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The Connected Customer Experience

“The connected customer experience” explores how people’s feelings and expectations have changed over the course of the pandemic—and what that means for how companies engage...

Differentiate with cloud power

Cloud-powered services create benefits for all types of companies, yet most enterprises are merely scratching the surface of what’s possible in the cloud. According to...

How to Manage Third Party Risk

The adoption of digital transformation, cloud computing, and Infrastructure as a Service all have brought business new found success. However as an unintended consequence nearly...
  • Tight Handheld CRT Asteroids Game Curses in Tuscan

    How many Arduini does it take to make a tiny CRT Asteroids game? [Marco Vallegi] of MVV Blog’s answer: two. One for the game mechanics and one for the sound …read more

  • The World’s First DIY Minicomputer Was Almost Australian

    The EDUC-8, a DIY minicomputer design that came out in “Electronics Australia” magazine, was almost the world’s first in August 1974. And it would have been tied for the world’s …read more

  • Supercon 2023: Reverse Engineering Commercial Coffee Machines

    There was a time when a coffee vending machine was a relatively straightforward affair, with a basic microcontroller doing not much more than the mechanical sequencer it replaced. A modern …read more

  • Studying the Finer Points of 3D Printed Gears

    [How to Mechatronics] on YouTube endeavored to create a comprehensive guide comparing the various factors that affect the performance of 3D printed gears. Given the numerous variables involved, this is …read more

  • Displays We Love Hacking: DSI

    We would not be surprised if DSI screens made up the majority of screens on our planet at this moment in time. If you own a smartphone, there’s a 99.9% …read more

  • Baldur’s Gate III Comes to the TRS-80 Model 100

    To say that Tandy’s TRS-80 Model 100 was an influential piece of computer hardware would be something of an understatement. While there’s some debate over which computer can historically be …read more

  • Remixed Pi Recovery Kit v2 Offers Another Path

    Just a few months after releasing the long-awaited second version of his Raspberry Pi Recovery Kit, [Jay Doscher] is back with an alternate take on his latest Pi-in-a-Pelican design. This …read more

  • Watch the queen of funk Chaka Khan's sizzling NPR Tiny Desk Concert (video)

    June is Black Music Month and Tiny Desk is celebrating with a series of performances by Black women. As always, the Queen of Funk brought the fire. Watch below. "The moment guitarist Rob Bacon opened the set on the talk box, with bassist Melvin Davis and drummer Jay Williams laying down the beat, it was clear we were about to get a lesson in some naaaasty funk with 'Tell Me Something Good,' reports NPR. — Read the rest The post Watch the queen of funk Chaka Khan's sizzling NPR Tiny Desk Concert (video) appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • Brand new ten-story Tokyo condo to be demolished for blocking Mt. Fuji view

    Japanese real estate developer Sekisui House Ltd. apologized that its brand spankin' new 10-story, 18-unit condominium building in western Tokyo blocks the neighbors' view of Mt. Fuji. They're apparently so sorry (or so pressured) that they're tearing down the near-completed building. — Read the rest The post Brand new ten-story Tokyo condo to be demolished for blocking Mt. Fuji view appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • Stay cool for the summer with these Egyptian cotton sheets for $35

    TL;DR: Treat yourself to a bedroom makeover with this Jeske 1000 Thread Count Egyptian-Quality 100% Cotton Sheet Set. Usually $42, you can grab it for less than $35 today.  Is there any better night's sleep you'll ever have than sleeping in plush, white hotel bedding? — Read the rest The post Stay cool for the summer with these Egyptian cotton sheets for $35 appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • Instant ramen recalled for being too spicy

    Denmark is recalling three flavors of Samyang instant ramen because they have too much heat for the average consumer. Samyang was very explicit that the recall is not because there's anything wrong with the product. "We understand that the Danish food authority recalled the products, not because of a problem in their quality but because they were too spicy," the company told the BBC News. — Read the rest The post Instant ramen recalled for being too spicy appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • The weirdest inventions you didn't know existed

    These six things exist because someone just had to go there. They are a testament to humankind's ingenuity. Useful? Maybe. Weird? Absolutely. Enjoy everything from using your child as a mop to a mug that stirs itself. Creativity leads us down some interesting paths. — Read the rest The post The weirdest inventions you didn't know existed appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • DNA reveals mystery of Maya human sacrifice

