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Get These DIY Tech Toys If You Can’t Wait for Nintendo’s Labo Get These DIY Tech Toys If You Can’t Wait for Nintendo’s Labo

Nintendo’s upcoming Labo series of games is novel in more ways than one: the DIY cardboard construction kits are filled with accessories like fishing rods, pianos, and even a robot-controlling, pulley-powered backpack, paired with games compatible with Nintendo’s portable Switch console. The low-tech hardware paired…

Here's How To Fix Your Broken Electric Door Lock For Free Here's How To Fix Your Broken Electric Door Lock For Free

Unless you’re driving around in some ‘80s econobox, chances are you have electric door locks in your car. As with anything, these electric locks will eventually wear out, leaving you to use a physical key to unlock the door. The horror!

The Truth About Electrical Brain Stimulation The Truth About Electrical Brain Stimulation

Shocking your scalp using two wet sponges and electrodes is having a bit of a moment. The procedure, called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), has been shown to help you learn math, improve your language skills, and even work out harder for longer. But scientists are split on whether tDCS can really do…

Build Your Kids a LEGO Table With Storage Drawers  Build Your Kids a LEGO Table With Storage Drawers 

If you’ve got kids who love LEGO, you’ve probably shouted in pain after stepping on LEGO bricks. Those things get everywhere. Here’s a DIY solution from The Handyman’s Daughter. Using an IKEA Lack side table, a Trofast bin and some baseplates, you can create a play table with a drawer to keep the pieces contained.

Boost Your Radiators With Aluminum Foil Boost Your Radiators With Aluminum Foil

Whether you’re in the path of the bomb cyclone or anywhere else in the really cold world, you might be wishing your radiators were pumping out a little more heat. If only wishing made it so.

How (and Why) to Replace Your iPhone Battery How (and Why) to Replace Your iPhone Battery

Got an iPhone 6 or 6s? Chances are you’re dealing with a slightly slower smartphone thanks to Apple’s reveal that it was slowing down iOS devices affected by degraded batteries. The company has since announced it will offer battery replacements for iPhone 6 and later devices. But whether or not you’re a victim of some…

How to Make Superior Hot Chocolate Without a Mix How to Make Superior Hot Chocolate Without a Mix

I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that you’ve been buying hot chocolate mixes unnecessarily, but the good news is that you’re going to learn two different methods for making rich, drinkable chocolate for cozy cold days, and you’re going to do it with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen.

How to Speed Up Your Old PC How to Speed Up Your Old PC

Christmas is over, and it’s time to start buying for yourself again. Consider treating yourself with a gift that’ll keep giving for years to come: upgraded computer components. These are minor upgrades you can install yourself (no repair shop required) and will save you so much time over when writing, shopping, or…

Here's A Cheap And Easy Way To Give Your Old Car A USB Plug That Actually Looks Good Here's A Cheap And Easy Way To Give Your Old Car A USB Plug That Actually Looks Good

You can buy a USB adapter for your car’s 12 volt cig lighter plug for a couple bucks. But if you spend just a tiny bit more time and money, you can have a charging port that looks clean enough to have come from the factory.

Put a Real Pen Clip on Your Apple Pencil and Thank Me Later Put a Real Pen Clip on Your Apple Pencil and Thank Me Later

For the past week I’ve been writing, swiping, and doodling with Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro. As a fan of my older iPad Air 2, the more capable iPad Pro feels like a step in the right direction, save for one issue: that damn Apple Pencil. In a move that prioritizes form over function, the company made a delightfully…

Make Your Own Golden Syrup for the Best Pecan Pie of Your Life Make Your Own Golden Syrup for the Best Pecan Pie of Your Life

Corn syrup is gross. I guess it’s okay in small quantities—say, to give homemade caramels a bit of chew—but it’s too one-note to be a standalone sweetener. As such, I avoid it when I can.

There's a Better Way to Butter Your Holiday Booze There's a Better Way to Butter Your Holiday Booze

Hot buttered rum is so good in theory, but in practice, it always disappoints. Slurping a film of butter off your top lip is a bit much, even for those of us who would eat a stick of butter like a banana were society ready to accept us.

Easy, Edible DIY Gifts You Can Make Now Easy, Edible DIY Gifts You Can Make Now

An edible gift can make someone feel loved in the way only delicious, homemade food can. They also leave no clutter behind, providing a welcome break from the sea of compulsively purchased consumer goods that’s become synonymous with the holiday season. In case you can’t tell, I’m a big fan.

The FDA Is Not Cool With Selling DIY Gene Therapies The FDA Is Not Cool With Selling DIY Gene Therapies

The Food and Drug Agency has issued a stern warning to anyone who might be crazy enough to undertake gene therapy in the do-it-yourself fashion. Definitely don’t do this at home, a statement released on Tuesday implies. And if you do, we’ll throw every law we can at you.

Different Ways to Use a Magnetic Knife Holder Different Ways to Use a Magnetic Knife Holder

Magnetic knife holders are a great way to keep your knives at the ready, sure, but they’re also useful for keeping other household items organized and easy to grab. (That is, provided they’re a good amount of metal in them, such as drill bits or paperclips.) Below, other strategies for putting a magnetic knife strip…

How to Find a Stud in Your Wall With Just a Magnet 

If you’re doing some home renovation work or hanging something up, you’ll need to know where the studs in your walls are. But you don’t need a fancy stud finder device—a magnet will do just fine.

Baking Soda and Vinegar Are Not the Sink-Saving Combo You've Been Led to Believe Baking Soda and Vinegar Are Not the Sink-Saving Combo You've Been Led to Believe

Everyone loves a natural home-cleaning solution, not least because you’ve likely got the ingredients in your pantry already. Baking soda and vinegar are two of the most common components, and if you’ve ever seen a science fair volcano, you have a sense of why.

It's Time You Tried Making Your Own Ink Out of Walnuts  It's Time You Tried Making Your Own Ink Out of Walnuts 

When we rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were exploring mindfulness meditation, adding extra exercise into our days, and tweaking our entertainment habits.

Watch This Guy Build a Nintendo Switch Clone That Plays Thousands of Classic Games Watch This Guy Build a Nintendo Switch Clone That Plays Thousands of Classic Games

Still having a hard time finding a Nintendo Switch in stores? Or maybe you’re tired of waiting for Nintendo’s promised online store full of retro games? Tim Lindquist took things into his own hands and built a Nintendo Switch clone from scratch that can emulate games from over 50 classic systems.

Use a Ziploc Bag to Turn Your Smartphone Into an In-Flight Display Use a Ziploc Bag to Turn Your Smartphone Into an In-Flight Display

You know the drill when it comes to airplane etiquette. Keep your bags stowed in your overhead bin, fasten your seatbelts, and practice some mindfulness after getting out of the way for yet another bathroom run. Sure, after takeoff you’ll be able to use your devices, but if you’ve only got your smartphone on you, or…

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