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Microsoft shares its own Surface Laptop SE teardown to prove a point

Microsoft shares its own Surface Laptop SE teardown to prove a point

Microsoft's Surface products are among the best-looking laptops and 2-in-1s on the market. The series has successfully showcased the best features of Windows in the current era and provided consumers with a genuine alternative to Apple's class-leading industrial designs. However, if there is one area where Microsoft has stumbled with the Surface lineup, it's with the repairability of these devices. In most instances, customers are unable to self-service or upgrade their Surface machines like they can with PCs from other vendors; instead, they must send the devices to Microsoft for repairs.

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You’re either going to love or hate this new CyberPowerPC case

You’re either going to love or hate this new CyberPowerPC case

CyberPowerPC has just announced that it will soon release a new desktop PC chassis, dubbed the Kinetic Series Case. Calling the chassis unusual would not be giving it enough credit. CyberPowerPC certainly made a bold move when designing this case, and this applies to both the cooling architecture and the looks of the chassis.

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Apple Self Service Repair opens DIY door with new parts store

Apple Self Service Repair opens DIY door with new parts store

This week Apple revealed they'd be releasing parts, tools, and manuals for future Apple devices for repairs. They'll call this their Apple Self Service Repair program, and it'll start with iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. This move appears to change the way Apple approaches device hardware handling and repair, away from restricting repairs to those "authorized" to do so, allowing consumers to take their destiny into their own hands.

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Teenage Engineering computer-1 flat-pack PC chassis instantly sold out

Teenage Engineering computer-1 flat-pack PC chassis instantly sold out

The folks at Teenage Engineering had a brand new pc chassis for sale earlier today. By the time it really started trending on social networks, it was already sold out. This chassis is designed to be simple and light, but strong enough to withstand basic wear-and-tear. The version the design group had for sale this morning would've cost you around $195 - but they've released the layout plans so you could technically make one of your own.

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Razer enters PC component market with plenty of Chroma

Razer enters PC component market with plenty of Chroma

Razer announced a variety of new PC components this week with an ultimate goal of fully outfitting your top-tier DIY gaming rig. AIO Liquid Coolers, Case Fans, PWM Fan Controllers, Platinum PSUs, and Razer Chroma lighting through the whole set. Some of these devices will be released soon, others will appear in early 2022!

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PC Building Simulator free at Epic Games, for now

PC Building Simulator free at Epic Games, for now

The latest in Epic Games freebies is just about the most nerdy game one can imagine. The Irregular Corporation initially released the game back at the start of the year 2019, and it exists now on multiple platforms. This game was build on the Unity engine and can be played on Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

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SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera is DIY simple and has its own 80dB siren

SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera is DIY simple and has its own 80dB siren

SimpliSafe revealed and released their first wireless outdoor camera this week. The SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera works with motion detection up to 30 feet away, latency-free two-way audio, and a removable, rechargeable battery. This camera works with SimpliSafe's Smart Person Detection and Smart AI algorithms to "preserve battery life and protect privacy."

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DIYer creates tiny Simpsons TV that plays random episodes on demand

DIYer creates tiny Simpsons TV that plays random episodes on demand

A Redditor who goes by the name "Buba447" recently shared one of the most unique Raspberry Pi projects we've seen in a while: a miniature version of the television from animated sitcom The Simpsons. This is more than a mere model, mind, offering users on-demand access to random episodes of the hit series.

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Geek hacks an old-school HP calculator for wireless charging

Geek hacks an old-school HP calculator for wireless charging

We take wireless charging for granted with many of the gadgets we use today, such as smartphones, among others. Four decades ago, electronics like calculators were relatively new inventions, and most people were just surprised to have them and never even considered the ability to charge the devices wirelessly. When new, old electronics typically relied on old-school batteries for power.

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ELEGOO Mars Pro Review – A tiny 3D printing titan

ELEGOO Mars Pro Review – A tiny 3D printing titan

This printer is tiny, but mighty. The printer works with the sort of printing technique that's both messier and far, far more accurate than the most basic sorts of 3D printers on the block. The Mars Pro is a MSLA 3D printer with UV photocuring resin, courtesy of a matrix UV LED array.

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sPot project allows Spotify streaming using a 4th-gen iPod

sPot project allows Spotify streaming using a 4th-gen iPod

A DIY tinker has created something very interesting using a 17-year-old fourth-generation iPod. For those who may not have been around during the fourth-generation iPod era, it's the old one with the big click wheel and monotone screen. The guy behind the project says that he was given a bag of old iPods and decided to modify one.

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Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch played with DIY exercise bike

Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch played with DIY exercise bike

This week the modder known as Mechachoi delivered a robotic masterpiece, connecting Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch to an exercise bike. He worked with a variety of off-the-shelf parts and made the whole experience just as wireless as the original, pushing the exercise bike to act as the controller without ripping the original controller apart whatsoever. This is the sort of modding Nintendo must love.

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