    The popular imagination holds that the ancient Maya sacrificed only young women and girls at their temples in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. That's a myth, according to a new study of ancient DNA from 64 individuals who were sacrificed and interred in an underground cavern in the Maya city of Chichén Itzá's more than 1,000 years ago. — Read the rest The post DNA reveals mystery of Maya human sacrifice appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • Oops! Passenger tries viral pillowcase hack to sneak more stuff onto plane — gets kicked off flight (video)

    What's good for TikTok isn't always good in reality, as one gentleman at Orlando International Airport learned after trying a viral packing hack that got him kicked off a flight. The traveler had obviously seen one of the many pillow trick videos people have posted on social media in which they stuff a pillowcase full of extra items that they can't squeeze into their carry-on luggage (for example, see first video below, posted by victoriia_ro). — Read the rest The post Oops! Passenger tries viral pillowcase hack to sneak more stuff onto plane — gets kicked off flight (video) appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • Bizarre health fads: a roundup of the top 10 strangest fake medicines

    In a world where people will try just about anything for better health, it's no surprise that some truly outlandish remedies have gained popularity—despite their lack of scientific backing. From magnetic bracelets to urine therapy, here are the ten weirdest fake medicines people have tried over the years. — Read the rest The post Bizarre health fads: a roundup of the top 10 strangest fake medicines appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • Tesla Cybertruck Police Vehicle revealed

    UP.FIT outfits Tesla sedans and SUVs for police, military, and private security use. Their slogan is, um, "American engineered, for American Hero's" [sic]. Now, they're offering to upgrade the Cybertruck as a patrol vehicle. Like the base model Cybertruck, which looked hopelessly dated before it rolled off the assembly line, this custom build has the appeal of a 1980s Robocop knock-off. — Read the rest The post Tesla Cybertruck Police Vehicle revealed appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • Lauren Boebert cowers from sunlight

    Colorado's addicted-to-media-attention Congressperson Lauren Boebert complains about media attention but also admits it is why she exists. If only the media would stop talking about how terrible Lauren Boebert is, there would be nothing to say. The media cannot talk about all the great things Boebert has done for her district, that she is fleeing because she can no longer win there. — Read the rest The post Lauren Boebert cowers from sunlight appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • Jon Stewart on the commercialization of Pride Month

    Jon Stewart calls out corporations for rainbow-washing. Who knew profits had a color spectrum? The collection of poorly thought-out Pride-themed merchandise is laughable. Stewart also points out how dehumanizing the trivialization of what it took to get to "Pride Month" is, and that the successes of inclusion do not need memorialization with colorless candies. — Read the rest The post Jon Stewart on the commercialization of Pride Month appeared first on Boing Boing.

  • Nightmare at Wells Fargo: customer battles fraudulent charges for months until NY Times shames the bank into helping him

    Wells Fargo is up to its old tricks again. A customer named Nate returned from a wedding in Mexico to find a whopping $1,500 fraudulent charge on his credit card, as reported by Seth Kugel in The New York Times. — Read the rest The post Nightmare at Wells Fargo: customer battles fraudulent charges for months until NY Times shames the bank into helping him appeared first on Boing Boing.

    • Everything Apple wants you to know that is coming to iOS 18

      Apple's keynote showcases the key features of iOS 18 in a convenient, single image. Here's what each cell of the graphic means for iPhone users in the fall.Apple's iOS 18 bentoApple's presentation of operating system updates is usually summed up through a single graphic, the bento. This graphic, named after the food container due to its compartments, lists many key features that users can look forward to in iOS 18 when it launches this fall.While the bento doesn't include every new feature, it serves as a guide for users, offering a preview of what to expect. Here are the features outlined in the iOS bento during the WWDC 2024 keynote. Continue Reading on AppleInsider | Discuss on our Forums

    • Apple's core Calendar and Reminders apps can finally talk to each other with iOS 18

      With Apple's latest operating systems, iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, It's now possible to create and manage Reminders directly from the built-in Calendar app.Calendar and Reminders will be able to share information in IOS 18At the company's annual WWDC on Monday, it was revealed that the Calendar and Reminders applications would become integrated, meaning that Reminders will now be visible from within Calendar.AppleInsider first revealed this change in our exclusive report from early May, well over a month before Apple officially announced the two apps would be able to share information. In our initial report, we explained the overall significance and potential implications of the change. Continue Reading on AppleInsider | Discuss on our Forums

