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News: 100+ Apps Android Users Need on Their Phones in 2018

Whether you're new to Android or you just haven't kept up on the app scene lately, we hand-picked over one hundred essential apps that are all …

Is your computer secretly mining Bitcoin alternatives? A beginner's guide to ‘cryptojacking'

Video streaming sites as well as file-sharing network The Pirate Bay have allegedly been “cryptojacking” their users’ computers<p>Nothing comes for …

'Eye-watering' scale of Black Death's impact on England revealed

Thousands of volunteers have helped to uncover the full and devastating extent of the population collapse caused by the epidemic<p>Scraps of broken pottery from test pits dug by thousands of members of the public have revealed the devastating impact of the Black Death in England, not just in the years …

Archaeology

How to choose the right microSD card for your Android

There are a lot of microSD cards to choose from, but not all of them will work with your Android phone or tablet. When you're choosing between SDHC and SDXC, or a Class 10 and UHS-I Class 1, here are a few tips to help you make sure you're choosing the best one for your device and your …

Mobile Technology

The complete list of 'OK, Google' commands

With Google Now, you can use voice commands to create reminders, get help with trivia questions, and, yes, even find out "what does the fox say?"<p>And, with the recent update from Google, the voice assistant's reponse will sound more natural than ever. (Though, of all the voice assistants, Google Now …

Apps

This Genius New Netflix Hack Lets You Binge-Watch Without Shame

Don't judge me for watching 'Star Trek: DS9' for 24 hours straight.<p>Sometimes, you just need to spend an entire night mindlessly watching Netflix. So it's super rude when that message pops up a few episodes into your favorite episode of <i>Deep Space Nine</i> (Season 7, Episode 25, "What You Leave Behind," …

Arctic sea ice reaches new record low mark for wintertime

WASHINGTON (AP) — The growth of Arctic sea ice this winter peaked at the lowest maximum level on record, thanks to extraordinarily warm temperatures, …

How To Defeat ISIS, According to Robert Gates

It won't fit on a bumper sticker—and that's probably why the GOP frontrunners aren't listening.<p>Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has a plan to defeat ISIS, but few of this year's presidential candidates would be interested because, as Gates says, "it's hard and it's complicated and you can't …

10 Best Wireless Headphones Under $100

Because there's no need to splurge to rid your music and phone calls of wires.<p>This roundup is focused solely on on-ear and over-ear wireless headphones. (But if you're looking for wireless earbuds we have options for you, too.)<p>On-ear wireless headphones are typically lighter and more comfortable to …

Learning What Sounds Are Made of Using Sound Blocks

Over on the Arduino blog, <i>Make:</i> pal Zoe Romano posted a piece about an interesting Arduino-powered project called Sound Blocks. She explains:<p>Sound Blocks is a tool to teach children and adults what sound is made of. The project was shortlisted in the Expression category of the IXDA Interaction …

Keep it Safe: The Essentials for Making Better Electronics Enclosures

Virtually every electronics project will end up in an enclosure. The project box is an essential, unsung hero of the electronics world, and how you design yours can be the difference between your installation coming off without a hitch or disappearing in a cloud of blue smoke.<p>LAYOUT & PREP<p>To get a …

Revive Your Old Laptop Without Spending a Dime

A whole new life awaits your old laptop with Neverware’s CloudReady Chrome-based software<p>Lenovo ThinkPad T400, beloved laptop, was laid to rest after its slowing hard drive and spinning hourglass became too much to bear. Born in 2008, in its youth it overcame Windows Vista and went on to a …

revive

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (5.5-inch) is down to $180 shipped (originally $249)

When Alcatel OneTouch (now just Alcatel) launched the 5.5-inch Idol 3 last year, I think it’s fair to say many of us tech reviewers were pleasantly surprised. For a device costing under $300 it had an array of high end features, including a crisp, colorful big screen, great stereo sound and …

Coming up: The next generation of audiophiles

It's true, most audiophiles are older, 40-plus-year-old people, but that's not to say there aren't a lot of young audiophiles.<p>A couple of years ago I met a 10-year-old audiophile at a hi-fi show when he walked right up to me and declared himself a loyal Audiophiliac reader. He peppered me with …

Audiophile

Learn Simple Surface Mount Soldering in Collin’s Lab

Surface mount soldering is one of those maker skills I feel like I should break down and learn, but I never do. It’s intimidating to think of working at such a tiny scale, and it has always seemed so expensive to get into, with microscopes, expensive irons, reflow workstations and ovens, and the …

