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DIY PiPhone Uses Simple Raspberry as Simple Computing Powerhouse

This may not look like the sleekest smartphone or even a dumb phone, but it’s a phone you can build yourself. Developed by David Hunt, it’s a PiPhone you can’t buy! That’s definitely a good thing, since you can make it yourself.

HE has full isntructions on his blog, but we thought you might want to know some specs before heading out to snag a Raspberry Pi to call somebody:

It makes use an Adafruit touchscreen interface and a Sim900 GSM/GPRS module to make phone calls. It’s more of a proof of concept to see what could be done with a relatively small form factor with off-the-shelf (cheap) components.
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DIY: Hide Your Smartphone in Your Paper Notebook for Surreptitious Gameplay

Looks can be deceiving if you have the right phone case. Today’s DIY video does just that with a paper notebook hack that literally cuts things up just the right way. If you have some glue, an Exacto knife, and some DIY spirit, you too can look like you’re playing in your notebook. Or, be a good student, and use it to take notes while recording the lecture for test time studying.

It’s not 100% foolproof as the person next to you will definitely see your phone sitting in your notebook, but in a lecture hall of over 100, you might look studious with the right stylus.

Lowe’s Using Vines to Share DIY Video Tips

Spring is here and so is “spring cleaning” according to the home improvement folks at Lowe’s. The big box store is sharing DIY tips into 6 seconds videos on Vine, and they are worth watching. Today, I learned you can unscrew a gnarly, stripped screw using a rubber band. There’s also great cost-saving advice. Today’s latest advice-vine shows aluminum foil lined paint trays that will save time and money on tray liners and clean-up.


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How To Use Social Media To Support Yourself As an Artist

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If artists are still starving in the digital age, they’re not trying hard enough. At DIY Days on Saturday, March 3, filmmakers, writers, performers, hackers, and other artists from 12 countries and 20 states gathered at The New School in New York City to brainstorm ideas on how to achieve a sustainable creative industry. The results were not large-scale solutions, but small steps individual artists can take to get their own projects off the ground.

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10 Awesome DIY Halloween Costume Videos On YouTube

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Happy October, ghosts and ghouls. Have you decided what you’re going to be for Halloween yet? If not, YouTube is a great place to go for inspiration and how to videos showing you how to create your own awesome Halloween getup. Check out some of our favorite DIY Halloween costume videos after the jump and get ready to make your friends green with envy when they see your awesome costume.
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Vanilla Ice, DIY Network: Go Ice Yourself

If you’ve got a home-improvement problem, yo, Vanilla Ice will solve it. The Vanilla Ice Project launches on DIY Network Thursday, Oct. 14, and the Scripps Networks-owned cable channel launched a companion app on its Facebook page, Ice Yourself.

Ice Yourself allows fans to use their Webcams to take a picture with Vanilla Ice, and then create mini slide shows to the tune of his “Ice Ice Baby.” Slide shows include “Cool as Ice,” “Just Chill,” “Rollin,” and “Flip that House.”