News Category: Hardware

BBC Micro Bit: Can One Million of These Tiny Computers Create the Next Generation of Coders?

The BBC has started delivering the first of its Micro Bit programming boards to students, a project which it hopes will help create the next generation of coders and tech entrepreneurs. Up to one million of the devices will be delivered free to 11- to 13-year-olds in the UK, who can then use the...
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Hard Drives Are Heading the Way of Floppies, But When?

Solid-state drives are making inroads as the default mass storage option in PCs. HP and Toshiba execs weigh in on when SSDs will finally overtake HDDs. A decade ago, 3.5-inch floppy disk drives stopped appearing as standard features in personal computers. Now, with the rise of solid-state drives,...
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A Bunch of New ARM Hardware Will Be Supported With Linux 4.6

The ARM SoC updates were mailed out on Sunday afternoon for the Linux 4.6 kernel and it provides mainline support for thirteen new SoCs!  Over a dozen new ARM System-on-a-Chips are new to the mainline Linux 4.6 kernel code. The newly-supported platforms include Axis Artpec-6 SoC (artpec6), TI...
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ownCloud Pi Device to Run on Snappy Ubuntu Core 16.04 LTS and Raspberry Pi 3

We reported last year that ownCloud was in talks with WD (Western Digital) Labs to help them develop a community project that would bring a self-hosted cloud storage device in users' homes. The idea behind the self-hosted device, which will be powered by the ownCloud Server software, was to...
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Western Digital Offers Raspberry Pi Community 314GB Drive

The PiDrive 314GB device is based on Western Digital's high-volume 500GB platform with design changes made specifically for Raspberry Pi. WDLabs, a business growth incubator of storage solutions specialist Western Digital (WD) announced availability of the WD PiDrive 314GB, a storage device...
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Dell’s Skylake XPS 13, Precision Workstations Now Come with Ubuntu Preinstalled

We really liked the updated Skylake-powered Dell XPS 13, and its bigger brother, the XPS 15, was also pretty great. But if you're looking at those machines and thinking, "Well, the hardware is nice; I just wish they came with Linux," Dell has some good news. The company's "Developer Edition"...
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TP-Link Blocks Open Source Router Firmware to Comply with New FCC Rule

Networking hardware vendor TP-Link says it will prevent the loading of open source firmware on routers it sells in the United States in order to comply with new Federal Communications Commission requirements. The FCC wants to limit interference with other devices by preventing user modifications...
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Red Hat Linux to Run on Qualcomm Server Chips

Qualcomm has been established in mobile devices for some time now, but it's still trying to jumpstart the market for its chips in servers. So in an effort to exploit advanced features on its server chips and appeal to as many developers as possible, Qualcomm is working with Red Hat to port a...
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Thin Mini-ITX SBC Runs Linux on Skylake, Offers Long Lifecycle

Congatec, which was early to announce COM Express modules based on Intelâs 14nm, 6th Generation Core (âSkylakeâ) processors, has now rolled out a thin Mini-ITX Skylake board. The 170 x 170 x 20mm Conga-IC170 follows other Congatec Mini-ITX boards such as the thin Conga-IC97 board, featuring Intel...
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Heat Doesn't Kill Hard Drives. Here's What Does

"Free-cooled" datacenters use ambient outside air instead of air conditioning. That lets us see how environment affects system components. Biggest surprise: temperature is not the disk drive killing monster we thought. Here's what is. At last months Usenix FAST 16 conference, in the Best Paper...
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