$35 Raspberry Pi computer to launch later this month

By on February 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM.

$35 Raspberry Pi computer to launch later this month

The low-cost Raspberry Pi Linux computer is set to become available for purchase later this month for $35. The firm behind the budget computer announced on Monday that the first batch of boards will enter manufacturing on February 20th and will be available at the end of the month. The single-board computer is equipped with a 700MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, SD card support and both HDMI and RCA outputs. Despite the low cost and small size — which is roughly equal to a credit card — the Raspberry Pi computer is powerful enough to run games such as Quake III Arena and power 1080p video, however the company intends for the device to be used in schools to teach the basics of computer science. A second Raspberry Pi model with 128MB of RAM will be released for $25 at a later date. More →

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$25 Raspberry Pi computer is as small as a credit card, will launch next month

By on December 28, 2011 at 9:35 PM.

$25 Raspberry Pi computer is as small as a credit card, will launch next month

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is preparing to launch a new ultra-affordable Linux-powered computer next month that is the size of a credit card. It’s so affordable, in fact, that it will cost just $25 or $35, depending on how much RAM the buyer requires. In an interview with Edge, Raspberry Pi Foundation head David Braben said, despite the size and low cost, the Raspberry Pi computer is powerful enough to run games such as Quake III Arena and power 1080p video. The company will launch just 10,000 units to developers next month, mostly in the United Kingdom. “At the moment we’re appealing to techy people because we want people to give their time for free, writing software and improving things, porting them from other places, and putting them into the public domain, essentially, so we can use them for education,” Braben said, noting that he hopes to turn the developer board into a consumer-friendly device next year. The Raspberry Pi is equipped with a 700MHz processor, 128MB or 256MB of RAM, support for an SD card, and both HDMI and RCA outputs. More →

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AT&T to launch $25 monthly GoPhone prepaid plan on September 18th

By on September 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM.

AT&T to launch $25 monthly GoPhone prepaid plan on September 18th

Beginning on September 18th, AT&T will offer a new $25 GoPhone prepaid plan that will include 250 minutes and unlimited messaging. Starting on the same day, customers can opt to sign up for a new $10 international long distance plan that offers 250 minutes of calling to more than 50 countries. The minutes for both plans expire after 30 days. GoPhone customers will also be able to roam in Canada at a rate of $0.39 per minute. Text messages in Canada will cost $0.25 per message sent and $0.20 per message received. AT&T currently offers thirty different GoPhone devices ranging from basic handsets to more advanced Android or Windows Phone-powered smartphones. The plans do not require a contract and unsubsidized phone prices range from $19.99 on the low-end to $500 on the high-end. More →

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AT&T could sell 25% of T-Mobile to sway feds in favor of acquisition

By on September 2, 2011 at 7:15 PM.

AT&T could sell 25% of T-Mobile to sway feds in favor of acquisition

AT&T is prepared to make sacrifices in an effort to sway the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission in favor of its planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, Reuters reported on Friday. On August 31st, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against AT&T in attempt to block the merger, a move that is said to have caught both AT&T and T-Mobile USA’s owner, Deutsche Telekom, off-guard. “AT&T is pretty determined that they can find a solution, and they are pretty confident,” one source told Reuters, which noted AT&T’s “two-track” plan that includes possibly selling off as much as 25% of T-Mobile, including customers and spectrum, if the deal is approved. It is still unclear who could be a potential customer for the assets, however, as the government could investigate Sprint or Verizon Wireless if either carrier chose to purchase those assets. Reuters said U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle will preside over the case and said Huvelle is known for moving swiftly. AT&T has asked for an expedited hearing and the case could be heard within the next two months. More →

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Amazon Wireless, Appstore team up for promotion

By on April 25, 2011 at 8:35 PM.

Amazon Wireless, Appstore team up for promotion

If you’re looking to get a new Android device on the nation’s largest wireless carrier — and don’t mind buying online — listen up. Amazon Wireless and the Amazon Appstore are teaming up to offer Android handset purchasers a little added incentive. Now through Sunday, May 1st, customers that purchase any Verizon Wireless Android device will receive a $25 credit to the Amazon Appstore. You heard that right. Buy yourself a ThunderBolt, DROID 2, DROID X, DROID Pro, Fascinate, or any other Android set to cash in on this promotion. “The combination of Amazon Wireless and Amazon Appstore is unique in the industry because it provides customers with a one-stop Android shopping experience,” writes the company. “Amazon is excited to start offering customers promotions that give them a bonus once they get their phone.” No word on if the DROID Charge, which will be available on April 28th, will be eligible for this promotion.  More →

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China’s Tianhe-1A is world’s fastest computer; over 14,000 processors and 7,000 GPUs

By on October 29, 2010 at 3:59 AM.

China’s Tianhe-1A is world’s fastest computer; over 14,000 processors and 7,000 GPUs

Recently, China unveiled the Tianhe-1A supercomputer at the Annual Meeting of National High Performance Computing in Beijing. The Tianhe-1A has a staggering 14,336 Intel Xeon processors and 7,168 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. What happens when you pump 4.04 megawatts of electricity through all that silicon? Well, LINPACK clocks the machine’s performance at 2.507 petaflops; the U.S. based Cray XT5 Jaguar, which did hold the top supercomputing spot, is benchmarked at 1.75 petaflops. The Tianhe, which cost $88 million to build, will be used for large scale scientific experiments and computations. More →

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iPhone 4 hitting China on September 25

By on September 20, 2010 at 8:28 AM.

iPhone 4 hitting China on September 25

Yesterday, Apple announced that its iPhone 4 smartphone would be available for purchase in China beginning on September 25 at 8:00 AM. The device will retail for CNY4,999 (~ $745) for a 16 GB model and CNY5,999 (~$894) for a 32 GB model. Apple also noted that China Unicom will also be selling the device and could provide subsidies with a new 2-year contract. More →

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Walmart to launch self-branded wireless service next week

By on September 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM.

Walmart to launch self-branded wireless service next week

Today, Walmart announced that it would be launching a self-branded wireless service titled Walmart Family Mobile. The new wireless service will utilize T-Mobile USA’s GSM network and will offer unlimited calling and texting for $45 per month; additional unlimited lines can be added for $25. Data usage can be pre-purchased at the rate of $40 per gigabyte and unused megabytes roll over from month to month. The Motorola Cliq XT will be Family Mobile’s high-end offering at launch ($249) and the cheapest offering will be a $30 set from Nokia. Walmart also sells pre-paid wireless options from Verizon Wireless (Straight Talk) and Sprint Nextel (Common Cents). The service will launch next week in Walmart retail stores across the country. More →

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T-Mobile Upgrading to BlackBerry Internet Email 2.5, Outage Alert

By on June 27, 2008 at 7:14 PM.

T-Mobile Upgrading to BlackBerry Internet Email 2.5, Outage Alert

Ok, so maybe our ninjas weren’t done for the day! We have good news and we have bad news; which do you want first? The bad news is that BlackBerry users on T-Mobile have a pair of outages coming their way. The first is scheduled to be a nice 8 hour block tonight from 9:00 PM until 5:00 AM PST tonight. The second will be tomorrow for 4 hours between 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM PST. The good news, aside from the fact that the timing is decent if everything goes according to plan, is that the outages will result in a shiny new BIE/BIS 2.5 upgrade. That’s right people, it’s coming! HTML, MSN and Hotmail support, AOL push-email support… It’s always best to end on a high note. Hit the jump for the full T-Mobile slide outlining the plans.

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