The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

An anonymous reader writes: You may recall Cody Wilson as the man behind the world’s first 3D-printed gun. He built a company behind the ideals of DIY gun-making, and now he’s come back with another device: the "Ghost Gunner," a CNC mill designed to create the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle. "That simple chunk of metal has become the epicenter of a gun control firestorm. A lower receiver is the body of the gun that connects its stock, barrel, magazine and other parts. As such, it’s also the rifle’s most regulated element. Mill your own lower receiver at home, however, and you can order the rest of the parts from online gun shops, creating a semi-automatic weapon with no serial number, obtained with no background check, no waiting period or other regulatory hurdles. Some gun control advocates call it a "ghost gun." Selling that untraceable gun body is illegal, but no law prevents you from making one." Wilson’s goal is still to render government gun regulation useless, even as debate rages on banning this kind of manufacturing.

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Sponsored post: Internet of applications: beyond the IoT hype-cycle

Can Internet of Things tide across its current hype? IoT’s next frontier has to go beyond the wearables, and deliver the promised value in a wide spectrum of industrial and commercial scenarios. It is going to be all about developers, use-cases, and the Internet of Applications.

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Sprint offering free double data to family and business accounts through October 31st

Today, Sprint announced a new promotion that gives its customers “double the data” offered by AT&T and Verizon for the same price. The carrier’s 32GB, 40GB and 60GB Family Share Pack plans will change to 60GB, 80GB and 120GB at no additional charge. Similar to AT&T’s newest promotion, Sprint’s deal also comes to an end on October 31st. […] http://ift.tt/eA8V8J

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Nexus 6 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

Nexus 6 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

The Nexus line is Google’s Android champion, the annual display of Android in its purest form. As we get closer to this year’s refresh, rumors are beginning to flesh out what the Nexus 6 is going to look like. Here’s what you can expect from the next great Android phone.

Much like its predecessors, the next Nexus will most likely showcase the very latest Android build. In this case, that’s Android L (or whatever it ends up being called), Google’s 5.0 (4.5?) OS release that brings a design overhaul and added tweaks. That much is obvious, but what about the hardware that goes with it?

Who’s making it?

All renders and rumors suggest that Motorola will be making the Nexus 6. Considering Google’s decision to sell off Motorola Mobility to Lenovo in January this year, while also retaining many of the company’s patents, this comes as a minor surprise. Originally, many thought HTC would take up the design reins once it was hinted that LG, makers of the popular Nexus 5, wouldn’t be involved. Instead, it looks like HTC got the nod for the Nexus 9 tablet. The Lenovo sale was part of the reason why Google was able to work with Motorola on the new Nexus at all, as The Information reports:

Separately, Motorola is also getting a boost from working on an undisclosed phone-tablet project with Google—the type of initiative which, ironically, it could not pursue as a Google subsidiary due to concerns about favoring the house-owned Android vendor over others.

Once you get past the corporate back-and-forth, tapping Motorola for the new Nexus begins to make a lot of sense. Motorola’s impressive design chops with the new Moto X makes it just as an appealing choice compared to HTC or LG. Also, Motorola has a history of running a damn near stock version of Android on its own handsets already—with exception of a few genuinely great add-on apps—so the company is by no means in unfamiliar territory.

What’s it called?

For the sake of clarity, I’ve opted to use "Nexus 6" throughout this roundup, but that name isn’t 100 percent. The device has been called "Shamu," or Moto S, depending on who you talk to, but those are either just code names, much like Hammerhead was for the Nexus 5, or the Moto S is a reference to a likely Verizon-exclusive Droid-variant of the upcoming Nexus.

Strangely enough, it’s been suggested that Google might shake up the naming convention because of the movie Blade Runner (and the novel it’s based on), which features replicants known by Nexus-6. Google drew ire from estate of Philip K. Dick for using the word Nexus in the first place, so the possibility that they’d try to avoid more trouble actually seems plausible. Then again, they might feel pretty apt at dealing with it at this point.

The most popular replacement for Google’s numeric tradition is to simply call it Nexus or even Nexus X. This last one could also work on two levels, by also referring to Motorola’s Moto X and also as nod to the device’s actual design, which leads me wonderfully to my next point.

Design

We all know the phrase "if it aint broke, don’t fix it." Well, it seems Google is adding a small addition to the time-tested truth: "If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but maybe go ahead and make it gigantic anyway."

