gadgets

Top 10 Silly But Awesome Products That Make Life Easier

There are a lot of gadgets and gizmos out there that make your life easier. Some, however, are a little sillier than others — so much that they seem like joke products. Here are a few gadgets and products that sound crazy, but actually rule.


Hover Adds Gesture Control To Arduino And Raspberry Pi Projects

Doing an electronics project and need a way to input data? Hover is a simple little add-on that makes it easy to add gesture and touch controls to your projects.


How To Spot A Counterfeit Apple Charger

You might think it doesn’t matter what kind of charger you use with your phone, but a counterfeit charger can be much lower quality — not to mention unsafe. Here’s how to tell the difference.


How Do Apple, Nintendo And Kogan Score On The 'Slavery Index'?

We’re all dimly aware that the smartphones, fitness trackers, tablets and consoles we spend hundreds of dollars on are assembled by workers where people are very poorly paid. A new analysis by Baptist World Aid Australia highlights just how poorly: of the 39 companies examined, only one was paying a wage high enough to ensure workers could meet their basic needs.


Don't Worry About Screen Cleaning Solutions: Water Is All You Need

There are many different kinds of cleaning kits available for your laptop, TV and other electronics. However, the Wall Street Journal found that water and a microfibre cloth are just as effective at cleaning your gadgets.


How To Share Gadgets Seamlessly In A Multi-Person Household

Not everyone can afford a separate computer or tablet for each member of the family, so you have to learn to share. It’s not that difficult, as long as you set things up right and are willing to cooperate.


Here's The Reliable And Unreliable Data You Get From Fitness Trackers

I’ve previously looked at the ups and downs of tracking everything in my life , finding that the data helps provide a little guidance but is certainly nothing to live by. What I couldn’t tell, however, is how accurate that data actually was. Rachel Feltman, writer for Quartz, decided to wear four fitness trackers at once to find out.


Control Your Mac With A Pebble Smartwatch

The Pebble Smartwatch is pretty neat, but it doesn’t connect to your computer in very interesting ways. Coder Joseph Schmitt decided to see if it was possible to get a little more out of his Pebble, and figured out a way to launch websites on his computer from the watch itself.


The Adafruit PiTFT Makes Adding A Touchscreen To A Raspberry Pi Easy

We’ve seen a lot of Raspberry Pi projects that would benefit from a touchscreen, but it’s generally not that cost effective to add one on your own. At $US35, Adafruit’s tiny PiTFT screen is a reasonable solution.


Make Your Own Solar Charging USB Battery Pack

If you need a way to charge your gadgets on the go, and you’re not particularly fond of also having to charge a battery, let the sun do half of the work for you. Instructables user andrea biffi demonstrates how to make your own solar USB battery with four ports.