Computer Guide To Everything http://computerguideto.com All things about computers Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:05:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Is This The New Gold iPhone 5S? http://computerguideto.com/awesome/is-this-the-new-gold-iphone-5s/ http://computerguideto.com/awesome/is-this-the-new-gold-iphone-5s/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:05:16 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/passantino/is-this-the-new-gold-iphone-5s 1. Apple reportedly is preparing to release a new gold, or what some are calling “champagne,” colored iPhone model next month. View this image › weekly.ascii.jp 2. The new device will be introduced at an Apple event on Sept. 10, the Wall Street Journal reported. View this image › weekly.ascii.jp 3. The back of the […]

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1. Apple reportedly is preparing to release a new gold, or what some are calling “champagne,” colored iPhone model next month.

2. The new device will be introduced at an Apple event on Sept. 10, the Wall Street Journal reported.

3. The back of the new device may feature a thinner font in the “iPhone” inscription, possibly a style cue from the software’s dramatic redesign in iOS 7, which is set to ship at the same time.

4. Aside from the new color (and possibly font) the phone appears to be identical in design to the current iPhone 5 model.

The blog that posted the images said the new “champagne gold” colored shell was provided by mobile phone parts supplier Moumontai. BuzzFeed could not verify the authenticity of the images.

Additional photos can be viewed here.

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Boring Star Cluster Found To Host Hundreds Of Black Holes http://computerguideto.com/awesome/boring-star-cluster-found-to-host-hundreds-of-black-holes/ http://computerguideto.com/awesome/boring-star-cluster-found-to-host-hundreds-of-black-holes/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:05:25 +0000 http://www.iflscience.com/space/boring-star-cluster-found-to-host-hundreds-of-black-holes/ Astronomers have discovered that a well-known cluster of stars hosts hundreds of stellar black holes, going against the accepted framework for these objects. NGC 6101 is at first glacea mundane globular cluster, a spherical collection of stars orbiting 36,000 light-years from the core of the Milky Way. Recently though, researchers noticed that it appeared to […]

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Astronomers have discovered that a well-known cluster of stars hosts hundreds of stellar black holes, going against the accepted framework for these objects.

NGC 6101 is at first glacea mundane globular cluster, a spherical collection of stars orbiting 36,000 light-years from the core of the Milky Way. Recently though, researchers noticed that it appeared to have some weird characteristics, being larger and more dynamically active than expected, so a team from the University of Surrey produced a computer simulation of the cluster to understand what was going on.

The results, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, were quite surprising. The globular cluster is full of hundreds of blacks holes, formed over the 13 billion years of its life. Stellar black holes are formed after a star goes supernova, butsuch an event was believed to be dramatic enough to kick them out of a globular cluster. This finding shows that globular clusters can, in fact, hold onto their black holes.

This research is exciting as we were able to theoretically observe the spectacle of an entire population of black holes using computer simulations, said lead author Miklos Peter in a statement.

The results show that globular clusters like NGC 6101, which were always considered boring are in fact the most interesting ones, possibly each harboring hundreds of black holes. This will help us find more black holes in other globular clusters in the universe.

This research could help explain how the supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies form. If globular clusters are capable of trapping a large number of black holes, over time they could lead to mergers of these stellar black holes.

Our work is intended to help answer fundamental questions related to dynamics of stars and black holes, and the recently observed gravitational waves. These are emitted when two black holes merge, and if our interpretation is right, the cores of some globular clusters may be where black hole mergers take place, added co-author Professor Mark Gieles.

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31 Signs You’re A Third Culture Kid http://computerguideto.com/awesome/31-signs-youre-a-third-culture-kid/ http://computerguideto.com/awesome/31-signs-youre-a-third-culture-kid/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:07:22 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/regajha/31-signs-youre-a-third-culture-kid According to sociologist David C. Pollock: View this image › Luchunyu / Via shutterstock.com But, of course, you knew that already. View this image › Ssuaphotos / Via shutterstock.com 1. You can curse convincingly in at least five different languages. View this image › GraphJam / Via cheezburger.com 2. To everyone’s confusion, your accent changes […]

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According to sociologist David C. Pollock:

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But, of course, you knew that already.

