Calvin Bourque

Calvin Bourque

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You don't need to be a programming prodigy to understand how robots work.In fact, with the Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle, you can start creating your own autonomous machines with zero technical background, and it's on sale for 90 percent off its normal retail price.Featuring more than 20 hours of training across three courses, this collection is designed to get you creating and experimenting with your own robots on the Arduino platform.First, you'll work with creating a simple, but versatile wheeled robot.From figuring out how the creation works, to selecting and configuring the appropriate components, this project focuses on the iterative process of problem-solving.Then, you'll move on to more advanced topics, like creating a two-wheel robot with built-in sensors and actuators.
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this week we have tested the best hybriddatorerna, thus the laptop computers which also can be used as tablets.On 1 november will Razer to show off a new mobile phone that seems to target player.What are the specifications we are given remains to be seen.We have also learnt that the acclaimed mobile phone LG V30 come to Sweden ”in the near future”.the Future of Windows mobile looks to say the least dark out.According to Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, the focus is on bug and security fixes, so don't expect new features or new hardware.
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Rob Pardo developed his relentless focus on excellent game design when he was at Blizzard Entertainment, making games such as StarCraft, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft.He also learned to let go of games that didn’t meet the highest quality standards and move on to the next project.He has recruited other like-minded professionals, from Min Kim, former CEO of Nexon America, to former game TV broadcaster Morgan Webb.Rob Pardo: I called it “Excellence is a Journey.” You don’t get these opportunities very much in your career.I’ve usually done much more focused talks.Do you consider that to be the same as your own view of making games?
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Now one startup claims it can actually tell you what your unborn future children will look like, based on DNA.Last week, the Denver-based genomics company HumanCode launched BABYGlimpse that uses DNA to make predictions about what traits a child may or may not inherit.“Go way beyond eye colour prediction and ultrasound photos for personalised insights based on the combined DNA of couples,” the website advertises.Finding out what your future child will look like will only cost you $349 ( £262).But how accurate is it?But even seemingly simple traits are not always so easy to discern based on DNA.
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Twitter has blundered into yet another moderation crisis after it temporarily suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan as she was using its platform to speak out against sexual harassment of women in the wake of sexual abuse allegations coming out against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.It appears that Twitter’s anti-abuse algorithms might have triggered the suspension, though the company declined to comment, telling us: “We don’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.”The suspension was reported earlier by Variety after McGowan posted to her Instagram account, saying: “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME.Her Twitter account has since been reinstated but the sight of a victim of sexual violence against women being silenced (even temporarily) at the very point she was denouncing sexual violence against women is, to say the least, not a good look for Twitter.Especially given extant criticism from many, many female users who face sexualized (and other forms) of abuse on its platform — yet when they report threats of rape, for instance, they frequently report being told by Twitter that this type of speech does not violate its community standards.Same for a clear rape threat two days ago
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Samsung has helped a great deal to promote the current trend of smartphones with nearly bezel-free displays, thanks to the success of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and more recently the Galaxy Note 8.Today, the company announced it has developed two new camera image sensors that offer high-end hardware with a slim design, which could be used in future bezel-less smartphones.The ISOCELL Slim 2X7 has a pixel size of 0.9 μm, which Samsung says is the first sensor in the industry to have a pixel size of below 1.0 μm.Even with that tiny pixel size, this sensor can give smartphone cameras a high color fidelity, and allows those phones to cram in a 24 MP image sensor inside a thin casing.Samsung added this sensor also has Tetracell technology, which allows it to take brighter images dark settings, along with more detailed photos in brighter settings.The other new image sensor revealed by Samsung is the ISOCELL Fast 2L9, with Dual Pixel technology that puts in two photodiodes in each pixel of the sensor instead of just one.
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Code named Apt Alf, the hacker has been a persistent threat since July 2016.An aerospace engineering firm that subcontracts to the Australian Department of Defence was hacked into in 2016, with a significant amount of restricted and secret information stolen.Files that were taken include detailed information on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, C-130 transport aircraft, P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) smart bomb kit, and other Australian naval vessels, says a report on zdnet.The Australian Cyber Security Centre's 2017 threat report has released information about this attack which took place in November 2016, when it was first identified that a breach had taken place.According to the report, the company is a small, 50-person strong contractor with links to security projects.The report mentions that the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) had named the advanced persistent threat (APT) as "Alf".
