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Quick way to find a good battery - Dead batteries bounce!

If your like me you probably have a kitchen drawer full of batteries that your not quite sure if they are still good or not instead of trying all them in your remote, drop them on a hard surface and the ones with the least bounce will be the batteries that will work the best. Check out this informative video for whey this is so it works equally well for AA, AAA, C, D and 9 Volt alkaline batteries.

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Home Made Oculus Rift for under $50

Home made Oculus Rift
Handheld Virtual Reality

You can construct your own home made Oculus Rift like headset that works using your iPhone 4/4S, the Samsung Galaxy Note, or most Android smart phones – out of foam board and a couple of cheap plastic lenses. One of the professors at University of Southern California's school of Creative Technology developed the idea and one of his lucky students working on this project Palmer Luckey spun out the basic idea into a start-up company that created the Oculus Rift which was recently purchased by Facebook for two billion dollars.

This Week in Technology 4-20

This Week In Technology

Graphic By : Hashem AL-ghaili Source: www.reddit.com/r/Futurology

3D-printed homes - Wall Street Journal reports Chinese firm says it has built 10 200-square-meter homes using a gigantic 3-D printer.

Cyptocurrency: The New Gold Rush

Bitcoin always seemed like a neat ideas to me but I never acted on it until this week when it started to spill over into mainstream news media. Like most techies who missed the boat on big profits I started looking for a way to ride the wave of popularity and make little money and settled on mining the next best thing Litecoins.


The website http://cryptobadger.com seemed to have the best guide to making a mining rig:

Iphone 4s iOS 7 Upgrade - Gmail Signin Problem

If your like me you might be in the middle of upgrading your Iphone to the latest operating system one thing you will discover is you have to re-input all your saved passwords back into your phone. If your like me it has been a while and even though I knew my Gmail password it just didn't want to take on the phone, which I discovered was due to me enabling 2 factor authentication on my account which Iphone still hasn't got its act together to handle. If this happens to you you will need to login to your google account and generate a application-specific password.

Flying Faraday Copter vs Tesla Coil

Check out this video of a quadcopter flying with built on Faraday cage vs. a Tesla coil. For those of you who don't know a Faraday cage is an enclosure formed by taking a conductive material which can block electric fields. Faraday cages are named after the English scientist Michael Faraday, who invented them in 1836.

Archaeologists discover actual 'Gate to Hell'

Fig: 37°55'29"N 29° 7'29"E - Hierapolis, Turkey site where Gate to Hell was discovered

Startup Inspirational Interview Sites

If your just starting our or a veteran entrepreneur you can never have two many perspectives and stories from other successful entrepreneurs!

http://mixergy.com/ - Host: Andrew Warner - Video/Podcast interviews whos mission is to introduce you to doers and thinkers whose ideas and stories are so powerful that just hearing them will change you.

http://brightideas.co/ - Host: Trent Dyrsmid - Video/Podcast interviews which is a place where you can learn from expert entrepreneurs who are in the trenches every day, just like you.

CES 2013: Best monitor deal to come out of CES

Monoprice is now offering a nice alternative to those large cheap monitors people have been buying on ebay from overseas, a 27-Inch 2560x1440 Monitor for $390. The heart of this display is a beautiful IPS (In-Plane Switching) LED panel made by LG in Korea. This is the same panel that is used in the 27" Apple Cinema Displays, which are famous for their stunning color reproduction and ultra-wide viewing angle. The IPS technology in this monitor helps produce this color and viewing angle, as well as increasing response time to 6 milliseconds, which is a critical factor for gaming.

27-Inch 2560x1440 IPS Monitor for $390

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