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Update your Raspberry Pi to Raspbian Pixel for fancy new features

A recent update vastly improves the Raspbian experience on your Raspberry Pi, here's how to get it.<p>Recently, Raspbian announced Pixel, a fairly significant update for users of the most popular Raspberry Pi operating system.<p>Raspbian Pixel includes a new web browser, Chromium, RealVNC is now …

Raspberry Pi

Turn any hard drive into networked storage with Raspberry Pi

A NAS solution can cost several hundred dollars. If you have an unused Raspberry Pi and a few hard drives lying around, you can make one yourself without spending a dime.<p>Networked hard drives are super convenient. You can access files no matter what computer you're on -- and even remotely.<p>But …

Raspberry Pi

How to run Windows 10 on your Mac for free

One of the selling points of a Mac these days is the ability to run Windows software on it, via virtualization or Apple’s own Boot Camp. Running Windows lets you play PC games that haven’t been ported to the Mac, or stay completely compatible with your documents from a PC-centric …

VirtualBox

The delightful (and dangerous) world of DIY kits

We can't always work alongside a pro to see what makes things tick, and that's where do-it-yourself projects come in handy. They're the entertaining alternative to learning a new skill. In this week's <i>Rewind</i>, we've tracked down a series of kits that were released over the years, which have sought to …

The best alternatives to Google's own Android apps

As Android has evolved, Google's worked increasingly hard to keep users locked into its ecosystem. The search giant creates new apps, retains users by giving them a thoroughly decent out-of-the-box experience and then charges device makers for a license to embed them on their phones and tablets. …

Scientists accidentally record ball lightning in nature for first time

Chinese researchers have done the seemingly impossible: observed and recorded an instance of ball lightning completely by accident. And it bodes well for a decade-old theory about the nature of the conundrum.<p>Ball lightning, a phenomenon in which a glowing orb of light persists for seconds after a …

Lightning

Best free sites for learning how to write code

These four sites offer step-by-step tutorials that take very different approaches to programming instruction. One of them is perfect for your level of coding experience.<p>Not so long ago, typing was for secretaries, journalists, and would-be authors. Now we're all tapping away at keyboards and …

Computer Science

Long-range smart rifles now come in semi-automatic

"From difficult firing positions, such as kneeling, standing or even lying beneath an automobile," novice shooters can hit targets 500 yards away with Tracking Point's computerized semi-automatic rifles.<p>What type of computerized rifle could make it even easier for novice shooters to hit targets …

Guns

Sensaphonics ER earplugs, a better way to hush the noise

It's noisy world, and getting noisier all the time; the Audiophiliac thinks Sensaphonics' earplugs quell the din and still let you hear the sound around you.<p>Earplugs are the best way to protect your hearing in loud environments, but sometimes they do their job too well. They muddle the sound, so …

Audiophile

TheiPhoneAppReview.com

We’ve all been there: That old Samsung device that’s been hiding in the cabinet isn’t getting any younger, or snappier. You’ve long since given up on …

Free Firefox add-on graphs the trackers

Mozilla's Lightbeam creates a visual map of the tracking cookies deposited on your PC by the sites you visit.<p>Like most people, my knee-jerk response to tracking cookies is that they are evil and must be banished from my computer.<p>Then again, blocking cookies doesn't necessarily prevent sites from …

Digital Advertising

LED there be light: We pick the best bulb upgrades for your buck

Looking to upgrade that old incandescent? Here are our favorite ways to replace a burnt-out bulb, from smart to simple and everything in between.<p>Incandescents have enjoyed a good century as the light bulb of choice, but times are changing. So too are efficiency standards, which jumped to a new, …

Home Automation