PlayStation VR is arriving October 13th, priced at $399 — TechCrunch

I mean, I’m as excited about The Last Guardian as the next unwashed blogger, but you didn’t really think we were going to get out of tonight’s pre-E3 Sony press conference without a little hardware news, did you? And it’s 2016, after all, so it’s time for Sony to join the Oculus Rifts and HTC…

via PlayStation VR is arriving October 13th, priced at $399 — TechCrunch

The Future of gaming looks amazing with Virtual Reality games for consoles right around the corner. I can’t imagine playing Call of Duty or Battlefield with VR. I played around with the Oculus Rift this past Winter and I think it is fantastic. Check out Sony’s Playstation VR this Fall.

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What are Modular smartphones?


Google Ara and Modules

Modular smart phones take the idea of “smartphones” and allows you to physically customize your phone in ways you never could before. The phone itself should still contain a CPU, GPU, Memory, etc. — basically everything required to function. The Modular aspect comes in because it allows you to customize some aspects of the phone via hardware “modules”. We can already customize our Android OS to suit our needs, now we need to be able to customize the hardware as well. Some may prefer dual speakers on their phone, whereas others would only want 1 speaker, but a higher quality camera.

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Repair Laptop Charger Plug tutorial 2016


power plug/adapter

Have you ever been unable to use an electronic device because the power adapter plug has gone bad? Well, worry no more, because I am going to teach you how to repair the plug. It is a common occurrence with most electronic devices, especially the ones we carry with us, such as laptops. Most of the time people wrap the cord up and eventually, over time, will cause it to fail. This is a DIY tutorial on how to fix your own plug.

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Ring Video Doorbell Review 2016. Is it worth the money?

I’m sure you guys have heard of Ring Video Doorbell by now, seeing as they have so many commercials, and the bell has been out for a while. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s okay, just watch the video above to get a description of the product or visit their website. It’s basically a doorbell with a camera on it, that is connected to your wireless network. Every time someone ring’s the bell, your phone will buzz/notify you that there is someone at the door. At which point you can pick up your phone, and answer (or ignore) based on who it is at your door. You can speak with the person directly through your phone as well. The best part is the person at the door can’t see you, so you can tell the you’re out somewhere. Here is the “Ring Story” (from the box):

..If not for my wife, the Ring Video Doorbell would not exist.
Inventors come up with a lot of bad ideas and she has heard them all. One night I shared my idea for reinventing the doorbell.
She loved it! Not just for the obvious convenience, but for the security of now being able to safely answer the door from anywhere. She said, “This is like caller ID for the front door.”
I hope that you enjoy the Ring Video Doorbell as much as we do, and I look forward to hearing your stories about the product
. — Jamie Siminoff, Inventor

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Arduino Kits – Which one should you buy?

There are so many Arduino kits in the market which you can purchase. If you are new to Arduino, the choices can be overwhelming. They have kits on Amazon and kits on Ebay, but where do you get started?

I recently read a great article over at pretzellogix.net before making any recommendations. There are 4 kits the site compares:

    Kits

  • The Official Arduino Starter Kit
  • The Sunfounder Super Kit
  • Sparkfun Inventors Kit
  • The ARDX Starter Kit

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Microsoft Surface RT! Actual Start button update

I have had the Microsoft Surface RT since it first released, back in 2012, as it was given to me as a Christmas present.  I was very disappointed when I found out that it utilizes an ARM processor and cannot run all the usual Windows applications.  Only apps that will work on the RT are from the Windows Store (unless it’s jailbroken, but I didn’t want to do that — not worth it for a few extra applications).  Even still, I have used the Surface more then I initially expected — It comes pre-installed with the basic MS Office applications (Excel, Word, OneNote, etc.) right out of the box — so it was good for note-taking.  If I needed to use any actual Windows Software to perform a task (Photoshop, etc.), I can just Remote desktop into my PC using the RDP app for the Surface RT.  I used my Surface more in college than my laptop because of the size–it was easier to carry around.

One major issue I had with the Surface RT was the Windows 8 start button behavior.  Push the Start button and you get the following screen:

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Microsoft’s new “Start Screen” for Windows 8

I hated clicking the Start button and getting the above screen.  “What happened to the original Start button Windows is so well known for?”  This is one of the reasons I never upgraded any Windows 7 desktop/laptop to Windows 8.

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DashCamPro – As Seen on TV. Worth it?

I actually wasn’t interested at all in purchasing a car dash cam. I was in the market for a Go-Pro to take some action shots. I ended up seeing the commercial for the “DashCamPro” and I figured it was pretty neat, especially for the price. But I have had experience with similar “As Seen on TV” products, and they do not generally work as advertised and/or die quick because of poor/cheap-quality materials when manufacturing. Generally the commercials market these items and make them look better then they actually are. The video quality was amazing in the commercial, but I’m sure I missed the small font, “screen images simulated” somewhere during the commercial. It seemed too good to be true:

This is the ad from their website. $39.99!

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Fix a broken remote control - Tutorial

Replace remote control infrared LED

I purchased a Dynex 32″ TV for my apartment during college. It was a really good TV, however the remote control wasn’t that responsive. The remote got worse over time, and practically became useless within a year. So instead of purchasing a new remote, I decided to open my current one up to see what was wrong with it. I figured it was either the IR receiver on the TV or the IR Transmitter on the remote control. You can also use this tutorial if your remote is very weak. If you have to be very close to the TV to change channels even with new batteries, means infrared LED is weak.

Note: This tutorials assumes that you have soldering experience.   Please make sure you take caution when working with a soldering iron.

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