How to Build a Cheap Android PC With Inexpensive Parts

Want a functioning Android PC? You can try installing Android on a computer or laptop, but consider yourself lucky if it works! Certain cheap parts, though, function without problems.

Here are some of the parts that you can use to build an Android PC.

Operating Systems

Before looking at the hardware, consider the operating systems on offer. You have a few options when it comes to running an Android computer.

Phoenix OS: The best installable version of Android—as of 2018—is Phoenix OS. The installation can be a little complicated. Read our Phoenix OS installation tutorial
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How to Remove a Broken Headphone Jack From a Phone or Tablet

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Holding a broken headphone jack, and wondering where the end is? Pulled the earphones too quickly from your tablet or smartphone, only to discover a bit was left behind?

Sadly, earphone jacks aren’t built for regular and repeated insertion and removal. If a piece of your earphone jack is stuck in your phone, tablet, or even MP3 player, you’ll need to remove it before you can use any replacement earphones.

These six methods should help you retrieve the lost part.

6 Ways to Remove a Broken Headphone Jack

All too often, the end of a broken headphone jack gets stuck in your phone or […]

How to Play Dreamcast Games on Raspberry Pi With RetroPie

Video game emulation of retro platforms just won’t go away. With so many different emulators available, it’s possible to play pretty much any classic game on any device now. You might like to run emulators on your phone or tablet, or even on a games console or PC.

Or even a Raspberry Pi. We’ve previously shown how RetroPie can be used to create a retro “gamestation”, and how RecalBox delivers a polished console-like retro gaming experience.

But RecalBox has a problem: it can’t currently run game ROMs for the Sega Dreamcast. So, how can you get Dreamcast games running on your Raspberry […]

How to Keep Ethernet, TV, and Power Wires Tidy Using Cable Covers

Cables strewn everywhere? It’s a pain when you need to keep things tidy, but the architecture of your home says no. The answer is trunking, adhesive plastic tubes that hide your cables from view, known as cable covers.

Here’s what you need to know about choosing and installing cable covers for your power, data, and AV cables.

Why Use Cable Covers?

Often, we tuck cables behind objects, under rugs, sofas, etc. Drilling holes isn’t unheard of either, but if you don’t have the skills to get this right, you can end up with broken drill bits, huge holes, ripped wallpaper… the list goes […]

10 DIY Space Projects You Can Build Yourself

Whether you’ve been dreaming about space all your life, or just like the idea of a car on its way to Mars, there’s no denying that space exploration continues to be a fascination for many.

While joining the NASA engineering team may be impossible for most, these backyard space projects have all been produced in the homes, garages, and gardens of amateur rocket engineers and enthusiasts. 3… 2… 1… lift off!

This incredible mission control desk was built by Jeff Highsmith from Make. Using a variety of switches, knobs, lights, and dials, this incredible project looks and sounds just like the real […]

How to Install Kodi on Raspbian

You want to turn your Raspberry Pi into a media center, but you also need it for other tasks? Perhaps you’re using your Pi for programming, or playing Minecraft. It might have a role as a general project machine, meaning you need regular access to Raspbian.

One solution to this might be to keep several microSD cards at hand, each with different operating systems installed. You might have one with Raspbian ready to run, another with a retro gaming distro, and a third with OSMC, openELEC, or LibreELEC. These are the three Kodi-based Raspberry Pi distributions, and the most common solutions. […]

5 Awesome DIY Lego Raspberry Pi Cases

Perhaps the most important item you can buy for your Raspberry Pi is a case. Generally inexpensive, they serve to protect your little computer from dust, tiny fingers, and paws. In some cases, they’re rugged enough to protect your Pi from the elements.

But what if you want a more DIY approach?

Many options are available for DIY builds, from using the approved cardboard punnet to repurposing old hardware such as games cartridges. You might even 3D print a case, or simply bolt two pieces of wood around your Raspberry Pi.

But there’s another option: Lego. The world’s foremost construction toy makes an […]