DIY Bluetooth Speaker

Meet the PartyBar™! Make a wireless speaker, loud enough to fill an entire room! With a budget less than $15, you can have your own Bluetooth speakers made from scratch materials! It's slick, stylish, descent and most of all it's compact and fits in your pocket. This is a great weekend projects for enthusiasts and audiophiles. It's small but packs quite a punch. With the help of "35mm Neodymium Drivers" the PartyBar™ delivers a solid stereo sound. It's equipped with a 1000mAh Li-ion battery meant to last for 9 straight hours, replacing it with a 2,400 LiPo will result to a staggering 22 hours of continuous playback! Are those ready made speakers? A lot of people thought that this was a ready made product, well it's not. It's actually made from recycled materials such as broken speakers, radios & old modules. The project box came from my eyeglass's container :D Techie Description: The PartyBar™ is equipped with two outstanding Neodymium Speaker drivers. Neodymium itself is a rare-earth metal. Magnets made from neodymium are light and very powerful, making the speakers more compact and gives a higher clarity rate.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "Turtles in Time" Review - IGN

Coming off a long hiatus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned with another strong episode tapping into classic storylines and characters. This week's "Turtles in Time" introduced us to new versions of Renet Tilly (voiced by The Last of Us and The Avengers' Ashley Johnson), Lord Simultaneous (The Prestige's Jim Piddock) and Savanti Romero (The Hobbit's Graham McTavish), while also setting up a new time travel arc (!) for Season 3. Smartly, this episode got right to the action, with the sinister Savanti already in pursuit of Time Master -- ahem,  Assistant Time Master Renet and the Time Scepter.

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Move to Apple Music 1.1.6 review: Transfer your Spotify and Rdio playlists to Apple Music

The app is not without issues. The first couple of versions of Move to Apple Music were a bit buggy, but the developers have worked very hard to fix these issues, and have released a number of updates in the first few days of the app’s existence. The time it takes to import everything may throw you off; when I first ran the app, it told me it was going to take 188 hours (I have some 22,000 tracks in Spotify playlists). I then decided to only import a few playlists at a time, rather than wait for everything to get copied.

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8 Windows 10 settings you should change right away - CNET

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Windows 10 is all about syncing. If you don’t curb its enthusiasm, Windows 10 will sync all of your settings, themes, passwords, and other preferences (not to mention your notifications and, like, everything else). Maybe you want all of your PCs to be exactly the same. Or maybe not. If not, you can turn off setting syncing by going to Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings. Toggle off the various sync settings tied to your Microsoft Live account so you can play with your new Windows 10 machine without messing up your other PCs.

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Tablet shipments drop again amid shrinking market demand: IDC | ZDNet

Global tablet shipments totaled 44.7 million units in Q2 compared to 48 million during the same period the year prior. Shipments slipped nearly 4 percent compared to just last quarter.

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Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge.

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Fully assembled 'iPhone 6s' display leaks in new photos

The photos show the front and back view of the display unit which is expected to be used in the next-generation iPhone, unofficially dubbed iPhone 6s. It is difficult to confirm from the photos if the next iPhone will feature Force Touch technology, but it seems to be slightly different from parts used in the iPhone 6.

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Reservations for first all-liquid metal Turing phone are now open

To clarify, there’s no option to pre-order this phone, as we had previously thought there would be . Rather, you can reserve the phone now for purchase later — meaning you’ll get notified when Turing Robotic Industries is ready to take your money.

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See every app's shortcuts with Cheat Sheet for Mac

A shortcut gets you from Point A to Point B in a shorter amount of time than it would if you did not take the shortcut. Pretty simple premiss right? But when it comes to shortcuts on your Mac, it might take even longer just to find or remember what that shortcut even is. Since every program and application has its own set of shortcuts it takes a while to get everything memorized. But with CheatSheet, memorization is no longer a requirement.

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IBM to Open Source 50 Projects

IBM has announced a new web portal called developerWorks Open , bringing together various projects they are open sourcing. The projects cover many domains including Analytics, Cloud, IoT, Mobile, Security, Social, Watson and others. So far, IBM has open sourced about 30 projects, and they plan to increase the number up to 50 by the end of the year, and others may come in the future.

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Where Microsoft Is Losing Ground to Apple and Google

Ever since Apple launched iLife—included software for handling music, photos and videos—people just expect that their computers come with such apps, free of charge. Google provides free downloads that are equally competitive, not to mention offers compelling alternatives to Microsoft’s popular (but increasingly outdated) Office suite and Web browsers. In this three-way battle, which we’ve laid out in handy chart form, Microsoft is having a hard time keeping up. ( Click the image to enlarge. )

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Windows 10 Hits 14+ Million Installations Already

If you're still waiting to get your hands on Windows 10 via the handy little update notification option on your taskbar, don't. Join the 14 million or so devices—Microsoft's official count—that already switched over to the new OS within the first 24 hours of its launch. Don't listen to silly little statements like this.

