8 superb — and cheap — Raspberry Pi alternatives

As great as the Raspberry Pi is — and let’s be honest, all of the devices in that family are excellent, especially for the money — it’s not the only such device available to buy, and some of the rival systems are arguably better as they come with Wi-Fi built-in, and other tricks, such as the ability to double as a wireless router, run Android, or display on-board scrolling messages. While there are plenty of pricier (and therefore more powerful) options available, I’ve focused on the more affordable choices here — ones that match, or better, the Raspberry Pi for… [Continue Reading]

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The new 64-bit Orange Pi is a quad-core computer for $20

 Need a teeny tiny computer that can run Android or Linux? Only have $20? Well you’re in luck. When we first met the Orange Pi (get it?) the company was selling a nice Raspberry Pi clone for $15. Now they’re selling a souped up version with all the trimmings. The board includes an Ethernet port and three USB ports. It has 1GB of memory, H5 High Performance Quad-core 64-bit… Read More

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VoCore2 is a coin-sized Linux computer and fully functional wireless router

Raspberry Pi has taken the world by storm, and inevitably there are now lots of similar, rival computers vying for attention, often offering something different in order to stand out from the crowd. Omega2, for example, is a $5 Raspberry Pi rival, with built-in Wi-Fi and storage. VoCore2’s unique selling points are size — it can fit on a coin — and versatility. It can be used as a Linux-based computer with Wi-Fi, or as a fully functional wireless router. It’s incredibly affordable too. The full VoCore2 costs just $11.99, but there’s a Lite version priced at $3.99. SEE ALSO:… [Continue Reading]

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Build a Talking Radio That Reads Incoming Notifications With a Raspberry Pi

The idea of a machine that talks to you intelligently might be a ways off still, but Instructables user MisterM wanted to make a radio that’d announce general details throughout the day. To do this, he wired up a Raspberry Pi Zero to a text-to-speech engine, then tossed in a dose of If This Then That.Read more…

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Fedora 25 Beta Linux distro now available for Raspberry Pi — here’s how to install it

The Raspberry Pi computers are extremely popular. It isn’t hard to see why people like them — they are small, inexpensive, and very useful for various projects. While they are arguably under-powered for use as, say, a full-time workstation, the diminutive machines aren’t really meant for that. If you do want to use it as a workstation, however, I have good news. Fedora 25 Beta Workstation is now available for both the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3. In addition to the Workstation image, Fedora 25 Beta Server is available too. Owners of ARMv6-powered Pi models, such as the… [Continue Reading]

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BBC micro:bit computer to roll out globally

The BBC micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer like the Raspberry Pi, except it’s even smaller — it measures just 4cm x 5cm. The device is powered by a 32-bit ARM Cortex Processor and comes with a built-in 5×5 LED matrix that gives you 25 individually programmable red LEDS to use as a display, some push buttons, so you can interact with games and programs, and an Accelerometer, Magnetometer and Bluetooth antenna. It has a reset button — so you can quickly restart the program on the device — and you can use the micro:bit anywhere by powering it with… [Continue Reading]

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How to Build Your Own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi

The Amazon Echo is useful to have around the home. It can play podcasts, take reminders and notes, tell you the length of your commute, even control other appliances in your house. But at prices ranging from $50 to $150, it’s an expensive proposition if you’re not sure you’ll use it. Good news though, you can make a fully-functional one using a Raspberry Pi.Read more…

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Linux Kernel 4.8 released with Microsoft Surface 3 touchscreen support

Over the weekend, Linux Kernel 4.8 was unleashed on the world. This version of the kernel has been available in no fewer than eight release candidate builds, but now there’s a stable build for everyone to play with. If you’ve been following through the release candidates, there are not a huge number of changes with the stable release — mainly driver, architecture and a few bits of generic code. But for anyone who skipped these releases, there’s more to look forward to including Raspberry Pi 3 SoC and Microsoft Surface 3 touchscreen support. Linus Torvalds himself seemed fairly excited to… [Continue Reading]

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The New Raspberry Pi OS Is Here, and It Looks Great

The Raspberry Pi’s main operating system, Raspbian, just got a brand new look from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Dubbed PIXEL, it’s a skin for Raspbian that modernizes the interface, adds some new programs, and makes it much more pleasant to use. Let’s take a closer look at your Pi’s new appearance.Read more…

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