Sunday 10 January 2016

Homemade chocolate using cocoa powder

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Most of us can't get cocoa beans where they live, or it's just too expensive. With this simple Instructable I will show you how to make delicious chocolate at home using only the basic ingredients which everybody has at home or can get at local supermarket for small amount of money.

For your convenience i wrote down all the measurements in metric and American system, if I conver metric to american wrong let me know.

Ingredients you will need for this Instructable are:

Milk - 150ml (2/3 of a cup)
Cocoa powder - 220g (2 cups)
Butter - 160g (3/4 of a cup)
Water - 230ml (1 cup)
Flour - 30g (1/4 of a cup)
Sugar -120g (1/2 of a cup) - if possible use powdered sugar

Take 220g (2 cups) of coca powder (make sure you take as finer powder you can find, look at the picture) and put them in a bowl. Take 160g (3/4 of a cup) of butter and put them in bowl containing the cocoa powder. Using a spoon grind bigger pieces of cocoa powder. I recommend chopping the butter in smaller pieces for easier processing. Put the contents of the bowl in a blender or a food processor and blend them into a fine paste (check the last picture), if you don't have an access to a blender or a food processor you can use a regular mixer for the job but I will warn you, it will be messy.

Put 230ml (1 cup) of water in a pot and put the paste you made in previous step in it. Heat it up until its hot, but not boiling. Put the fluid back in the bowl and add 150ml (2/3 of a cup) of milk , 30g (1/4 of a cup) of flour and 120g (1/2 of a cup) of sugar in while it hot. Put the mass in a food proccessor or mix it by hand until you get rid of the lumps.

Put the chocolate in different molds, ice cube trays, bowls to get different chocolate shapes and put in a fridge or the freezer for at least 6 hours. After it cools remove the chocolate form the mold using a knife and enjoy your homemade chocolate.


How to Make RJ11 to RJ45 Connectors for a DSL Modem

Standard registered jacks, known as RJ-type jacks, are found in nearly every communication and data system. Standard RJ-11 connections have four wires, but only two wires are used for basic telephone wiring. RJ-45 connections are primarily used for network and telephone cabling, but the connections are occasionally used for serial connections. RJ-45 connectors are similar to RJ-11 connections, but they are slightly wider. Making a cable for your DSL modem using both RJ-45 and RJ-11 connections allows you to save money and use as little or as much CAT5 cable as you need for your project.

RJ-11 and RJ-45 connectors can both utilize the wiring inside CAT5 cables.
Things You'll Need
 RJ-45 plug RJ-11 plug CAT 5 cable RJ-11/RJ-45 wire stripper and crimper
Cut the length of CAT5 cable that you need for your DSL modem, and strip two inches of the wire casing from each end of the CAT5 cable. Do not cut the wires inside the cable. Pick up one end of the CAT5 cable. This end will use the RJ-45 connector. Flatten out the wires so they will fit into the connector, and cut the wires evenly, abouot one inch from the end of the wire casing. Insert the wires into the RJ-45 connector with the locking tab facing down. The wires should reach all the way to the end of the clip. Arrange the wires in the following order, from left to right: White/Orange, Orange, White/Green, Blue, White/Blue, Green, White/Brown, Brown Crimp the end with the wires still in the clip. Pick up the other end of the CAT5 cable. This end will use the RJ-11 connector. Flatten out all of the wires so they will fit into the connector. Cut the wires evenly, about a half of an inch from the end of the wire casing. Insert the wires into the RJ-11 connector with the locking tab facing down. The wires should reach all the way to the end of the clip. Only the four middle pins are used, which will leave the two outside pins empty. Arrange the wires in the following order, from left to right: White/Orange, Blue/White, White/Blue, Orange/White. Crimp the end with the wires still in the clip.

