Build your own robot vacuum cleaner with Arduino, spare parts

Build your own robot vacuum cleaner with Arduino, spare parts

Roomba it ain't, but if you’re either pressed for cash or have a tinkerer’s itch, then you’d probably be more comfortable building your own robotic butler, er, vacuum cleaner. Electronics today has reached a point where it almost too easy to assemble something together in no time flat, whether it be an intruder alarm, face-recognizing security system, or, in this case, makeshift iRobot or Roomba. And really, all you need is a spare vacuum cleaner, the portable kind, an Arduino, a few off the shelf sensors, and a sense of adventure.

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Samsung patent shows a stylus that’s also the smartphone speaker

Samsung patent shows a stylus that’s also the smartphone speaker

Samsung apparently isn’t done innovating with the stylus. Or at least isn’t done having crazy ideas about them. A patent filed in March this year reveals its idea of a stylus that doubles as a smartphone speaker. But before you think it’s something as odd as ASUS’ Stylus Headset, it is both less and at the same time even more insane. In Samsung’s patent, the stylus is the smartphone speaker, though through some technological marvel, the smartphone would continue to output sound even without the speaker stylus inside.

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Strong iPhone 7 Plus demand not enough to halt decline, says KGI

Strong iPhone 7 Plus demand not enough to halt decline, says KGI

The prophesied slump in iPhone sales is coming, and there is no stopping it. Not even with the both expected and unexpected strong sales of the new iPhone 7 duo, particularly the iPhone 7 Plus. At least that is the forecast that noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has just made. While he has indeed improved his estimates of the total sales for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, overall he predicts that the numbers will be lower than the iPhone 6s, as things are not as what they seem.

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More Minecraft goodies: llamas in September, dragons in October

More Minecraft goodies: llamas in September, dragons in October

The Minecraft “Boss Update” may be coming to the Pocket, Windows 10, and Gear VR editions of the game on October 18th, but even before that happens, there will be a double blow update to be unleashed. One of them even starts on the 28th! This time, however, it will be the PC (and Mac) players as well as console gamers who will experience the new features first, introducing maps and fluffy, spitting llamas for one and colossal dragons for the other.

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Google Andromeda hybrid Android/Chrome OS tested on Nexus 9

Google Andromeda hybrid Android/Chrome OS tested on Nexus 9

Google may or may not have another surprise in store for both Android and Chrome OS fans this coming October 4th. But whether it is revealed together with the HTC-made Pixel smartphones or not, the growing evidence of the Andromeda OS’ existence is enough to generate both excitement and worry. As has been reported before, Andromeda is allegedly the much rumored and prophesied fusion of Android and Chrome OS, and apparently it’s already being tested on a Nexus 9, coincidentally also made by HTC.

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New Galaxy Note 7 overheats, loses power when charging

New Galaxy Note 7 overheats, loses power when charging

Just when you, or more likely Samsung, thought the nightmare will soon be over, new specters threaten to prolong the Korean manufacturer’s suffering. In South Korea, where it had first started the replacements of defective Galaxy Note 7 models, there are growing reports that the placements, while not exploding, do still overheat. They even claim that the smartphone continues to lose power even while plugged in for charging, forcing Samsung to delay restarting the sales of the seemingly cursed phablet.

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China’s humongous single-dish radio telescope goes online

China’s humongous single-dish radio telescope goes online

The desire to scour the heavens for proof that we aren’t the only intelligent life in the universe is not limited to a few countries and nations. In its ambition to also become a major power in space, China is also jumpstarting its own exploration of the galaxies outside our own. That exploration will now be powered by a gigantic, single-dish radio telescope that just went live Sunday, becoming not only the largest of its kind, snatching the title from Puerto Rico, but also attempting to be the most powerful.

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Xperia X Compact now on sale, Xperia XZ pre-orders start

Xperia X Compact now on sale, Xperia XZ pre-orders start

The long-awaited time for Sony fans in the US has finally arrived. The company’s Xperia X Compact mini-flagship is finally available for purchase. At least for those opting for unlocked models bought off Amazon. In the meantime, the Xperia XZ is also available for early birds, with shipping starting on Sunday. But although Sony’s real 2016 champions has indeed finally landed, or will in a few days, in the US market, they might be just as controversial as their predecessors, which didn’t exactly receive a hero’s welcome in the long run.

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Moto Mods Dev Kit launches to help anyone make more Mods

Moto Mods Dev Kit launches to help anyone make more Mods

Both LG, with the LG G5, and Motorola, with the Moto Z family, have put out their own interpretation of what a modular smartphone is like, mostly focusing on add-ons you can slap on, or insert into, the smartphone. But only one of these two have made it possible for almost anyone with the know how to make their own. Motorola has just announced the availability of its Moto Mod Development Kit, which can simply be bought off authorized retailers to get the ball rolling on any mod you can imagine or create.

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Minecraft Boss Update & Add-Ons to debut in October

Minecraft Boss Update & Add-Ons to debut in October

At MineCon this weekend (that's Minecraft Convention), Microsoft-owned develop Mojang announced that the much-anticipated Boss Update will finally be released on October 18th for Minecraft: Pocket Edition on both iOS and Android, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, and the new Minecraft: Gear VR Edition. First revealed at this year's E3, the Boss Update brings the game's boss battles to players on these versions for the first time.

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What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat's unexpected rebranding to Snap Inc. may have come as a surprise, but it's the company's first hardware product that really has us talking. The new Snap Spectacles, a wirelessly-enabled camera built into a pair of sunglasses, has already been described as the second coming of Google Glass, though the ephemeral messaging company undoubtedly hopes that they'll have more staying power than Google's ill-fated wearable.

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Blizzard is killing its Battle.net branding after 20 years of use

Blizzard is killing its Battle.net branding after 20 years of use

If you've been playing Blizzard games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, Hearthstone, and the recent Overwatch over the years, you know the name Battle.net as being synonymous with the developer's own. First introduced back in 1996 with the debut of the original Diablo, Battle.net was Blizzard's core multiplayer platform used to power every game that followed. But after 20 years of use, Blizzard announced last week that it was putting the name to rest.

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