Tech Bytes: New Raspberry Pi board costs just $7

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B credit card-sized computer.
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B credit card-sized computer.PHOTO: RASPBERRY ORG

New Raspberry Pi board costs just $7

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just released its latest programmable computing board, the Raspberry Pi Zero, and it costs just US$5 (S$7).

The board can be used for a range of computing projects, from creating a digital photo frame to managing a timed cat feeder.

Despite its low cost and tiny size - at 65mm by 30mm, it is smaller than a credit card - it ships with a decent amount of power.

It boasts a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor (1GHz ARM11 core), 512MB of RAM, a microSD card slot and a mini-HDMI socket supporting 1080p (at 60 frames per second), among other features.

Bill Gates to start clean tech initiative

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates launched a multibillion- dollar clean energy research and development initiative at the United Nations climate change summit on Monday. The Clean Tech Initiative will see Mr Gates and a group of countries, including France, the United States, South Korea and Indonesia, working together to develop technology such as renewable energy or zero-emission technologies.

The Conference of the Parties summit is under way in Paris from Monday till tomorrow, and more than 190 countries are taking part.

Lenovo, Razer team up for gaming PCs

PC manufacturer Lenovo and gaming peripherals company Razer have teamed up for a line of special-edition gaming PCs that combine Lenovo's Y series performance with Razer's design.

Their first product, the Lenovo Razer Edition desktop, will debut at CES next month and has multi-hued chroma lighting.

In a statement, the companies said: "All forthcoming Lenovo Razer Edition products will be co-branded and reflect the edgy Lenovo Y series look and feel with iconic Razer elements like customisable chroma lighting effects."

RedMart tests 1-hour delivery system

Home-grown online grocery retailer RedMart has launched the beta version of RedMart Relay, its online marketplace that aims to deliver all items within the hour.

RedMart Relay will enable customers to order from tens of thousands of listed products that comprise food, household items and electronics from participating food and retail partners. The ordered items will be delivered by personal shoppers within the hour.

The beta version of the service is available to RedMart customers living in Tiong Bahru, Telok Blangah, Keppel, Sentosa, West Coast, Tanjong Pagar and Marina Bay.

RedMart Relay will be rolled out across Singapore early next year.

Compiled by Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2015, with the headline 'Tech Bytes: New Raspberry Pi board costs just $7'. Print Edition | Subscribe