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Turn an old monitor into a wall display with a Raspberry Pi

Have an old monitor and Raspberry Pi lying around? Put them both to great use with this DIY wall-mounted display.<p>So you have an unused Raspberry Pi -- or five -- lying around and you don't know what to do with it. You're not alone, even if there are hundreds of projects at the ready.<p>You can turn it …

Raspberry Pi

Is 2017 the beginning of the end for the app economy?

For the last few years, apps have seemed set to dominate the way customers interact with brands. In 2016, Apple’s App Store grew by an average of nearly 2500 apps per day, and Google Play downloads are expected to triple by 2020.<p>At the same time visits to brand websites seem to be declining in …

The $2 32-Bit Arduino (with Debugging)

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Arduino. But if I had two serious gripes about the original offering it was the 8-bit CPU and the …

Arduino

Running at 150,000 RPM, this tiny motor could help satellites keep on course

Free space is clearly at a premium for tiny satellite designs like ASU’s Femtosat.<p>The future is small in space: picture Cubesats the size of toasters and Femtosats an inch across crowding the skies. A newly invented motor that’s both tiny and powerful goes hand in hand with that vision, providing …

Engineering

Microsoft releases iOS App Analysis tool for Windows Bridge

Microsoft today announced the availability of the App Analysis tool for Windows Bridge for iOS. It’s a free web service that automatically analyzes source code to determine what will work with the Windows Bridge, an open source project for turning existing apps into Universal Windows Platform (UWP) …

Microsoft adds tap to pay via Wallet for Windows 10 Mobile Insiders

Microsoft is starting its rollout of tap-to-pay to certain U.S.-based Windows Insiders; general availability in the U.S. is 'later this Summer.'<p>Yes, …

Windows Phone

Microsoft's plan to get iOS apps on Windows is moving forward

Project Islandwood is part of the Bridge Projects, which were created by Microsoft to bring different kinds of apps — from iOS, to Android, to web apps — onto Windows devices.<p>The Android bridge, named "Astoria," has been put on hold indefinitely, but the iOS versions is reportedly still in the …

Apps

This is our best look yet at Microsoft's HoloLens holographic computer in action

Microsoft just released six minutes worth of new footage of its funky futuristic HoloLens holographic goggles in action, and boy, is it something else.<p>(A note before you watch: This is actually "b-roll," meaning that it's intended to be spliced into a news broadcast while people talk over it. So …

Augmented Reality

You can now log in with your face using Tobii devices and Windows Hello

Microsoft's Windows Hello is a smart feature, letting Windows 10 users sign into their machines with just their face But it's only available on the newest devices with special depth-sensing cameras or, if you buy Intel's RealSense developer kit. Now, to expand Windows Hello's availability, …

Augmented Reality

Netflix revamps Windows 10 app with Cortana voice commands

Netflix's new Window 10 app is more than just a pretty makeover.<p>The video streaming app has been completely rewritten from the ground up as a …

Apps

Using Breakpoints for Debugging in Visual Studio 2015

Knowing your tool is essential to being productive but who has time to watch long videos? Get up to speed quick with short video lessons and get on …

Microsoft Visual Studio

Building Apps for Continuum | Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Version 1511

One of the most exciting new features in Windows 10 version 1511 is Continuum for Mobile which allows newer phone hardware such as the Lumia 950 to …

Apps

Microsoft Surface Book review

I’ve always wanted Microsoft to build a laptop.<p>Some days I’ll be seated on my couch, other days I’ll be seated on the floor of a convention center or press event, so I need a laptop that just works and won’t annoy me when I’m in the middle of writing an article. The Surface line (from the RT right …

Note-Taking

Microsoft's taking HoloLens on tour to woo developers

Microsoft has already said its mixed reality headset, HoloLens, will be reaching developers early next year. But while we wait for that to happen, the company plans to take it on tour across the US and Canada, in an event that's going to give developers the chance to try the device firsthand. …

Augmented Reality

5 reasons business users should consider Microsoft's Lumia 950

Introduction<p>After having attracted a niche and devoted audience of mobile photographers with the Lumia line of smartphones, Microsoft is hoping to …

Windows Phone

Microsoft teaches 'absolute beginners' to code for Windows 10

Ever wanted to code an app, but have no coding experience whatsoever? Don’t worry, Microsoft has you covered.<p>The company is offering an ‘absolute beginner’ series of video lessons for anyone looking to learn how to code a Windows 10 app.<p>More specifically, it’s a series on creating Universal Windows …

