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PiCast is the open source alternative to Chromecast

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Google has recently been getting lots of love for the Chromecast, the $35 dongle that allows anyone to send webpages onto the TV and can also play YouTube, with Vimeo, HBO Go, Pandora and Hulu all pledging support.

It was only a matter of time before other developers and companies hopped on the bandwagon, hoping to gain a little bit of traction. It seems the open source option is in first, PiCast, made with the same idea and running on Raspberry Pi.

The price comes around the same, a Raspberry Pi computer costs around $25 – 35 and allows the user to make customisations and essentially create whatever they want, if they have the knowledge.

Lance Seidman has took his Raspberry Pi and created it into a more open source and a little harder to learn Chromecast. The developer believes because of the open community help in creating apps, soon the PiCast will have more “support” than the Chromecast.

Seidman has already got webpages working and has finally fixed YouTube to get it working too, but there is still a way to go before it can be a worthy investment and not just something for hackers and developers who find the Chromecast too walled off to the community.

All the user needs to do is getting a Raspberry Pi computer and then download the PiCast from GitHub. Raspberry Pi has been used for lots of new weird and wacky technologies and we are glad to see the open source community creating what could be a worthy competitor.

Source: YouTube

Rasperry Pi Opens App Store

The makers of the Raspberry Pi, the tiny $25 to $35 Linux-based computer, have officially launched the Raspberry Pi App Store for users of the device.

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According to the announcement on the Raspberry Pi website, they are “launching the Pi Store to make it easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools and tutorials with the rest of the community. The Pi Store will, we hope, become a one-stop shop for all your Raspberry Pi needs; it’s also an easier way into the Raspberry Pi experience for total beginners, who will find everything they need to get going in one place, for free.”

The blog article also mentions that the Rasperry Pi app store was created in collaboration with IndieCity and Velocix. Indiecity is an online game store for independent developers whereas Velocix is a content-delivery network.

There are currently only twenty-five titles available on the app store, all of which are free to download. These include Storm in a Teacup, Freeciv, Iridium Rising, Code::Blocks IDE, Asterisk for Raspberry Pi, GrafX2, Schism Tracker, OpenTTD, POWDER, Cricket Scores Live, despotify, LibreOffice, Raspberry Invaders, Pi3D, Hud Sprite Pack, Audio Pack, Effects Sprite Pack, and several issues of the MagPi magazine. These titles are a mix of games, apps, dev tools, tutorials, and media. To help support the makers of free apps, the Raspberry Pi app store comes with a tip jar that can receive donations. There is, however, support for paid apps, as well.

Those who own the Raspberry Pi computer can obtain the app store by downloading the Raspbian Linux operating system which comes with the app store. They can also install it via apt-get. Meanwhile, others can check out the app store by pointing their browsers to store.raspberrypi.com.

The Raspberry Pi team hopes that the app store will be a way to help developers get their work out to an audience, and possibly earn from their creations.

via liliputing

Quad-Core Computer for $130

In February, a UK based foundation called Raspberry Pi Foundation took the developers by storm by launching the Raspberry Pi, which is a credit card sized single-board computer. The device was launched with intention of motivating the education of basic computer science in schools.

The Raspberry Pi comes with a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC) which houses an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU,[9] and 256 megabytes of RAM. It does not come with hard disk or solid state drive, but uses an SD card for booting and internal storage instead. What made it even more amazing is its $35 price tag. The $35 Raspberry Pi ARM board attracted enormous demand when it launched in February because of its low cost, which makes it affordable for low cost embedded projects, but the 700MHz ARM11 board cannot offer much in terms of raw performance. There wasn’t any other option available back then, but now there is.

A Korean hardware company called Hardkernel is launching a high end substitute of the popular Raspberry Pi. The board is christened as ODROID-X board and comes with a Samsung Exynos 4 processor, which is a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.4GHz. Apart from the powerful quad core processor, the board also offers 1 gigabyte of RAM, a Mali 400 GPU, six USB ports, ethernet, audio in/out, Micro HDMI and an SDHC reader.

ODROID-X comes with 1 gig of RAM, which is four times as much RAM as the Raspberry Pi offers. Combined with the quad core Exynos processor, this board seems to have solved all the weak points of Raspberry Pi and is a viable option for computationally intensive usage scenarios. The Raspberry Pi measures 3.370 × 2.125 inches, on the other hand, besides ODROID-X offering so much more, the board is highly compact at 3.5 x 3.7 inches.

As this Korean board is uses Cortex-A9, which in turn uses the ARMv7 architecture, the board is capable of running Ubuntu right out of the box. Raspberry Pi is powered 700 MHz ARM1176JZF single core processor which uses ARM11 architecture, and Ubuntu doesn’t support that, however, Raspberry Pi foundation recommends users to use Fedora instead.

Of course, good things come at a price and you get what you pay for. This Hardkernel board can be yours for $129. Yes, there is a big price difference compared to Raspberry Pi’s $35 price tag, but ODROID-X offers so much more. Besides, one cannot complain much as the PandaBoard ES which is based on a dual-core 1GHz ARM CPU and 1GB of RAM costs $183.

ODROID-X board doesn’t come in a fancy case as such, but boots Google Android 4.0.4 right out of the box. The same company also sells ODROID-Q, a 10.1” tablet with a Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core CPU at $850. ODROID-X is a cheaper alternative for developers to get running. Given its flexibility, it could be the heart of your next DIY project.

The number of hobbyist-centric ARM boards is increasing day by day. Boards at range of prices and hardware specifications are available. Hopefully, somebody will release a board with Intel Ivy Bridge on board soon.