Netflix updates API to remove expiry dates for movies, shows
Netflix has removed the expiry dates for films and TV shows from its public API, following recent reports that the streaming service would drop around 1,800 items of content in May alone. According to a company blog post, the change is being made due to the inaccuracy of the expiry date due to the "frequent, often last minute, changes in content flow," though the field will still appear with a default date in the API, in order to avoid errors in third-party apps.
Small computer ships big numbers, production up
The diminutive Raspberry Pi computer has gone on to big sales, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced last week. Since its launch in February of last year, the tiny Linux device has gone on to more than a million units sold, according to a post on the Foundation's blog. Manufacturing of the device has also been scaled up, considerably.
Google puts Nexus 7 on sale in Indian Google Play store
Google has opened up the Nexus 7 to pre-order in India, ahead of the April 5th release date. The Google Play store lists the tablet at 16,000 rupees ($295) for 16GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity, reports ZDnet, and will have the same 32GB option seen in other territories available to purchase. A version with mobile data access is not currently listed in the store.
RadioShack discounts iPhone 5 purchases
RadioShack has started a new promotion that allows customers to save $25 on the purchase of an AT&T or Sprint iPhone 5. The promotion will run until February 14 and applies to both new purchases and hardware upgrades for any iPhone 5 model. In addition to this deal, RadioShack's Trade and Save program is also offering up to $250 to customers who choose to trade in a working iPhone 4S, or as much as $150 for a working iPhone 4.
Donation to help encourage students to start programming
Schools in the United Kingdom will be receiving free Raspberry Pi Model B boards, courtesy of Google. The grant from Google Giving will help provide the schools around 15,000 units of the low-cost micro computer, in a bid to encourage more students to take up computer programming, and to encourage change in the way computing classes are currently taught.
Sales figures suggest close to millionth unit milestone
The Raspberry Pi micro computer has sold at least 500,000 units since launch, and could have reached the million-unit mark, according to sales figures. Numbers released by Element 14 (Premier Farnell) has confirmed that the hobbyist and low-cost computer system has passed the half-million barrier, while previous figures from the other distributor, RS Components, suggest it may have already passed the millionth shipped sale.
Pi Store aims to make microcomputer easier to use
The Raspberry Pi micro computer now has its own app store. Called the Pi Store, the non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the service today, with the intention of making it "easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools and tutorials," and as a one-stop shop for those new to the Raspberry Pi to get going quickly.
Wii U, Surface among other list entries
Time Magazine has awarded the iPhone 5 the title of "Gadget of the Year" for 2012. In his piece on the phone, writer Harry McCracken calls the device "one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone's ever built," and claims it outperforms other "nifty" smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III, which isn't included in his top-ten list despite the presence of the Galaxy Note II in eighth place. "When it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer," McCracken argues.
Micro computer loses Ethernet port, halves RAM
The initial samples of the Model A Raspberry Pi micro computer have rolled off the production line ready for testing. The engineering test samples mark the first time the Model A version has been produced since the Raspberry Pi began development, and comes seven months after the Model B started shipping to customers.
Near-manufacture 5-megapixel camera to undergo testing
A prototype of the full production camera add-on for the Raspberry Pi has been demonstrated in public. Shown at the Electronica 2012 trade fair in Munich, Germany last week, the 5-megapixel camera is said to be close to the eventual final production model, suggesting it will be released to hardware hobbyists in the not too distant future.
Microcomputer capable of more memory-intensive applications
The Raspberry Pi has received a RAM upgrade. The miniature computer has now got 512MB of RAM, double that of the original release, and allows the Raspberry Pi to be used in more memory-intensive applications. Despite the increase in onboard memory, the non-profit foundation chose to keep the price at $35, instead of raising it higher.
Turbo mode lets System on Chip hit 1GHz
The Raspberry Pi can now be overclocked without affecting the warranty. The credit card-sized microcomputer maker has created a way to make a "turbo mode", which allows the 700MHz processor run at around 1GHz, with nbench reporting it as 52-percent faster on integers, 64-percent faster on floating points, and 55-percent faster on memory.
Development team suggests release candidate one month away
A port of Android 4.0 for the Raspberry Pi is getting closer to release. An update from the Raspberry Pi blog shows a video demonstrating the most recent Ice Cream Sandwich build running on the credit card-sized computer, as development nears completion. The stumbling block delaying the release centers around AudioFlinger, the audio software used by Android, which is still being worked on by the developer.
Sonos Controller app for Android and iOS
The Sonos Controller app for Android and iOS devices received an update today that improves functionality and adds features to both versions. A blog post on Sonos' web page described the new features, chief among which is optimization for 7-inch and 10-inch Android tablets. The Android version also supports landscape mode and features a resized album art screen. The iOS version is now optimized for display on Retina devices, and users can now control the volume on a Sonos system using the physical volume buttons on their devices.
Raspberry Pi to get camera by October
The Raspberry Pi miniature computer will be getting a camera add-on later this year. CNet UK reports that the credit card-sized Linux computer will see its first add-on in the form of a camera module with a 5MP sensor. The module plugs into the Pi and takes still pictures and video. The module is expected to cost between $20 and $25 and will likely arrive some time in the next three months.
