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UK home secretary Amber Rudd says 'real people' don't need end-to-end encryption

Jim Killock, executive director of UK digital liberties group Open Rights Group, said in a statement: "The suggestion that real people do not care about the security of their communications is dangerous and misleading. Some people want privacy from corporations, abusive partners or employers. Others may be worried about confidential information, or be working in countries with a record of human rights abuses. It is not the Home Secretary's place to tell the public that they do not need end-to-end encryption."

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Facebook reportedly working on voice speaker and video chat device with laptop-sized screen

Aside from the video conferencing device, Bloomberg claims that Facebook is also at work on a standalone speaker “in the low $100 range.” Both the video and audio-only products “would run a Facebook-built voice assistant service” according to the report. In his spare time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been creating an AI-powered assistant capable of controlling his own own home, and Facebook has also integrated assistant technology within its Messenger service in an effort to add convenience for users. But the company hasn’t yet made official any plans to directly challenge Amazon and Google in the home. Both hardware products are being developed by Facebook’s experimental Building 8 lab, which is also rumored to be exploring the idea of a modular smartphone .

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Windows 10's Subsystem for Linux exits beta ready for Fall Creators Update | ZDNet

Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux will be a fully supported feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, but it won't support end-user scenarios.

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Being an Uber driver can be lethal

Turmoil between taxi and Uber drivers isn't isolated to South Africa. Protests, beatings and attacks have been reported in New York, London, Paris and Mexico City because taxi drivers are upset that Uber, one of the world's largest ride-hailing services with operations in 76 countries, is taking their customers. Incidents have also reportedly occurred across the African continent -- from Egypt to Kenya to Nigeria. But the problem appears to be worth it for Uber. Africa has a booming population of more than 1.2 billion, all potential customers.

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Amazon's Echo speakers will now let you control a Fire TV with just your voice

Amazon says an Echo device will automatically pair with a Fire TV device on the same WiFi network as soon as you ask its Alexa voice assistant to do some sort of Fire TV-related action. (Those with multiple TVs will have to use the Alexa app.) The company says this will work with "any" Echo or Fire TV device, including its "Fire TV Edition" line of smart TVs , which come with the Fire TV interface pre-installed.

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Nintendo will offer SNES Classic pre-orders in the U.S. in late August

Nintendo’s next hot retro console, the SNES Classic, is going to be available for pre-order late in August at a number of retailers, the company confirmed today. It’s good news for people left wondering when the console pre-orders would arrive – including the many disappointed fans who thought they’d secured one from Walmart last week only to have their order canceled .

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Microsoft will use Tobii’s eye tracking to make Windows 10 more accessible

“Adding native eye tracking support to Windows 10 is a key milestone in our mission to make this technology part of our everyday devices,” said Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii, in a statement. “Through integration with Microsoft’s operating system, it becomes possible over time to realize robust eye tracking implementations that add a range of user benefits. This collaboration clearly shows the value of eye gaze input and is a big step forward on the long-term journey to drive high-volume adoption of eye tracking.”

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This is (probably) the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Noted leaker Evan Blass tweeted a picture of the phone weeks ahead of its official reveal.

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Microsoft’s new Surface Plus program lets you upgrade devices after 18 months

The Surface Plus program will also include dedicated device service and support through Microsoft’s retail stores, alongside a year of free in-store support and technical assistance. Microsoft is also launching a business version of Surface Plus that allows businesses to have a mix of devices and even the 55-inch Surface Hub. The business version also includes flexibility on the length of contracts, with the ability to choose between 18, 24, or 30 month periods. Businesses will be able to upgrade devices after 12 months on a 24-month term, or after 18 months on the longer 30 month period. Both Surface Plus programs launch today in the US at 12PM ET / 9AM PT.

