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1btn – an Open Source Dash

The availability of cheap radios, omni-present WiFi and powerful web services means the IoT wave is here to stay. Amazon got into the act with its “do only one thing” Dash button. But a more interesting solution would be an IoT “do it all” button. [Anand] has been working on his 1btn Open Source WiFi connected IoT button for a while. Show More Summary

A Guide To Marvel's Original Civil War Saga, Which Was Not Good

We couldn’t be more excited about Captain America: Civil War, but we also couldn’t be less enthused with its source material. The comic event was epic, but it was also a mess, where Iron Man inexplicably became a supervillianous arsehole. Show More Summary

McLaren offers up sub-3,000-mile, Concours-condition F1

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The McLaren F1 was the most exciting supercar of its time, and not many cars since have had its level of panache. Now it could be yours (or somebody's, anyway) as McLaren Special Operations Heritage division is selling one of the last...Show More Summary

Weasel takes down Large Hadron Collider

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

A small furry animal today took on the largest atom smasher ever made, and won. According to internal documents at CERN, the Large Hadron Collider was knocked out of commission at about 5:30 am CEDT when a weasel caused a "severe electrical perturbation" when it stepped on the bare connections of a 66,000 volt transformer. Show More Summary

Here's How You Play The New Labyrinth Board Game

Remember that new board game from a few weeks ago? Had absolutely no idea how it would play? Join the club. Well, join it temporarily, because once you’ve watched this video, you’ll no longer have membership. More »      

Pied Piper's Compression Code From HBO's Silicon Valley, Compiled

The third season of HBO’s Silicon Valley is now under way and if you caught the first episode, you would have noticed a snippet of Pied Piper’s valuable compression code towards the end of the show. Turns out this code actually compiles, though the output isn’t what you might expect. More »      

See what it’s like to live in solitary confinement with this terrifying VR experience

Virtual reality is responsible for some of the most fascinating experiences in recent memory, from a tour of Chernobyl to some of the most immersive games in the history of the medium. These are all worthwhile applications of the technology,...Show More Summary

Soda Fridge Hack to Fix a Lazy People Problem

[Paul] participated in a hackathon at work and created a hack to help solve what was ultimately a people problem. A soda fridge at work wasn’t getting refilled when empty. Instead of trying to make people less lazy, [Paul] went with making the fridge more needy. The first thing [Paul] did was make a soda fridge refill sensor from a scale. Show More Summary

What Did Star Wars: The Force Awakens Get Wrong?

Hard to believe Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out five months ago. One minute you’re clamouring to watch it in theatres, the next you can walk into just about any department store and grab the Blu-Ray. Five months is also enough time to have carefully considered the film’s flaws and while they are few and far between, they do exist. Spoilers ahead! More »      

Bloody Mary Secrets That Will Change Your Life

There’s nothing quite like sipping a spiked meal in a glass. So when Few, one of my favourite distilleries, offered to send me something called “Breakfast Gin”, I got a bright idea. Why not whip up a batch of refreshing Bloody Marys? More »      

These aren’t Steve Jobs’s last words, but they still managed to inspire a billionaire

Remember back when email chains were a thing? Instead of sharing anything and everything you find online using Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, people would pass along anecdotes via email. Several of these chain emails...Show More Summary

Watch How Dead Silent An Owl Flies Compared To Other Birds

Video: When a pigeon flies, you can hear it sloppily slap its wings as it makes its way through the air. When a peregrine falcon flies, the flight is powerful and beautiful but you can still hear the movement. When a barn owl flies? Complete silence. Show More Summary

Watch How Dead Silently An Owl Flies Compared To Other Birds

Video: When a pigeon flies, you can hear it sloppily slap its wings as it makes its way through the air. When a peregrine falcon flies, the flight is powerful and beautiful but you can still hear the movement. When a barn owl flies? Complete silence. Show More Summary

Windows 95 on the Apple Watch features the world’s most twee Start button

Big, complex things running on tiny things is a common theme this week. Earlier we had a hack that put Counter-Strike on Android Wear, and today some maniac has installed Windows 95 on his Apple Watch. At last it’ll do something worthwhile! That is, of course, if you can find the Start button. Read More

App For Monitoring Kids' Mobile Devices Lets You Read Deleted Texts

Do you know what your kids are up to when they're online or using their smart devices? Do you really know? An app for proactive parenting allows users to monitor their kids for risky or dangerous behavior without having to keep them under lock and key. It even shows you deleted texts and images they're posting. Find out what it's called and what social media platforms it covers.

Finally, An Invention That Can Tell You What Your Cat Is Really Saying

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Convinced that when your cat meows, it’s truly trying to tell you something? Now there’s a 3D printed talking cat collar to pick up on Fluffy’s varied vocalizations and “translate” them via an app on your smart phone. Yes, just like the one worn by Dug the talking dog in Pixar’s Up (“Squirrel!”). Read more...

This Candidate for President Claims He's Traveled Through Time

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

If the current frontrunners in this year’s presidential race just don’t appeal to you, perhaps you’d like to really think outside the box. Seattle lawyer Andrew Basiago is also running for president, as an independent. And he cites his extensive experience traveling through time as one of his strongest qualifications for office. Read more...

ESP8266 or MKR1000?

If you are a regular Hackaday reader, you’ve probably seen plenty of ESP8266 projects. After all, the inexpensive device is a workhorse for putting a project on WiFi, and it works well. There is a processor onboard, but, most often, the onboard CPU runs a stock firmware that exposes an AT command set or Lua or even BASIC. Show More Summary

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