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Mar

Pay what you want for the Full Stack Web Development Bundle


App development is one of the most cut-throat industries around right now, but it can also be one of the most profitable. It’s also an area where jobs abound, and if you freelance or create your own apps, you can work on multiple jobs at once, soaking in the abundance of experience and hopefully a little cash while you’re at it.

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But if you want to develop the next big app, you can just go into it willy-nilly without the proper knowledge and training. You’ll need to learn about JavaScript — one of the most popular coding languages in app development — and you’ll also want to learn about other useful tools, like NodeJS and HTML 5. If you don’t have time or the money to spend on a costly computer sciences degree, then you need some online courses you can take on your own time.

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The Full Stack Web Development Bundle is a series of eight courses that take you through every stage of an app’s development. Full Stack development is the creation of all facets of an app or website, from front end to back end and everything in between. You’ll get access to hundreds of courses and the best part is that you can pay what you want! The average price is set, and if you decide to pay less than the average price, you’ll still get something great, but if you pay more than the average price, you’ll get all eight apps in the bundle. If you beat the leader’s price, you’ll be entered into our giveaway and get featured on the leaderboard.

The courses are as follows:

  • The Full Stack Web Development Course
  • Projects in ReactJS: The Complete React Learning Course
  • Projects in JavaScript and JQuery
  • ReactJS and Flux: Learn by Building 10 Projects
  • Projects in MongoDB: Learn MongoDB Building 10 Projects
  • Projects Using PHP Frameworks
  • Learn NodeJS by Building 10 Projects
  • Projects in HTML5

If you want to learn all there is about developing an app, then you’ll want the Full Stack Development Bundle, and for hundreds of hours of lectures, you get to pay what you want. If you’re serious about app development, then you need serious training, and what better way to learn than to do? Check out the Full Stack Web Development Bundle and Android Central Digital Offers.

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25
Mar

Virtual Virtual Reality: It’s time to rebel against our AI Overlords!


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The future has been automated leaving only Activitude employing Artisinal Humans to AI clients. You, are one of those Humans.

The future is bright, clean, Virtual, and nearly entirely automated. I am one of the few humans able to find actual employment with a company, Activitude, that promotes it’s use of Artisinal Humans as companions to their AI clients. With clients like a pinwheel who needs help with it’s garden, and a stick of butter that wants to be covered in toast. The demands are ridiculous, and occasionally impossible, and that’s just the start of your adventures with Activitude.

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25
Mar

1Password gives an early look at one of Android O’s best features


Android O is bringing a new way for password managers and other apps to autofill information. Here’s how it works.

Whenever Google introduces a new version of Android, there’s always a silent disclaimer to go along with it: few of these features will be available until developers add them to their apps. Well, one developer hasn’t wasted much time showing what its implementation of one major O feature will look like: AgileBits, Toronto-based creator of popular password manager, 1Password, has uploaded a proof-of-concept showing off the new Autofill API.

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From 1Password’s blog:

As you can see in the video, after navigating to the login page in the Twitter app, the Autofill Framework notified 1Password that there were some fields that could be filled. 1Password then responded by letting the Autofill Framework know it recognized those fields as a login form, but that it needed to be unlocked first. I was then prompted to unlock 1Password if I wanted to continue.

After I unlocked 1Password with my fingerprint, my example Twitter credentials were displayed in a dropdown provided by the Autofill Framework and automatically filled when I tapped on them.

It really does seem that simple, and I’m grateful, because auto-filling is one of the best features in 1Password today, but it relies on an accessibility hack that most people won’t be willing to go through. Once O is released (and widely-available, natch) such a feature will be a breeze to activate.

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25
Mar

Moto G5 Plus review: Great value in a tacky shell


Everyone wants the biggest, best, brightest phone to show off in front of their friends (and enemies). Usually, that means the biggest price tag. Enter the Moto G5 Plus, a great smartphone under $300 that performs amazingly well (even if it doesn’t look all that great).

I’m Michael Fisher, AKA MrMobile, and I have sometimes found myself reviewing phones twice the price of this that I like half as much. This Moto G5 Plus review should put your mind at ease if you’re interested in saving money and having a great phone. Watch it and see exactly what I mean.

