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How to carve your own Android-inspired pumpkin [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Oct 2014 10:00 AM PDT

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‘Tis the season to bring large vegetables into the house and cut shapes into their hard outer skin. Of course I’m talking about Halloween and jack-o-lanterns. Carving pumpkins and gourds is a tradition that goes back thousands of years, but I don’t think the first pumpkin carvers had anything like this in mind. Today people carve everything and anything into pumpkins, including their tech loyalty.

In this guide we’ll show you how to carve our beloved Phanbot into a “PHAN-O-LANTERN.” If you’ve ever carved a pumpkin before you should be familiar with the process, but for any newcomers we’ll go over the steps. Stick with us and you won’t lose any fingers in the process. If you do, well, that just makes you Halloween costume that much scarier.

What You’ll Need

  • Medium-sized pumpkin
  • Large knife
  • Small knife
  • Large spoon
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • PHAN-O-LANTERN template (download .PDF)

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What To Do

  1. Use your knife to cut a lid into your pumpkin, then use your spoon and hands to scoop out all the guts and seeds from inside.
  2. Print out the PHAN-O-LANTERN template and cut out the grey areas with your scissors.
  3. Tape the template onto you pumpkin, use the marker to trace the cut-outs. Remove the template.
  4. Use your knives to cut along the lines. Pop out the sections as you go.
  5. Place a small candle or light inside the pumpkin to light it up.

BE CAREFUL and you’ll end up with all the fingers you started with and a pumpkin that looks something like the photo above. If you’d like to carve vicariously through me you can watch the video below. If you decide to carve the PHAN-O-LANTERN yourself be sure to send us a photo! Happy Halloween!

Android Wallpaper: L stand for Lollipop

Posted: 25 Oct 2014 08:00 AM PDT

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How funny would it be if there was a guy out there that closely followed candy trends, but has no idea about Android? All of a sudden the amount of searches for “lollipop” go through the roof. “Lollipops are going to be so hot this year!” Jokes aside, Android Lollipop is a hot topic these days, and s big reason why is the brand new Material Design language. People dig it.

If you want to get a little of that Material Design on your device you can load up one of the 11 HD wallpapers from Lollipop below. To get one of these wallpapers on your phone, tablet, or even PC, simply tap or click on the image to see it at full resolution. Then long press or right-click to save the image. Let us know which one is your favorite, and be sure to share a screenshot if you use one of these wallpapers! Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Push new Android Wallpaper to your Android device with our Pushbullet channel.

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Sundar Pichai gets a promotion, finds himself the new head of Google’s core products

Posted: 24 Oct 2014 08:23 PM PDT

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There’s no question Google has their hands in just about everything these days. That’s nothing new. Because of a vast and ever growing product portfolio, Google has typically seen itself run by a large group of execs, with CEO Larry Paige overseeing things, of course. But it looks like that could soon change.

After the departure of high profile execs like Andy Rubin and Vic Gundotra, Larry Paige is now reportedly handing the reins of their entire product line to none other than Sundar Pichai. This is yet another promotion for Pichai who joined up with Google back in 2004, only to quickly rise in the ranks and move from Chrome lead, to head of Google’s Android division.

Although it’s a major milestone for both Pichai and Google, Sundar’s title wont change — at least not at first — despite having execs from products like Maps, Search, social, and more now reporting to him instead of Page. There is one exception, however, with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki keeping the video unit separate from Pichai’s management for the most part.

Google is continually evolving and the newest change in management is a clear sign that they’re looking to keep the innovation flowing. We wish Pichai the best of luck in his new (still hush-hush) role.

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Highly integrated SoCs are helping design energy meters with ease, but what are the design considerations and challenges for energy metering? And how can you select an SoC for designing energy meters? Andy Wang, senior business manager, Energy Solutions Business Group, Maxim Integrated talks to Pankaj Vashisht from EFY

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Multi-tone Configurable Alarm

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Presented here is a multi-tone configurable alarm that can be activated by temperature and other physical parameters. Its output tone can be selected through different switch combinations. Such an alarm is highly desirable when multiple alarms are present in the same area. Different tones can be selected for different alarms so that you can easily know which alarm has triggered. The alarm in this circuit is activated by temperature.

DIY: Dark-Detecting LEDs

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How about the Leds which glows in the dark and switches off automatically in the presence of light.

DIY: Infrared Pulse Sensor

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Make your own Infrared Pulse Sensor. For more information click http://makezine.com/projects/ir-pulse-sensor/

DIY: Speed of Sound

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DIY: Sound Card Oscilloscope

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