From Droid Life: Flash Video Browser Brings You Full Hulu Just Like on Your PC

All I can say to this app is “Wow.” If you have grown sick of waiting for Hulu to release some sort of non-membership app or to add your device to their supported list, you may want to check out Flash Video Browser. Using this app, you can watch all the Hulu you could ever dream of, just like you do through a PC browser. No subscription required, just free web-only content that for whatever reason, has been blocked from mobile devices.

And here’s to hoping that this doesn’t get shut down in the next couple of days now that it has started to get some attention.

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From Technology Review RSS Feeds: In the Developing World, Solar Is Cheaper than Fossil Fuels

Advances are opening solar to the 1.3 billion people who don’t have access to grid electricity.

The falling cost of LED lighting, batteries, and solar panels, together with innovative business plans, are allowing millions of households in Africa and elsewhere to switch from crude kerosene lamps to cleaner and safer electric lighting. For many, this offers a means to charge their mobile phones, which are becoming ubiquitous in Africa, instead of having to rent a charger.


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From MAKE: Build the Tiny Wanderer from MAKE Volume 29

Tiny Wanderer from MAKE Volume 29

Looking for a great starter robot project? Doug Paradis is an active member of the Dallas Personal Robotics Group, and last year, they were looking for a way to help their beginner members strengthen their robot-building chops. Thus, the Tiny Wanderer was born.

We produced a series of lessons covering 5 topics needed to make a simple, programmable robot: making PCBs with the toner transfer method, programming ATtiny microprocessors, laying out circuit boards using KiCAD, using Inkscape to design robot parts, and programming state machines.

The Tiny Wanderer is the starter DIY robot model we designed to support the series. It uses the unintimidating ATtiny85 chip, which is less complex than larger chips, and the new kit version lets you easily swap in an Arduino. The chassis, inspired by the now-discontinued Oomlout SERB, has benefited from constant modification and tweaks by DPRG members. Its two IR LED/sensor proximity “feelers” were originally designed to let the bot wander around a tabletop without falling off, but they can be repurposed for obstacle avoidance and line-following.

Doug documented the step-by-step Tiny Wanderer build and shared it with us on the pages of the newest issue of MAKE, Volume 29 (on newsstands now). We took it a step further and shared the whole build with you on Make: Projects. And the Maker Shed has put together a complete Tiny Wanderer kit for folks who’d rather get to building than searching for components. And Make: Labs engineering intern Eric Chu shared details and video of their Tiny Wanderer build last week.

Plus, here are two videos from Doug showing Tiny Wanderer’s tabletop and line-following tests:

From the pages of MAKE Volume 29:

We have the technology (to quote The Six Million Dollar Man), but commercial tools for exploring, assisting, and augmenting our bodies really can approach a price tag of $6 million. Medical and assistive tech manufacturers must pay not just for R&D, but for expensive clinical trials, regulatory compliance, and liability — and doesn’t help with low pricing that these devices are typically paid for through insurance, rather than purchased directly. But many gadgets that restore people’s abilities or enable new “superpowers” are surprisingly easy to make, and for tiny fractions of the costs of off-the-shelf equivalents. MAKE Volume 29, the “DIY Superhuman” issue, explains how.


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From Engadget: Google upgrades Earth with better rendering, teaches it to sing in perfect harmony

Google’s bringing a number of changes to its Earth service courtesy of version 6.2, including Google+ integration and improvements to search. Most notable here, however, is a new method of rendering that stitches aerial photos together in a manner less patchy than before, making for “the most beautiful Google Earth yet,” according to the company. The new version is available now for download — more info in the source link below.

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From Ars Technica: Apple CEO calls Times supplier report “patently false and offensive”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly called recent reports on Apple’s attitude toward its supply chain “patently false and offensive” in a new e-mail sent internally to Apple employees. Cook’s remarks came the same day The New York Times published a lengthy feature about the “human cost” of our iPads, iPhones, and other gadgets. That report, based on sources and interviews conducted by the Times, made the assertion that many of Apple’s executives are willing to look the other way when it comes to unsafe conditions and worker abuse because of the pressure to keep gadget costs down. Apple declined to comment for the Times story.

In Cook’s e-mail, which is published in full at 9to5Mac, Cook indirectly referenced the Times report by opening with, “some people are questioning Apple’s values today, and I’d like to address this with you directly.” He went on to describe any accident that happens with Apple’s suppliers as “deeply troubling,” and addressed Apple’s employees who work at supplier sites around the world by saying they’re “as outraged by this as I am.” The remainder of the letter describes Apple’s supplier inspection initiatives and its recent relationship with the Fair Labor Association.

“Any suggestion that we don’t care is patently false and offensive to us,” Cook wrote. “As you know better than anyone, accusations like these are contrary to our values. It’s not who we are.”

The Times report in question is worth reading in full; it’s full of quotes sourced from former and current Apple executives about the company’s view of supply chain problems in China and elsewhere. The prevailing message appears to be that Apple cares to a certain extent, but can pretend certain reports don’t exist until there’s a PR disaster to deal with (such as the aluminum dust explosion at a Foxconn plant that killed several workers in 2011). 

It’s clear that Cook feels strongly about the new story, and he claims that Apple is committed to improving worker conditions overseas. “What we will not do—and never have done—is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain,” he wrote. “On this you have my word.”

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