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Raspberry Pi production did start off in China, but it has slowly started crawling into the UK since September. One of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's distributors, Premier Farnell/Element14, makes 100% of their Pis in the Welsh Sony factory in Pencoed, where the Pis are built under license.
Sony have been making Pis since September, but have now had their 500,000th Pi roll off their production lines. Another great stat, is that nearly 40,000 Pis are being made in Pencoed every week, with this number set to expand even more. Even at these 'small' numbers, the Foundation are having a hard time keeping up with demand across the world. Gerald Kelly, the GM of Sony's Pencoed plant, said:
In June we scheduled 204 units per week. By July that had climbed to 10,000 units per week - this month we will achieve 38,000 output per week, and this is just the beginning! The future is about higher volumes, a second generation Pi [Liz interjects: don't get your hopes up, folks; Gerald's talking about rev3 of the original Pi, which we're preparing at the moment] and accessories such as a camera board. Current total forecast for Pi products indicate that 1,000,000 output will be achieved sometime in July this year.
Code in the latest OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 beta seed seems to confirm that future Macs will be coming with support for the super-fast 802.11ac wireless protocol. Within the systems WiFi-frameworks folder, the following code can be found, supporting previous rumors Apple is working on getting 802.11ac into future Macs:
This means that most, if not all, future Macs will be produced with the 802.11ac wireless standard supported. We'll probably see a refresh of the MacBook Air sooner rather than later and I imagine 802.11ac will be included at that time. This means Apple will likely be releasing 802.11ac compliant AirPort routers and iOS devices.
Update: An April Fools joke if some people are reading this. I do love iBUYPOWER's last bit 'The Revolt XXL is unavailable and will never ship soon.'
iBUYPOWER have come out this weekend, right after Easter on April 1, unveiling their latest and greatest Revolt XXL. iBUYPOWER have released the Revolt XXL to appeal to the hardest of the hardcore gamers, with Sam Felix, Master of Product Development at iBUYPOWER saying:
We didn't listen to customer feedback at all. We took inspiration from outside of the industry. Water heaters, fridges, and building columns, we said the industry's going smaller, but we need to go bigger.
iBUYPOWER have created the Revolt XXL to "increase the size of its owner's ego, and other things." Not my words, but iBUYPOWER's! The Revolt XXL has "unrealistic features," which include:
- The ability to stop time. Seriously.
- When you start losing a game, you will automatically rage against your teammates and quit.
- Indestructable. It can't be damaged, destroyed, or even scratched. Ever. Once you get it, you're stuck with it. Forever.
The Revolt XXL is unavailable and will never ship soon.
You might want to be good this year, or else Santa won't know to add this to your Christmas list - Digital Storm have just announced their brilliantly specced Hailstorm II. Digital Storm's latest creation crams some seriously high-end components into Corsair's Obsidian Series 900D case.
Hailstorm II features an advanced liquid cooling system with the current of cold air driven by three front intake fans, backed up by a large exhaust fan. The Hailstorm II is capable of having a total of 15 fans installed, which should give even the most airflow crazy gamer out there plenty of room to move. There's ten expansion slots at play, up to nine HDDs or SSDs with three hot-swap mounts, four 5.25-inch optical drive bays, two USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports on the front of the Hailstorm II give you plenty of storage and connectivity options.
Each Digital Storm PC goes through a rigorous 72-hour stress-test, ensuring that when you receive your Hailstorm II (or any other Digital Storm PC) it is ready for some serious gaming. There are four tiers of Hailstorm II PCs available, Level 1 through 4. Level 1 starts at $2762 and comes with an Intel Core i7 3770K overclocked to up to 4.8GHz, 16GB of DDR3 1600MHz, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680 GPU, a 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD for storage.
Users who have long wanted to mount their iMac onto their wall or a stand can rejoice this morning. Apple has finally added a VESA mount to its iMac line of computers.