    • Smart Script impressively forges handwriting in iPadOS 18 Notes app

      Apple's Smart Script for Notes in iPadOS 18 can help make your handwritten notes better. It can also copy your cursive style when you paste more text into a note.Smart Script, a Notes feature for iPadOS 18. The Notes app does allow users to handwrite in their own words to the page instead of typing it in. As part of iPadOS 18, Apple wants to make it even easier for users to jot down words in Notes.Due to how poorly written text is treated, it's usually not editable to the same level as typed text in a word processor. Handwriting would effectively be handled as an image, with editing limited to erasing lines and adding new markings to the image. Continue Reading on AppleInsider | Discuss on our Forums

    • Tim Cook talks Apple Intelligence, OpenAI, and iconic Apple products with MKBHD

      Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing his interview tour to discuss Apple Intelligence versus artificial intelligence, privacy in the AI era, and the most iconic Apple products of all time.Tim Cook makes an appearance on MKBHDIn a new interview published on the MKBHD YouTube channel, Tim Cook sat down with Marques Brownlee to talk about iOS 18, Apple Intelligence, and his feelings on products of the past.When asked how Apple views artificial intelligence, Cook noted that Apple has been making strides in the field for years, starting with the Apple Watch. Continue Reading on AppleInsider | Discuss on our Forums

    • How to lock apps, hide apps, and find them again in iOS 18

      Before you use iOS 18's new ability to lock and hide apps, be sure you know how to find them again when you need them.All iOS 18 users now get a folder called Hidden in their App Library, whether they're hiding anything or notSince your iPhone is already protected by Face ID, it might seem like a case of belt and braces to then hide individual apps under the same biometric system, but it's a feature you'll use. It means you can unlock your iPhone to hand over to someone, but know, for instance, that they can't accidentally open your banking apps.It's up to you which apps you lock, if you lock any at all, but thereafter the process is the same. When anyone taps to open them, they are scanned by Face ID and only you are let in. Continue Reading on AppleInsider | Discuss on our Forums

    • New visionOS 2 updates are more significant than Apple initially implied

      Apple's unveiling of visionOS 2 ended with its bento image summarizing its features. Here's what that graphic said, and what it means for the Apple Vision Pro.An Apple Vision Pro user in front of the visionOS bento graphicLike its other operating systems, Apple finished its exploration of visionOS 2 and its inbound changes with a bento graphic. Named after the compartmentalized food container, the bento image has been Apple's go-to for showing as many features as possible about a product or service.While it does highlight a large number of features, it doesn't do so in detail. Instead, it's only got a few words on each. Continue Reading on AppleInsider | Discuss on our Forums

    • Today's top deals: Buy one, get one 50% off on Apple's HomePod mini, M1 MacBook Pro $619

      HomePod deals this aggressive are rare, but that isn't stopping Verizon from issuing a buy one, get one 50% off deal on the HomePod mini. Plus, grab an M1 MacBook Pro for cheap this Wednesday.To snag the HomePod mini offer, select from white, yellow, or blue and add two to your cart at Verizon. Then look for the $50 discount to be reflected in your shopping cart.You don't have to have a Verizon cellular plan to qualify, and Verizon is throwing in free 2-day shipping within the contiguous U.S. or free express store pickup. The compact HomePod mini is just 3.3 inches tall so it doesn't take up much room on your desk or countertop.Buy 1, get 1 50% off Continue Reading on AppleInsider

    • Apple Intelligence inches closer to Apple's 1987 Knowledge Navigator

      Controversial Apple CEO John Sculley may yet be proven right in his predictions for the future. Apple Intelligence could be the last step toward his fictional Knowledge Navigator.Apple's 1987 concept of the future, and SiriKnowledge Navigator is a famous six-minute video created for John Sculley in 1987, and depicting life in what was meant to be the far future of around 2011. Sculley may be known first for ousting Steve Jobs, and perhaps for instigating the Newton MessagePad, but after that, it's his Knowledge Navigator video that he's remembered for.To be harsh, it was Sculley attempting to be seen as a visionary for the future. To be generous, he got a huge amount right — or at least, his team did. Continue Reading on AppleInsider | Discuss on our Forums

    • Japan's parliament has approved a law that will force third party App Stores on Apple & Google

      In a move very similar to the European Union, Japan's parliament has finished the process to enact a law that prohibits big tech from blocking third-party app stores.An Apple Store in JapanThe bill passed Japan's House of Representatives in may, and now the House of Councillors on Wednesday. Given existing procedure, it does not need to be signed into law by the Emperor.The intention of the bill is that it will facilitate competition and reduce app prices. Japan's government reportedly believes that Apple and Google are a duopoly, and that they charge developers high fees that are then passed on to users. Continue Reading on AppleInsider | Discuss on our Forums