The Moto G5 Plus is THE phone for the affordability-minded consumer. Check out Android Central’s hands-on with the Moto G5 Plus and all of Android Central’s coverage of the Moto G5 and G5 Plus.

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25
Mar

Toto hopes to woo Americans with high-tech toilet showroom


Japanese toilets have long been a mainstay in Asian households, but the concept is still something of a curiosity in much of the Western world. Toto, Japan’s biggest toilet maker, has attempted to market its high-tech commodes to American audiences for decades with little success. The company is trying to change all this with a brand new “experiential” showroom that launched this week in San Francisco. It’s called Concept 190, and it’s equipped with four sensor-laden bathrooms where visitors are invited to pee, poo and have a toilet experience unlike anything they’ve had before.

The magic starts the moment you open the bathroom door. The lights come on and the toilet seat lifts up automatically. Once you place your derrière on the heated seat, the lights will dim and the room projectors will kick into action. In our demo, the projectors filled the entire room in a full on space adventure as we followed a spaceship through the starry skies. It sounds pretty silly, but I have to admit it was kind of hilariously amazing to have this kind of theme park experience while sitting on a toilet.

Of course, Toto won’t actually install these projections in your bathroom. The point of these experiential installations is to encourage visitors to actually, you know, try these toilets out. All of the models in the Concept 190 showroom are completely functional — the seats are heated and the bidets spray water. They can spray both the front and back of your nether regions, and you can control the pressure, the position of the spray and the temperature of the water and the seat. Most of the toilets are also self-cleaning; one even has a UV light that interacts with the glaze of the bowl to electrolyze and clean the water.

The showroom doesn’t have regular office hours, but they do plan to hold scheduled public events throughout the year. Combined with the art projection experience, Toto hopes that the showroom will spread by word-of-mouth and be something of a destination. And in so doing, help remove some of the cultural stigma around talking about cleaning our private parts.

Still, the toilets are pretty expensive — prices start at $500 and go all the way up to an eye-watering $10,000 — and Americans aren’t really used to paying these kinds of prices for lavatories. But Toto is hoping that if you try it out for yourself, you could change your mind.

25
Mar

Chinese Court Overturns iPhone 6 Patent Ruling in Apple’s Favor


A Beijing court has overturned a 2016 ruling that Apple’s iPhone 6 violated a Chinese manufacturer’s patent, which saw intellectual property regulators attempt to bar sale of the phone in the country (via South China Morning Post).

Last June we reported that ailing company Shenzhen Baili filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the iPhone 6 violated the patent of its 100c smartphone. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled that the iPhone did infringe on Shenzhen’s patent rights, accusing Apple of having “copied” the exterior design of the 100c phone.

Cupertino was ordered to halt sales in Beijing completely, but an administrative order appeal from a regional patent tribunal allowed both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to remain on sale. Today’s news finally appears to have put an end to the legal dispute.

The court “quashes the decision of the bureau” and “recognises that Apple … has not infringed the design patent filed by the company Shenzhen Baili”, according to the verdict reported by the People’s Court Daily.

The Beijing court ruled that the features of the iPhone 6 “completely change[d] the effect of the entire product” and made both phones “easily distinguishable in the eyes of consumers”.

The decision is likely to be another nail in the coffin for Baili, which was reported to “barely exist” even at the time of its original victory in the intellectual property office. The company, along with its parent Digione, is no longer a competitor in the Chinese smartphone market and has since collapsed, blighted by mismanagement and public criticism of its products, which were seen as poor quality.

Apple’s lawyers will be relieved with today’s ruling, given that Apple has been on the losing side of Chinese intellectual property lawsuits in the past. In May 2016, an “iPhone” branded leather goods maker won a lawsuit filed by Apple, after the court ruled Xintong Tiandi had registered the word as a trademark in 2007, while Apple’s phones didn’t go on sale in China until 2009.

