XBMC performance demo

One of the areas we’re putting a lot of work into is XBMC performance – we’ve been a bit shocked on working through some data * to find that the Pi now appears to have more XBMC users than any other platform in the world, bar the PC (we’ve overtaken cracked Apple TV 2s), and we want to make sure you have the best possible experience with the software. (If you’ve started reading this and don’t understand a word of that first paragraph, head over to XBMC’s website to find out what XBMC is, what a media centre is and why you might want one, and then come back here.) Dom Cobley and Ben Avison have been working on the platform for us, and the results so far are pretty impressive: video playback has always been good, but they’ve really tidied up the user experience in the menu in particular, and browsing through your media collection, even if it’s as big as Dom’s, is now much smoother and faster. We’ve seen people online (particularly over on the XBMC forums – and  particularly particularly in response to posts asking for recommendations for cheap XBMC platforms) calling Pi users fanbois, and announcing that the Pi is too laggy to be a real media player

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Raspberry Pi on the menu in Jersey schools – Jersey Isle News

Raspberry Pi on the menu in Jersey schools Jersey Isle News One of the team behind Raspberry Pi , the pioneering mini-computer, will be visiting Jersey schools next month to help launch the new vision for IT in education. Clive Beale, Director of Educational Development at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, will be …

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DIY Raspberry Pi: AirPi climate sensor – The Sunshine Coast Daily

DIY Raspberry Pi : AirPi climate sensor The Sunshine Coast Daily Connecting a series of pollution and climate sensors to the Pi and writing a Python programme to recognise and track these levels, the duo then uploaded the results onto a website that others can add their local data, too.

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New Raspbian release, and NOOBS v1.3 goes gold

Alex has produced a new Raspbian release, which integrates a number of recent improvements. Along with kernel and firmware updates, highlights include: Sonic Pi is preinstalled so you can jump right in to learning to program while creating your own music

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Oracle offers up $370 DukePad DIY tablet powered by Raspberry Pi – Geek

Geek Oracle offers up $370 DukePad DIY tablet powered by Raspberry Pi Geek Oracle is sharing plans for building a DIY tablet called the DukePad using a Raspberry Pi with the world. Yes, that Oracle — the same people who develop the Java platform that runs on billions of devices. It'll cost you around $370 to build your own …

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Raspberry Pi becomes a complete computer, with Arduino – ElectronicsWeekly.com

Raspberry Pi becomes a complete computer, with Arduino ElectronicsWeekly.com GeekRooBoard There could be a new single-box computer out there if this Raspberry Pi project on Kickstarter comes through. Folks at a company called GeekRoo had the idea of fitting all the messy bits needed to run a Raspberry Pi , including the Pi and …

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Oracle Java on Raspberry Pi

One of our longstanding goals has been for Raspberry Pi to ship with a complete set of common programming languages. Until now, there’s been one glaring omission from this list: Java, which by some estimates is the most popular language of all (duck and cover – flamewar incoming). It’s therefore fantastic to be able to announce that we’ve added the official hard-float Oracle Java 7 JDK to our repository.

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