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Tech maintenance tasks everyone forgets about, but really shouldn't

Update your Wi-Fi router<p>If you're experiencing slow Wi-Fi speeds, spotty connections, or trouble with technologies like AirPlay, updating the …

Wooden Skate Decks Beautifully Designed by Laser Engraving

Customized skate decks are nothing new, but you've probably never seen them look like this before. Brooklyn-based design studio Magnetic Kitchen used their talents and laser cutter to permanently transfer artwork onto premium maple wood boards. The process creates a unique embossed effect by …

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Famo.us shows the prettiest of 3D user interfaces for web-based mobile devices

Steve Newcomb wants touchscreen user interfaces for mobile web apps to be beautiful with enhanced 3D graphics. The chief executive of Famo.us is releasing what he calls “jaw-dropping demos” today of what he has in mind for his platform technology, which takes advantage of the WebGL protocol.<p>The …

Steve Wozniak just backed a DIY computer on Kickstarter—and so have 12,000 others

The creators of Kano, a kit to assemble your own mini-computer, asked for $100,000 on Kickstarter. One day short of the end of the company’s campaign, they’ve raised $1.35 million from nearly 12,000 backers including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler. Alex …

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Broadcom to bring 5G Bluetooth/Wi-Fi combo to connected cars

There’s nothing like surfing the web and driving. So Broadcom is bringing the connected car to life through a new wireless combo chip that combines high-end Wi-Fi with Bluetooth Smart. That could bring the advantages of better “infotainment” and communications — from good traffic information to …

The Practical Meter Speeds Up Charging Your Smartphone Over USB

This embed is invalid<p>Here’s a neat gizmo for speeding up charging your smartphone over USB. The Practical Meter plugs into the USB socket you intend to use to charge your phone and has built-in indicator lights to show how fast the charging connection is. The problem its creators are attacking is …