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USB 2.0 and 3.0 in the Real World

USB 3.0 devices are common now, but how much benefit do they really give over 2.0?

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An Open Source, $2000, Metal 3-D Printer

A group of scientists recently released a complete Open-source metal 3-D printer: This paper reports on the development of a <$2000 open-source metal 3-D printer. The metal 3-D printer is controlled with an open-source micro-controller and is a combination of a low-cost commercial gas-metal arc welder and a derivative of the...

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Quad-Monitor AMD/NVIDIA Linux Gaming: What You Need To Know

The multiple monitor experience on Linux traditionally was very arcane and difficult; it would involve editing text configuration errors, trial-and-error, picking the right Linux GPU driver, and various other steps to get a working multi-monitor desktop. Since then there's been RandR 1.2+ and major improvements to all of the important...

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Next USB Plug Will Finally be Reversible

Work has begun on a new generation of USB that will break compatibility with existing connectors in order to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices. The new connector, called Type-C, is an addition to the existing USB 3.1 specification and is expected to be finalized by the...

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Open Hardware for Education With LittleBits Library of Electronic Modules

Littlebits is disrupting the open hardware space. It's "an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun." The company is the invention of Ayah Bdeir, an MIT graduate and TED senior fellow, and was founded in September 2011. This is the normal for our kids: piecing together...

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