how to create a free microsoft developer account

Are you a student?  Good news!  You can publish and sell apps in the Windows Store for free!  But how do you set this up?  Hpefully this will simplify the process for you.
First, go to and click on “Learn more” under “DreamSpark for Students.”
Click on “Create Account” to set up your DreamSpark account.  This is your student account that provides you with free helpful resources from Microsoft.
Fill out your information and “continue to verify.”
You can get your account verified in one of three ways: (1) using your school .EDU email address (2) using your ISIC card number or (3) using a verification code that you may have received from a Microsoft representative.
Once your account is verified you can sign into DreamSpark at
You can confirm that you’re verified once you sign in under “Create Account.”  Now click on “app development” at the top.
Click on “Learn more” under the Windows 8 section.
Scroll down and click on “Get your Registration Code.”
Click on “Get code Now.”  Keep this tab open, so you can use this code later when you’re asked for $49 to set up a Windows Store account.
Open a new tab and go to  Sign in at the top right.  You may need to set up a Microsoft account.  You can either use an existing email address or create a new one to set up your Microsoft account.  This is different from your DreamSpark account, as you can use your Microsoft account to download or publish Windows Store apps, store and share files on SkyDrive, etc.  After you’ve signed in, go to Dashboard.
The first time you sign in on a new device with an account, Microsoft will ask you to verify this account by sending you an access code either via SMS, phone call, or email.
Once you receive the email, text, or phone call with the code, enter and submit the code you just received.  This may take a few minutes to receive, so please be patient.  If you don’t want to do this again on your current device, be sure to check the box.
Now you can start filling out information to set up your account.
Your DreamSpark account comes with a free Individual account.  Click on “Enroll now.”
Accept the terms and conditions of the App Developer Agreement.
Remember that registration code you got earlier from the DreamSpark account?  It should be open in the other tab.  Enter that and click on “Update total.”  Your total should become 0.00
You’ll be asked to provide a credit card for verification purposes.  Microsoft will withdraw a small amount (<$5) from your account, then put it back and ask you to verify the amount.
Congratulations!  You’re all set up with a free Windows Store developer account, and you’re ready to submit apps to the Windows Store!

Xbox Live Games with Gold January 2016 free games: 2 titles per console for the month


A new month means another surprise treat for Xbox 360 and Xbox One players as another round of the Games with Gold program starts for Xbox Live subscribers.
Paul Thurrott listed the four new games that will most likely be added to Xbox players' collections, since the monthly Games with Gold program lists free games for download. For January, four new titles, two for each console, are up for grabs.
For the Xbox One, players can get "Killer Instinct" for free for the whole month of January. The title is the "Season 1 Ultra Edition" version of the brawler and fighting game. Unlike the base "Killer Instinct" title where players get only one character unlocked at the start, the "Season 1 Ultra Edition" unlocks all eight characters from the first season of "Killer Instinct," as well as alternate costumes for each character.
In addition, the "Killer Instinct" copy for the Games with Gold program comes with at least 16 character accessory packs, as well as the original 1994 version of "Killer Instinct: Classic."
Meanwhile, available as a free game download from the second half of January until Feb. 15 is "Zheros," a sidescroller platform with team co-op modes.
For the older-gen Xbox 360, two games are available for download. "DiRT: Showdown" is free from Jan. 1 to 15, and players who are into rally games will find the title's single-story and multiplayer modes engaging. Aside from two general gameplay modes, there are also various dirt-strip missions for players to finish, from straight-up demolition rallies, to party events. Meanwhile, available for the latter half of the month is "Deux Ex: Human Revolution," showing a futuristic world where cybernetic implants, human and machines are the norm.
Although each console only gets two listed titles for free, Ecumenical News noted that Xbox One owners will most likely download all four, since the new system update for the console already unlocked the backwards compatibility feature for the Xbox One.

Games and gaming trends coming our way in 2016

 Warcraft fans will be pleased to hear the game is being turned into a movie.


It’s been a tough few years for Nintendo. Despite making some wonderful games, its Wii U has struggled to win over fans and the company has reported some of its worst financial results in decades. This year, it will fight back with a new console – the NX. Very little is known about the machine other than it is intended to bridge the worlds of portable gaming and the console that sits under the TV. Nintendo has confirmed that it will be unveiled this year and manufacturers say it could be on shelves by Christmas.



Lenovo Preparing to Offer Google's First Project Tango Smartphone

The Lenovo phone will capture Google's dream of a handset that will give users 3D views and data about their surroundings.

Lenovo is engineering and building Google's first Project Tango smartphone—which is slated to give users a wide range of 3D views and data about indoor physical locations, and is expected to be released later this year. The Project Tango smartphone initiative was announced by Johnny Lee, technical project lead for program, in a Jan. 7 post from the CES 2016 event in Las Vegas on the Google Developers Blog. "By adding a few extra sensors and some computer vision software, Project Tango transforms your smartphone into a magic lens that lets you place digital information on your physical world," wrote Lee. No technical details or specifications of the coming smartphones (concept image pictured) were unveiled, but Lee wrote that application developers are being invited to submit their ideas for gaming and utility apps that could be made available for users in the future.