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25
Mar

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45: Our first take


Astonishing attention to detail, superb build quality, and the latest tech inside: This is a true Swiss smartwatch for the connoisseur

If you want the real deal, by which we mean a smartwatch with true Swiss-made credentials, there is only one choice: the new Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45. It’s the second smartwatch from Tag Heuer, following the Carrera Connected last year, and once again Intel has been heavily involved with the device’s creation. But the partnership goes much deeper than simply stuffing one of Intel’s chips inside a Tag Heuer designed body. The two companies collaborated so closely, the end result combines Intel’s technical know-how and Tag Heuer’s passion for watches in a way that truly makes it stand apart from the rest.

It’s easy to pass Android Wear watches off as the same experience in a slightly different body, but don’t make that mistake with the Connected Modular 45. Intel’s Jerry Bautista, vice president of New Technology, sat down with Digital Trends at the Baselworld 2017 trade show to give us a peek at the watch in detail, share how the relationship between the two companies worked, and the lengths both went to in order to produce it.

Swiss build, Intel tech

The Connected Modular 45 is an evolution of the Carrera Connected. For example, to ensure a round screen was used on the first model — a Tag Heuer requirement — Intel had to build the electronics that were hidden by the flat-tire screen design into the section with the “Swiss Made” inscription on the body. Tag Heuer was opposed at first, but grew to like the look, and has turned it into a design feature on the Connected Modular 45 by mirroring it at the opposite end of the body.

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While a plastic rear panel on the Carrera Connected allowed the antennas to work, the new model’s body is made entirely of titanium. The watch still has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, plus the addition of GPS and NFC; but titanium doesn’t play well with antennas, so how do they talk to the world? Look closely at the side of the screen and you’ll see two sections sandwiched together. The lower piece contains all the antennas. It was a huge technical challenge to make this work, but it not only improves the design, but also the efficiency: There’s a 70 percent improvement in Wi-Fi performance because of it. Wondering where the ambient light sensor is? The watch collects light data through the watch face, and channels it down into Intel’s sensor, which adjusts the display accordingly. A clever alternative to an ugly sensor.

The end result combines Intel’s technical know-how and Tag Heuer’s passion.

Tag Heuer wanted to have the same depth to the digital screen that it does on its analog watches. To do this, a 2.5mm thick piece of sapphire crystal is placed over the top of the screen, sinking the display down into the body. This was where Intel began to use its skill. Tag Heuer also wanted to build the connected watch in the same way as its traditional watches, using gaskets clamped together to hold everything in place, rather than glue and screws used in electronics. Hand-built Swiss components like the glass and the body are never the same twice, something Intel needed to change if it was to meet the requirements. So it introduced laser measurements to the process, reducing waste, and making it possible to build the Connected Modular 45 in an identical way to every other Tag Heuer watch.

Wearing the Connected Modular 45

Now we’ve explained why this is a true Swiss smartwatch, let’s talk about what it’s like to wear. We’ll get the size out of the way first. It’s big. The horns extend way over my wrist, and the flat underside of the watch accentuates the overall size, making it quite unsuitable for small wrists. Once it’s on, though, it’s not uncomfortable, and it’ll fit under a loose shirt cuff.

More: Our first take review of the Guess Connect Touch

The titanium body keeps it light, and the sapphire crystal over the display looks superb, creating that beautiful 3D look Tag Heuer wanted with the familiar sapphire sheen to catch the eye. The build quality, as you’d expect, is superb. It’s solid as a rock, and obviously made to last. Metal, leather, and rubber straps are all options, and we really liked the blue rubber version with the blue bezel around the screen.

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Hands on
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The design has been refined from the Carrera Connected, and more colors have been added to the range. There’s also now the chance to strip down many of the components to build a custom version, which is where the modular aspect comes in. It’s easy to do — just unclip the horns from the body, using buttons similar to those used to secure the Apple Watch’s strap in place, pull them away from the strap, and that’s it. Tag Heuer will sell you a mechanical Connected Modular 45 body, that uses the same horns and strap, for when you don’t want to wear the digital version. The super rich can even buy a version with a fancy tourbillon movement, which costs $17,000. In total, there are more than 500 possible combinations to personalize the watch using the modular components.

Software and future updates

Tag Heuer and Intel worked closely with Google to use Android Wear 2.0 on the Connected Modular 45, right down to striking an agreement so the Tag Heuer brand name and logo shows up when you turn the watch on. Intel uses an Atom processor inside the watch, and the software experience is smooth and slick. There are many different official Tag Heuer watch faces included.

