Category: Featured

What Should You Know About CTR?

Marketers consider CTR (click-through rates) as one of the basic indicators of online advertising performance. An increase in click-through rates indicates that your ad is engaging, rather than annoying, your target audience. As a rule, the average CTR is between 0.1% and 10%, and the higher it is — the better. However, it should always […]
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Teardown: Tap Trapper | Hackaday

The modern consumer is not overly concerned with their phone conversations being monitored. For one thing, Google and Amazon have done a tremendous job of conditioning them to believe that electronic gadgets listening to their every word isn’t just acceptable, but a near necessity in the 21st century. After all, if there was a better […]
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Online Education’s Top Learning Tools

Online Education’s Top Learning Tools Around the world, school districts went online this week to prevent pandemic contagion. For most students, this involved listening to their teachers teach frontally on Zoom or some other video conferencing platform and then completing assignments based on the information that the teacher presented or assigned Some students, however, found […]
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Remembering Chuck Yeager: The Supersonic Legend Whose Wings Were Clipped By A High School Diploma

In history there are people whose legacy becomes larger than life. Ask anyone who built and flew the first airplane, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t at least aware of the accomplishments of the Wright brothers. In a similar vein, Chuck Yeager’s pioneering trip into supersonic territory with the Bell X-1 airplane […]
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Is It Still Possible To Become A Bitcoin Millionaire?

If you are still seeing those videos and social media posts about some 20 something year old guy in front of his Lambo that he claims he bought by cryptocurrency trading, you’re probably impressed. Impressed because you thought that the boat had sailed and that the so called “Bitcoin Millionaire” was not something that was […]
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Prism Lighting – The Art Of Steering Daylight

The incandescent light bulb was one of the first early applications of electricity, and it’s hard to underestimate its importance. But before the electric light, people didn’t live in darkness — they thought of ways to redirect sunlight to brighten up interior spaces. This was made possible through the understanding of the basic principles of […]
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The BYTE Is The Grand Prize Winner Of The 2020 Hackaday Prize

The BYTE, an open-source mouth-actuated input device for people with physical challenges has just been named the Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Hackaday Prize. The award for claiming the top place and title of “Best All Around” in this global engineering initiative is $50,000. Five other top winners and four honorable mentions were also […]
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Tracking Satellites With A Commodore PET

A recent writeup by Tom Nardi about using the 6502-based NES to track satellites brought back memories of my senior project at Georgia Tech back in the early 80s.  At our club station W4AQL, I had become interested in Amateur Radio satellites.  It was quite a thrill to hear your signal returning from space, adjusting […]
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The Game Boy Camera, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pixels

Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. In an age when there are more megapixels stuffed in the sensor of a smartphone camera than the average computer display can even represent, why would jagged images from a 20-year-old grayscale camera with pixels numbering in the thousands still grab attention? Maybe what’s old is new again, and […]
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A Good, Hard Look At Pre-Stressed Concrete

From the looks of the average driveway or sidewalk, it may seem as though concrete is just destined to crack. But if concrete is so prone to cracking, how are we able to use it in so many high-stress applications like bridges and skyscrapers? This question came about while I was researching 3D-printed thermite for […]
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Sony Announces PlayStation 5 Price, Starts at $399

Sony has finally announced the pricing and availability for the PlayStation 5 during its latest PS 5 Showcase event that’s just concluded. If you’ve been following the leaks and rumours around the PlayStation 5’s expected pricing, you’ll already know what’s coming next because the rumours were right. The PlayStation 5 is priced starting at $499. […]
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The Pixel 5 Will Launch on September 30

This year feels weird, and to cap it all off, phone launches are going helter skelter. iPhones, which usually launch early in September are delayed, and now the Pixel, which usually launches in October, is launch early. Yeah, Google has confirmed the launch date for the next Pixel flagship, and it’s coming on September 30th. […]
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