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Great looking drone, though my cheapskate heart is just as excited for the old stock of discounted Phantom 2s trickling out.
Today in New York, DJI announced a new model of their popular Phantom line of quadcopters, the Phantom 3. The drone is available for pre-order now starting at $999, and ships later this month. The design of the new drone is visually similar to the Phantom Vision 2 Plus, with …
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For fans of experimental audio and field recordings, my friend Kyle has captured some unforgettable alien robotic sounds from Autodesk's lab of industrial fabrication equipment.
Artist Kyle Machulis records sounds hidden within Autodesk's modern industrial workshop in San Francisco, creating a jarring and oddly beautiful mechanical symphony.
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I mean, you probably do, but you could talk yourself down if you had to.
The iPad Air is great, but here are some reasons you may want to hold on to your money instead. Read this article by Donald Bell on CNET.
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You have a long road ahead of you. I, for one, am not easily shamed into consumer paralysis.

Great Top 5, as always. 
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Thing of these as the awkward years of today's modern smartphone.
When smartphone manufacturers push the envelope, they don't always get it right. Here are five recent smartphone fads that fell flat. Read this article by Donald Bell on CNET.
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I'll give you 1-4 but I use the kickstand on my case all the time. Great for things like watching a YouTube video while making a sandwich or having a video chat when I'm at my desk (I don't need a video window taking up space on my computer screen when my phone is right there doing nothing).

Otherwise, great list.
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Curious to see what Apple is going to announce today? Molly, Brian and I are going to cover this thing live from top to bottom, starting at 9 a.m. Pacific. Come watch. http://live.cnet.com/Event/CNETs_Apple_Oct_22_Event_Live_Blog
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  Now in his 40th year of blacksmithing, San Francisco Bay Area blacksmith James Austin has spent a lifetime researching little-known or lost metalworking techniques, and developing his own. Unable to deny his love for metal fabrication, James apprenticed to a blacksmith in Germany in the early 1980s after receiving …
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Zune. RIP  :-(
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Pretty cool, but without a price I'm not sure if it's enough to scare the folks behind the DJI Phantom.
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Yea, that does look like a lot of fun up there. And a KEXP set! Gonna have to check that out, too.
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Popular Mechanics recently visited a formerly top-secret factory in Tomilino, Russia that has developed Russian spacesuits for over 60 years. Zvezda has also designed and created life support and s...
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Get spooked.
It's easy to make a violent video game, but it takes craft to make a game truly scary. Let's count down the five spookiest games of the year. Read this article by Donald Bell on CNET.
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Candy Crush. Hands down! One more invite and I'm gonna unleash the zombie hoard!
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  • Maker Media
    Projects Editor, 2015 - present
  • CNET Networks/CBS Interactive
    Writer, 2015
  • Robotspeak
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  • Heckler Magazine
    General Manager
  • Tape Op Magazine
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  • Cody's Books
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Nerd-dad-musician-writer guy.
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I'm a writer, musician, and tinkerer, who spends his days recruiting projects for Make: magazine.
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Laser eyes, guitar shredding, kickflip landing, handy with a soldering iron.
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