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  • BeagleBone Relay on OpenBSD -current

    A notable recent happening is getting a -current BeagleBone Black Tor relay up and running.

  • Orange Pi Zero Overview

    The Orange Pi Zero with the H2+ SoC is a single board computer that is great for maker projects and IoT scenarios. It is best for use cases that do not require a graphical desktop or connection to a monitor as it does not include an HDMI port and only has AV out via an expansion board.

  • Rugged, 3.5-inch SBC expands upon Skylake

    Perfectron’s Linux-friendly, 3.5-inch “OXY5361A” SBC supplies 6th Gen CPUs with industrial temp support, and a pair each of mini-PCIe, GbE, and DP links.

    The OXY5361A follows earlier x86-based 3.5-inch SBCs from Perfectron such as the 5th Gen “Broadwell” based OXY5338A. The new OXY5361A runs on dual-core, 15W TDP 6th Gen Core “Skylake” U-Series processors. Other Skylake-U SBCs include Axiomtek’s Pico-ITX PICO500, Diamond’s recent, 3.5-inch Venus, and ADL’s 3.5-inch ADLQ170HDS.

  • USB3 Vision computer can do assisted surgery

    Active Silicon’s Linux-ready, Haswell-based “USB3 Vision Processing Unit” acquires and processes image data from up to 4x USB3 Vision cameras.

    Active Silicon’s USB3 Vision Processing Unit (USB3 VPU) is designed for a variety of high-end industrial and medical computer vision applications, including its primary application of computer assisted surgery. The USB3 VPU has four inputs for USB3 Vision cameras and four 3G-SDI outputs configured to output two channels of 3G-SDI video, each with a duplicate output.

Asus Tinker Board – Hardware Accelerated RockChip Video Player – Initial Release

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Asus released a new beta of TinkerOS on their website yesterday. One interesting addition is the initial release of a dedicated video player, RK Player. What makes RK Player interesting? Simply, the video app uses the hardware acceleration features found on the Tinker Board to play video encoded using H.264 and H.265.

With the new release of TinkerOS, Asus’s website has prepared a brief support guide to the RK Player. It’s pretty important you read the guide, as you may initially think RK Player hasn’t been installed on the system. This is because the binary file, player, is not stored in a directory listed in the shell’s PATH. It’s not been added to the menu system. Instead it’s’s buried in the filesystem at /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/qt5/examples/multimediawidgets/player/. The guide recommends copying the file to a more convenient location. Alternatively, add the directory to the PATH. I’ll be kind about the unprofessional guide (blurry screenshots, broken English – seriously from Asus?) – clearly Asus is keen on releasing the player at the earliest opportunity so the community can test it out. Let’s take a look at RK Player in action.

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Gumstix adds Arduino support for Curie-based boards designed with Geppetto

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Gumstix added Arduino IDE support to its Geppetto design service for boards based on the Intel Curie. It also shipped a Curie-based “Radium 96BIE” SBC.

Last September, Gumstix unveiled two single board computers based on Intel Joule and Curie modules, and built to 96Boards CE and the new, MCU-oriented 96Boards IE (IoT Edition) form-factor specifications, respectively. The Curie-based 96Boards IE compliant Radium 96BIE board is now available for $75, and Gumstix has also added Arduino IDE support for designing similar Curie-based boards in its Geppetto D2O custom board design and manufacturing service.

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  • Earth-friendly EOMA68 Computing Devices: Complexities of Hardware, Progress, and Travel

    This update sheds some light on the complexities of this entire project, summarises the status of the main portions of the project, and announces our travel plans.

  • NextCloudPi gets remote updates, logs to RAM, easy WiFi and more

    The latest release of NextCloudPi is out!

    The most noticeable change for users is remote updates.

    As new versions come out, we will have the option to upgrade our private cloud directly from the internet.

    This means that from now on it will be easier for users to get the latest goodies without having to start from scratch.

  • YubiHSM 2 open beta launched!

    With IT security breaches becoming a staple in daily news reports, organizations big and small alike need to ramp up their defense. More than 95% of all IT breaches happen when a user credential or server gets hacked. While the YubiKey protects user accounts from remote hijacking, millions of servers storing sensitive data still lack physical security.

    Hardware security modules (HSMs) offer the physical protection of servers, but are historically limited by its cost, size, and performance. The YubiHSM 2 breaks that mold with its extensive range of use cases. Applications include protecting data centers, cloud server infrastructures, manufacturing and industrial products and services, and many more.

Raspberry Pi and Orange Pi

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Open spec IoT hacker SBC has a GSM radio

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The $10 “Orange Pi 2G-IOT” SBC runs Ubuntu or Android on an RDA Cortex-A5 SoC, and features RPi 40-pin I/O compatibility, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GSM.

Shenzhen Xunlong quickly followed up on its recent launch of the quad-core Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 and Zero Plus 2 H5 SBCs with its first Orange Pi to stray from the Allwinner SoC family. The 2G-enabled, $9.90 Orange Pi 2G-IOT targets low-power IoT applications with a single-core Cortex-A5 based RDA8810PL SoC from RDA Microelectronics.

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OpenGL accelerated x86 games come to Raspberry Pi

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Eltechs released v2.0 of its ExaGear Desktop VM for running x86 apps on ARM/Linux devices. It adds OpenGL hardware graphics acceleration for the Pi 2 and 3.

Recently, Raspbian developers led by Eric Anholt ported the OpenGL driver to Raspbian, thereby making the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 the first hacker SBCs to do so. Russia-based Eltechs, which offers the ExaGear Desktop virtual machine application for running x86 apps on ARM-based Linux computers, quickly adapted the new OpenGL driver and baked it into version 2.0 of ExaGear Desktop.

The new driver implemented in ExaGear Desktop 2.0 fully supports 3D graphics acceleration of Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 applications. As a result, you can now run modern, 3D graphics games such as OpenArena (Quake 3) and Minecraft, some of the few such games that have been ported to the Pi. Most 3D accelerated x86 games simply won’t run or run very slowly, says Eltechs.

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