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Gooseberry jams Android and overclocked CPU into Raspberry Pi rival

Gooseberry jams Android and overclocked CPU into Raspberry Pi rival

The Raspberry Pi has definitely made some waves. Just the other day we saw a Korean company offering up a similar board with a quad-core processor, and now another affordable challenger is available. The Gooseberry Android board features a 1Ghz processor that can be overclocked to 1.5Ghz, 512MB of RAM, a Mali-400 GPU, 4GB of onboard storage, and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional space.

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Raspberry Pi 5-megapixel camera add-on announced

Raspberry Pi 5-megapixel camera add-on announced

Earlier today we told you that the teeny tiny Raspberry Pi is now available for general order without any quantity restrictions in place, but the Raspberry Pi news isn't stopping there. A 5-megapixel camera add-on for the super-small and super-cheap computer has been announced as well, and it's expected to cost between $20 and $25. Not too bad, so long as you're okay with spending nearly as much on the camera as you did on the Raspberry Pi itself.

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Raspberry Pi now available for general order

Raspberry Pi now available for general order

The Raspberry Pi mini-computer took the internet by storm when it went up for pre-order, with numbers reaching as high as 350,000. The $35 computer offered a 700Mhz ARM11 processor along with a bevy of ports, primarily aimed at being a cheap education tool for schools, although HTPC enthusiasts, among others, looked at it with hungry eyes thanks to its 1080p video capabilities. Good news if you’ve been looking to score one, as the Raspberry Pi is now on general sale with quantity restrictions also having been lifted.

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ODROID-X trumps Raspberry Pi with quad-core CPU

ODROID-X trumps Raspberry Pi with quad-core CPU

The Raspberry Pi made quite a splash by offering a cheap way of computing to students or developings using a 700Mhz ARM11 processor. Now a Korean company has created a similar board utilizing a much more powerful quad-core Exynos processor from Samsung. The ODROID-X will clock the CPU at 1.4Ghz and come with 1GB of RAM, a Mali-400 GPU, six USB ports, an Ethernet port, an SD card slot, micro HDMI, and microphone/headphone jacks.

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FBI investigating ZTE over surveillance equipment deal with Iran

FBI investigating ZTE over surveillance equipment deal with Iran

ZTE is fast expanding its portfolio to Europe and the United States, but the Chinese company has now come under scrutiny from the FBI over reports that it sold computer equipment from American companies to Iran. According to a document obtained by The Smoking Gun, ZTE is trying to cover up details of a $130 million transaction with Iran that saw the Chinese company selling sophisticated surveillance equipment.

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PC sales slump with Asian shipments “worst in years”

PC sales slump with Asian shipments “worst in years”

Just when sales for the PC industry were looking up, computer shipments slipped globally in Q2. Analysts were expecting conservative numbers for the PC industry overall in Q2, and the latest report from IDC published this week shows sales were worse than expected. According to IDC, 86.7 million PC units were shipped globally in Q2.

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Acer Aspire 5600U AiO features Ivy Bridge and multitouch

Acer Aspire 5600U AiO features Ivy Bridge and multitouch

Acer has today announced the introduction of its Aspire 5600U All-in-One PC. The company says the slim chassis is around 35mm thick, with the machine featuring a 23-inch screen with a 1920x1080 resolution, a 5ms response time, 250 nits of brightness, and 10 point multitouch. The PC is powered by Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors, and there’s a discrete NVIDIA GPU too.

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Sacked Apple engineer snuck into HQ to complete calculator app

Sacked Apple engineer snuck into HQ to complete calculator app

Here’s a pretty incredible story: a contractor working for Apple named Ron Avitzur successfully managed to sneak into Apple headquarters and complete his software project long after it had been cancelled. Avitzur was originally part of a team working on a graphing calculator that would ship with the company’s new PowerPC computer in 1994. Apple scrapped the project and offered Avitzur a place in the company, but he declined, only wishing to work on projects that interested him.

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ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

We’ve seen SSD prices tumble down over the past year, but if you want the best performance possible you’ll still have to cough up a significant amount of cash. ADATA has a high-speed SSD that might take your fancy, the XPG SX910. The company says the SSD is 7% larger than drives that use a SandForce controller, and thanks to optimized firmware can hit 4k random read/write speeds of 50,000 and 85,000 IOPS.

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