Error 53: Apple remotely bricks phones to punish customers for getting independent repairs

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Iphone 6s that have been repaired by independent service centers are bricking themselves, seemingly permanently, with a cryptic message about "Error 53." Read the rest

To do in Toronto: Create a Rey doll hackathon

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Many people have noticed that the female lead character Rey is notably underrepresented in the tsunami of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. Read the rest

Ikea for 2x4s: Building gorgeous furniture out of unfinished lumber

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The design idea of "counter-constraint" is to create things in such a way as to get around some constraint -- for example, open source hardware works without patents or copyrights. Read the rest

Bunnie Huang's "Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen"

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Bunnie has a years of experience partnering with manufacturers in Shenzhen, so he knows what he's talking about. This looks like a fantastic resource for hardware entrepreneurs.

Bunnie Huang, the infamous hardware hacker known for reverse engineering the XBox and the Novena, is publishing “The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen.” He started a crowdfunding campaign on Crowd Supply yesterday and it soared past its goal of $10K (at $30-$35 a copy) in less than 24 hours.

This is a must-have guide for any hardware startup founder, maker, or IoT developer looking to China to manufacture. Overcoming the language barrier is one of the keys to unlocking the market’s full potential, and this book’s point-to-translate format enables a fluidity of interaction with market vendors that no translation app or guide book can match.

"Going to Shenzhen, China is a massive enabler for Makers, hackers, and entrepreneurs alike. The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen is the book I wish I had when I first stepped foot into China a decade ago.” - bunnie

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How to make a long-distance Frisbee launcher

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La Fabrique DIY built a cool Frisbee launcher using a bike wheel an electric drill. Read the rest

Call for submissions: SHARE electronic art festival, curated by Bruce Sterling

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The ninth Share Festival, held in Turin, Italy in May 2016, awards a "Share Prize" for best electronic art on the festival's theme of "House Guests," which raises a series of questions about everyday living and the Internet of Things, inspired by Casa Jasmina, a human-centered model IoT home: Read the rest

Rings in the shapes of iconic city skylines: SF, NYC, Paris, London, Hong Kong and more

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Ola Shekhtman, a jeweler in North Carolina, produces gorgeous, finely wrought rings cut into the shape of the skylines of major cities: Boston, NYC, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, DC, San Francisco, Stockholm, Charleston and Edinburgh (twice!). Read the rest

Howto: make your own fantastically detailed Star Trek: TOS bridge playset

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David Weiberg handed down his childhood set of Star Trek: original series action figures to his eight-year-old son, and then the two of them built a fantastically detailed, correctly scaled replica of the original Enterprise's bridge to go with them. Read the rest

How the standard, high-quality disaster-relief tarpaulin came to be

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Tarpaulins are critical supplies for disaster relief and humanitarian aid, serving as cover, shelter, carpet and all-round utility infielder. Read the rest

3D printed, open-source "pocket watch" with tourbillon

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Swiss engineer Christoph Laimer has built an open-source hardware, 3D printed watch with a tourbillon mechanism, uploading it to Thingiverse for you to print and assemble yourself. Read the rest

Introducing Boing Boing's Maker Box

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Quarterly.co is launching a brand new Maker Box subscription. This new Maker box features DIY kits and hands-on projects perfect for makers of all ages. You’ll receive kits to build your own gadgets, electronics, quirky tools, and more. Each quarter will feature a new curator, new ideas and new projects. The first curator is Boing Boing! Each box will contain at least 3 kits and will cost $100. The box ships in February. Read the rest

San Franciscans: come to the DNA Lounge for Cyberdelia, see Tank Girl, use the Linux Payphone

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JWZ of San Francisco's DNA Lounge writes, "First, I reverse engineered an old payphone and turned it into a Linux computer. This was a ridiculous thing to do and my build log is ridiculous. Second: The reason I did this was to use it as a prop at our next HACKERS party." Read the rest

Taxidermy "gooseneck" lamp

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Sculptor Sebastian ErraZuriz rescued a damaged stuffed goose from a taxidermy museum's trash and turned it into a "gooseneck" lamp.

Rescued from the trashcan of an old taxidermy museum, the taxidermy bird with a broken neck get’s given a new life as and reconstructed to become an iconic classic. The Duck Lamp by New York based artist and designer Sebastian ErraZuriz is an eerie, yet funny and beautiful object that explores the borders between sculptural and functional of both art and design.

DUCK LAMP II [Sebastian ErraZuriz]

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Take my video class on becoming a maker

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Introduction to DIY: Becoming a Maker An Online Skillshare Class by Mark Frauenfelder

Skillshare is a terrific online learning community for creative people. It teaches you new skills through well-made videos with great production values. I've been using Skillshare to teach myself Adobe After Effects. All the videos feature people who are professionals in their field. I love this site.

I taught a couple of classes for Skillshare as part of its Month of Learning for January. One of my classes is about learning how to use the Arduino electronics prototyping platform and the other is about how to develop a maker mindset. You can use this link to sign up for my classes.

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My Maker Dad book is $1.99 on Kindle

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My book, Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects is on sale for $1.99 as part of Amazon's January Kindle Holiday Store Deal. I'm not sure how long the deal lasts.

As the editor in chief of MAKE magazine, Mark Frauenfelder has spent years combing through DIY books, but he’s never been able to find one with geeky projects he can share with his two daughters. Maker Dad is the first DIY book to use cutting-edge (and affordable) technology in appealing projects for fathers and daughters to do together. These crafts and gadgets are both rewarding to make and delightful to play with. What’s more, Maker Dad teaches girls lifelong skills—like computer programming, musicality, and how to use basic hand tools—as well as how to be creative problem solvers. The book’s twenty-four unique projects include: Drawbot, a lively contraption that draws abstract patterns all by itself Ice Cream Sandwich Necklace Friendstrument, an electronic musical instrument girls can play with friends Longboard skateboard Antigravity Jar Silkscreened T-Shirt Retro Arcade Video Game Host a Podcast Lunchbox Guitar Kite Video Camera

Innovative and groundbreaking, Maker Dad will inspire fathers to geek out with their daughters and help girls cultivate an early affinity for math, science, and technology.

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Howto: make a glowing bottle of Fallout 4's Nuka Cola Quantum

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Redditor MymlanOhlin shares their method for making a glowing bottle Nuka Cola Quantum from Fallout 4, a fiendishly difficult videogame whose brilliant storytelling and gorgeous, explorable landscapes have totally colonized our household. Read the rest

Jailhouse cuisine: how to cook prison spread

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This 2010 video explains the preparation of "prison spread," a kind of hybrid top ramen mixed with other jailhouse ingredients, highly customizable based on taste and circumstances. Read the rest

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