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1. You can curse convincingly in at least five different languages.

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2. To everyone’s confusion, your accent changes depending on who you’re talking to.

3. And you often slip foreign slang into your English by mistake, which makes you unintelligible to most people.

4. You’re really good at calculating time differences, because you have to do it every time you call your parents.

5. But you also have your computer programmed to help you out when your math fails.

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6. You start getting birthday wishes several hours before your birthday, from your friends farther east than you.

7. Your passport looks like it’s been through hell and back.

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Or, more likely, your passports*, in the plural.

8. You have a love-hate relationship with the question “Where are you from?”

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You have both a short and long answer ready, and you pick one depending on who’s asking.

9. You run into your elementary school friends in unlikely countries at unlikely times.

10. You’ve spent an absurd and probably unhealthy amount of time on airplanes.

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11. And you definitely know your way around jet-lag recovery.

12. Your list of significant others’ nationalities reads like a soccer World Cup bracket.

Handy, huh?

13. And your circle of best friends is as politically, racially, and religiously diverse as the United Nations.

14. Which is great, except that you “hang out” more online than in real life.

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15. So when you do see your best friends, you lose it a little.

16. You’ve had the most rigorous sensitivity training of all: real life.

Always take your shoes off in a Thai household, but never show the soles of your feet to an Arab.

17. You get nervous whenever a form needs you to enter a “permanent address.”

18. You know that McDonald’s tastes drastically different from country to country.

And you can rank them from best to worst.

19. You’re a food snob because you’ve sampled the best and most authentic of every possible cuisine.

20. You convert any price to two different currencies before making significant purchases.

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21. You don’t call it “home.” You call it “passport country.”

22. You often find yourself singing along to songs in languages you don’t speak or understand.

23. You miss BBM, but Viber and WhatsApp will do for now.

24. You’re the token exotic friend in your non-TCK crew.

25. Love it or hate it, you have a strong and well-informed opinion on the I.B. system.

26. The end of the school year was always bittersweet because so many people moved away.

27. And, no matter how many you say, good-byes never get easier.

28. But the constant flow of new friends more than made up for it.

29. Now you feel incredibly lucky to have loved ones and memories scattered all over the globe.

30. You know better than anyone else that “home” isn’t a place, it’s the people in it.

31. And you can’t wait to see where your life adventure takes you next.

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How to take your panic over Trump and the environment and turn it into real action. http://computerguideto.com/awesome/how-to-take-your-panic-over-trump-and-the-environment-and-turn-it-into-real-action/ http://computerguideto.com/awesome/how-to-take-your-panic-over-trump-and-the-environment-and-turn-it-into-real-action/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:07:46 +0000 http://www.upworthy.com/how-to-take-your-panic-over-trump-and-the-environment-and-turn-it-into-real-actionnew-president-giving-you-environmental-angst-weve-got-21-actions-you-can-take-today A lot of people are worried about the environment right now. And President Trump … well, he’s not helping. He’s called climate change a Chinese hoax, made no secret of his disdain for the Clean Power Plan, and signaled that he might withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate deal. But here’s the thing: Though […]

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A lot of people are worried about the environment right now. And President Trump … well, he’s not helping.

He’s called climate change a Chinese hoax, made no secret of his disdain for the Clean Power Plan, and signaled that he might withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate deal.

But here’s the thing: Though the political parties are divided, the American people are largely in agreement we want to preserve the environment and take proactive steps against climate change. So, with that in mind…

Here are 21 things anyone can do over the next four years to take action for the environment:

1. Donate to organizations dedicated to environmental causes.

You know that old adage about voting with your dollar? Now’s the time to put it to use. Check out organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Ocean Conservancy, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, World Wildlife Fund, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Rainforest Trust, or the Conservation Fund.

2. If you can’t donate yourself well, how do you like marathons and bake sales?

If donating money isn’t in the cards, you could try signing up for charity drives or races. The World Wildlife Fund’s Panda Nation program, for instance, can help you set up fundraisers that combine events like bake sales or marathons with charitable donations.