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This app lets broke people workout at luxurious gyms whenever they want http://tnw.me/s2GlXQx  pic.twitter.com/VAdqGaHXFs

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LG's Modular Sound Bar Is Good, Newfangled Fun

With the new Sound Bar Flex, LG didn’t make the world’s best sound bar. It’s actually a bit of a stretch to call the modular, three-piece speaker system a sound bar at all. And at $430, the (mostly) wireless setup isn’t quite a bargain either. You know what, though? The Sound Bar Flex sure is fun to use.

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Bitcoin splits in two amid feud

The new offshoot is a response to the increasing popularity of bitcoin, which is struggling to deal with massive numbers of transactions with its underpinning technology. The main bitcoin currency is adopting a system called Segwit2x that moves transactions out of the current blockchain, while bitcoin Cash will use bigger blocks within the blockchain.

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Nearly half of young internet users come from China, India

The ITU also discovered a narrowing gender gap, although there are still 12 percent more male users of the internet than female users. The trend is reverse in the Americas, where there are almost 3 percent more women using the internet than men.

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Amazon pulls best-selling smartphones due to privacy concerns

It’s an interesting turn of events that Blu is refuting a claim by the security company that it hired to make sure it was keeping to its word to put an end to Adups sneaking out user info. But wouldn’t Kryptowire know best? After all, it was the one that discovered the privacy issue in the first place.

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HP Tips VR Backpack for Business

While VR has yet to take off beyond gaming, there's a big push at HP for some intriguing business solutions, including a new VR backpack workstation.

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Coin Dance

Through site feedback, content submissions, and donations, you help Coin Dance realize its vision. Your donations directly support site development, content quality control, and technical research, which is necessary for the project to achieve its goals of empowering the community and growing the ecosystem!

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Theranos just settled its lawsuit with Walgreens

Until October 2016, Theranos's business model was based around the idea that it ran blood tests using proprietary technology that requires only a small amount of blood. Since then, the company has pivoted to focus solely on the company's miniLab technology and is considering renting out its headquarters in Palo Alto, California .

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Apple Earnings: What to Watch

Apple Inc. is scheduled to report results for its fiscal third quarter, which ended July 1, after the market closes on Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.

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https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/08/01/1452257/us-senators-to-introduce-bill-to-secure-internet-of-things?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday plans to introduce legislation seeking to address vulnerabilities in computing devices embedded in everyday objects -- known in the tech industry as the "internet of things" -- which experts have long warned poses a threat to global cyber security. The new bill would require vendors that provide internet-connected equipment to the U.S. government to ensure their products are patchable and conform to industry security standards. It would also prohibit vendors from supplying devices that have unchangeable passwords or possess known security vulnerabilities. Republicans Cory Gardner and Steve Daines and Democrats Mark Warner and Ron Wyden are sponsoring the legislation, which was drafted with input from technology experts at the Atlantic Council and Harvard University. A Senate aide who helped write the bill said that companion legislation in the House was expected soon.

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https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/08/01/172203/bitcoin-splits-in-two-amid-feud?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter

So many things about Bitcoin should ring alarm bells. The fact that there's huge amounts of the blocks that have been mined and never moved. The fact that it's set up to be almost mined completely out not merely in our lifetimes, but reasonably soon (unlike, for instance, a precious metal- 70% of all possible bitcoins have already been mined). The fact that there's numerous vulnerabilities if enough of the network is under control of a bad actor. The fact that it markets so heavily to principle-driven libertarian types with an anarchist or minarchist mindset. The fact that the bulk of the mining is taking place in China, specifically where electricity is cheap, and is controlled by a few shadowy men. It's a a goddamned parade of red flags.

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How this Amazon Echo speaker hack could be used to record your every word

There are a couple of caveats to this hack. First is that it can’t be done remotely. This is a hack that requires direct access to the Amazon Echo speaker, where the potential hacker will need to remove the rubber base of the speaker to reveal its debug pads. 

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Bitcoin Cash: Price of new currency rises after bitcoin's 'hard fork'

O nline wallet Coinbase said on its website that it “is hard to predict how long the alternative version of bitcoin will survive and if Bitcoin Cash will have future market value”. Blockchain, another online wallet, said it has no plans to support Bitcoin Cash but that if it ends up becoming the more popular version it will.

