Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi 3 gets 64-bit CPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Raspberry Pi 3 gets 64-bit CPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

While personal computers have mostly migrated to 64-bit CPUs more than a decade ago, mobile devices and embedded computers have only started their journey a year or two ago. With smartphones starting to carry 64-bit processors inside, the interest in 64-bit CPUs have also trickled down to development boards, including the Raspberry Pi. The latest and smallest RPi Zero is barely three months old and yet now we have a new, 3rd gen, regular-sized board. Called the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B in the tradition of other RPis, this DIY darling actually breaks tradition, with a 64-bit processor and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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Dissatisfied customer tweets Comcast when his speeds go down

Dissatisfied customer tweets Comcast when his speeds go down

Some already classify the Internet as a basic human need. Other still see it as a luxury. Whichever of the two views you subscribe to, when you're paying good money for one, you deserve, or are even legally entitled, to get what you pay for. ISPs, however, are not perfect, and all of them have their fair share of dissatisfied, sometimes even irate, customers. One customer from Comcast, however, made a rather ingenious, if not creative, way to call the ISPs attention when the quality of his connection goes down: by tweeting from a Raspberry Pi.

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This free OS turns the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero into a kids coding class

This free OS turns the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero into a kids coding class

The Raspberry Pi Zero has, with its $5 price tag, made prototype computing even more affordable, but what if you want to turn it to education? Enter Kano, best known for its kid-friendly DIY computer, but which now offers a version of its OS intended for young coders for the stick form-factor computer.

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Raspberry Pi Zero: computing in smaller size, smaller price

Raspberry Pi Zero: computing in smaller size, smaller price

Although development boards, like Beagle Board and Arduino, have been in existence far longer than it, the Raspberry Pi ushered in a revolution by bringing down the price without compromising (too much) on features. Plus, it has been committed to open source and open hardware from the get go. Now it's trying to do that magic again, but this time in a new form factor. With the popularity of HDMI PC sticks, it's not surprising that the new Raspberry Pi Zero would come in that size. What's surprising, however, is its $5 price tag.

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Adafruit Windows IoT Core Starter Kit gets the ball rolling

Adafruit Windows IoT Core Starter Kit gets the ball rolling

Microsoft's play to get Windows 10 into the Internet of Things trend was to strike a (somewhat controversial) deal with the makers of the Raspberry Pi. But getting the OS into the hands of Raspberry Pi owners is easy. Getting new hands to jump on board, not so much. Attempting to make it easier to join the fray, Microsoft has made another (probably also controversial) with popular open source hobbyist hardware maker Adafruit to bring a Raspberry Pi-based starter kit to life. At a price, of course.

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Quaver multiplayer piano records your jam and uploads to the web

Quaver multiplayer piano records your jam and uploads to the web

The quaver piano is an interesting upright piano that at first glance looks like any other piano that you might have seen in a home or church around the world. The big difference is that the Quaver piano is very brightly colored and has some interesting buttons on the cover that hides the wires and turning board.

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Raspberry Pi digital display launches with 800 x 480 resolution

Raspberry Pi digital display launches with 800 x 480 resolution

The little Raspberry Pi developer board is an item that tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts have been using for a long time to build up all sorts of projects that need electronics to work. One of the things that many fans of the Raspberry Pi have been anxiously waiting for was a display made specifically to support Raspberry Pi projects. That wait is finally over with the official Raspberry Pi touch display going on sale today.

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Orange Pi PC trumps the Raspberry Pi in price

Orange Pi PC trumps the Raspberry Pi in price

Although there have been many development boards before it, like the Arduino and BeagleBoard, the Raspberry Pi undoubtedly started a new trend of offering those same benefits with a more open hardware and, perhaps more importantly, a more affordable price tag. That has spurred a host of other boards, clones even, that try to repeat the magic of the RPi. Like this awesomely (not) named Orange Pi PC, from the makers of the Orange Pi, 1 and 2. They're advantage over the RPi? 20 bucks less.

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Windows 10 IoT Core is out, powers air hockey robot

Windows 10 IoT Core is out, powers air hockey robot

Following up on its promise to woo hackers, makers, and tinkerers. Microsoft is making available the first ever general release of the Windows 10 version that works on embedded devices. Dubbed the Internet of Things Core or IoT Core for short, this incarnation of Windows 10 was meant to run on low-powered development boards such as the Raspberry Pi and the MinnowBoard Max. This is potentially the most compact version of Windows to date (excluding the now defunct Windows CE) and helps keep Windows relevant beyond traditional computing devices.

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Raspberry Pi 2, Kinect make for a handy 3D scanner

Raspberry Pi 2, Kinect make for a handy 3D scanner

Microsoft may have hit on a mixed jackpot with the Kinect. While Xbox gamers might consider it a very optional, sometimes even unwanted, accessory, makers and tinkerers have flocked to it for how it made 3D scanning technology available the masses at an affordable price. However, it requires to be connected either to an Xbox or to a PC in order to function, which puts hard limits on its portability. But throw in a Raspberry Pi 2 into the mix, one of the most portable computers around, and you're good to go. Literally.

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Wi-Fi proxy could thwart cops, spies from finding you

Wi-Fi proxy could thwart cops, spies from finding you

The almost ridiculous extents which government agencies go through to get otherwise private data is sometimes being matched by equally almost ridiculous extents to protect it. Since Tor and VPNs no longer seem to be enough to protect user privacy, for good or for ill, some have taken seemingly drastic countermeasures. Like this Proxyham for example, which combines a Wi-Fi proxy with the concept of a HAM radio. Not only does it let users anonymously connect to Wi-Fi using almost unidentifiable low frequency radio channels, it also lets them connect from about 2.5 miles away.

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Raspberry Pi’s official case for matchbox-sized PC, cheaper than a box of matches

Raspberry Pi’s official case for matchbox-sized PC, cheaper than a box of matches

Raspberry Pi, the micro-sized PC adored by hackers and maker hobbyists, has been getting a lot of love lately in the form of new accessories and features. Now users can give the little device a proper housing, thanks to the first official case from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. While users often piece together some form of a case themselves — with Lego being a popular option — the best part about the official offering is that it'll cost less than a combo meal at the drive-thru: just over $8!

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