2014
07.23
linux-deepin

Technologically speaking, Ubuntu is a pretty good Linux distribution. But sometimes you might wish that the user experience in Ubuntu could be better. There are plenty of Ubuntu-based derivatives that try to solve this problem in their own ways, but one distribution that’s gaining some special attention is Deepin. Interested? Here are five reasons why you should try Deepin, especially if you’re new to Linux. Based On Ubuntu First off, Deepin is based on Ubuntu, which provides many under-the-hood benefits. Since Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distributions are widely used across the Linux community, you’ll know that all packages are supported and updates…

Read the full article: 5 Reasons Why New Linux Users Will Love Deepin

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2014
07.23

3dscanThinking about buying a 3D scanner? You may already have what you need in your pocket. Smartphones could emerge as a viable platform for quick scanning, which would spawn all sorts of 3D snapshots and Instagram-like 3D exchanges. Autodesk’s 123D Catch is already available, of course, but some new entrants could dramatically […]

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2014
07.23
wordpress-pro

Want to make a living from Wordpress? There are many ways to go about it: designing themes, coding plugins, managing all of the back-end details, etc. It’s not the easiest job in the world – it’s especially hard to distinguish yourself and find potential clients – but if this is the path you want to take, there are some things to keep in mind. There are no shortcuts to becoming a WordPress professional. WordPress is simple on its surface but surprisingly complex once you start exposing the cogs in its engine. You may be overwhelmed by it. There are many facets…

Read the full article: 6 Steps to Become a WordPress Professional

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2014
07.23
amazon-fire-phone-trio

Also, a security vulnerability in Tor is kept secret, William Shatner boldly goes where no celebrity has gone before by reviewing Facebook Mentions, and Japan dreams of a 2020 Olympic Games for robots. Amazon Fire Phone Reviews Roundup Amazon unveiled its first ever smartphone, the Amazon Fire Phone, last month, and it has been available to pre-order in the U.S. ever since. Devices will start shipping this week, meaning the Internet is awash with reviews of the Amazon Fire Phone. To save you the trouble of searching for Amazon Fire Phone reviews, here are a selection of the comments made…

Read the full article: Amazon Fire Phone Reviews, Microsoft Focuses On Windows 9, And More… [Tech News Digest]

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2014
07.23

When you’re at HOPE, of course you’re going to see a few Tor proxies, but [Jose]‘s is top-notch. It’s a completely portable Tor proxy (.br, Google translation), battery-powered, with a connection for 4G networks.

[Jose]‘s OnionPi setup is based on the Adafruit version, but adds a few interesting features that make it even more useful. It’s battery-powered with about a day of charge time, has a built-in battery charger, Ethernet pass through, external 4G and WiFi antennas, all in a sealed case that makes the entire build impervious to the elements.

While this isn’t much of a hack per se, the amount of integration is impressive. There are switches to turn off each individual networking port, and all the relevant plugs are broken out to the front panel, with the AC input and USB serial connection using screw connectors that are supposedly very popular in Brazil.

[Jose] also brought along a new device that isn’t documented anywhere else on the web. It’s called NNCFA, or Nothing New Crypto For All. Using a Cubieboard, an interesting ARM single board computer with a SATA connector, [Jose] created a device that will mount TrueCrypt volumes on a hard drive and share them via Samba.

Filed under: Network Hacks, security hacks
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2014
07.23

lowBudgetPOV

[Sholto] hacked together this ultra low-budget spinning display. He calls it a zoetrope, but we think it’s actually an LED based Persistence Of Vision (POV) affair. We’ve seen plenty of POV devices in the past, but this one proves that a hack doesn’t have to be expensive or pretty to work!

The major parts of the POV display were things that [Sholto] had lying around. A couple of candy tins, a simple brushed hobby motor, an Arduino Pro Mini, 7 green LEDs, and an old hall effect sensor were all that were required. Fancy displays might use commercial slip rings to transfer power, but [Sholto] made it work on the cheap!

The two tins provide a base for the display and the negative supply for the Arduino. The tins are soldered together and insulated from the motor, which is hot glued into the lower tin. A paper clip contacts the inside of the lid, making the entire assembly a slip ring for the negative side of the Arduino’s power supply. Some copper braid rubbing on the motor’s metal case forms the positive side.