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Brain game 'improves lives of schizophrenia patients' - BBC News

A computer-based brain-training game could improve the daily lives of people with schizophrenia, say University of Cambridge researchers.

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Cecil the Lion's death opens question of why illegal poaching of protected animals is still so common

Cecil the lion, a popular safari attraction in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park for tourists and locals alike, was lured out of his protected habitat with bait before American dentist Walter Palmer shot him with a bow and arrow on July 1. Cecil survived for 40 hours before he was shot with a rifle, skinned and decapitated. It was an opportunity for which Palmer paid $55,000.

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The Apple Watch goes on sale at Best Buy Canada beginning August 14

As confirmed by Mobile Syrup , the Apple Watch is also headed to Best Buy Canada. The report indicates that the wearable will be available across Best Buy retail shops across the country, but that the opportunity to try on the device will be limited to 20 stores — of which the list isn’t known just yet. The Apple Watch and Watch Sport will be available from the retailer in 16 different variants, and Best Buy will also have plenty of accessories on sale, too.

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Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange CEO Mark Karpeles arrested in Japan | ZDNet

Karpeles is accused of tampering with financial records to inflate his bank account by $1 million -- and a former employee has ended his silence over the Mt. Gox debacle.

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AT&T launches first DirecTV bundle: $200 for TV, wireless for four - CNET

It marks the first time a company has been able to offer a bundle of wireless and television services throughout the nation, a move made possible with the combination of AT&T's wireless assets with DirecTV's nationwide satellite TV service. It also comes at a time when other providers are looking to augment their services, from Cablevision's $10 wireless service to Verizon Wireless aiming to launch a mobile video service.

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China Restricts Exports of Drones, Supercomputers

China Real Time Report is a vital resource for an expanding global community trying to keep up with a country changing minute by minute. The site offers quick insight and sharp analysis from the wide network of Dow Jones reporters across Greater China, including Dow Jones Newswires’ specialists and The Wall Street Journal’s award-winning team. It also draws on the insights of commentators close to the hot topic of the day in law, policy, economics and culture. Its editors can be reached at  chinarealtime@wsj.com .

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Intel's new storage chip is 1,000 times faster than flash memory

The limitations of the new memory class are still unclear, but its earliest applications are likely to be in real-time data analysis, where fast access to large datasets is at a premium. Intel singled out fraud detection and disease tracking as likely early applications, but said the chip could also be used to power more immersive gaming experiences if brought to the PC. Because the memory is durable and non-volatile, it's likely to be used primarily for long-term storage, but executives at the keynote said fast access to that long-term data could enable entirely new applications for everyday services.

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Show Your Support For Cecil The Lion… With a $2,500 Phone?

But it’s also a lesson in the power of design to change the attitude of an product, even if, as in this case, it’s an exercise in re-skinning. Dipped in all-white or -black, the Play:1’s grill look more like a textile than metal, and the soft-touch coating feels like a matte glaze on porcelain. “It’s a little less consumer electronic,” says Tad Toulis, Sonos’ VP of product development. “It begins to feel a little more like a vase or a piece of ceramica.” In keeping with the design’s lower profile, even the logo has been toned down to be, according to Toulis, “subtle enough that it can be seen but not so subtle that’s invisible.”

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Apple seeds third public beta for OS X El Capitan

Now, one week later, Apple has seeded the third public beta for OS X El Capitan to those within the public beta testing phase. That marks just under three weeks since the first public beta was released, as Apple continues onward with its release schedule. This release follows the fifth developer beta that was released late on Monday , July 27.

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‘China’s Airbnb’ Tujia.com Raises $300 Million in Funding Round

China’s answer to Airbnb Inc., Tujia.com, raised $300 million in its latest funding round, underscoring strong investor demand for Chinese startups despite volatility in the country’s domestic stock market.

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Unable to Answer calls on your iPhone? Try this solution

However, I’ve figured out a workaround to answer the call in this situation. When I get a call and I am not able to answer it when I tap on the Accept button, I press the Sleep/Wake button, and it seems to do the trick sometimes. Ideally, the Sleep/Wake button should silence the call (so not a great solution if you want to silence the call), but in my case it helps me answer the call. This trick doesn’t work all the time.

