Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MC2 Post 1989 Another Raspberry Pi in the Face of Tech


When Even the Wall Street Journal takes notice of  a $35 dollar computer,  
that's a good thing...  



Personal Technology 

Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot

An open-source computer that encourages you to look inside


Great Article by Johanna Stern at WSJ.


Raspberry Pi 2 on sale now at $35


As the Tech World Turns...

With Apple's return to the position of Masters of the Universe.  
Samsung and Android/Google bumping into walls 
and pretty much just spinning their wheels.

Has Window's suddenly become relevant and 

maybe even cool again.  

Could be.

Does Windows 10 Make Microsoft Cool Again?

In addition to a bunch of expected features (such as a single operating system that unifies Windows on tablets and PCs with its phone and the expected addition of the virtual voice-activated assistant Cortana), Microsoft showed off one especially cool thing:

Its HoloLens, an augmented-reality headset that superimposes virtual “holographs” over the real world.

Another sign of coolness and integration: Microsoft said yesterday that people who had

bought Xbox games would be able to play them on their Windows 10 PCs and tablets, too. If you’re a gamer, that’s pretty cool — and it helps to better integrate Xbox into Microsoft’s overall ecosystem.

The HoloLens has multiple sensors and a custom Microsoft chip called a Holographic Processing Unit to help it understand what you’re looking at and where you are in space.

It’s connected to a new Microsoft product called Windows Holographic, which extends that augmented-reality capability to all Windows users. Holographic application programming interfaces (APIs) will be embedded within Windows 10.

Rather than a virtual-reality headset like the Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR, which block out the real world and replace it with a virtual one, the HoloLens add things to the real world that only you can see: Virtual display screens on walls, 3D objects you can model on your desktop with hand gestures, or playful little sprites that dance around your furniture as part of a game you’re playing with them.





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