RS, Farnell manufacturing 4,000 Raspberry Pi's per day
Restrictions on Raspberry Pi orders have been lifted, enabling customers to place bulk orders. According to the official Raspberry Pi blog, both RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell have stopped restricting Raspberry Pi sales on a one-per-customer basis, opening the door to quantity orders for the in-demand credit-card-sized computer.
Quad-core ODROID-X offers hackers new microPC toy
Following in the footsteps of the popular $35 Raspberry Pi ARM-based Linux hacker home theatre microPC, Hardkernel is about to ship the ODROID-X for $129 at the end of July. For the price differential, users will get access to substantially more powerful hardware, not least of which is the 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor featured in the Galaxy S III. As the video embedded below shows, the it will also offer users a solid gaming experience in the vein of the OUYA Android gaming console that recently took Kickstarter by storm.
Element 14 surpasses 100k RaspBerry Pi orders
Raspberry Pi's tiny $35 Model B computer, which recently began shipping, has surpassed more than 100,000 orders maker element14 reported on Wednesday. While it was originally due to ship in February, a number of delays meant element14 was only recently able to resume production in full force. Orders placed on or before April 18 will arrive by the end of June, while those received after won't ship until July.
Delayed Raspberry Pi now being shipped
RS Components and Allied Electronics have started sending Raspberry Pi boards to customers as of today. The earliest customers in the order queue received e-mails over the weekend with a voucher code and a link to a dedicated page to order their micro-PC. However, the site had issues with crashing from others wanting to order without receiving their code.
Raspberry Pi expected in customer hands in days
Raspberry Pi customers have started to receive e-mails alerting them to the imminent shipment of the repeatedly delayed home theatre hobbyists’ micro-PC. However, while this is good news for customers eager to get their hands on the sold out Model B version of the device, some users have reported difficulties using their e-mailed voucher codes. Apparently, the weight of demand of customers rushing to complete their order is causing the website server to crash.
Raspberry Pi hit with another shipping delay
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has explained a new and unanticipated delay ahead of the anticipated arrival of its hacker and enthusiast friendly Raspberry Pi micro-computer. The UK distributors of the Linux-based home theatre PC, RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell, have told the foundation that they are not prepared to ship the devices until they receive CE certification. Raspbery Pi, although arguing that their micro-PCs don’t constitute a ‘finished end product,’ have said that they will respect the decision of its partners.
Raspberry Pi suffers ethernet port issue
Raspberry Pi has announced that its $25 Linux-based microPC for home theatre buffs has been delayed due to a manufacturing glitch. The foundation reports that its manufacturer sourced incorrect Ethernet jacks without integrated magnetics as had been specified. Instead, non-magnetic jacks were soldered meaning that the micro-PCs will not connect to a network.
Rasberry Pi micro PC for homebrewers inbound
Raspberry Pi has announced that its delayed micro PC is now available for pre-order. The company has indicated on its website that the units are on the way from China and that buyers can start placing their orders now. The diminutive device is aimed at home theatre PC enthusiasts and is designed to plug into a TV over HDMI, but can be used in any number of ways.
Linux-based $35 PC shipping later this week
The $25 to $35
Raspberry Pi computer is closing in on its first shipments. The micro PC was expected to ship today, but that now has slipped a few days until Thursday or Friday. When it does ship, the Pi will come loaded with Fedora Remix, now considered the 'blessed' version of Linux for the system.
First Raspberry Pi PCs to be finished by Feb 20
Raspberry Pi has recently revealed it will begin shipments of its $35 PC near the end of the month. The first batch will complete its manufacturing phase on February 20, with the first buyers expected to take delivery before month's end. That first PC will be sized similarly to a deck of playing cards and is not much more than a bare board with a number of connections.
Company boasts of platform performance
Raspberry Pi executive director Eben Upton has made several performance claims regarding the company's micro PCs. The startup argues that the devices outperform NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset, and even doubles the iPhone 4S' performance, when benchmarking graphics capabilities.
Raspberry Pi tested with XBMC
Having just shown its hardware running AirPlay, the Raspberry Pi team has shown the $25 and sometimes $35 micro PC running XBMC (video below). The hardware, even at its price, can still run the full interface smoothly. It also plays back 1080p through the use of Open Max to give a hardware accelerated boost to the video and audio sides.
Raspberry Pi shown running AirPlay YouTube video
The sub-$40 Raspberry Pi single-board computer has now been shown to be able to support Apple's AirPlay wireless media streaming thanks to a tweak. The ARM-based, Debian Linux-running system can stream from an iPad to a connected HDTV, as shown in the video below. While there was a bit of a delay before it started, the YouTube video otherwise played back without a hitch on the big screen.
Launch date still unclear.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that its tiny PCs are finally nearing full production. The group is showing off the Raspberry Pi populated PCBs that are currently being used as the first run of beta devices, as project team members continue to test the hardware and software ahead of a public launch.
PCB of $25 Raspberry Pi PC goes alpha production
The Raspberry Pi PC project is making headway, as maker David Braben has now sent out the finalized PCB layout out to manufacturing reported. The PC has a target price of $25, has the form factor of a USB thumb drive and will plug into HDMI ports of displays and perform PC functions. Braben, a games developer, imagines his creation will be used by students to let them experiment with programming, Geek said.