Ubuntu Mate on Raspberry Pi 2

When the original Raspberry Pi came out, it could only run Raspbian on it. Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware. Then the Raspberry 2 came out, a bit more powerful with a quad-core Broadcom BCM2836 ARM v7 processor at 900MHz. Now, you can run Ubuntu Mate on it. Ubuntu has a project dedicated for Raspberry Pi 2. It’s still not powerful to run Ubuntu Unity desktop, but Ubuntu Mate works quite well on the Raspberry Pi 2.

GoPro Stock Price Skyrockets

GoPro stock price skyrocketed by 16 percent after rumors of an Apple acquisition. Analysts are saying that GoPro will fit as a glove in Apple’s line of products. GoPro had a revenue of $400 million in the last quarter, and has a market capitalization of $2.6 billion. GPRO is currently at $93.85, an all-time high.

Insignia 40 Inch TV

I headed over to Best Buy on the Thanksgiving Day at around 6pm. It was one hour after the store opened. The line was long, which made me hesitate at first, but but it was moving, so I decided to stay. Thirty minutes later, I was inside the store. I was looking for a great deal on a 40 inch TV. My first choice was already gone. I ended up with an Insignia 40 inch 1080p TV for $159. Here’s the link from Best Buy. It’s an LED TV running at 60Hz. It has two HDMI ports, and a USB port. I thought I got myself a great deal.

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Raspberry Pi Model Zero

Last week, founder Eben Upton of the Pi Foundation announced the Raspberry Pi Model Zero. The tiny computer device which runs on Raspbian, a free and open-source OS based on Debian, will sell for $5.00. You can purchase it from Adafruit and other outlets.

Here are some specs:

  • Processor: 1GHz Broadcomm BCM2835
  • Memory: 512MB of RAM
  • Storage: a user-supplied microSD
  • GPIO: 26/40 unpopulated through-holes
  • USB ports: USB On-the-Go…Micro USB
  • Video Output: Composite video is available from 2 unpopulated pins.
  • HDMI video is available from a mini HDMI port.

Prime Air

Amazon is slowly revealing its plan to use drones for delivering packages. The service is called Prime Air. The most likely areas where Prime Air will operate is in bigger cities where delivery times could be as fast as 30 minutes from the time you order the item. Here’s the Amazon video:

Is The iPad Pro a PC Killer?

Is the iPad Pro a PC killer? Not so fast. Initial tests indicate that the iPad Pro is fast, but not as fast as a laptop. And this whole notion that the iPad will replace the PC is ludicrous. It won’t. Businesses and individuals won’t jump out all of a sudden and abandon their desktops for the iPad Pro. I guarantee it, people will still use the desktop for certain tasks. We welcome the vast improvement that Apple has given the iPad, but in the end, it’s still a tablet, for now. And tablets do what tablets do. There are not desktops. Not yet, anyway. Although, the distinction between the two will most likely blur in the future. Most people’s workflow does not translate on the iPad at the moment. Try to work on the iPad for an entire week without ever touching your desktop, and you get the idea. It’s not quite there yet. And I’m not sure if it’s even going to be there in the future. It’s like trying to mold a small car into becoming a pickup. There are certain things tablets do very well. There are certain tasks that desktops do very as well. I don’t think that moment is now.

WordPress.com Desktop App

If you have a blog at WordPress.com, you can now download a WordPress desktop app that’s available for the Mac. It’s similar to the Slack desktop application. The WordPress desktop app is very similar to the WordPress.com’s Dashboard. In fact, you’ll forget sometimes that you’re using the desktop app, except that you’re constantly reminded because there are no page refreshes. All updates are done behind the scenes. With this improvement, WordPress.com looks and feels like a modern web app. It’s WordPress way of saying, we can keep up with newcomers such as Medium. There are currently no plans to make this app available for the WordPress.org users.