Here’s your daily tech digest, by way of the DGiT Daily newsletter, for Monday, June 24, 2019!
1. The next Raspberry Pi is here: still $35, more awesome
The geek world is excited, and quite fairly: the Raspberry Pi 4 is here, and it brings many new exciting upgrades for tinkers, hobbyists, and first-timers wanting an inexpensive way to try things that they didn’t expect.
First, the news:
- The latest Raspberry Pi sees a bunch of upgrades over the last Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.
- The list is impressive and culminates in claims of three-times the performance.
- The 4.0 model now packs USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, up to 4GB RAM of higher-spec RAM, and up to two 4K outputs at 60 frames per second.
- Probably the biggest impact will be via four Cortex-A72 CPU cores, a big step up from the Model B+, which offered power-sipping Cortex-A53 CPU cores.
- The board is now powered via USB-C connectivity, with an official USB-C power supply shipping for an extra $8.
- Check out the listing for more details on the specs.
What it means:
- The Pi was originally invented as an educational product by a charity, the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
- But thanks to industrious hackers and hobbyists, along with the Linux distribution OSMC, the Raspberry Pi is commonly used in a variety of ways, including as a media center for playing films, music, TV, programming, and much much more.
- Of course, it’s not the only option – Nvidia’s Jetson Nano had taken up a preferred position by many tinkerers, so the new upgrade does make a significant difference.
- The addition of more RAM should be a game changer as well.
What you can do:
- As Gary Sims (aka Gary Explains) told me, if you’ve ever been interested in a Raspberry Pi for trying some hobbyist electronics, programming, or using it as a media server, now’s the time to jump in.
- Or, you can make use of what has already been built.
- Here are four guides that will help:
- Getting started guide – a good place to start.
- 20 awesome uses for a Raspberry Pi
- 37 projects to try yourself
- And famously, using a Raspberry Pi as a Pi-Hole, for blocking ads at the network level, rather than on your device.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10: What we expect (Android Authority).
3. Sony WH-1000XM3 vs. Bose QC 35 II: which should you buy? (AA).
4. Review: Samsung has massively improved the Galaxy S10’s low-light camera quality since launch (XDA).
5. Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro could land in September (The Verge).
6. USB inventor admits that the plugs are annoying, but now we know why it was built like this: cost savings (BoingBoing).
7. How does Facebook’s Libra Blockchain work? Gary Explains! (YouTube).
8. Robot ‘duck’ keeps weeds out of rice paddies by muddying waters (Engadget).
9. U.S. Senators to introduce bill that would require big tech, including Google and Facebook, to show the types of data it collects, its uses, and its dollar value (Axios).
10. Amateur photographer captures brilliant meteor falling over northern Australia (SMH).
11. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is out now — here’s everything you need to know (AA). (I’m playing as of yesterday, but I’m not yet hooked like the early Pokémon GO days).
12. Electric planes, flying taxis, supersonic jets: Paris Air Show highlights of the future of flight (Fortune)
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