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Power Up puts electric motor on paper airplanes

Power Up puts electric motor on paper airplanes

I used to build paper airplanes a lot as a kid. I once tried to graft one of the rubber band propellers from those little balsa wood planes you could get at the store onto the paper planes with no success. I was never able to get the balance right and the planes always crashed. A cool new gadget called Power Up has broken cover that will give you an electric engine for your paper airplanes.

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Google Launches Chromebook via Game

Google Launches Chromebook via Game

Google has started the preview launch of the new Chromebook in treasure hunt fashion. With the official launch on June 15, this seek-and-find game must be Google’s pre-launch ramp-up strategy. The game consists of clues, which are links, that take treasure seekers on a journey past technology milestones in history. The first clue was posted today by Product Marketing Manager Azhar Hashem on the official Google Chrome Blog. The clue takes you to a memo written by Tim Berners-Lee about the beginning of the World Wide Web (no offense intended at Al Gore).

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DON-8r Robot

DON-8r Robot

Props to robot designers for finally coming out with stuff that can make a difference, not that robotic factory arms and mechanized food processing and and and... Whatever man, this thing is cute. It's designed on the principle that many organizations depend on charitable contributions for their operating budgets. Usually it takes legions of volunteers to collect these donations, but in our modern world such tasks can be done with robots just as well. Not to mention that people get annoyed with panhandlers. Enter DON-8r bot, designed by Tim Pryde. There's even videos after the break.

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Instructables: Edible Angry Birds – These Ain’t Peeps

Instructables: Edible Angry Birds – These Ain’t Peeps

Elizabeth Marek makes things out of fondant. She does it out of love and awesomeness. She also does it to make a living. She makes all kinds of pretty cakes for weddings, birthdays and other occasions. They are covered in this pretty sugary icing called fondant. Lately, she's been making Angry Birds out of fondant. She even tells you how to make your own. I'm a little bit in love.

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Mogi Grumbles – End Of Line (Tron Re-Score)

Mogi Grumbles – End Of Line (Tron Re-Score)

This is already making my day. Mogi, or Mr. Grumbles depending on how formal you're feeling, has been making "...blarg house music for house music blargspots"(sic) for an unspecified number of time-units. Anyway, yeah, this is perfect. It's an hour-long re-cut of the original Tron set to a new Daft Punk-esque series of beats that is currently rocking my face. This is exactly what I needed to brighten my day. How can you have a frown on your face when you have lightcycles, giant evil tanks, the MCP, and phat beats?

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Vatican says, “Hacking is A-OK”

Vatican says, “Hacking is A-OK”

Father Antonio Spadero wrote an article for the Civilta Cattolica that lauds the spirit of hacking. Hackers were vilified in the media during the 1990s. Because of that treatment the word hacker took on a different meaning as it spread into the common vernacular. This popular usage made hacker synonymous with computer criminal. Today, this is changing, and this article stands by the original, correct, and untarnished meaning of the word.

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Minecraft Made a Cool $33 Million

Minecraft Made a Cool $33 Million

Minecraft was developed in 2009 by Markus “Notch” Persson, a Swedish programmer. It's a browser based 3D game with graphics on par with 1996, but that didn't stop it from becoming the underground hit throughout last year. It spread throughout the internet, garnering Persson's company around ten bucks a pop for each purchase. That's not much, but just today Minecraft's website reports 1837252 have purchased the game.

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Möbius Gear

Möbius Gear

This blew my mind wide open today. This guy, he goes by the name of Aaron M. Hoover. He makes things. He made this model of a Möbius Gear. The black outer ring was laid down layer by layer in thin plastic slices with a computer controlled machine. The white Möbius ring in the center and the blue gears were both constructed from silicone rubber in wax molds also built with computer controlled machines. 3D Printing is very cool. Check it out.

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Google +1: So Simple These Babies Get It

Google +1: So Simple These Babies Get It

These babies know more about internet than you ever will. Listen, er, read the subtitles of their wise words and learn about the glory that is +1. It's just that simple. You have to listen to them because they're babies on the internet. They do a better job of explaining and entertaining than a posse of a million. Enjoy.

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