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The NYC Subway Is Still Getting Ready for the Next Hurricane Sandy

Still, that last-minute cram session couldn’t make up for years of inaction. “They had years before to do something, and didn’t,” Jacobs said. Ultimately Sandy wrecked eight subway tunnels, welcomed millions of gallons of corrosive seawater into the system (which in turn fried millions of dollars’ worth of equipment) and ensured at least a decade of headaches for New York City’s commuters. Crucial tunnels connecting Brooklyn to lower Manhattan were shut down, stranding millions of commuters (unless they wanted to brave the standstill traffic on the Williamsburg bridge, via one of the MTA’s packed buses); 1,500 feet of aboveground track were wiped out in the Rockaways; NJ Transit was shut down for nearly a month; and irreplaceable equipment was destroyed—as Jacobs points out, “you can’t go to Westinghouse or General Electric and say: give me a new one. [Some of this equipment] was not manufactured anymore.”

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4 Successful Influencer Campaigns You Can Model

Swedish watchmaker Daniel Wellington collaborated with thousands of influencers on Instagram to post images along with a caption that included a discount code for 15% off Daniel Wellington watches.

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Apple ARKit film experiment puts virtual robot commandos among humans http://tnw.me/ffR4C5p  pic.twitter.com/JOcGVMx5LH

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Add All of These Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Your August Reading List

As the protagonist of Bennett’s Chasing Embers has learned the hard way, messing around with evil spirits can spell trouble in the modern world. But as this sequel proves, sometimes you can’t just press pause on your crappy life to get good and drunk. Sometimes, you have to muster up the energy to be the hero once again—especially when some jerk starts unleashing ancient magic all over the place. (Aug. 29)

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500 Startups shuts down its Canada fund

Co-founder Christine Tsai took over the top job, but McClure’s image is closely tied to 500 Startups, so it is easy to imagine that his tarnished reputation will have a knock-on effect among the firm’s portfolio, LPs and prospective partners. Meanwhile, 500 Startups continues to tout its diversity stats, which are better than the industry average — 67 percent of the managing partners and 44 percent of the wider 500 Startups team are women, according to its website.

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'Plandids' are the Instagram trend of the moment and you've defo already posted one

It's unclear precisely who coined the term but a quick Instagram search will show you more than 500 plandids of people trying to nail that nonchalant look. You'll see a stream of people looking oh-so-casually at the ground, or gazing into the horizon. Others will be mid-prance with a hand cocked to a jaunty angle. "Oh, I didn't even realise you were taking a photo," is the aesthetic.

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Google shares its recipe for success in building Android apps for India http://tnw.me/abOhQOY  pic.twitter.com/6x1LUGPw7N

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Facebook Killed an AI After It Came Up With Its Own Language | Nerdist

According to a report by Digital Journal , Facebook was experimenting with an artificial intelligence system that essentially gave up on using English in favor of creating its own “more efficient” language. The researchers on the project reportedly shut down the A.I. once they realized they could no longer understand its language. One of the reasons that the communication gap is significant is that it could theoretically mean that machines will be able to write their own languages and lock users out of their own systems. And you know where that leads…

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Twin telescopes aim to uncover the secrets of the universe

The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) has all that. Which is why it's home to two of the world's most important radio telescope projects: the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Murchison Widefield Array. Both aim to uncover the secrets of the early universe and its evolution.

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Scientists Say These Words Are the Funniest

You surely remember a time you said a word to yourself and started laughing. Something about the syllables bouncing around your mouth just didn’t make sense. Maybe the word was “booby” or “piss” or “dingus” or “moist.” Maybe it was the name “ Brumbpo Tungus ” or “ Scrimmy Bingus .” Well thankfully, now science is here to science its way through humor, ruining the joke for everyone.

