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The Raspberry Pi 5 is quite capable of handling multiple Docker containers (Image source: Raspberry Pi)

3 useful low resource Docker containers which will also run on a Raspberry Pi 5

CheckMag You don’t have to invest in expensive hardware to run a home server. With Docker you can run containerised applications on almost anything including PCs, Macs, laptops and even a Raspberry Pi. Ideally it needs to be on 24/7 which ...
David Devey, 10 Jul 2024 10:28
Is it possible to daily drive an Android device without using any of Google's services? (Source: Google / Notebookcheck)

De-Googling a phone, is it possible to live without Google on your Android device?

CheckMag As technology users, we either knowingly or unknowingly hand over our data to large tech companies on a daily basis. In an attempt to get away from the overwatch of Google, I decided to try running a de-Googled phone. This is how ...
David Devey, 01 Jul 2024 10:22
Gaming on Rabbit R1 isn't that bad if you have a wireless controller and don't mind the tiny screen (image source: Bringus Studios)

Rabbit R1 gets modded to run games, performs better than expected

The Rabbit R1, originally launched as an AI-powered device designed to offer a less distracting experience than a phone, got modded to run Android. This allows the device to be opposite what it was designed to be, to function like...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 28 Jun 2024 18:56
Off the shelf or DIY, which is cheaper and which is better? (Source: Amazon)

Pre-built or DIY NAS price comparison - Is it really better to buy from QNAP Synology or another big brand?

CheckMag Whether it’s QNAP, ASUStor, Synology or some other pre-built brand, a NAS is not a cheap piece of equipment. With free or low cost operating systems such as TrueNAS, Open Media Vault or even Unraid is it cheaper to build your own ...
David Devey, 21 Jun 2024 21:00
Framework Laptop 13 to get a RISC-V motherboard soon (image source: Framework [edited])

Framework collabs with DeepComputing to bring RISC-V motherboard for its DIY Laptop 13

If you own a Framework Laptop 13, you can soon run it with a RISC-V mainboard. The DIY laptop maker has announced a collaboration with DeepComputing to bring a new motherboard with a StarFive JH7110 processor. It's a quad-core 64-...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 19 Jun 2024 14:44
If the stylish Sonos Play:1 is broken, an RPi can help. (Image: Sonos)

Sonos Play:1 reused and better than before thanks to Raspberry Pi

Recycle instead of dispose: A detailed DIY guide shows how the smart speaker from Sonos can be brought back to life. Afterwards, it is also much more versatile, so it's actually upcycling.
Mario Petzold, 15 Jun 2024 15:16
Nikon's self-service repair program is currently rather barren, but the repair manuals are a good start. (Image source: Nikon USA)

Nikon self-service repair program website lists but 3 products while spares hide elsewhere

Nikon has officially launched its self-service repair website, giving users access to tools, replacement parts, and repair manuals to repair their own gear in the comfort of their own homes. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, ...
Julian van der Merwe, 14 Jun 2024 16:09
Framework laptop 16 is now more customizable than ever (Image source: Framework)

Framework makes 3D CAD design files for modular 16-inch laptop open source

The Framework laptops are best known for their modular and repairable design. Now, the company has taken things to the next level by open-sourcing the 3D CAD files for its 16-inch laptop. This will enable users with 3D printers to...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 13 Jun 2024 11:59
The Linamp is an IRL ode to the most popular music player software of all time (Image source: Rodmg via Hackaday)

Real life Winamp MP3 player recreated with Raspberry Pi based hardware

The beloved MP3 player from the 90’s and early 2000’s has been brought back to life in a hardware avatar by DIY maker Rodmg using a Raspberry Pi 4B. Titled the Linamp, the device is designed like a retro-ish standalone stereo ampl...
Vishal Bhardwaj, 11 Jun 2024 17:58
Rabbit R1 can smoothly run Android with almost all the functions working as it should (Image source: HowToMen on YouTube)

Rabbit R1 runs Android almost natively, with integrated functions working seamlessly

HowToMen on YouTube has showcased Rabbit R1, the AI-powered gadget, running Android 13 almost natively. The integrated functions also work seamlessly on this mod. Additionally, it brings Google Gemini AI assistant, which is more u...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 10 Jun 2024 19:52
There are a good number of DIY mods already available for Spotify Car Thing (Image source: lmore377 on GitHub)

