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Amazon Stops Selling ‘Active Content’ Games in Kindle Reader’s Store

Once upon a time, you could play Scrabble on your black-and-white Kindle readers. Or chess or sudoko, or even solve New York Times Crossword Puzzles. Amazon’s Kindle Store had included 500 slick Java-based “Active Content” downloads… Electronic Arts even produced Kindle-specific versions of Monopoly, Yahtzee, and Battleship, while Amazon created original games with titles like…


Hackaday Links: July 5, 2020

Remember all the hubbub over Betelgeuse back in February? For that matter, do you even remember February? If you do, you might recall that the red giant in Orion was steadily dimming, which some took as a portent of an impending supernova. That obviously didn’t happen, but we now seem to have an explanation for…


UK reportedly looking to begin phasing out 5G Huawei gear this year – CNET

US sanctions could lead to security risks in the telecom gear maker’s technology. …read more Source:: CNet


Lenovo improves ThinkPads running Linux but issues with problem machines remain

If Lenovo is serious about having its entire ThinkPad line certified for working with Linux, it’ll need to remove the pain points for all its machines from the get go. …read more Source:: ZDNet


Hundreds of Armed US Counter-Protesters Fall for ‘Apparent Hoax’

Yesterday as America celebrated its Independence Day, the Washington Post reports something unusual happened at the historic Civil War battefield at Gettysburg: For weeks, a mysterious figure on social media talked up plans for antifa protesters to converge on this historical site on Independence Day to burn American flags, an event that seemed at times…


Woman Who Harassed Starbucks Barista Now Wants Half the Money He Raised

destinyland writes: Amber Lynn Gilles walked into a Starbucks without a mask, later complaining on Facebook about the server who’d asked her to wear one. (“Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption!”) She says she’s surprised by the attention “my little review” attracted. A GoFundMe campaign supporting the Starbucks barista…


Syringes Put the Squeeze On This Mini Drill Press

If you’re making your own PCBs for through-hole projects at home, getting the board etched is only half the battle; you’ve still got to drill all those little holes. It’s a tedious process, and if you’ve got a lot of them, doing them freehand with a drill just isn’t going to cut it. Which is…


Chrome Experimental Feature Will Throttle Javascript-Timer Wakeups on Backgrounded Tabs

Slashdot reader techtsp writes: Starting with October’s release of Chrome 86, the web browser will offer a way to limit JavaScript timer wake ups in background web pages to one wake up per minute, restricting the execution of certain background tasks — for example, checking if the scroll position changed, reporting logs, and analyzing interactions…


Best meat delivery deals for Independence Day weekend – CNET

Can’t-miss meat deals, comin’ in hot for the long summer weekend. …read more Source:: CNet


How Crowdfunding Transformed Tabletop Board Games

The board game Frosthaven has become Kickstarter’s “most-funded board game on the site ever, with nearly $13 million pledged toward funding the game’s development,” reports NPR. “Only two projects have ever crowdsourced more funding on the site.” NPR sees a larger trend: Frosthaven’s success seemed to exemplify a shift that has been happening in the…