Tag Heuer and Intel are working on a very special app that will arrive on the Connected Modular 45 in early summer. It’s a time management app made specially for smartwatches, that despite living on a watch, ironically shifts away from relying on time to set and manage our schedules. Bautista gave us an example of how it will work. Say you want to remember to pick up milk on the way home from work, and set a reminder for 6pm. When the alarm sounds, you’re caught up in a meeting and dismiss it. Normally, that would be the end of it, and the milk would inevitably be forgotten.

Not so with the new app and the watch. It will understand you’re caught up at work and delay the alarm. It’ll also know when you’re travelling home, and where a grocery store is, then alert you when you’re close by. Because the alert will arrive on your watch, it’s easier to spot even when you’re driving. Naturally it requires location access, but the benefits here are substantial.

Conclusion

There’s little doubt the Connected Modular 45 is aimed at a niche audience, but that’s not stopping demand outstripping supply. It’s not the abomination some watchmakers would like to believe it is either. It’s proof watchmakers and technology firms really can collaborate successfully, and produce a timepiece that’s true to the industry and the brand’s own ideals, while appealing to the tech fan with strong features and excellent software. It’s what scares and holds back many traditional watch firms from introducing a smartwatch.

More: Our first take review of the Montblanc Summit

If and when other watches arrive from big-name Swiss firms, they’re going to need partnerships as strong and effective as Tag Heuer’s, Google’s, and Intel’s, if the final product is going to meet the standard set here. Luxury smartwatches are uncharted territory, but when they’re done right, they work. The one thing we want from the next model is a better name. We’d have taken the Carrera Connected 2 over the Connected Modular 45.

While we appreciate the Connected Modular 45 as a groundbreaking piece of wearable technology, it’s not the perfect device. It’s still too big and too thick, the design won’t appeal to everyone, and the $1,600 price is a lot of money to pay out for a smartwatch. However, most premium analog Swiss watches also cost a lot of money, and as we’ve learned, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 deserves to stand alongside them as a true representation of the breed.

Highs

  • Amazing attention to detail
  • Latest Android Wear 2.0 software
  • Time management app is intriguing and useful
  • Stunning build quality and materials

Lows

  • Too big
  • Expensive
25
Mar

MIT scientists built a 3D-printed robot ‘skin’ that changes color with stimuli


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We’re not yet at the point where a robot could change its skin color to camouflage itself when needed, but we may be getting there.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a 3D-printed robot “skin” capable of changing color according to the physical stimuli that it receives. The work was inspired by the so-called “goldbug,” a golden tortoise beetle, which changes color in the wild.

“I was googling online about two and a half years ago, looking for creatures that change their color, and found out about this beetle,” project leader, Subramanian Sundaram, an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science, told Digital Trends. “The golden tortoise beetle is incredibly interesting. One of the things it does is that, when it’s disturbed or scared, it drains out the fluid in its shell which is normally golden in color, but becomes a reddish-brown. I was interested by the idea that this beetle was able to respond to mechanical disturbances by changing the color and transparency of its outer shell. I thought we might be able to replicate that.”

More: Shape-shifting flower demonstration shows off material science breakthrough

To create a similar effect in their robot “skin,” Sundaram and colleagues used 3D-printed flexible circuitry on a plastic substrate. The substrate was printed using an MIT MultiFad 3D printer, with the color-changing part being prompted by electrodes that are attached to the T-shaped object. The printed circuit board boasts two printed transistors and a so-called “pixel,” referring to a semiconducting polymer.


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In all, it serves as a neat proof of concept for scientists’ newfound abilities to print flexible substrates made up of multiple materials that are capable of demonstrating unique behaviors. Right now, there are no obvious useful applications for the robot skin, but it fits into a broader research theme of materials capable of drastically changing when outside stimuli are applied.

“Going forward, I think that adding actuation to this would be very interesting,” Sundaram continued. “I don’t know how long it will take to reach that point, but it would also be interesting to add elements of communication so that you could have it transfer data to a larger computer. All of this will require key breakthroughs to take place, but these are definitely the directions we’re interested in.”