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Get Deals on Password Protectors, USB Chargers, and More Before They're Gone [Deals Hub]

There are so many great offers in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub that it’s easy to miss one. We try to alert you to all of the best deals around, and this is your chance to catch those savings that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks. Take a look at the best deals of the week from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. You’ll be glad you did, and your wallet will thank you, too. When you need a boost to your battery while you’re in the car, you can count on theMpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger. It comes equipped and ready to charge your device with three separate USB ports. Get it for just $13.99.

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Second American suspected of illegally killing a lion in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean officials on Sunday said they're looking for a second American citizen accused of illegally killing a lion.

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Ariki turns your keyboard background into a live camera view so that you can walk safely while texting

The tweak automatically turns your keyboard background into a live camera feed of your iPhone so that you can see what’s in front of you while typing a message. What sets Ariki apart from other tweaks that offer a similar functionality is the convenient activation method. If you want to switch the keyboard background to the rear camera or vice versa, you can simply tap and hold on the spacebar and it does the job for you.

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Halt and Catch Fire: "Heaven is a Place" Review - IGN

“Heaven is a Place” finally brought all of the simmering problems of Gordon and Donna’s relationship to a full boil, as Gordon admitted his affair in the midst of an already strained dynamic. The actual scenario is fairly cliché – how many times have we seen a kid run away from home after their parents fight? -- but I enjoyed Donna’s pseudo-extortion of Gordon to essentially fund Mutiny’s move to California. Though Donna would claim that she’s not extorting Gordon and simply giving them an out, it’s a nice touch of writing for Donna to admit to involvement in Westrgoup’s demise; it suggests that Donna is capable of doing pretty despicable things in the business world, despite her innocent demeanor. One reading of the scene in the treehouse could be Donna deluding herself into thinking she’s doing the right thing for her marriage, when in fact it’s a rather shrewd-but-shady business decision.

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The 30 Best iPhone Apps for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5

The offline maps are free, but you have to buy one of the packages available via in-app purchase for features such as 3D maps, turn-by-turn navigation, dynamic lane guidance, gives warnings when you exceed speed limits, warning for fixed speedcams in some countries, police trap warnings from other users and more. It also offers premium features such as HUD – Heads up display(at night navigation info is projected directly into the line of sight on the dashboard), BlackBox (a dash-cam that records while you’re navigating), Cockpit (measures the performance of your car). It does not have the best user interface, but the rich feature list compensates for it.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades total 14 million -- so far

The large jump was no surprise, since Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 upgrades to the bulk of systems running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. "Clearly, Microsoft, by giving this OS away, they're less focused on grabbing dollars from vendors who sell new Windows devices, they're much more interested in getting much more of their installed base over to Windows 10," said Tom Mainelli, an IDC analyst, in a recent podcast about the new operating system.

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Chris Pratt asked fans to Photoshop him, and boy did they ever

Actor Chris Pratt is known to be friendly with his fans, but he went above and beyond Friday when he asked them to create a new header for his Facebook page using the powers of Photoshop.

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German Carmakers Buy Nokia’s HERE Maps for $3.1 Billion

Licensing fees for its maps are HERE’s main source of revenue. The business generated an operating profit of 28 million euros in the first half of this year, Espoo, Finland-based Nokia said. The unit reported a loss of 1.24 billion euros last year, including a goodwill impairment charge of 1.21 billion euros.

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Forget Tweetstorms. The Era of the Retweetstorm Is Here

The beauty of the retweetstorm is that instead of self-indulgently getting on your virtual soapbox and blasting followers with what are very possibly all caps tirades, you simply retweet support in a pointedly consecutive order. All Twitter is sometimes is people blasting their opinions all over the place; retweetstorms are a tiny reprieve that lets the self-aware on Twitter give the ideas of others the chance to shine for a moment. Between the Gawker scandal, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift’s (not really) blood feud, and the Uber vs. de Blasio controversy, some of the most vocal people on the Internet have recently been hitting RT with clear and pointed goals in mind.

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Why Netflix is poised to become the biggest TV network in the world

If you’re not in the entertainment business, you might not know the name Ted Sarandos, but as Chief Content Officer for Netflix, there’s a good chance the Hollywood dealmaker has influenced the way you watch TV in some form. Back in the early days of Netflix originals, circa 2013, Sarandos gave a much-quoted response when asked about HBO’s plans to move into streaming. “The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us,” Sarandos quipped — and oh how they laughed. They’re not laughing any more.

