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How To Recreate The Classic Pong Game Using Arduino

DIY

How To Recreate The Classic Pong Game Using Arduino

Pong was the first ever videogame that reached the mass market. For the first time in history, the concept of a “video game” was brought into the family home, thanks to the Atari 2600 – so it’s only right that we pay a little homage to this historical gem. Now, you can re-live that (admittedly somewhat boring gameplay) using an Arduino and some common components.

19-06-2013
How To Recreate The Classic Pong Game Using Arduino
How This Freelance Writer Maximises Productivity With Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8

Windows

How This Freelance Writer Maximises Productivity With Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8

My personal desktop setup has changed considerably in the past few months since purchasing the Acer Iconia W7 series tablet, which I use as my primary PC. Gone is the tower of my old self build AMD-powered game station, replaced by far more compact dimensions, a new monitor and an external HDD. This is the main hub of my professional life: a Windows 8 tablet. Yes, you read that right. Let me demonstrate how you can be productive with Windows 8. It is possible, and with the right apps you can get great results.

19-06-2013
How This Freelance Writer Maximises Productivity With Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8
Why Do Some Apps Look Bad On My Retina Display? (And How to Fix It)

Mac

Why Do Some Apps Look Bad On My Retina Display? (And How to Fix It)

When Apple released the MacBook Pro with Retina display this time last year, they raised the bar for laptop display technology, as they previously did for the smartphone and tablet industries. The only issue they created was a software one: suddenly apps designed for non-Retina screens looked bad. If you’ve got a Retina-equipped MacBook, or are considering one, you should know why old software looks bad and what little you can do to help the situation.

19-06-2013
Why Do Some Apps Look Bad On My Retina Display? (And How to Fix It)
CleanMyDrive Cleans Up After Your Mac So You Don’t Have To

Mac

CleanMyDrive Cleans Up After Your Mac So You Don’t Have To

Macs leave all sorts of files on your drives that could potentially annoy Windows and Linux users. Some of these files – like the contents of the Trash – can take up a lot of space. Others – like DS_Store and Spotlight’s various markers – are just plain annoying. Whether it’s deleted files or the random crap like “DS_Store” OS X loves to leave behind, CleanMyDrive automates the removal of junk. Put simply: it’s a free, automated way to remove crap files.

19-06-2013
CleanMyDrive Cleans Up After Your Mac So You Don’t Have To
Every Windows 8 Shortcut – Gestures, Desktop, Command Line

Windows

Every Windows 8 Shortcut – Gestures, Desktop, Command Line

Windows 8 is all about shortcuts. People with touch-enabled PCs use touch gestures, users without touch devices must learn the mouse shortcuts, power users use keyboard shortcuts on the desktop and novel command-line shortcuts, and you can even use special swipe gestures on your laptop’s touchpad. Here we collected all the shortcuts you need to master Windows 8. If you’ve upgraded to Windows 8 or bought a new PC that came with Windows 8, you’ll find that a lot has changed.

19-06-2013
Every Windows 8 Shortcut – Gestures, Desktop, Command Line
Logitech Harmony Ultimate Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Logitech Harmony Ultimate Review and Giveaway

Your living room is chaos – admit it. You’re forgiven for wondering which remote controls which device. What with the TV, amplifier, TiVO, BluRay player, maybe even the lighting – switching activities becomes a long and delicately manoeuvred dance called the “remote shuffle”. No longer. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate universal remote is here to bring, well – harmony – to your living room. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate can control up to 15 devices, which should be more than enough for even the most avid AV enthusiast’s living room. We’ll be giving this review unit away, so read on and join the contest.

19-06-2013
Logitech Harmony Ultimate Review and Giveaway
What Are Your Thoughts on the Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [You Told Us]

Gaming

What Are Your Thoughts on the Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [You Told Us]

Anyone into gaming in a big way will be aware of what the next-generation of consoles has in store for us. OK, perhaps not PC gamers, who see themselves as superior and don’t need to worry about such piffling matters as generations of hardware, but the rest of us. Nintendo launched the Wii U in 2012, and now, thanks to E3 2013, we know everything we need to know about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

19-06-2013
What Are Your Thoughts on the Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [You Told Us]
VSCO Cam: A Must-Have in the iPhoneographer’s Arsenal

iPhone and iPad

VSCO Cam: A Must-Have in the iPhoneographer’s Arsenal

There’s certainly no shortage of iPhone photography apps – if anything, there might be a tad too many to choose from. If there’s one app you definitely need to add to your iPhoneography arsenal, it’s VSCO Cam. The free app is the second iteration to hit the app store courtesy of Visual Supply Company and this time it’s free so you can try out the app and get a feel for it, before deciding if you want to shell over more money for additional filters.

19-06-2013
VSCO Cam: A Must-Have in the iPhoneographer’s Arsenal
iOS & Facebook Integration: Genuinely Useful or Waste of Time?

iPhone and iPad

iOS & Facebook Integration: Genuinely Useful or Waste of Time?

When Facebook iOS integration came onto the scene, Apple and Facebook joined forces in an effort to enhance your life – not to burden it. Cook and Zuckerberg didn’t get together in some secret layer on a private island in the Pacific to concoct some evil plan that would ruin millions of peoples’ lives by adding Facebook to the iPhone. I’m not one to view the world through rose-colored glasses, but let me at least show you some of the benefits and their nuisances of having Facebook on your iPhone.

19-06-2013
iOS & Facebook Integration: Genuinely Useful or Waste of Time?
10 Peculiarly Pointless Websites That Exist For No Reason

Web Culture

10 Peculiarly Pointless Websites That Exist For No Reason

We here at MakeUseOf specialize in directing our readers to websites they can make use of, hence the name. But that means we’re all missing out on a vast number of peculiarly pointless websites that offer nothing other than strange and simple diversions that will last no longer than 5 minutes. If that.

19-06-2013
10 Peculiarly Pointless Websites That Exist For No Reason
5 Awesome Windows 8 Apps That Will Make You Love Modern UI

Windows

5 Awesome Windows 8 Apps That Will Make You Love Modern UI

Whether you’re limited to Modern UI or just contemplating its general usefulness, you need really good apps to help you take advantage of it. The Windows 8 Store has been growing by leaps and bounds, and it’s now possible to find a great selection of Modern apps. From news apps to email apps, there’s almost nothing that isn’t available for the Modern UI. But how do these apps compare to their desktop predecessors? Are they really worth the trouble? Turns out they are.

18-06-2013
5 Awesome Windows 8 Apps That Will Make You Love Modern UI
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