microcomputer Stories November 26, 2015

expired$5 Raspberry Pi Zero announced, Pi 2 Model B Starter Kit w/ Wi-Fi, HDMI, more $62 (Orig. $90)

Prestige Milano via Amazon offers the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Complete Starter Kit for $69.99. Applying coupon code 8OFFRPI2 drops the final price to $61.99 with free shipping. This is a savings of $28 off the regular price and the lowest mention that we could find. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

This kit includes the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B microcomputer, a clear case, Wi-Fi adapter, pre-loaded 8GB SD card, a HDMI cable and a handful of other accessories to get you started. The standard Raspberry Pi bundle can be somewhat intimidating, but this offering provides everything needed. Vilros provides a one-year warranty, as well.

In a turkey day surprise the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a new $5 computer, the Pi Zero. Coming in at a fraction of the price of the larger Model B, this new microcomputer continues to open the doors to anyone interested in Raspberry Pi. Features include a Broadcom 1GHz processor, 512MB of SDRAM, a micro-sd slot, and a mini-HDMI output. It’s Raspberry Pi’s smallest form-factor ever at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm. It is available today in the United States from Adafruit. Full press release below.

microcomputer Stories June 14, 2015

We first covered Kano back in the fall of the last year, detailing its rise from a Kickstarter campaign to a fully funded success story. Now, we’ve had the opportunity to spend a few months with the Raspberry Pi do-it-yourself computer kit. It has a simple design with young computer scientists in mind. By coloring all of the included peripherals, Kano has created a unique yet fun learning experience for children and adults alike. expand full story

microcomputer Stories May 14, 2015

Raspberry Pi Model B+ gets an official price drop down to $25

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that its wildly popular Model B+ is receiving a price drop down to $25. When it released the Pi 2 back in February, the micro-computing leader pledged continued support for the previous generation B+. Despite a newer iteration with 25% faster processing speeds and twice the amount of RAM, the Raspberry Pi Model B+ is still a very capable machine.

Today’s news comes on the heels of the $9 CHIP microcomputer Kickstarter campaign that has gained a significant amount of notoriety and support. Regardless of the product, new competition and lowered prices is only good news for consumers. We are continuing to see new developers come up with ways to introduce these little computers to different age brackets and demographics.

Of course, the Model A+ is still available for $21, as well as the new Pi 2 which ships for $35. Make sure you check out the cool cases and accessories that are available for Pi.

microcomputer Stories May 11, 2015

We love Kickstarter projects. It’s pretty awesome to find people that are pushing the limits of where technology can bring us. In the case of this Kickstarter, it’s a group that has raised nearly $800,000 off a $9 computer, good for over 15x its original goal.

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microcomputer Stories February 2, 2015

The big news of the morning comes way of the Raspberry Pi foundation, which has announced its latest generation microcomputer. Starting today, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will be available for purchase at the same $35 price point that we’ve come to expect. The big jump in performance will open a whole new world of computing for hobbyist, hackers and educators.

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microcomputer Stories January 30, 2015

London-based Imagination Technologies has announced that it is now shipping its Creator CI20 microcomputer. This direct competitor to little-computer king, Raspberry Pi, is noted specifically for its low-power requirements while still pumping out high-performance graphics. Particularly, the C120 is capable of running the Quake 3 game engine at 1080p while using just 2.5 watts of power at a very competitive price point.

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microcomputer Stories July 14, 2014

For those unfamiliar, the Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer that can mimic the abilities of a typical desktop setup, but is extremely affordable and is designed to foster home-brew projects.

Dubbed the “final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi,” the new B+ model of this microcomputer is now available for $35 with several refinements over previous iterations. It still packs 512MB of RAM and supports the same software, but it also includes several refinements that should help to improve its usability:

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