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I just Survived an Airplane Crash!

I still remember very vividly. Recently I was headed from somewhere in Arizona to San Francisco on flight 824. As usual, the flight was pretty darn boring, and life was same as usual.

Then suddenly, nearing our destination in San Francisco, the airplane started free-falling. I thought it would stop but no, the free-fall just kept getting worse for what felt like 20 minutes.

Even worse, I could feel the plane’s nose slowly turning towards earth, which made me think that it’s impossible at this point for the airplane to correct itself.

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DIY QuadroCopter Built with Arduino and Wii Motion Plus!

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Officially (or unofficially), RC helicopters are DEAD as we know it but quadrocopters are become ever more popular.  For those of you who’s thinking about building yourself one, you might want to take a look at this particular setup using Arduino and Wii Motion Plus.

The project uses Wii Motion Plus coupled with I2C communication to Arduino unit to make use of the gyroscopes inside and also save a bunch of money on the setup.

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Windows 8 Boots Up INSTANTLY!

Here’s a cool video of new Windows 8 that boots up instantly from a complete cold start after putting the battery out and in.

Let me just add that I literally went on a rampage about how Windows Vista sucked (and it did big time) but I have to give Microsoft some props on Windows 7 (which I love) and I think Windows 8 will be another great products too, keep up the good work guys.

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How Do Hummingbirds Sing With Their Tails?

Here’s a cool fact I just found out, I guess hummingbirds sing with their tails, by moving their tail feathers during a dive. This is amazing, I see hummingbirds all the time here in SF bay and now there’s just one more thing about hummingbirds I can appreciate.

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What Happens if You Load a Boat with a Bunch of Hackers and Sony Xperia!

Here’s an interesting three-day challenge where bunch of hackers are loaded on a boat with Sony Xperia Android smartphones. One of the cooler/funnier hacks is where a real flame is used in place of camera flash.

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How to Hack Verizon Mobile Hotspot on Droid Bionic to Get Free Wifi Tethering!

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For those of you on Verizon’s grandfathered plans, you might be happy to learn that the new Droid Bionic can give you free wifi tethering simply by changing a line of code in Droid Bionic’s database.

To do this, you will need a rooted Droid Bionic and get SQLite Editor app ($2.99) off Market.

See full step-by-step instructions over at DroidBionic

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DIY LED Mohawk Helmet!

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If you are looking for something really cool to wear to your next rave party, here’s a DIY LED Mohawk helmet you can make, which gives you powerful RGB color-changing lights and I am sure everyone will complement you on this for sheezy.

Best of, this LED Mohawk helmet doesn’t just impress you with changing colors but it “syncs” to the music, very well done indeed. via hackedgadgets, Project Page

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How to Make a DIY Boat Motor With a DRILL!

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For those of you with a row boat to get around the lake behind your backyard, first let’s say you are lucky to live in such a nice place.  Second, you can make yourself a cheap boat motor with a DRILL!  This is the coolest invention ever that could help you get around the lake using the power of your drill.

via hackaday, Project Page

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NASA Scientists Say “Android Is Easier to Use”

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We’ve seen Google launching their Nexus S phone into space with balloons before and here’s another cool fact that Nexus S was used for brains for robots at NASA. Apparently, NASA scientists say that Android is easier to use and easily implemented into their space testing programs due to its open-source nature.

This is quite true, Android is becoming more than just a phone or tablet, it can be used for many embedded projects.

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Android 2.3.6 Coming to Nexus S!

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Android 2.3.6 is rolling out on Nexus S phones this week, this will be a fun update. For those of you rooted on your Nexus S, I highly advise to just wait couple more days as there should be plenty of ROMs with Android 2.3.6 instead of trying to do the OTA update yourself. (Check NexusSHacks.com)

via engadget

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