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Right to Repair ruling has huge implications for Alexa, consoles, cars

Right to Repair ruling has huge implications for Alexa, consoles, cars

If you follow the technology industry, there's a good chance you've heard the phrase "right to repair" at least once or twice. While many manufacturers want to restrict consumers' ability to repair the devices they own or take it to a third party for repairs, there are people on the other side of that argument who have been trying to keep that right. This is a battle and a debate that has raged on for years at this point, but today, Right to Repair proponents were granted a pretty huge win.

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Motorola gets DIY fix-friendly with iFixit partnership

Motorola gets DIY fix-friendly with iFixit partnership

This week Motorola became the first smartphone manufacturer to supply OEM parts to iFixit. This is a move that's more important than its immediate result. Providing parts to iFixit means Motorola is publicly signing their support for user-repaired smartphones and tablets. Besides making surprisingly repair-friendly devices (sometimes), this is Motorola's biggest and most public move in said direction.

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Robot Unicorn aims to bring girls to STEM research

Robot Unicorn aims to bring girls to STEM research

There's a robot out there in the wild made by UBTECH that's aiming to ramp up female interest in STEM research. While the idea is questionable that the color purple and a fanciful unicorn form will entice girls any more than any other sort of robot, the robot itself remains pretty neat. The full product name is "JIMU Robot Mythical Series: UnicornBot Kit" and it's basically just hit stores this morning.

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Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids build their own tablets

Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids build their own tablets

Some will argue that tablets are dead but the likes of the iPads, Surface Gos, and convertibles prove otherwise. In addition, touch has become the first interaction model that most kids have these days courtesy of smartphones and, yes, tablets. So if you're going to teach them how to build their own computer, you might as well teach them to build a tablet. And that's exactly what this new DIY kit from Kano proposes to introduce the next generation to the wonderful world of technology.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is currently the only device with a button that cannot (by default) be turned away from Bixby. Bixby is Samsung's smart assistant, and it's meant to be a helpful feature on the Galaxy Note 9 - but not all users want it. Much in the spirit of the DIY community at large, a couple of real nice options appeared in the last week for Note 9 owners wishing to disable Bixby completely.

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littleBits Avengers Inventor Kit lets kids create their own super gauntlet

littleBits Avengers Inventor Kit lets kids create their own super gauntlet

Last year, littleBits launched its very awesome Droid Inventor Kit. The kit aimed to get kids interested in STEAM fields by allowing them to create and code their own astromech droid from Star Wars. Giving kids the ability to build and customize their own R2D2 while at the same introducing them to STEAM concepts was certainly a cool idea, and today, littleBits is back with a new Inventor Kit - this time with a Marvel spin.

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8BitDo DIY kits make old wired controllers wireless

8BitDo DIY kits make old wired controllers wireless

8BitDo is famous for its wide range of Bluetooth game controllers sporting various designs. But what if you already have an old, beloved controller lying around just begging for a second chance at being useful again in today’s modern, wireless gaming market? Fortunately, 8BitDo knows your controller’s pain and dreams and has the perfect solution. Meet the 8BitDo, which turns NES, SNES, and even Mega Drive controllers into useful Bluetooth controllers for today’s gamers.

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Dear Nintendo: Look at this DIY 3DS-like phone

Dear Nintendo: Look at this DIY 3DS-like phone

This Spring a developer by the name of Lexie Dostal hand-constructed an Android 3DS gaming phone. This device doesn't run 3DS games from Nintendo, but it does look a whole lot like a 3DS handheld gaming system. It actually uses some salvaged 3DS parts, as it were - but it runs an open hardware Android SBC called KitePhone.

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Nintendo Labo, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Fallon make a music video

Nintendo Labo, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Fallon make a music video

Nintendo seems to be on a creative roll. After the spectacular success of the Nintendo Switch, the gaming giant decided to take the console beyond just gaming and into educational gaming. The Nintendo Labo system is a treasure trove of activities, both for fun and learning, though its cardboard material belies its possibilities. As if trying to show the world those possibilities, Jimmy Fallon hooked up with Ariana Grande and the Root to play the Grande's new single using nothing but Nintendo Labo musical instruments.

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This Nintendo Labo cardboard carry-case is UPS genius

This Nintendo Labo cardboard carry-case is UPS genius

Nintendo's Labo for the Switch has demonstrated that cardboard boxes aren't just for cats, and now The UPS Store is getting in on the action with a DIY Labo carrying case build. The courier company is probably more used to using its boxes for packaging, but the branded 'board gets a second life as a roller-case for your Labo creations.

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Alexa Blueprints will DIY you straight to the dark side

Alexa Blueprints will DIY you straight to the dark side

I'm a luddite when it comes to our future AI overlords, but when I saw how fun Amazon Alexa Skill Blueprints were, I gave in. Or at least I expect to give in a little bit. When I'm able to customize Alexa's responses to my questions, that's where I change a tune. When I "see how easy it is to create a skill with blueprints," I sort of lose my mind and go into silly mode.

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ASUS AREZ graphics cards revealed with AMD RX innards

ASUS AREZ graphics cards revealed with AMD RX innards

The gaming team at ASUS revealed the ASUS AREZ line of graphics cards this week, complete with AMD inside. The first line of AREZ branded GPUs from ASUS were announced with AMD RX Vega 64 and AMR RX Vega 56 hardware at their base. They'll be launching their own versions of the AMD RX 580 and AMD RX 570 graphics cards, as well as other 500-series hardware.

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