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DIY Electric off-road skateboard

DIY Electric off-road skateboard

Some guy put together and instructable on how to make an electric mountain board or whatever those off-road versions of skateboards are called. It’s pretty ingenious too taking most of his parts from electric scooters.

ViewSonic pushing out two new monitors and a new projector – me wants

ViewSonic pushing out two new monitors and a new projector – me wants

Starting with the projector, it has a 2000:1 contrast ration and 2220 lumens, which means it can be used just about anywhere. Add to that the 720p and 1080i support with its native 800x600 resolution and you’ve got yourself a nice projector. For those with more of an eco friendly mind it also has an ECO mode that saves power, lowers noise pollution, and extends the lamp life, the cost will save some paper too at a meager $499.

JavaBot at the Roasting Plant

JavaBot at the Roasting Plant

The JavaBot is, as you guessed, a robot that makes you coffee. The thing is, it’s not your usual fare of inserting pre-ground coffee that sucks and then it brewing and pouring it, this robot does it all short of picking the beans itself.

Why Apple Shouldn’t License OS X to other hardware vendors

Why Apple Shouldn’t License OS X to other hardware vendors

Psystar has brought into the public light an issue that has long plagued the tech industry. Why does Apple keep their software closed to only Apple’s hardware? Several projects have sprouted, some even growing wings, that are efforts to bring OS X, and all its updates, to custom built X86 machines, including OSX86, and most recently Psystar. So, now you are likely wondering, why I think Apple should work as hard as they do to keep the supply of OS X-base computers to just Apple hardware.

PS3 Firmware Version 2.3 goes live, features DTS-HD

PS3 Firmware Version 2.3 goes live, features DTS-HD

Starting with several revisions to the PlayStation Store, this firmware brings a number of useful updates. The PlayStation store sees a redesign that should make things far easier to find. As a gamer you also get the opportunity to preview the content you are about the purchase with a range of screen shots and/or video previews, lastly a shopping bag will allow you to track all of your past purchases.

You also get the DTS-HD Master Audio support for Blu-Ray movies that allow the PS3 to output audio in high-bitrate form to up to 7.1 channels. Obviously that was a feature pushed by Home Entertainment geeks, not so much gamers.

Android is coming, how will handset manufacturers handle the relationship between their Windows Mobile handsets and Android handsets?

Android is coming, how will handset manufacturers handle the relationship between their Windows Mobile handsets and Android handsets?

Android phones are starting to slowly come out of the woodwork with no official production ready models being announced yet. However there is an event in London involving HTC on May 6th, a company that vowed to release the first Android phone. They are also known for making some of the best Windows Mobile handsets that are on the market. So the question is, how does Microsoft feel about this, and more specifically, how will manufacturers like HTC keep the peace within their own companies?

It just wouldn’t make sense for mobile phone manufacturers like HTC to make the exact same phone twice just offering your choice of Android or Windows Mobile, it would kind of be nice, but exclusive handsets tipped to one OS or the other are what really moves units. For example, would the XPERIA X1 be such a big deal if it wasn’t running the next generation of Windows Mobile software? Maybe, but I’d guess not.