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ODROID Magazine for February 2017 is now available!

We recently built an ODROID-VU8 kit (USD$90, and now have a great 64-bit Ubuntu 16.04 touchscreen tablet with Gigabit Ethernet. The 1024 x 768 resolution is perfect for both Android and Linux, and the case allows an ODROID-C0, C1, C1+ or C2 to be mounted inside while giving access to two USB ports. It can be used as a gaming tablet, entertainment system, portable programming workstation, network diagnostic kit, and much more. Hardkernel has also released an updated version of the popular SmartPower bench power supply (USD$40, which includes a built-in web server.

To make using your ODROID-VU8 easier to use, we show two methods of setting up a dual or triple boot system. Adrian details setting up an ODROID-XU4 as a Network Attached Storage (NAS), @korinel presents a guide to using HomeBridge to integrate the technologies in your home, and @Brian.K discusses using BuildRoot for building Linux to generate a disk image. We also reveal a simple tweak to reduce the power consumption of the ODROID-C2 even more, and Tobias compares the speed of the PPSSPP emulator on several ODROID models.

- Dual and Triple Boot For ODROID-C2: Easily Switch Between Operating Systems On A Single ODROID
- Setting Up Your XU4 As A General-Purpose Network Attached Storage (NAS) Device: Your Home Swiss Army Knife Server
- The Amazing ODROID-VU8: A Portable All-In-One ODROID Touchscreen Tablet With 1024 x 768 Resolution
- Buildroot: Now Available For ODROID-C0/C1/C1+
- Sky Force Reloaded: What Do We Love On A Shoot ‘Em Up? Bullet Hell!
- HomeBridge Home Automation: Easily Integrate Your Home’s Technologies
- Tap ’N’ Slash: Uncomplicated Slashing With Fast Reflexes
- Linux Gaming: PPSSPP Speed Comparison
- SmartPower2: Your Energy-Saving Best Friend
- ODROID-C2 Power Consumption: A Simple Tweak That Will Work Wonders
- Meet An ODROIDian: Richard Bown (@richard-g8jvm)

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ODROID Magazine for January 2017 is now available!

ODROID Magazine is now in its 4th year! We are very excited to continue presenting community-contributed articles and projects that highlight the versatility and portability of Hardkernel’s fantastic line of single board computers. Some of the projects that we have featured in the past year include a water-cooled ODROID-XU4, an Ambilight 4K system, a 42” touchscreen table, and a portable laptop. We look forward to seeing what innovative and unique projects ODROIDians will create in 2017 and beyond.

IoT projects have become a very popular use of ODROIDs, and our resident IoT expert Miltiadis presents a project that combines two of his pastimes, wine and computers, to monitor his wine cellar in order to make sure that his valuable collection is aged properly. The system also notifies him via SMS when the wines are ready to enjoy. Max details how to set up a chatbot, Brian demonstrates a rear view bike camera to stay safe while riding, @synportack24 gives an overview of the Deluge BitTorrent client, and Tobias shows us how to download online videos for offline viewing. Our featured Android games this month include Pixel Dodgers and Chrome Death for hours of fun!

- Iot Environmental Wine Cellar Preserver and Notifier
- Deluge: Your New Favorite BitTorrent Client
- Telegram Chatbot: Advanced Home Automation
- Chrome Death: A Cyberpunk-Themed Action Game That Will Keep Your Adrenaline Pumping
- ODROID-C1/C2 Paper Case
- Pixel Dodgers: Fasten Your Fingers And Dodge Fireballs
- ODROID-C2 Manual: A Guide For All Expertise Levels
- Portable Arcade Station
- ODROID Around The World: The International Reach of Hardkernel’s Popular Single Board Computers
- ClipGrab: Download Your Favorite Videos For Offline Viewing
- Kodi Screensaver: Control Your CEC-Compatible TV Monitor With This Smooth Feature
- Rear View Camera: Staying Safe On Your Bicycle
- 32-Bit Executable on 64-Bit Ubuntu: Chronicles Of A Mad Scientist
- Meet An ODROIDian: Fabien Thiriet (@Fab)

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ODROID Magazine for December 2016 is now available!

