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Create a “Fairytale Phone” With a Raspberry Pi and a Rotary Phone

Create a “Fairytale Phone” With a Raspberry Pi and a Rotary Phone

Back in the day, everyone had corded, rotary phones. Now that you have moved to cordless or mobile, you can make that old rotary dial phone into an interactive kid’s toy. Instructables explains how to add a Raspberry Pi to the rotary phone dialer. Each number on the phone can play a different mp3 file. […]

Amazon’s Cheap Tablets are Even Cheaper Today

Amazon’s Cheap Tablets are Even Cheaper Today

Amazon’s Fire tablets have been surprisingly well-received given their bargain basement prices, and several of the most popular models are getting their first discounts since the holiday shopping season today. Kindle Fire HD 6 ($84) | Amazon | $15 off Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black Fire […]

Schedule Your Phone Calls Instead of Reacting to Them

Schedule Your Phone Calls Instead of Reacting to Them

Some jobs make you spend a lot of time on the phone. Typically, the phone rings and you respond. Instead of reacting to phone calls, try planning your call schedule in the morning to stay on task throughout the day. Over at Inc, they remind us that scheduling phone time reduces the randomness in your […]

Hone a Knife with Black and White Newspaper

Hone a Knife with Black and White Newspaper

A sharp knife keeps you safe and productive in the kitchen. If you don’t have a coffee mug handy, dry newspaper is a great for honing the edge. Sharpen Your Kitchen Knife on a Coffee Mug Sharpen Your Kitchen Knife on a Coffee Mug Sharpen Your Kitchen Knife on a Coffee Mug If you don’t […]

Check Your Child’s Car Seat for an Expiration Date

Check Your Child’s Car Seat for an Expiration Date

Child safety seats are important, but you may not realize that they have expiration dates—so check yours now. No, the seats don’t turn into pumpkins after the expiration. After the “Do Not Use” date, though, they manufacturer estimates that the plastic might break down or the seat longer meets federal safety standards. The average “best […]

Timex’s Popular "Weekender" Watches Are In Impulse Buy Range Today

Timex’s Popular "Weekender" Watches Are In Impulse Buy Range Today

Timex’s Weekender Watches are the most popular we’ve ever listed in our Commerce segments. They’re extremely versatile and come in a variety of colors, and today they’re marked down to the $30 range, plus an additional 30% off with code WEEKEND30. [Amazon] If you want to class your new watch up a bit, our Promotions […]

Reflector Mirrors your iOS Screen to a Mac, PC or Android device

Reflector Mirrors your iOS Screen to a Mac, PC or Android device

Windows/Mac/Android: If you want to show off your iPhone or iPad screen, typically you need an Apple TV. Reflector puts your iOS screen on a Mac, PC or Android device by acting as an AirPlay receiver. AirPlay is already built into iOS, but you’ll need to buy a version for the device you want to […]

Find Your “10 Minute Tasks” Each Day to Stay Productive

Find Your “10 Minute Tasks” Each Day to Stay Productive

Lots of us have problems organizing our day productively. We never seem to have the time. Keeping a list of “10-Minute Tasks” lets you get stuff done without feeling overwhelmed. As we’ve mentioned before, if a task is shorter than 2 minutes, you should just do it now. For those tasks longer than two minutes […]

Ask For a Resident Discount at Local Museums

Ask For a Resident Discount at Local Museums

If your state has a popular museum, they may charge admission. If you’re a local, though, some museums have a policy of giving state residents a free or reduced admission. Over at The Points Guy, they have a list of ways to save on museum admissions. Living within the state could score you some cheap […]

Twine Lets You Create "Choose Your Own Adventure" Stories with Ease

Twine Lets You Create "Choose Your Own Adventure" Stories with Ease

If you ever thought writing your own choose your own adventure or text-based game would be too difficult, the free storytelling tool, Twine, makes it a piece of cake. You can create massive, non-linear stories with Twine’s story web interface, and it can all be done in the browser if you like. The tool was […]

Convert AA Batteries Into C Batteries with Some Thin Cardboard Strips

Convert AA Batteries Into C Batteries with Some Thin Cardboard Strips

If you’re in need of some C batteries for one of your tools, a little cardboard or some thick paper can convert some AA batteries in no time. Sometimes the tools or toys you have require larger batteries than the far more common AA battery you probably have sitting in a drawer somewhere. YouTuber kipkay […]

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