Archive for July 2017

Microsoft signals end of Paint program – BBC News Is this end of era? Paint has been part of the Windows operating system since its release in 1985 and is known for its simplicity and basic artistic results. It will be either removed or no longer developed according to  Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Evidence for the Majorana fermion, a particle that’s its own antiparticle — ScienceDaily In a discovery that concludes an 80-year quest, researchers found evidence of particles that are their own antiparticles. These ‘Majorana fermions’ could one day help make quantum computers more robust. Far in the future, Zhang said, Majorana fermions could be used to construct robust quantum computers that aren’t thrown off by environmental noise, which

Helping students transition from the laboratory to robotics startup | TechCrunch “How do I launch a successful startup?” Simple advice: “find a problem that needs solving, address a need that already exists, and don’t go offering up solutions in search of problems” Oh, and get a day job. Learn the industry and the ins and outs of running a business from someone who’s already in

Low Energy: Mesh Bluetooth Technology Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) enables short-burst wireless connections and supports multiple network topologies, including a mesh topology for establishing many-to-many (m:m) device communications. New control and automation systems, from lighting to heating/cooling to security, are about to make homes and offices a lot smarter. Bluetooth mesh networking supports these smart buildings, enabling tens, hundreds

Home reflow sees the light | EDN There are lots of claim to be workable solutions out there to reflowing boards at home – mostly involving kitchen appliances like toaster ovens and various sorts of hot plates and skillets. An interesting approach by David Sanz Kirbis uses a halogen shop or flood light as heat source and enclosure.   More info: David’s project write-up Controller

Finnish diabetes vaccine trials to start in 2018 | Yle Uutiset | A vaccine for type 1 diabetes developed by Finnish researchers will be tested on mainly Finnish human subjects in late 2018. A virus may be behind a significant proportion of type 1 diabetes cases, which are especially common among children. Researchers are confident that an enterovirus that attacks the pancreas to destroy insulin-producing cells is

Try many programming languages

TIO is a family of online interpreters for an evergrowing list of practical and recreational programming languages. The site has over 100 supported languages. Practical languages include things like C, Java, Python, Perl and also old school stuff. You can try all of then without leaving your favourite web browser! Pick a programming language, and

Microsoft open sourced Visual Studio Code Extension for Arduino Microsoft, which has the biggest contributor community on GitHub, has launched the MIT-licensed code across the open source platform to enable developers to leverage Arduino hardware specifically for IoT projects and applications.  The design builds on the official Arduino IDE, meaning that the extension is almost entirely compatible and consistent with Arduino IDE. Microsoft

Arduino Sensor Kit 37 In 1

Arduno neeeds sensors.  Geekcreit® 37 In 1 Sensor Module Board Set Kit For Arduino Plastic Bag Package  promises to give many sensors cheaply. That kit says that t contains 37 sensors. Actually it has 37 items, but not all of them are sensors (there are buzzer, relay, LED etc.). It is cheapest kit on the

ESP8266 IoT Contest – Simplify the Connected World – myDevices, SparkFun, and Espressifhave partnered to give you the world’s first ESP8266 IoT contest.  Show us how you use the ESP8266 to simplify the connected world! There is no project too big or too small. Want to monitor the temperature in a room? Perfect. Thinking of creating an automated garden? Excellent. Want to use