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Raspberry Pi Zero is the best cheapest computer device ever made

Raspberry Pi ZeroRaspberry Pi is unlike other digital device companies in that Raspberry Pi seems as if it’s about the computer, not the profit. Following on from the success of previous devices, Raspberry Pi is releasing an even less expensive device, the Pi Zero. The price of the Pi Zero is $5US and aims to give people their first taste of programming.

Knowing how to use the software on a computer is different to know how to use a computer. The computer and how to program it isn’t something unknowable or incomprehensible. Programming literacy is gaining importance in education and the workplace. Knowing a little about programming, about how computer hardware works can help individuals to do more with their machines that use them as an expensive word processor or communications device.

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Google announces second generation deep learning with TensorFlow

Google TensorFlowLearning is something that helps something to grow and mature into something more than what it previously was. Google has been developing ways for machines to learn, starting with DistBelief back in 2011. DistBelief was a first generation device that could do some amazing things, like learn a concept like “cat” from unlabelled YouTube images. As with all first generation devices, there were limitations to be figured out.

TensorFlow is a second generation development from Google that takes DistBelief to a different level. One issue with Distbelief was its reliance on Google’s internal infrastructure. This reliance made it near impossible to share research code with those on the outside. TensorFlow is released as open source; Google announced on the Google Research blog.

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One Windows, many devices: The next chapter for Microsoft is here

Microsoft Surface BookThe next generation of computing is arriving now. Laptops have been great due to their portability and functions. Tablets showed potential but never really gained the functions of a laptop. If you were someone who owned both, maybe you felt like me and wondered why you owned both. Tablets seemed like toys more than anything else. Microsoft has released their first laptop that combines what’s good about laptops and tablets into the one device.The Surface Book laptop has a smart design and some interesting ideas built into the device.

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Meet the new Apple TV and Siri Remote

Apple TV and Siri Remote Apple TV has been out for a while, and it hasn’t done much for users. It’s never been the best device and when compared to the usual Apple fare it feels cheap and underdone. Following the Apple announcement of its new range, Apple TV looks set to have a new life. The vision of Apple is that apps are the future of television, and the Apple TV is set to bring its range of apps on to in home screens. The remote is also updated and features Siri for voice searching across your various content providers.

The chip inside Apple TV is the A8, and this runs the new tvOS. The tvOS is based on Apple’s iOS, and developers will be able to create apps for this device that will enhance the viewing experience televisions are capable of. New games and apps will come through the Apple TV App Store on the television for users to browse and download. For developers, Apple is releasing a tvOS SDK with tools and APIs to give them the ability to create new ways to watch programs and be entertained by television.

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M is For Marshmallow – Google Releases New SDK for Developers

  • 18/08/2015 at 23:58 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Android MarshmallowGoogle has released the name of their next version of Android, with the M standing for Marshmallow. Marshmallow is to be released for Android users in fall, and the official developer SDK is ready for developers to test their apps on the updated platform. The official Android 6.0 SDK up in the Android Studio for download through the SDK Manager for developers to target the new API Level 23.

There have been new features designed into Android devices, like fingerprint scan and Android Pay (Which uses NFC technology.). The Android version 6.0 SDK has an updated Android Support Library v23 that is backwards compatible. The v23 contains new support libraries, such as customtabs, percent, recommendation, preference-v7, preference-v14 and preference-leanback-v27.

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The real face of Android Fragmentation

OpenSignal Android FragmentationThe world of Android is fragmented into many companies, smartphones and devices. There are devices that connect to televisions and monitors, like the Remix on Kickstarter, which use Android as a desktop OS. The issue with the fragmentation has been how to get the apps to work on the different devices. Not all Android smartphones are the same.

The range of specs of each device is at the highest and lowest levels, the various versions of Android use different APIs that are tricky for developers and screen size changed dramatically in smartphones and tablets. If a developer can get their app to work on any Android device, then the number of users they’re capable of getting is immense.

Google’s Android OS is in many smartphones and tablets across the world. Apple restricts its iOS to only Apple devices, and Microsoft’s Windows mobile OS is yet to do much for consumers or the company. High-end companies like Samsung rely on Android heavily, putting their flagship models in the hands of Android designers.

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OnePlus 2 is now official: Snapdragon 810, Fingerprint sensor and 4 GB of RAM for under $400

OnePlus 2Last year, an unknown start-up from China release a smartphone that had specs to challenge Samsung and Apple’s flagship models. OnePlus released the OnePlus 1 with the aim of selling 30,000 handsets. Instead, 1.5 million OnePlus 1 smartphones were sold across the world. Many have been wondering what will come next and find out if the OnePlus 1 was a one hit wonder or was a serious competitor to Apple, Samsung and other smartphone makers. The OnePlus 2 is the new model for the company, and there were many rumours and possible leaks of what the smartphone will look like and contain inside.

The OnePlus 2 is an android based smartphone, using the Lollipop version as its OS. The previous model used Cyanogen as its modified Android OS, but issues have cause OnePlus to use the Oxygen OS. This is still very similar to the standard Android OS most people are used to, but with more customizable features and less bloatware

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