All rumors, especially a rash of recent leaks, make a pretty convincing argument that the Nexus 6 will just be a very big and badder Moto X. Coming in at a rumored 5.9 inches, this smartphone would be the biggest Nexus and the biggest Motorola smartphone ever made.

Nexus 6 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

Rumored 5.9-inch ‘Shamu’ next to a 5.5-inch LG G3.

More speculation says that Google might consider releasing two separate Nexus devices—a 5.9-inch and a 5.2-inch, but the rumors about any smaller version have been remarkably thinner than those about its big brother. Phone Arena reports what Google finally decides to do could depend on how well the Moto X does once sales numbers start pouring in. However, it seems unlikely that Motorola would want to put the Nexus 6’s rumored specs (which we’ll get to in a second) into a 5.2-inch size, because it would cannibalize the hell out of its own 5.2-inch Moto X. Instead, it’s possible that this smaller device will just be the Moto X Google Play Edition.

Apart from its hand-tiring size, Android Police says the Nexus 6 will carry over many of the same Moto X design elements, including its aluminum frame and front-facing speaker setup. However, we should all be prepared for some light to moderate design tweaks. The Nexus 5 was a variant of the LG G2 but dropped the glossy finish on the original for a soft-touch matte material.

One of Moto X’s main draws is Moto Maker, the smartphone’s dedicated customization site that lets customers pick specific colors, accents, and materials. However, Google is possibly planning its own Nexus-based design tool that can personalize your phone to an even greater degree with your own photography or maps of specific places. However, no official release plans have been announced about the new design platform or if it will be a Nexus 5-only affair.

Specs

Not surprisingly, the Nexus 6 may be getting a serious spec bump compared to the new Moto X. That’s partially because of necessity. Since there’s more room to pack in bigger and better everything, phablets have been the first to adopt hi-performance QHD screens, massive batteries, and the most powerful processors. Leaks say that the Nexus 6 has all that and more, including a QHD (496 ppi) display, a 3200+ mAh battery, and a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 as well as a whopping 3GB of RAM. No word on whether we’ll see expandable storage or a removable battery, but the current Moto X doesn’t have either. Also, if past Nexus devices are any indicator, that answer would be a pretty firm "no." But on the plus side, Nexus 6 will reportedly also benefit from Motorola’s Turbo Charger, which can give your device 8 hours of battery life after just a 15-minute charge.

As for the camera, unofficial reports are saying that we’ll see the same 13 megapixel, rear-facing sensor as seen on the Moto X but with optical image stabilization for steady shots and better low-light images. The camera on the front will stay the same at 2 megapixels.

If even half these rumors hold out to be true, the Nexus 6 will be high-powered, capable, and staunch competition against current phablet superstars (and even ones that have yet to be announced).

Nexus 6 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

Price

Historically, Nexus devices have come with the reverse of your common sticker shock, often seeming much cheaper than what the specs and user experience would demand.

The only price leak we’ve seen is a relatively sketchy one from TKTechNews, who reportedly spotted a listing for a Nexus X device for €420 ($420) for 32GB and €450 ($450) for 64GB off contract. It’s likely that Google won’t adjust euro prices into USD because when the Nexus 5 launched it arrived in Europe and the US for the same price.

A $420 or so price point, while more expensive than the Nexus 5, would still be a shockingly low once factoring in the phone’s size, display, and processor, and would continue Google’s tradition of cheap yet powerful devices. However, this leak hasn’t been followed up with any kind of substantial info, so it’s still somewhat up in the air.

Availability

The Nexus 6 will most likely be available in stores at AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint with Verizon availability questionable since Verizon hasn’t had a Nexus in ages. Phone Arena believes that Verizon will instead get the Moto S instead of the Nexus 6, since Verizon has always been left out of the Nexus party. Motorola is possibly making two devices for Verizon—the Moto S and Droid Turbo. From leaks claiming to show these phone’s back panel, the Moto S looks more visually akin to the Moto X (and in turn, the upcoming Nexus).

Google doesn’t tend to make much fan fare regarding its Nexus releases. Last year, the Nexus 5 got a press release and a silent-yet-immediate rollout in the Google Play store. We can expect a similar tactic this time around with the release date being near the end of October.

So yes, you’ll be able to buy your unlocked Nexus 6 through the Google Play store as always, and if these rumors end up being true and you’re in the market for a phablet, you very well might be.

