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Make a Tweeting Babbage

At Picademy, our awesome free training course for teachers, I run a workshop to introduce teachers to using the camera module with Python, and show …

How-To: Building a Raspberry Pi WiFi Controlled Car

When you don’t like what it is offered, make it yourself. At least that’s what German based maker Ingmar Staple did. When shopping for his niece and nephew, Ingmar was unimpressed with the selection of toys at toy stores. So, he decided to make one of his own. A Raspberry Pi WiFi radio controlled …

17 Indoor Herb Garden Ideas That'll Perk Up Your Kitchen

Click and grow? Don't mind if we do!<p>A lack of outdoor space shouldn't stop a green thumb. Grow your basil and parsley right by the stove using one of these inventive solutions.

Showcase Flipboard Magazines on Your Website

MagMaker / September 4, 2014<p>You’ve dedicated time and effort into making your magazines awesome. Now don’t forget to show them off! If you are a …

The long game: How hackers spent months pulling bank data from JPMorgan

Custom malware + lateral network moves = big problems for banking.<p>The electronic attack on JPMorgan Chase’s network, now under investigation by …

Proximity Sensing LEDs Can Add a New Dynamic To Your Projects

Looking for a fun and easy way to add a bit more interaction to your LED-laden projects? Why not turn them into proximity sensing LEDs?<p>Our hacker, …

Could your birthday predict your fate?

Your month of birth could influence your lifespan, mental health and even your eyesight. David Robson explains how.<p>With my birthday in the first week of October, my horoscope tells me that I should be fair-minded and balanced; courageous but indecisive. It may even describe my physical …

Hijacking Chromecast With The Rickmote Controller

With a simple $35 dongle that plugs right into your TV, it’s possible to enjoy your favorite TV shows, YouTube channels, and everything else …

The Sega Mega Drive Dev Kit

While most homebrew video game development has focused on the original NES, Atari consoles, and has produced a few SNES games, there is another …

DIY Hacks & How To’s: Remote Control with an Arduino

Most of the buttons on a remote control are never used. So why not use them to control appliances and other electronics around your house. In this project, I am going to show you how to use an Arduino to decode the signal from your remote and use it to make an outlet switch that can turn your …

Raspberry Pi robot with two 9V LEGO motors #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

Gaming on an 8x8x8 LED Cube

Building an LED cube is a great way to learn how to solder, while building something that looks awesome. Without any previous experience with …

Controlling a Lock with an Arduino and Bluetooth LE

This project allows you to open a solenoid lock from a PhoneGap app using the Bluetooth Serial Plugin and the new Adafruit Bluetooth LE break-out board for the Nordic Semiconductor nRF8001 chip.<p>Step #1: Wire the project together<p>NextPrev<p>Wire the project together as shown in the diagram (and …

How to Create a ‘Death Cologne’ So You Can Smell Like a Corpse in Order to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

The Reactions YouTube channel, which focuses exclusively on chemistry and is produced by the American Chemical Society, has created a video featuring …

Cosmology

Automated home brewing

The office conversation this lunchtime went a bit like this:<p><b>Me</b>: “Two beer posts in a week is too much, isn’t it.” <b><br>Ben</b>: “Maybe.” <b><br>Me</b>: “OK. Damn shame: …

15 Useful Commands Every Raspberry Pi User Should Know

Advertisement<p>If you’re using a Raspberry Pi computer for your weekend project 20 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pi 20 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pi …

USB-ify your Old Cell Phone Chargers

If you’re like us, you probably have a box (or more) of wall warts lurking in a closet or on a shelf somewhere. Depending on how long you’ve been …

Peek Inside a Pi-Powered CNC Oreo-Customizing Machine

What if you could design and print your own Oreo cream filling, with a selection of possible flavors? At SXSW, people can do just that at Oreo’s Trending Vending machines.<p>Users pick a trending topic on Twitter and get a cream-filled cookie inspired by that topic. The entire process happens right …

How to Get Better Sleep (and Need Less Every Night)

Many of us struggle to get enough sleep every night, but is the sleep we get any good? While it’s important to get enough sleep, <i>better sleep</i> is a …

Learn the Basics of Breadboards and Perfboards with This Video

Breadboards and perfboards make is easy to build all kinds of electronics, but they're not exactly easy to understand at a glance. Thankfully, …

Raspberry Pi

20 more nifty uses for the Raspberry Pi

people are using the Raspberry Pi. Since then there have been thousands of new uses for the credit card sized computer cropping up. So I chose 20 of …

Giant Tetris Adds some Retro to your Room

[Sam] just finished off this awesome 6 foot tall Tetris game using National Instruments myRIO with FPGA.<p>The build makes use of a 10 x 20 grid of RGB …

British spy agency stored Yahoo Webcam images, report says

The GCHQ, the British surveillance agency akin to the NSA, captured Webcam chat images from millions of Yahoo users, according to a report by The Guardian.<p>The program, codenamed Optic Nerve, intercepted the images from 2008 to 2010, storing the content in bulk -- meaning it was not a targeted …

Surveillance

Exclusive: Inside Google's Quest To Bring Polar Bears To You

Every fall, polar bears migrate to the shores of the Hudson Bay and wait, a little longer each year, for the ice to refreeze. Street View collected imagery from their journey across the tundra. Here's why that's important.<p>Two hundred yards from the Churchill Airport in Manitoba, Canada, John Gunter …

tekvax's blurblog

Broadcast Engineer at BellMedia, Computer history buff, compulsive deprecated, disparate hardware hoarder, R/C, robots, arduino, RF, and everything …

Make Your Own D*mn Board – Part 1: Layout

There are many tools for creating printed circuit boards, from the open source KiCAD to various online services. CadSoft’s EAGLE is a favorite in the open hardware community. Here you’ll learn the basics of PCB design in EAGLE, plus how to build the essential core of an ATmega microcontroller board.<p>…

Arduino

Raspberry Pi Bitcoin miner

Mining bitcoins is becoming a fool’s errand, but there’s always some new piece of hardware coming out that allows those hard-core miners to keep …