Hacking community saves Spotify Car Thing from becoming an e-waste

Spotify Car Thing will officially reach the end of support and stop being functional after December 9th, 2024. Even though the company has started to offer refunds, there's a requirement that many of the users may not meet. The ha...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 08 Jun 2024 20:44
The Mini Maker Turbo Mini X features support for up to 14th gen Intel desktop-class 65 W processors. (Source: Mini Maker)

Turbo Mini X mini PC launches with desktop-class Intel processor and eGPU support with impressive performance claims

Mini Maker has revealed the Turbo Mini X mini PC with support for Intel's 14th gen 65 W desktop-class processors, dual SODIMM slots, and a healthy selection of ports. Besides it, the company also unveiled the StreamPlay X eGPU, fe...
Sambit Saha, 07 Jun 2024 21:54
Voodoo 4 in MXM form-factor (Image Source: Vogons)

Modder manages to fit legendary 3dfx Voodoo 4 GPU inside a laptop

The original 3dfx Voodoo 4 4500 board launched in 2000 was replaced with a custom-made MXM board mounted inside a 2013 Dell Precision M4800 mobile workstation. Modder "sdz" added double the original VRAM for a total of 64 MB, and ...
Bogdan Solca, 06 Jun 2024 18:12
The self-built smart speaker can look like this or completely different. (Image: github/judahpaul16)

Neither Amazon Alexa nor Google Nest: smart speaker uses ChatGPT

With a Raspberry Pi, a speaker and the instructions on GitHub, you can easily use OpenAI at home. The freely programmable assistant can also control Spotify, smart lights and more.
Mario Petzold, 27 May 2024 15:46
Pironman 5 makes Raspberry Pi 5 look like a gaming PC (image source: SunFounder)

Pironman 5 transforms Raspberry Pi 5 into a mini gaming PC

Pironman 5 is a DIY small tower PC-like enclosure for the Raspberry Pi 5. It has two RGB fans, a cooler with a PWM fan, and PiP HAT+ expansion board support that allows NVMe SSD installation. There's also a small LED on the front ...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 25 May 2024 15:02
An iPad Air X-ray. (Source: Creative Electron via iFixit)

iPad Air 13 (M2) proves iFixit reparability lightweight following teardown

Apple's latest iPad Air has upgraded to the M2 chipset as well as the same 11- and 13-inch size options as its Pro counterpart. It has also now grabbed more of the vlogging spotlight for itself - courtesy of teardown experts iFixi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 24 May 2024 19:58
The 13.3" Modos Paper Monitor has a fast 60 Hz refresh rate that enables this e-ink display to play videos smoothly. (Source: Modos)

Modos announces pre-launch for 60 Hz 13.3" e-ink Modos Paper Monitor and Development Kit with open-hardware and open-source hackability

Modos has announced the pre-launch of its 13.3" e-ink Modos Paper Monitor with 60 Hz refresh rate. The main drawback of slow e-ink displays has been tackled with low-latency technology that enables smooth video playback. A separat...
David Chien, 22 May 2024 06:19
The iPad Pro's M4 processor. (Source: iFixit via YouTube)

Apple iPad Pro 13 design and reparability praised while Pencil Pro panned as potential e-waste

Apple's newest and biggest iPad Pro has many potentially significant upgrades; however, it seems durability is not one of them. Nevertheless, the ability to take it apart and put it back together might make up for that, according ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 18 May 2024 17:48
An LPDDR5X CAMM2 module. (Source: iFixit via YouTube)

ThinkPad P1 Gen 7: LPCAMM2-powered reparability of new Lenovo laptop praised in new teardown

Lenovo's ThinkPad P1 Gen 7 is now officially the first laptop to have been torn down by iFixit in search of its LPCAMM2 module. The emerging RAM type is hailed as a more powerful, efficient and sustainable form of memory thanks to...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 08 May 2024 15:44
Immich is the benchmark for self hosted photo solutions (Source: Immich)

Ditch Google Photos and embrace Immich: Here's why there is so much hype around hosting your own photo backup solution

