Author Archives: Stefano

#RaspberryPi Jasper: somehow like #Siri, but open-source voice-control #software.

This is why I love Raspberry Pi (at large). Meet Jasper, an open source project driven by two Princeton students, that’s a lot like Siri (and the Samsung-alike) and enables the tiny Raspberry Pi to operate through an USB-connected microphone … Continue reading

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#RaspberryPi announces forthcoming new “Compute Module”!

Raspberry Foundation has just annnounced the forthcoming “Compute Module”: a RPi on a ‘so-dimm-like’ module and plenty of power! This may the ultimate solution for building RPi-based systems which feature: – low-cost, – low-power, – low-profile, – the best price/performance … Continue reading

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April fools’ 2014: Google Maps + Augmented reality!

April Fools’ Day this year is bringing several new ideas for pranksters! Google has created a video advertising an augmented reality Pokémon game loosely tied into Google Maps. In Google’s vision, players would hold their smartphones out in front of … Continue reading

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It’s World Book Day (in UK, at least)! Happy reading!

March 6th 2014 is the World Book Day, a charity event first celebrated in 1995 organized by Unesco to promote reading, publishing and, yes, copyright. This is the UK edition of the worldwide World Book Day, on April 23rd, and … Continue reading

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Today’s Google Doodle: happy 318th birthday Giambattista Tiepolo

Today’s Google Doodlec celebrates the 318th birthday of 18th century italian painter Giambattista Tiepolo. Blame it on my venetian pride or something else, but I’m very happy that Google chose Tiepolo for today’s Doodle.

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Play and experiment some weird music with this all-HTML5 Theremin

Remember those 50s SciFi themes and soundtracks? Those B-Movie horror scenes? Well, most of them were made with a Theremin. The instrument was invented by a young Russian physicist named Lev Sergeevich Termen in 1920. Now you can play it … Continue reading

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Who would you ask to explain the Higgs Boson Particle (in 2 minutes)? Peter Higgs himself!

Ok, two minutes sounds too little time to explain something so complex as the Higgs Boson but this is a task fine for Peter Higgs himself. In this video [BBC], Higgs describes the particle and what it does in under … Continue reading

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Sinclair ZX81 plus Raspberry Pi and Arduino retrofitting project

Well, this project really deserves our attention! Blogger Smittytone recently published part I of his a href=”http://smittytone.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/the-sinclair-zx81-a-raspberry-pi-retro-restyle-part-1/” title=”Sinclair ZX81 Raspberry Pi Arduino” target=”_blank”>”Sinclair ZX81 reviving“ project using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino. In a nutshell: the Raspberry Pi works … Continue reading

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BitCloud: a new internet infrastructure from Bitcoin creators

Decentralized internet? A more user-centric network? This is what some Bitcoin creators are trying to model… “We will have to start by decentralizing the current Internet, and then we can create a new Internet to replace it.” Called Bitcloud, they … Continue reading

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The age of publishers not journalists (at least on Twitter)

Here’s a post (and then some replies) that will sparkle a lot of flames about news, media and social networks. Who does drive more traffic to news sites? Facebook or Twitter? Journalists seem to love Twitter but Facebook drives more … Continue reading

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