's been no announcement so far, no fan fair -- a few Redditors just happened to discover that you can head...

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Four short links: 24 April 2014

Depthy — new Google Camera app lets you capture some depth information, stored in metadata in the image. Nifty effects become possible. Coping with Stress and Burnout: Explanatory Power of Different Coping Strategies (PLoSone)– interesting taxonomy of burnout (overload, lack …

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Building Beautiful Books and Exercises with GitBook

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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Four short links: 23 April 2014

Samsung UX (Scribd) — little shop of self-catalogued UX horrors, courtesy discovery in a lawsuit. Dated (Android G1 as competition) but rewarding to see there are signs of self-awareness in the companies that inflict unusability on the world. Tools for …

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Google initiative will lease solar panels to consumers

Google has just announced another major investment in renewable energy -- not to power its own vast data centers this time, but rather to bring cheaper electricity to the homes of ordinary Americans. Alongside solar cell manufacturer SunPower, the...

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Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Face recognition has come a long way in recent years. In ideal lighting conditions, given the same pose, facial expression etc, it easily outperforms humans. But the real world isn't like that. People grow beards, wear make up and glasses, make strange faces and so on, which makes the task of facial recognition tricky even for humans. A well-known photo database called Labelled Faces in the Wild captures much of this variation. It consists of 13,000 face images of almost 6000 public figures collected off the web. When images of the same person are paired, humans can correctly spot matches and mismatches 97.53 per cent of the time. By comparison, face recognition algorithms have never come close to this. Now a group of computer scientists have developed a new algorithm called GaussianFace that outperforms humans in this task for the first time. The algorithm normalises each face into a 150 x 120 pixel image by transforming it based on five image landmarks: the position of both eyes, the nose and the two corners of the mouth. After being trained on a wide variety of images in advance, it can then compare faces looking for similarities. It does this with an accuracy of 98.52 per cent; the first time an algorithm has beaten human-level performance in such challenging real-world conditions. You can test yourself on some of the image pairs on the other side of the link."

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Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Docker: Container virtualization goes mainstream

ZDnet: Red Hat and Ubuntu are Linux rivals and they disagree on many technical details, but they do agree on one thing: Docker, a container technology is going to be a major virtualization technology in the years to come.

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OCR via JS (Emscripten)

  • http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/23/download-project-naptha-chrome-extension/?ncid=rss_truncated
  • https://github.com/antimatter15/ocrad.js/tree/master/examples
  • http://projectnaptha.com/

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Self-Learning Helicopter Uses Neural Network

model helicopter attached to boom

Though this project uses an RC helicopter, it’s merely a vessel to demonstrate a fascinating machine learning algorithm developed by two Cornell students – [Akshay] and [Sergio]. The learning environment is set up with the helicopter at its center, attached to a boom. The boom restricts the helicopter’s movement down to one degree of motion, so that it can only move up from the ground (not side to side or front to back).

The goal is for the helicopter to teach itself how to get to a specific height in the quickest amount of time. A handful of IR sensors … Read the rest

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quand on me demande qui s'est chargé du développement d'une fonction foireuse

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Grid Autosport coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on June 24

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Four short links: 22 April 2014

PourOver — NYT open source Javascript for very fast in-browser filtering and sorting of large collections. LibreSSL — OpenBSD take on OpenSSL. Unclear how sustainable this effort is, or how well adopted it will be. Competing with OpenSSL is obviously …

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Frizz-Free JavaScript With ConditionerJS

Setting up JavaScript-based functionality to work across multiple devices can be tricky. When is the right time to load which script? Do your media queries matches tests, your geolocation popups tests and your viewport orientation tests provide the best possible results for your website? ConditionerJS will help you combine all of this contextual information to pinpoint the right moment to load the functionality you need.

Frizz-Free JavaScript With ConditionerJS

Before we jump into the ConditionerJS demo, let’s quickly take a look at the Web and how it’s changing, because it’s this change that drove the development of ConditionerJS in the first place. In the meantime, think of it as a shampoo but also as an orchestra conductor; instead of giving cues to musicians, ConditionerJS tells your JavaScript when to act up and when to tune down a bit.

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AeroPress coffee maker

The AeroPress Coffee Maker offers a convenient way for you to be able to make a single cup of..(Read...)

