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[TechRadar] 8 essential tech projects for the weekend
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8 essential tech projects for the weekend

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/How%20tos/Projects%20for%20the%20weekend/hero11-470-75.jpg" alt="8 essential tech projects for the weekend"/><p>The weekend's here, and it's the ideal time to give your tech a bit of extra love. We've gathered together some of the best projects of the past week that you might not have had time to try.</p><p>These projects can help you improve the gadgets you already have, as well as discover cool new features you might not have even known about.</p><p>So, if you have some spare time this weekend, make sure you check out these essential tech projects – you can thank us later!</p><h3>Raise money with crowdfunding</h3><p><img src="http://cdn0.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/howto/World%20of%20Tech/crowdfund/hero-420-100.jpg" alt="8 essential tech projects for the weekend" width="420"></img></p><p>Whether you need a shot of capital for your business, or want to raise some cash to help you fulfil a lifetime ambition, crowdfunding could be the solution to your fundraising needs.</p><p>There are a number of ways to raise money through the internet, and we look at them in detail in our guide to <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/world-of-tech/how-to-raise-money-with-crowdfunding-1322537">Raising money with crowdfunding</a>.</p><h3>Fix any Linux problem</h3><p><img src="http://cdn3.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/howto/Computing/Linux/fix%20any%20Linux%20problem/hero-420-100.jpg" alt="8 essential tech projects for the weekend" width="420"></img></p><p>As any Linux user will tell you, there's a lot to love about the free and open source operating system, but it does have its… shall we say… 'eccentricities'.</p><p>If you're running into trouble with your Linux machine, then make sure you check out our comprehensive guide on <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/computing/how-to-fix-any-linux-problem-1322630">How to fix any Linux problem</a> – there's a good chance we'll have the solution.</p><h3>Install Linux on an Android phone</h3><p><img src="http://cdn4.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/howto/Smartphones/Android/Linux%20on%20Android/hero-420-100.jpg" alt="8 essential tech projects for the weekend" width="420"></img></p><p>If you love Linux and aren't experiencing any problems (or have just fixed them with our above guide…), then you may be interested in our tutorial on <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/how-to-install-linux-on-an-android-phone-1322579">How to install Linux on an Android phone</a>. </p><p>By putting a full version of Linux on a smartphone you can bring many advanced features to your mobile device, and it's also a good way of learning more about both Linux and Android.</p><h3>Get better at Googling</h3><p><img src="http://cdn3.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/howto/Internet/advanced%20google%20tips%20and%20tricks/googlehero-420-100.jpg" alt="8 essential tech projects for the weekend" width="420"></img></p><p>Using Google to search the internet has become part of everyday life for most of us – but you might not be using the search engine to its full potential.</p><p>In our <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/internet/advanced-google-search-tips-and-tricks-1322689">Advanced Google search tips and tricks</a> guide we show you some of the hidden Google tools that you can use to make finding what you're looking for on the web even easier.</p><h3>Get started with LibreOffice</h3><p><img src="http://cdn1.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/howto/Computing/Software/libreoffice/libreofficehero-420-100.jpg" alt="8 essential tech projects for the weekend" width="420"></img></p><p>LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite that rivals Microsoft Office when it comes to power and features. If you don't want to spend money on a Microsoft Office licence, LibreOffice is a great alternative, giving you word processing, database, spreadsheet and other essential office tools.</p><p>Check out our guide on <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/software/how-to-get-started-with-libreoffice-1322474">How to get started with LibreOffice</a> to find out everything you need to know about this excellent software suite.</p><h3>Boost your Google account's security</h3><p><img src="http://cdn0.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/internet/Google/Google_plus_laptop-420-100.jpg" alt="8 essential tech projects for the weekend" width="420"></img></p><p>If you've got a Gmail or Google Drive account then you also have an all-singing, all-dancing Google account that enables you to access all kinds of useful Google tools.</p><p>It's worth making sure this account is properly protected, as it holds a lot of your personal information, so this weekend is a great time to <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/internet/how-to-boost-your-google-account-s-security-1321633">Boost your Google account's security</a>.</p><h3>Get excited for Android N </h3><p><img src="http://cdn2.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/mobile_phones/Android/Android%20N/BetaTipsAndTricks/AndroidNbeta-420-100.jpg" alt="8 essential tech projects for the weekend" width="420"></img></p><p>If you've got an Android device then you should start getting excited about the launch of Android N, which will be the latest version of Google's popular mobile operating system.</p><p><a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/android-7-what-we-want-to-see-1311290">Android N is coming out later this year</a>, but if you have a compatible device you can download the beta version right now – check out our guide on <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/how-to-download-android-7-0-n-right-now-1316615">How to download Android 7.0 N</a>.</p><p>Even if you can't download Android N beta – or if you don't want to risk using such an early version of the software – you can still get excited about what's in store with our <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/android-n-beta-tips-and-tricks-1321783">Android N beta tips and tricks</a> article, which goes through some of the most exciting new features that are coming with Android N.</p><h3>Use Android Pay</h3><p><img src="http://cdn4.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/mobile_phones/Android/Android%20Pay/Barclays-420-100.jpg" alt="8 essential tech projects for the weekend" width="420"></img></p><p>Taking your wallet out with you is so last week – this weekend, why not try using your Android phone to pay for things instead, with Android Pay? We've got a guide to <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/how-to-use-android-pay-1321640">Setting up Android Pay</a>, and you'll be impressed by how convenient it is to use the service.</p><p>Got an iPhone? We've got you covered with our <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/phone-and-communications/how-to-use-apple-pay-1307090">How to use Apple Pay</a> guide as well.</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.techradar.com/tag/tech_projects">Catch up on our previous tech projects for the weekend</a></li></ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/U_cwXvIi92c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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