3. Get your hands dirty by joining a citizen scientist project.

Instead of just promoting science and nature conservation, how about getting involved yourself? Scientists need lay people to help collect important data from all around the country. There are a ton of these projects, from tracking horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay to watching urban birds. PBS, National Geographic, and Scientific American have lists of citizen science projects for you to help out in your area.

4. Prefer to keep your hands on the cleaner side? Help with research by playing games online.

No joke. Some of these citizen science projects have migrated to the internet. At Zooniverse, for instance, you can decipher bat calls, spy on colonies of penguins, investigate old whaling ship records, or play Chimp & See.

Other websites will let you use satellite footage to uncover archaeological sites or will fold proteins while you sleep.

5. Organize or participate in park cleanup events.

Instead of a hiking trip, why not join a park cleanup? It’s a good workout, and at the end you can break out some beers and enjoy the newly clean park yourself.

Check out The Ocean Conservancy and GOOD for guides to getting started.

6. Support good science journalism with real, actual money.

You know what’s the antidote to fake news? Real news.

Show your support for legitimate, nuanced science reporting by subscribing or donating to outlets such as National Geographic, Scientific American, and Smithsonian Magazine. While you’re at it, support reputable news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, or NPR.

7. And follow them on social media so you can join in the discussion.

In addition to the places mentioned above, check out groups like the National Parks Service; science communicators like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ed Yong; astronomer Phil Plait; and podcasts like “RadioLab.” I mean, I could go on naming people all day. Join in to hear what they’re saying and add your own voice.

That said, remember that people on social media are still people keep it civil. It’s always good to stay a little suspicious, fact-check, and read articles before you post or retweet them.

8. Or ditch the phone entirely and just go outside!

Grab some friends and and organize hikes, boating expeditions, or nature walks. Hit the beach. Check out the tide pools. Get a hunting permit and go hunting, if that’s your thing. Get a fishing permit and go fishing. Get an annual pass to the national parks and go enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes our country has to offer.

Why? Because, well, nature is goddamn beautiful and being outside is good for you. But it’ll also remind you of why it’s worth protecting.

9. Call your representatives and senators and let them know you care about the environment and they should too.

Making small changes yourself to protect the environment is good, but in order to make a huge difference, we need systemic changes too. It’s important to make sure politicians are paying attention. Call them.

Actual phone-to-phone conversations make a difference. Remind them what’s important to you. Here are all the phone numbers for the House of Representatives. Here are all the phone numbers for the Senate. You can also sign up for email alerts from various conservation organizations like the Environmental Defense Fund or for apps like Countable that will let you know when important bills are up for a vote.

10. If your representatives don’t listen, set up a calendar reminder so you don’t forget the midterm elections.

Or, heck, have you considered running for office yourself? If you’re not happy with how the government works, why not get involved? Anyone can run for office, so if you’ve got some good ideas, why not throw your hat in the ring?

11. If you have kids, get involved in their environmental education.

If you have kids, offer to chaperone a school field trip to a museum or park. If their school isn’t planning any field trips, help set one up for the class. An AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium is a great place to start. Or maybe your kid would like a birthday party at a natural history museum or a trip to a day camp or summer camp? If you’re in the Seattle area, the city has a list of camps.

12. Fill your car’s tires. Yeah, I’m serious.

A well-maintained car gets better gas mileage and produces fewer emissions. Just filling low tires can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 3%. You may want to get regular tune-ups and consider going easy on the pedal and brake as well.

If you live in a place where bikes and buses are a thing, save the car for long trips and use alternative transportation whenever you can instead.

13. Rethink your grocery list.

We all need food to live, but the way we grow it can be kind of taxing on the planet. Large livestock such as cows and pigs often take a lot of land, feed, fuel, and antibiotics to raise, which can be tough on the environment. Eating smaller, buying local, and eating animals further down the food chain can reduce the impact your grocery list has on the environment.

