Tagged With mods

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You can stuff your Raspberry Pi into just about anything, but if you want to draw eyes and solicit comments from visitors or, you know, generally geek out, you could carve up a steampunk-themed enclosure, complete with glowing lights, gears and ornate markings. Like uh, this one.

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A smartphone can get toasty playing graphics-heavy games in warm weather. An overclocked CPU will complain if insufficiently cooled. But an overheating digital camera? Turns out that while unusual, it can happen, as was the case for Eric Strebel and his Lumix GF7. Rather than do something normal like replacing it, Strebel decided to stick a giant heatsink to it instead.

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When Furby hit store shelves in November 1998, it was an instant hit. Kids loved it. Parents loved it. People paid three times the Furby's retail value just to get one for the holidays, and within three years, Furby had sold 40 million units. Now, nearly two decades later, it's the seedy world of Furby hackers and circuit-benders that are keeping the legendary toy alive.

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Perhaps you've heard a thing or two about "Valve" and "Skyrim" and "mods" over the past few days. What does it all mean? The company that built the world's most successful video game proposed an app store to pay people for remixing and enhancing virtual worlds — and 100,000 angry internet denizens just shot down that idea. It's a bit of a shame.

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You already know how cool the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset is, but imagine how cool it could be if you partnered it with a motion control gaming system for your PC that lets you move your gun independently of your character. Meet the lovechild of the Rift and the Hydra.

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To root or not to root? That is the question. Rooting your Android device definitely pushes you up a level or two in your geekdom. It requires a certain level of commitment, at least a little savvy, and even a modicum of risk. So, why would you want to bother?

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Who doesn't like a bit of overclocking to squeeze more grunt out of their hardware? The Nexus 7 is the latest piece of kit to get the modder treatment, with a new kernel offering to boost the internals of the recently-released tablet up to 1.8GHz, with an extra 200MHz on top of this looking like a distinct possibility.

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Siri has been something if a disappointment so far — more flash than substance — but this particular trick is a mighty impressive novelty. A neat new hack lets Siri play music on a Yamaha Disklavier player piano from music files in your library.