Jim’s WebLetter for 11/28/15


It’s the weekend for bargain shopping with Black Friday and Cyber Monday making irresistible offers to tight fisted customers. Will it work? Time will tell, but with images on Facebook and stories on Flipboard and News 360 as an indication, it seems people are looking to buy. Big items this year are coming from the Tech industry with TV’s, tablets, smartphones and attachable devices being snatched up as fast as they are replaced on the store shelf. http://wgntv.com/2015/11/27/tussle-breaks-out-among-black-friday-shoppers-on-thanksgiving-night/ 

While buying for Christmas may be on most everyone’s mind right now, look what is on the mind of scientists and enthusiasts alike … LiFi. After watching a Ted Talk about it and seeing the demonstrations, I knew I had to pass this along. Where WiFi is the transmission of data via wires and signals through air, LiFi is the transmission of data via wires and light. Using a common LED light, Harold Haas of the University of Edinburgh showed how his invention can transmit internet at speeds up to 100 times faster than what WiFi can do. And because we use light for offices and inside complexes, his product can change how we can stay connected with our devices. Phones, printers, computers, internet connected appliances, thermostats and sensor devices can all be networked using light. As Mr. Spock would say … “Fascinating”. http://www.iflscience.com/technology/li-fi-internet-could-be-100-times-faster-wi-fi-0

I know I’ve spent quite a bit of time writing about the little motherboard that could, also known as Raspberry Pi, but the fact is, this thing is revolutionizing the way people, particularly young people, are learning about computerization and coding. The little board (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi) built by a teacher in Wales, has grown into a company with several versions and literally millions of followers regularly reading the subscription magazine, MagPi. All with the idea of learning computer building and programming. Best of all, to do it at a fraction of the cost of building a regular desktop computer.  

Well, just released this week, the Rasperry Pi Company has offered a new mini-board smaller than a pack of playing cards for the even tinier sum of $5. That’s right, a fiver. And this thing is powerful enough to do everything the first generation Pi could do. Dubbed the Rasperry Pi Zero, it is already selling faster than the company can make them. What’s more, if you can get your hands on the December issue of MagPi, the official magazine, you get a Zero for free. The magazine is packed with everything you ever wanted to know about the Zero including helpful hints on developing gadgets to run using the board. https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-zero/

And the very latest? A device called the Poco that is being crowdfunded right now is “an Action camera, a Gaming console, a Hi-Res music player & recorder (up to 18x higher quality than MP3) plus an internet ready web browser in your pocket. Poco® includes a built-in Raspberry Pi chipset (compute module) so no separate Raspberry Pi® purchase is necessary”. That’s from the Indiegogo webpage. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/poco-supercomputer-multi-function-pi-gadget#/

Looks to me the future of everything from handheld computers to phones and tech toys will include a Pi. We’ll see soon enough.


This issue of iTab Magazine includes the new gadget from SanDisk you will want for Christmas, and how to make a movie using iMovie on iPad. http://iTab.jimonline.com


That’s it this week. Have a great weekend … be careful while shopping, and may God bless you and keep you safe.


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