Computers & Mobile

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Elecrow CrowPi L: Chromebook Killer for Creatives?

Elecrow CrowPi L: Chromebook Killer for Creatives?

When the Raspberry Pi first launched, it promised a $35 computer for the masses. But what does “computer” really mean? After HDMI cables, SD cards, power supplies, keyboards, mice, monitors – even if you already have some of that stuff – you’re probably looking at a several hundred dollar outlay, minimum. And in the early […]

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DFRobot Launches LattePanda 3 Delta Pocket-Sized Hackable Computer

DFRobot Launches LattePanda 3 Delta Pocket-Sized Hackable Computer

When the first maker-focused single-board computers (SBCs) from BeagleBoard and Raspberry Pi started appearing, it felt like a tiny revolution. While makers had been hacking on microcontrollers for decades, the prospect of a Linux-capable device with ample GPIO and connectivity brought new possibilities, applications, and accessibility. And while current-generation boards are often based around powerful […]

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cyber security

Cyber Security Prep: Harden Your Digital Domain Against Disasters and Bad Actors

Protect your online self with these basic cyber security tips.

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Mighty Modules: Pluggable Boards To Get Your Project Built

Mighty Modules: Pluggable Boards To Get Your Project Built

If you’re taking your microcontroller or SBC project to market, these pluggable boards might be what you need.

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Lights… Camera… Make! Tips for Getting Started on YouTube

Lights… Camera… Make! Tips for Getting Started on YouTube

These standout creators offer advice for putting your projects on YouTube.

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Core Memory: Why We Used 60-Year-Old Tech in an Arduino Shield

Core Memory: Why We Used 60-Year-Old Tech in an Arduino Shield

About ten years ago, we designed and made an Arduino shield implementing “core memory,” a technology that was sixty years old even then. Our shield stored 32 individual 1s or 0s using magnetic fields going either clockwise or anticlockwise around 32 tiny doughnuts of magnetisable ‘ferrite’ material. This kind of memory, invented in the 1950s, […]

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