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News from this week’s Computex show in Taiwan is starting to wind down. But tech news never sleeps… and today’s news roundup includes tips on adding a wireless charging component to a cheap tablet, turning a Raspberry Pi into a retro gaming cabinet, and a new project to build a smartphone using more ethical resources.
Here’s a roundup of tech tips and news from around the web.
- Adding wireless charging to the Hisense Sero 7 Pro $149 tablet
The Hisense Sero 7 Pro offers a lot of things for not a lot of money. It has a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, front and rear cameras, and microSD and micro HDMI ports. But it doesn’t have a wireless charging system… unless you make one. [xboxexpert @ xda-developers]
- Fairphone wants to create smartphone with conflict-free materials, fair working conditions
Like gadgets, but hate sweatshops and conflict minerals? Fairphone wants to try to produce a smartphone using ethical resources. Apparently thousands of folks are interested in backing that project, because they’ve pre-ordered a phone that doesn’t yet exist… to help it exist one day. [Engadget]
- How to turn a Raspberry Pi into a retro gaming system
Playing classic games on a Raspberry Pi $35 computer is easy. Just install an emulator and get your Pac Man fix. But adding hardware controllers to help you bring back the video arcade experience involves a little more work. Here’s how to do it. [Adafruit]
- Plex Connect brings the Plex Media center app to Apple TV, no jailbreak needed
We’ll see how long it takes Apple to plug this security hole, but the developers behind the Plex media center app have figured out a way to let you use Plex to stream content from your computer to an Apple TV. Some online video streams work as well. [GigaOm]
- Samsung adds Galaxy S4 Active to lineup, features 5″ display, quad-core CPU, rugged case
Samsung has a new version of the Galaxy S4 aimed at folks who work or play outdoors, or just need something a little sturdier than a typical smartphone. It has a 5 inch, 1080p display, a 1.9 GHz quad-core CPU, and a water and dust-resistant case that you can dunk under a few feet of water for up to a half hour. [Droid Life]
- Photos showswhat’s allegedly an HTC One Mini next to a full-sized model
HTC hasn’t actually announced plans to make an HTC One Mini. But rumors abound, and now photos of what looks like a 4.3 inch model sitting next to a 4.7 inch HTC One are making the rounds. Honestly, I don’t see much of a difference in screen size. [Forte]
- Yahoo redesigns its search page (a little bit)
Yahoo is launching a redesigned search results page. It doesn’t look all that different, but it brings the first results a little closer to the top of the page, has a simpler design, and loads faster. [Yahoo]