Archive for July, 2018

Top Tech Stories of the Week – July 30th, 2018

July 31st, 2018 No comments
  • Blue Microphones sells to Logitech for $117 million – Engadget | Link
  • Google maps: All for safety: Google Maps location sharing now adds phone’s battery life – The Economic Times | Link
  • Google Maps now shows a globe instead of a flat Earth when you zoom out – 9to5Google | Link
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Mini-Project: Power Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor From Wall Power

July 29th, 2018 No comments

If you’re a heavy smart home user, you might find that  you change batteries regularly for your motion sensors and remote devices. Sometimes changing it too often which costs a lot of money and it’s a lot to deal with. It uses the CR2477 battery which is hard to come by and if you find one, it’s expensive for what it provides.  So I decided connect the Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor (F-IRM-US-2) to the household electricity. Just FYI this motion sensor is located at the dressing room to turn on the lights when there’s motion in the room, and then turns the light off when there’s no motion.

So the RC2477 battery provides 3V power to the sensor, so I started looking for a 3V wall power socket and I found this. You can get any wall power socket as long as it provides 3V of DC current for your device. I’m not worried about the current as they’ll always provide more than what I need. In fact, in the future I’m planning to use that same socket for second motion sensor using a 3-Way connector.

Now I need a low-profile way to connect the wires to the motion sensor and I know exactly where I can get it. I got this flat wire from SuperBrightLEDs. I also need two connectors, one to connect the wire to the wall socket, and a pigtail connector to connect the wire to the motion sensor at the other end. For the wall socket connector make sure you get the correct size of the barrel bullet, 5.5×2.1mm in my case.

I’ve ended up gluing the motion sensor to the pigtail connector using a hot glue gun. I’ve decided not to solder just in case I needed to go back using the battery in the future. Just make sure you’re using the right polarity (+ve, -ve) when connecting the wires.

This project was completed six months ago, and since then I’ve been using the motion sensor that way with zero problems.

Motion Sensor Positioning

This is where my motion sensor is located


Flat wires barely visible


Wires glued to the motion sensor

Wires glued to the motion sensor


SuperBrightLEDs Pigtail Connector

Pigtail Connector

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Top Tech Stories of the Week – July 22nd, 2018

July 23rd, 2018 No comments
  • Valve Banned Over 90,000 Steam Accounts Last Week | Link
  • Alphabet stock soars to record highs as Google earnings smash expectations – MarketWatch | Link
  • Google Brings Smart Reply To Hangouts, Smart Compose, Grammar Checking To G Suite | Link
  • Uber has completed 10 billion trips around the world | Link
  • Twitter clamps down on developer access to APIs | ZDNet | Link
  • Philips Hue introduce New Outdoor Lightstrips and More – Homekit News and Reviews | Link
  • EA to launch its unlimited PC game subscription service next week – BGR | Link
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Top Tech Stories of the Week – July 15th, 2018

July 15th, 2018 No comments
  • Open offices are as bad as they seem—they reduce face-to-face time by 70% | Ars Technica | Link
  • UK spaceport proposed for Sutherland site – BBC News | Link
  • Prime Day: Amazon website crashes shortly after deals go live | Link
  • Amazon workers strike in Germany, joining action in Spain and Poland – Reuters | Link
  • Microsoft to end support for Skype ‘classic’ following new desktop release – CNET | Link
  • Netflix stock slammed after earnings, as subscriber growth and revenue fall short – MarketWatch | Link
  • 12 New Moons Found Orbiting Jupiter – National Geographic | Link
  • Walmart and Microsoft team up to fight Amazon – CNN Money | Link
  • Google’s job hunting service comes to UK – BBC News | Link
  • Marwan Fawaz Steps Down as CEO of Google-Owned Nest – Digital Trends | Link
  • Google’s first private trans-Atlantic subsea cable will connect the U.S. and France in 2020 – 9to5Google | Link
  • Google to appeal after EC fines it €4.34bn over Android competition breach – as it happened | Business | The Guardian | Link
  • VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger is happy to be independent of Dell – Business Insider | Link
  • Project ‘Fuchsia’: Google Is Quietly Working on a Successor to Android – Bloomberg | Link
  • Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter launch the Data Transfer Project – VentureBeat | Link
  • Wanted: Inspiring name for Europe’s 2020 Mars rover – BBC News | Link
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Top Tech Stories of the Week – July 8th, 2018

July 8th, 2018 No comments
  • Virgin Galactic plans to open a commercial spaceport in Italy | Link
  • NASA’s Kepler Telescope to Send Last Images in August – Fortune | Link
  • Microsoft Surface Go: A Cheap 10-Inch Tablet to Beat the iPad | Link
  • World’s Largest Mobile Phone Factory Set to Open in India – Bloomberg | Link
  • Facebook faces UK fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal – CNET | Link
  • Hacker Selling Pentagon’s Killer Drone Manual on Dark Web for $150, Cheap | Link
  • Kuwait, China ink several agreements, MoUs to boost ties in various fields – Kuwait Times | Kuwait Times | Link
    • Kuwait & Beijing sign MoU on sustainable e-commerce – ARAB TIMES – KUWAIT NEWS | Link
    • Kuwait, Huawei sign MoU to implement smart cities strategy | Link
  • Dolby Vision HDR streaming will soon arrive on Xbox One | TechRadar | Link
  • The last Blockbuster standing in America – CNN | Link


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Top Tech Stories of the Week – July 1st, 2018

July 2nd, 2018 No comments
  • Google Pixel Watch rumors: Everything we’ve heard so far – Business Insider | Link
  • NASA needs to upgrade its ‘planetary protection’ efforts, experts say – The Washington Post | Link
  • Facebook close to buying Bloomsbury AI to combat fake news – Business Insider | Link
  • Netflix Tests New Price Levels for Ultra HD Viewing Over Four Screens – Fortune | Link
  • Sony Pictures accidentally upload entire movie to Youtube instead of trailer – The Independent | Link
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