"We'll pick the best ideas and provide funding and engineering support to help bring them to life, as part of the app incubator," Lee wrote. "Even better, the finished apps will be featured on Lenovo's upcoming device." The submission period will remain open through Feb. 15, he wrote. "All you need to do is tell us about your idea and explain how Project Tango technologies will enable new experiences." App developers will be asked to lay out a project schedule for their proposals, including milestones for development; visual mockups such as concept art, smartphone app screenshots and videos; an appropriate narrative; a breakdown of the project team and members; and a one-page biography describing past app portfolio experience and a company profile. Home improvement store chain Lowe's is already working on its own Project Tango app that would let a user point his or her Project Tango-enabled smartphone in their kitchen to see where a new refrigerator or dishwasher might fit virtually, wrote Lee. Another developer, Schell Games, is working on an app that lets users play virtual Jenga on any surface with a group of friends, he wrote. "There are also some amazing featured apps for Project Tango on Google Play," wrote Lee. "You can pick up your own Project Tango Tablet Development Kit here to brainstorm new fun and immersive experiences that use the space around you." The Lenovo smartphone that is being developed for the project will retail for less than $500 and will be available this summer, according to a Jan. 7 article in The Wall Street Journal. Qualcomm will supply the processor chips for the handsets, the article said. Google's Project tango was introduced in February 2014 as an initiative to compress current understandings about robotics and computer vision into a mobile phone, according to a past eWEEK article. The idea of the project is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion that will allow the devices to provide more data to users than is seen on a touch-screen. Project Tango is designed to capture and track large amounts of data using 3D measurements to help make it possible using extra intelligence.

Letv gadgets come with most upgraded fingerprint technology

Letv, a global leader in smart device technology announced that its next generation smartphone devices will be powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), starting with the Le Max Pro smartphone.
As the world's first tech company to announce the use of the new Snapdragon 820 processor, Letv continues to demonstrate innovative product development with the ultimate in connectivity, graphics, entertainment, mobile photography and power efficiency.
"Letv has already established itself as one of the world's top innovators and our decision to include the Snapdragon 820 processor in these new devices demonstrates our commitment to creating and delivering the best technology available to our customers," said Jun Liang, chief operating officer at Letv.

"Once the marketplace sees the dramatic performance enhancements in our smartphones, we are confident they will not accept anything less." The Le Max Pro boasts a robust set of features, including Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology, the mobile industry's first comprehensive ultrasonic-based fingerprint biometric solution, providing a more secure, reliable alternative to capacitive-based fingerprint sensors.
Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology now includes a new live-ness detection feature, helping to ensure that an actual finger is being used for biometric authentication, and making the solution even more difficult to spoof. The Le Max Pro is the first commercial device with Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology and will be the first with the new live-ness detection capability as well.
The Le Max Pro also features Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 for up to 75% faster charging than conventional methods.
Additionally, Letv will be the first to roll out commercial devices integrating 802.11ad multi-band wireless connectivity for multi-gigabit speeds and nearly uncompressed content transfer.
"We are very pleased that Letv is first to bring compelling and advanced smartphones to consumers that are powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor and feature Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology," said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.
With an ability to move content between devices in near real-time, and with an uncompressed signal, QTI's technologies in Letv's ecosystem of products maximize the user-experience, as well as the display quality on beautifully designed mobile and television devices.
The Le Max Pro is the latest addition to Letv's Le Superphone family, which sold more than one million units last November.

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro vs MacBook Pro vs Microsoft Surface Book: Specs, Features Detailed

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro vs MacBook Pro vs Microsoft Surface Book: Specs, Features Detailed - Apple's MacBook Pro and Microsoft's Surface Book have managed to impress both the reviewers as well as the customers and now Samsung has launched the ATIV Book 9 Pro to challenge the two devices.

