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How to Root Galaxy Tab 10.1 Retail!

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For those of you who’ve picked up the retail version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 lately (which I highly recommend, you can read my full review of Galaxy Tab 10.1), you can easily root it by reverting back to Android 3.0.1, installing Clockwork Recovery, then reverting back to stock OTA Android 3.1 and install root.

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HTC Evo 3D Hands-on Review!

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HTC Evo 3D is finally here! I’ve got a full hands-on review over at HTCEvoHacks.com, you can read the full review here.

This is probably the best smartphone of the year, dual 1.2Ghz processor, 3D glass-less screen, and faster than any other phone I’ve laid my hands on.

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FabFi – How to Make a DIY Long-Range WiFi Network!

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For most people trying to install security surveillance cameras on their barn perhaps 1/2 a mile away, you can probably just hack an old Linksys router as a repeater to get the job done or even build a WiFi Cantenna.

But if you want to make a DIY long-range WiFi network like FabFi did in Afghanistan (hooking up literally every village together), you might just want to check out some of their open source instructions on how to do it yourself

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How to Make a DIY Touchpad Input Device!

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Adding a touch-input to your next project can enhance its user experience but did you know that a simple touchpad isn’t rocket science but do-able under budget?

Giorgos Lazaridis shows you (and even shares his circuit diagrams) on how to make such DIY touchpad input device, and believe me, no one wants to push physical buttons these days.

I made this circuit, because i faced several problems with the touch-pad for my keycode doorlock project. I tried many dif

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DIY Receipt Printer Racing Game!

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How would you make video games in a world where LCD displays didn’t exist?

Well, there’s actually an answer for that, use a receipt printer to literally print your screen while you try to make through the maze, as shown on this DIY receipt printer racing game.

No matter how pointless and wasteful this game seems, I am sure it has some good applications to other projects.

The game is played on a receipt printer, a common device you can see at every convenient store. It prints those papers you usually find crumbled up in your pockets, just to throw the

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How to Make an Android Bluetooth Garage Door Opener!

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Here’s a really simple garage door opener which you can easily to yourself to make an Android bluetooth garage door opener using a bluetooth headset and transistor.

The idea is simple that a bluetooth headset’s amplifier produces a small signal when connected by your Android device, that can be connected to your garage door’s motorhead signal inputs and voila, you’ve got an Android garage door opener with no programming, just hit connect/disconnect on your phone. ┬áBrilliant!

The author has even wrote a

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Digital Electronic Peephole!

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Here’s another useful gadget for the home, especially if you tend to leave your wife and kids alone while you are at work, a digital electronic peephole that lets you see your visitors at the push of a button via its LCD.

Traditional peepholes had the problem that sometimes your visitors can tell if someone is home or not, this one effectively solves that problem by using a camera and LCD.

Now, if you wa

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HP WiFi Mouse Launched!

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Here’s a brilliant idea of the century, why not make a wifi mouse that makes use of your computer/laptop’s existing WiFi card?

This new HP WiFi mouse does exactly that, no receivers needed, works off your existing WiFi card.

I’ve been wondering why no one has thought of this before, your computer’s existing wireless card can cover much bigger range than bluetooth or the fake 2.4Ghz receivers.

But finally it’s here, get the

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How to get 300Mbps Connection on Wireless N Dual-Band Router!

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I’ve recently bought a new Linksys E4200 Wireless N dual-band router that works on dual-band, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (which is a really great router btw, highly recommended).

Well, I’ve connected my main desktop via Wireless N to my new router but my Windows 7 indicates that I am only connected at 130Mbps.

To see your Wireless connection speed on Windows, right click on your wi

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How to Make a Solar Charged Kobo eReader!

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Do you have an eReader such as a Kobo or a Kindle that you read often under the sunlight, perhaps at the beach on your smoke breaks?

If so, you might be interested in turning some of that UV rays into charging your eReader as one user did with his Kobo eReader, attaching a 80mA output solar cells to the back of the unit.

Although most eReaders do have good battery life but this could be a good application to refer if you have similar projects.

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