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Raspberry Pi is a neat little single board computer, developed by Eben Upton, that can be used for all kinds of projects, especially for kids and learning programming. From the FAQ: "The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming." Its costs just US$35.
The normal method of programming is with Python. You'll need a power supply (MicroUSB cable), some other support cables, a mouse and keyboard, an SD memory card, and a host computer, PC or Mac, to get going. The cool factor is that you can get your head around this little single board computer and really make things happen.
John Martellaro was in a Staples store recently and heard a sad tale about a young woman, a college student, whose father bought her a Microsoft Surface RT tablet by mistake. And it was a big mistake.
It's all to easy to be an armchair quarterback writer and cry out for more innovation from Apple. The odd thing is, none of those articles get into any serious discussion of what customers really need and what kinds of innovation would meet those needs. John Martellaro would like to see a list.
One of the enduring themes in American business culture is the proper use of power. Unfettered power is a Holy Grail in American business, but it has within it the seeds of its own destruction. Recent court decisions have driven that point home to Apple.
A question has been raised by one of TMO's readers whether Apple genuinely cares about its customers. In addition, do Apple customers occasionally have to overcome hurdles that Apple places in the way to productivity? John Martellaro ponders the question and provides an answer from his own experience.
There is more to Apple's new TV ad, "What will your verse be?" than meets the eye. It contains elements that showcase truths about both Apple and its customers that can't be easily dismissed. John Martellaro explains.
For some time now, we've been exposed to speculation about what Apple might do next. Wearable computers: an iWatch (or bracelet) and has a myriad of uses. A next generation HDTV system. An iPad Pro. An iPhone Air. All of that is in contrast to what we saw at CES: gadgets galore. The question is, what do we have time to absorb? What do we want to absorb?
Gartner has released preliminary data for estimated worldwide and U.S. PC shipments for 4Q13 as well as all of 2013. This was the seventh consecutive quarter of PC shipment decline. For the 4th quarter of 2013, Mac shipments leaped +28.5 percent in the U.S., year over year.
At CES, FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, Oregon, unveiled their thermal imaging camera for the iPhone 5/5s, the FLIR ONE. Like a standard case, it slides on to the iPhone and delivers the image to the iPhone's display. The rollout is planned for the spring of 2014, and it will be priced under US$350.
Scanadu has been working on what's basically a personal health monitoring device that, when placed on the forehead, senses personal health information and uploads it to your smartphone. The device is a torus about two inches in diameter and can monitor temperature, respiratory rate, heart rate and blood pressure.
The company founder and CEO Walter De Brouwer has announced at CES that there is now a working prototype and showed it off. However, the device needs FDA approval before it can be sold.
The era of personal health and fitness monitoring is exploding now that we have sophisticated smartphones in our pockets. And it doesn't stop there. Other wearable computing devices, even Google Glass, could eventually display our vital signs second by second. Wireless bloodstream implants to monitor body chemistry could be next.
The Scanadu Scout has been compared to Star Trek's classic tricorder from the original series nearly 50 years ago. But that show is frozen in time. Where we go next with modern hardware, and how fast, is anyone's guess.