Featured #1 Raspberry Pi Comes of Age

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    Digital tinkerers fall in love with Raspberry Pi all the time, and there's a good reason for the constant adulation. The fit-in-your-hand circuit board is a compact little powerhouse, a programmable computer that adheres to open source developmental ideals. Armed with plenty of processing power and a formidable set of I/O connectors, the tiny barebones processing package can be programmed to match the abilities of traditional desktop computers, all while sipping a fraction of the power. And now, with the introduction of version 3, the platform has matured into an invaluable piece of kit, something any self-respecting computer hobbyist won't be able to resist. Just add a box and software to the mix to enjoy a rich digital payoff.

    Raspberry Pi enthusiasts have access to an unending assortment of digital projects. Check out the Projects For The Evil Genius book (www.amazon.com) to explore the potential of the affordable platform and conduct your own search with "popular projects" as your keyword. The happy partnership of Linux and this computer-on-a-board philosophy makes everything from a smart TOR router to a funky automated cat feeder a breeze to build. It does help to have some experience in working with electronics, but no soldering is required, so take your time, get your feet wet, and have fun.

    Now that we're all thoroughly initiated in the ways of Raspberry Pi, let's take a look at the current state of affairs. The platform is, as mentioned earlier, now on version 3. In reaching this point, the credit-card sized computer adds a number of improvements, making this a major improvement over previous models. Out of all the improvements to the SoC (system on chip) package, wireless compatibility is the biggest. In fact, Raspberry Pi 3.0 offers full 802.11n wireless LAN. And if wireless connectivity isn't the ideal match for your project, then low energy Bluetooth 4.1 is on hand to cut the wires.

    Finally, in targeting home theater buffs, processor speed has been bumped up to a speedy 1.2GHz quad-core chip, which serves to boost processing muscle and satisfy HTPC (Home Theatre Personal Computer) devotees, especially since Kodi is steaming ahead and entering its sixteenth lease on life. Take a hop over to the Kodi for Raspberry Pi page to take a look at downloads and installation guides for Jarvis (Kodi/XBMC 16.0). Equipped with this free home theater application, the affordable computer is transformed into a cutting-edge living room entertainment center, a home theater in-a-box that uses its 4 USB 2.0 ports to manage your multimedia collection and push processed standard and high definition content through an HDMI port and straight into your HDTV.

    Raspberry Pi 3.0 drops 32-bit processing and wheels out 64-bit computing to completely eliminate frame drops and video stuttering, which will keep upgrading Kodi customers happy as new resource-heavy file formats enter the HTPC market.
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