Electronics

iPhone 7 release level leak is Apple’s biggest yet

iPhone 7 release level leak is Apple’s biggest yet

The biggest leak of the iPhone 7 appears this week in a hands-on and first impressions video from the UK. Both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus appear to be here side-by-side, both in Rose Gold to boot. This is just one of a set of hands-on videos - there's also a comparison between the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 as it exists in prototype stage hardware. While these products may look like final release-day hardware, there's know knowing for certain before that release day actually comes.

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MIT researchers turn a phone into a cheap laser scanner

MIT researchers turn a phone into a cheap laser scanner

These days, almost every smart device has one or more sensors in addition to being connected to the Internet or to smartphones. Those sensors range from humble proximity sensors to more sophisticated, and more expensive, radars and "lidars". Mobile robots and self-driving contraptions are perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of such sensors, but those sensors do come cheaply. Well, they could, depending on how much you are willing to compromise. Researchers at MIT developed a laser distance sensor that, while crude, is quite decent for its price, which is only $49 plus a smartphone sacrificed to the cause.

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Google Now where it matters most: the bathroom mirror

Google Now where it matters most: the bathroom mirror

You've probably come across one or two sci-fi films, or maybe even a few YouTube videos, that make you want to believe in ubiquitous displays of the future, where even the mirrors in your bathroom can tell you today's headlines. Hopefully without snooping in on your private, closed door activities. Tired of waiting for the future to arrive, Google engineer Max Braun decided to take matters into his own hands. And by that, we mean building a bathroom mirror display with his own hands, complete with Google Now's ever so helpful cards.

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LG’s Signature Refrigerator automatically opens for you

LG’s Signature Refrigerator automatically opens for you

While LG's new OLED TV's took the spotlight at their press conference this morning, it wasn't the only part of their new signature line that was worth a look. While I'm not one to get excited about kitchen appliances, their new LG Signature Refrigeratior had a couple of interesting features worth looking at.

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Don’t fall for these terrible tablet deals on Black Friday

Don’t fall for these terrible tablet deals on Black Friday

Today we're having a look at some examples of the worst tablets on sale - doorbuster style - on Black Friday. This list was compiled in the year 2015, but you'll be able to use it as an example well into the future. The same situation has arisen several years in a row - terrible, terrible tablets being sold at "rock bottom" prices on Black Friday in an effort to trick their buyers. Every major retailer is guilty. No-one is safe. Heed our words of warning - stay away from these tablets at all costs.

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Should I buy cheap electronics on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

Should I buy cheap electronics on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

It's the time of year when electronics are sold at bare-minimum cost and appear to be good deals for those that wake up early. Black Friday, it's called - and it's not a great place to shop. It's the place where stores pick up large batches of extremely cheap and terrible pieces of merchandise that, on the surface, seem like they'll be pretty much exactly what a person would want to buy when they've had very little sleep. A big, giant television set! A tablet for next-to-nothing! "Wow, what a good deal," you might be saying to yourself. If it looks too good to be true, it almost certainly is just that.

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Real DIY Thor’s Hammer can only be picked up by maker

Real DIY Thor’s Hammer can only be picked up by maker

Forged in the heart of a dying star, the legendary hammer Mjolnir, Thor's Hammer, is created here on our Earth by one intrepid DIY creator. "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor." Thus, as most mortals and gods alike have found out, this hammer is not very easy to lift. Created by Allen Pan, known just recently on YouTube as Sufficiently Advanced, this earthbound iteration of the hammer is made with a combination of an electromagnet and a fingerprint scanner.

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MESH offers a DIY platform for non-DIYers

MESH offers a DIY platform for non-DIYers

If you've ever been jealous of all the fancy and creative things hobbyists and makers have been doing with their Arduinos and what have you, but really don't have the patience or the skill for assembling and soldering, someone has just heard your prayer. MESH almost sounds and looks like a toy, but if so, it's a very smart toy at that. It offers non-intimidating modules and an easy to use, drag and drop programming interface to give you an appetizer of what you can do with the right tools and a bit of imagination.

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Voltera brings the convenience of printing to circuit boards

Voltera brings the convenience of printing to circuit boards

Compared to a few years ago, the modern day maker seen have become rather simpler, faster, and more efficient, with the rise of cheap programmable boards to the popularity of 3D printing. Despite that, printing a circuit board is still mostly done the old fashioned way. Either you make it yourself with dangerous chemicals or wait weeks for a fab house to get back to you. Voltera wants to revolutionize even this part of the DIY process by providing a printer that can print out circuit boards in no time.

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Raspberry Pi 2 promises 6x the power, 1 GB RAM, same price

Raspberry Pi 2 promises 6x the power, 1 GB RAM, same price

The Raspberry Pi has been quite popular at democratizing the DIY board and reinvigorating the maker culture. Since its launch, however, there have been many rivals that have tried to take a bite out of it, some perhaps more successful than others. RPi, as it is lovingly called, is out for revenge and it will be delivering it through the new Raspberry Pi 2 model B, the successor to the most recent B+ model that kicks things up a notch thanks to a new BCM2836 chip.

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Voxel8 3D printer can print working electronics

Voxel8 3D printer can print working electronics

There are plenty of 3D printers on the market that makers use to create the enclosures for all sorts of electronic devices. A new 3D printer has hit the market called the Voxel8 and this 3D printer can print actual working electronics, something few other 3D printers are capable of doing. This printer turned up at CES earlier this month and lets users combine plastic, conductive ink, and electronic components into the same object.

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Raspberry Pi Model A+ dev board debuts

Raspberry Pi Model A+ dev board debuts

One of the most popular developer boards around is the Raspberry Pi. The thing that makes the Raspberry Pi so popular is that the board is very flexible and can be used in a number of projects, and it also happens to be priced very well making it affordable. Not too long ago the Raspberry Pi B+ dev board was unveiled. Another new version of the Pi leaked last week.

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