From The Tips Box: iMessage GIFs, DIY Weatherproofed Gear

Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for sending GIFs in Apple iMessage, building an iBeacon from a Raspberry Pi, and weatherproofing your own canvas and denim gear.

Every day we receive stacks of great reader tips. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or send it using our [contact text=”contact form”].

Send GIFs with iMessage in iOS 7

Samuel shares a tip for sending GIFs in iMessage:

Just thought I’d tip you guys off that as of the iOS 7 update on my iPad Fourth Gen, you can now send GIFs in iMessage. Simply find a GIF in safari, long tap the image, and press the Save Image button. The GIF will show up as a freeze frame in your camera roll, but attach that bad boy to an iMessage and — boom! — moving GIF in the messages app!

Turn a Raspberry Pi into an iBeacon

Phillip shares this procedure for creating an iBeacon from a Raspberry Pi:

iBeacon lets you advertise location specific data in one direction. I’m using them to build a kind of indoor tour guide for a local museum. Well, I’m trying to, anyway. But they sure are fun to play with!

Weatherproof Your Canvas and Denim with this DIY Recipe

Xaq shares his technique for weatherproofing your gear:

Just wanted to share my instructable on how to waterproof everything from messenger and camera bags to jackets, pants, and tarps. It is cheap, easy, and on black fabric it looks like leather as it ages.

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