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50d3rubiks Lego Cubestormer robot solves Rubiks Cube in less time than it takes to read this

Until yesterday, the world record for fastest time in solving a Rubik’s Cube was 5.27 seconds, which was set in the fall of 2011 by a Lego robot named Cubestormer 2. Thanks to the machine’s successor (aptly named Cubestormer 3), the time to beat is now 3.253 seconds. The robot, which is the third in a series of automatons designed solely for the purpose of solving the Rubik’s Cube ASAP, is powered by an octa-core Samsung Galaxy S4; it’s got four high-performance ARM Cortex-A15 cores and four lower-intensity Cortex-A7 cores running the show, each one managing its own Lego Mindstorms actuator.

Essentially, the phone is responsible for analyzing how the cube is arranged, outlining the steps necessary to solve it, and then instructing the robot what to do. We can’t help but wonder how different the end result would be if a high-end Snapdragon, Intel, NVIDIA or Apple chipset had been used, but we’ll leave it up to the brilliant minds of designers David Gilday and Mike Dobson to tackle that challenge with the Cubestormer 4 when the time is right.

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Chrome: Desktop sharing is a pretty easy process, but if you’d prefer to just share access to your Terminal, Nutty is a simple Chrome extension that does just that.

Whether you’re troubleshooting or just helping someone dig around inside their file system, access to Terminal is helpful for a lot of reasons. Just install the extension, run a few commands, and then you’ll be able to share a simple URL link to give someone access. It’s a lightweight, fast, and easy-to-use solution when you don’t feel like sharing your whole screen.

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7f91ripped cd jonathon colman flickr The UK is finally making it legal to rip a CD on June 1st

After a lengthy two-year legislative process, the UK is nearly ready to drag its copyright law into the digital era. The country’s Intellectual Property Office has published the final version of copyright exceptions that make it legal to rip CDs and otherwise shift formats. As of June 1st, Brits can copy media as much as they like for personal use. Institutions can also make duplicates for backups or research, and the Secretary of State can tell copyright holders to make content accessible if paying for an alternative format isn’t practical. Out-and-out piracy is still forbidden, of course, but the new measures should let locals modernize their media collections without feeling a twinge of guilt.

 

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90b0halowarthog33 ​Ridley Scott is working on a Halo project for Microsoft

Remember that Halo film that wasn’t happening? Microsoft representatives have confirmed that the old rumors are true: a Halo feature is in the works, and it’s being produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, Prometheus, Call of Duty Elite: Friday Night Fights). Unfortunately, the confirmation is intentionally vague, offering no other information save for the project’s director (Battlestar Galactica’s Sergio Mimica-Gezzan) and a promise that it won’t overlap with Spielberg’s TV series. It’s described as a “digital feature project,” which implies that the production will end up skipping the box office entirely. Well, either that, or Microsoft is just really excited about the kind of cameras it’s using. According to Variety, it could be something similar to the Halo: Forward Unto Dawn short-form episodes. We’ll find out pretty soon, regardless — the project is set for release sometime later this year.

 

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98018 36465 1395909 29979 21986 1 Introducing eBay Collections

With great pleasure I’d like to share some details about a new and exciting feature of eBay that I have been working in partnership with over the last few weeks. eBay Collections. This latest initiative presents exciting opportunities to share your favourite items with the community.

Here’s how it works:

Collections allow buyers and sellers to create a social gathering of products that they like or find interesting.

Think of it like Pinterest for eBay products, users can build Collections of complimenting products or group products by a theme, or just create a set of products they desire.

Simply click add to collection from a listing and eBay automatically builds a lovely looking page with all your collected products.

addto Introducing eBay Collections

You can add you own comments and description to be displayed on your collection page and choose to make the collection public or keep it private.

Public Collections also have the ability to “trend” on eBay and will be displayed on the eBay homepage for the world to see.

Here are the first of my own collections which I’d like to share.

White Noise
Sonos, the wireless digital audio solution, offers great audio solutions for the home.
These adorable Sonos speakers and accessories need to be in Pure White.

Black vs White Phones
You’d think after deciding to get a new phone, figuring out your carrier, and choosing which storage capacity you wanted, you’d be done, right? Well no, you still have a choice of colors — white or black.

Kick-Ass Speakers
Do your music some justice!!! Turn it up to 12 with these kick-ass speaker setups. Pursuing the perfect speaker setup is a nearly endless chase but you can easily tweak your current setup to improve your system’s sound. A great set of living room speakers doesn’t have to break the bank or take up a ton of space, although some of the best models do.

Top Tablets
Tablets are taking the world by storm. Just a few years ago they were an unknown for many people, but nowadays you’ve got more choice than you can handle.

Tech for your car
Just because you are in the car, that doesnt mean you have to leave the gadgets behind. Here are some of my favourite bits of tech that have to come along for the journey.

Carry on Camping
Here are the top gadgets that travel with us when we go camping. These have turned many a muddy trip into something memorable. Carry on camping…

On My Travels
This is a collection of tech that I’ve bought, used and loved whilst on my travels. You cant have enough gadgets when your away from home. Whether you’re making your way by plane, train, automobile, or even your own two feet, no trip is complete these days without must-have accessories.

Top GoPro accessories
The GoPro’s simplistic design and high quality photographic results have made the GoPro Hero3+ the action camera of choice for many extreme sports enthusiasts. But what really sets it apart from its rivals is the huge array of mounts that enable your GoPro to go with you anywhere…

Let’s get this party started!
Next time you throw a house party, make sure to rock the entire neighbourhood! Building your first DJ setup can be a difficult task if you do not know which equipment to buy. Whether you plan to perform for a crowd of 1,000 or 1, making sure you have the right equipment is the first step to success. Hands in the air!!

Build your own PC!
If you’ve never done it before, the idea of building a computer from the ground up can seem very intimidating—but it’s one of the most satisfying projects a tech enthusiast can take on.

Must Have Gadgets 2014 *must see*
OK, technically you’d survive without these “must-have” gadgets, but when so much of our day is spent with devices that tell us where to go and what to do, they entertain and inform us, track our health and manage our minutes, it seems impossible to think of life without them.

Best Speaker Docks
Free your music from your phone. These are the best speaker docks right now. A speaker dock for your phone or tablet is a great investment for your home entertainment set-up. Besides offering vastly improved audio, it gives your precious device somewhere tidy to sit and charge. Treat yourself to big, rich sound.

So, those are my current collections – let me know yours in the comments!

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