The display of ATIV Book 9 Pro is bigger than the 13.5-inch Surface Book and Retina MacBook Pro. With a 4K resolution of 3,840x2160 pixels, it beats the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro at 2,880x1,800 and Surface Book at 3,000 x 2,000 pixels.
The ATIV Book 9 Pro comes loaded with a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor, paired with 8GB of RAM and integrates an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics card.
It is notable that the lower-end Surface Book has a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 coupled with 8GB of RAM, while its higher-end counterpart is equipped with Intel Core i7 and 16GB RAM.
The MacBook Pro is powered by a a dual-core Intel Core i5 for the low- end device and high-end being the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which powers on an Intel Core i7 processor. A 16GB of RAM is included in both the device.
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro runs Windows 10 Home while the Surface Book has Windows pro version along with a 30-day free trial of Microsoft Office 365 productivity subscription service. Apple's MacBook Pro runs OS X 10.
The dimensions of ATIV Book 9 Pro and 15-inch MacBook pro are almost similar. The former has 14.72 x 9.83 x 0.70 inches, while the latter has 14.41 x 9.73 x 0.71 inches. ATIV weighs 4.45-pound which is a lighter than the MacBook Pro.
Surface Book being the laptop-cum-tablet weighs just 3.34-pound and measures 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.51 to 0.9 inches. The 13-inch MacBook Pro measures 12.35 x 8.62 x 0.71 inches.
Samsung claims that ATIV can deliver up to 6.5 hours of performance on a single charge in comparison with the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro that lasts up to 9 hours.

How to Make a Network Cable

The steps below are general Ethernet Category 5 (commonly known as Cat 5) cable construction guidelines. For our example, we will be making a Category 5e patch cable, but the same general method will work for making any category of network cables.

1 Unroll the required length of network cable and add a little extra wire, just in case. 
 If a boot is to be fitted, do so before stripping away the sleeve and ensure the boot faces the correct way.
2 Carefully remove the outer jacket of the cable. Be careful when stripping the jacket as to not nick or cut the internal wiring. One good way to do this is to cut lengthwise with snips or a knife along the side of the cable, away from yourself, about an inch toward the open end. This reduces the risk of nicking the wires' insulation. Locate the string inside with the wires, or if no string is found, use the wires themselves to unzip the sheath of the cable by holding the sheath in one hand and pulling sideways with the string or wire. Cut away the unzipped sheath and cut the twisted pairs about 1 1/4" (30 mm). You will notice 8 wires twisted in 4 pairs. Each pair will have one wire of a certain color and another wire that is white with a colored stripe matching its partner (this wire is called a tracer). 
3 Inspect the newly revealed wires for any cuts or scrapes that expose the copper wire inside. If you have breached the protective sheath of any wire, you will need to cut the entire segment of wires off and start over at step one. Exposed copper wire will lead to cross-talk, poor performance or no connectivity at all. It is important that the jacket for all network cables remains intact. 
4 Untwist the pairs so they will lay flat between your fingers. The white piece of thread can be cut off even with the jacket and disposed (see Warnings). For easier handling, cut the wires so that they are 3/4" (19 mm) long from the base of the jacket and even in length.
5 Arrange the wires based on the wiring specifications you are following. There are two methods set by the TIA, 568A and 568B. Which one you use will depend on what is being connected. A straight-through cable is used to connect two different-layer devices (e.g. a hub and a PC). Two like devices normally require a cross-over cable. The difference between the two is that a straight-through cable has both ends wired identically with 568B, while a cross-over cable has one end wired 568A and the other end wired 568B.[1] For our demonstration in the following steps, we will use 568B, but the instructions can easily be adapted to 568A.
  • 568B - Put the wires in the following order, from left to right:
    • white orange
    • orange
    • white green
    • blue
    • white blue
    • green
    • white brown
    • brown
  • 568A - from left to right:
    • white/green
    • green
    • white/orange
    • blue
    • white/blue
    • orange
    • white/brown
    • brown
 6 You can also use the mnemonic 1-2-3-6/3-6-1-2 to remember which wires are switched. 

7 Press all the wires flat and parallel between your thumb and forefinger. Verify the colors have remained in the correct order. Cut the top of the wires even with one another so that they are 1/2" (12.5 mm) long from the base of the jacket, as the jacket needs to go into the 8P8C connector by about 1/8", meaning that you only have a 1/2" of room for the individual cables. Leaving more than 1/2" untwisted can jeopardize connectivity and quality. Ensure that the cut leaves the wires even and clean; failure to do so may cause the wire not to make contact inside the jack and could lead to wrongly guided cores inside the plug. 

