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  • Clap on! Clap off! It’s Clapboss!

    Clap on! Clap off! It’s Clapboss!

    Sure Alexa can sing you a song but can you clap back at her? A new product by the makers of the Freewrite lets you do just that. Called Clapboss, this smiling dongle lets you clap up to four times to activate various things around your house. Clap twice to turn off your lights! Three times to turn off the TV! Four times to be reminded that you are now a slave to emotionless… Read More

  • Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car

    Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car

    High-end speaker maker Devialet is branching out of home speakers. The company announced a partnership with Renault for its first ever car audio system. You can’t buy a Renault car with Devialet speakers just yet, but there’s a Renault concept car with those speakers. Devialet has always said that it wasn’t just a speaker manufacturer. The French startup has worked on its… Read More

  • Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger

    Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger

    Researcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a piece of software found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of affected laptops is here. The keylogger is deactivated by default but could represent a privacy concern if an attacker has physical access to the computer. “Some time ago someone asked me if I can figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard… Read More

  • The 5-year bootstrapped odyssey of Sno-Go, a snow bike for the everyday ski mountain visitor

    The 5-year bootstrapped odyssey of Sno-Go, a snow bike for the everyday ski mountain visitor

    Skiing has always been something of a nightmare for me. I first “learned” how to ski in middle school, and still to this day don’t really understand how to stop. I once went to a “black diamond” mountain in Minnesota (read: gently sloping Midwest hill) and had to slam myself into the ground before skiing straight into the ski chalet. I’m hardly alone in my… Read More

  • Holography-based 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hours

    Holography-based 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hours

    3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second… Read More

  • Researchers train robots to see into the future

    Researchers train robots to see into the future

    Robots usually react in real time: something happens, they respond. Now researchers University of California, Berkeley are working on a system that lets robots “imagine the future of their actions” so that they can interact with things they’ve never seen before. The technology is called visual foresight and it allows “robots to predict what their cameras will see if… Read More

  • Zelda expansion, Death Stranding and other titles hyped at The Game Awards

    Zelda expansion, Death Stranding and other titles hyped at The Game Awards

    The Game Awards, an event that’s exactly what it sounds like, took place shortly ago and, like any gaming event, it was shot through with trailers and announcements. What’s the biggest announcement, you ask? It’s probably a tie between the sudden release of a new expansion for Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a teaser for the next project from From, the creators of Dark Souls… Read More

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