Apps

Microsoft kit helps you run Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi

Sure, it's no secret that you can run Windows 10 on a tiny Raspberry Pi 2, but actually doing that could prove to be a challenge. What parts do you need? And what do you do with it when you're ready? That's where Microsoft and Adafruit think they can help. They've released a Windows IoT Core …

Raspberry Pi

Piper Lets Kids Design Circuits Using Minecraft And Electricity

There is a disease destroying our young people. It is silent, malignant, and fatal. It is called Minecraft and something must be done. If you have children of a certain age chances are they have made a giant Pikachu out of yellow blocks or put up a signpost that says “Poop Here” next to a chicken …

Microcontroller

Russia Shows Off Robotic Cockroach

Say, is this house bugged?<p>The secret roach’s name was Death's Head, aka Blaberus Cranifer, and it came from Russia on a mission. It is a small, mechanical beast, styled after the death's head cockroach. According to Russian state-owned Sputnik news site, it was built in seven months by a group at …

Robotics

Hands-On with Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 Toy

Ever since its appearance in the first trailer for <i>The Force Awakens</i>, Star Wars fans and robot fans alike have been eager to get their hands on the latest droid cast member, BB-8. Now, with the official release of BB-8 by Sphero, droid ownership is just $149 away. The toy officially goes on sale …

Now on Sale: The Official Raspberry Pi 7″ Touchscreen

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced today the launch of the official Raspberry Pi 7″ Touchscreen Display. It is the first, and only, display to use the DSI (Display Serial Interface) port on the Raspberry Pi.<p>The display is <b>on sale right now</b> at a very attractive price: It’s only ​$60, or roughly …

A First Look at the RePhone, a Modular Cellphone You Build Yourself

Today SeeedStudio launched an intriguing new Kickstarter project, the RePhone. Reminiscent of Project Ara, Google’s much hyped but continually delayed effort to build a “hardware ecosystem” around smart phones, the RePhone is a modular phone built from open source components.<p>The core of the phone …

The $9 Computer Is Shipping Today

The $9 CHIP computer is shipping. According to Dave Rauchwerk, CEO of Next Thing Co., single units will go out to early backers in 5 to 9 days; additional orders will arrive in December. But if you backed the project at the Kernel Hacker Backer level on Kickstarter, you will receive two CHIP …

Qualcomm Snapdragon, DragonBoard 410c Fire Up at World Maker Faire

Giant chipmaker Qualcomm is “upping its game” — all as part of a major initiative to attract Makers to its quickly proliferating Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile-device processors. Its efforts on that count will be on display this weekend in New York as it showcases a new, impressively powerful, and …

This Raspberry Pi Mini Arcade Walked Right Out of the 80s

If you grew up in the 1980s, you may remember self-contained desktop computer games such as “Desktop Scramble.” These games may be primitive by today’s standards, but for web developer and avid tinkerer Matt Brailsford, aka “Circuitbeard,” one can make a great housing for a Raspberry Pi miniature …

Microsoft Partners with Adafruit for IoT Starter Kits

Windows 10 IoT Core is a stripped down version of Microsoft’s flagship Windows operating system aimed at simple, Internet of Things-oriented devices. Today, the software giant announced that it will be teaming up with Adafruit to produce a kit to highlight the new operating system’s …

Bridging the WinPhone to UWP Gap...

One of the questions I hear allot is how do you convert your Windows phone 8/8.1 Silverlight app into a Windows 10 UWP app? Is there a simple …

Software Development

ASUS unveils the Intel-powered, Windows 10 VivoStick

Intel generated a storm of interest when it launched the HDMI-based Compute Stick, but is anybody willing to buy a tiny, underpowered PC? Who knows, but ASUS has just launched its own model that trumps Intel's in nearly every way. It's a lot less clunky-looking and one-ups Intel's Atom CPU with a …

ASUS

Windows 10 grabs 5.21% market share, passing Windows Vista and Windows 8 in just one month

The effects of a free upgrade to Windows 10 are starting to trickle in. Available for just over a month, Windows 10 has now captured more than 5 percent market share, according to the latest figures from Net Applications.<p>In just four weeks, Windows 10 has already been installed on over 75 million …

Windows 10

Cortana for Windows 10 arrives in four more countries

Microsoft's making good on its promise to release Cortana for PC in more locations after a limited launch. Now, the voice assistant is available as an optional download in Nihongo for Japan, as well as in English for Australia, Canada and India, but only if you're running the latest Windows 10 …