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Fail of the Week: ESP8266 Heats Temperature Sensor
Saturday, 07 May 2016 04:01

[Richard Hawthorn] sent us in this interesting fail, complete with an attempted (and yet failed) clever solution. We love learning through other people’s mistakes, so we’re passing it on to you.

First the obvious-in-retrospect fail. [Richard] built a board with a temperature sensor and an ESP8266 module to report the temperature to the Interwebs. If you’ve ever put your finger on an ESP8266 module when it’s really working, you’ll know what went wrong here: the ESP8266 heated up the board and gave a high reading on the temperature sensor.

Next came the clever bit. [Richard] put cutouts into the board …read more

FCC gives the nod to $17.7bn US cable mega-merger (no, not that one)
Thursday, 05 May 2016 05:41

America's internet mall cop the FCC has approved the proposed $17.7bn merger between Altice and US cable provider Cablevision.

The deal, which is now only awaiting approval by state regulators, will give the Dutch-based telecoms biz Altice the fourth largest cable network in the US.

If the gobble is successful, Cablevision will combine with Altice's Missouri-based Suddenlink, and Altice will pay Cablevision owners $34.90 per share. The acquisition was announced in September of last year.

The merger faced some scrutiny from the US Department of Justice over concerns that a European company controlling swathes of American cable infrastructure. Altice has

We will end misleading broadband adverts, thunders ASA...
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 21:01

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has announced it will be cracking down on dodgy fixed broadband price claims... from 31 October.

Back in January, the ASA and telco regulator Ofcom published joint research which found that the current approach to presenting pricing in fixed broadband ads was "likely to confuse and mislead consumers about the cost of broadband services."

Only 23 per cent of participants in the study could correctly identify the total cost per month after the first viewing of the ad.

22 per cent of participants were still not able to identify correctly the total cost per month

Which Wireless Tech is Right For You?
Friday, 06 May 2016 13:00

It seems these days all the electronics projects are wireless in some form. Whether you choose WiFi, Bluetooth Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Thread, NFC, RFID, Cell, IR, or even semaphore or carrier pigeon depends a lot on the constraints of your project. There are a lot of variables to consider, so here is a guide to help you navigate the choices and come to a conclusion about which to use in your project.

We can really quickly reduce options down to the appropriate tech with just a few questions.

Does it need to connect to the Internet?

If …read more

Government tips last dollars into NBN
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 08:57

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) won't get anywhere near completion before direct government funding for the project dries up, the 2016 Budget reveals.

It's even feasible that the government could throw its hands in the air and terminate the rollout, if the cost of doing so is less than the total cost of funding the build.

After the current government took office in 2013, it revised not only the technology model, but the funding model. As well as changing the balance-sheet position of the network, it issued a diktat that the build would get no more than AU$29.5 billion in

What’s The Weather Like For The Next Six Hours?
Thursday, 05 May 2016 19:00

The magic glowing orb that tells the future has been a popular thing to make ever since we realized we had the technology to bring it out of the fortune teller’s tent. We really like [jarek319]’s interpretation of the concept.

Sitting mystically above his umbrella stand, with a single black cord providing the needed pixies for fortune telling, a white cube plays an animation simulating the weather outside for the next six hours. If he sees falling drops, he knows to grab an umbrella before leaving the house. If he sees a thunderstorm, he knows to get the umbrella with …read more

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