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Monday, 14 December 2015

Weekly Digest: 11th December 2015

A beginner's guide to the Raspberry Pi Zero

The tiny and ridiculously inexpensive Raspberry Pi Zero has already proven to be a huge hit, selling out everywhere (including on the front cover of 10,000 magazines).
Sony is working on a PS4 Remote Play app for PC and Mac

Remote Play is one of the PS4's more underrated features, probably because it only lets you stream your games to the ailing PS Vita and some equally ailing Sony smartphones.
Anti-Alzheimer's gene may have led to the rise of grandparents

Evolutionarily speaking, we are born to make babies. Our bodies—and brains—don't fall apart until we come to the end of our child-bearing years.
Astronauts Are Getting Augmented Reality Headsets This Week

NASA employees test the HoloLens in weightless conditions. Virtual and augmented reality devices have slowly edged their way into our lives, popping up on headsets and in cars. Now, they are boldly going where no AR or VR has gone before, into space.
New Star Wars : The Force Awakens Clip Teases the Dark Side

If there's anything more ominous in the Star Wars universe than a massive collection of stormtroopers watching the sky explode with red, we don't now what it is.

Backslash – an "art/design" project from NYU Interactive Technology Program researchers Xuedi Chen and Pedro G. C.
Add to-dos to your Google Calendar using Reminders

Reminders help with the details Another way Reminders are more useful than events is that Calendar adds things like phone numbers and addresses automatically. So if you add a Reminder to make a call or run an errand, the number or address will be right there when you need it.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Weekly Digest: 7th September 2015

Minecraft adds cross-platform play so Windows 10 players can build with mobile friends

Almost a year to the day after it bought Minecraft makers Mojang, Microsoft is updating the Windows 10 and Pocket editions of the ultra-popular building game, adding the cross-platform support it previously promised, and inserting features that were previously missing from the mobile version.
Baidu launches Duer digital assistant to take on Siri, Cortana and Google Now

Chinese technology company Baidu, often labelled as China's Google has launched a digital assistant to take on rivals from Apple, Microsoft and Google.
I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it.

My husband and I study history, specifically the late Victorian era of the 1880s and '90s. Our methods are quite different from those of academics. Everything in our daily life is connected to our period of study, from the technologies we use to the ways we interact with the world.

Hands-On With the Huge New Apple iPad Pro and Pencil Stylus

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Related Galleries Let's get this out of the way: It's really big. See, the thing about Apple's new iPad Pro is that you're not supposed to leave it on a table all the time like a Surface begs you to. It's meant to be held, in your hand.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Home Made Protein Bars

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I've been working my way through both Little Brother and Homeland and have decided to start putting together a series of posts on some of the real world versions of things M1k3y and his friends use / eat / make etc. 

A nice simple starting point is the protein bars scoffed down by one of Marcus' pals Jolu. I've put together my own simple recipe based on lots of Pinterest browsing! 

Melt 1/2 cup honey with 1/2 cup (smooth) peanut butter in a pan 
Add in a measure of vanilla protein powder and 1/2 cup berries (raisins and cranberries in the picture above 
Stir in 1.5 cups of oats 

Once it's all mixed together flatten the mixture out into a tray (I used a small tupperware) and put in the fridge overnight. 

That's it! With this amount I normally cut the block into four 'bars'. 


Sunday, 6 September 2015

Weekly Digest: 31st August 2015

Hello, and welcome to Tropes vs Anita Sarkeesian. Today, we're going to be looking at the representation of Anita Sarkeesian on the internet, as part of an examination of the wider issues affecting those women who appear online with opinions.

Amazon Underground aims to make Android apps and games 'actually free'

In-app purchases may have become the dominant way for developers to make money from charging for their apps, but Amazon's new app takes a sledgehammer to the model. Well, in a sense.
Secret Memos Reveal Details Of Julian Assange's Troubled Three-Year Stay In Ecuador's Embassy

Staff and security guards at the Ecuadorian embassy are keeping minute-by-minute records and filing daily official reports on the activities of their long-term guest Julian Assange.