A possible future robot that could change its skin tone to camouflage itself at a moment’s notice? Color us interested — no pun intended.

25
Mar

If you define day cruising as equal parts sun and speed, choose Wallytender X


Why it matters to you

When you want to take a half dozen sun and speed-loving friends for a picnic, hop aboard the Wallytender X.

You can imagine there are days superyacht owners would rather just drive one of their yacht’s tenders around for fun. If buzzing around the bay, port, lake, or the ocean on a day cruiser sounds like fun as long as it’s fast enough, check out the Wallytender X.

The outboard version of Wally’s Wallytender line, the “X,” is built for people whose preference is always “faster.” At 13.7 meters in overall length (about 45 feet) with a 4-meter beam (just over 13 feet) at the widest point and a high-riding 2-foot-7.5-inch draft with the outboard engines down, there aren’t too many places the Wallytender X can’t go.

More: The biggest, baddest, most extravagant superyachts ever conceived

Regardless of where you pilot the Wallytender X, you can get there fast, especially with its most powerful engine configuration. The high-end setup encompasses three Mercury 400 Verado RCD2 outboard racing engines.  Those 6-cylinder engines produce a combined 1,200 horsepower and can propel the Wallytender X to about 69 miles per hour. The least powerful engine option uses two Mercury 350 Verados, which top out at a still respectable 46 miles per hour.

The Wallytender X’s fuel tanks hold 396 gallons of fuel. Range at its 35 mph cruising speed is approximately 414 miles. This day cruiser doesn’t exactly sip fuel, using almost a gallon of fuel for every mile, and that’s at cruising speed. You can figure fuel consumption will be a lot greater at higher speeds.

Buyers can customize Wallytender X interiors, but however it’s set up, the boat’s freshwater tanks hold 240 liters, about 63 gallons. As you can see from the photos, common configurations entail loads of topside sunning cushions.

The Wallytender X is certified as a European Union CE Category B recreational craft, which refers to design standards for vessels from 8 to 79 feet long seaworthy for operating offshore with winds to 40 knots and significant seas to 13 feet. The standards are the expectations for construction strength, stability, freeboard, reserve buoyancy, resistance to down flooding, deck drainage, and other criteria.

25
Mar

ThreadRobe is a real-life version of the wardrobe from ‘Beauty and the Beast’


Why it matters to you

The worst part of doing laundry is the time it takes to fold, sort, and store clothing. ThreadRobe does all of that itself.

After the drudgery of running the washing machine, few people are eager to fold their clothes and put them away. However, people leave clothes in the hamper, they quickly become wrinkled. What if your wardrobe could handle that instead? ThreadRobe is a real-life product that does exactly that.

This automated piece of furniture sorts and hangs each item. When someone requests a piece of clothing, it returns it wrinkle-free and ready to wear. Better yet, each item is steamed fresh to a user’s specifications.

More: If you need a wardrobe of watches, the Guess Connect Touch is for you

In order to properly sort clothing, a small, flexible RFID tag is attached to the item. Instead of attempting to fold different articles of clothing, ThreadRobe hangs every item and operates more like a high-tech vending machine. After retrieval, an optional steam cycle helps ensure that the clothing is wrinkle-free.

While the inside of the ThreadRobe is futuristic, the exterior complements traditional furniture in a variety of bedrooms. It comes in two different sizes, a variety of colors, and optional trim and molding. Users won’t have to modify their homes either. ThreadRobe draws power from a standard 110-volt power outlet and does not require venting or plumbing.

The magic behind ThreadRobe goes beyond the hardware itself. To complete the experience, a mobile app allows users to digitally manage their clothes and control the wardrobe. From the app, users can view, create, and schedule their outfits. Want clothes ready first thing in the morning? ThreadRobe can have them ready before the alarm goes off. ThreadRobe will also suggest outfits based on any given item of clothing. Out shopping? Taking a picture of an item at the store and the app will match it with clothing back at home.

One models of the ThreadRobe carries about 100 items of clothing, while the other carries about 200. Both are available for pre-order and are priced at $3,750 and $4,250, respectively. Deliveries are expected to release mid-2018.

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