Hardkernel attended TechCon 2016 in late October, and showed off some of the capabilities of the new ODROID-C2. There were several demos of DIY projects set up, including an Ambilight display, a CloudShell 2 server running the latest mainline kernel, and a touchscreen media player using a HiFi Shield. The liquid cooling setup featured on the cover this month is another example of an amazing DIY project that creates the ultimate system for maximum overclocked performance. It’s a work of functional art that demonstrates the technical expertise of the ODROID community.

Several other projects that community members have created include using an ODROID as a Bluetooth speaker, building a real-time kernel for use in a single-threaded operating system, and designing a combination seedbox and Networked Access Storage unit from an ODROID-XU4 using the CloudShell. Andy concludes his Docker tutorial with an overview of swarm mode, our resident mad scientist Bo details his latest discoveries, Tobias helps us select the best gaming controller with an in-depth review, and Bruno brings us the latest in Android fun with his favorite games of the month.

- Hardkernel at ARM TechCon 2016: Showcasing the ODROID-C2
- Retro Gaming with Exagear
- Linux Gaming: Choosing the Right Game Controller For Your Playstyle
- Missiles: There Is No Better Way Of Flying Than Dodging Relentless Attacks
- Installing A Thermal Receipt Printer On Linux: Chronicles Of A Mad Scientist
- Boot.Ini Persistence: Preserving Changes During An Upgrade
- Software Equalizer For Android: Chronicles Of A Mad Scientist
- Using The Hardware Encoder Functions of the ODROID-XU4
- How To Use An ODROID As A Bluetooth Speaker: Music For The Masses
- ODROID-C2 Real-Time Kernel: Getting Started With An RTOS
- Ruling The World With Synergy: Chronicles Of A Mad Scientist
- Why Add Liquid Cooling To An ODROID-XU3 or XU4?
- Docker 101: Part 2 - Swarm Mode
- Designing Your Own ODROID Seedbox: Harness The Power Of The Cloudshell
- Meet An ODROIDian: Daniel Haze (@Fourdee)

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The ODROID-C2 User Manual is now available!

Congratulations on purchasing the ODROID-C2! It is one of the most powerful low-cost 64-bit Single Board Computers available, as well as being an extremely versatile device. Featuring a fast, quad-core AmLogic processor, advanced Mali GPU, and Gigabit Ethernet, it can function as a home theater set-top box, a general purpose computer for web browsing, gaming and socializing, a compact tool for college or office work, a prototyping device for hardware tinkering, a controller for home automation, a workstation for software development, and much more.

Some of the modern operating systems that run on the ODROID-C2 are Ubuntu, Android, and ARCH Linux, with thousands of free open-source software packages available. The ODROID-C2 is an ARM device, which is the most widely used architecture for mobile devices and embedded computing. The ARM processor’s small size, reduced complexity and low power consumption makes it very suitable for miniaturized devices such as wearables and embedded controllers.

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ODROID Magazine for November 2016 is now available!

One of the most versatile peripherals for the ODROID is the Arduino, which can be programmed as a standalone controller for many projects, from robots to home automation. A simple project to get started with the Arduino is to create an Ambilight system, which is a stunning background light display that synchronizes itself with live video. The engineers at Hardkernel demonstrated it at ARM TechCon 2016, and wrote a guide for you to easily create the same stunning light show in your own home.

To further enhance your viewing experience, we present a tutorial on setting up a MythTV front end as well as an article on enabling accelerated video playback in an ODROID-C2 web browser. For more experienced DIY enthusiasts, Miltiadis presents his lights controller with SMS notifier project that can be adapted and expanded to any IoT application, and Jörg shows us how to set up an alarm system with window sensors. Andy expands upon our previous Docker series with up-to-date information, Tobias introduces us to the Serious gaming engine, Nanik describes the Android WiFi stack, and Bruno has fun with Ancestor, a visual stunning Android game with amazing gameplay.

