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Teach me, Zoella! Going back to school with the beauty vloggers

Age is a funny thing. I’m currently 26 and a half. The half never seemed important until this week, when I decided to initiate myself with the world of international YouTube darling Zoella – who is only two years, but apparently also a million light years, younger than me. Show More Summary

Winning Game-App Contests with Computer Vision

[Gadget Addict] found out about a contest being held by a shoe seller. Their mobile app has a game very much like Bejeweled. The high scorer each month gets £500. His choices were to be better at the game than everyone else, or to be smarter. Show More Summary

BadUSB Means We’re All Screwed

Does anyone else get the feeling that the frequency of rather horrible vulnerabilities coming to light is accelerating? Off the top of our head, there’s Heartbleed, Shellshock, and now this one. The BadUSB exploit attack stems from the...Show More Summary

Hackaday Links: October 5th, 2014

Good news from CadSoft this week. They didn’t miss all the complaints about their decision to use a Node Lock License for EAGLE 7. This had meant that users of the popular PCB design software would be limit on how many machines they could use the software with a license. Show More Summary

Bed Leveling with a Solenoid Actuator

Ah, the woes of printer bed leveling. Unless you have a fancy 3D printer, bed leveling is a tedious task. [Rupin] got tired of messing around with his printer, so he decided to make his very own bed leveling sensor. The goal was to create a Z-axis probe that works as both an auto-leveling sensor and as an end stop. Show More Summary

Arduino Drink Dispenser Turns Quarters into Liquid Courage

Ever feel the need to have your very own alcohol vending machine at home? Well if you do, [Ben] and [Dan] have just the Arduino based machine for you! It was actually part of a school assignment for product design at Brunel University – the whole thing was designed and built in just over a week. Show More Summary

Steve McQueen and Analog Synths Make a Music Video I Can't Stop Watching

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

There are few things I love in life more than Steve McQueen movies. And there's nothing else out there that sounds like analog synthesizer music. So when my Giz coworker Andrew Liszewski turned me on to this TRS-80 music video combining the two, I couldn't take my eyes or ears off it. Read more...

Humans First Saw the Far Side of the Moon 55 Years Ago Today

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The side of the moon that faces Earth is familiar to anyone who's stood outside at night. But it wasn't until this day in 1959 that mankind was able to glimpse the dark side of the moon, thanks to a grainy-yet-distinct photo sent back by the Russian spacecraft Luna 3. Show More Summary

Anti-Trolling Animation Left Me Speechless

Canadian poet Shane Koyczan — the creator of the famous anti-bullying video To This Day Project, with more than 14 millions views on YouTube — strikes again with this powerful animation where he rants against trolling. More »      

The weirdest things women used as contraceptives throughout history

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

What does crocodile dung and weasel testicles and pig intestines and fizzy cola and moonshine mixed with ground beaver testicles have in common with each other? They were all used as contraceptives throughout history. Some were inserted into a woman's body, others were eaten and a few were just worn. Read more...

Seeing Nintendo characters as The Avengers is pretty fun

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Here's a fun mashup that combines two things most people who enjoyed childhood video games and comic book movies: Nintendo characters as The Avengers. Mario is Iron Man, Pikachu is Thor, Luigi turns into the Hulk, Link as Captain America and so on. Read more...

Hot air balloon flies underground into Earth for the first time ever

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

When you hop into a hot air balloon, you expect to fly up. Not anymore. For the first time ever, a hot air balloon was successfully flown down and underground into the Mamet Cave in Croatia. Even better, it was a 70-year-old man who accomplished the feat, dipping down nearly 700 feet into Earth. Read more...

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review: Beautiful, Comfortable, Flawed

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Technology obsession can border on the pornographic. Extreme close-ups capture every detail, gush over every curve. We describe soulless bits of plastic and metal as "attractive" and "stunning." (We draw the line at "sexy." ) For a premium smartphone to make it in this vain consumer world, it needs to look the part. That's what Samsung's Galaxy Alpha is all about. Read more...

The Stinky Science Behind Your Skunked Beer

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The phrase "skunked beer" is no misnomer: As the American Chemical Society tells us, the molecule that gives skunky beer its stankitudinous flavor is almost identical to the one found in skunk spray. But how does it get in your beer? And how on earth do you keep it out? Read more...

Interacting with Virtual Reality Brings us Even Closer to a Real Holodeck

One of our readers has been playing around with virtual reality lately, and has come up with a pretty cool beta run of his research — virtual interaction using your hands. Using an Oculus Rift, the Leap Motion controller and a beta run of Unity 4.6, [Tomáš Marian?ík] put together a test environment for physical interaction. Show More Summary

Our 8 favourite running shoes for Autumn/Fall 2014

The post Our 8 favourite running shoes for Autumn/Fall 2014 appeared first on Shiny Shiny.

Transformer Inductive Coupling Simulation is SFW

[James] has a friend who teaches at the local community college. When this friend asked him to build a transformer coupling simulation, he was more than happy to oblige. Fortunately for us, he also made a video that explains what isShow More Summary

I'm not sure bike rides can be more epic than through the Isle of Skye

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

There have probably been mountain bike rides that have been more intense than Danny Macaskill's tour through the Isle of Skye in Scotland and perhaps there have been a few rides slightly more beautiful of his ride on the Cuillin Ridgeline but I can't imagine any feeling more epic than this. It is stunning. Read more...

Even More Power Wheels Racers

With the Power Wheels Racing series wrapping up for the year, the teams are winding down and writing up their build and rebuild logs for their cars. In previous years, the kids from MIT, a.k.a. MITERS, have brought small electric cars to the races, but nothing like this. Show More Summary

Video: New Samsung ad touts Galaxy Note 4’s ‘powerful performance’

After releasing its flagship phablet in its home country and China, Samsung is getting ready to launch the Galaxy Note 4 in many additional markets in October, including the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. However, the next Note model...Show More Summary

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