CheckMag Whether its questionable privacy practices, incorrectly categorising images as child pornography, or using your data for its AI training models, storing your photos with Google continues to be a privacy nightmare. Thankfully a sel...
David Devey, 04 May 2024 19:54
The AirPods Max. (Source: Apple)

YouTuber converts Apple AirPods Max to USB-C with custom kit

Apple now makes AirPods that do not need a Lightning port to charge; however, the company seems in no hurry to do the same with its (even more expensive) flagship wireless headphones. However, as a popular device repair YouTuber h...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 04 May 2024 17:26
YesItsKira makes the Asus ROG Ally get a secondary screen (Image source: YesItsKira)

Asus ROG Ally turns into Nintendo 3DS-like gaming handheld with dual-screen DIY hardware mod

A DIY hardware modder known as YesItsKira has modded the Asus ROG Ally and converted it into a Nintendo 3DS-like gaming handheld. The secondary DIY screen even closes like a clam, just like the classic console.
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 03 May 2024 19:54
Kobo: Users can now repair their own e-readers.

Kobo: E-readers can be repaired - manufacturer and iFixit offer instructions and spare parts

Kobo offers various e-readers that can also be repaired. Instructions are available for those wishing to carry out the repairs themselves, and the corresponding spare parts can be easily purchased.
Silvio Werner, 02 May 2024 15:15
Gigabyte Metal Gear Plus ITX brings Ryzen 8000G desktop processors in a mini PC form factor (Image source: JD.com [edited])

Gigabyte Metal Gear Plus ITX packs more power than traditional mini PCs

Gigabyte Metal Gear Plus ITX isn’t like the regular mini PCs. While most of them come with mobile processors, Gigabyte’s new mini PC can be configured with the latest AMD Ryzen 8000G desktop APUs. It even brings the DIY aspects th...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 21 Apr 2024 18:11
YouTuber makes the Sony PSP 1000 get two modern features (Image source: Macho Nacho Productions)

2004 Sony PSP breathes new life with DIY HDMI and IPS screen mods

Macho Nacho Productions modded the classic Sony PSP 1000 and made it gain two features found in modern gaming handhelds: an IPS screen and an HDMI port. While both require a fair amount of DIY skills, they did turn out to be worth...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 21 Apr 2024 14:39
Apple's repair options get a little more sustainable. (Source: Apple)

Apple to move genuine iPhone part calibration on-device in potential independent repair-friendly move

It is usually impossible to swap the display of one iPhone with another, thanks to the parts-pairing practices touted as the ultimate user privacy and security measure by Apple. However, the Cupertino giant has announced that it w...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 12 Apr 2024 18:06
It looks as though Asus Zenfone 10 users may want to stop holding their breath for bootloader unlock functionality. (Image source: Florian Schmitt / Notebookcheck)

Zenfone bootloader unlock tool outlook bleak as ASUS refunds customer over missing feature

Asus recently settled a lawsuit in the UK over its unfulfilled promises of a bootloader unlock tool for its Zenfone line-up. Asus promised the Zenfone bootloader unlock tool way back in early 2022 and still hasn't delivered.
Julian van der Merwe, 09 Apr 2024 21:35
DIY Fairberry keyboard is an open source project that's easy to customize (Image source: Dakkaron)

DIY Fairberry keyboard converts any modern smartphone into a BlackBerry phone

It’s hard to come across smartphones that feature physical built-in keyboards these days. However, the DIY hardware community has kept the concept alive. One of the latest projects is called Fairberry, and it aims to let you attac...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 26 Mar 2024 11:37
Ender-3 V3: New particularly quick 3D printer

Ender-3 V3: 3D printer with auto leveling, easy maintenance and large touchscreen now available

Creality is now offering a new 3D printer. The model is said to be characterized by high speed, powerful component cooling and easy maintenance. A display is installed and is designed for easy operation.
Silvio Werner, 26 Mar 2024 11:18
Remi Pi: Single-board computer with Raspberry Pi compatibility

Remi Pi: New single-board computer is relatively cheap and compatible with the Raspberry Pi

The Remi Pi is a new single-board computer. Depending on the specific application, the model could also be an alternative to a Raspberry Pi and allows the connection of various sensors and actuators.
Silvio Werner, 24 Mar 2024 00:50
Batocera is a fantastic way to play retro games on any system, not just the Raspberry Pi 5 (Source: Batocera)

