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Make a DIY external button for your smartphone for $5

A couple of years ago, a tech gadget team created Pressy, an external button for your smartphone that could placed in the headphone jack and remapped for different uses. The button lets you control some phone functions without turning on the screen. Want to make your own multi-purpose button?  A DIY project posted on Instructables shows […]

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Lilbits (4-2-2014): Reversible USB cables and MIPS-based wearables

ARM-based chips get a lot of love from makers of smartwatches and other wearable devices, and Intel is making its own play for the wearable space. But Imagination Technology doesn’t want you to forget about MIPS-based processors. The company points out that it’s already partnering with Google to support the upcoming Android Wear platform for wearables… […]

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Pressy is a $17 button that controls your phone through the headphone jack

Physical buttons on smartphone seem to be an endangered species. But sometimes it’s easier to control your phone with the press of a button than an on-screen gesture. Enter Pressy. The developers are raising funds on Kickstarter in the hopes of bringing a customizable, physical button to Android smartphones. It’s a little device that you […]