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DIY DeX Laptop turns MacBook Pro into portable DeX Station

DIY DeX Laptop turns MacBook Pro into portable DeX Station

Samsung DeX shows a lot of promise, but half of that promise is rendered useless by the one essential part of that formula: the DeX Station. The idea of using your Galaxy smartphone as your computer is great if your idea of computing is being tethered to your desk all the time. Good luck if you actually want to be productive elsewhere. That is why XDA Junior Member kreal started a DIY project that gutted the insides of a MacBook Pro and turned it into a DeX Laptop.

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This DIY iPhone X Mini is bonkers

This DIY iPhone X Mini is bonkers

For the cost of a couple of iPhone cases, a DIY expert in China has converted an iPhone 5 to an iPhone X... sort of. What results from the unscrewing and cutting and jamming in of parts this user has performed is an iPhone X Mini - an iPhone 5 with as little bezel as possible. Of course creating such a Frankenstein's Monster of a phone required that a little bit of the phone be removed - namely the charging port and the speakers.

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This is how to get a Galaxy Note 8 with a clear glass back

This is how to get a Galaxy Note 8 with a clear glass back

To cut to the chase: don't. But if you're loaded or have nothing to lose by potentially sacrificing a nearly $1,000 Galaxy Note 8 on the altar of aesthetics, then by all means go ahead. The glass backs of many of this year's flagship smartphones have caused the likes of JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson to dream of transparent smartphone cases. But since that is unlikely to become an offer that OEMs will make, your only real option is to do it yourself and live with the consequences.

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This Droid Inventor Kit is a Star Wars DIY dream come true

This Droid Inventor Kit is a Star Wars DIY dream come true

The folks at LittleBits have created a "Droid Inventor Kit" to allow droid-lovers of all ages to make their own R2 unit. Using LittleBits custom-molded R2-unit computer base and a variety of robot parts from LittleBits collection, this kit allows users to assemble, control, and modify a droid to their heart's content. Using the custom Star Wars LittleBits app, users are encouraged to "teach [their] Droid tricks like navigating and obstacle course & defending [their] room."

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Galaxy S8 owner “fixed” its most annoying misfeature

Galaxy S8 owner “fixed” its most annoying misfeature

The Galaxy S8 was almost perfect. Its one glaring flaw was its fingerprint scanner. Never mind the off-center position that has resulted in many a smudge to the camera, the scanner, being really just a flat, non-tactile surface, was hard to locate with your finger. Owner Quinn Nelson managed to fix that and surround the sensor with a somewhat discrete perimeter around the sensor to make it easier to find. Amusingly, he had to break it before actually “fixing” it.

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Google Pi Intercom: How to build your own Google Home

Google Pi Intercom: How to build your own Google Home

Who said going retro is only for games? Vinyl is back in fashion so why couldn’t other electronics be as well? That is probably the thought going through the mind of MisterM over at instructables when he started this “Google Pi Intercom” project. The name might be a bit misleading, because it is essential a makeshift Google Home that is activated by pressing a button. It’s not a two-way communication device, unless you consider talking to Google Assistant two-way communication.

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Google Blocks app brings DIY OBJ to all

Google Blocks app brings DIY OBJ to all

This week the folks at Google have created a new system for digital object creation called Blocks. This Google Blocks system allows the user to span the virtual universe with their creations in a way never before possible - at least not with this user interface. And before you ask, no, it's not just a new name for Minecraft - it's a whole different ballgame.

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ROCK64 set to battle Raspberry Pi

ROCK64 set to battle Raspberry Pi

This week a competitor for Raspberry Pi has emerged with a tiny computer that runs Android. This isn't a tiny computer like an Android phone - but sort of a cross-breed between a miniature desktop computer and an Android smart box - and it looks a whole lot like Raspberry Pi. This is the Rock64 Media Board Computer from the folks at PINE64.

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DIY Fidget Spinner at home, for free

DIY Fidget Spinner at home, for free

Young people and parents/guardians of young people alike can now create their own "fidget spinner" at home with relative ease. Instead of dropping a cool $10 on what's essentially several weights attached to a ball-bearing, there's a real simple way to keep it 100. There's always a danger that you or your child won't be receptive to a DIY project because it's not a cool as the name-brand - this COULD solve that.

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Working Cortana hologram concept brings fantasy to life

Working Cortana hologram concept brings fantasy to life

The advantage of basing your AI-powered personal assistant off an existing fictional character is that you have a ready-made visual representation of the assistant. When said fictional character takes the form of a hologram, it is almost begging to be given a real-world form. In that sense, it's almost surprising that there are so few implementations of Microsoft's Cortana as a fully functional hologram that, of course, can tell you the weather as well.

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Google, Raspberry Pi team up for AI DIY kit, Voice HAT

Google, Raspberry Pi team up for AI DIY kit, Voice HAT

Although initially intended to help teach kids and adults alike the workings of a computer, the Raspberry Pi has long shed off its educational roots. The single-board computer (SBC) is now the most popular cornerstone for all sorts of DIY projects, from gaming emulators to the new Internet of Things. Jumping on that bandwagon, Google has teamed up with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to build RPi-compatible kits that will take users on a journey of AI discovery, starting with a Voice Kit.

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How to make a transparent or clear Galaxy S8 [DIY]

How to make a transparent or clear Galaxy S8 [DIY]

Today we're going to discuss how a person could create a clear-backed Samsung Galaxy S8. Creating one's own Samsung Galaxy S8 Clear Edition - unofficial name, of course - means a lot of risk. Taking that sort of risk is something generally only a person who profits from extreme risks with high priced hardware can take. As it were, there is a person just such as this available and willing to destroy hundreds of dollars worth of smartphone.

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