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26 Tips for Better Facebook Page Engagement

You won’t necessarily see thousands of shares, but a boosted post can help get your best content in front of your target audience and spark some engagement. The more people engage, the greater the organic reach to their networks. This tactic can be especially effective if you’re sharing high-value content with a lot of great takeaways, such as a solution to a problem or an answer to a question.

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Microsoft wants you to upgrade to a new Surface every 18 months

It's similar to plans you've seen before with AT&T, Verizon and other phone carriers that allow people to pay for new phones on a monthly basis and swap them in for newer models. A version for businesses, cleverly called Surface Plus for Business, allows for variable lease terms and upgrades as often as every 12 months.

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YouTube will hide, but not remove, some ‘supremacist’ videos

YouTube has been cracking down on extremist content over the past couple months , and today the company is announcing some details on its progress and a few additional policy changes. One of the biggest: YouTube will now begin limiting the reach of videos that have “controversial religious or supremacist content” but don’t strictly violate the website’s hate speech guidelines.

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A behavioral scientist says a popular Netflix show should be 'swiftly removed' because it encourages suicide

"The time for more debate is over. The makers [of "13 Reasons Why"] must swiftly change their course of action, including removing the show and postponing a second season," John Ayers, a behavioral scientist at San Diego State University and the lead author of the study, told Business Insider. "If not, subscribers should consider cancelling their subscriptions so not to support programming that can cause premature death."

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175,000 IoT cameras can be remotely hacked thanks to flaw, says security researcher | ZDNet

"This proof of concept attack confirms once again that most Internet of Things devices are trivial to exploit because of improper quality assurance at the firmware level. Paired with the fact that the bug affects the authentication mechanism and the massive pool of affected devices, we can only imagine the impact a harvested botnet of devices might have," Bitdefender's research paper said.

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Twin telescopes aim to uncover the secrets of the universe

The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) has all that. Which is why it's home to two of the world's most important radio telescope projects: the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Murchison Widefield Array. Both aim to uncover the secrets of the early universe and its evolution.

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Snap is dropping after new rule bars it from joining the S&P 500 (SNAP)

S&P is hoping to bar companies who discount the voices of their shareholders through limited voting rights and "other governance issues" the company said in a news release. The rules will affect the S&P 500, as well as the S&P MidCap 400 and SmallCap 600.

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Facebook introduces new tool to kill off fake news leading up to Kenya elections http://tnw.me/DBTJCZI  pic.twitter.com/CUCwwiOuG9

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Four Breathtaking Solar Eclipses You Can See From Other Planets

On August 21st, millions of Earthlings will gather to watch as a total solar eclipse sweeps across the centerline of the United States over the course of 90 minutes . For many, it’ll be once-in-a-life-time spectacle. But if you had a spacecraft on hand, you wouldn’t need to wait decades for the next total solar eclipse to arrive at a town near you—you could simply jet off to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, or even Pluto. That’s because there’s a veritable zoo of solar eclipses occurring all across our solar system, all the time.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Terrifying ocean predator changes our view of the worst mass extinction in history http://gizmo.do/9Rs7XrT  pic.twitter.com/nyjrqTW6mR

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TechRadar on Twitter

The @Mobile_Choice Consumer Awards 'Best Network' longlist is out! Vote for your winner: http://bit.ly/2h2xC1Q  #MCCA2017 pic.twitter.com/yiIFtyfqWn

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Bitcoin splits in two amid feud

The new offshoot is a response to the increasing popularity of bitcoin, which is struggling to deal with massive numbers of transactions with its underpinning technology. The main bitcoin currency is adopting a system called Segwit2x that moves transactions out of the current blockchain, while bitcoin Cash will use bigger blocks within the blockchain.

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Twin telescopes aim to uncover the secrets of the universe

The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) has all that. Which is why it's home to two of the world's most important radio telescope projects: the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Murchison Widefield Array. Both aim to uncover the secrets of the early universe and its evolution.