- Building An IoT Device Using an ODROID-C2: Street and Home Lights Controller With SMS Notifier
- How To Get Fancy Color Images From A Simple Sensor Image: Using The Bayer Pattern To Create An RGB Color Image
- Alarm Central: Part 1 - RF24 Window Sensor and MIRF Library
- Ancestor: A Game Full Of Fun With Perfect Gameplay, Visuals and Details
- Ultra-HD 4K Ambilight: Create A Spectacular Synchronized Visual Background For Your Home Theater
- Docker 101: Part 1 - Why Docker?
- Linux Gaming: Get Serious With The Serious-Engine
- Android Development: Android WiFi Stack
- MythTV: Running The Open-Source Home Entertainment Application On Your ODROID-C2
- Android Nougat: Impress Your Friends With The Latest Android Version
- Accelerated Video Playback For Browsing On The ODROID-C2: Watch Your Web Media Content In Full HD
- Meet An ODROIDian: Joachim Althof

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ODROID Magazine for October 2016 is now available!

Although ODROIDs can already play thousands of games, including those available from the Google Play Store, native Linux games that were ported by developers, and emulated games using RetroArch, many modern games are not yet capable of running natively on the ARM platform. However, NVIDIA publishes a software package that allows streaming of high-end games across a network, allowing ODROIDs to work as a remote gaming station. This gives the flexibility of running a central gaming server at home and playing high-end games anywhere in the house on a large monitor.

We also feature a few DIY projects this month, including an IoT project from Miltiadis that raises a flag when an email arrives. Adrian shows us how to set up an IP webcam, Joel gives an overview of his industrial automation setup, and Bo documents his quest in finding the best cooling setup for an ODROID-XU4. If you want to have complete control over your operating system, we have instructions for compiling both Gentoo and Android Lollipop. We also have some game reviews for our favorite Android and Linux games, including some ports that were recently updated by Tobias for the ODROID-C2.

- Gmail Mechanical Notifier: An ODROID IoT Device and Application
- Transforming Your ODROID Into an IP Webcam
- ODROID-XU4 Cooling Tests: Discover the Best Cooling For Your Needs
- Ultimate Briefcase: Get Ready to Rumble In a Frantic Survival Game
- Industrial Automation: Remote Monitor Modbus Register Using an ODROID-XU4
- NVIDIA Game Streaming On the ODROID-C2: Play Modern Games On Your ODROID
- Linux Gaming: Some Great Games for the ODROID-C2
- Compiling Android Lollipop for the ODROID-C2: Using Linux Mint 18 or Ubuntu 16.04
- Android Gaming: Reaper, Tale of a Pale Swordsman
- Gentoo for the ODROID-C2: Creating Your Own Custom Installation
- Meet an ODROIDian: Sebastien Chevalier (@ptitseb), GLShim Developer

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ODROID Magazine for September 2016 is now available!

Pokemon Go, the most popular mobile game in history, entertains over 20 million daily users. Part of the game involves hatching Pokemon eggs, which depends on how many kilometers are walked by the player. Although we recommend playing the game as intended, since getting exercise and being outside is part of the game, there is an interesting hack that can be done with an ODROID that allows eggs to be hatched by replaying a typical route on an ODROID and spoofing the GPS location to Pokemon Go. It’s a proof-of-concept project, so we don’t recommend trying it with your own account!

We also present a unique 3D-printed laptop project called Redtop, along with an inexpensive XU4 case that you can print on a standard inkjet or laser printer. Michael continues his high-performance computing tutorial with a guide to installing Hadoop, Adrian concludes his network security series on WPA networks and shares some useful backup scripts, Bo chronicles his adventures in creating a modern car computer, and @withrobot clarifies the difference in camera shutter mechanisms. For gaming enthusiasts, Tobias features Sega Saturn emulation, and we take a look at Pac-Man 256 for Android.

- Hacking Pokemon Go With an ODROID: How to Perform GPS Spoofing
- Taking a Crack at Breaking WPA Networks - Part 2
- ODROID-C1 Laptop: A Custom Home Project Codenamed “Redtop”
- Pac-Man 256: A Classic Game? A New Twist on the Endless Runner Genre? Find Out!
- Installing Hadoop and Spark Onto an ODROID-XU4 Cluster
- Backup Scripts: Keep Your Data Safe For Your Peace of Mind
- ODROID-C2 as an IoT Device: Interfacing With The Real World
- Kodibuntu: Auto-Starting Kodi With a Full Ubuntu Distribution
- A Car Computer For The Love of Customization: Chronicles of a Mad Scientist
- Linux Gaming: Sega Saturn and CDEmu
- The XU4 Punnet: A Printable Card Case for the ODROID-XU4
- Why Does the Loser Seem to Touch the Finish Line First? Interesting Experiments to Understand the Difference of Shutter Mechanisms
- ODROID-VU7 Plus: Your Favorite Touchscreen Now Offers Higher Resolution
- Meet an ODROIDian: Radostan Riedel (@raybuntu), Talented LibreELEC Developer

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ODROID Magazine for August 2016 is now available!