Huawei Watch on sale in the UK in October from £294

Huawei has finally announced the release of its Android Wear watch at IFA in Berlin. The smartwatch will go on sale in the UK in October, with prices starting at $399 (£294).
Motorola Moto X Play review: a decent performer for a bit less

The Motorola Moto X Play aims to be the phone that gets the basics right and packs a few high-end features, and still costs under £300 – but does it succeed?

Monday, 31 August 2015


I've been playing around with various Raspberry Pi projects the last couple of weekends and I've successfully setup a web interface to my Heatmiser thermostat (delaying the inevitable purchase of a Nest..) and a motion detecting 'security camera'. This bank holiday I figured I'd go retro so I popped down to my local Maplin and picked up a Speedlink XEOX Pro wired controller (after discovering my xBox controllers where wireless and therefore not very useful for this project) and set about configuring RetroPie on my original Raspberry Pi. 

After a frustrating first attempt I managed to get the controller working, but only in the menu system. After watching this video guiding me through the installation of the basic config controller files I also installed Xbox contr. 360 drivers from the Retro Pi Config menu (RetroPie > RetroPie-Setup > 3. Setup / Configuration > 331. Install Xbox contr. 360 driver) which seemed to have helped. Then I set up the specific controller configuration in the same menu (RetroPie > RetroPie-Setup > 3. Setup / Configuration > 318. Configure input devices for RetroArch). 

For anyone else using this controller, you can download my confg file which may save you having to jump through the configuration 20 times (as I did) when you miss the very small window you get to press the right button! 

If you suffer from a little OCD then it will drive you nuts that (for some reason) the A B buttons are mapped B A. You could of course change this but it might leave you searching for the right buttons once the old muscle memory kicks back in. Also, I haven't quite memorised all the HotKeys, but this guide should help. 

I had hoped to get Goldeneye up and running but it seems the Pi just can't take it, at least the original Pi I have, maybe its time for an upgrade.... :) 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Weekly Digest: 17th August 2015

Why I'm finally going to boycott Amazon

Few things in life are as universally satisfying as a boycott. To the left, a boycott is the ultimate display of society in action; to the right, it confirms the market's all-consuming power. To me, it's just fun.

Broadband - are we really in the slow lane?

Britain is in the broadband slow lane. That at least is the message from many listeners to the BBC's Today Programme.
Burning Man 2015: fire Tetris and a hacked Boeing 747

A five-storey mesh dancer, a giant game of fire Tetris and -- if rumours are to be believed -- a hacked Boeing 747 are just a few of the oversized artworks on show at Burning Man (August 30 to September 7). But here, such awe-inspiring projects are the norm -- the Nevada desert festival has a reputation as an alt-art showcase.

Tumblr revolutionises app release notes with David Karp's rippling muscles

Blogging social network Tumblr had a problem. When you release an update to a mobile app on Apple's app store, you have to include release notes: a short update of what has changed since the last version. But release notes are boring.
Bitcoin could split in debate over currency's future

Bitcoin XT, a new version, is currently being recommended by the currency's chief scientist, Gavin Andresen. And its developer, Mike Hearn, says its adoption is essential to ensure the currency can cope with growing demand.
Ashley Madison data published -- and it's worse than anyone thought

The compressed 10GB file was posted to the dark web late on Tuesday and has since been shared widely across the dark web. The data dump contains the usernames, first names, last names, street addresses and more of some 33 million users.
This zero-waste grocery store has no packaging, plastic or big-name brands

Forget Whole Foods. The Germans have created a store with eco-conscious customers in mind. Well, at least in Berlin—the newest home of Original Unverpackt (Original Unpackaged). You won't find any paper or plastic bags here—or any kind of bags for that matter.