Here is the easiest and most polished way to play retro games on your Raspberry Pi 5

CheckMag Batocera has been around since 2016 but has reached a level of polish unmatched by its competitors. Great background music, boot animations and box art. Combined with the power of the Raspberry Pi 5, there’s never been a more plea...
David Devey, 21 Mar 2024 19:33
Nothing's Community Edition Project aims to leverage the creativity of its fanbase to design a better Phone (2a). (Image source: Nothing)

Nothing Phone (2a) special edition incoming as Community Edition design contest invites fans to submit concepts

Nothing wants the community to collaborate on a custom Community Edition of the Nothing Phone (2a), with four design stages over the span of six months. The tech startup imposes no limitations on submissions, and the community wil...
Julian van der Merwe, 20 Mar 2024 20:52
TommyB builds a gaming handheld with Framework laptop motherboard (Image source: TommyB on YouTube)

DIY gaming handheld with $300 Intel Core i7 Framework laptop motherboard nears completion

A YouTuber named TommyB has built a DIY gaming handheld using a Framework laptop motherboard. This board currently has a sale price of $300, and it packs an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU. With a 3D-printed body, a battery from...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 20 Mar 2024 19:16
Becky Stern makes a Pi 5-powered 3D printed TV for her cats (Image source: Becky Stern on YouTube)

DIY developer builds 3D printed cat TV with Raspberry Pi 5

Becky Stern, known for making DIY tech project tutorials, has made a cat TV for her feline friends. It's powered by a Raspberry Pi 5 and can automatically loop cat-friendly videos from YouTube on startup.
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 10 Mar 2024 12:54
The Galaxy Watch is a great piece of hardware, but battery life can leave a lot to be desired (Source: Amazon)

How to debloat and significantly increase the battery life on your Galaxy Watch 4, 5 or 6

CheckMag The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a fantastic piece of hardware, especially since Samsung moved to Wear OS. However, the battery on these devices seems to be all over the place. Turning on the battery saver can work, but doing that disa...
David Devey, 06 Mar 2024 22:07
KittenLabs converts TP-Link router into a gaming router (Image source: KittenLabs)

Hardware hacker team runs GTA Vice City on TP-Link WiFi router by adding AMD Radeon GPU

A DIY modding group named KittenLabs has managed to run GTA Vice City on a wireless router. The model used is the TP-Link TL-WDR4900, which comes with a PowerPC-based CPU with WiFi chipsets connected through PCIe. With some modifi...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 05 Mar 2024 07:57
Thanks to Steam, Proton GE and Valve, gaming on Linux is far easier that you might think. (Source: Wikipedia)

Tired of Windows tracking and invasive ads? Here's how to game on Linux

CheckMag Microsoft has historically monopolised the PC gaming space with Windows, but with increasingly invasive ads, bloat and data collection, many Windows users are looking for an alternative. Thanks to the Steam Deck, Valve and communi...
David Devey, 03 Mar 2024 22:39
We have a good idea, though. (Source: HMD)

MWC 2024 | HMD teases new Nokia smartphone, more repairability and a Barbie Flip Phone

HMD has unveiled the plans for its "evolution" into a "multi-brand" tech OEM at MWC. They involve a summer of 2024 full of new releases, that for the next Nokia smartphone and "iconic device" included. The company also has somethi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 25 Feb 2024 20:21
Framework announces B-stock Factory Seconds line (Image source: Framework)

DIY Framework Laptop 13 B-stock debuts as the brand's first sub-$500 offering

Framework laptops are best known for having a fully modular design that you can repair and upgrade without facing any limitations. But all that modularity comes at a cost, as the systems are much more expensive than offerings from...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 23 Feb 2024 06:34
Use your own gaming PC to play your games from anywhere (Source: NotebookCheck)

Forget the PlayStation Portal, here’s how to make a headless gaming PC and set up your own cloud gaming service

CheckMag You might ask what use a gaming PC is without a monitor, but the ability to store your PC in any room in the house and play games using any device you can attach a controller to does have its benefits. If you have a solid network ...
David Devey, 18 Feb 2024 20:37
UUGear introduces Vivid Unit SBC with an attached touchscreen display (Image source: UUGear)

