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Build Your Own Tricked Out Wrist Watch

Smart watches are fine, but they really don’t capture the DIY spirit. Over on Instructables, user benhur.gonvalves shows you how to build a smart little watch using an Arduino that comes packed with a pedometer, temperature reader, compass and more.


Turn A Wine Cork Into A Wrap-Around Earbud Holder

Some earbuds come with cases that can help prevent tangles, but many don’t. If yours didn’t (or if you lost it), a wine cork can do the job with just a couple of holes.


In Defence Of Design: When Form Matters As Much As Function

Everyone thinks they understand good design. While we all understand our tastes, there’s more to making a well-designed product than just making it pretty. Form and function have to combine to work well together, but they both need to be present. Here’s why form matters, when it makes a product better and when too much can actually make a product worse.


Make These DIY Detachable Magnetic Lights For Your Safety Goggles

Wearing safety goggles in the workshop is a must, and these DIY lighted goggles from our friend Jude Pullen are a great way to stay safe while you work and get a little extra task lighting in there so you can see what you’re doing. Luckily, they’re super easy to make.


How Changes To Australian FBT Will Impact Smartphones And Tablets

New rules will soon apply to apply to how fringe benefits tax (FBT) is calculated for businesses. But just how will that change the way companies buy smartphones, tablets and other devices for their staff?


Essential Accessories For 2 In 1 Owners

A 2 in 1 offers the versatility of working as either a laptop or a touchscreen tablet. Enhance the experience even more with these awesome accessories.


Why 10,000 Steps Isn't The Magic Number For Fitness Trackers

The rise of wearable fitness technology is something of a paradox. The surge in popularity of devices that monitor the amount of exercise you do suggest more people than ever are interested in maintaining regular fitness regimes. Just witness the success of the company behind fitness tracking bracelet Fitbit, which investors have just deemed worth $US4.1bn after it floated on the stock market. Yet this comes at a time when physical inactivity has reached levels of global pandemic proportion.


The World's First Vibrator For Guys Isn't Just A Marketing Gimmick [NSFW]

The Hot Octopuss Pulse II is billed as the world’s first “guybrator”, and it claims to be fun to use flaccid or erect. I have to admit that I was exceedingly sceptical when I first heard about this product, but my trusted male reviewer helped me realise that this could be a very fun purchase for some guys.


Give Your Glossy Tech A Brushed Finish With Stripping Pads

If you hate the look of glossy plastic (or if your gadgets have just gotten scratched and marked beyond recognition), you can give it a better looking “brushed” finish. All you need to do is sand it down with some stripping pads.


Google Nexus Player Goes On Sale In Australia Next Week

Google announced the Nexus Player, which runs Android TV, a big-screen friendly version of Android, last October — but it was a US-only release at the time. From next week, you’ll be able to officially buy it in Australia.


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