Month: April 2015

This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

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For techies that want to create a DIY laptop, here’s something that you can put together: a Raspberry Pi Laptop.

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My favorite DIY projects are ones that an idiot like myself can do in a few days. To wit, this Raspberry Pi laptop that lets you create a portable computer with keyboard and mouse with only a few parts.

The project uses the PiJuice battery module and a 5-inch TFT module. In this project you simply cut or print a case for the screen – this one uses laser cut wood – and an HDMI cable.

Slap in an HDMI cable, a wireless keyboard and mouse and you’re all set. Arguably this thing is far less complex than, say, the Pi-Top 3D-printed laptop but it could be a fun side project. You can also use a standard battery to power the whole thing and you can buy a tiny keyboard and touchpad combo to make things a bit smaller. While you probably won’t be doing much GIMP or 3D modeling…

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What It’s Like To Try Out The Apple Watch In-Store

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For those that are curious about the Apple Watch but don’t want to go in-store to check it out at this time, read on to find out about the experience by one of TechCrunch’s writers.

Also, if you want to see more pictures of the Apple Watch retail experience, check out this picture gallery that shows photos of the Apple Watch taken in the Apple Store at the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto: A Guided Tour Of The Apple Watch Retail Experience

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Apple began offering previews of the Apple Watch at its stores this morning, and we had a chance to show up early and get a run-through of the demo process before doors opened to customers looking to make an appointment.

As expected, Apple’s changed up the layout of its Store to accommodate the Watch. In the Palo Alto store, they’ve brought in a long table containing all 38 models available to order under a pane of glass. When it’s time for your appointment, an Apple representative walks you over to a designated fitting table covered with blue leather mats (made from the same material as Apple’s iPhone cases).

Apple Watch fitting demo Yes, the Apple Store rep will help you try on the watch. No, it isn’t really awkward.

After walking over to a table away from the crowd of reporters, an Apple retail employee went to the back to grab a tray…

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Twitter Officially Launches Its “Retweet With Comment” Feature

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For those Twitter users that like to put their own commentary for other people’s tweets, this is good news as you can now do so with more characters, but still within the 140-character limit.

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Twitter just officially launched its “retweet with comment” feature, which it began testing last summer.

“Retweet with comment” allows users to embed a tweet in their own tweets, which lets them get around Twitter’s 140-character limit when they write their own commentary. The feature is now available on Twitter’s site and iOS app and will be available on its Android app soon.

The feature’s arrival has been heralded with much (somewhat ironic) rejoicing by Twitter users. Unfortunately, you can’t embed the full retweet and comment, as I just found out to my disconcertment while preparing this post (click on the embedded tweets to see how they look in the wild).

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