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Facebook is doubling down on its social VR, and soon even regular users will start to access all of that new, 3D content.Interactive 3D objects will be coming natively to your Facebook feed in the near future in the form of “3D posts,” according to Facebook’s head of social VR, Rachel Franklin.Facebook’s entry into VR with the purchase of Oculus Rift several years ago seemed like an odd move to some for a social media company, but that forward-looking stance on how technology will bring us together is starting to pay off in interesting ways.The feature was announced during the Oculus Connect 4 keynote address on Wednesday, October 11.Soon users will be able to create objects in Medium or Spaces, and then share them to their News Feed.VR users will also be able to easily take objects shared on their News Feed and bring them right into their Spaces.
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Thanks to this small and lightweight backpack, you'll never have to leave important items like keys and a cellphone at home when you set out on a short run.At some point, every runner has faced the challenge of finding a comfortable way to carry their cellphone, keys, and other important items with them during a workout.Trail runners and long-distance endurance athletes typically resort to wearing a backpack during their runs, which gives them plenty of room for stashing the essentials while also carrying water, snacks, and a light jacket, too.But those types of packs are generally overkill for someone who just wants to take a quick jog around the neighborhood.For those runners there is Fitly – a minimalist backpack that offers a convenient way to carry everything you need during a short workout.Made from lightweight and water resistant fabrics, Fitly was built specifically for use on shorter runs.
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Apple is turning to famed director Steven Spielberg for its major push into original video content.The tech giant has reportedly struck a deal with Spielberg's Amblin TV and Universal TV to create 10 new episodes of "Amazing Stories," the '80s horror anthology series that aired on NBC.Bryan Fuller will serve as an executive producer on the Apple remake with Amblin's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey also executive producing."We love being at the forefront of Apple's investment in scripted programming, and can't think of a better property than Spielberg's beloved 'Amazing Stories' franchise with the genius of Bryan Fuller at the helm and more exciting creative partnerships to come," Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.The original "Amazing Stories" aired in 1985, but it was a ratings dud and was canceled two years later.The show has since developed a cult-like status.
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A year after releasing the first Arlo Pro security camera, Netgear is back with another one.The newly announced Arlo Pro 2 is a minor update that rounds out the camera with some sorely missing features: the new model supports 1080p video capture (instead of just 720p) and also offers the ability to set alert zones, so that you can tell the camera to ping you when, say, someone is walking on your lawn but not when someone’s walking on your sidewalk.That feature was supposed to launch on the original camera, but apparently never did.In addition to the updated camera, Netgear is also launching a new subscription plan and some accessories.If you don’t pay anything, you’ll get the past seven days of recordings — only triggered when there’s motion or sound — stored for free by Netgear.Netgear has already offered subscription plans to extend that time limit, but now it’s offering an option to extend how much you record, too: for $99 to $299 per year, it’ll store 24/7 recordings from an Arlo camera for between 14 and 60 days.
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All hexagons and no pentagons makes Jack a very dull...The ball shown on UK street signs to denote football grounds is made up entirely of hexagons.And if you care about your geometry, you'll know it's mathematically impossible to construct a ball using only hexagons."Changing this to the correct pattern of hexagons and pentagons would help raise public awareness and appreciation of geometry," reads the petition.So far the petition against "Statutory Instrument 2016 No.362, the image for a Football ground (Leisure facility), [which] is incorrectly a pattern of white and dark hexagons" has received more than 10,000 signatures.
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An anonymous shares a report: People who are miserable on Monday have lots of company.It's the worst day of the week for millions, according to researchers at the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center who analyze Twitter messages for happiness sentiment.Mood tends to improve during the rest of the week, peaking on Saturday, before beginning to crash again, according to data based tweets since 2008.In this analysis, the university's "hedonometer" takes a random sample of about 50 million Twitter posts each day, which is roughly 10% of all the site's message traffic.The researchers have assigned average scores to more than 10,000 commonly used words (from 1 to 9, on a scale of increasing happiness), which are used to measure a particular day's happiness.The data can also offer some insight into how populations have responded to major events.
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Converting flood storage to water supply in Joe Pool Lake could help North Texas weather droughts and allow the Trinity River Authority to provide water when it is scarce, but first the Authority must determine if there is a benefit to doing so.Should the TRA decide to convert flood storage, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make the final determination whether to proceed.The Trinity River Authority owns rights to the water in the conservation pool but has contractual obligations to four cities around the lake.Conversion of water in the flood storage pool to water conservation pool would allow TRA to store treated wastewater, or return flow, in wet years.This stored return flow can be sold during droughts to help meet the water demand.The extra storage can also be used as part of a system operation to maximize existing supplies.
