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Moog's Newest Instrument Is an Ultra-Funky Drum Synth

The folks at Moog Music aren't content just making ridiculously fun synthesizers, iPad apps, and effects boxes for creative musicians. The company …

5 easy ways to fix fraying cables

It's a fact of life. Cables break, usually at the worst times possible. However, these easy steps can breathe some extra life into your most commonly used cables.<p>Most cables get plugged in and left alone for years at a time. All those power and HDMI cables connecting your home entertainment system …

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

<b>Final update</b> Speed hits loom, other OSes need fixesA fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the …

Information Security

These Are the Most Popular Kitchen Colors from the Last 100 Years

Looking through the kitchen color trends of the last century tells us a lot more than simply the most popular hues of the moment; they tell us about …

Make your light bulbs change colors when it's about rain

Forget smartphone weather alerts. You can set up smart lights to tell you when it's started to rain or if the temperature outside has dropped below freezing.<p>Smart lights can be programmed to do a number of things, like turn off when you start your car, or turn on when your Fitbit detects you've …

Set your smart lights to turn on gradually as you wake up

If you don't wake up at the same time every morning, having smart bulbs on a schedule doesn't always work. Instead, connect them to your fitness tracker to have them power on -- only after you wake up.<p>Smart lights are great in that they can be programmed to work in whatever way suits you best.<p>If …

Geek Chic Gone? Build Your Own Gaming Table!

Reading Time: 14 minutes<p>The gaming table news coming out in the past couple of weeks inspired me to finally post about my do-it-yourself gaming …

Ikutaro Kakehashi, Engineer Behind Revolutionary Drum Machine, Dies at 87

Ikutaro Kakehashi, an engineer and entrepreneur who used a defective transistor to generate the distinctive sounds of the Roland TR-808, a drum machine that transformed contemporary music, died on Saturday in Japan. He was 87.<p>His death was confirmed by Scott Hunter, a project manager at ATV Group …

Music Production

Robert W. Taylor, whose early vision helped create the Internet, dies at 85

Robert W. Taylor, whose ideas for using computers as communication devices were considered visionary, and who fostered several major advances that contributed to the development of the Internet and personal computers, died April 13 at his home in Woodside, Calif. He was 85.<p>He had Parkinson’s …

Silicon Valley

Use these 7 sites to keep your desktop wallpaper fresh

Whether you use your desktop wallpaper as a reminder that there is actually an outdoors or to show off how crisp your display is to your coworkers, these seven sites will help you never have a dull desktop again.<p>How long has it been since you last changed your desktop wallpaper? It may be time to …

Two designers have launched a Kickstarter to reissue the EPA’s 1977 graphic design manual

From the same designers who preserved the 1970s NASA ‘worm’ logo<p>Two years ago, Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth put together a Kickstarter project that reissued NASA’s original 1974 design standards, which introduced the iconic “Worm” logo to the world. Now, the pair is back with a new project: a …

How to build a simple, smarter lawn sprinkler system for less

If an expensive and complex lawn irrigation system is out of reach, here's a setup that gets the job done for a fraction of the price.<p>As any suburban homeowner knows, one of the biggest challenges to lawn care is proper lawn watering. Unless you're committed to spending hours each week on hose …

NASA wants YOU (to make its Fortran code run faster) | Ars Technica

Up to $55,000 in prizes for those who can juice up supercomputer software.<p>NASA has teamed up with two technology crowdsourcing organizations in an …

The Elbow cassette player concept is as impractical as a cassette tape

Elbow is a clever, perhaps too clever, cassette player concept that was unveiled by the "audiovisual art organization" BrainMonk a year ago. Now BrainMonk is looking into the feasibility of actually building it, and has put out a PDF that details the necessary components, according to <i>Music …

Audio-visual

15 Incredible, Edible Egg Salad Recipes

You put SOOOOO much creativity into making beautiful Easter eggs each year, only to toss the whole bunch after the holiday. But here’s a food *reuse* idea that’s as green as spring. Store the eggs properly and you’ve got a real jump-start on delicious hard-boiled egg recipes. Everyone loves deviled …

Breakfast

One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie | Ars Technica

NES Classic is no more, but luckily cheap hobbyist boards are great for little projects.<p>Last November, Nintendo surprised everyone by going back to …

This is the single best diet for your overall health, according to nutrition experts

We thinking less about diets as being for rapid weight loss and more about for creating lifestyle changes that stick.<p>To help people sift through the noise and find science-backed plans that work for years rather than weeks, US News & World Report ranked 38 eating plans.<p>The rankings considered …

Nutrition

20 Grab-and-Go Recipes For the Busiest of Mornings

When you're busy, portable breakfasts make all the difference, and there are so many options that'll get your day off to the right start. Here are 20 ways to make it possible to eat breakfast every day, from freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches to yogurt parfaits and more recipes that you can make …

The Definitive Superfood Ranking

Food marketers know that if they call their product a superfood, it’s sure to sell. Take quinoa, for example. In the early aughts, when the ancient grain first became trendy, quinoa prices tripled in the span of five years. (Many Bolivians, who had relied on it as a food staple for centuries, were …

5 Draft-Stopping Home Solutions that Aren't Ugly

Chilly winter weather is starting to blow in, and with it comes the annual war we wage against our thermostats. If you're tempted to turn up the …

Home Improvement
Drug Addiction

The complete list of Siri commands

(Almost) everything you can say to Apple's virtual assistant.<p>There's a lot you can do with Apple's virtual assistant -- and some things you can't do. For example, while Siri can send texts, search Twitter, and open up your front-facing camera, she can't adjust your device's ring volume (something …

The 6 Best Toys of All Time

Reading Time: 9 minutes<p>Whether you braved the crowds for Black Friday (or Thursday) or are getting your mouse-clicking finger ready for Cyber Monday, …

Articles about our issue filled your houses its way on Dwell.com - Dwell

An inviting house in the Mexican capital draws the outside in.<p>In Boucherville, Quebec, Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement designs a single-family house that opens onto a veranda.<p>An Architectural Drama in Five...<p>Bold Bauhaus colors including blue, red, and yellow come together to invigorate …

Architecture