8 Keep the wires flat and in order as you push them into the RJ-45 plug with the flat surface of the plug on top. The white/orange wire should be on the left if you're looking down at the jack. You can tell if all the wires made it into the jack and maintain their positions by looking head-on at the plug. You should be able to see a wire located in each hole, as seen at the bottom right. You may have to use a little effort to push the pairs firmly into the plug. The cabling jacket should also enter the rear of the jack about 1/4" (6 mm) to help secure the cable once the plug is crimped. You may need to stretch the sleeve to the proper length. Verify that the sequence is still correct before crimping. 

9 Place the wired plug into the crimping tool. Give the handle a firm squeeze. You should hear a ratcheting noise as you continue. Once you have completed the crimp, the handle will reset to the open position. To ensure all pins are set, some prefer to double-crimp by repeating this step. 

10 Repeat all of the above steps with the other end of the cable. The way you wire the other end (568A or 568B) will depend on whether you're making a straight-through, rollover, or cross-over cable (see Tips). 

11 Test the cable to ensure that it will function in the field. Mis-wired and incomplete network cables could lead to headaches down the road. In addition, with power-over-Ethernet (PoE) making its way into the marketplace, crossed wire pairs could lead to physical damage of computers or phone system equipment, making it even more crucial that the pairs are in the correct order. A simple cable tester can quickly verify that information for you. Should you not have a network cable tester on hand, simply test connectivity pin to pin.

Watch Battlefield Hardline Expansion's New Cinematic Trailer

Battlefield Hardline's third expansion launches next week, and to mark the forthcoming release, Visceral Games has put out a new cinematic trailer for it. The expansion is called Getaway, and the video very much follows that theme. It shows criminals escaping police pursuit by crossing into Mexico and speeding down the Pacific coast. Take a look at the video below, which was produced by TheFloppyRagdoll.

Getaway launches for Premium members on January 12 across PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Everyone else can buy the content on January 26.
The expansion is billed as the "fastest, most explosive" add-on for Hardline to date.
It adds four new maps, a new mode (capture the bag), and three new weapons for the Mechanic class and the one-hit kill Fire Axe. There are also more gadgets, vehicles, and camo included with the expansion.
In other news about Hardline, Getaway will introduce a new Competitive Match option. You can learn more about that in our previous coverage.

DEADBOLT, the new game from Risk of Rain creators Hopoo Games, releases first trailer

Deadbolt Trailer Grab

In the last few years i've been conditioned into thinking squalid urban settings and a thumping soundtrack make it violence o'clock. With DEADBOLT, this trend looks set to continue as you play 'The Reaper' on a mission to put down an undead uprising.

If you prefer your zombie killing a little more conventional, why don't you try out some of our Top 10 Zombie Games
The below trailer reminds me of recent 'thumping soundtrack, gore and murder-em-up' Not A Hero but with less balletic movement and more of a focus on the Reaper's particular skillset.
That and the game's dynamic gore system, which promises "all evisceration leads to satisfaction ". Gross.  In the trailer your character pulls over tables for cover, turns to smoke to get through vents, starts some fires and hits a dog in the head with a sledgehammer.
But it turns out the agent of death isn't its master, and while you'll be given 30 weapons to get the job done, a single round will put you down. That's going to be no good against the 35 different varieties of undead you'll be squaring up to, but with a variety of options and routes for you to experiment in, I'm sure you'll find a way.
Best you watch the trailer really, isn't it?

New 'Assassin's Creed Chronicle India' Gameplay Trailer Reveals Artistic POV

Assassin's Creed Trailer

The latest addition to the Assassin's Creed series, the Assassin's Creed Chronicle India is different from the past Assassin's Creed games Ubisoft has released because the is a mix of 3D and 2D style gaming. The environment and even the characters in the game are in 3D but the game play is in 2D platform style.
Aside from being a cross between 3D and 2D gaming, the game itself has taken on a much artistic approach, maybe the Indian culture and setting has a lot to do with the artistic feel in the game but it is very visible that even a simple swoosh and thrust of your sword can pop rainbow like colors that of which resembles Indian art.
Assasin's Creed Chronicles India is set to be released digitally on Jan. 12, on present level consoles.
Watch the game play trailer below.