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After a rocky road to get from device leaks and teasers to announcement and finally to taking actual orders, the team at Essential is working to prove to customers and the market that they can in fact keep up with the speed of the smartphone market and consumer expectations. Essential has already promised to make […]
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A new version of Android is starting to roll out worldwide, and already there are developers tailoring their apps and games for it. Let’s introduce you to the Complete Android Oreo with Kotlin Bundle on Talk Android Deals. With this bundle, you’re going to learn everything there is to know about creating smooth, quick experiences […]
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If you really want to show off your DIY skills, Arduino projects can be useful, beautiful, and downright impressive. Unfortunately, some also require some serious skill. Check out some of our current favorites.
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The United Arab Emirates, a place that knows a thing or two about constructing cities in harsh environments, has announced its most ambitious building project yet — a city on Mars.
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In December 2007, Cara Brookins was a 36-year-old computer programmer working full- time and taking care of her four young kids (ages 2, 11, 15, 17). From the outside, she looked like any other mom but personally she had just closed the door on an unsafe marriage and was preparing to rebuild her life.
After buying an acre of land in Bryant, Ark. and taking out a $ 150k loan, Cara and her four kids did something amazing … they rolled up their sleeves and started building their own home with the help of YouTube videos. The videos they watched on YouTube equipped them with the information they needed to make their big dream a reality. They watched videos to learn everything from how to build a solid foundation and construct countertops to even how to do their own plumbing. By September 2008–after nine months of working 20-hour days–Cara and her kids had finished their dream home. We spoke with Cara about finding hope, the power of YouTube, and why she chose to share her story:
Q: Take us back to the moment you decided to build your own house … what sparked the idea initially?
Cara: I had left a domestic violence situation with my four kids and we were really emotionally destroyed. All the advice I found for improving my life talked about baby steps and small goals. I couldn’t see how just resolving to get dressed in the morning was going to get me anywhere. We needed a safe place to live, and I was determined to do something big. So building a house felt like the most natural solution in the world.
Q: Why did you turn to YouTube?
Cara: We had always had a DIY mindset and we’d used YouTube to make our own jewelry and art projects. So we instantly focused on YouTube as the place to also learn how to set a foundation block or how to frame a window. I also researched energy efficient building ideas on YouTube. YouTube was really our go-to destination for the information we needed throughout the process.
Q: How did your family react when you told them what you were planning to do?
Cara: My parents thought I was absolutely nuts. They tried to talk me out of it and that shocked me. It seemed like such an obvious and perfect solution. Of course once they saw I was going to build it anyhow—yes, they already knew I was a very stubborn girl—they supported me in every way, even showing up on the job site to work.
Q: How did you and your family use YouTube throughout the process?
Cara: We used multiple videos for each project to learn multiple ways to do each thing, like frame a window or run a sewer line. And we tried to understand why each thing was done a certain way rather than just how to do it. Because we were watching at home on a computer (no smartphones!) and would have to remember everything to make it work the next day on the job site.
Q: Was there ever a point where you looked at the construction around you and thought “what have I gotten myself into?!”
Cara: From the day we broke ground, I thought this every single day until we moved in! It was an overwhelming number of decisions and amount of work. But I was the only adult to pull all the kids together and I had to play it confident and cool the whole time. I had to make the decisions and plans and then be the cheerleader. It was emotionally exhausting, but of course incredibly rewarding too.
Q: For anyone out there who may want to learn how to do something but doesn’t know where to start or thinks they can’t do it, what would you tell them?
Cara: Never stop with the phrase, “I don’t know how to do that.” Always add, “YET!” There are no limits to what you can accomplish if you truly want it. And of course that’s because if you want it badly enough you’ll put in a solid effort and endless hours of hard work. Approach each project with steady determination. I was a small computer programmer and an author. If I can build a house with my kids, there is no limit to what other people might accomplish.
Q: Why did you decide to write a book about your journey and what do you hope people take from reading it?
