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How to create your own coiled iPhone charging cord

Apple's official iPhone and iPad charging cords are nothing special. Like any straight wires, they have a tendency to tangle in a bag and they don't look particularly neat laying across your desk or nightstand. But there's a way to give your official power cords some added style and functionality...

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And the award for cheapest MacBook sleeve goes to...

I'm utterly ashamed that I didn't think of this myself. What an amazing way to recycle a pair of old trousers. Bonus points for solid sewing skills and making it look professional! [Photo credit: John]...

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Keeping your iPhone dry during a bike ride

If it looks stupid, but it works, it isn't stupid. [Photo credit: James A Artis]...

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And the award for Cheapest iPhone Stand goes to...

If you're in an office right now, there's a good chance you can whip one of these up in about five seconds. [Photo Credit: Rich Sipe]...

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Pixel Press wants to turn your drawings into video game levels

Did you design video game levels when you were a kid? Growing up in the era of the SNES and Genesis, I spent countless hours drawing pits of fire and dragon's lairs, dreaming of the day when I could lead a pixelated hero to victory over the villain who rules my levels. It was a nice dream,...

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Six apps for the DIYer in all of us

Are you a seasoned maker looking for a few news apps? Or a new DIYer looking for some handy guides to get you rolling? Then you should take a look at these six apps below which will get you started drawing, sewing, repairing and cooking. If you have your own DIY favorites, please share them in the...

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This LEGO Steve Jobs is just as adorable as you'd imagine

Etsy is a great place to find odd things, and you don't need to poke around on the site very long to find something unique. Case in point: This ridiculous adorable Steve Jobs figurine crafted from LEGO blocks. From the iconic jeans and black T-shirt to the glasses crafted from transparent blocks,...

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Turn your iPhone into a high-power digital microscope for around $10

There are few things I like more than seeing someone come up with a startlingly low-cost solution to an otherwise expensive problem. Instructables user Yoshinok has done just that by turning a few pieces of Plexiglas, a laser pointer and an iPhone into a highly capable digital microscope. The...

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iFixit offers clear case 'revelation kit' for iPhone 4/4S at discount

iFixit is offering its clear case "revelation kit" for iPhone 4 and 4S at a discount. At US$19.99, saving you $10 off the normal price, the kit is on sale until the end of August 16. What's more, the kit is finally available for the white iPhone. iFixit's revelation kit basically provides you...

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Watch an iPhone 4S launch in a model rocket for science

Apple devices are used to being at the center of out-of-this-world product launches, but at least one iPhone 4S has literally been at the center of a rocket launch. Yours could be, too, if you're up to following the instructions provided by amateur rocketeer Mike Westerfield. As described in...

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Turning an old Apple mouse into a modern Bluetooth mouse

This Instructable is a pretty sweet project that some of you might want to take on this weekend: It'll teach you how to combine an 80s-era Apple mouse body with the innards of a modern Bluetooth wireless mouse, thus turning Apple's user interface innovation into a device usable with almost any...

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Clever iPhone, iPad DIY projects

Wired has a great little roundup of eight do-it-yourself projects for iPhone and iPad owners today, so if you need some inspiration for your next project, be sure to give it a look. The first idea on Wired's list isn't anything new -- in fact, our own intrepid blogger and developer Erica...

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OWC releases kit that allows for dual hard drives in 2011 Mac mini

For those keen on expanding the number of hard drives in the 2011 Mac minis, OWC has released a kit that enables users to add a second 9.5 mm or 2.5" SATA hard drive or a solid-state drive to their machines. The US$49.99 kit includes a 5-piece mini toolkit, a tool for removing the logic board,...

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Creating a DIY AppMates toy car

Our Dave Caolo likes the idea behind Disney's AppMates cars but felt the cost ($20 street price) was a bit steep for what is, essentially, a cheap car with a few capacitive pads. He challenged me to see if I could turn a basic Matchbox unit into an AppMate-compatible iPad accessory. I created an...

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DIY external MacBook battery

Evan Rodgers took a CCTV battery, a third party MacBook car charger, and some soldering tools to create a do-it-yourself external MacBook battery. As he points out in his post on The Verge, a little elbow grease and electronics know-how will save you from having to buy a costly commercial...

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