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Webcast: How to Get a Raspberry Pi Up and Running

This Wednesday, Shawn Wallace and I will be hosting an O’Reilly webcast about the basics of how to get a Raspberry Pi up and running. It’s a free webcast, but you do have to register to attend. If you can’t make it to the webcast, check out our book, Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, which is now …

Tell Siri to Open your Garage Door with Raspberry Pi

We all know Siri as the lovable (?) Iphone assistant you can talk to if you need mundane info like the nearest Mexican restaurant or the tallest actor to ever appear in movies. But now, Raspberry Pi Forum user DarkTherapy has figured out how to order Siri to open his garage door.<p>He runs SiriProxy …

How To (Or How Not To) Make A Coil Gun

With all the recent publicity surrounding guns, Mehdi Sadaghdar (and his eyebrows) of Electroboom decided it’d be a good idea to show the world how to build one. Classified as a “coil gun,” the device uses a coil of wire and a power supply to launch a steel projectile over 16mph. The video outlines …

How-To: $5 Mobile Phone Projector

The folks at Photojojo just posted a neat low-tech tutorial on how to make a mobile phone projector using a shoebox, a paperclip, and a magnifying glass. MacGyver would be proud. They were able to find the magnifying glass at a dollar store for, well, a dollar (so they called it the $1 projector), …

3D-Printed Gun Fires Real Bullets

The folks over at Defense Distributed, the home of the Wiki Weapon Project, have successfully fired an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with a 3D-printed lower receiver. They were able to fire off only six rounds before the part failed, but some would consider that a pretty decent outcome considering …

Restaurant Basics: 5 Ways to Eat Healthy When You're Eating Out

When It Comes to Eating Turmeric, How Much Is Just Right?<p>How to Find Time To Meditate<p>The Top 3 Reasons to Munch Mangoes<p>Fab Foods That Can Help Reduce …

How to Lose Man Boobs (& Chest Fat): Definitive Guide

<b>Man boobs</b> might seem like a silly phrase, but it is definitely not silly to anyone who is suffering from excess fat stored in this area. Many men try …

Muscle Up! 4 Muscle-Building Must-Dos

I started lifting weights for athletic improvement and to get attention from girls, and not necessarily in that order. In my teenage lizard brain, I …

Bust Plateaus With Partial Solutions

<b>Duration</b> 2 days<p><b>Exercises</b> 3<p><b>Equipment</b> Yes<p>Some rules are made to be broken. Eating dessert before the main course is certainly justified in the case of …

Georgia Tech

Ultimate Recovery Guide: 6 Keys to Recovery

Geber86 / Getty<p>Too many guys think it’s all about the training. Of course, you can’t look great unless you consistently train hard, but I would never …

Exercise

Best Dynamic Stretching Exercise Before You Workout

Dynamic Stretching is a phenomenal way to warm up your body before exercise. Unlike stretching in place, dynamic stretching takes the body through …

Lift Doctor: Best Amount of Exercises Per Muscle Group

<b>“How many different exercises is optimal for each muscle group per workout for beginners vs. veterans?” - Edvinas Milašius</b><p>Great question. First, …

Workouts

Infographic: Supplements vs food (eg. how much spinach is equivalent to a magnesium tablet?)

In this infographic, commissioned by UK-based discount retailer SupplementCenter, shows how many Brussels sprouts you need to obtain a dose of 100 …

Nutrition

Ask The Muscle Prof: What's The Best Cardio For Preserving Mass?

Vital Stats<p><b>Name:</b> Jacob Wilson <b><br>Education:</b> PhD in Skeletal Muscle Physiology from Florida State <b><br>Occupation:</b> Founder ABCbodybuilding.com <b><br>Website:</b> …

Obama Administration Vetoes Ban On Certain iPhones And iPads

President Obama’s administration has vetoed a decision by the United States International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of a number of Apple products, including models of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.<p>The ITC announced the ban in June after finding that those devices had violated a patent …

The materials breakthrough that might lead to computers thousands of times faster

As the technology for making silicon circuitry smaller, faster and less power-thirsty approaches the limits of physics, scientists have tried out many materials in the search for an alternative to silicon. New research by a team at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory …

Nanotech

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (unlocked) review: Customization champ, but middle-of-the-pack phablet overall - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Motorola Moto X Pure Edition lets you pick your design. It also has expandable storage, loud front speakers and charges quickly.<p><b>The Bad</b> The handset's bigger size may be unwieldy for some, its battery life is just average and it's hitting a market increasingly crowded with more …

Mobile Technology

Organization Apps for the Visual Thinker

To many people, a messy desk represents complete chaos. But another school of thought believes that a messy desk is a sign of genius: Every piece of …

Apps

Guys, Women Are Judging Your Shoes -- Here Are 5 Footwear Tips You Need To Know

It's well-documented how obsessed with shoes many women are. But do men pay attention to what they put on their feet?<p>Probably not enough. Men's footwear brand Allen Edmonds recently did a survey of 1,000 American men and women, and they found that women judge men's shoes twice as much as men judge …

You Tell Us: If Your Young Daughter Wanted to Wear Heels, Would You Let Her?

Call it the Suri Effect, but according to <i>The New York Times</i>, the daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise has spawned a legion of little girls who desperately want a pair of high heels.<p>The craze is "part of a bigger, so-called mini-me craze in the children's wear market, linking fashions for …

Sony’s First-Quarter Savior: The Smartphone

After a few tough years, Sony, a company once synonymous with innovative consumer electronics, appears to be on the rebound. The apparent engine of …

Profit

NetBeez Is An Enterprise Network Monitoring Startup Using Raspberry Pis To Simulate Users

Raspberry Pi has unsurprisingly been a smash hit with the maker community. But here’s an enterprise startup that is using the $35/$25 microcomputer — or rather hundreds of them at a time — as a network monitoring tool for corporate networks that bypasses the need for humans to report network …

FBI Can Remotely Activate Android Smartphone And Laptop Mics, WSJ Reports

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI employs a number of high-tech hacker tactics in its efforts to round up information on suspects, including the ability to remotely activate microphones on Android devices and notebook computers, according to one of its sources who is described as a …