Cara: I never intended to write a book about the house when we were building it. I was pretty ashamed that my decisions had put us in this place, where our sanest option was to build our own shelter. Fiction writing was my big focus at the time. But after we finished, I knew I had to tell our story, not because I wanted other people to look at what we’d done but because I wanted them to imagine the big things they could build with their life. It took me six years to figure out how to write the book in the right away. I had dozens of versions before “Rise” sold. Even then there was a big fear over how people would react and what they would focus on in the story. It’s such a vulnerable time of our lives to share. But we’ve had so much support from across the entire world, and best of all the message people are receiving is that they really can do anything they dream of if they put in enough hard work.
Q: How did this experience impact your kids and your family?
Cara: My kids were so weak and small when we started this project. All our energy went toward survival with no energy left for setting goals or dreaming of a big future. After we built the house we each came away with the sense that absolutely anything was possible. Our dreams are ridiculous, crazy things and we don’t doubt for one second that we’ll achieve them.
It’s already one of the most technologically advanced countries, and now, Japan is looking to cement its position at the forefront of digital innovation. It’s all contingent upon a new supercomputer that aims to be the fastest in the world.
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The Google Pixel launched with Android 7.1 Nougat ahead of its release on the Nexus phones, marking the first time we’ve seen Google officially update another device to the newest OS before its Nexus line. Obviously that didn’t mean the Nexus phones were getting left behind permanently, and now we’re finally seeing 7.1 make its […]
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Technology is hoping to turn empathy into action. Or at least, the United Nations is hoping to do so. The intergovernmental organization is 71 at this point, but it’s constantly finding new ways to better the world’s citizenry.
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Android-86 has released its first build of Nougat for PC. What does that mean? You can now use the latest version of Android, great new multi-tasking features and all, on your computer.
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OnePlus took to their own forums to announce that a community build of OxygenOS 3.1 (Marshmallow) is available to flash on OnePlus X handsets, indicating that a final build may not be too far off. OnePlus has promised in the past the X would receive an upgrade to Marshmallow, but never provided a specific timeline […]
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Universal remotes are great but what if you could control your living room media hub via your coffee table? Do just that by the end of the weekend with this innovative Instructables walkthrough.
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At a production facility in Cologne, Germany, Ford is using machines called co-bots to help fit shock absorbers onto Fiestas. The co-bots work alongside humans and can even be programmed to make coffee.
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If you think you could have the next big Android app idea, perhaps you should learn the basics of coding with this nanodegree from Google and Udacity. If you’re willing to pay a cool $ 200 per month, that is.
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“DESI will enable us to measure the distance of up to 40 million galaxies over 5 years,” Parker Fagrelius, manager of the project at Berkeley Lab, tells Digital Trends.
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According to sources, AT&T might be developing its own smartphone. The carrier could be looking for ZTE to manufacture it and it would feature a forked version of Android developed by Cyanogen
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Even owners of a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One enjoy playing a retro game every once in a while, and here’s how to fashion one out of a Raspberry Pi 2, a MicroSD card, and an HDMI-compatible television.
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Architect Vasiliy Klyukin took to his blog this week to reveal the ambitious details of constructing a snake-like skyscraper in China or Japan. Though just a batch of renderings, the building would resemble a standing cobra.
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Dominate your neighborhood snowball fights with these easy-to-build semi-automatic snowball launcher made from a cordless leaf blower and some ABS piping. You can thank ex-NASA engineer Mark Rober for the ingenious idea.
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A new beta build of WhatsApp has an option that allows WhatsApp to share data with Facebook to “improve my Facebook experience.” Screenshots also show a document manager is likely on the way.
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Like music? Like fire? Then you’ll definitely want to build a Rubens’ Tube, which turns a line of flames into an on-demand music visualizer using just basic principles of sound.
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While most of the world still balks at the notion of using nuclear energy to power large-scale enterprises, Russia recently announced plans to build what could be its largest data center right on top of the Kalinin nuclear power plant.
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As technology gets smarter, so do toys. In the case of Robo Wunderkind, modular kits of tech-filled cubes that build plug-and-play robots, toys can be a good jumping off point for learning new skills. It’s already more than doubled its $ 70,000 funding goal on Kickstarter.
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