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BeagleBone Black developer board packs 1GHz Cortex-A8

BeagleBone Black developer board packs 1GHz Cortex-A8

There are number of small developer boards available on the market today that allow people who like to tinker to build all sorts of projects. One of the more common is the Raspberry Pi, which has sold in droves and can be used to create more projects than you can imagine. Another cheap developer board has turned up with a new version of the BeagleBone developer board called BeagleBone Black.

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Teardown looks at what goes into making an ultra-cheap cell phone

Teardown looks at what goes into making an ultra-cheap cell phone

Over at the Bunnie Studios blog, a $12 cell phone purchased from the Mingtong Digital Mall was given a complete (and relatively simple) teardown to see what exactly goes into making such an inexpensive cell phone. Unlike the ultra-cheap handsets that are available through various carriers, such as prepaid's Net10 and Tracfone staples, the $12 cell phone - which has no name - is completely unbranded and unlocked.

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OUYA partners with MakerBot to bring DIY 3D-printed cases to gamers

OUYA partners with MakerBot to bring DIY 3D-printed cases to gamers

OUYA gaming consoles may already be set to launch starting tomorrow, but that isn't stopping the company from adding more features. OUYA and MakerBot have announced a partnership that will see the release of the 3D design files for the console’s case. The template and the specs for the OUYA's case has been made readily available, which means that anyone with a MakerBot 3D printer will be able to make their own case for the gaming console.

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Raspberry Pi launches limited edition “Blue Pi” to celebrate one year

Raspberry Pi launches limited edition “Blue Pi” to celebrate one year

It's officially been just over a year since the Raspberry Pi first went on sale, and the tiny $35 computer has been flying off shelves ever since. The small credit card-sized machine immediately sold out after it first went on sale on Leap Day last year, and some yearning DIYers and hobbyists have yet to get their hands on the toy due to constant back orders. To celebrate such a successful year for the Raspberry Pi, the company has introduced a limited edition "Blue Pi" Raspberry Pi board.

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Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Warranties have their place, but there's no shortage of techies who prefer to do their own device repair when something goes awry. Unfortunately, no matter how technically inclined you are, some devices seem built specifically to make the task as difficult as possible. The folks over at iFixit have released their Repairability Guide, which shows Dell's XPS 10 as the easiest to repair, and Microsoft's Surface Pro as the worst of the bunch.

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Forget mobile payments, real-life Mario Kart is the best use ever for RFID

Forget mobile payments, real-life Mario Kart is the best use ever for RFID

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime may have straddled a full-sized Mario Kart replica for publicity, but Waterloo Labs' DIY version goes several steps better with actual gameplay dragged out from the console to the race track. Taking four regular go-karts, and then strapping on RFID readers, pneumatic launchers, and various servo-controls of the steering and throttle, the real-life drivers can boost their performance by grabbing RFID-tagged boosters hanging over the course, and sabotage rivals by shooting at them.

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DIYer building custom ARM-based laptop, may launch Kickstarter campaign

DIYer building custom ARM-based laptop, may launch Kickstarter campaign

Custom-building desktop computers is nothing new nowadays, but custom-building laptops is a different story. Because of the complex parts and how they're assembled, building a laptop yourself isn't for the faint of heart, and most people don't have access to the necessary resources anyway, but virtuoso hardware hacker and DIYer Andrew "Bunnie" Huang is setting out to build his own open-source, ARM-based laptop himself.

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