How to turn your sluggish old Mac or PC into a faster Chromebook

This startup has created a modified version of Chromium that works with most hardware, and it's free<p>Earlier today we published a story about Neverware, a New York City startup that is helping schools refurbish old Windows PCs and Macs that had been abandoned as unusable, converting them into …

Use Raspberry Pi for an IoT Command Center

We’re bringing you a new video series to teach you how to control your home with the touch of a button with our Weekend Projects: Home Automation with Raspberry Pi and OpenHab. Throughout this series, we will show you how to build smart home devices and use OpenHab to build a complete home …

Raspberry Pi

Explore Electronics Basics and More in Collin’s Lab

Several weeks ago, I posted a piece about the <i>Make: Presents</i> video series that we did in 2010 with Collin Cunningham. In addition to those videos introducing electronics basics and tools, Collin also produced an equally excellent series called <i>Collin’s Lab</i>.<p>These “Lab” videos gave Collin an …

Arduino

Darbin Orvar: Construct a Beautiful, Dimmable LED Light Fixture

This project is all about using the latest high-powered LEDs for a modern lighting fixture. Unlike LED strip lights which utilize 12 volts, and often come paired with dimmers and remotes, I wanted to design an interior light with high-powered LEDs which had a modern look and was able to be …

Take a Video Crash Course in Beginner Electronics

In 2008 and 2009, <i>Make:</i> produced a wonderful series of videos, called <i>MAKE Presents</i>, done by the inimitable Collin Cunningham. The idea was to create a series of highly entertaining, user-friendly, and informative videos that would explain the rudiments of electronics — the basic components, tools, …

Arduino

How to Use a Multimeter Video Tutorial

Martin Lorton is a solar power and electronics enthusiast. On his YouTube channel he has a number of really excellent video tutorials covering many aspects of electronics and electronics measurement. His 3-part series on how to use a multimeter is one of the best I’ve seen.<p>Many years ago, in …

Arduino

How to Hide a Hanging TV's Unsightly Wires for Less than $15

Tuck those ugly cables and wires behind your wall for a cleaner look.<p>After spending big money on your beautiful new television and hanging it on the wall, you don't want loose cords and cables ruining the aesthetic. Luckily, there's simple fix that just about anyone can do, and it's dirt cheap to …

Flight Manual: Do’s and Don’ts for the New Drone Pilot

Congratulations! You got a drone this holiday. Now what?<p>First things first: Learn how to safely and responsibly pilot your new aircraft. Follow these essential rules, guidelines, and checklists — excerpted and updated from our new <i>Make:</i> book, <i>Getting Started with Drones</i> — and let the FAA (and the …

The first 14 apps you should download on your new Android phone

1/<p>Yahoo Weather is a gorgeous weather app.<p>Google Play Store<p>Yahoo Weather is one of the best weather apps for Android.<p>It shows you the weather …

Apps

Pizza shop owner admits trying to recruit for Islamic State

An upstate New York pizza shop owner admitted Thursday he tried to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria.<p>Mufid Elfgeeh, 31, a …

You Can’t Touch This! Arduino Yún Alarm System

The purpose is clear. You don’t want your kids to steal your food from the cupboard, or from the fridge, or someone to open your locker. Or maybe you want to take pictures of your pet stealing food. Or maybe you are Dwight Schrute and you want to finally unmask the coworker that puts your stuff …

Colombia says it has found 'holy grail' of shipwrecks

One of the world's most valuable shipwrecks has been found by Colombia's military off the coast of the city of Cartagena, President Juan Manual Santos announced.<p>The long-lost Spanish treasure galleon San Jose was carrying a large cargo of gold and precious stones when it was sunk during an attack …

Raspberry Pi or Arduino Uno? One Simple Rule to Choose the Right Board

Here at <i>Make:</i> we see new, ingenious projects from our community every day. Many of these are made possible by the use of development boards. However, if you’re new to the subject, it can be confusing to parse out the differences between boards and the advantages of using one over another.<p>We’ve …

Raspberry Pi

A First Look at SeeedStudio’s New Wio Link IoT Module

Right now almost every microcontroller board, or single-board computer, that launches claims to be the perfect platform to develop applications and devices for the Internet of Things. Most are what I call “kitchen sink” boards, because their approach is to just throw another radio at the problem. …

Remix Mini Android PC now available on Amazon for $69.99

The Remix Mini, the world’s first Android-powered PC, is now available to buy on Amazon for $69.99. The device originally hit Kickstarter back in …

Remixes