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Retrotechtacular: We’re Gonna Have Manual Transmissions the Way My Old Man Told Me!

Simple machines are wonderful in their own right and serve as the cornerstones of many technological advances. This is certainly true for the humble lever and the role it plays in manual transmissions as evidenced in this week’s Retrotechtacular...Show More Summary

Is this simple spot the best MacBook commercial Apple has ever made?

There’s no doubt about it, the MacBook Air is one of Apple’s most iconic products, a very successful addition to the company’s laptop line. To further remind users how popular its ultra-slim laptop is, Apple on Monday released a terrific new ad that focuses entirely on the Air. Show More Summary

Chromecast gets Rickrolled with the ‘Rickmote’

If you like to stream video to your TV its most likely you have some sort of set-top box, like a Roku, Apple TV or the Google Chromecast. Well one hacker has designed a remote named ‘Rickmote’ which uses a Raspberry Pi to send the internet famous Rick Astley’s song ‘Never gonna give you up’ to their TV instantly, it will... Show More Summary

HTC leaks video showing possible ‘Smartwatch’

With Android wear and Apple’s reported iWatch coming to our wrists, its only a matter of time before other smartphone manufacturers get on the bandwagon and build their own Smartwatch. We reported recently that in fact Microsoft areShow More Summary

Amazon’s Fire phone’s innovative new games

If these videos are anything to go by the upcoming Amazon Fire phone is going to be hugely interesting to gamers, especially games which make the most of its Dynamic Perspective sensor system. The Fire Phone from has a number of sensors situated on the front of the device to track your head’s movement, and to give you an idea of what the... Show More Summary

Amazons ‘Dynamic Perspective’ coming to 2 new games

The Amazon Fire is most certainly an exciting prospect, some of the software and hardware is revolutionary, and it looks like its about to seriously shake up your gaming experience. If you don’t already know the Fire Phone from Amazon...Show More Summary

Roller coaster cuts the safety rope and makes people plummet 100 feet

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Here's an insanely scary roller coaster for those who need to feel like they're close to dying in order to feel like they're living: the Sky Tower in Tivoli Friheden in Denmark. The ride isn't a ride at all but actually a fall. That is, the safety rope you're connected to cuts off and you free fall from a 100 foot tower at 55 mph down to the ground. For fun. Read more...

Magician can guess the card you're thinking about through this video

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Our eyes are too slow and our brains are too easily fooled. Just watch this video where Illusionist Eric Leclerc shows off by reading our minds through a simple YouTube video. He plays around with us in the beginning but at the end, he just jumped through the computer screen to peer into our wrinkled brain. Read more...

Spot Welder; Don’t Buy It, Build It

Spot welders are super handy for making sheet metal enclosures for your projects. The problem is, commercial ones are rather expensive… The good news is, they’re actually really easy to make! This is [Caio Paulucci's] first submission...Show More Summary

RickMote Controller Hacks Chromecasts, Can Never Give It Up

In case you’re not familiar with Google’s Chromecast, it’s a small device that plugs into any display with an HDMI and a USB port to let you stream videos, apps and more from your laptop or …

PIC Up a NeoPixel Ring and C What You Can Do Using This Tutorial

As [Shahriar] points out in the introductory matter to his latest video at The Signal Path, Arduinos are a great way for a beginner to dig into all kinds of electronic excitement, but they do so at the cost of isolating that beginner...Show More Summary

Light my fire! A Bluetooth speaker that’s powered by candles

Your music collection need never burn out with this new Bluetooth speaker from Pelty that’s powered by the heat of a candle. Designed by Gianluca Gamba and partners, the aesthetic invention converts the thermal energy from a candle flame to usable power via a thermoelectric generator. Show More Summary

Star Wars filmed entirely in Minecraft

Kids and adults across the globe are fans of George Lucas’  Star Wars and Mojang’s Minecraft, and in this trailer  the two have been added to give you a minute and a half look into the world of StarWarsCraft? (StarCraft has been taken.) I am sure a lot of people can relate and know that a lot of effort goes into building... Show More Summary

The iPhone 6?s Sapphire glass may not be scratch-proof

With the iPhone 6, we are likely to see a lot of new hardware, as well as the eagerly awaited iOS8, and, according to leaked information, we can most likely expect an upgraded A8 processor, a fresh new design and ‘Sapphire glass’. Recently, a few people around the world have received  what appears to be the new iPhone 6 screens,... Show More Summary

iPhone’s Sapphire glass not scratch proof

With the iPhone 6 we are likely to see a lot of new hardware and of course the eagerly awaited iOS8, we can most likely expect an upgraded A8 processor, a fresh new design and according to a lot of leaked information ‘Sapphire glass’. Show More Summary

Hackaday Links: July 20, 2014

Etch-a-Sketch spray-painted silver with electronics bolted onto the side? Sign us up! This art installation adds one thing that we don’t often see in these types of hacks, eerie audio. If you’re still mining bitcoin you need to do it faster than anyone else… that’s pretty much how the whole thing works. Show More Summary

The Phones on Air Force One Look Like Iron Man Accessories

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Despite Harrison Ford's best attempts to enlighten us, Air Force One remains a mysterious place. Pretty much the only time you get to see the inside of the president's awesome airplane is when the White House photographer offers a peek. Ever notice how weird the phones look? Read more...

Does The Original RickRoll'D Video Still Play For You?

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

A wave of sadness tore through the internet this evening, as news spread that the original RickRoll'D video was being blocked to YouTube viewers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Fearing the end of an era, I went to the YouTube link and, somehow, it worked for me. Does this video play for you? Read more...

Work Is Super Awkward After Your Boss Nearly Force-Chokes You Out

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Poor Conan Antonio Motti. The guy speaks up at a work meeting, and all of a sudden Lord Vader is trying to put his lights out from across the room. But the worst part isn't the force-strangling or lack of faith. It's having to work alongside the jerk and pretend like nothing ever happened. Read more...

How NASA Would Have Handled a Failed Apollo 11

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This weekend marks the 45 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing the first men on the moon. Like all missions, NASA had a contingency plan. Space historian Amy Shira Teitel explains the astronauts' grim orders if a lunar lander malfunction had left Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stranded on the moon. Read more...

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