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pi-top outs a new laptop for budding coders and hardware hackers

By | computing, Education, electronics, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, hardware hacking, learn to code, pi-top, Raspberry Pi, Robotics, STEM, TC | No Comments

 U.K. edtech startup pi-top has a new learn-to-code-and-tinker machine. It’s another modular Raspberry Pi-powered laptop but this time they’ve reduced the number of steps needed to put it together, as well as adding a slider keyboard design so the Qwerty panel can be pulled out to provide access to a rail for mounting and tinkering with electronics. Read More

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A chat with the creators of Arduino

By | arduino, computing, Do it yourself, electronics, Gadgets, Internet of Things, Startups, TC, Technology, technotopia | No Comments

 On this week’s Technotopia I talked to Massimo Banzi and Fabio Violante, the co-creators of Arduino. This pair of Italian artists saw their little single-board computers as a gateway to high-tech art but they’ve essentially created a world in which anyone – from an 11-year-old hacker to a huge corporation – can make amazing hardware in a few hours.
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The PocketBeagle is the tiniest and most whimsically-named single-board computer on the market

By | Booting, computing, Gadgets, linux, TC | No Comments

 Do you need a Linux machine about as big as a few quarters? Man, have I got something for you. It’s called the BeagleBoard PocketBeagle and it’s the smallest Linux computer you can buy for $25. I’m a huge fan of single-board computers for one simple reason: in my childhood, the technology that enables these things simply didn’t exist. Further, a little kit like this… Read More

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Amazon is working on smart glasses to house Alexa AI, says FT

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, Amazon.com, Artificial Intelligence, computing, echo, Emerging-Technologies, Gadgets, mixed reality, Mobile, smartglasses, TC, Technology, Wearables | No Comments

 Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant, and a home security camera that could be linked to its existing Echo connected devices to further expand their capabilities, according to a report in the FT citing people familiar with the company’s plans. Read More

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Kristoffer Lawson talks about a future where you zoom into work

By | computing, Gadgets, HTML, html5, Startups, TC, technotopia | No Comments

 Kristoffer Lawson created one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while: Solu, the social computer. His tiny device uses a unique UI and UX to allow you to connect with friends and collaborate using an icon-based OS that lets you zoom in and out of work. Lawson and I spoke about the future of computing and how his ideas – and the ideas of other OS thinkers – will change the… Read More

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Nintendo’s SNES Classic Mini will let you rewind games to tackle tricky spots

By | computing, Gadgets, Gaming, Nintendo, TC | No Comments

 The SNES Mini is already causing heaps of FOMO anxiety thanks to pre-orders that are selling out near-instantly, but if any of us DO end up getting our hands on one, the console will have a neat trick up its sleeve for players: In-game rewind.
This would allow players to set a suspend point (up to four can bet set at one time per game), and then rewind their gameplay to try to improve their… Read More

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The Minifree Libreboot T400 is free as in freedom

By | BIOS, Booting, computing, Gadgets, lenovo, linux, TC, Thinkpad | No Comments

 The Libreboot T400 doesn’t look like much. It’s basically a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad with the traditional Lenovo/IBM pointer nubbin and a small touchpad. It’s a plain black laptop, as familiar as any luggable assigned to a cubicle warrior on the road. But, under the hood, you have a machine that fights for freedom. The T400 runs Libreboot, a free and open BIOS and the… Read More

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BlackPods brings your AirPods to the dark side

By | AirPods, Apple, apple inc, apple store, computing, EarPod, Gadgets, iOS, iPhone 4, iphone accessories, matte, nick, TC, Technology | No Comments

 This is the story of a guy who found a niche and stuck with it. The guy is a programmer named Nick who was worried about Apple’s wireless AirPods. He thought they looked stupid. “I didn’t have particularly high hopes when Apple first announced AirPods. I figured they would sound like their wired EarPods, which are fine but not particularly impressive. I was blown away when… Read More

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