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How To: Install Boxee and XBMC on your AppleTV

Boxee will let you stream TV networks on the Internet for free, and AppleTV allows for a whole new level of TV functionality, but can sometimes be restrictive. After making a bootable USB stick, you can launch the Apple TV with your stick to load Xbox Media Center and Boxee on your Apple TV.

How To: Use a Scosche flipSYNC key fob USB cable

Need some help figuring out how to use a Schosche flipSYNC key fob USB cable? This brief video tutorial from the folks at Butterscotch will teach you everything you need to know. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started using your own flipSYNC, take a look.

News: No, It's Not an App. It's a Japanese Soft Drink.

Shiny, pretty touchscreen vending machines have finally gone mainstream in Japan. My only question is... what's taken so long? The vending machine business can be quite lucrative (location, location, location), so all the more reason to make the interface as aesthetically appealing and user friendly as the iPhone AND as smart as a robot (read below). Features (translation via YouTube):

How To: Burn a video to DVD using DVD Flick and ImgBurn

In this Electronics video tutorial you will learn how to burn a video to DVD using DVD Flick and ImgBurn. Do a Google search for 'download DVD flick' and download the program from the first link in the search result and install it. Then go to Download and search for 'imgburn', download and install it. Now open up DVD Flick, click on 'add title' on the right side and drag and drop the video file you want to burn. Then you go to 'menu settings', select the menu you want and click 'accept'. Then...

How To: Make a duct tape CD player holder

In this tutorial we learn how to make a duct tape CD player holder. First, measure your length, width, and height of your CD player. After this, cut out the color duct tape you like in strips that are the right size for your player. Now, take your first two strips and stick them together. Now, take the third one and apply it to the bottom, flip it over and stick another one on top. Keep overlapping these with several strips until you get to the height of the CD player. After this, place the s...

How To: Set up the Epson Duet Ultra Portable Projector screen

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to setup the Epson Duet Ultra Portable Projector screen. Begin by laying it down and remove the strap. It includes a floor stand or wall mount. Then take out the 3-legged stand and open the legs. Now slide the screen on top of the stand and expand the screen horizontally to a preferred size. The standard size is 4:3 and wide-screen is 16:9. The bright white screen is for optimal image display. This video will benefit those viewers who have this projec...

How To: Build a cardboard subwoofer for your stereo

In this tutorial, we learn how to build a subwoofer out of cardboard. You will need to buy SonoTube, which is giant cardboard tubing. It comes in a variety of different sizes, so you can find one that will be around the same size as your subwoofer. To make the casing, you will need to use a saw to cut the tube to the size you need. Make it a snug size, but make sure it's not too small or you will have to start all over again. Use caulk and glue to stop any leaking air from getting out of your...

How To: Repair headphones by soldering

Teaching the basics of soldering, you should be able to learn how to fix broken headphones. There should be two wires protected by a covering, one which is a silvery metal and an orange wire which is your copper wire. Taking the plate for your speakers, there should be two connections where the wires belong. Using your soldering material, melt some onto your soldering gun and apply it to the two sites of the connection on your speaker plate. Place your wires on the correct areas and carefully...

How To: Record your voice with Garmin voice studio software

If you are sick of hearing that recorded robotic voice on your GPS device, check out this tutorial. In it, you will learn how to record your very own voice (or that of a friend or loved one) and have it give you directions instead! This can make for a pretty cool prank on someone as well. So, check it out, it's super easy and all you need is a PC with Windows and a small download.

How To: Make a homopolar motor

This video shows you how to make a homopolar motor. First of all things you need to make motor are AA battery, couple of magnets and copper wire. Now take magnet and attach it to the negative end of battery, now take a copper wire and bend it to the shape shown in the video and place it over the positive end of the battery, now you will see that wire starts rotating. Now to make a stand take a small plastic lid and two pieces of rubber magnet then place magnets to both the sides of the lid an...

How To: Make free Skype calls on PSP

The materials you will need to do this are a "PSP GO" and the downloaded program "Skype". Once you've got the program and are ready to make some phone calls you can open up the program and scroll down to dial. Before you began using this to make call there's a few things you should no. For example you cannot make any phone calls except for business calls. Once you've got The dial tab open simply type in the number you wish to call and then enter the number. Then it will make an attempt to cal...

How To: Make a computer alarm clock using an RSS feed

In this how to video, you will learn how to make an RSS feed as an alarm clock. To do this, you can use the Microsoft speech program. Open the alarm batch file. Modify the Perl script so that it downloads the RSS feed from the Digg website. It will strip all the tags and html so only the text is left. From here, you run a script that converts the text to a wave file. From here, the alarm m3u will start. You can then run the command prompt to schedule the alarm time. Go to schedule tasks to ac...

How To: Make videos that mix live action with video

In this how to video, you will learn how to make videos that mix live action with video. First, set up the camera in the back of the room. Zoom the camera in where the white area is. Once the camera is running, go in front of the screen and perform actions. Next, play the video so that it projects on to the screen. You can hide and interact with the surroundings so it looks like the person on screen is doing the actions in real life. You can also interact with your shadow by careful editing. ...

How To: Make a door alarm using a rat trap

In order to make a door alarm out of a mouse trap, you will need the following materials: a mouse trap, a clamp, 2 screws, caps, a piece of string, scissors, a screw driver, a drill bit, a hex-head screw, an a piece of aluminum from a soda pop can.

How To: Build a MAME bar-top arcade cabinet for under $100

Part of the process is to create plans to follow when making the cabinet for the arcade game. when cutting the wood you need to allow for the 1/8th of an inch that the band saw will be cutting. You will also need a piece of plexi glass to give the game an authentic feel, spray paint the piece of plexi. You will also need joysticks and buttons, which you can get at happcontrol.com. You need to cut a square hole in the plexi so that the buttons can be mounted in it. To integrate the buttons you...

