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India Starts Paying Big For Software—Will China Follow?

India has never paid much for software, but that may be changing, according to a new Gartner report. With the Indian software economy growing at a hearty 10% clip, there are signs that indicate India is growing out of the rampant software piracy that has long characterized the market. The question is whether or not […]

Logitech B530 USB Headset

I purchased this on a whim a few months ago to use at my office. To say that it was a great investment would be an understatement. Comfortable and flexible, the headset does its job well by providing an incredible sound quality that is unmatched to any other headset I’ve used. The mic is also […]

Kitebuilder

This is the best site for learning how to build your own kites. Good tutorials, decent forums (quieter since the site’s founder died) and a great encyclopedia of techniques and materials. Their best asset is the stash of plans submitted by users for almost any type of kite. (Kite making supplies can be found from […]

Pocket Rocket Outside Diameter Rule

I work in a pulp mill and this tool comes in very handy when sizing up pipes in the field. The calipers quickly measure outside diameters of any round object up to 16 inches in diameter. The gauge is marked with actual inch diameter and also standard iron pipe sizes. When opened completely it also […]

Lynda Acquires Compilr, Expands Learn-To-Code Empire

Lynda.com, a learn-to-code site, has just acquired Compilr. Founded in 1995, Lynda is one of the oldest technology education companies on the Web. Students, usually novice to intermediate technology enthusiasts, can learn a variety of Web-essential skills from software development to design by watching experts’ videos. See also: Lynda.com Founder: I Was Educating Online Before Online […]

Microsoft’s Original Programming Might Not Help The Xbox One

In just two short months, Xbox Entertainment Studios will start trickling out original content onto its digital media delivery service, Xbox Live. Formerly a domain exclusive to gamers, Xbox Live is now Microsoft’s canvas for its broader experiment in capturing the living room, which was the original thrust of its latest gaming console released in […]

Raspberry Pi’s Eben Upton: How We’re Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers

ReadWriteBuilders is a series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future. I’ll never forget my first time seeing a Raspberry Pi. The tiny, credit-card sized computer is powerful enough to operate as a home PC, a media center, a gaming console, or anything you can dream up. At only $35, it’s a […]

Twitter Rolls Out New Profiles, Taking Another Page From Facebook

The rumors are true: Twitter is turning into Facebook. The pioneer of the 140-character text update is rolling out a new image-centric Web profile page for users that bears a striking similarity to those of a certain other social network.  The first thing you’ll notice is a huge new header image that extends across the top of […]

Azure Is Helping Microsoft Catch Up In The Cloud

Mobile and cloud go together like spring and rain, which is why Microsoft wants to keep them together for years to come—the latest updates to its Azure Web-based computing service will certainly help with that. Microsoft Azure is the company’s bet against Google and Amazon Web Services, and at the recent Microsoft Build conference, we […]

Rugged Rukus Portable Solar Wireless Sound System

I have owned this rugged, splash-proof speaker for about six months. I purchased it for week-long bicycle tours and camping. It is a combination of solar charger, battery and speakers in one unit. I charge my phone and i-pod when off the grid. The speaker has blue-tooth and auxiliary (wired) input and indicator lights for […]

Diablotek 8800mAh Portable USB Battery

[This is out of stock on Amazon. I can't find another source for this particular battery. If you know where to get them, please post in the comments. -- Mark] I’ve been a road warrior for years now, and have gone through over a dozen different Portable USB batteries – they have all either broken […]

Diablotek 8800mAh Portable USB Battery

[This is out of stock on Amazon. I can't find another source for this particular battery. If you know where to get them, please post in the comments. -- Mark] I’ve been a road warrior for years now, and have gone through over a dozen different Portable USB batteries – they have all either broken […]
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