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THE WORKFLOW YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

STINGRAY SUPPORTS A WIDE RANGE OF DEVELOPMENT TOOLS TO CREATE CUSTOM GAME LOGIC FOR GAME MAKERS OF ANY SKILL LEVEL. VISUAL NODE-BASED-SCRIPTING PROVIDES AN EASY-TO-USE AUTHORING ENVIRONMENT THAT IS ACCESSIBLE TO NOVICES AND NON-PROGRAMMERS; LUA SCRIPTING PROVIDES AN EASIER WAY TO MAKE EVERYDAY DEVELOPMENTAL CHANGES TO GAMES IN AN INDUSTRY-STANDARD SCRIPTING LANGUAGE; AND C++ SOURCE CODE, AVAILABLE FOR AN EXTRA FEE, GIVES CUSTOMERS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CUSTOMIZATION AND FLEXIBILITY WHEN USING STINGRAY.

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GoPro Spherical Gives You Eyes All Over

But it’s also a lesson in the power of design to change the attitude of an product, even if, as in this case, it’s an exercise in re-skinning. Dipped in all-white or -black, the Play:1’s grill look more like a textile than metal, and the soft-touch coating feels like a matte glaze on porcelain. “It’s a little less consumer electronic,” says Tad Toulis, Sonos’ VP of product development. “It begins to feel a little more like a vase or a piece of ceramica.” In keeping with the design’s lower profile, even the logo has been toned down to be, according to Toulis, “subtle enough that it can be seen but not so subtle that’s invisible.”

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Atari founder Nolan Bushnell on why life is 'a game' - BBC News

When Mr Bushnell decided to sell Atari to Warner Brothers in 1976 for an estimated $30m (£19m), (a move intended to expand the firm's offerings, but one Mr Bushnell says he now regrets), he carved yet another path, becoming the first of a still-growing list of 20-something Silicon Valley millionaires.

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Don't get fooled into clicking phony Windows 10 upgrade emails

A post published to Cisco Systems’s company blog  outlines how scammers are taking advantage of Windows 10’s launch to push ransomware onto unsuspecting PC users.  At first glance, the emails look reasonably legit: Cisco notes that scammers are spoofing the sender’s email address to make it look as if the message is from Microsoft. Also, the blue-and-white color scheme used in the message nearly matches the colors Microsoft is using for Windows 10 marketing materials. So unless you look carefully, you could get fooled into thinking the email is actually from Microsoft.

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This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere | MIT Technology Review

Many a controversy has raged on social media platforms such as Twitter. Some last for weeks or months, others blow themselves in an afternoon. And yet most go unnoticed by most people. That would change if there was a reliable way of spotting controversies in the Twitterstream in real time.

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Drake and LeBron James met up for a game of kickball

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Sony launches Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra Android smartphones, with focus on perfect selfies

Ben is European Editor of The Next Web with a focus on startups, gadgets and lifestyle tech. Now a technology journalist with a specialism in mobile devices and a geeky love of mobile spectrum issues. Ben used to be a professional online poker player. You can contact him on ben@thenextweb.com , via Twitter or on Google+ .

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Amy Schumer joins her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, in gun control fight

"We need a background check system without holes and fatal flaws. We need one with accurate information that protects us like a firewall should," added Amy. "The critics scoff and say, ‘there is no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things.’ They’re wrong. What Chuck is describing are sensible measures and restrictions. No one wants to live in a country where a felon, the mentally ill, or other dangerous people can get their hands on a gun with such ease. The time is now for the American people to rally for these changes.”

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EVE helps you learn your Mac's hotkeys as you work, for a price

There’s a reason that there are so many productivity apps: people are time-poor and need to squeeze a million different tasks into each day, and given that so many people’s working lives are spent at a computer, learning all the hotkeys to navigate it can really save you some time.

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​This interactive map crams in American literature's greatest road trips

People love road trips . Some like 'em more than others. And some like them perhaps a little bit too much. This interactive map from Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez crams the locations mentioned in twelve road-tripping books including Mark Twain 's Roughing It and Jack Kerouac's On the Road . That total's 1,500 entries, paired with the most appropriate coordinates the author could assign. You might take issue with some of the book choices, but we'll only accept complaints after you've tackled the entirety of this cartographic labor of love. You'll find the bibliography after the break. Wild, Cheryl Strayed The Cruise of the Rolling Junk, F. Scott Fitzgerald Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails With America's Hoboes, Ted Conover A Walk Across America, Peter Jenkins Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90,000 Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, Robert Sullivan The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson Blue Highways: A Journey into America, William Least Heat Moon On the Road, Jack Kerouac Roughing It, Mark Twain Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe SOURCE: Atlas Obscura Tags: americanliterature books googlemaps literature roadtrip roadtrips

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