Six years after the release of the $35 Raspberry Pi computer, demand remains as strong as ever, with sales on track to pass 18 million boards anytime now.While the Pi's initial success stemmed from it being a budget board packed with enough computing power and features to perform tasks ranging from controlling robots to running a media center, its enduring popularity results from its strong software support and extensive community, who help newcomers and have created a wealth of tutorials and guides.Also: 'We thought we'd sell 1,000': The inside story of the Raspberry Pi Photos of the Raspberry Pi through the ages: From the prototype to Pi 3 A walkthrough of every model of the Raspberry Pi to be released dating back to an early prototype in 2006. Read More But the Pi is not alone, a broad spectrum of single-board computers exist: some similar to the Pi, some budget bare bones offerings and others more expensive but packed with improvements.The quality of these boards varies … [Read more...] about What are the best Raspberry Pi alternatives? Everything you need to know about Pi rivals
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Computer maker Asus' recently-launched Tinker Board for hardware enthusiasts is now available for purchase in the US. In January, the Taiwanese tech company took the wraps off the Tinker Board, which has been available in Europe but until now not the US. Just like the Raspberry Pi 3 and other boards, Asus' Tinker Board is a mini computer without a power supply, keyboard, mouse, and display. Tech Pro Research System Monitoring Policy Going old school with tape backup Leaders share software-defined networking's benefits, obstacles, favored vendors TechRepublic's Depreciation Calculator Available on Amazon for $60, the Tinker Board is nearly double the price of the $35 Raspberry Pi 3. However, ASUS has focused on higher performance features, equipping it with twice as much RAM, and support for 4K playback. The Tinker Board's core features include a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM processor from Rockchip, with a Mali-T764 GPU, and 2GB of DDR3 memory. That spec contrasts with the Raspberry … [Read more...] about Raspberry Pi challenger Asus Tinker Board hits US: Faster, more memory, $60
In a small town near the Vermont-Canadian border, the latest skirmish in the fight for affordable internet access is being waged by a 65-year-old woman pushing a laptop around in a baby stroller. Diane Peel, a retired nurse, is the lead organizer of a wireless mesh network in Newport, Vermont. Peel and her cohorts completed a two-year pilot project in February with less than a dozen housholds. This summer, they plan to offer high-speed internet access at a fraction of what the commercial ISPs charge. "In this day and age if you can't stay connected, then you're just going to lose out," said Peel. "There are kids growing up in families where the only access to the internet they ever see is their parents scrolling up and down Facebook on a smartphone. That is not preparing them to be adults in the society we have." For many Americans, a broadband connection at home is an essential necessity of 21st century life. And yet there are some who say they can't afford a smartphone data plan and … [Read more...] about How a Retired Nurse Provides Her Small Vt. Town With Internet
You might have seen the name Kodi pop up online lately and wondered what it's all about. At its core, Kodi is free, open-source software for managing your local collection of movies, television shows, music, and photos. You might even remember it as the old Xbox Media Center (XBMC). Kodi relies exclusively on your existing media, so it won't save you from your subscriptions to video streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu, or music streaming apps, such as Spotify or Pandora. Instead, Kodi's utility is its support for a wide range of file types and extensive cross-device compatibility. Read on below for a full explanation of the media manager. What Devices Does Kodi Support? You likely own at least one device that supports Kodi, since this free software is available for use on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and even Raspberry Pi (RPi) devices. Check out our feature on how to install, update, and use Kodi for more information. For some platforms, such as macOS and Windows, … [Read more...] about What Is Kodi?
In the vein of "everything old is new again," the media streaming software Kodi — formerly known as Xbox Media Center (XBMC) — has arrived on Xbox One. The free, open-source software, which is designed to help you organize, view and manage your local media collection on various devices, is now available worldwide via the Xbox Store, the Kodi team announced Friday. Just don't expect perfection. "It's not finished yet and may contain missing features and bugs," the team wrote. Kodi, for the uninitiated, works with your existing digital media files — things like movies, television shows, music, podcasts, and photos — and won't replace your subscriptions to video streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu, or music streaming apps, such as Spotify or Pandora. Instead, Kodi's utility is its support for a wide range of file types and extensive cross-device compatibility. If you use already use Kodi, you'll find that it looks pretty much exactly the same on Xbox One … [Read more...] about Kodi Launches on Xbox One, But Don’t Expect Perfection