The oCam peripheral, which is a high-end 720p camera made specifically for use with ODROID devices, will soon have a new version available, with the main feature being a global shutter instead of a rolling shutter.  This allows you to take more professional pictures without distortion.  Our feature article this month demonstrates the difference between the shutter types so that you can decide which will work best for your application.  There is also a new power supply available for the ODROID-XU4 which delivers much more power to the peripherals.  It’s available for purchase at

Volumio also has an upcoming release with many improvements, and we are lucky enough to have a sneak peek at its new features.  Adrian continues his series on improving wireless network security with the first of a two-part article on WPA hacking, Nanik details the Android Hardware Abstraction Layer, Nicolas gives an overview of Recalbox, which turns your ODROID-XU4 into a great set-top box, and Michael presents his fantastic high performance coputing cluster.  Additionally, we highlight several games for both Android and Linux, including the Löve Engine, which lets you create your own games!

- Why Does The Pencil Look Bent?  The Behavior of Different Types of Camera Shutters
- Android Development:  Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)
- The Matrix:  It Will Always Be Cool
- Linux Gaming:  Spread Some Löve (Engine)
- Hardkernel 5V/6A Power Supply:  A High Quality Stable and Low-Noise Power Supply for the ODROID-XU4
- Taking a Crack at Breaking WPA Networks - Part 1:  Bulletproofing Your Own System
- Recalbox for ODROID-XU4:  The Ultimate Multimedia And Gaming System
- ODROID-XU4 Cluster:  The Holy Grail of Core Per Watt vs Performance vs Price
- Xposed Framework:  Tame Your Android Upgrades and Handle System Level Changes
- Brothers:  A Tale of Two Sons:  A Fantastic Game Finally Ported to Android
- Volumio 2.0:  Your Favorite Integrated Music Player Just Got Better
- That Level Again:  Where All Levels Are The Same Except The Way To Win
- Meet An ODROIDian:  Joshua Sherman, Assistant Editor of ODROID Magazine

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ODROID Magazine for July 2016 is now available!

One of the most often-requested applications for ODROIDs is the Minecraft client.  Any ODROID model can run the Minecraft server, especially the optimized Spigot version.  However, only the Pocket Edition Minecraft client for Android is available for those who wish to explore the Minecraft universe.  Now, thanks to the combined efforts of @ptitseb and @meveric, Minecraft runs on ARM Linux.  It’s easy to set up using GLShim, so just follow the instructions in our feature article and start mining!

Along with Minecraft, we also present Easy RPG, which lets you write your own role-playing games in LUA, along with Witch Blast, a fun dungeon crawler, and an inexpensive way to build a 64-bit ODROID touchscreen tablet using the VU7 kit from Ameridroid.  Miltos teaches us how to install the Mate desktop, David introduces his method of calculating particle hydrodynamics using an ODROID-U3, Daniel details the steps necessary for creating a Network Attached Storage with an ODROID-C2, Adrian continues his series on network security by exposing the weaknesses of a WPS-enabled network, and our camera expert @withrobot covers the basics of face detection using an oCAM.

- Building an Arch Linux Image with Mate Desktop - Part 1
- Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics: Scientific Calculations Using a Small ODROID Cluster
- EasyRPG:  An RPG Maker 2000 and 2003 Engine
- Witch Blast:  A Really Addictive Dungeon Crawl Shooter
- Minecraft Client on ODROID
- An Energy-Efficient, Maximum Performance Gigabit NAS:  Using an ODROID-C2 and 128GB eMMC
- VU7 Tablet:  Build Your Own Custom 64-Bit Modular Tablet
- Attacking WPS-Enabled Wireless Networks
- Face Detection Using OCAM and ODROID-XU4:  How To Recognize Human Features
- Meet an ODROIDian:  Jörg Wolff
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