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An Arduino Project: How To Make Flashy Christmas Lights Ornaments

DIY

An Arduino Project: How To Make Flashy Christmas Lights Ornaments

This is the next part in our learning Arduino series, and this time we’ll be learning about and using Arrays to make a little Christmas tree ornament with various flashing sequences. This would be an ideal project to keep the kids occupied if you’d like to teach them basic soldering – just mount the LEDs on a piece of card, and you can get power from a standard 9v battery.

11-12-2011
An Arduino Project: How To Make Flashy Christmas Lights Ornaments
WebOS Won’t Give Up, Goes Open Source [News]

Internet

WebOS Won’t Give Up, Goes Open Source [News]

HP just can’t seem to make up its mind about the company’s mobile operating system, WebOS. It appeared to be on the chopping block just a few months ago, but the company has a new CEO with a new plan – go open source with WebOS. The announcement at least offers some consolation to HP TouchPad owners, who may now see new development of the device’s native OS.

11-12-2011
WebOS Won’t Give Up, Goes Open Source [News]
Xbox LIVE Apps Now Available For Windows Phone 7 & iOS [News]

iPhone and iPad

Xbox LIVE Apps Now Available For Windows Phone 7 & iOS [News]

After yesterday’s new Xbox 360 dashboard launch, Microsoft has now released two mobile apps that each provide differing levels of Xbox LIVE and console interactivity. By far the more advanced of the two is the Xbox Companion for Windows Phone 7, which offers more features than its iOS counterpart.

11-12-2011
Xbox LIVE Apps Now Available For Windows Phone 7 & iOS [News]
Get Your PC Into The Snowy Christmas Spirit With DesktopSnowOK

Windows

Get Your PC Into The Snowy Christmas Spirit With DesktopSnowOK

DesktopSnowOK is an incredibly lightweight, portable, no-installation-required piece of software that can turn your Windows desktop or laptop from summer in Florida to winter in Colorado in just a second. Screensavers aren’t cool any more. We’re past the days of Christmas lights on your desktop screensaver or Bonzi-esque, Santa’s helper elf desktop “pets.” Let’s put you in the middle of a calm snowfall right at your desk.

10-12-2011
Get Your PC Into The Snowy Christmas Spirit With DesktopSnowOK
Apple Updates iBook iOS Application With Night Reading Mode & Other New Features [News]

Mac

Apple Updates iBook iOS Application With Night Reading Mode & Other New Features [News]

iBooks has received a nice little update recently that adds a bunch of new features that users were clamoring for. The first major feature is the addition of a night-time reading mode. This makes the background black and the text white. This makes reading less strenuous when in a dark area. The next addition in this update is the inclusion of a full screen mode.

10-12-2011
Apple Updates iBook iOS Application With Night Reading Mode & Other New Features [News]
Live USB Install Puts Linux On Your Thumb Drive With Ease

Linux

Live USB Install Puts Linux On Your Thumb Drive With Ease

Boot one of over a hundred Linux distros from a USB disk. With Live USB, software you can run on both Windows and Linux computers, it only takes a couple of clicks to make your USB disk a bootable Linux disk. The live CD just might be the most useful tool in any geek’s arsenal – we’ve pointed out 50 uses for live CDs in the past and plan on showing you many more.

10-12-2011
Live USB Install Puts Linux On Your Thumb Drive With Ease
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