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Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS

Ubuntu 14.04 was released recently and as usual the other flavors of Ubuntu have also been updated to 14.04 including Ubuntu GNOME. Ubuntu GNOME tends to get overlooked a bit, given all the attention that goes to the main Ubuntu release. However, that’s a shame since it has quite a lot to offer anyone who prefers the GNOME interface to that of Unity.

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Monday 21 April 2014

Adobe Air comes to x86 Android

Adobe Air is loved by some developers, but many users hate it. While the runtime works well for many developers and allows easy porting of apps, many people dislike having to install it just to make a handful of apps run. Plus, many simply don't like Adobe as a company. I can understand the company's detractors. After all, much of the company's software is arguably bloated and constantly exploited, causing numerous security updates. Steve Jobs chided Adobe Flash for poor performance, and actually banned it from the popular iOS operating system. Oh, and the information of 2.9 million customers was… [Continue Reading]

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EmScripten Merges Its Speedy "Fastcomp" Backend

EmScripten, the innovative project for turning C++ code into JavaScript that can be run within web-browsers, has merged its brand new LLVM compiler back-end that is faster and also yields other benefits...

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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

An anonymous reader writes "A man named Jose Delgado was so used to using a $42,000 myoelectric prosthetic hand for the last year that he didn't realize that there were other options out there. Although Delgado, born without a left hand, was able to obtain the hand via his insurance, he found that a 3D printed 'Cyborg Beast,' open source hand ,which costs just $50 to print, actually was more comfortable and performed better than the device which costs 840 times as much money."

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Sunday 20 April 2014

Make a 3D Scanner for 60€ Using Old Hardware

3d laser scanner

[Till Handel] just put the finishing touches on a paper he wrote about how to build a cheap 3D scanner — mostly out of spare parts.

Using parts from old printers and notebooks, he’s cobbled together this rather rough-looking laser scanner. But don’t be fooled by its looks! It’s capable of scanning 360° around itself at distances from 0.3 – 5m, making it an excellent candidate for scanning rooms.

It uses a line laser and a webcam mounted on an arm driven by a stepper motor, which looks like it’s out of an old optical drive. An Arduino Uno and … Read the rest

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F1 | Pasqua miracolosa

20 aprile 2014 – Annuntio vobis, gaudium magnum: habemus Mattiacci. Per una fortunosa coincidenza con la Santa Pasqua, siamo qui, cari fedeli, a celebrare il miracolo pagano della morte e resurrezione della Ferrari.

Sono quelle magie che, di tanto in …

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Saturday 19 April 2014

ReactOS Working On A Community Windows OS

A few months after ReactOS announced plans for a Cloud OS, the open-source project aiming for binary compatibility with Microsoft Windows platforms, is now trying to spin a community edition of its operating system...

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Creating a Node Web App With Hapi and Twilio Integration

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Friday 18 April 2014

Ubuntu chases after Red Hat with OpenStack and Docker bundles

InfoWorld: With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 on Thursday, Canonical is attempting to further define how it stands out from enterprise-centric distributions.

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Linode: arrivano dischi SSD e raddoppia la RAM

Linode, provider americano specializzato in server VPS (virtual private server) e servizi cloud, ha annunciato un massiccio aggiornamento della propria infrastruttura di hosting inclusivo di nuovi processori, nuove tecnologie di storage e nuove capacità di networking.

L’investimento, che è costato ben 45 milioni di dollari e rappresenta il più corposo di quelli avventi durante gli 11 anni di storia dell’azienda, ha portato prima di tutto alla sostituzione dei dischi magnetici con supporti a stato solido (SSD) di prima scelta: ora ogni “linodo” (parola gergale nata dall’unione di “Linux” e “nodo”) è costituito da un SSD separato, dotato di performance e …

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Four short links: 18 April 2014

16 Interviewing Tips for User Studies — these apply to many situations beyond user interviews, too. The Backlash Against Big Data contd. (Mike Loukides) — Learn to be a data skeptic. That doesn’t mean becoming skeptical about the value of …

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Project Tango: NASA SPHERES

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Breeze Tracks Every Step, Pushes You to Walk More

iPhone 5s: One of the best features on the iPhone 5s is the movement tracker, but you still need to grab an app to actually make use of all that data. You have a lot of options to chose from and now Runkeeper has their own with Breeze.


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