Consider swapping burgers for barbecue chicken or adding an extra vegetable to your dishes, and whenever possible try to eat things that are grown in the same state you live in.

14. Get rid of all the junk mail and needless paper waste that’s been piling up.

More than 4 million pounds of junk mail is produced each year, and about half of it ends up in the trash. You can help cut down on this waste by talking to your local post office or using services like Catalog Choice, DMAChoice, or OptOutPrescreen to remove your name from mailing lists.

While you’re at it, sign up for electronic billing and receipts instead of paper ones.

(Also, who wouldn’t want less junk mail?!)

15. Make sure you’re recycling electronics properly.

Computers, electronics, and batteries can be full of acids, rare metals, and lead. That gunk can end up in our soil and water, which is, you know, not good. You can help keep lead and toxins out of the soil by using proper e-waste procedures.

Instead of tossing your old cell phone in the trash or leaving your old laptop on the curb, use this website to find a recycling center near you. You can also donate or recycle old cell phones. Many carriers, such as AT&T and Verizon, also have trade-in programs.

16. If thinking about the global environment feels overwhelming, think local instead.

We might not be able to count on the federal government, but that doesn’t mean cities, towns, and neighborhoods can’t still take action to protect the environment.

Join Audubon International’s Green Neighborhood program, read the NRDC’s neighborhood development guide, create a neighborhood repair team, persuade your city to turn defunct industrial sites into green spaces, or follow the small town of Ashton Haye’s example and go carbon-neutral altogether.

17. Download apps that will help you keep conservation and environment info handy.

Put your phone to good use. Find more sustainable fish with an app like Seafood Watch, lower your water bill with Dropcountr, get ocean conservancy tips from Rippl, learn what’s going on in your neighborhood with Ecoviate, or find new ideas with #climate.

18. Educate yourself by watching amazing environmental documentaries.

Documentaries are a great way to get caught up on current issues. Check out BBC’s delightful “The Blue Planet,” “Life,” “Life Story,” and “Planet Earth” series; Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Before the Flood“; “Chasing Ice“; Discovery Channel’s “Wildest” series; or both “Cosmos” series.

19. Have uncomfortable conversations.

Look, I can write as much as I want here, but if you actually want to change someone’s mind, you’ve really got to talk to them. Connect over shared values. If you’re a hunter, talk to other hunters. If you’re a farmer, talk to other farmers. If you’re a city dweller, talk to other city dwellers. Find the places where you can agree, and go from there.

It can be weird, but it helps.

20. Don’t panic.

Yes, climate change is real. Yes, it’s caused by humans. Though some politicians may try to sow confusion, we just need to look out the window to see that the weather’s getting weirder.

That said, it’s not too late. We probably can’t stop it entirely, but we still have the power to both lessen its effects and prepare for the future.

So don’t panic.

21. Remember, you are not alone.

Though we may disagree sometimes on the best way to do it, the majority of Americans do want action on climate change and conservation. Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Green, this is an issue we can all get behind.

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19 choses que vous ne pouvez pas dire sans passer pour un connard http://computerguideto.com/awesome/19-choses-que-vous-ne-pouvez-pas-dire-sans-passer-pour-un-connard/ http://computerguideto.com/awesome/19-choses-que-vous-ne-pouvez-pas-dire-sans-passer-pour-un-connard/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:06:09 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/alexnaidus/19-choses-que-vous-ne-pouvez-pas-dire-sans-passer 1. « Je n’aime que leurs premiers albums. » View this image › kingdomofstyle.typepad.co.uk 2. « J’ai fait Sciences Po. » View this image › AP Photo/Jacques Brinon 3. « Je n’ai pas la télé. » View this image › litandlife.blogspot.com 4. « Je travaille sur un roman en ce moment. » . View this […]

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1. « Je n’aime que leurs premiers albums. »

2. « J’ai fait Sciences Po. »

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3. « Je n’ai pas la télé. »

4. « Je travaille sur un roman en ce moment. »

5. « Quand je vivais a l’étranger… »

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6. « Je n’aime que le chocolat noir. »

7. « J’ai tweeté ça l’autre jour, mais… »