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TNW on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Reddit wants to look more like Facebook, and now it has the cash to do it

[T]he company is literally rewriting all of its code, some of which is more than a decade old. An early version of the new design, which we saw during our interview, looks similar to Facebook’s News Feed or Twitter’s Timeline: A never-ending feed of content broken up into “cards” with more visuals to lure people into the conversations hidden underneath.

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The Verge Back to School Guide 2017

But it’s true: the fall 2017 semester is about to begin, and it’s time to once again make sure you have the right laptop, the best headphones, and other essentials. Whether it’s simply making sure you have all the college supplies for your new dorm room or looking for belated gift ideas for high school graduation, we’ve got you covered.

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British Telecom's $778M broadband investment could improve remote work for rural UK workers

Telecommunications provider BT wants to ensure that all houses in Britain can access internet speeds of at least 10 megabits per second. Here's what that could mean for tech workers.

51 Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ now support Daydream View VR
52 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-01/facebook-is-said-to-work-on-video-chat-device-in-hardware-push
53 TNW on Twitter
54 Shopify beats on big revenue jump as it crosses 500K merchants
55 This Simple Trick Frees up Storage Space on iPhone without Deleting Photos or Apps
56 Cheap Australian robot uses 7 images to ID Amazon products | ZDNet
57 Apple Seeks Tax Break for Suppliers from Indian Government to Manufacture iPhones Locally
58 How to create a bootable VMware ESXi USB drive on Macs
59 Engadget on Twitter
60 Google has a plan to store renewable energy -- with salt
61 Amazon stops selling (some) BLU phones citing potential security issues [Updated with BLU's statement]
62 TNW on Twitter
63 New iPhone to have tap to wake, facial expression detection, virtual home button
64 New leaked images seemingly confirm the design of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 8
65 Why you shouldn't use SMS for two-step verification
66 'Zodiac' author explains how publishing's digital transformation launched her career
67 Ex-FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Dismantles The Case For Abandoning Net Neutrality
68 Exposed servers let hackers take control of prison cell doors, pacemakers, oil pipelines
69 https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/08/01/1448209/white-house-officials-tricked-by-email-prankster?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter
70 https://bloom.bg/2vjathu
71 How an 'email prankster' fooled senior White House staff
72 Windows 10 S is ready for testing (but just barely) | ZDNet
73 Sprint's trick to making money: A year of free of service
74 Samsung launches new cloud tool to help vendors make money on IoT data
75 The best cheap cameras in 2017
76 The most indestructible 'Game of Thrones' character isn't who you think it is
77 Industrial IoT: 64% of manufacturers will have fully-connected factories by 2022
78 Microsoft Word now reads text aloud to help people with dyslexia
79 Next iPhone will have all-screen design, facial recognition tech, leaks suggest
80 https://twitter.com/verge/status/892366820077846528/photo/1
81 Spotify Reaches 60 Million Paid Subscribers
82 How to Become a High-Profile Personal Assistant
83 Behind Fox News' Baseless Seth Rich Story: The Untold Tale
84 Free PDF download: The Art of the Hybrid Cloud | ZDNet
85 Google Image Search gets more like Pinterest by connecting you to recipes, products and more
86 Google Classroom passes 1 billion submitted assignments and gets 10 new features
87 Several departures at venture firm Kleiner Perkins
88 Here's our best look yet at Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 | ZDNet
89 Google Classroom gets an update, hits new milestone | ZDNet
90 LogMeIn acquires chatbot and AI startup Nanorep for up to $50M
91 https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/08/01/1758227/microsoft-targets-google-and-apple-in-schools-with-surface-plus-hardware-subscription-program?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter
92 Amazon Echo can be turned into a spying device, security researchers reveal
93 Windows 10 backpack: HP thinks this strap-on workstation will be a hit with firms | ZDNet
94 Microsoft rolls out Surface Plus financing, support programs | ZDNet
95 The most valuable cloud computing certifications today
96 Dozen Raspberry Pi alternatives | ZDNet