[Sholto] chose his resistors to slightly overdrive his green LEDs. This makes the display appear brighter in POV use. During normal operation, the LEDs won’t be driven long enough to cause damage. If the software locks up with LEDs on though, all bets are off!

[Sholto] includes software for a pretty darn cool looking “saw wave” demo, and a simple numeric display. With a bit more work this could make a pretty cool POV clock, at least for as long as the motor brushes hold up!

[via Instructables]

 

Filed under: led hacks
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2014
07.23

[Jason Kridner] is a member of the i3 Detroit hackerspace and during the Hackaday meet-up we were able to spend a few minutes talking about what’s going on with BeagleBoard right now. For those of you that don’t know, BeagleBoard is a non-profit foundation which guides the open hardware initiative of the same name. This includes BeagleBone which is the third iteration of the platform. [Jason's] a good guy to talk to about this as he co-founded the organization and has been the driving force in the community ever since.

Right now the organization is participating in the Google Summer of Code. This initiative allows students to propose open source coding projects which will help move the community forward. Students with accepted proposals were paired with mentors and are paid for the quality code which is produced. One of the projects this year is a 100 Megahertz, 14-channel Logic Analyzer which [Jason] is waving around in the video. It’s the GSoC project of [Kumar Abhishek] and you can learn more from his proposal.

Also of interest in the video is a discussion about the power of the BeagleBone’s PRUs, or Programmable Real-Time Units. They’re basically unused microcontrollers that have direct access to a lot of the processor’s features and are just waiting for you to bend them to your will. Having these is a huge boon for hardware hackers. If you haven’t played with them before, check out our earlier article on what PRUs are all about and then give it a whirl yourself.

After the break there’s a brief table of contents which maps the topics in the video above.

  • 0:40 – Discussion of the Programmable Real-Time Units (PRUs) on the BeagleBoard
  • 2:51 – BeagleBoard and the Google Summer of Code
  • 4:19 – 100 MHz, 14-channel Logic Analyzer which is a product of the Google Summer of Code

Filed under: Featured, Microcontrollers
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2014
07.23
cwt_no-logo

RecordIt – Screencasting software has its many uses, such as making screencasts to highlight a particular issue or to teach someone how to do something. But which screencasting software to use? One possible option is RecordIt which has both a free and a paid option. The paid option for $29 offers a faster frame rate, and password protection on the recordings. Cost of Living – The cost of living can vary wildly depending on where you go on the map. If you are planning a move, it helps to know if you will be hit in the wallet or helped….

Read the full article: Cool Websites & Tools – Record Desktop, Cost of Living, & Shazam for YouTube

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2014
07.23

man wearing a diy head mounted display

 

[Arvind] has dropped his hat in the game of head mounted displays. With Google Glass pushing $1,500, it’s only natural for hackers to make a cheaper alternative. [Avind's] $80 version might not be pretty, but it gets the job done.

Using a Raspberry Pi loaded with speech recognition software, a webcam, 2.5 inch LCD display and a handful of other parts, [Arvind's] hat mounted display allows him to view email, Google Maps, videos or just about anything he wants.

An aspheric loupe magnifier lens lets him see the display even though it sits around 5cm from his eye. No outside light is allowed in. Only the guts of the webcam were used to give him the video and microphone. We’ve seen other head mounted displays before, and this one adds to the growing collection. Be sure to check out [Arvinds] site for a tutorial on how to build your own, and catch a video of it in action after the break.

 

 

 

Filed under: Raspberry Pi, wearable hacks
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2014
07.23
thumbs-down

Having previously listed the worst Kickstarters that have ever graced the crowdfunding website, we thought it was time to seek out some of the best Kickstarters of all time. That didn’t go so well, leading us to believe quality Kickstarters are becoming harder to find. Two’s Company, Three’s A Crowd We asked you, What Is Your Favorite Kickstarter Of All Time? This question spectacularly failed to generate a discussion, with just three readers taking the time out to name their favorite Kickstarter campaign. Three may, in the words of De La Soul, be the magic number, but such a small…

Read the full article: Where Are All The Quality Kickstarters? [We Ask You Results]

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