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8. « J’ai lu cet article très intéressant… »

9. « Je me sens tellement mieux quand je fais du yoga. »

10. « Je pense que j’ai trouvé mon âme sœur. »

11. « Je n’écoute pas vraiment la radio… sauf Inter. »

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12. « Les livres électroniques, c’est pas pareil. »

13. « Je fais une cure de détox en ce moment. »

14. « J’achète tous mes vêtements dans des friperies. »

15. « Je ne mange que du bio. »

16. « Je peux pas ce soir, je mixe dans un bar. »

17. « Je ne bois pas d’alcool. »

18. « Je les ai vus quand ils n’étaient pas très connus. »

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19. « Je travaille dans le web. »

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Beginners Guide: How to Build a Computer http://computerguideto.com/videos/beginners-guide-how-to-build-a-computer/ http://computerguideto.com/videos/beginners-guide-how-to-build-a-computer/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:14:47 +0000 http://computerguideto.com/?p=13131 Table of Contents Tools: 1:15 Parts: 2:07 CPU Install: 5:41 RAM Install: 6:36 Case Prep: 8:11 Motherboard: 10:06 Front Panel: 15:01 Power Supply: 18:16 Cooling: 21:02 Graphics: 27:10 Drives: 30:24 Fans 36:00 Visit the the Official Website! OPEN THIS DESCRIPTION FOR COUPONS AND DISCOUNTS! You can help support PAX, CES and other Tech Travel directly […]

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20 Animated Gifs that Explain How Things Work http://computerguideto.com/awesome/20-animated-gifs-that-explain-how-things-work/ http://computerguideto.com/awesome/20-animated-gifs-that-explain-how-things-work/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:05:08 +0000 http://twistedsifter.com/2012/11/animated-gifs-that-explain-how-things-work/ If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an animated gif must be priceless! Below you will find a collection of simple and elegant animations that explain how various things work. From geometry to mechanics and everything in between, these animations help educate and explain how the world around us functions. Through these animations […]

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an animated gif must be priceless! Below you will find a collection of simple and elegant animations that explain how various things work. From geometry to mechanics and everything in between, these animations help educate and explain how the world around us functions.

Through these animations I hope you will have a greater appreciation for the ingenuity of humans and a newfound respect for the great thinkers and inventors throughout history. Enjoy!

1. How a Zipper Works

Animation by Dominique Toussaint

2. Illustrating Pi: Unrolling a Circle’s Circumference

Animation by John Reid

3. How a Pill Press Works

Animation by Jeff Dahl

A tablet press is a mechanical device that compresses powder into tablets of uniform size and weight. A press can be used to manufacture tablets of a wide variety of materials, including pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs such as MDMA, cleaning products, and cosmetics. To form a tablet, the granulated material must be metered into a cavity formed by two punches and a die, and then the punches must be pressed together with great force to fuse the material together. [Source: Wikipedia]

4. How Walschaerts Valve Gear in
Steam Locomotives Works

Animation by R. A. Booty

The Walschaerts valve gear is a type of valve gear invented by Belgian railway mechanical engineer Egide Walschaerts in 1844 used to regulate the flow of steam to the pistons in Steam Engines. The gear is sometimes named without the final “s”, since it was incorrectly patented under that name. It was extensively used in steam locomotives from the late 19th century until the end of the steam era. [Source: Wikipedia]

5. What a Tesseract (4D Cube) Looks Like

Animation by Jason Hise

In geometry, the tesseract, also called an 8-cell or regular octachoron or cubic prism, is the four-dimensional analog of the cube; the tesseract is to the cube as the cube is to the square. Just as the surface of the cube consists of 6 square faces, the hypersurface of the tesseract consists of 8 cubical cells. [Source: Wikipedia]

6. Knight’s Tour: How a Knight Visits
Every Square Once

Animation by Ilmari Karonen

A knight’s tour is a sequence of moves of a knight on a chessboard such that the knight visits every square exactly once. The exact number of open tours on an 8×8 chessboard is still unknown.
 