How To: Set up the tone arm of a record player

In this how to video, you will learn how to set up a tone arm on a record player. First, you will notice the counter weight at the other end of the tone arm. Remove this first. Set the dial set to zero and have the lever pushed forward. Slide it on and lift the arm off of its rest. Play around with it until the arm floats. The next thing to do is to balance the cartridge. Many cartridges have different weight requirements. If you do not have the weight set up behind the arm, you cannot use di...

How To: Make an electromagnet with household items

Playing with magnets can be fun for people of all ages. Making your own magnets can also be a great way to keep yourself and young ones entertained as well. This tutorial will take you through the motion of making an electromagnet using items that are regaularly found within your home. Enjoy!

How To: Make a simple electromagnet

Playing with magnets can be a fun activity for many young children out there willing to learn about science. This tutorial gives those science hungry kids a cool little trick on how they can make their own electromagnet from scratch. The supplies are easy to get and will take only a few minutes to prepare. So sit back and find out what it takes. Enjoy!

How To: Build a universal motion alarm to protect your home

This video shows us the method to make a universal motion alarm to protect your home. You will need a reed switch with an alternating contact, a 9V battery with a battery clip, a switch, a buzzer, a small plastic box and a magnet. When a magnet is brought near the reed switch, it switches to the other contact and the switch is open. If the magnet is removed, the switch is closed and the buzzer starts ringing. Make the circuit with correct polarity for battery and the buzzer. Make a hole in th...

How To: Properly set up a turntable

Paul demonstrates to viewers how to properly set up a turntable. Each turntable has the same basic parts, so this tutorial should work for most users. There are several components: the platter is the part that spins and it has a slip mat on top. The tone arm is to the right and it has a head shell and stylus cartridge (needle) mounted on the end. The queueing lever is at the base of the tone arm and it raises and lowers the tone arm base. There is also a VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle) adjustme...

How To: Use a multimeter to test common household appliances

If you're doing any sort of electrical work at home, a multimeter is an invaluable tool to have. But as invaluable as it is to have a volt/ohm meter, it is obviously even more invaluable still to know how to use one. And, with this electrician's how-to, you'll learn how to do just that. For more information, and to get started using and reading multimeters yourself, watch this free video guide.

How To: Easily make an electromagnet

Ready to play scientist? This video will show you how to make a cool electro magnet out of a 9 V battery, a 9 V battery connector and parts from a Nokia phone charger. Use a fully charged battery for stronger magnet. Then solder the two parts together and plug in your battery. And just like that you’ve created a powerful yet simple magnet. Try picking up different things and use different batteries to test the difference in strengths . See science can be a whole lot of fun. Put on some funky ...

How To: Read binary on a block

Ever wonder how to read a binary clock? First, you must learn that in binary code there are only two numbers, one and zero. A binary clock has six columns and tells time in military time. The first two are for the hour. No light means zero. A light that is turned on is one. The first column has two dots the second column has four. if the second dot from the bottom in both columns is lit, it is 22:00 or ten o'clock. In the third column the light closest to the bottom is lit which means one. In...

How To: Make a microphone wind screen for a Zoom H2

For anyone who has ever used a microphone, trying to record something during a windy day can be a bit of a pain. Of course we can eliminate most of the interference with a simple wind screen that can be purchased at the store, but many times they can be a bit pricey. Well, in this tutorial find out how to make your own wind screener for a Zoom H2 mic. Enjoy!

How To: Unlock your AppleTV

Mike Agerbo explains the benefits from listening to one's music through AppleTV, however it seems that one cannot listen to any music or other audio files unless he/she is using iTunes media. Agerbo explains how you can use Apple TV with other types of media, using a program called ATV Flash. Agerbo believes ATV Flash to be an easy and inexpensive tool to upgrade one's Apple Television so it can use the USB port and download and use other media content. One can also create a Boxee account to ...

How To: Use a Vivitar flash for a kicker light outdoors

This video instructs the watcher on how to use the flash of a Vivitar to add light to photos taken outside if a little extra light is needed. Turn the camera on AV mode, choose an ISO setting like 100 or 200, then take a reading, either off the sky or an object. Then use the Vivitar to match up to that setting. Then position your camera off to the side to add a directional light to give the photo detail and kick. Follow the directions in this video to learn a new technique to give your outdoo...

How To: Replace ink cartridges in an Epson Artisan

We all know how frustrating it can be to replace ink cartridges in a printer. With the Epson Artisan printer, the task is simple and easy. The hardest part about replacing the cartridge is selecting the correct one. Even this job is made easy by the numbers on the cartridge casings. Simply pull off the tab before replacing, pop in the new one until it clicks, and you're ready to start printing whatever your heart desires. Exceed your vision!

How To: Make a lemon battery

VieDo expert Alan Puccinelli shows us how to make your own battery with a simple lemon. You might think it's impossible, but if you follow the instructions in this tutorial, you will find out that it is actually really simple. The video gives you a lot of information about electricity and about the way this lemon provides energy, so you will easily understand not only how to do it, but how does it work. Even though it's a very interesting experiment, such a lemon only gives you about one volt...

How To: Use the Pinnacle Video Transfer device

In this video, the author explains how you can use software called "Pinnacle Video Transfer" to convert your audio and video files to other audio, and video forms. This is so that you can carry them on whatever devices you want, and play them whenever you want. This video takes you through all those steps to convert your favorite audio and video files to different file formats. You would get a clear idea as to how you can easily capture videos by watching this great tutorial.