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Seeker Hats Find Each other With Directional LEDs
Thursday, 19 June 2014 04:00

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[John Petersen] created a very cool piece of wearable technology for him and his son. Eager to explore the Maker Fair, but not eager to lose his son in the crowds, he’s come up with the Seeker Hat — a kind of auto-locating GPS hat which always points towards the other.

It’s a clever setup that makes use of a GPS module, a microprocessor, a xBee wireless chip, a compass, and LEDs to light the way. The GPS determines the hat’s approximate location, the xBee transmits it to the other hat, the digital compasses determine the directions of both hats, … Read the rest

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Kiwis get cracking with gigabit residential broadband
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:32

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While Australians wait for a copper network “upgrade” that can't be guaranteed to deliver better than 25 Mbps, a speed war has broken out across the Tasman, with residential gigabit plans arriving at wholesale prices that could see households pay under $NZ100 per month.

The wholesaler has announced the offering is now available to its retail customers, with coverage in all the centres in which it's building its network – Hamilton, Tauranga, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Tokoroa, New Plymouth, Wanganui and Hawera.

In its canned statement, the company says the gigabit service will wholesale at $NZ65 per

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The Development Of A Lightweight Wireless Protocol
Friday, 13 June 2014 07:00

BANO[Texane] had been thinking about how to monitor the state of his garage door from a remote place. The door itself isn’t around any power outlets, and is a few floors away from where his server would be located in his apartment. This presented a few design challenges – namely, the sensor itself should have a wireless connection to the server, and being low power would be a great idea. This led to the development of a minimalist framework for wireless communication that allows a sensor to run for weeks without a battery swap.

The wireless protocol itself is based … Read the rest

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Netflix agrees to end network warnings in Verizon slowdown spat
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 05:10

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Netflix is backing down in its battle with Verizon over the speed of its streaming video service on the carrier's network, albeit just a little.

A Monday post to the Netflix US and Canada blog said that the company will stop issuing users error messages blaming carriers for slow performance, saying the notifications were part of an experiment to introduce greater "transparency."

"As part of this transparency campaign, we started a small scale test in early May that lets consumers know, while they’re watching Netflix, that their experience is degraded due to a lack of capacity

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Crack Telstra Cabling SquadTM goes all Tarzan to restore internet
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:45

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PHOTOS Some time ago, this Vulture South hack had a not-uncommon experience: loss of broadband during a storm.

It wasn't water that killed things, but lightning: 130-plus metres of cable was scorched. The cable was direct-buried, meaning there was no convenient conduit through which a new cable could be dragged.

Telstra, to its credit, despatched a Crack Telstra Cabling Squad TM to perform the unenviable task of burying a new cable, unless an alternative could be found.

What follows documents the Crack Telstra Cabling Squad TM strategy.

By the way: the best camera is the one

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Stuff Wireless Charging Into a Nook’s Crannies
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 16:01

Qi receiver for NookMany technologies that come about for one type of product make us want to extend it to other things. For instance, we’d like the ability to remotely unlock our front door when it’s raining or our hands are full. Once [MS3FGX] experienced Qi wireless charging with his Nexus 5, he wanted the ability to wirelessly charge all the things. The first gadget on the list was his Nook Simple Touch eReader, which he successfully retrofit with a Qi receiver.

Space is at a premium inside of most modern technology. As it turns out, there is a burgeoning market for … Read the rest

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