Creating a program to find a knight’s tour is a common problem given to computer science students. Variations of the knight’s tour problem involve chessboards of different sizes than the usual 8 × 8, as well as irregular (non-rectangular) boards. [Source: Wikipedia]

7. How a Caliper Works

8. How a Constant Velocity Joint Works

Animation by Pwld

Constant-velocity joints (aka homokinetic or CV joints) allow a drive shaft to transmit power through a variable angle, at constant rotational speed, without an appreciable increase in friction or play. They are mainly used in front wheel drive and all wheel drive cars. Rear wheel drive cars with independent rear suspension typically use CV joints at the ends of the rear axle halfshafts, and increasingly use them on the propshafts. [Source: Wikipedia]

9. How Circle Strafing Works

Animation by grm_wnr

In video games, strafing is the technique of moving the player’s character from side to side, rather than forward and backward. Circle strafing is the technique of moving around a target in a circle while facing it. Circle strafing allows a player to fire continuously at an opponent while dodging counterattacks. By rapidly circling the opponent, the player evades the opponent’s sights. [Source: Wikipedia]

10. Proving the Pythagorean Theorem
Through Rearrangement

11. How a Radial Engine Works

Animation by Duk

The radial engine is a reciprocating type internal combustion engine configuration in which the cylinders point outward from a central crankshaft like the spokes of a wheel. It resembles a stylized star when viewed from the front, and is called a “star engine” (German Sternmotor) in some languages. The radial configuration was very commonly used in aircraft engines before turbine engines became predominant. [Source: Wikipedia]

12. How the Geneva Drive Works

Animation by Mike1024

The Geneva drive or Maltese cross is a gear mechanism that translates a continuous rotation into an intermittent rotary motion. The rotating drive wheel has a pin that reaches into a slot of the driven wheel advancing it by one step. The drive wheel also has a raised circular blocking disc that locks the driven wheel in position between steps.
 
The name derives from the device’s earliest application in mechanical watches, Switzerland and Geneva being an important center of watchmaking. Another application of the Geneva drive is in movie projectors: the film does not run continuously through the projector. Instead, the film is advanced frame by frame, each frame standing still in front of the lens for 1/24 of a second (and being exposed twice in that time, resulting in a frequency of 48 Hz). This intermittent motion is achieved using a Geneva drive. [Source: Wikipedia]

13. How the Spinning Dancer Illusion Works

Animation by Nobuyuki Kayahara

The Spinning Dancer is a kinetic, bistable optical illusion resembling a pirouetting female dancer. Some observers initially see the figure as spinning clockwise and some counterclockwise. Additionally, some may see the figure suddenly spin in the opposite direction. The illusion derives from an inherent ambiguity from the lack of visual cues for depth. [Source: Wikipedia]

14. How a Hypotrochoid is Made

Animation by Sam Derbyshire

A hypotrochoid is a roulette traced by a point attached to a circle of radius r rolling around the inside of a fixed circle of radius R, where the point is a distance d from the center of the interior circle. [Source: Wikipedia]

15. How an Alpha Stirling Engine Works

Animation by Richard Wheeler

A Stirling engine is a heat engine operating by cyclic compression and expansion of air or other gas, the working fluid, at different temperature levels such that there is a net conversion of heat energy to mechanical work. Or more specifically, a closed-cycle regenerative heat engine with a permanently gaseous working fluid, where closed-cycle is defined as a thermodynamic system in which the working fluid is permanently contained within the system, and regenerative describes the use of a specific type of internal heat exchanger and thermal store, known as the regenerator. It is the inclusion of a regenerator that differentiates the Stirling engine from other closed cycle hot air engines. [Source: Wikipedia]

16. How to Draw a Yin Yang Symbol
Using Circles

Animation by O’Dea

17. How a Wankel Engine Works

Animation by Y_tambe

The Wankel engine is a type of internal combustion engine using an eccentric rotary design to convert pressure into a rotating motion instead of using reciprocating pistons. Its four-stroke cycle takes place in a space between the inside of an oval-like epitrochoid-shaped housing and a rotor that is similar in shape to a Reuleaux triangle but with sides that are somewhat flatter. The very compact Wankel engine delivers smooth high-rpm power. It is commonly called a rotary engine, though this name applies also to other completely different designs.
 
