New Raspberry Pi available

A new version of the credit card sized computer was announced today. Although the Raspberry Pi 2 looks exactly like its predecessors it packs some extra horsepower. The major change is the processor which is a now a 900 MHz quad core loaded with 1 GB of RAM, the previous models had a single core 700 MHz processor with 500 MB of RAM. It was also announced that Microsoft will be making a specialized version of Windows 10 for the pint sized computer. Rounding out the good news is that the price will remain the same at $35 US.

The new model is already up for sale on the Newark site and the Canadian site Buy a Pi is hoping to have it available by February 27.

Minecraft now available for free on the Raspberry Pi

Minecraft, the popular construction game, is now available free of charge to Raspberry Pi computer owners.  Although this version does not support the survival mode, it does provide users with the ability to manipulate the game to their liking by editing the software’s base code.  The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer that was developed for computer science students and hackers.  A basic model can be purchased for $25 while a more powerful version can be purchased for $35.  You can find out more about this amazing pint sized computer at http://www.raspberrypi.org/.

More Raspberry Pi News

Well another day, another announcement from the good folks that make the Raspberry Pi. Today they announced that they are developing a camera add-on for the mini computer. The hardware has been completed but adjustments are needed to fine tune the picture quality and the drivers. The camera will measure about 25 x 20 x 9 mm and have a 5 megapixel fixed focus sensor that will be capable of 2592 x 1944 stills and 1080p video at 30 fps. It will reportedly cost $25 and will be available in a month or so.

Source: Engadget

Cheaper Raspberry Pi Model A hits stores in Europe

If you are looking for a more basic version of the Raspberry Pi then your wishes have been answered with the release of Model A, a $25 variation of the computer. Model A is a slimed down version, with only one USB port, 256 MB of RAM and no Ethernet connection. Using only 1/3 of the power consumption of Model B, this new model is better suited to battery or solar powered applications. Although only available in Europe now, the manufacturers blog indicates that it will be available to a wider audience soon.

Source: Engadget

Android 4.0 (ICS) ported to Raspberry Pi

According to a recent post on the Raspberry Pi’s blog, Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) has been ported to the $25 micro computer.  Apparently hardware accelerated video and graphics are supported but it is not able to play audio due to a porting problem with ICS’s Audio Flinger.  This is the first time that the mobile OS has been made to run on the pint sized computer, giving users an alternative to various versions of Linux currently available for Raspberry Pi.

Source: The Verge

Raspberry Pi Computer Starts Shipping

Well after a few false starts, the distributors for the Raspberry Pi Computer have finally started to ship to the lucky ones who preordered the units back in February.  The $35 credit card sized computer has an ARM based processor that runs Linux; it is capable of running many of the same programs that a regular computer can run as well as playing HD video.  The model that is presently available has two USB 2.0 ports, that will allow the hookup of a keyboard and mouse and you can access your network through an ethernet connection.  There is presently a backlog in orders but the distributors are promising new shipments on a regular basis to fill the big demand.  You can register with either Allied Electronics or Element 14 to receive updates on availability or to preorder your very own micro computer. 

Source: Engadget and Previous Posts 1 and 2

$35 micro PC (update)

As promised Raspberry Pi’s micro PC is now on sale at their website. Model B which has 256 Mb RAM, an extra USB port and an Ethernet connection is on sale now for $35. The $25 version is is production and will ship later. Unfortunately it seems that these are only available in the UK for now. According to the site they are experiencing a large volume of requests so that there may be delays in accessing the site. Given the success of this product launch it seems that the market for micro PC’s could be fairly large. Surely there is room for a Canadian version.