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Making Music with Microsoft Excel

Making Music with Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Excel has long been one of the most popular pieces of business software, and is used by pretty much every company on the planet to create spreadsheets, databases, charts, tables, and financial models. It also can be used to play video games.

Die With Me Lets You Chat Only with Strangers Who Also Have Less Than 5% Battery

Die With Me Lets You Chat Only with Strangers Who Also Have Less Than 5% Battery
Your smartphone’s battery running out is very frustrating. We can never have enough power. We’re always topping off and charging up. It’s an endless cycle. Our smartphones are always on the cusp of dying. Well, if you want to chat with other people about your smartphone’s battery life, the Die With Me smartphone app will cost you a $1 and it only works when your battery life is less than 5%.
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Learn to Code with Wonder Woman!

Learn to Code with Wonder Woman!
Google is always looking for new technical talent. So teaching kids how to code makes sense. That is why the company announced that they’d teamed with Wonder Woman to inspire teen girls to learn coding. Made with Code is a Google initiative that encourages teen girls to pursue coding, and has released a new Wonder Woman-themed coding project.

Steam on PS4 Hack: Steamote Play

Steam on PS4 Hack: Steamote Play
Alert the masters! YouTuber OsirisX must be banished, for they have orchestrated an unholy union. OsirisX installed Arch Linux on a PlayStation 4 that still had version 1.76 of its firmware, and then installed Steam on the desktop OS.

Google Science Journal App Helps You Conduct Basic Experiments: Research Engine

Google Science Journal App Helps You Conduct Basic Experiments: Research Engine
Smartphones and tablets are packed with sensors. Normally they’re used by apps or the phone itself, but now Android users can take advantage of their mobile device’s light sensor, microphone and accelerometer to gather and record data with the help of Google and Exploratorium’s new Science Journal app.

Pilot Earphones Translate Spoken Language in Real Time: Babelpiece

Pilot Earphones Translate Spoken Language in Real Time: Babelpiece
A few years ago, we featured Vocre, a mobile app that translates speech from one language to another using your mobile device as a display, a microphone and a speaker. A new company called Waverly Labs claims it’s working on a more elegant solution that uses wireless earphones.

Dark Souls 3 First Person Mod: The Faceless King

Dark Souls 3 First Person Mod: The Faceless King
So you’ve finished Dark Souls 3 54 times, including a no dodging, no armor, level 1 run where you used a theremin as a controller. While your crotch was filled with fire ants. Now you can do all of that from a fresh perspective, thanks to Zulliethewitch’s first person mod.

Disney PaperID Turns Paper into Input Devices Using RFID Tags: Fiber Haptic

Disney PaperID Turns Paper into Input Devices Using RFID Tags: Fiber Haptic
RFID tags are most often used for tracking or identification. But scientists from Disney Research, University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University have figured out a way to use them to create buttons, knobs and other input devices out of paper.

Kingspray Graffiti Simulator: VRanksy

Kingspray Graffiti Simulator: VRanksy
Kingspray is an upcoming game made to be played with the HTC Vive that will let you be a graffiti artist with all the conveniences of digital art and minus the law-breaking part. The game is still in development, but as you’ll see in the trailer below it’s already very promising even in its current state.

Tesla Model S Activated via Amazon Echo: I Need Ya Buddy!

Tesla Model S Activated via Amazon Echo: I Need Ya Buddy!
There are various features of Tesla’s cars that can be activated using mobile apps. If you have a compatible garage door opener, you can even have a Tesla vehicle enter or exit your garage with just a few taps. 

AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi: Emulate Developers

AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi: Emulate Developers
The Game Creators’ AppGameKit is an affordable cross-platform development software that lets you make games and other programs for both desktop computers and mobile devices. Now the company is lowering the barrier to software development even further with the free AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi.

Gentoo Emulated on Tesla Model S: mv /home/hu.man /office

Gentoo Emulated on Tesla Model S: mv /home/hu.man /office
Tesla Motors’ cars are some of the nerdiest vehicles you can get. But programmer su – tesla made her Model S even smarter by rooting the car’s on-board computer, allowing her to emulate the Linux distro Gentoo on it.

Simple Control Interface for Linux Computers: pyLCI

Simple Control Interface for Linux Computers: pyLCI
It’s becoming increasingly clear to makers that single board computers and the DIY devices based on them need control interfaces that are simpler and faster to use than desktop peripherals or even full-on PCs. Pičugins Arsenijs believes he’s come up with a much simpler alternative.

WebTorrent Desktop Streaming Torrent Client: Peer-to-Play

WebTorrent Desktop Streaming Torrent Client: Peer-to-Play
You may know programmer Feross Aboukhadijeh from his real-time YouTube search page YouTube Instant. But Feross has been working on something much bigger called WebTorrent. It’s a JavaScript torrent client for web browsers that uses WebRTC, an API that lets browsers share data without additional plugins.

Hack Replicates 3D Printed Object Based on 3D Printer’s Sound: Solid Echo

Hack Replicates 3D Printed Object Based on 3D Printer’s Sound: Solid Echo
It’s a tired joke, but there’s a real risk that mass adoption of 3D printing and 3D modeling will equate digital piracy with physical theft. Now it turns out you don’t have to swipe a 3D file to copy a printed object. 

Microsoft Holoportation Augmented Reality Chat App: Hatsune, Me, You

Microsoft Holoportation Augmented Reality Chat App: Hatsune, Me, You
Microsoft’s Interactive 3D Technologies group recently showed us an example of how HoloLens and 3D scanning technology could revolutionize long distance communication. The group’s Holoportation concept is a supercharged version of video chat, letting you see the other party in life-size 3D in real time.
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