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Engineers Will Love this Dead Calculator Hacked Into a Wireless Keyboard

On the surface, hacking a broken calculator to serve as a Bluetooth ‘keyboard’ for a calculator app on a smartphone seems like hacking for hacking’s sake. But we all know how frustrating a touchscreen keyboard can be for anything but short messages, so for engineers or mathematicians crunching numbers all day, this hack might actually be genius? Read More >>

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Co-Inventor of the World’s First Handheld Electronic Calculator Dies at 86

Jerry Merryman, one of three people at Texas Instruments credited with inventing the world’s first handheld electronic calculator in the 1960s, died at a Dallas hospital on February 27th. Merryman was 86 years old. Read More >>

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Casio Is Reviving an ’80s Musical Calculator So You Can Play the Star Wars Theme While Doing Your Taxes

For a short while, listening to popular songs played on old-school calculators was a fun YouTube distraction. Fads come and go a lot faster on the internet, however, which is unfortunate for Casio. It’s releasing an updated version of a popular ‘80s calculator that plays music and a video game—but maybe a few weeks too late? Read More >>

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Much Like Cake, Solar Calculators are (Sometimes) a Lie

You trusted your calculator, and it lied to you. That little panel on the top there; it looks like it takes light and converts it to electricity - but there's a chance it doesn't. Instead, your solar calculator might be powered by a battery and nothing more. Read More >>

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Vintage Mechanical Calculator Shows Why It’s a Bad Idea To Divide by Zero

Everyone learns in primary school that you can’t divide by zero, but few of us ever learn (or fully understand) why. The stock answer is that it gives you an answer of infinity. The truth is a bit more nuanced than that, and an old mechanical calculator offers the perfect illustration. Read More >>

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It’s Easier to Tell the Time Than Do Maths on This Slide Rule Watch

We now live in a time where kids think of calculators as just another app. But before they were even standalone electronic devices, mathematicians and engineers had to suffice with a confusing mechanical device called the slide rule. But don’t worry, this watch is much easier to use. Read More >>

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This Little Professor Calculator Unboxing Video is Hilarious

Unboxing videos are generally a complete waste of YouTube storage. But what about when you've just laid your hands on... a Little Professor calculator? Read More >>

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How Much Would a Pumpkin the Size Of Your House Weigh?

The wonderful world of genetic engineering has given us gargantuan pumpkins the size of compact cars. But don't think it's going to stop there. In addition to spreading Halloween cheer and giving local evening news something to cover, giant pumpkins could eventually be grown to the size of a house and used as a cheap and temporary place for someone to live. Read More >>

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This Calculator Unboxing Parody Is Hilarious

Unboxing videos are perhaps the biggest waste of YouTube storage to grace the planet: watch a pimple-faced youth take a phone out of a cardboard container and play with some basic functions! Woo. But here's one worth watching. Read More >>

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The Best Get Rich Quick Scheme? Selling Stolen Graphing Calculators

You're down and out. You need to make some quick cash. You're not opposed to criminal activity. What do you do? Cook meth? Nah, just sell some stolen graphing calculators out of state. Read More >>

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Own a Piece of Design History With Braun’s Re-Released ET66 Calc

If Braun's ET66 calculator looks oddly familiar, like you've used it before, you probably have. Originally released in 1987, the ET66 shed the sliding switches of its predecessors, the ET22 released in 1976 and the ET44 released in 1978, and became an icon of product design. So much so that the iPhone's original calculator app was basically a rip-off of the ET66's design. As Steve Jobs liked to say: good artists copy, great artists steal. Read More >>

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How Many Rubik’s Cubes Would You Need To Build a House?

Looking for an easier way to change the color of your home without breaking out the paint brushes and rollers? Build it from Rubik's Cubes, instead of traditional materials like wood, steel, or drywall. Read More >>

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How Much Is Your House Worth In Bitcoins?

We've already explained everything there is to know about Bitcoins and Bitcoin mining, except the most important question that homeowners across the country are asking: how many Bitcoins can I get for my house? Read More >>

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How Many Tetris Pieces Would You Need To Build a House?

It was the game that defined a revolution in handheld gaming, but during the countless hours you spent playing Tetris and neatly organising falling tetrominoes, did you ever stop and wonder how many of those pieces you'd need to build a full-size house? Probably not, after all, what kid spends their time dreaming about home engineering? Read More >>

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How Much Would It Cost to Gift Wrap an Entire House?

If you were financially fortunate enough to be able to gift someone an actual house this year for Christmas, you'll want to do more than just hang a big bow on the front door. Unwrapping a mysterious present is half the fun of getting a gift, and with this handy calculator you'll be able to figure out just how many rolls of gift wrap you'd need for such a daunting task. Read More >>