Amazon’s Part Finder helps you find those weird screws you need

Amazon added the feature to its iOS app a couple of weeks back, it confirmed to TechCrunch, but didn’t announce Part Finder or even mention it in the App Store release notes. There’s no sign of an Android release as yet.

To use the feature, you’ll need to place the part on a white surface next to a penny (likely for scale). The app will tell you how to line up the camera, and once it has scanned the item, Amazon will display some results. The following screen will ask you for more details to narrow down the suggestions, including whether a screw has a flat or round head, as well as with the type of screwdriver it needs (which you’d assume the algorithm would be able to determine).

It’s certainly a useful feature, especially if you’re not much of a home hardware type and need some guidance on which parts you need. Part Finder can currently identify more than 100 types of fasteners, which “represents thousands, if not millions of parts,” [...]  read more

Dolby Atmos comes to Amazon Prime Video on August 31

Amazon Prime members, we’ve got some news that will be music to your ears, Dolby Atmos is coming to Amazon Prime Video service starting on August 31. 

The announcement comes from a Dolby representative who confirmed that Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will be the first series on Amazon Prime Video in the audio format when it releases in August and you’ll be able to stream it in the upgraded audio format on Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Cube via compatible TVs, sound bars and home theater systems. 

That means Amazon will be joining services like Netflix and Vudu, both of which offer Dolby Atmos support for dozens of titles, making Prime Video part of a very small group of streaming services to support the format. (For European readers, Dolby Atmos is offered in Germany via a service called Maxdome.) 

Being the third service to offer Atmos is a huge accomplishment, and one that moves the needle forward ever-so-slightly for Dolby Atmos as the default audio format. We were looking forward [...]  read more

UK government panel issues inconclusive Huawei security report

Huawei’s had a rough go of it here in the States, after concerns around ties to the Chinese government have left the company scrambling to gain a commercial toehold. Over the past several years, top U.K. security officials have also put the company under the microscope over potential security concerns. 

A new report issued by a government panel with the straightforward name “Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre” this week presents some fairly inconclusive findings.

“Identification of shortcomings in Huawei’s engineering processes have exposed new risks in the UK telecommunication networks and long-term challenges in mitigation and management,” the report notes, early on. “The Oversight Board can provide only limited assurance that any risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated.”

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The Stars of the Comic-Con ‘Predator’ Panel? Thomas Jane’s Feet

Over the course of five Predator films, the titular alien hunters have taken on jungle grunts, LA cops, and even a few xenomorphs. But at a panel for the forthcoming sequel The Predator at Comic-Con International, it was revealed there was an equally super-powered warrior residing among the movie’s cast: Thomas Jane.

“Thomas,” asked Sterling K. Brown, The Predator‘s Will Traeger, “would you do everyone a favor and show them your feet real quick?” Jane, the star of such Comic-Con-beloved hits as The Expanse and The Punisher, obligingly propped his bare toes on the table. “Thomas doesn’t wear shoes!” Brown exclaimed. “He walked everywhere in Vancouver, in the middle of winter, with nothing on his feet. I thought, ‘You should be cold right now!'”

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Milano, sbaglia manovra e travolge un gruppo di persone fuori dalla chiesa: muore una donna di 61 anni

Una manovra sbagliata, l’acceleratore premuto invece del freno mentre si voleva fermare nel parcheggio di un condomino in via Privata Bisceglie 74: così una donna di 51 anni, di origine filippina, erano le 22 di mercoledì sera, ha travolto un gruppetto di 4 persone uccidendo una donna di 61 anni, sempre filippina. Nel parcheggio c’è l’ingresso della chiesa evangelica «Church of Christ», frequentata prevalentemente da cittadini filippini.

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