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David PieriniDavid Pierini is a former newspaper writer and long-time photographer. Considered a luddite by most of his friends, they did not believe him when he broke the news that he would be freelance writing for a technology website. He is fascinated by human nature and would love to cultivate stories about the people driving the tech bus. Reach out to him at the e-mail address below.

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The 3-D printed TV with a tiny 2-inch screen that really works

This miniature1950s-inspired television was made on a 3D printer and built around electronics that brings it to life. Photo: Formlabs/YouTube

This miniature1950s-inspired television was made on a 3D printer and built around electronics that brings it to life. Photo: Formlabs/YouTube

About the only thing you can’t print on a 3-D printer is a time machine. However, the creators at Formlabs have managed to bring forward a staple from many 1950s living rooms.

OK, so 3-D printing a miniaturized replica of a Philco Predicta television isn’t exactly time travel, but you can ignore that when you realize the TV actually works.

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Classified thermal-imaging and night-vision goodies land on eBay

This night vision device, missing from a $750 million military program, can be yours on eBay for just over $16,000. Photo: eBay

This night-vision device, missing from a $750 million military program, can be yours on eBay for just over $16,000. Photo: The Night Vision Warehouse/eBay

If you search long enough, you can find anything on eBay and Craigslist. That includes lost, expensive military equipment that helps soldiers find roadside bombs.

The Intercept, an investigative reporting website founded by Glenn Greenwald, obtained a Navy intelligence document detailing thermal-optic-imaging and night-vision devices that wound up on a number of websites for sale, including eBay, Craigslist, texasguntalk.com and sportsfisherman.com.

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An actual wheel iPad gamers can get behind

The KOLOS gaming wheel is for iPad gamers who want a more realistic and comfortable experience with driving games. Photo: KOLOS

The KOLOS gaming wheel is for iPad gamers who want a more realistic and comfortable experience with driving games. Photo: KOLOS

A game like Real Racing has sophisticated graphics that, combined with the motion sensors of an iPad, give you the sensation of being behind the wheel.

The only thing missing is the actual wheel.

Ivaylo Kalburdzhiev wants iPad users to have a more comfortable drive when they play anyone of the more than 450 tilt games.

The CEO of KOLOS, slavic for colossus, has developed a gaming wheel for the iPad that launches on Kickstarter today.

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Calling Aaron Muderick a putty magnet is not a stretch

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Magnetic Putty smothers all it is attracted to. Photo: Ian Parks/YouTube

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Magnetic Putty smothers all it is attracted to. Photo: Ian Parks/YouTube

Aaron Muderick is grateful to the anonymous pioneering office worker who thought to populate his or her desk with toys.

Muderick was a software engineer when his go-to desk toy, Silly Putty, gave him a whole new career when the tech bubble burst in the late 1990s and the company that employed him went under.

The story behind the unique beginnings of “Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty” is even crazier than the chemistry that creates the luminescent and magnetic properties of his product.

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Game Boy camera pictures look primitive — and that’s refreshing

Towards the end of the life of the Game Boy player, Nintendo added a camera attachment. Photo: Solopress

Toward the end of the Game Boy’s life, Nintendo added a camera attachment. Photo: Solopress

We turned up our noses at the first digital pictures because they didn’t look as good as film. The camera added to the Nintendo Game Boy in 1998 certainly didn’t make the case for a digital future.

Game Boy camera pictures look primitive — and that’s refreshingThe bulbous attachment recorded a fuzzy, postage-stamp-size, black-and-white image. That’s black and white with no gray shades in between.

If you wanted to share your photo, you could purchase a separate printing device that plugged into the Game Boy and spit out a tiny print. The printer took a little roll of paper and looked like one of those small credit-card-processing machines that spit out a receipt.

Today, several megapixels later, the look of the Game Boy camera is refreshingly vintage.

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Lego brick master turns heads with turntable

Working turntable, speakers and tube amp by Lego artist Hayarobi. Photo: LoctiteGirl/Flickr CC

Working turntable, speakers and tube amp by Lego artist Hayarobi. Photo: LoctiteGirl/Flickr CC

Standing in front of a classic turntable, you might not expect to be impressed by the brick work

But it’s the first thing that comes to mind when beholding the sci-fi hi-fi created by Korean Lego artist Hayarobi.

No detail is overlooked on Hayarobi’s record player, which he called The Planet. It consists of more than 2,400 pieces and is powered by a Lego Power Functions Battery Box and LEGO Power Functions M-Motor, according to Huh Magazine.

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Go down with the ship: Titanic game goes deep on history

Titanic: Honor and Glory is a game under development that would take players through the full five days of the luxury liners tragic journey. Photo: Four Funnels Entertainment

The Titanic: Honor and Glory game would take players through the full five days of the luxury liner’s tragic journey. Photo: Four Funnels Entertainment

Video games let us experience murderous rampages, violent carjackings and the horrors of war. But should virtual entertainment take us through a real-life tragedy with depictions of the actual people who lost their lives?

The developers of Titanic: Honor and Glory are prepared to answer that question as they build out a game based on the 1912 sinking of the luxury liner that claimed more than 1,500 lives.

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Layout your Instagrams, with new app

Instagram introduced a new app called Layout that allows users to combine multiple photos in one image. Photo: Instagram

Instagram introduced a new app called Layout that allows users to combine multiple photos in one image. Photo: Instagram

The Instagram faithful churns out 70 million photos daily. But if you weren’t able to share your meal or tell the story of your quirky cat in a single picture, you had to post multiple photos.

That changed Monday. Instagram introduced Layout, a new free app that lets you combine images into a single post. The news was announced on the Instagram blog.

Users can open Layout and drag and drop photos from their camera roll to any of the custom templates. Flip, rotate, resize and create mirror effects in your layouts.

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Forget Apple Watch: Flamethrowers are the hot new thing

The XM42 Flamethrower by Ion Productions. Photo: Ion Productions/YouTube

The XM42 Flamethrower by Ion Productions. Photo: Ion Productions/YouTube

One company suggests you could use their product to keep the neighbors on edge while the competition promises “endless possibilities of entertainment.”

Gosh, they’re both right. I need a flamethrower.

Two companies with very different designs are working to meet the needs of a public clamoring to clear brush or light their bonfires from a distance with devices that look like like the tool soldiers once used to clear jungles and machine gun nests during times of war.

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College Humor pulls no punches in lampoon of new MacBook

Not a new charger! College Humor makes fun of Apple and the new MacBook. Photo: College Humor/YouTube

Not a new charger! College Humor makes fun of Apple and the new Macbook. Photo: College Humor/YouTube

Did you roll your eyes when you saw the latest MacBook had a new kind of USB port?

So did the website College Humor, which went to work satirizing Apple’s pride in its product design.

Under the headline Why Every New MacBook Needs a Different Goddam Charger, College Humor released a new video that pokes fun at the latest Apple laptop.

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