The engine was invented by German engineer Felix Wankel. He received his first patent for the engine in 1929, began development in the early 1950s at NSU, completing a working prototype in 1957. NSU then licensed the concept to companies around the world, which have continued to improve the design. It is the only internal combustion engine invented in the twentieth century to go into production.
 
Thanks to their compact design, Wankel rotary engines have been installed in a variety of vehicles and devices including automobiles, motorcycles, racers, aircraft, go-karts, jet skis, snowmobiles, chain saws, and auxiliary power units. [Source: Wikipedia]

18. How a Sewing Machine Works

Animation by NikolayS

19. How the Sun and Planet Gear Works

Animation via Wikimedia Commons

The sun and planet gear (also called the planet and sun gear) was a method of converting reciprocal motion to rotary motion and was utilised in a reciprocating steam engine. It was invented by the Scottish engineer William Murdoch, an employee of Boulton and Watt, but was patented by James Watt in October 1781. It was invented to bypass the patent on the crank, held by James Pickard. It played an important part in the development of devices for rotation in the Industrial Revolution. [Source: Wikipedia]

20. How The New York Times Crossword
Before the 1996 Election Worked

Animation by Unknown

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This beautifully designed iPhone alarm clock app will change your mornings. The minimalist Rise Alarm Clock [iTunes link] for iPhone by Simple Bots is a refreshing way to wake up.

The unique alarm clock is intelligently intuitive. Fresh out of slumber, you won’t have to rummage around for the right button to shut off the harsh tones. A simple swipe and pull will turn off the alarm. Click once to give yourself another five minutes of blissful sleep.

Before going to bed, simply move your finger up and down to set a time to get up the next morning. Turn the alarm on or off by swiping the iPhone screen. There are also settings to change to ring tone. On the app, you can also make a playlist from iTunes to lure the Sandman in.

The Rise Alarm Clock is $1.99 in the Apple App Store [iTunes link].

Image courtesy of Flickr, Maga Soto

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Google Publishes Government Requests and Other News You Need to Know http://computerguideto.com/awesome/google-publishes-government-requests-and-other-news-you-need-to-know/ http://computerguideto.com/awesome/google-publishes-government-requests-and-other-news-you-need-to-know/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:06:00 +0000 http://mashable.com/2014/02/04/google-transparency-report-brief/ Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you updated on what’s happening in the digital world. Can Microsoft’s Kinect be used for national security? According to Kotaku, a South Korean programmer is using a Kinect-based system to monitor the Demilitarized Zone — the area that separates North […]

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Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you updated on what’s happening in the digital world.

Can Microsoft’s Kinect be used for national security? According to Kotaku, a South Korean programmer is using a Kinect-based system to monitor the Demilitarized Zone — the area that separates North and South Korea.

Google announced that its Transparency Report now includes all government requests for user information.

Lastly, the U.S. Government has a fairly futuristic plan for motor vehicles.

Check out the video above for more on these stories.

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If you can’t master the will to unclench your fingers from around your smartphone, you have a problem. The NoPhone is here to help.

Creators of the NoPhone, currently accepting donations through a Kickstarter page, have proposed a 3D, tech-free phone surrogate.

The shiny black rectangle is reminiscent of a sleek Android or iPhone, but has all the value of a paperweight.

If you compulsively need to feel your phone in your hand, the NoPhone can be a substitute. It’s an appropriately heavy weight in your pocket or purse, letting you feel a phone without actually enabling you to use one.

The NoPhone Kickstarter page jokes,

Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand.

The tongue-in-cheek Kickstarter is packed with reviews from beta testers who have given up drunk texting exes in favor of making eye contact for the first time in years.

The NoPhone also includes a selfie feature — users can stick a mirror to their phone and look at the person walking behind them.

And while the Dutch and American entrepreneurs behind NoPhone clearly have a good sense of humor, they’re still receiving donations. They’ve raised nearly $3,000 so far.

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