UUGear Vivid Unit single board computer comes with integrated 5.5" touchscreen

There are a good number of single board computers (SBC) out there that have reasonably capable hardware. But to use them, you need to connect the board to a couple of things, which includes a monitor. Well, UUGear wanted to make t...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 15 Feb 2024 17:46
Custom cooling system (Image Source: Minisforum)

Minisforum BD790i ITX motherboard with AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX mobile APU now available

The new BD790i motherboard comes pre-installed with a top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 7945HX mobile APU for $519. Users can add up to 64 GB DDR5-5200 RAM, speedy PCIe 5.0 SSD storage via 2x M.2 slots and a dGPU on the included PCIe 5.0 X1...
Bogdan Solca, 14 Feb 2024 18:56
It seems as though AMD's Ryzen 7 8700G punches well above its weight class with a little effort. (Image source: AMD - edited)

AMD Ryzen 7 8700G delid turns mid-tier CPU into peppy powerhouse with liquid metal

Overclocking master Der8auer tears into the AMD Ryzen 7 8700G with impressive results, netting a 25 °C reduction in operating temperatures and a massive jump in performance, bringing it close to the performance of the Ryzen 7 7700...
Julian van der Merwe, 13 Feb 2024 08:34
Waveshare: HAT upgrades PoE for the Raspberry Pi 5

Raspberry Pi 5: PoE HAT board provides one cable for network and power and offers 12 volts for attachments

Waveshare is offering a new HAT for the Raspberry Pi 5, which is intended to simplify use in particular situations and provide an alternative power supply option. Expandability is still a given.
Silvio Werner, 11 Feb 2024 22:10
AtomStack A70 Pro: Extremely powerful laser cutter cuts more than just wood

AtomStack A70 Pro: New, extremely powerful laser cutter cuts metal, MDF and thick wood

The A70 Pro from AtomStack is an extremely powerful laser cutter, which is able to cut various materials accurately. The power can also be adjusted particularly easily.
Silvio Werner, 11 Feb 2024 08:00
52Pi NVDigi: New expansion board for the Raspberry Pi

52Pi NVdigi: New expansion board for the Raspberry Pi with HiFi qualities and M.2 port

52Pi is offering a new expansion board for the Raspberry Pi, which is not only intended to expand the single-board computer in terms of high-quality playback of audio content, but also includes an M.2 slot. Sensors and actuators c...
Silvio Werner, 11 Feb 2024 00:01
A homemade NAS running TrueNAS or Unraid can offer a better experience than almost any off the shelf solution. (Source: EnricoF)

Upgraded to AM5 or Intel 14th Gen? Why not put that old hardware to use and build a NAS

CheckMag Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices will give you remote access to all your files from any device both at home and away. Just add your drives and off you go, but they aren’t cheap. However there are some compelling software sol...
David Devey, 03 Feb 2024 17:05
Computer hardware enthusiast takes on a passively cooled RTX 3080 project (Image source: Reddit)

Redditor showcases passively cooled Nvidia RTX 3080 project

There are a good number of GPU options that feature passive cooling. But for most systems, the passively cooled graphics card units available for purchase don’t offer the required performance. That’s likely what made a Redditor na...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 02 Feb 2024 05:38
Seeed Studio debuts a water cooler kit for Raspberry Pi 5 (Image source: Seeed Studio)

Seeed Studio water cooling kit for Raspberry Pi 5 brings better overclocking abilities

One of the main upgrades of the Raspberry Pi 5 over its predecessor is the powerful Broadcom BCM2712 four-core SoC. While its factory clock speed is at 2.4 GHz, it can be pushed to 3.0 GHz for better performance. But this overcloc...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 26 Jan 2024 18:36
Steam Deck owners can now upgrade their screen with a higher resolution variant (image via DeckHD)

DeckHD: 1200p Steam Deck screen upgrade now available for purchase

Steam Deck owners can now upgrade their screen to a 1200p IPS panel. It has a peak brightness of 400 nits and is more colour-accurate than the original. You
Anil Ganti, 23 Jan 2024 15:55

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