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Thanks To A Partnership With Gimbal, Urban Airship’s Push Notifications Get Smarter About Location

urban-airship-logo Push notification company Urban Airship is announcing a partnership with Gimbal, the beacon technology company that spun out of Qualcomm earlier this year.
The end result, according to Urban Airship CMO Brent Hieggelke (who answered my questions via email), is a more precise approach to targeting promotional push notifications, one that uses Gimbal’s proximity beacons as well as… Read More

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Acer Chromebook 13 review

A step in the right direction for ARM Chromebooks, and one we can actually recommend

I’ve made it no secret that I’m not a fan of ARM-powered Chromebooks. With their low performance and compromised battery life, ARM Chromebooks from a variety of manufacturers have never lived up to what Intel-powered models can offer. Acer and NVIDIA have teamed up to challenge that preconceived notion with the Chromebook 13 — the fourth distinct Chromebook model from Acer and the first in its class to run the new Tegra K1 processor.

But this machine isn’t just about the processor. The Acer Chromebook 13 also offers a sleek design, good trackpad and a few different models with wallet-friendly prices that present a pretty solid value as well. Read along into my full review as I break down the details of the Acer Chromebook 13 and how it fares versus the competition.



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The UK’s Sending a Fleet of Supersonic Tornadoes to Take on ISIS

The UK's Sending a Fleet of Supersonic Tornadoes to Take on ISIS

The US has already conducted more 150 airstrikes against ISIS since September 10th and governments from around the world are gearing up to join in. The UK’s Royal Air Force is just brought their contribution to the table with a fleet of low-flying penetrators.

The RAF’s Tornado GR4 is a multi-role two-seater combat jet designed and built by Pranavia GmbH specifically to penetrate enemy air defenses and deliver precision strikes against high-value targets. It first entered service with the RAF in 1991 during the first Gulf War and has seen combat in every fight since.

The GR4 utilizes a number of advanced features during its intrusions into enemy airspace including variable-sweep wings, which tuck back against the fuselage during fast low-level flight, much like a falcon’s wings hug its body during high speed dives; state-of-the-art avionics and fly-by-wire controls including the Tornado Advanced Radar Display Information System (TARDIS!!!), terrain-hugging autopilot, and the long-range Foxhound doppler system that can track up to 20 targets at a range of 100 miles.

It also carries the RAPTOR reconnaissance pod, one of the most advanced systems of its kind. As the RAF website explains:

The RAPTOR pod is one of the most advanced reconnaissance sensors in the world and greatly increases the effectiveness of the aircraft in the reconnaissance role. Its introduction into service gave the GR4 the ability to transmit real-time, Long Range Oblique Photography (LOROP) to commanders or to view this in cockpit during a mission. The stand-off range of the sensors also allows the aircraft to remain outside heavily defended areas, thus minimising the aircraft’s exposure to enemy air-defence systems. Additional capability in the Non-Traditional Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (NTISR) role is provided by the Litening III RD and the use of the ROVER data link for providing tactical operators with real time Full Motion Video (FMV) in the battle space.

Powered by a pair of 16,000 lbf Rolls Royce RB199 Mk103 turbofans, the GR4 is capable of hitting mach 1.3 at 30,000 feet before diving low to avoid enemy radar and streaking along the deck for up 870 miles. Once it acquires its target, there isn’t much the GR4 can’t hit it with—the jet can carry most every weapon in the NATO arsenal. It’s outfitted with a pair of Mauser 27mm auto-cannons and can carry up to 19,800 pounds of bombs, guided munitions and air-to-air missiles.

During this first foray into Iraq, the GR4 is carrying 2,000-pound Paveways and Brimstone missiles, though it can carry everything from sidewinders to nuclear-tipped B61’s. Which, hopefully won’t ever be required. [The Independent - Wiki - RAF]

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Tiny Troopers: Alliance Marches onto the App Store Tomorrow

Pint-sized soldiers, big time fun coming soon.

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Registration bug blocked 60,000 Canadians from opting into organ donation


Registration bug blocked 60,000 Canadians from opting into organ donation

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Anker 40W 5-Port desktop USB charger with PowerIQTM technology

When guests need to charge their phones and tablets, I am glad to have this Anker 40w 5-port charger around.

With five ‘Power IQTM’ enabled ports this charger auto-senses the right charging speed, up to 2.4A per port, regardless the device.

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