The new VESA mount iMac's are available in the 21.5-inch and 27-inch classes and you will have to search a bit to find them as they are a separate product from the regular iMac line. The addition of the VESA mount will cost you an additional $40 for something that is considered standard on most other computers.
iMac's with the VESA mount option do not appear to come with a stand so keep that in mind when making your purchase. We are sure that third party stands will quickly begin popping up everywhere shortly.
Dell have just unveiled their latest creation, the XPS 18 All-in-One. You might have guessed already, but the the latest XPS 18 All-in-One, is an all-in-one Windows 8 PC. What makes this stand out from the crowd is that it's an 18.4-inch beast.
This means you can use the XPS 18 All-in-One on your desktop, fold it up, put it under your arm and walk away. Set it up on your lap as a tablet, and voila - an 18-inch Windows 8-based tablet. The 18.4-inch display is Full HD, so you won't be missing out in the pixel department, and we're to expect Intel's latest Core ULT processors and SSD drive options to be baked inside. There's not much else to know just yet, so watch this space.
Among the various news and releases from Mobile World Congress from ASUS, we missed their Transformer AiO. ASUS' Transformer AiO is an all-in-one Windows 8 PC with a big twist - it doubles as an Android tablet.
Essentially, there are two products with the Transformer AiO, with a full PC powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5-3350P, 8GB of RAM a 1TB HDD. Detaching the 18-inch Full HD display gives you a large 18-inch tablet with Android Jelly Bean powering it, inside we have NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
I think it's a very cool device, and it's great to see ASUS thinking outside the square yet again. I'm surprised we haven't seen Apple do this yet. We should see the Transformer AiO release in Q2, priced at $1299 in the US.
CeBIT 2013 - One of the final great videos we'll see from Johannes Knapp after his trip to MWC and CeBIT 2013 is of the MSI WindTop AG2712 AIO PC.
This new all-in-one computer from MSI is claimed to be the world's first true gaming AIO and MSI does manage to back that claim up with some pretty solid specs. It comes packing an Intel Core i7 3630QM processor running at 2.4GHz, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory and a speedy NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX CPU with 3GB of GDDR5 memory.
The screen included on the unit is 27-inches in size with a solid 1920 x 1080 resolution and includes 10 point multitouch support. The screen is also of the non-glare type, which Johannes liked during his hands-on with the unit. The unit includes a whole bunch of I/O options, with one of the better being HDMI IN, allowing you to use the AIO as a television for other HDMI devices such as your PS3 or Xbox 360.
If you're an education customer, or were looking to buy a new Apple iMac for one of your children in school, then now is the time. Apple has updated the pricing on their education-only 21.5-inch iMac, but have also provided beefier internals to go with it.
The 21.5-inch iMac now starts at $1099 - a slight $100 increase on the old price - but gives you an Intel Core i3 dual-core 3.3GHz processor, HD Graphics 4000, 500GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. There's always the option to bump the storage and RAM up, something I would suggest on any system. 8GB of RAM is cheap and your main drive should always be an SSD these days, the performance increase is worth it.
Education customers can begin ordering these new iMacs, with 5-7 business day shipping times at the moment.
In celebration of the first anniversary of Raspberry Pi, RS Components, one of the two main manufacturing distributors for Raspberry Pi, is releasing a limited edition run of 1000 blue Raspberry Pis complete with matching blue cases from One Nine Design.
Ironically, blue is the traditional color used for raspberry flavoring. Raspberry-flavored slushies and Jolly Ranchers are both blue. Unfortunately most people won't be able to get their hands on one of these special edition Raspberry Pis. Most are heading to charitable causes, though some are being given away in a competition.
For four weeks from today, everyone who tweets #bluepi to @RSElectronics along with a suggestion for uses for a blue Pi, or with a great Pi design idea, will be entered into a competition to win one. (Please tweet your entries to @RSElectronics - don't leave your entry here in the comments, because it won't be counted.) Every week, the top ten entries will be selected by a panel from RS and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and those ten winners will be sent a blue Pi. Easy! There will be another competition when these four weeks are up - RS will be running Blue Pi events until June.