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Charles clues us in on Makerspaces in his latest feature article over at TweakTown.com

Makerspaces: What are they and why do they matter?


Within the last decade the DIY movement has grown from projects in basements and garages to a collective movement of people gathering together in cities and across the country to something much larger than it ever was before. Some attribute this to the downturn in the world economy, and while that may be true, I suspect a major portion of it is due to the movement to share everything on the internet. [node:read-more:link]

Lulzbot Launches TAZ 2, the next-generation of 3D Printing

Lulzbot Taz 2

Raising the Bar: Introducing the LulzBot TAZ 2 

LOVELAND, Colo. (Oct. 8, 2013) — On the heels of a highly successful launch of the LulzBot™ TAZ 1 earlier this year, Aleph Objects, Inc. announces the release of its fifth generation TAZ 3D desktop  printer. After already raising $228,840 on the Fundable platform, the TAZ 2 continues to gain  unprecedented traction through www.fundable.com/lulzbot-taz. New to the TAZ 2, the printer features an LCD display with an SD card reader that allows users to make prints without being attached to a computer. With the largest build volume of any printer in its class--approximately 12" X 11" X 10"—users can enjoy a new level of freedom with the same fine resolution prints and the ability to swap out or modify nozzles.

Review: I review Google's Chromecast for TweakTown.com

Google Chromecast Review



As some of you already know, I write for TweakTown.com as my full time day job, and from time to time, I post an interesting review or article that I will share here as well. This week I took some time to play with Google's latest gadget, the Chromecast a HDMI dongle that makes streaming YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Movies, and even Chrome Browser Tabs quick and easy.  Priced at just $35, the Chromecast sold out in stores and online within 48 hours of its launch. Google said that those who ordered within the first 24 hours would receive three free months of Netflix with their purchase. [node:read-more:link]

Arduino launches new Arduino Yun, a Arduino Leonardo-style development board with built in Wifi and Linux

Arduino Yun



Arduino PR -  Arduino Yún is the first member of a new groundbreaking line of wifi products combining the power Linux with ease of use of Arduino. Yún means “cloud” in chinese language as the purpose of this board is to make it simple to connect to complex web services directly from Arduino. The first Arduino Yún is the combination of a classic Arduino Leonardo (based on the Atmega32U4 processor) with a Wifi system-on-a-chip running Linino (a MIPS GNU/Linux based on OpenWRT). [node:read-more:link]

Steel Series releases new H5v3 and H3v2 Gaming Headsets.

Steel Series Headset




CHICAGO – Sept. 6, 2013 – Today, SteelSeries, the leading global innovator of gaming peripherals and leading sponsor of global eSports, announced the availability of the 5Hv3 and 3Hv2 Gaming Headsets. Delivering tournament-grade audio, the new headsets feature custom-engineered soundscapes and the newest generation of SteelSeries audio drivers designed specifically to enhance audio performance and sound details. The H-Series can be recognized by its industrial design, solidly constructed for best-in-class durability. [node:read-more:link]