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After guesses, estimations, and positive early tests, the Super NES Classic has emerged as a hackable little piece of gaming nostalgia—and quite an easy one to hack, at that.This weekend saw the September device receive a simple exploit in the form of hakchi2, a Windows program designed by a Russian hacker who calls himself "ClusterM," and, among other things, it allows fans to add far more games to the system than its default set of 21.ClusterM found a way to wrap that system's FEL-mode exploit (read lots more about that here) in a tidy Windows GUI, which allowed fans to use Windows Explorer menus to dump game ROMs, emulator cores, and even new art into their boxy ode to '80s Nintendo bliss.ClusterM announced plans to repeat his trick well before the SNES Classic landed in stores, and his hacking hopes looked promising with the reveal, courtesy of Eurogamer, that the SNES Classic has a near-identical chipset and board compared to the NES Classic.To use ClusterM's updated program, plug a SNES Classic into a Windows computer by using a standard Micro USB cable, then run the hakchi2 program while following all on-screen instructions, which include a few taps of buttons on your SNES Classic.The same cannot be said for the SNES Classic, as the Nintendo-developed emulator—which appears to be superior to the one on the Wii U, at least—chokes on a few more games.
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As Puerto Rico and its people continue to reel from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, two of the world's biggest tech companies have outlined plans for bringing power back to the Caribbean island and US territory.First up Google has just nabbed a temporary license for it to provide an emergency cell network across Puerto Rico using its Project Loon technology - that's where giant, floating balloons are used to get connectivity out to remote areas that lack the usual internet and cell tower infrastructure.As Puerto Ricans try and rebuild their lives, that sort of data service could be vital - According to the latest figures, 83 percent of cell sites are still out of action on the island.The X innovations team that runs Project Loon, which was spun out of Google, now needs to finalize a telecomms firm to partner with.Turning the lights back onWhen it comes to power, Tesla boss Elon Musk wants to get the lights back on in Puerto Rico using a solar power grid designed by his company - the entrepreneur said on Twitter that projects completed on smaller islands could be scaled up.
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In the latest installment of the ongoing saga of Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and the U.S. government, the company has a new date with Congress.Rescheduling a hearing originally set for last week, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has set a new hearing for October 25, Reuters reports.News of the rescheduled hearing comes a day after the company was linked to successful Russian efforts to hack the NSA, though the Kaspersky software in question could have itself been hacked through a vulnerability.Kaspersky Lab founder Eugene Kaspersky was expected to appear in the previous hearing, and it sounds like he’ll probably plan on being there in late October to defend his company in his own words.“I look forward to hearing from the committee and having the opportunity to address their concerns directly,” Kaspersky said in a statement to TechCrunch.Featured Image: CeBIT Australia/Flickr UNDER A CC BY 2.0 LICENSE
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Sonos executives must be looking at vast tech companies making smart speakers and resisting the urge to hum a dirge.Amazon launched its latest Echos last week.Google on Wednesday presented its new Homes -- including a charmingly unattractive Max that claims to offer quite a boom.Then there's Apple, whose music-based HomePod comes to market in December.The Sonos One, which the company claims work with Alexa now and will play nice with Google assistant and Siri next year.The company's biggest concern, however, it that you'll simply forget all about Sonos, as the bigger brands toot their relentless horns.
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Snart kan det finnas miljövänliga spånplattor där träavfall ersätter skogsråvaran och fossilfria bindemedel ersätter dagens syntetiska lim.Spånplattor tillverkas ofta av jungfrulig träråvara,vilket bidrar till utsläpp av bland annat allergiframkallande ämnen.Det här ville NSR ändra på och ställde sig frågan: Hur kan man minska mängden träavfall som går till förbränning och i stället återanvända det?Tillsammans med professorn Mahmood Hameed började de då att arbeta fram ett koncept för spånplattor av träavfall och fossilfria bindemedel.Startskottet för projektet gick i augusti 2016, då blev det ett förprojekt inom det strategiska innovationsprogrammet RE:Source.Knappt ett år senare fick de godkänt att jobba vidare inom ett innovationsprojekt som ska vara klart i juni 2019.
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In addition to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google debuted a $400 speaker, called Home Max, that looks to compete directly with Apple's recently announced HomePod.The Home Max is a larger Google Home that features stereo speakers and more premium looks and materials.It's expected to go on sale in December in the U.S. TechCrunch reports: It can tune its audio to its own space, analyzing the sound coming from the speaker using its built in microphones to determine the best equalizer settings.This is called Smart Sound, and it evolves over time and based on where you move the speaker, using built-in machine learning.It has Cast functionality, as well as input via stereo 3.5 mm jack.Home Max can output sound that's up to 20 times more powerful than the standard version of Home, Google says, and it has two 4.5 inch woofers on board with two 0.7 inch custom-built tuners.
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